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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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Cute at first. A revisit may hold flaws.
Okay so this is my first review of a shoujo on here. Granted I have done reviews before but heyoo. Running with the theme of this not being my first time, my recent re-read of this manga was not a first time either, no I had been reading from when it's first volume had been released, waiting for each chapter with baited breath. My first read of Taiyou no Ie was a pleasant one. It had all the good fickleness a normal shoujo slice of life should have with a honey oozing centre. The character you get is a charming scowls tsundere, with enough cute factor to allow you to ignore that sometimes she can be a bit of a buzzkill with an interesting backstory. The main male lead also was an interesting choice, albeit not extremely striking. Though I guess for a story about a shoujo main rooming with an older male, it was nice to get a male that was not sarcastic or somewhat belittling was a nice change of pace. I liked the brother and some of the other characters to come along. The rivalry for once was a bit more realistic, it was nice to have a female rival that didn't become a complete b*tch after encountering our heroine however I found myself not really caring for more of the outside characters such as the friends. Sure hey had a cute plot but at he time, the scenes with their relationship felt more like a filler to space he chapters.
But overall without giving any spoilers my first read of Taiyou no Ie was a good one, great art, funny cute story and a romance youth predictable that was refreshing.
That was what I thought until my re-read. Which is where I want my review to focus more one.
Do not get me wrong, this is still a good manga, and it's one I will happily re-read, there are reasons I re-read it. But as I re-read it there were certain things that irked me that I never noticed before.
For one the romance is actually a lot quicker than I imagined. The first time I read it, I recalled he main male being a lot more reserved so that caught me off guard a little. Maybe it was because I was reading whilst the manga was still ongoing making updates seem longer and that I was too caught up in the males ability to sparkle whilst wearing a fedora of all things and the fact he looked good in a suit- Sorry I side tracked there- but in any case the romance is as equally quick as it it is slow. A quick romance is fine, but when a naturally quick progressive romance starts to prolong it gets annoying. I mean towards the end, there was a lot of unnceccersary actions taken to prolong the characters actually getting together. They could have easily used some of this time prolonging stuff to actually give us chapters where they were officially together, they could have explained he same plot points whilst yah ey were together.
Another thing I noticed was, though whilst refreshing, the shoujo fell into a rather generic fashion. There were interesting moments but also rather plain moments that felt too forced or just like it was trying to live up to a cliché. Thus the friends arc that nobody really asked for, even the first male rival seemed rather cliché and uneeded, I think the brother as a rival was plenty fine.
The whole idea of the female main being a mobile author fell to the background a lot. If it weren't for the female rival, the whole idea of a mobile novel would have been useless. Towards the end it felt like the mangaka suddenly remembered that he web novel was a certain aspect of and tried to tie it in at the end, and I can appreciate that she would have had to keep that consistency to he start of he manga. But the web novel aspect is really just a background part to it. A thing to note is that this manga came out a little time after watashixxshinasai so maybe the mangaka had an idea inspired by that but in the end the manga turned into it's own thing?
I digress however, I think the only other thing to irk me about he manga is that it felt a little artificial. The romance and story wasn't the same as I first read it, which is a shame because maybe it's just because I just naturally notice more things upon a second re-read.
So with that in mind would I recommend Taiyou no Ie? Yes actually.
As I said my first read was a pleasant one, and no matter how many flaws I notice upon my many re-reads, that won't take away from the fact that I did enjoy the manga for what it was. Even when re-reading there were points where I felt the same way I felt when I did read it. So for first time readers I'd say yes, you'll enjoy it. You may notice things on your second re-read but it won't really ruin the experience for you so much that you'll want to put it down.
I enjoyed the manga and I will re-read it again. It's a cute short manga and that's all it aspires to be. For that I can appreciate it!
Summarized in 3 sentences: Cute to a fault, Sweet and lovely enough to keep the excitement. Something that I reread 3 times, which is pretty rare. Incredibly real and no over exaggerated cliche shoujo moments, and something I recommend all manga readers to read, despite not liking the genre.
(It'll shoot heart shaped bullets and sometimes devil shaped bullets through your fragile thumpin heart.) You'll seriously enjoy this.
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.