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("Dear Brother") is a Girls Love manga
series by Riyoko Ikeda
, also the author of Rose of Versailles
. Written in the 1970s and published in Shueisha's Margaret
, it is one of the earliest examples of the genre, and seems to have had a considerable effect on the series that came after it. It was adapted into an anime
series in the early '90s by influential director Osamu Dezaki
Told through a series of letters written by the protagonist to her Cram School
teacher and older brother figure, Henmi Takehiko, it is the story of Misonoo Nanako, an average girl who manages to be accepted to Seiran Academy, a prestigious girls' school for the wealthy and talented. Despite lacking the background and qualifications of her fellow students, she is soon invited to be a member of the Sorority, an elite group of talented and popular girls. This makes her an easy target for the machinations of her ambitious peers — especially one Misaki Aya, who will do anything it takes to discredit her so she loses her place in the Sorority.
As time passes and Nanako meets more people, she becomes embroiled in the drama and complex, often angsty relationships between them... And that's only the tip of the drama iceberg.
The TV series is currently available to watch legally on Anime Sols
, where you can also pledge money to keep the series afloat in the United States and Canada in exchange for physical goods such as stickers, posters and box sets. New episodes are added every Friday. It's also available on Hulu and Viki under the title "Dear Brother."
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