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Family Complex

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Family Complex

Fourteen-year-old Akira is ordinary. And he knows just how ordinary he is because everyone in his family is extraordinary. Amazing looks, amazingly popular, Akria's brother and sisters --- even his parents --- get noticed wherever they go, making Akira's plainness even more noticeable. It's enough to make him want to stay as far away from his family as possible. Akira has a complex about his family, a family that thinks he's fantastic!

Each family member is profiled separately in this somewhat silly look at how the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Handsome Harumi is jealous of Akira's ability to fit in; popular tomboy Natsuru is desperate for a true friend; and the youngest daughter, Fuyuki, is looking for someone to understand her. The way that all four siblings' situations are played out are wacky, but the emotions behind their actions are universal. The desire to shine without sticking out like a sore thumb, wanting to fit in and feeling invisible when you don't know how to communicate your wishes are all feelings that teens everywhere have every day.

Rated 13+ for some mild sexual humor, FAMILY COMPLEX is a sweet reminder that we're lovable, despite our flaws.

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Reviewed by Eva Volin on October 18, 2011

Family Complex
by Mikiyo Tsuda

  • Publication Date: February 19, 2008
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1569707715
  • ISBN-13: 9781569707715