Me and My Brothers, known as Onii-chan to Issho in Japan, ran in LaLa magazine from 2004-2009. It was brought to the states by Tokyopop and published from 2007-2010. Me and My Brothers is a blended family story that succeeds in sibling bonding, but pushes standard stereotypes when it comes to romance.
The Gist: Middle school student Sakura Miyashita has been living with her grandmother since she was three, when her parents both died in an accident. When her grandmother passes away, Sakura prepares herself for her life of loneliness. Only to come home one day from school and find four boys age seventeen to twenty-five claiming to be her brothers. When she is presented with a letter from her deceased grandmother explaining the situation, Sakura embraces her new family life. The story follows the reunited siblings and the trials they face as they reestablish their familial (and not-so-familial) bonds.
It’s an entertaining series, but I really didn’t care for it. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the romance, and I’m sure that’s because of my own stereotypes. The family aspect is endearing however, and seeing the siblings as younger kids with their parents is darling. They made a great family.