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 thought.Taiyou 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.
The series won the 2014 Kodansha Award for Best Shoujo Series.
This series contains the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: While Mao's parents are never shown physically mistreating her, they do leave her alone for extended periods of time when she is really young and could easily get hurt. Their disregard and neglect of her is also shown as incredibly hurtful to her.
- 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.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Mao unless Hiro brings out her inner Tsundere. Very much the impression her classmates have of her.
- Big Brother Instinct: Hiro towards his siblings, Daiki and Hina, and Mao too.
- Big Little Brother: Daiki is taller than Hiro.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The author released a special chapter after the manga won the Kodansha Award, where the characters acknowledge the prize.
- Broken Bird: Poor Mao is a mass of hurt and heartache. Hiro is a male example as well.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Mao's father is really overdue for a good serving of this trope. Hiro is making his contempt quite clear though.
- 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 the biggest fan of Mao's cellphone novel turned out to be in love with the same guy as her?
- Cool Big Sis: Oda's sister.
- Cool Pet: Wakaba the turtle, even if he freaked Mao out at first. Also Croquette the puppy.
- Cooldown Hug: Whenever Mao is made to cry by her dad, Hiro hugs her to calm her down.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After an encounter with her father Mao is in tears and resistant when Hiro tries to comfort her.
- Dude Magnet: Mao is confessed 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.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Hina seems to sport these.
- First Kiss: For Hiro and Mao at the end of chapter 32.
- Friendless Background: Mao before being befriended by Hiro, Hina and Daiki as a child.
- 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-chan" and miss Sugimoto by her nickname "Radical".
- Innocent Cohabitation: Hiro and Mao.
- They are later joined by Daiki.
- Indifferent Beauty: Mao is gorgeous but hardly seems to notice her looks, or ever use them.
- 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.
- She almost states this word for word in chapter 30.
- Chii would wholeheartedly support Mao if she said she liked/wanted to go out with Oda.
- Hime Cut: Mao's hairstyle as a high school student.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Daiki can be rather jerkish at times (much to his own chagrin when it comes to Mao), but usually means well.
- Jerkass: Both of Mao's parents. Emotionally abusive, self absorbed and just plain obnoxious.
- Ladykiller in Love: According to Chii, Oda was a ladies' man. After falling for Mao, he changes.
- Lethal Chef: Mao's attempts at cooking always end in disaster.
- 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 "miss Radical"/Sugimoto also likes.
- Luminescent Blush: Mao is the queen of this trope around Hiro or in relation to Hiro.
- 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 approve of the idea of a high school girl dating a working man.
- Megane: Daiki.
- Missing Mom: It is hinted that Mao's real mother has not visited her ever since the divorce years earlier. Mao runs into her in chapter 44.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Oda and recently Hiro towards Mao.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Mao really likes weird, ambiguously demonic looking stuff.
- Oblivious to Love: Mao 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.
- She is also oblivious to Daiki's feelings, he makes he hints quite strongly to her that he is interested, but she doesn't catch on.
- One Hour Week: The scenes at school are only of lunch hour, when Mao meets up with Chii and Oda. She is hardly ever seen studying.
- Parental Abandonment: Mao's mother said that she'll keep in contact with her... but 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.
- Also the Nakamura siblings, as Hiro's parents died in a car accident.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Mao has beautiful long black hair and very nice skin. Part of the reason she gets confessed to so often.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Averted with Hiro. Mao on the other side plays it straight.
- 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 (Mao's novel's main characters)
- Chihiro supports Mao and whomever Mao loves even if that meant she (Chii) would have to give up her love.
- Sibling Triangle: Mao likes Hiro, who is starting to reciprocate. So far so good, then comes recent chapters and we discover that Daiki also has feelings for Mao.
- Slice of Life
- Supreme Chef: Everything Hiro makes is delicious and looks good. In contrast, Mao belongs to the other end of the spectrum.
- Sweet Tooth: Hiro, big time. Every single day he buys cream puffs.
- ˇThree 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.
- Chihiro tends to act like this in front of her Love Interest, Oda, which results in some trouble with Can Not Spit It Out for a while. Until she does, and it does not go well.
- Daiki often displays signs of being one.
- Turtle Power: Wakaba seems to be a great comfort of both Hiro and Mao.
- Wicked Stepmother: The arrival of Mao's stepmother marked further breach in her relationship with her father. She seems complicit in Mao's exclusion and seems somewhat verbally abusive. She also seems to encourage her own daughter to take over Mao's place in the household.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Cheating Heart: Mao's mother, Yuzu, towards her dad which eventually leads to their divorce.