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Marmalade Boy  
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All Miki Koishikawa wanted was an ordinary family and that's exactly what she had until her parents decided to move in with another couple (as in switching spouses!) and turned Miki's world upside down. Now she lives in a house with four parents and her totally cute stepbrother, Yuu. It's bad enough being brought into her parents' strange soap opera, but Miki will star in a soap of her own as she deals with friends having affairs, trying to survive in school and ending up torn between her long-time crush, Ginta, and her new stepbrother!


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마멀레이드 보이
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)
6 Kanzenban Volumes

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Chapter 1

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (695 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 13th 2016, 4:19pm PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (1992; 2004)

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (8 Volumes - Complete)

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Year Pos #2554 increased(+64)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
March 16th, 2008, 9:59am
This story was well done and i really enjoy the art, but it's more suited for someone who has not read too many shoujo know when you can say "oh shoujo typical"....or for those who will start off with this one. Otherwise you must really have time on your hands and not anything else that you are anxious to read. I particularly love this mangaka's almost every work so you will certainly enjoy it, in fact i think this is the most shoujouish of the bunch.

... Last updated on March 16th, 2008, 10:02am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by vuongyenxuan
February 12th, 2008, 12:11pm
i love the way they love together, and that 's why i read this manga many times ... this my best i have ever read smile and i think this is the best work of Yoshizumi too.

... Last updated on February 12th, 2008, 12:11pm
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Cliche, but good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Peppermint
August 3rd, 2012, 7:02pm
It's horribly illogical. Throw logic out the window. The two parent couples switching spouses starts the plot in motion. But get past that and the 'false incest' drama, and this manga is a fun read. It's got loads of cliche, but the majority of shoujo is cliche. And cliche makes stories work.

I don't understand how many reviews complain of MB being unrealistic or like a soap opera. In my eyes 99% of shoujo is guilty of the above. Fairytale world views and rollercoaster relationships are integral parts of the shoujo genre.

This manga does have cute art, and the story flows well. It also lacks cliches that I find annoying: falling in love with rapist, petty love rivals, flawless bishies (those princes who are cold, rich, perfect; but deep down inside they require healing), and clumsy heroines (can't seem to walk straight without knocking something over). There's also a lot of tennis playing.

Miki is annoyingly indecisive and angst does crop up in later volumes (oddly enough this near-the-ending angst approaches "realism", false incest aside...), and the plot drags eventually. But there's never a true "dark" moment. Cute and engaging- one of my definitions for good shoujo.

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2012, 7:22pm
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Rating: N/A
by XGatsu
August 16th, 2006, 8:55am

I am a guy and I read shoujo also. I really really dislike this manga. I gave it a 5 instead of a 1 because i did not want to bring the average down too much. Since it seems other people really enjoy it. But this is one of my most hatest mangas. The reason i dislike it is the main characters. The main girl is completely in love with the main boy no matter how cold he is. And the main boy does not seem to show any signs of affection for the main girl through out the whole series. Yet in the end they end up together. Their is little to no character development in between the first and last volumes. It is like chapter 1 he is very cold to her. And than in the final chapter he loves her. The main flaw of this manga is the character development. This work has the same problem as her other work Kimi Shika Iranai. Which had a similiar deus ex machina, out of nowhere, lovely ending. Although I did like Minta Na Bakura. Yes I read all 8 volumes.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by funbun33
April 10th, 2008, 1:47am
an extraordinary series. i never expected to like it so much biggrin
entertaining plot, to-dye-for drawings, beatiful love, touching drama, great comedy, it has everything biggrin it's a clasical shojo which i recomend to everyone biggrin

... Last updated on April 10th, 2008, 1:47am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by JJTang
April 1st, 2008, 11:46pm
I found the story to be quite interesting and character driven. The artwork was magnificent. Wow, Miki is really cute. Though the character development could have been done better, it was quite enjoyable. I'd recommend this for romance fanatics. The last two (maybe three, don't quite recall) volumes really have you on edge.
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One of the best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bubbles Pink
January 16th, 2008, 6:31pm
Marmalade Boy is by far, one of my favorite series! This was one of the first series I read, and I fell in love with it! Although, I have to admit that when I looked at it once before I bought it, I thought it looked stupid. But, I tried it and couldn't wait for the next volume! The story is full of suspense and twists. Although. there were a couple of things I disliked.
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Like, when Meiko gets with Nachan. He was too nerdy looking and the age difference was too large. Not right for her. (I wanted her to get with Satoshi Miwa. I thought he was a good fit.)
Also, I didn't think Ginta and Arimi were good together either. They were kind of haphazardly thrown together, but they're not a good couple.

Also, a plague of 90s manga is that they have rushed endings, Marmalade Boy included. It seemed that when everything was settled in the story, it ended a few pages later.

But, all in all, this series is very good! I recommend it to anyone who likes shoujo manga! Although, if you live in the U.S.A., you'll have a hard time finding it since it's out of print. I'd suggest checking a used bookstore, or ebay, or someplace that sells out of print manga.

... Last updated on December 26th, 2010, 11:27am
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One of my faaavorites!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Abby_Rei
November 18th, 2008, 11:44pm
Woo! I haven't written a review in a long time!
Anyways, I'm glad I remembered to finish this series, since my library didn't have the rest of the manga volumes. >>; I say it was WORTH the read. VERYVERYVERY worth it.

For me, the couples were really easy to figure out, but I think it's just me, since I read too much romance. >> Analyzing who gets with who is my specialty literally, anyways. Miki was a bit annoying when she didn't know who she wanted and when she acts stupid, but DON'T LET THAT GET TO YOU! She makes up for it soon afterward! I liked the development of this novel. ^___^ Lots of sweet moments, but even though there was pretty much only one devastating situation, that impacted the story and I'm sure other readers, SO MUCH.

Agreed? Agreed.

I'm glad that the mangaka went with the ending rather than her other one (she explains it in the bonus chapter at the end). For sure, if she went with the other ending, I would have had to write an ending for myself. That was a horrible alternative ending. -shudders- It's good that she realized it would have been an empty choice. ^_________^

It's a great/amazing/excellent/sweet/loving/heartbreaking manga. Sit down and read it. You'll fall in love. biggrin
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Best Manga   
Rating: N/A
November 12th, 2005, 11:52pm
i love yuu hes soo hot this manga is the best and and i love the ending...i wish there was an after series kinda thing its the best manga ihave eva read!!! and its in anemie i cant spell!!! but still i love this manga....
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It's pretty good for an oldie   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by timenchips
August 6th, 2013, 8:25pm
This was one of the first manga I ever read. I couldn't even remember the name of this until all these years later, when I was staring at Orange Marmalade, going, huh, that title sounds like something. When I was young, this seemed so good. I think I was thirteen or fourteen when I picked this up, haha. I cried a lot reading it because it's full of melodrama. I think you'd be hard pressed to take much of the plot seriously if you're more mature. I think I'd have trouble getting through it without taking what-the-heck-moment breaks if I were to read it again now.
Having said that, it's hard for me to give this a low rating, since it's an important part of what really got me into reading manga. I was a tween, okay. I definitely grew out of this type of manga, but it is pretty decent for such an old work. The style and story line were probably really good at the time it came out---though I wouldn't know, since I was 2 when it was published. It has its moments, though it is pretty typical of modern shoujo (characters and plot).

... Last updated on August 6th, 2013, 8:37pm
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