Back in the day, that place was a house filled with magic—a place where you ended up smiling even if you were crying. Surely, an invisible wizard must have lived there. Or so I thoughtTaiyou no Ie
is a 2010 shoujo manga
series by Taamo.
Mao Motomiya spends most of her time with her neighbors, the Nakamura family, rather than at her own home, as her parents are constantly working for her sake and are rarely home.
When her parents get a divorce and she is conflicted with choosing between them, the eldest son of the Nakamura family, Hiro, suggests for her to live with them. Though secretly glad, Mao rejects the offer and chooses to stay with her father. In spite of moving two stations over, Mao continues to visit the Nakamura family until the death of Hiro's parents... Hiro's younger siblings are taken in by relatives and only Hiro remains in the Nakamura house.
Several years pass, and Mao, now seventeen-years-old, is in high school and lives with her father, her stepmother, and the latter's daughter. She continues to check up on Hiro, who is now twenty-three and has a job as an entry level programmer, every now and then, but the stress of adjusting to her new family life causes Hiro to ask again if she'd like to move in with him. This time, Mao agrees.
This series contains the following tropes:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: in Yuzu's case it didn't even matter if the guy in question scammed her before.
- Alliterative Name: Mao Motomiya.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Literally the only requited love was between the Nakamura Siblings's (dead) parents.
- Big Brother Instinct: Hiro towards his siblings, Daiki and Hina, and Mao too.
- Childhood Friends: Hiro and Mao.
- Childhood Friend Romance: between Yuzuno Hironaka and Kaito Motomiya, a.k.a Mao's parents.
- Contrived Coincidence: What are the chances that thebiggest fan of Mao's cellphone novel turned out to be in love with the same guy as her?
- Dude Magnet: Mao is confensed to regularly (though off camera) and once when she was younger a boy who used to bully her confessed to her.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Oda towards Mao, Chii towards Oda, Mao and Radical/Sugimoto towards Hiiro.
- Good Parents: the Nakamura couple.
- In-Series Nickname: Hiro, and sometimes Daiki too, calls Mao "Magyo" because it's cuter. While Mao calls Chihiro, her best friend, "Chii" and miss Sugimoto by her nickname "Radical".
- Innocent Cohabitation: Hiro and Mao.
- They are later joined by Daiki.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Mao would do anything for Hiro. She wants to repay all the kindness he has given to her and the last thing she wants to be is a bother to him... But sometimes she falls under contradictory feelings or actions regarding how to make him happy.
- Chii would wholeheartedly support Mao if she said she liked/wanted to go out with Oda.
- Ladykiller In Love: According to Chii, Oda was a ladies' man. After falling for Mao, he changes.
- Like Brother and Sister: This is how Hiro sees his relationship with Mao, who felt mutually until she developed feelings for Hiro.
- Love Dodecahedron: Chii likes Oda, who likes Mao, who likes Hiro whom her new friend Sugimoto also likes.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Oda has six sisters.
- May-December Romance: What a romantic relationship between Mao and Hiro would fall into. She is 17 and he is 23, and while they don't have a big age difference he doesn't aprove of the idea of a highschool girl dating a working man.
- Megane: Daiki.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Oda and recently Hiro towards Mao.
- Oblivious to Love: Mao's is dense even towards her own feelings... she doesn't even notices Oda's until he T-O-L-D her. Hiro seems to be either this or just trying quite strongly to erase any idea of the possibility that what he feels towards Mao might not be brotherly love.
- Parental Abandonment: Mao's mother said that she'll keep in contact with her... but while it's never showed it's hinted that she never saw her again, and on the other side Mao's father dumped her to somebody else the second he had a chance. While Hiro's parents died in a car accident.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Hiro, Mao even thinks of him as a maternal kind of person.
- Shipper on Deck: Mao's father ships her with Hiro gaining Hiro's contempt, since he knows her father most likely wants to "free" himself of her, "miss Radical" ships Kaoru and Takeshi, Chihiro supports Mao and whomever Mao loves even if that meant she(Chii) would have to give up her love.
- Slice of Life
- Three Amigos: Mao, Chii and Oda.
- Title Drop: Taiyou no Ie, meaning "House of the Sun," is the name of Mao's cell phone novel.
- Tsundere: Both Hiro and Mao can be this.
- Write What You Know: Mao's cell phone novel "House of the Sun" (under the penname "Kuukai") is basically her living with Hiro, but changing their names (e.g. Mao to Kaoru, Hiro to Takeshi). Hiro doesn't realize this, mistakes the kanji for "Kuukai" as "Sorami," and thinks the novel is by his co-worker Sugimoto because she is rumored to writes novels and he feels as though "Kaoru" is similar to Sugimoto; in reality, Sugimoto is merely a fan of Mao's novel.
- Workaholic: Mao's parents when she was young, though that was more to avoid seeing each other.
- But Kaito, Mao's father, honestly worked a lot after Mao was born so he could provide for his wife and child.
- Your Cheating Heart: Mao's mother, Yuzu, towards her dad which eventually leads to their divorce.