Me & My Brothers
|Me & My Brothers|
Me & My Brothers English volume 1 cover as published by Tokyopop, featuring (from clockwise left starting with the one with glasses) Takashi, Takeshi, Masashi, Sakura and Tsuyoshi
(Onii-chan to Issho)
|Written by||Hari Tokeino|
|Original run||2004 – 2009|
Me & My Brothers (お兄ちゃんと一緒 Onii-chan to Issho?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hari Tokeino. The collected volumes are published by Hakusensha under the imprint Hana to Yume Comics. It is licensed for English language distribution by Tokyopop and for distribution in South Korea by Seoul Munhwa-Sa.
The story concerns Sakura Miyashita, a fourteen-year-old girl who discovers that her late stepfather fathered four sons. These four brothers come to live with Sakura, and with their diverse personalities, help her deal with loneliness and insecurities. The manga follows Sakura's complicated relationship with and feelings towards her unusual family.
Sakura, upon the spring of her first year in middle school. Her mother Fumiko and her stepfather died in an accident when she was three; the grandmother who raised her has just recently died. One day, however, Sakura comes home and is suddenly embraced by four men aged seventeen through twenty-five. They claim to be Sakura's half-brothers, and give her a letter from her grandmother that leaves her in their care.
It is soon revealed that Sakura holds no actual blood relation with the four, due to their father remarrying her mother after all of them had been born. Nevertheless, they manage to convince Sakura that their love for her as a sister is sincere. For the next few years, Sakura and her brothers live as family, experiencing the range of familial activities: sibling fights, school plays, discoveries of old family secrets, trips to festivals, and more.
Soon after graduating from middle school, Sakura discovers she is in love with her oldest brother, Masashi Miyashita.
Sakura is an independent 14-year-old student. She was once an orphan but ever since she came into the hands of her brothers, she's living a happy and wonderful new life. Every day she becomes closer to her brothers and lightens the spirit of their home. After she graduates from middle school, she attends the same high school as Takeshi did. Later on in the series, she starts noticing that she's falling in love with her eldest brother Masashi.
The eldest brother of the family. He's a 25-year-old romance novelist who likes to dress in women's clothing. He claims his feminine side to be because of his job requires a woman and he tries to think of how they would feel in situations. He seems the most closest and cuddliest when it comes to his little sister. He is overprotective of her. He doesn't like cats. In volume 7, Masashi is confessed by Sakura which causes huge commotions and troubles in the family. Masashi's first love was Fumiko-san who is Sakura-chan's mother.
A 23-year-old teacher, a Japanese teacher at Sakura's middle school. He's the calmest in the family and likes cats. He doesn't really show his emotions, which makes him very mature indeed. He is also very popular as a teacher at Sakura's middle school.
A 19-year-old who puts much care into his part-time jobs. Tsuyoshi is very irritable of his brothers yet he's more soft with Sakura since she's new and the youngest in the family (And because he loves her). He seems to blush almost every time he and Sakura talk to each other, probably because she's so cute. He is overprotective when it comes to her and is particularly vocal when expressing this attitude. Even though he claims it's unlike himself, his secret dream is to become an owner of a shop to make people happy. In volume 10, Tsuyoshi opens up his own store. After catching the action of Sakura confessing to Masashi, Tsuyoshi decides to be very, overly protective of Sakura from Masashi.
A 17-year-old eleventh grader. He takes a very special interest in gardening, which is his main favorite hobby as well. Takeshi is the gentlest and quietest of the four brothers and cares quite well for Sakura. He graduates from high school and attends college just as Sakura graduates from middle school. And besides, Takeshi may love flowers, but his own little sister is his favorite flower. Even though he may seem tall for his age...he is the youngest of the four.
A classmate and a good friend of Sakura. She finds Sakura's brothers very attractive and always perks up whenever she's in their presence. Her older brother attends Takeshi's high school. Tomoko accidentally said something about Sakura liking Masashi while visiting the Miyashita's house causing Masashi hearing it and Sakura confessing. She's known as the "love adviser".
Another classmate and good friend of Sakura. He's a shy boy and has a crush on Sakura, but is too nervous to show it because he's frightened of her new guardians. He is particularly frightened by Masashi, who becomes the opposite of his usual optimistic self when he sees Suzuki just gazing at Sakura, and Tsuyoshi, who is extremely vocal of his overprotective attitude toward Sakura. He eventually attends the same high school as Sakura. Suzuki later on decides to keep his feelings to himself and not let Sakura know about them.
- Yosuke (洋介 Yousuke?)
A cousin of Sakura's brothers, his family took in Takeshi when Sakura and her brothers' parents died. He is the same age as Takeshi and became an older brother figure to him. He leaves to train for soccer and is initially jealous that Sakura has taken his place in Takeshi's life. However, after Takeshi reveals he values Yosuke as a brother and hopes to be an older brother to Sakura like Yosuke was to him, Yosuke warms up to Sakura and begins to treat her like a sister. He calls Sakura shorty.
- Katagiri (片桐 Katagiri?)
Katagiri had a tough life and was bullied all the time. He never talked and was always getting into fights. The only person that could snap him out of his phase was Sakura, and eventually he fell in love with her. Katagiri confessed his love for Sakura, but before Sakura has a response to his feelings, she discovers that Katagiri is moving away. Before leaving though, she makes it clear that she just thinks of him as a friend. He later returns and attends the same high school as Sakura and forms a cooking club. After trying so many times to get Sakura to be the love of his life, he was confessed to by Sonomura and decides to move on supporting Sakura with her love and starting a new love with Sonomura.
- Rin Morimoto (森本りん Morimoto Rin?)
A childhood friend of Tsuyoshi. He is half Japanese, as his father was Swiss and his mother Japanese. Introduced in Episode 13, Rin visits Tokyo to look at the college and to see Tsuyoshi, with whom he is in love but does not return his feelings. Just like Masashi, Rin is incredibly effeminate and wears female attaire, but unlike the eldest Miyashita brother, he is a homosexual.
- Taizo Fukasawa (深沢泰三 Fukasawa Taizo?)
The 36-year-old owner of a cafe near the Miyashita household, he meets Sakura for the first time after she has lived with her brothers for about a year. Taizo has a habit of spouting Italian, a habit that reflects his dream: to own a cafe in Italy. Sakura resembles the woman his love who died while he was in Italy, so he takes to her immediately, much to her brothers' dismay. Eventually, it is revealed that Taizo is Sakura's biological father and that his love was Sakura's mother, Fumiko Otsuka. The Miyashitas confront Taizo about his relationship with Fumiko just as he is about to leave Japan for Italy to avoid seeing Sakura (and her painful resemblance to Fumiko); he affirms their suspicions and explains he has no intention of acting as Sakura's father and leaves Japan for Italy again. Sakura doesn't see Taizo again until after she graduates middle school. Masashi decides that maybe he, Sakura, and the other brothers should visit Italy to see Taizo for Sakura's sake, but he discovers that Taizo is back in Japan. Masashi meets Taizo in front of Fumiko's grave and convinces him to meet with Sakura again, as her father. He and Sakura are able to reconcile their relationship and Sakura recognizes him as a surrogate father figure.
A member of the soccer club with Suzuki, he is in the 11th grade at Sakura's school. He has sister attachment issues with his sister, Nene, and doesn't feel comfortable unless he's holding her hand. He shows very little facial expression, and is usually shown with a blank look, but actually has a charming face and is very popular, as we see in Chapter 25 when he is seen with his pockets overflowing with Valentine's Day chocolate. He is also very good at imitating people's voices and constantly attempts to get Nene and Terada together. When Terada graduates, Nana succeeds him as the captain of the soccer team. In volume 10, Nana is confessed by a girl but says that he's going out with "Shrimp" so called Sakura. Sakura takes it as a joke, but he doesn't.Yet she constantly confuses his feelings with nene.It is hinted he may have a sister complex.
An 11th grader at Sakura's school and Nana's twin sister, Nene is the manager of the soccer club. She has the same personality as Nana and is noted by Sakura to be very beautiful. She seems to believe that Sakura and Suzuki are a couple, referring to him as 'her boyfriend.' She might possibly be in love with Terada.
- Mizusawa (水沢 Mizusawa?)
The self-proclaimed "bulls-eye aim" of the soccer team. He is in the 10th grade and in the same class as Suzuki and Sakura. After seeing Masashi as a "Yazuka boss lady", he instantly fell in love with him, not knowing that he is a boy, and constantly tries to please him. He seems to be good friends with Suzuki.
The 12th grade captain of the soccer club. He has a cheerful personality and is easily pleased. He is good friends with Nana and Nene, and is called "Samurai Hair" by Nana due to his samurai-like hair style. He may be in love with Nene.
- Umeda (梅田 Umeda?)
Takeshi's friend from school, who Takeshi calls "Ume-chan". He works at the cafe with Taizo and makes sure he doesn't do anything stupid. He is unfriendly and has a personality much like Nana and Nene.
- Yukari Sonomura (園村 ゆかり Sonomura Yukari?)
Sakura's classmate in high school. Sonomura was in the same class as Katagiri during their second year in middle school, where she also developed a crush on him ever since he helped her out of an embarrassing cooking situation. She is dating Katagiri.
The series was first adapted into a drama CD as the supplement of the April 2007 issue of LaLa compiled together with 3 other series, Kin'iro no Corda, Ryū no Hanawazurai and Kaichō wa Maid-sama! as LaLa Tokimeki Drama CD. There was a booklet enclosed together with the drama CD. Colored illustrations of the featured series were also given out as presents to random readers. Misato Fukuen, Takashi Kondō and Kenichi Suzumura voiced Sakura, Masashi and Tsuyoshi.
On July 25, 2007, a commercial drama CD was released by Marine Entertainment and the first pressing of the release contained a cellphone head cleaner. Customers who purchased the limited pressing directly from Marine Entertainment also received a B2-sized poster for the release.
- お兄ちゃんと一緒 11 (in Japanese). Amazon. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- Tokeino, Hari (2004). "Chapters 1-3". Oniichan to Issho, Volume 1. Hakusensha. ISBN 4-592-18801-2.
- Tokeino, Hari (2007). "Chapter 38". Oniichan to Issho, Volume 8. Hakusensha. ISBN 4-592-18428-9.
- Tokeino, Hari (2007). "Chapter 39". Oniichan to Issho, Volume 8. Hakusensha. ISBN 4-592-18428-9.
- "Me & My Brothers Volume 4". Tokyopop. Retrieved 2008-03-26.[dead link]
- "Me & My Brothers Volume 11". Barnes&Noble. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- "LaLa4月号" (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Archived from the original on February 25, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
- "MARINE CD DATABASE - HCD お兄ちゃんと一緒" (in Japanese). Marine Entertainment. Retrieved March 2, 2010.[dead link]