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Brothers Conflict
Brothers Conflict Novel Cover Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first novel volume
ブラザーズ コンフリクト
(Burazāzu Konfurikuto)
GenreComedy-drama, Romance, Reverse harem
Novel series
Written byAtsuko Kanase
Takeshi Mizuno
Illustrated byUdajo
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicFemale
MagazineSylph
Original runDecember 22, 2010July 21, 2012
Volumes7
Game
Brothers Conflict: Passion Pink
DeveloperIdea Factory
PublisherOtomate
GenreOtome
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedMay 17, 2012
Manga
Brothers Conflict Purupuru
Written byTakeshi Mizuno
Illustrated byDeathco Cotorino
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōjo
MagazineSylph
Original runNovember 2012October 2013
Volumes2
Novel series
Brothers Conflict: Second Season
Written byAtsuko Kanase
Takeshi Mizuno
Illustrated byUdajo
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicFemale
Original runJanuary 22, 2013 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byAtsushi Matsumoto
Produced byKozue Kaneniwa
Asuka Yamazaki
Fuminori Yamazaki
Mika Sugimoto
Mie Inaba
Kenji Satō
Written byNatsuko Takahashi
Music byTakeshi Nakatsuka
StudioBrain's Base
Licensed by
English network
Original run July 2, 2013 September 17, 2013
Episodes12 + 1 Special (List of episodes)
Game
Brothers Conflict: Brilliant Blue
DeveloperIdea Factory
PublisherOtomate
GenreOtome
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2013
Original video animation
Directed byAtsushi Matsumoto
StudioBrain's Base
Licensed by
Released December 19, 2014 February 11, 2015
Runtime22 minutes each
Episodes2
Game
Brothers Conflict: Precious Baby
DeveloperIdea Factory
PublisherOtomate
GenreOtome
PlatformPlayStation Vita
ReleasedApril 7, 2016
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Brothers Conflict (ブラザーズ コンフリクト, Burazāzu Konfurikuto), also known as BroCon, is a Japanese novel series created by Atsuko Kanase, written by Takeshi Mizuno and Kanase, and illustrated by Udajo. It has been adapted into two PlayStation Portable video games by Idea Factory, a yonkoma manga series and an anime television series.[1][2] The 12-episode anime aired between July and September 2013. It is animated by Brain's Base. Funimation acquired the North American streaming rights for the anime. Funimation released a "The Complete Series + OVA - Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD" on March 8, 2016.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Ema Hinata (or later known as Ema Asahina) is the daughter of the famous expat, Rintaro Hinata. One day, Ema finds out that her dad is going to remarry a successful clothing maker named Miwa Asahina. Rather than bothering them, she decides to move into the Sunrise Residence complex that is owned by Miwa. From there, she discovers that she has 13 stepbrothers. As time moves on, her stepbrothers develop feelings for her and compete in ways to win her heart when all Ema wants to have is a loving family.Can she make all of her 13 stepbrothers happy or will she only pick one of them? Ema has a pet that helps her when times are tough and only her and her new brother can understand. She is faced with many challenges like finding out she adopted and having to apply for college.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Ema Hinata (朝日奈 絵麻, Hinata Ema)[5]
Voiced by: Rina Satō (Japanese); Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)[6]
The daughter of the well-known adventurer, Rintaro Hinata. She is 17 years old and a high school senior at Hinode High School. After her father remarries, she moves in with her 13 new stepbrothers. She is very good at cooking. Her father was always away working, leaving Ema to take care of herself, but now, with her new family, she feels happy and safe. She has a talking pet squirrel named Juli who is always saying that her new family is a pack of wolves and that she must always be well aware of her surroundings. Juli can only communicate with Ema and (as it is later revealed) Louis. Both Juli and Louis call Ema "Chi". It is later revealed that Ema is adopted, as her real parents had died. At first, this revelation causes a problem for Ema because her father had never told her. However, Louis helps her through this by sharing his own experience as an adoptee. Juli also reassures her of her father's love.
Masaomi Asahina (朝日奈 雅臣, Asahina Masaomi)[5]
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)[6]
The oldest son of the Asahina family, aged 31. He is a doctor who is well versed in medicine. However, he is more fainthearted than he seems, because he faints at the sight of blood. As a pediatrician, he loves children and is very good with them, carrying candy around in his pockets constantly for them, and shares a particularly close bond with the youngest brother, Wataru. He has looked after his younger brothers his whole life and would give anything for them.
Ukyo Asahina (朝日奈 右京, Asahina Ukyō)[5]
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)[6]
The second son of the Asahina family aged, 29. He is a successful lawyer and acts as the "mother figure" to the family. He cooks, cleans and helps the others study for school. He has is calm, reliable, and intelligent, but can also be very nit-picky and a perfectionist when it comes to cooking. He is also shown to be a little socially awkward at times. He always takes care of his brothers without fail or thanks, but sometimes disapproves of Kaname, Hikaru, and Tsubaki's irresponsible natures.
Kaname Asahina (朝日奈 要, Asahina Kaname)[5]
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)[6]
The third son of the Asahina family, aged 27. He has the charms of a playboy, and a womanizing nature, but actually works as a Buddhist monk. The other brothers don't take him very seriously and Ukyo is frequently scolding him for his inappropriate behavior, but he can be much more responsible than his carefree nature suggests.
Hikaru Asahina (朝日奈 光, Asahina Hikaru)[5]
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)[6]
The fourth son of the Asahina family, aged 26. He is a novelist who likes watching his brothers' reactions around Ema. He had gone to Italy for a short time to gather material for his work and claims that he cross-dresses only for the sake of gathering information for his noir novels, finding that most people are more likely to open up to a beautiful woman. Hikaru is extremely clever and a bit manipulative. He seems to know that almost every one of his brothers has feelings toward Ema, and even makes an odds chart called "Brothers Conflict" as his hobby, keeping track of which brother seems most likely to win Ema in the end.
Tsubaki Asahina (朝日奈 椿, Asahina Tsubaki)[5]
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese); Micah Solusod (English)[6]
The fifth son of the Asahina family and oldest of the triplets, aged 24. He is a voice actor alongside his identical twin, Azusa. He is cheeky and pushy, but is hard-working and passionate about his career. In episode 4, Tsubaki kisses Ema when he is depressed. He kisses her again in episode 6, as well as revealing his feelings for her. He and Azusa are practically never apart.
Azusa Asahina (朝日奈 梓, Asahina Azusa)[5]
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)[6]
The sixth son of the Asahina family and the second-oldest triplet, aged 24. Like his identical triplet brother Tsubaki, he is a voice actor. However, he is calmer and much less tenacious than Tsubaki and is usually the one to keep him in check. He is intelligent and talented, but feels like he relies on Tsubaki too much. In episode 8, after realizing his feelings for Ema, he confesses to her.
Natsume Asahina (朝日奈 棗, Asahina Natsume)[5]
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)[6]
The seventh son of the Asahina family and the youngest triplet, aged 24. Unlike Tsubaki and Azusa, he is a fraternal triplet. He works at the video game company that makes one of Ema's favorite video games - "Zombie Hazard". Unlike the rest of the brothers, he lives alone in a separate apartment. He has a blunt way of talking, but is very good at looking after others. He used to run track and be very athletic, which Subaru admired him greatly for, but gave that up in favor of a more stable career--something Subaru still resents him for. It is revealed in episode 9 that he has feelings for Ema. He has two cats named after his brothers, Tsubaki and Azusa.
Louis Asahina (朝日奈 琉生, Asahina Rui)[5]
Voiced by: Ken Takeuchi (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)[6]
The eighth son of the Asahina family, aged 22. He works as a hairdresser. He is a beautiful and a mysterious man, always looking up at the clouds. He speaks slowly and never seems to be paying attention, but he still cares for his brothers. He is the only other person besides Ema who can communicate with Juli, and promises him that they will protect Ema. It is later revealed in the game and anime that Louis is adopted, and he is the one who helps Ema after she also finds out that she is adopted.
Subaru Asahina (朝日奈 昴, Asahina Subaru)[5]
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); David Matranga (English)[6]
The ninth son of the Asahina family who turned 20 in episode 2. He is a college sophomore and very athletic, and plays on the basketball team. He wants to play professionally and eventually is offered a chance to do so. He and Natsume used to be very close as fellow aspiring athletes, but when Natsume gave that up, Subaru resented him for it. They have not gotten along very well ever since. He has no understanding of girls and doesn't know how to deal with them. As a result, he often gets tense around Ema. He asks Ema out in episode 5.
Iori Asahina (朝日奈 祈織, Asahina Iori)[5]
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese); Eric Vale (English)[6]
The tenth son of the Asahina family, aged 18. He is a high school senior at Bright Centrair Private Academy, works part-time at a cafe, and is known for his prince-like behavior. He is very popular, intelligent, and even well-known at other high schools. He is very accepting of Ema when she comes into the family. Iori has knowledge of all types of flowers and their meanings, tending the gardens at the mansion. He often gives Ema flowers relating to her current situation to help her feel better. In the game, he has a girlfriend named Fuyuka, whom he loves very much. Unfortunately, Fuyuka dies in a car accident, making Iori suicidal. Iori tries to strangle Kaname for trying to prevent him from killing himself, but Ema is able to prevent this.
Yusuke Asahina (朝日奈 侑介, Asahina Yūsuke)[5]
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Matthew Mercer (English)[6]
The eleventh son of the Asahina family, aged 17. He is a senior high school student and also Ema's classmate. He has a righteous personality and hates anything to be incorrect. He is also a bit of a delinquent and hates math, but in the manga, he is shown to be good at soccer. He often gets into fights with Fuuto, despite his older brothers' reminders to be a more supportive older sibling. It is revealed in episode 2 that he had a crush on Ema ever since he met her at school, even before she became his sister. He was very confused and initially refused to accept her as his sister when she first joined the family.
Fuuto Asahina (朝日奈 風斗, Asahina Fūto)[5]
Voiced by: KENN (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)[6]
The twelfth son of the Asahina family, aged 15. He is a first year high school student and a very popular idol. He has a devilish and cheeky personality, and is very rude and bratty to his siblings. However, he can be very mature for his age, determined and passionate in his career. In episode 6, he transfers to Hinode High School, which shocks Ema and Yusuke. He loves to tease Ema about being his "beautiful idiot sister" and later develops romantic feelings towards her.
Wataru Asahina (朝日奈 弥, Asahina Wataru)[5]
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)[6]
The thirteenth and youngest son of the Asahina family, aged 10. He is in 5th grade. He is sweet and honest, but very spoiled by his over-protective brothers. He loves sweets and bunnies, since Masaomi made him a blue rabbit toy named "Usa-tan #0" that he always carries around with him. He can be very energetic and enjoys doing very impressive impressions of his older brothers. Since the brothers' father died, Masaomi has become his father figure, and Wataru often goes to him or Ukyo or Kaname for help with his homework.

Other characters[edit]

Juli (ジュリ, Juri)[5]
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese); Sonny Strait (English)[6]
Ema's pet squirrel who has the ability to talk. However, he can only talk to Ema and Louis. He has been with Ema since she was young, always looking out for her and making sure none of the brothers (or "wolves", as he considers them) make a pass at her. He always calls Ema "Chi". Later in the anime, he appears to Ema in a dream as a handsome man in a suit and tells her about her adoption. He has a deeper voice in this form, and while in it he tells Ema that he loves her. Later in the anime, Ema begins to forget about Juli, including forgetting to bring him with her on a trip.
Kazuma Sasakura (佐々倉 和馬, Sasakura Kazuma)
Voiced by: Kazunori Nomiya (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)[6]
Ema and Yusuke's classmate at Hinode High School. He handles the cultural festival for their class.
Mahoko Imai (今井 真秀子, Imai Mahoko)
Voiced by: Saya Shinomiya (Japanese); Lindsay Seidel (English)[6]
Ema and Yusuke's classmate at Hinode High School. She is also Ema's best friend. She is a fan of Ema and Yusuke's brother, Futo. She teasingly addresses Yusuke as "Futo Asahina's brother", which annoys Yusuke.
Chiaki (千秋, Chiaki)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese); Joel McDonald (English)
Kaname's co-worker from Club Buddha. He is called "Chi" by Kaname.
Ryusei (隆生, Ryūsei)
Voiced by: Show Hayami
Kaname's co-worker from Club Buddha. He gives advice to Ema in episode 10. He tells her that family love is true love, which means he understands her current situation.
Rintaro Hinata (日向 麟太郎, Hinata Rintarō)
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese); David Wald (English)[6]
Ema's adoptive father, Miwa's husband and stepfather of the Asahina brothers. He is a well-known adventurer who travels around the world.
Miwa Asahina (朝日奈 美和, Asahina Miwa)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)[6]
The mother of the Asahina brothers, Rintaro's wife and Ema's stepmother. She is a full-time career woman who works overseas.
Kaori Kishida (岸田香织, Kishida Kaori)
Voiced by: Kyoko Hikami (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)[6]
Kaori is a teacher at Hinode High School. She is the Homeroom teacher of Ema, Yuusuke, Mahoko and Kazuma.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Brothers Conflict Purupuru is a manga spinoff of the light novel featuring all the lovely characters from the novel in chibi form. Brothers Conflict feat. Natsume tells the story in Natsume's point of view. Another manga that tells the story from Yusuke's & Futo's point of views is Brothers Conflict feat. Yusuke & Futo and Brothers Conflict feat. Tsubaki & Azusa point of view.

Brothers Conflict Short Stories is a compilation of all the short stories that were previously featured on Sylph and Dengeki Girl’s Style.

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation of Brothers Conflict was produced by Brain's Base and directed by Atsushi Matsumoto. It began airing on July 2, 2013. The opening theme is "BELOVED×SURVIVAL" by singer Gero who is famous on video-sharing website, Nico Nico Douga. The ending theme,"14 to 1", is by Asahina Bros.+Juli. The group is composed of Kazuyuki Okitsu, Daisuke Hirakawa, Junichi Suwabe, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Kōsuke Toriumi, Tomoaki Maeno, Ken Takeuchi, Daisuke Ono, Daisuke Namikawa, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kenn, Yūki Kaji and Hiroshi Kamiya. In addition to streaming rights, Funimation released the series on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8, 2016.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brothers Conflict Romance Novels Get 4-Panel Manga". Anime News Network. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  2. ^ "Brothers Conflict Romantic Novels Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  3. ^ "Funimation to Stream Brothers Conflict, Danganronpa TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  4. ^ http://shop.funimation.com/The-Complete-Series-OVA-Limited-Edition
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Brothers Conflict Anime Character Designs Unveiled". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Ugwa, Godswill (January 8, 2016). "Brothers Conflict English Cast". Funimation Blog. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Funimation Adds Brothers Conflict Home Video Rights". Anime News Network. 12 November 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.

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