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Manga Confronting Homophobia In Japan Getting Live-Action TV Drama

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#1 My Everything

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:38 PM


My Brother’s Husband tells the story of Yaichi, a single father raising his daughter, and Mike Flanagan, a Canadian man who was married to Yaichi’s twin brother Ryoji.

Mike travels unannounced to Japan after his husband’s recent passing. Yaichi must face his deceased twin’s sexuality and overcome his own preconceptions, and Mike learns what caused the brothers to drift apart.


When i09's Charles Pulliam-Moore reviewed the manga, he wrote:

While we often think of Japan as being a place with relatively progressive politics with regards to queer sexualities, My Brother’s Husband gently alludes to the sort of small, everyday aspects of homophobia that ultimately drove Yaichi’s brother to leave. Yaichi never explicitly took issue with his brother’s being gay but, in his conversations with Mike, he begins to realize that maybe, on some level, he wasn’t as comfortable as he originally thought.

There’s something beautiful in the careful way that My Brother’s Husband handles Yaichi’s coming to terms with his feelings about his brother that’s rarely seen in mainstream comics. Rather than treating the tension between Mike and Yaichi as a massively dramatic point on conflict, the book instead treats it like the complicated and messy holding pattern that it is.

This isn’t seen in mainstream Japanese television, either. On Japanese variety programs, there are numerous LGBTQ celebrities, but they are often portrayed as bombastic and overblown. But so are their straight counterparts. Typically on Japanese television, there isn’t much room for thoughtful subtlety.

(In Japan, international relationships and ideas about foreigners are also often fraught with all sorts of misconceptions, adding yet another layer to My Brother’s Husband.)

The most common male-male relationships in manga and anime that Westerners know are typically aimed at women. My Brother’s Husband, however, was created by openly gay manga artist Gengoroh Tagame, famous for his work in the bara (“rose” in Japanese) subgenre that is aimed directly at gay men.


According to Natalie, the TV drama will debut on NHK’s BS Premium and will star Ryuta Sato as Yaichi and former sumo wrestler Baruto Kaito as Mike (both pictured above). The three-episode series will debut next March.


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:41 PM

Nice ahmagahplz.png .  I was going to pick this manga up at the book store a couple months ago, but I spent that money on my friend's birthday gift instead rlytearpls.png

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:45 PM

Ooooh this sounds good!!

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:00 PM

This is great news! I hope I'll get a chance to see the drama. I've heard of the manga in passing but never read it, I probably should read it soon.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:28 PM

I'm half excited half worry...The characters are there I hope the acting don't be cringe.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:33 AM

I'm half excited half worry...The characters are there I hope the acting don't be cringe.


Sato Ryuta should be great. He's surprisingly good at subtle, serious roles. Haven't seen Kaito in any roles before though.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:20 AM

I’m not into Bara ones but I’ll probably see it for the plot. Sounds interesting.

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 05:14 AM (Edited by cheeschashi, 25 December 2017 - 05:16 AM.)

this sounds more like a slice of life kind of story and I'm up for this



IS (Intersex) was adapted as drama years ago and I didn't see it being overly popular despite the great story and complexity. hopefully this will get a better acceptance

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:46 AM

First look



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:59 AM

Ooooh happy to hear this, hope it will be succesful.

I bought the first volume but procrastinated in buying the 3 other volumes even though I loved it.
Time to pick it up the next time I'm at the bookstore.

First look

Ooooh looks good, they match the characters.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:20 PM

One of my classmates recommended this manga to me few weeks ago. I should start reading it now that it's getting a live action movie.

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