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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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Associated Names
마멀레이드 보이
Cỏ dại
La familia crece

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Latest Release(s)

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
February 21st 2018, 6:45pm PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (1992; 2004)

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #528 increased(+247)
Monthly Pos #1223 increased(+151)
3 Month Pos #2165 increased(+51)
6 Month Pos #2262 increased(+188)
Year Pos #2622 decreased(-4)

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On 364 reading lists
On 493 wish lists
On 2358 completed lists
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
January 26th, 2008, 10:35pm
i read this about.. 3 times. (i bought the whole collection) haha.ITS SO GOOD. lyk.. the stuff they face and everything is so cute! the anime is good too!. but yeah. i recommend this to ppl who like ROMANCE. =P. a must read!
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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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Rating: N/A
by naishoubanashi
December 13th, 2007, 11:29pm
i spent 3 days reading this, yeah it gave me a fluffy feeling at times, but the actual plot was like a moldy dry bread crust. Miki got on my nerves at times and this could have REALLY used a light ero scene. I mean the settings are perfect all the time but then the chapter ends T_T plus, its so cliche and the ending was HORRIBLE! trust me. i named this, marmalade boy is Bleh.
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Naïve, Boring... and Stupid   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by La Plume
November 2nd, 2007, 8:26am
One of the first shoujo I've ever read, was pretty young back then and didn't really like it... Ten years later and after having reread it... It's even more stupid than I thought it was back then.

The main heroïne is spending the whole time wondering... and wondering... and wondering to the point of ultimate boredom. No personnality at all, she's plain and boring. Her best friend is in in love with her teacher, classic shoujo cliché, but it's not even dealt with a slightest bit of originality.

It's seems like an accumulation of clichés put together but never exploited with Inventiveness. With such a long carreer, I was expecting something else but every mangas she's done I've read so far are so damn superficial It's a pain. Among them, Marmalade Boy is certainly one of the worst she's done.
I can't even explain how the hell did I manage to finish it twice.
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Rating: N/A
by sweetkisses8584
August 22nd, 2007, 9:47pm
i like it it was good i like stories like this... haha but i could never finnish watching the anime.. eh.. too long too long... sad but manga is always good... only 8 volumes... how did they make that in to a seventy something episode anime.. beats me.. smile haha
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Manga's OK, Anime's even worse   
Rating: N/A
by Kohaku_KUN
July 17th, 2007, 3:02pm
Well, I guess the title says it all. I made the mistake of watching the anime first, and was disgusted and repulsed. Did it really take 72 episodes to chose Yuu, Miki? At the prodding of a friend I finished the manga and I must say it was loads better, it almost didn't drag at all. It was better in my opinion than Kare Kano, but Hana Yori Dango still reins supreme......ESPECIALLY the live j-drama.
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Boring and inane...   
Rating: N/A
by VampireBanana
June 23rd, 2007, 9:16pm
This was a series which never seemed to go anywhere. The characters remained static for the purpose of fitting the stereotypical "shoujo: boy and girl pairing". I only read all the volumes because I promised a friend I'd do so.

If you don't like to read and hate to think and only want to look at pretty pictures, then this manga is for you. Otherwise, avoid at all cost.
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Not bad   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
June 22nd, 2007, 1:03pm
A really cute and sweet story. Only 8 volumes, so it's not too drawn out, but the characters never develop beyond their original personalities. The ending doesn't feel as dramatic as it could be, but it's still satisfying.
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Marmalade Boy   
Rating: N/A
by Orika
May 17th, 2007, 6:17am
I very like the story about Miki and Yuu (YUU LOVE). The arts are... clear and the characters has realistic traits. It's one of my favourite mangas!
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