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Back in the day, that place was a house filled with magic - a place where you ended up smiling even if you were crying. Surely, an invisible wizard must have lived there. Or so I thought.
What's a young child to do when her mother leaves her father for another man? Or when her father remarries a woman who brings along a child from a previous marriage? Or when her childhood neighbor friend invites her to live with him?
たいようのいえ بيت الشمس 太阳之家 太陽之家 บ้านแสงตะวัน (Thai) Haus der Sonne (German) House of the Sun Taino no Ie
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Couldn't Stop Reading
I could not put this one down. I started it and didn't want to put it down, but sleep called.. haha.
Storyline The story between Hiro and Mao was a little irritating but at the same time understandable.
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I mean think about it. You have a 24 year old working man and a 17 year old high school student who've been friends since childhood. Of course their relationship is gonna be a little awkward. Plus it takes the whole manga for them to get together and it leaves you hanging in the end. What the hell is up with that???
It deals with family, friends, school, work, and love all at the same time. What person at what point in their life didn't have to deal with at least three of these things at the same time? I think the reason I found this manga enjoyable was because I could relate to Mao. Also the supporting characters weren't left out of the manga. They actually played a huge role in the development of the main characters which is a huge plus in my book. Score9
Artwork The artwork was decent. Though there were some areas where it was like... "WTH" when it came to their mouths. The eyes seriously needed some work too. Score6
Plot I guess if someone's never experienced the feeling of true loneliness, they probably wouldn't quite understand where the main characters are coming from. It'd be the same if you've confessed and been rejected. You'd know how the support characters felt. The plot is all on how a person takes it. Personally I put myself in Mao's shoe's because she reminds me of myself, only I was worse off at her age. If you take out the little clips of shorts that are inserted you wouldn't really understand much of the story on some parts of it. However!! (Yes there's a but.) You can still follow the story and see how their relationship develops over the course of their interactions while together. Score8
this manga is everything in the world
I loved it has become my favorite manga, beautiful drawing, amazing story, cute characters. I feel empathy with Mao at first but you don't know if she have double personality or what.. but, I still like her she's strong and she's not like other characters who lose their pride and cry bc a boy. Not her, she has problems.. parents issues. She doesn't know where she belongs, where is her home? She just need a place to be and to found herself. *I'm gonna cry now* You need to read it. I loved how did ended it but I'm sad for daiki (i love him) I prefer him to be with Mao, he's been in love with her all his life I'm quite sure that he's gonna be always in love with her. A happy ending with those would be great, but I can only imagine it in my head. HUH. But I love all the story, was touching I cried thousands times, her father was really annoying. I don't know what else to write because it's an amazing and beautiful story. PS. Daiki, I offer you all my love.
Love and family; a wonderful tale.
Personally, this is my favorite manga of all time. It's a believable family drama blended with romance. It''s not PERFECT -- there's a bit where it's not so great, and the ending takes a liiittle long -- but it's mostly a really strong story about redemption and healing and it never outright ignores the family aspect in favor of the romance. Wrote a long review on it. Seriously, this manga gets so much right. You may be able to relate to it.
As someone who has "daddy issues" this manga hit me close to home. There were even parts where I had to put it down for a few minutes before continuing because it's somewhat realistic for anyone who's parents don't love them. Yeah, I didn't like how many people fell for Mao, but the story never stopped engaging me. Probably because it's rare to find a shoujo where the theme is fixing a broken family. Mao's character didn't annoy me in the slightest and I'm not a fan of tsunderes. She has a prickly exterior because her dad treated her like trash and then her new family didn't initially accept her. It's normal to reject people before they reject you when you've gone through that. This is a really well done shoujo both art and story wise. I forget about manga easily but this one had a lasting impression on me.
... Last updated on May 19th, 2016, 8:50am
For me, what really resonated with this manga is the idea that the Nakamura home is one that is full of warmth, frienship, filial love, laughter,acceptance, and caring, in stark contrast to Mao Motomiya's own fractured family, which left her lonely, alienated, unwanted and to her own mind, an existence that is only bothersome to her own parents. Despite the tragedy that struck the Nakamura's, Hiro became the steadfast source of light who persevered to put back together his own family together, as well as inclulude Mao into the fold. This just shows that a true family need not be those forged by blood ties, but more importantly, by true caring and loyalty. Excellent read.
I found it boring...
I read this manga after reading all the great reviews it got, but I found it disappointing. The characters and situations were all stereotypical, the story predictable, and the tsundere protagonist unbearable (didn't think much about the main guy either, only one I sort of liked was Daiki). The family drama, though, was interesting. However I personally found it surprising how the art got such rave reviews, because it was not my favourite. I especially found it unsettling how far apart in age the two central characters looked - Mao could easily pass for 13. I admit that I stopped reading it around chapter 20, perhaps it was just not suited for my tastes.
... Last updated on December 10th, 2015, 3:50am
This manga is a beautiful read. The art is very simple, but at the same time expressive enough to serve well. It's also hella cute, so that's just fine. The story is sometimes heartrending, sometimes tense, but it's always engaging. I read it all in one sitting and I can't say I'm disappointed. I don't think I had any of those moments where I wish the author had done things differently. It didn't feel like it was too hurried, nor was it unnecessarily dragged out. The psychology behind each decision and behind all actions, as well as behind the story itself, as far as I can tell, is sound. Some people may find that the protagonist is a bit too childish for her age, but I believe that is actually not the case. Every person might come out of that kind of life differently, but your reactions are more than anything else governed by your "inner child", by the expectations, disappointments and experiences you made during your childhood. Her behaviour reflects this very accurately and is appropriate for somebody of her life.
I just had to give this one a 10 of 10, and that's rare for me.
... Last updated on October 24th, 2015, 10:51pm
In Taiyou no Ie, =.= why are all the girls acting all Tsundere? Are they crazy? Hahahaha, oh and almost everyone is putting a frown, why the heck so sad? Even Hiro! Or then it's just how the mangaka likes to draw the characters? I will never know, unless! I pick up another manga of hers(ok, I went to check and apparently I read a lot of manga of hers already haha all high ratings too and nope only this manga hasany frown faces)...so I read until chapter 11, and this is totally a fantasy, things seem unrealistic, happening in a girl's dream, and thus it's a true shoujo manga, that's all I have to say <@< and I continue to read on, and realize, are you freaking sure it's normal for even childhood friends to just touch your face hug you and stuff so intimate?!! And you(the one being touched) feel it's ok?!! I mean sometimes they just don't say anything about the touchy thingy, this is sooooo only happening in a shoujo fan girl's dream~ =,=
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Chapter 12 was full of funny moments. the miso soup part was funny, haha and the part where he said Mao being his wife, ei heh heh heh Chapter 15 then was sad, about to cry, sigh Mao's mother, when will you be good? And about the last page, when did the Hiro like Mao thing started? At first, he was talking crazy about Sugimoto, then suddenly change to Mao, =.= that's how I feel, it changed suddenly without warning. Chapter 20, wao this Taiyou no ie is awesome man, not only one guy's heart got crushed another one will be destroyed too(assuming Daiki will be rejected by Mao, that's for sure). Usually I see the main girls fighting for love, but for Mao, the boys just keep on coming~ Chapter 40.5, can I assume Rui Rui(the one Sugimoto chat with online) is a guy?
Overall, I have to say, the storytelling is truly not bad~ you get to know everyone's perspective and the mangaka flashbacks the past many times! To make you truly truly understand the whoooole story, so I have to commend on the storytelling, awesome~ and the drawing hmm she's very consistent in her drawing and the more I see it the more I like it. In the end, it ended smoothly, I don't expect anything else from this story, I'm contented and wishing the best goes for Sugimoto and Mao's real mom as well.
... Last updated on July 10th, 2015, 9:54am
It was alright. I don't feel like it's as sweet as others. A lot of the drama and roadblocks seem artificial. Also, like the guy below said, she is just a little too childish for her age. Her behavior got on my nerves a little.
Unlike other shoujo mangas that often make me hate the antagonist, I like all characters in this manga, especially the main hero and heroine. The story, art, plot, and ending are all to my liking. It's so heart warming and sweet. Can't wait for the bonus chapters (the scanlation said there maybe bonus chapters) I hope the mangaka will make story about Hiro and Mao's wedding or a slight seeing about their future with children...