My Brother’s Husband Vol 2 by: Gengoroh Tagame


The concluding volume in the story of Yaichi, his daughter Kana, and how their meeting Mike Flanagan–Yaichi’s brother-in-law–changes their lives and their perceptions of acceptance of homosexuality in their contemporary Japanese culture.

As Mike continues his journey of discovery concerning Ryoji’s past, Yaichi gradually comes to understand that being gay is just another way of being human. And that, in many ways, remains a radical concept in Japan even today. In the meantime, the bond between Mike and young Kana grows ever stronger, and yet he is going to have to return to Canada soon–a fact that fills them both with impending heartbreak. But not before more than a few revelations come to light.

Content Warnings: Homophobia, grief, loss of a loved one, and discrimination.

At the end of volume one, we saw Yaichi wake in fear after dreaming that Kana, who was all grown up in the dream, was gay. At the beginning of volume two, we see Yaichi work through accepting that he loves Kana unconditionally and doesn’t understand how some parents could abandon their children just because they’re not straight.

We also see Yaichi continue to work through his own homophobia and start seeing the homophobia and discrimination people, who know nothing about Mike other than his sexuality, have shown and just how rude and unnecessary it is.

I love that this series is set during the three weeks Mike visits Japan and how much, from that short trip, Yaichi is able to re-evaluate the way his reaction to his brother coming out when they were younger. Ryoji is no longer alive but that doesn’t mean Yaichi shouldn’t try to understand his brother and the life, and person, that made him happy.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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