Taiyou No Ie (House of the Sun, たいようのいえ)
Family doesn’t always refer to your blood relatives. Family could also mean your friends, significant others, and pets. After the death of their parents, Hiro Nakamura and his siblings grew up in separate households. Hiro returns to the Nakamura’s family home; in hopes that his siblings could be reunited as a family. Mao Motomiya has an estranged relationship with her father, and feels like she doesn’t belong in her father’s new family. Thus, Hiro suggests to Mao that she should live in his parent’s home with him because when she was younger, she was always at their house. While living together, Mao and Hiro make it a goal to patch up things with their respective families.
What first attracted me to this manga is the art. The illustrations of each character look adorable, but also simplistic.
In addition, I like how this manga emphasizes the importance of the house and family dinner table. A home signifies stability and security. The Nakamura’s family home is an important symbol because it is where the past, present and future resides for the Nakamura family. In the past, the Nakamura family and Mao would gather around a six-person dinner table and chair set for meals. In the present, however, the family dynamics are broken when Hiro’s parents died; as a result, the Nakamura kids grew up in different homes, and the six piece family table and chair set was replaced with a two person dinner table. As for the future, let’s just say it’s a happy ending.
This manga focuses on the importance of family, blood and non-blood members. Although we may not see eye to eye at times, we should always know that our parents, siblings, and friends still love and care about us. For me, this manga reminded me of all the fun times I had with my housemates during college. For example, Hiro and Mao would share meals together. My housemates and I would always have family dinners and attend some fun events with each other.