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Yamada Tarou Monogatari  
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From Kagami:

With their father going away for an extended time without any warning whatsoever, the Yamadas have to get by on their own. Tarou, the eldest son, carries the biggest burden of all: supporting his large family.

Of course, Tarou's money problems are overshadowed by his appearance, as many girls and even guys trample all over each other to get his attention. Experience the joys and tears of being poor AND beautiful through the life of the Yamadas!


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Associated Names
Công Tử Nghèo
Le Fabuleux Destin de Taro Yamada (French)
Poor Prince Taro
Poor Prince Tarou
The Tale of Yamada Taro
Yamada Taro
Yamada Taro Monogatari
Yamada Tarou

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Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.38 by Huffly Parfait Scans over 4 years ago
v.10 c.37c by Huffly Parfait Scans over 5 years ago
v.10 c.37b by TEAM LEECHAMFUN over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (198 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.22 / 10.0
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May 14th 2017, 9:33pm PST



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Asuka (Kadokawa Shoten)

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Spiritual heir to Ranma 1/2   
Rating: N/A
by calh
April 3rd, 2011, 3:36am
Yes, it is. Even though this is neither a gender bender nor about martial arts, the basic premise and the brand of humor is very similar. Which is to say, this might as well be a shounen manga. There's even a reference to Ranma 1/2.
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o_O jaw dropping!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tsukimori
November 17th, 2010, 2:24pm
funny as hell.... you thought you were poor!!! wait till you see the yamadas lol. it's great that even though they are so poor they are just positive thinkers especially Tarou. Heartwarming manga and really makes readers want to help this dirt poor family out... only thing that pisses me off is the mother and father... they just keep popping out kids and does nothing to support them.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
May 5th, 2010, 2:32pm
One of the funniest mangas ever. The main character and his entire family are just so completely hilarious you can't help but laugh and cheer them on. Mimura, Tarou's best friend, was hilarious as well; and so evil (in a good way!) <3 I really recommend it. The only thing I didn't quite like would be the mother, who was a bit annoying; she doesn't have any real good points to love that aren't overshadowed.

Edit: After watching the live-action series, I have to say that the manga is really way better. Several of the characters whom I liked in the manga were honestly dislikable in the live action - namely Tarou's mother and Ikegami, because they were both awfully shallow characters (Tarou's mother is a terrible airhead; the bad kind of dumb; and Ikegami's just awfully selfish.) There is no hint of the hilarious "do anything to survive" mentality in the children, and they never do a thing to help Tarou out. Neither, for that matter, does Mimura. No one seems to actually do anything other than depend on Tarou. It quite spoils the whole thing.

... Last updated on June 13th, 2010, 8:00pm
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A must read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ariel
October 22nd, 2008, 5:44pm
Fascinating from beginning to the very end. The plot is quite unique in its own way with many distinguished characters. I love Tarou (sure), his dad, his friend (what's his name? Gyomura?) and the liltle sister =) I wish there could be a sequel for this cute couple <3
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Rating: N/A
by mizrock
March 27th, 2008, 10:03pm
Ai Morinaga never failed me. though this story is a bit 'subtle' compared to My Barbaric Girlfriend, it's still enjoyable. i wish a group will actually finish this series...

... Last updated on October 12th, 2008, 9:32pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pau-kacHUnk
December 17th, 2007, 11:49am
i wonder how MORINAGA Ai gets such wacky ideas. her drawings are awesome and all of her manga are so damn hillarious...i luv yamada n his family..but i hate his mum! s0_0ry ...
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so touching yet hilarious   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by DawnFlower
November 3rd, 2007, 7:13am
although the whole family and weird parents thing is a bit unneeded in my opinion
and I really hate the part where he actually considered marrying his sister into a rich family... I really like the cast and the setting...

yamada is so admirable - every now and then someone who is from a really poor and troubled background shines like that in the newspaper but this one brings yamada character to life. The comical situations are really funny as well.

I know I can't say it very well but this manga beats most of the cliche-ridden manga out there smile a must read
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BEST manga ever by MORINAGA AI   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by okigen
October 2nd, 2007, 9:03pm
It's absolutely the BEST manga ever by MORINAGA Ai and sure to be a must-read comedy. There are not many manga that can make you laugh from the beginning till the very ending, with such imaginative and unique jokes, and this one is one of them. The plot gets a bit more serious in later volumes (As usual), but overall it's still hilarious and sometimes you will be touched to see their family's love
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drama version   
Rating: N/A
by sickminded
August 1st, 2007, 1:52pm
this manga has been made to two live action drama

the first is taiwan version starring vic zhou

the second is the japanese version starring Ninomiya Kazunari and Sakurai Sho from ARASHI
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Good humour   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Limu
May 25th, 2007, 9:22am
I find the poor situations Taro's put in, very entertaining!
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