My Brother's Husband - Reviews

Alt title: Otouto no Otto

My Brother's Husband
calophichan's avatar
May 3, 2019

This manga is a great read if you want to know more about how homosexuality is viewed in Japan. This manga touches on how toxic it is to ignore friends and family who need to be supported, the double standards on how people act toward someone who is homoxual vs if they are straight, and more. It also shows some other japanese stigmas and prejudices against people with tattoos and single parents, and how a parent's work is not considered real work. 

I wasn't a huge fan of the art, dudes are built really stocky and thicc and sometimes the faces got really lazy. But seeing where the mangaka came from I can forgive the stocky dudes a bit. I really liked the character design for Mike though. I wish he did have a pot belly instead of being buff, unsure why the shirt was drawn to make him look fat when he isn't.

I love how this is a man's jouirney from being afraid of gay people to seeing that they are still people who deserve to be treated the same as everyone else. I loved that this book never tried to become a romance and kept its message pure for the reader.

If you are looking for insights into Japanese predjudices and a warm and fuzzy family story I highly recommend this book.

9/10 story
5/10 art
10/10 characters
9/10 overall
lionman00's avatar
Jun 16, 2020

Fun read. Realistically portrays an 'unconventional' but very sweet family as well as LGBT+ issues in Japan and the west. One of my favourite reads.

Three living LGBT+ characters, one is dead but that is established in the first few pages and is the main plot initiator. 

I loved the family themes and how the father learns open mindedness from his daughter. Very sweet, 100% recommend.

Made by a gay author.

9/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
nathandouglasdavis's avatar
Dec 13, 2020

This is real, if a bit sappy. It tells the story of Yaichi as fe starts recognizing feir own subconscious prejudices against homosexuality by spending some time together with feir (now-dead) brother's husband Mike. Even though fe hadn't explicitly condemned feir brother, fe realizes that the way fe avoided talking about the subject was also unloving and judgmental. And while the message is important, the storylines start feeling a bit stale after the first dozen chapters or so. Though it never gets to the point of being boring or anything, just less fresh and more repetitive. I thought the technique of having inner reactions portrayed first before the actual reactions was a good way, in the beginning, to show how politeness can mask hatefulness and, in the end, to show how feir thought process had changed. The clothes can be drawn with awkward wrinkles, and I don't appreciate the photograph clouds in the sky.

7/10 story
7/10 art
10/10 characters
8/10 overall
Badmax's avatar
Jun 8, 2017

My Brother's Husband is a manga YOU MUST READ. It is good because it looks and speaks about the homosexuality. So, i think it's a manga to explain and stop the discrimination between the LGBT community. Some pages are very funny and beautiful. This manga is very interessant, in the history, in the colours and in the speaking.

8/10 story
10/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall
Curiousmadra's avatar
Nov 19, 2020

Literally, this gave me a few packets of onions man like it's such a nice but a very emotional story. You just feel so heartbroken for the Mike character that he lost his husband from an accident and the husbands twin brother Yaichi was lost touch with him when he went to Canada. I really liked how this story touched on family estrangement and talking about Japanese culture. 

Yeah guys you should definitely read this because it'll melt your heart, Kana is such a doll too 💓💓💓💓💓

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
8.7/10 overall
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