3.752 out of 5 from 154 votes
Akira Sakamoto is a typical teenager – and that’s the problem! He’s the only normal one in a family of incredibly attractive people: he has a father that looks great in drag, a mother that looks younger than himself, an older brother that was worshipped at school, and two very opposite sisters. Though his family does everything to make Akira feel special and a part of the group, he can't help but feel an outsider in his own home. Then one night, the truth comes out with very surprising results...
All Sabato Obiga wants is to have a girlfriend, but his bizarre and death-obsessed family always seem to get in the way. Though Sabato himself has regular interests, the Obiga family is another story: they love anything black; decorate the house with skeletons, gravestones and spider webs; and always seem to scare away any potential leading ladies. Sabato begs his family to act normal, but they refuse to change who they are for anyone... a trait that Sabato is sorely lacking.
Family Complex and Haunted House are about teenaged boys that don't fit into their own families. In Haunted House (where the family is obsessed with death), this is played mostly for laughs, while Family Complex (where the family is ridiculously beautiful) goes into a more serious mini-character study for each of the family members. But despite their differences on the surface, everyone loves each other (d'aww...).
Ririko is Japan's top fashion model; her image is on every magazine cover and in everyone's mind. But in private, Ririko is very unhappy, confused and lost. Overworked and tired, she turns to dangerous experimental procedures to maintain her youth and beauty. However, soon it's not enough and Ririko begins to fall into a downward spiral filled with lies, surgery, and blackmail. Just how far is Ririko willing to go to stay on top? And who is the true woman behind all the make up and rumors?
Family Complex and Helter Skelter both show that being beautiful doesn't mean being happy. The beautiful characters in each go through a hell of a lot of unnecessary trauma just because of their appearances. Family Complex is lighter, while Helter Skelter is quite a bit more explicit about the depths someone can sink to (and includes nudity and some gore).
In a sad twist of events, five unrelated boys are adopted into a family are then scattered due to the death of their parents. One of these boys, Hanayagi Sakura, struggles to reopen their mother's beloved flower shop and bring the family back together, even though they have no blood ties. The boys each bring their individual talents to the table to help make a unique flower shop cafe, and call it "a flower shop that brings happiness to everyone." With each day a new challenge, the five ‘brothers' greet each customer and provide the care and service they need to fill the emptiness in their hearts.
Family Complex and Kokoro ni Hana wo!! are short shoujo dramas about a very beautiful family. For the most part, each chapter focuses on a problem that one of the members is having/involved in, and both have very strong themes of familial love and devotion.
When Tohru Kouno transfers to his new all-boys school he's as anxious as anyone would be. However, this new school has some unorthodox methods for spicing things up. Each year a select number of attractive first-years are chosen to be the school 'Princesses,' with duties like cheering on the sports teams and visiting the school academic clubs, all while wearing the latest gothic lolita fashions! Of course, they are compensated for their embarrassing work with an allowance, among other benefits; so when a down-and-out student like Tohru is chosen, the benefits of being a Princess seem to outweigh the cons...
Family Complex and Princess Princess both have a comedic premise with slightly more serious undertones. Also if you've enjoyed reading one, you would be pleased to find Akira Sakamoto in the other. Though his part is considerably smaller in Princess Princess he still shines as the peace-bringing pushover you can't help but like.