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Yamada Tarō Monogatari (山田太郎ものがたり, literally, Yamada Tarō Story) is a Japanese manga series created by Ai Morinaga. The manga was serialized in the shoujo magazine Monthly Asuka from 1996 to 2000, and compiled into 14 volumes. It has been adapted into a 15 episode Chinese serial drama and a 10 episode Japanese serial drama starring Ninomiya Kazunari and Sakurai Sho of Arashi.
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Yamada Taro is smart, athletic, and very handsome. He seems perfect on the outside, but he's dirt poor due to his mother's reckless spending habits and his always-gone father. Although never once does he admit it, everyone at school thinks he is a very humble rich boy because of his good looks. However, at home, he must care for his six younger siblings, who share a one-bedroom place with him and his mother.


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This manga has examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Taro's parents neglect their kids to the point it's almost intentionally malicious. They financially abuse all the money their kids earn on useless trashes. They keep giving birth to more children while the house has nothing so the elder siblings have to raise the younger ones, while the latter have to learn to fend for themselves from a very young age. Granted, the mother is extremely naive but after so many years of living in absolute poverty, she should have realized her kids need to eat.
  • Alpha Bitch: Suguira's sister. She's vain, selfish, and loves especially manipulative and sadistic towards her brother. She constantly records his embarrassing moments to force him to do her things.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Takako's parents, who are overweight and extremely thick-skinned. Takako is extremely scared at the thought that she might eventually look and act like them.
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  • Annoying Younger Siblings: Averted with Taro's six younger brothers and sisters. They're all very mature for their ages and always try their best to help their big brother, even if it's not always successful.
  • Berserk Button - Don't take or waste food or money in front of Taro. He will kick your ass.
  • Big Eater: Taro and his family is this trope. The only thing on their mind is always food, but it's justified as their family is so poor that they must make do with everything they get. This including stuffing themselves with food at every possible opportunity since they can't be sure when the next meal will come.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Taro has this happen to him. A lot. In fact, no matter what mundane things he does, somehow the sparkles will come out and hypnotizes everyone around him.
  • Bishōnen: Taro is a Head-Turning Beauty whose appearance came from his gorgeous parents (who themselves also get a lot of fans), which is a large reason why everyone thinks he's a Prince Charming. His polished manners and friendliness also add a lot to that beauty. In fact, the whole Yamada's family falls into this trope with even the younger kids already attracting the attention of their schoolmates.
  • Chick Magnet - Taro has pretty much all the girls in love with him.
  • Engagement Challenge - Mimura's grandfather secretly gives Taro a bunch of challenges to try to split him up from Mimura. Eventually, the grandfather concedes, only to find out that Taro is a man.
  • Even the Guys Want Him - Not only is Taro a big Chick Magnet, he even manages to make Suguira fall for him.
  • Miser Advisor - Taro to his family, doing everything he can to help them save money for meals.
  • Mushroom Samba - Taro is given a bag of "flour" from a rich classmate, and uses it to cook pancakes for his family. Later, it is revealed that the huge bag of flour was actually narcotics made from magic mushrooms. However, due to being so poor and starved, Taro and his family managed to digest it with no problems.
  • Nosebleed - Suguira has nosebleeds every time he's overwhelmed by Taro's Bishie Sparkles.
  • Oblivious to Love - Taro, who generally doesn't even notice that someone likes him. Many times, this leads to him saying things that people misinterpret as his returning their affection.
  • Parental Marriage Veto - Mimura's grandfather, who thinks that Taro (while crossdressing) is Mimura's girlfriend, and is completely against their "relationship" because Taro is built like a... well, a man. He tries desperately to find fault in Taro, but in the end, is unable to spot any and finally accepts him. Until he finds out that Taro is a man.
  • Perpetual Poverty - Let's just say that no matter how much money Taro manages to get, it'll be gone by the next chapter due to his mother spending it.
  • Sacred First Kiss - Taro takes Suguira's sister's first kiss. To put it in her own thoughts: "My most precious first kiss was actually in front of the bathroom, traded for a banana..."
  • Status Quo Is God - How Taro's mom keeps spending any money he manages to get, keeping them poor.
  • Through His Stomach - Generally how people manage to get Taro to think well of them. If they bring him food, many times he'll hug or show some sort of affection for them, allowing them to misunderstand and think he returns their feelings.
  • Unknown Rival - Suguira initially has a very one-sided rivalry with Taro, who was completely oblivious.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser - Taro is forced to wear a maid outfit in order to work for Mimura's family, since his family is only looking for a female maid.
  • Yaoi Fangirl - Chuusai, Suguira's friend. She seems to love the idea of pairing Taro with Suguira (including her imagining them together naked), and even passionately tells Suguira that she'll support him.

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