BROTHERS CONFLICT Vol. 4

Sorry for the long delay. I was exhausted after the trip and got a bit distracted with Tokimemo GS Premium 3rd Story, but here’s the summary for vol. 4. Sadly not too many Yusuke events.

Whether Ema wants it or not, she can’t deny the facts that her brothers are falling in love with her one by one. Her kindness drives a certain someone towards the edge of desperation, and in the end it only causes more conflicts to come her way. In the fourth volume, everyone goes flower-viewing together in spring, Fuuto shocks Ema with his choice of high school, she goes on a beach trip with the triplets, and she also finds the shocking truth about her real identity.

Chapter 11: 桜舞う、心騒ぐ
[ The cherry blossoms dance, the heart cries ]

After school, Ema meets Hikaru on the train home. He gives her an expensive chocolate and explains that he received it from a man who’s trying to seduce him, but the chocolate will only be a bother since he still has more places to visit. Hikaru then says he has one small request for Ema, and noticing that she looks hesitant, he assures her that he’s not plotting anything evil — he only wants to go flower-viewing tomorrow. Ema invites everyone to go flower-viewing when she gets home, and Ukyou gladly accepts because everyone is free tomorrow evening. Besides, it’s a nice idea to relieve stress. Especially for Fuuto and Iori, who just finished their entrance exams, and also Kaname, who’s been looking really tired recently.

Ema helps Ukyou preparing their meal the next day, and he teaches her how to cut a beef by holding her hands from behind. |壁|ョ・_・*)❤ Ukyou admits he’s happy to cook together with Ema, but sadly it only lasts until Hikaru suddenly appears asking why are they いちゃいちゃ-ing here. xD He heard Ukyou saying “That’s it, you’re good. Now continue.” to Ema earlier, and he thought they’re doing something dirty. (○´゚ω゚`):;*.’:;ブッ Hikaru also mentions that Ema is far better than Reiko when it comes to personalities, which means that Ukyou has finally stopped looking at women just based on their breast size LOL. Ukyou obviously rages and says Hikaru is also a pervert who loves crossdressing, but Hikaru calmly answers it’s necessary for his job. When Ukyou says he doesn’t have any ulterior motives, Hikaru points out that the back of his neck was red when he was holding Ema’s hand earlier. (❤ฺ→艸←) Just then Juli suddenly jumps into the kitchen, and he rages at the “immoral big-breast-loving lawyer” by stomping on their raw beef with his squirrel feet.. so in the end everyone goes flower-viewing with only vegetables in their bento boxes. Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒(。A。)アヒャヒャヒャヒャ!!

Yusuke and Wataru keep protesting about the lack of meat, and afraid that Ukyou would snap anytime, Ema says she’ll buy something from the convenience store. Subaru suddenly gets up too saying he’ll go with her, which really shocks everyone since that Subaru is making a move on Ema. Along the way, Subaru tells Ema that he has an important match coming up soon, and he wants her to come and watch him play. At first Ema is reluctant because Subaru looks so serious, but she eventually agrees when he says that he wants to win in front of her. Upon hearing her answer, Subaru hugs Ema saying he was actually thinking of giving up on inviting her.. but he feels glad to have asked her out properly. He quickly lets go and apologizes, then he goes home right after taking the food back to their brothers.

Not too long after Subaru left, Rui comes to see Ema with a lot of cherry blossom petals on his hands. He says it’s a present from the wind to her, and he arranges her hair using the petals to make her even more beautiful. When Ema returns to the brother’s place, Hikaru reveals that he’s actually a noir novelist under the pen name of “Asakawa Hikaru”. The main characters in noir novels are mostly criminals, and Hikaru always collects the necessary data directly from real criminals.. who are usually men. That’s why he’s dressing up as a woman whenever he approaches them, and he even lived with one of them in the past. Before Ema could recover from the shock, suddenly they hear Tsubaki singing karaoke nearby. He’s surrounded by a lot of middle-aged ladies, and Fuuto moves to the lake since he can’t stand the noise. However, Tsubaki then introduces Ema as his “girlfriend” to the entire audience and makes it really clear that they have kissed before. Σ(Д`|||ノ)ノ Everyone is shocked upon hearing this (except for Hikaru who finds it interesting), and Yusuke instantly rages at Tsubaki saying he can’t forgive this. Natsume tries to stop Yusuke from going wild, but since Yusuke keeps on resisting, they end up falling into the lake instead — dragging poor Fuuto along with them. 8D

Late at night, Masaomi tells everyone that it’s time to go home. Noticing that Ema wants to stay behind with Kaname and Hikaru, Masaomi asks Ukyou to let her stay. Knowing that Ukyou is worried about Ema, Masaomi tells him that Kaname is always thinking about Ema. He cares a lot about her, and despite him being a frivolous flirt, he would never do anything to harm her. Hikaru is impressed since Masaomi has become much more reliable now, and when he asks if something happened while he was away, Masaomi answers it was Ema who changed him.. which only causes Hikaru to develop more interest in Ema. Soon after Masaomi and the others go home, Iori comes and apologizes for being so late. He was busy with work earlier, but he’s happy to see that Ema is still waiting for him. Kaname quickly interrupts saying they’re here as a family, and Iori can’t have a date with Ema today since Hikaru and him are also present. Iori doesn’t care though, and he replies that they’re indeed a family.. but blood relations don’t have any meaning in his eyes. Upon hearing this, Kaname tells Ema to ignore Iori and asks Hikaru to take her home. When they arrive at the mansion, Hikaru notices that Ema is still thinking about Kaname and Iori. He assures her that Kaname will take care of Iori, and he knows really well that nothing dangerous will happen between those two. For now. Hikaru is more interested in Ema herself, because he’s starting to see why his brothers are falling in love with her.

Chapter 12-1: 睫毛をふるわす嵐が
[ The storm that shakes eyelashes ]

After dinner, Wataru is watching his favorite anime on TV. The main sponsor is a travel agent which recently selected Fuuto to star in their TV commercial, and Yusuke keeps changing the channel because he can’t stand seeing Fuuto’s face everytime. xD While Wataru and Yusuke are busy fighting over the remote control, Masaomi asks Ema if she wants to stay in the hotel from the commercial. This shocks Yusuke and Ukyou because it sounds like an extremely bold invitation, but Masaomi is actually thinking of traveling overseas with everyone in summer — not alone with Ema. He only asked her because he wants to make her happy. (๑´ლ`๑)♡ Ema mentions that she doesn’t have a passport, but they explain that she can get one easily if she prepares the necessary documents.

Soon Iori walks into the living room, and Ema notices that he got a haircut. The first thing he does is to ask if she likes his new hairstyle, and he also asks if she’s good in English.. because Jouchi University gives high marks for English in the entrance exam. Ema doesn’t understand why he suddenly brings up Jouchi University, but Iori doesn’t give her any chance to think. Iori says he’ll teach her if there are any subjects that she doesn’t understand, and when Yusuke asks if he can join their study session, Iori completely ignores him and leaves after saying it’s a promise between him and Ema. Poor guy. (´・ω・`;)

On the day of Hinode High School’s opening ceremony, Yusuke and Ema are surprised to see Azusa at their school. He looks really neat in a formal suit, and he explains that he didn’t have any plans to come here today. It’s just Masaomi is taking care of an emergency, Ukyou has a meeting, and Kaname is busy with memorial service.. and so Azusa had to take their role as a guardian. Yusuke and Ema are confused since they didn’t hear anything about this before, but before Azusa could explain anything, a taxi stops in front of the school gate and Fuuto walks out wearing Hinode High School’s uniform. Fuuto politely greets them saying he’ll be attending Hinode High School too from now on, which means that he’s now their junior.

After the opening ceremony starts, Ema walks around the hall while still thinking about what just happened earlier. She knew that Fuuto safely passed his entrance exam, but whenever she asked about the name of the school, he always replied with “it’s a secret” — obviously because he wanted to surprise her. Just then Ema hears a faint voice nearby, and she finds Fuuto sleeping under a cherry blossom tree nearby. Ema knows she should wake him up, but she can’t do it because the sight of Fuuto sleeping outside is so irresistably sexy. (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン The tension escalates when Fuuto suddenly whispers “Don’t do it, nee-san.. Don’t touch me there, I won’t be able to hold back..” and starts panting in his sleep. Σ(〃д〃) Ema can’t stand it anymore and tries to wake him up, but Fuuto suddenly opens his eyes and reveals that he’s actually awake. He left the hall because the ceremony is so boring, but he didn’t expect to see her here. Fuuto quickly holds Ema’s hands and pins her against the tree, asking if she knows why he decided to come to this school. He also gives her a chance to escape, but since she remains quiet in his arms, he chuckles and blows his warm breath onto her eyelashes. Just as he promised, he’s going to give her an exciting school life from now on. (❤ฺ→艸←)

Chapter 12-2: 溢れる想いの行方は
[ Where the overflowing emotions are ]

In May, Ema goes to watch Subaru’s match in Yoyogi Gym. She was actually reluctant to go after he hugged her, but she decided to go after receiving a mail from him. She can feel that he’s really determined about winning the match, and she’s glad that she came to watch him play — because he puts up a great performance today. Subaru stands out in the court with his three-point shots, and Ema notices that he looks really satisfied. In the middle of the match, Natsume suddenly appears asking what she’s doing here. He finds it surprising that she was invited by Subaru, and he also admits that he’s actually skipping work just to watch the match. He’s worried about Subaru, though he knows that Subaru only wants him to leave him alone. Meiji University eventually wins the match, and Subaru immediately gets surrounded by all of his teammates after their victory. It would be hard to talk to him since he has celebrations and meetings afterwards, so Ema decides to go home with Natsume.

On the way to the car, Natsume receives a call from his office and asks Ema to wait for him. Ema then goes to sit on a nearby bench, where she sends a mail to thank Subaru for inviting her and also to congratulate him on the victory. After a while, Subaru suddenly comes running to see Ema. He’s still wearing his uniform, and it seems like he ran out of the gym upon reading her mail. When Ema says he looked really cool in the court today, Subaru smiles saying it’s all thanks to her. He suddenly asks if she’s dating anyone or has someone she likes, and when she shakes her head, he asks her to stay with him forever and kisses her hand. (๑´ლ`๑)♡ Subaru tells Ema that he needs her by his side, but sadly his confession got interrupted when Natsume returns. Despite Subaru’s attempt to explain, Natsume coldly tells him that it’s still too early for him to fool around. He tells Subaru to go back to his team inside, and that he should save all the “foolish things” until he becomes a first-class basketball player. Subaru obviously gets angry and says he doesn’t want to hear that coming from a person who quit tracks and fields, but Natsume calmly replies that it would only be a half-hearted attempt if he continues anyway. After glaring at Natsume for a while, Subaru apologizes to Ema and walks away.

Soon after Subaru leaves, Natsume asks if Ema really doesn’t know the reason why Subaru has been acting strange recently. Ema is too scared to answer, and Natsume keeps repeating the question until she eventually snaps. She cries saying she doesn’t know anything, and she can’t understand the meaning behind everyone’s actions. Just then it suddenly starts raining, and Natsume apologizes saying he doesn’t mean to hurt her. He gently wipes her tears away, asking her to forgive him. When Ema quietly says yes, Natsume takes off his coat and puts it on her shoulder. Then he guides her to the car and drives her home.

Chapter 13: ここにはいられずに
[ Can’t stay here ]

A few days later, Tsubaki learns from his manager that he won’t have any summer vacation this year. His schedule is completely packed until the end of summer, and so he tells Ema that he won’t be able to join their overseas trip. Ema, being the good girl that she is, feels sorry for Tsubaki, and he uses this chance to invite her on a trip to Miwa’s private island this weekend. Ema actually feels bothered by Tsubaki’s recent attitude towards her, so she says she’ll go if they bring other people along.. and this leads to Tsubaki dragging both Azusa and Natsume to join the trip. Upon arriving at the island, Tsubaki invites Ema to swim together and asks her to change into her swimsuit. At first Ema refuses since she’s not in the mood for swimming, but she instantly changes her mind when Natsume says he’ll teach her how to dive. Unfortunately this only causes Tsubaki to get jealous, and his jealousy turns even deeper when Azusa tries to calm him down. Tsubaki notices that Azusa seems so happy, and he asks if Azusa actually wants to see Ema in a swimsuit. Azusa stutters as he tries to deny it, and Tsubaki clearly tells him that he won’t hand Ema to anyone — not even to his beloved twin. Ema actually can hear their conversation from afar, and soon Azusa turns around to look at her. Noticing that Azusa is blushing madly, Ema quickly runs off towards the villa.

In the evening, Natsume helps Ema preparing dinner in the kitchen. Natsume notices that Ema is watching him closely as he cuts the vegetables, and he explains that he cooks for himself everyday. Back when he still did sports, he used to cook during gasshuku too. Natsume says he did long-distance road relay in the past, but he drops the subject saying they should cook fast or else Tsubaki will complain again. Ema keeps thinking if Natsume’s past has something to do with what Subaru said to him before, and she ends up cutting her finger thanks to her wavering concentration. Natsume quickly grabs Ema’s hand and licks her injured finger, and he only realizes what he’s doing when he sees her blushing. (。-∀-)ニヒッ♪ He apologizes and goes to get a first aid kid, and he tells her that he doesn’t have ulterior motives — he only did it because he was in a panic. After Natsume is done treating her wound, Ema says she wants to continue making dinner. Upon hearing this, Natsume sighs saying Ema is too kind.. and that’s why some people completely misunderstand her actions. He wants her to know some people will take her kindness as a sign of affection, and one of them is here with them in the villa.

That night, Ema finds Tsubaki practicing his lines alone in the dark living room. He asks her to help him practice because he can’t seem to grasp the role yet, and despite Natsume’s warning earlier, she agrees to help and reads the script beside him. The story is about a guy who hurt his girlfriend in the past, and now he’s trying his best to win her heart back. There’s a scene where he apologizes for kissing her, and right after reading that line.. Tsubaki suddenly drops the script saying he won’t apologize for kissing Ema. He won’t apologize even if she’s angry, because he’s really serious about her. In order to prove it, Tsubaki then pushes Ema down to the sofa and confesses that he loves her. Tsubaki asks Ema to accept him, and he kisses her repeatedly — saying he won’t give her to anyone. Ema gradually loses her strength to resist, but eventually someone comes and pulls Tsubaki away from her.. and Tsubaki is shocked to see that it’s actually Azusa.

Tsubaki then asks why Azusa is getting on his way, and Azusa only says it’s not good to be so forceful on Ema. Tsubaki repeats that he won’t hand Ema to anyone, and Azusa answers that he knows.. which means Azusa is stopping Tsubaki on purpose. Tsubaki glares at Azusa and asks what he should do, but Azusa coldly tells Tsubaki to return to his room. After a long silence, Tsubaki finally says he understands and leaves. However, Azusa also asks Ema to do the same and lock her door for tonight — just in case. He tells her that he joined the trip in order to confirm something, and he already found the answer today. Azusa says he doesn’t have any rights to scold Tsubaki, because he actually feels the same way. He tells her to go because he might lose control like Tsubaki did, but since she’s too shocked to move, he ends up leaving the living room instead.

Chapter 14: ここにしかいられずに
[ Can’t stay anywhere but here ]

On the way back to the mansion, Tsubaki and Azusa are ignoring each other. Poor Natsume is trapped between them in the back seat, and the twins almost have a fight again when he tries to clear the heavy atmosphere. The one who picks them up Masaomi, and noticing that Ema is also acting strange beside him, he stops the car on purpose. Tsubaki and Azusa leave to “buy drinks”, and before Natsume could ask Ema anything, Masaomi sends him to buy some cough drops outside — just so he can talk to her in private. Different from Natsume, Masaomi doesn’t ask about what happened in the island. Masaomi only tells Ema that he will always be here for her, and he’s glad if he can help her by sending everyone away — even though it’s only for a while. Ema feels really touched by Masaomi’s concern, and knowing that she’s on the brink of tears, he asks her to cry as much as she wants to until the triplets return. As Ema cries on his chest, Masaomi gently hugs her saying he’ll do everything he can to help her.

Three days after the beach trip, Ukyou suddenly tells Ema that she doesn’t have to help him in the kitchen anymore. Everyone seems busy recently, so they don’t have to prepare that much meal for a while. Ema still wants to help in the kitchen though, and so Ukyou asks her to show her hands. He points out that her fingers are really rough since she’s obviously too distracted to take care of her hands, and the worst part is that she didn’t realize it until he told her. Ukyou knows that something must have happened in the island, and he’s afraid that his brothers are driving Ema to reach this condition. Ukyou also admits that he’s actually an awkward man. He can’t watch over everyone like Masaomi, and he can’t comfort them with words like Kaname.. but he knows one thing for certain: he can’t forgive the person who caused her hands to be so rough. If that person is one of his brothers, Ukyou will have to give him a punishment. Not as an older brother, but as a human — as a man who loves Ema. W-What..? Σ(゚∀゚ノ)ノ Hikaru soon comes to bug Ukyou again, and Ukyou warns him not to tease Ema right now because it would only hurt her even more. This only causes Hikaru to be more and more interested, and he says he’ll return to watch the dramatic climax.. because it’s been a while since the last time he saw Ukyou getting this serious.

Several days later, Ema walks home with Yusuke after school. Ema keeps spacing out along the way, and just like Ukyou, Yusuke knows something happened during her beach trip with the triplets. Yusuke admits that he really wants to know because they’re a family, but sadly it only makes Ema feel terrible. She knows that the brothers are starting to fight because of her, and she feels like an outsider who destroyed their peace. Instead of answering the question, Ema tells Yusuke that she wants to get her passport today. Yusuke explains that she needs her family register, and she decides to visit the government center right away. It’s actually just an excuse to escape from Yusuke’s question, but Ema thinks getting a passport is a nice idea so she can visit Rintarou overseas whenever she wants to see him. However, the shocking truth hits Ema really hard when she reads her family register.

After leaving the government center, Ema walks around the city alone. She goes to the station thinking of leaving Kichijouji, but the station already closed by the time she arrives. At 1.30 AM, Natsume eventually finds Ema in front of the station.. but she refuses to return to the mansion, so he takes her to his apartment instead. There she meets his nearly identical cats — Tsubaki and Azusa — and knowing she can’t talk properly in her current state, he forces her to take a bath in order to make her feel better. He also gives her some clothes to change into, though all of them are obviously too big on her. When Natsume asks her what happened, Ema says she found out that she’s an “unwanted” person. She takes out her family registry and shows him what’s written on her status column — “adoptive daughter”. Rintarou never told her anything about this before, and Ema feels really upset thinking she’s really an outsider. She also thinks her real parents must have thrown her away, and that her existence only causes trouble for everyone. Ema then gets up saying she’ll return to the mansion and start packing up because she can’t stay with everyone, but Natsume stops her saying he won’t let her go. Then before she could say anything, he kisses her on the lips. Ema describes the kiss as “a kiss she has never felt before”. It doesn’t make her heart beat or sends a shocking sensation, but the kiss makes her feel really calm. It makes her realize that her thoughts about her family are probably wrong, and she finally cries in Natsume’s arms.

Since it’s already late, Natsume tells Ema to sleep in his room for tonight. He pats her head and asks her not to say that she’s “unwanted” anymore, pointing out the fact that his brothers are fighting because she’s important to them. Natsume also says Ema should talk to Rintarou about this issue, and that she shouldn’t jump to conclusions before learning the truth. Natsume then sits on the bed with Ema, and he asks if she’s angry about the kiss. When Ema says she’s not angry, Natsume makes it clear that he didn’t kiss her with half-hearted feelings. He knows that everyone is falling in love with her, and adding another person into the circle will make things even more complicated.. but he wants her to know how he truly feels — he’s also in love with her. Natsume then moves really close to Ema — so close that their lips almost touch — but he changes his mind. He says he can’t do it right now because it’s unfair, and he doesn’t want to have an unfair kiss with her. After saying good night to Ema, Natsume turns off the light.


NATSUMEEE~ 萌え─♪。゚+.o((*´∀`*))o。゚+.♪─ ぇぇっ The cover for vol. 4 is so deceiving. Yusuke doesn’t have any memorable scenes, and Fuuto only has one major scene during the opening ceremony. The rest are mostly about Subaru and the triplets. Especially Natsume. He plays a huge role in this volume, and I couldn’t help but think that his relationship with Ema is the most natural out of all the brothers. Or maybe that’s just me and my biased opinion. (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* On the other hand, Tsubaki went a bit too far this time.. but I think that’s partly Ema’s fault too for approaching him despite Natsume’s warning. To be completely honest, I found Ema rather annoying in chapter 14. I know she’s shocked, but her reaction to the entire situation is just so childish. (´・ω・`;) I love how Natsume handles Ema in such a state, but I hope we won’t get to see that side of her ever again.

Also, I’m sorry if this review is messy and hard to follow. I’m still a bit tired. 8D;;

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85 thoughts on “BROTHERS CONFLICT Vol. 4

  1. Welcome back, and I hope you enjoyed your trip! Anyway…. Natsumeeeeeeeeeee~~~~~~~~~! *screams uncontrollably* OMG DAT KISS IS JUST SO SWEET. OMG HE LENT EMA HIS SHIRT. Natsume marry me kthx. ||萌||ョ´∀`。)萌えぇ~↑

    Anyhow, what the heck is Tsubaki doing? ( ಠ_ಠ ) He scared me out like seriously. His image slowly -but sure- turned into a yandere-reapist in my eyes. #do-not-want. *runs to Natsume’s arms*

    • Natsume hits everyone’s heart pretty hard in this volume. xD
      I love how he kissed Ema to calm her down, not to push his feelings on her the way Tsubaki does. I didn’t like Ema’s attitude in that chapter, but Natsume brings her back to normal.. he’s such a good husband material. (❤ฺ→艸←)

      As for Tsubaki.. I can’t say I don’t understand him. Just as Natsume said, he completely misunderstood Ema’s kindness. Ema’s attention towards Natsume must have made him burn in jealousy, though pushing her down is going a bit too far. (´・ω・`) I think Azusa’s attempt to stop Tsubaki will only make him even more desperate.

      • I know… That kiss just felt so sincere compared to the others. ♥ I want to believe that Natsume fell in love with Ema because he saw the lovable side of her, even though I don’t know how too. xD I know Natsume is not a shallow guy… *on Natsume’s side*

        I do feel sad for Tsubaki too, but he seems to me as someone who just wants to feel other people’s kindness. He’s relying on Ema’s kindness too much and claimed that he loves her, even though all he feels is probably just the need to monopolize her kindness.

        I guess I can understand the thing that Sanji told Susumu about for Tsubaki and Ema’s case–“you kindness can sometimes be a crime.” I didn’t get its significance in HanaIchi because Susumu and Haru clearly love each other, but I think that phrase suits Ema better because she is kind of being “too nice” to everyone when she doesn’t even harbor a feeling for them. Maybe Tsubaki believes that her kindness should belong to him only? I mean, I wouldn’t like the person that I like to be kind to just everyone too because if he does, there’s no telling if you are special that the others. (´・ω・`)

        • lol it’s full of errors, what I meant is ”your kindness can sometimes be a crime.” and that there’s no telling if you are more special than the others. xD

        • Dude I so agree with everything you just said! That’s such an accurate (and actually pretty sensitive) analysis of Tsubaki. I knoe that I’ll never like him because I can’t deal with childish actions in romantic interests but at leadt it’s understandable as to why he’s acting like that.
          I’m interested in seeing how the romance with Hikaru is going to develop since he seems so detached atm (a sweet respite from all the drama goin on with the other bros).
          I still hold to who I liked from the past volumes and hopefully Iori’s angst-fest will end with less self-pity than what that sort of character usually partakes in. I doubt it though. :/ Fuuto’s scene made me doki-doki for a sec but I still find him severely annoying LOL. Oh koakuma chars, you and I just don’t get along do we xD

          • We’ll get to see how Hikaru and Ema’s relationship will develop in the 2nd season. :D Hikaru is only a watcher in the 1st season, so he stays detached until the last chapter, where he finally says he’ll participate in this “game”. As for Iori, he really needs to get over his past by himself. No matter what Kaname and Ema do, it will never work unless Iori has the determination to do so.. and if he ever goes on a self-pity party, then it would be the end. il||li_| ̄|○il||li I’m hoping to see more character development from Iori.

      • Considering Natsume’s personality, it’s possible that he fell in love with Ema because he can’t leave her alone. Or maybe also because of her kindness, even though it’s one of the reasons why all these conflicts are occurring around her. 8D;

        On the other hand, Tsubaki has always been biased towards Ema because of his 妹萌え.. so right from the beginning, it’s only a matter of time before he falls in love with Ema. It’s inevitable LOL. Tsubaki’s biggest flaw is that strong desire to monopolize, which you can see from how he usually clings to Azusa. Except it’s worse with Ema because it’s romantic love. He doesn’t seem to be that narrow-hearted though, because he doesn’t restrain her from being kind / spending time with other people. If Ema actually answers his feelings instead of running away, I’m sure Tsubaki wouldn’t go that far.

        You make a great comparison there. Sanji is referring to how Susumu treats his maids nicely, and it’s a crime because some of those maids actually fall in love with him.. which only leads to heartbreak (and them quitting) since he doesn’t feel the same way. That’s exactly what Ema is doing to Tsubaki and Iori, as these two are the ones who completely mistook her kindness as a sign of affection. (´・ω・`)

  2. I have to say that I didn’t think much of Brothers Conflict when I first heard about it, because after Tiaramode’s Brothers, I felt that the theme is overrated. But after reading your summaries of the novels, I’m really excited for the PSP games.

    How many novels are there total? Is the series completed, or are there upcoming novels?

    • Ahaha, I know that feeling. I was a bit skeptical too since the whole premise reminds me of Sister Princess, but the character CDs and novels do a great job at fleshing out each brother. So far there are 6 volumes of the novels. The 7th volume will be out in summer, and that’s the last volume of the 1st season. The 2nd season will also start in summer, but the books will come out much later I guess.

  3. (It’s my first time commenting, hello~!)

    Thank you for the hard work and welcome back~!

    The review is just fine; not messy at all! :D

    Hm, I guess that I don’t like how everyone’s just kissing her. xD I mean, they seem like they’re throwing them away easily/carelessly. ^^’

    I find it funny how all the brothers are falling for her. xDD (Well, this is an otome… xD)

    I’m not really sure on what to say. xD Except that I’d like to see more of Wataru, and I’d like them to stop Tsubaki now! >_< I don't like how they're making him out to be.

    I liked how she turned out to be an orphan! Let's see some more twists~

    Once again, thank you and welcome back~! :D

    • Hello. Thanks for reading! :D
      The pace of the novels is actually pretty fast, so yeah.. it feels like the brothers are falling in love with / kissing Ema really fast LOL. Since Tsubaki won’t listen to anyone, I think they’re going to need something drastic to stop him. I don’t hate him, but I do think he needs to learn some self-control. Or else Ema will only hate him in the future. ; v ; I wanna see more Wataru too! He’s going to become a junior high student in the 2nd season, so I’m hoping to see him grow up. x3

      • Yes, I agree; Tsubaki should restrain himself more! If he only thought like Azuma and Natsume~ Oh, well, I love them all! xD

        About Ema, she should be less of a KY and she should start to read the effects of her actions! xD Or else, she’ll probably end up hating them all, except Subaru, who was so cute with his confession. T_T And I doubt that Yusuke would do anything to her. Poor guy, he was the first one to like her and he probably has the least affection from her. xD

        Speaking of cute, I realized that I forgot Rui! >_< How did I forget him?! But, please, Rui, only think of Ema as a sister! (Is that possible in this story? xD)

        Aww~ I'm excited to see a grown-up Wataru! (* ̄∇ ̄*)I bet he'll stay a cute as ever~!

        (I just found out that Rui was younger than the triplets! xD He has an air of being more mature than Tsubaki and Azuma, though. xD And Natsume is in a different league~ xD)

        • Oh, Ema is actually aware about what’s happening. It’s just she’s too kind towards everyone. She spent so much time alone, so maybe she doesn’t know how her actions will influence everyone around her. e_e; You’re right about Yusuke, he doesn’t have any courage to do anything to Ema. I mean come on Yusuke, even Subaru has successfully made a move on her. When is your turn? щ(゚Д゚щ)

          You’ll get to see more Rui in vol. 5, but since Rui is in the “Protect Chii-chan Club”.. he won’t do anything harmful to Ema. So far he’s also the only one who loves her as a family, but it’s still unclear if that feeling will ever change to romantic love. 8D; Rui seems more mature because he’s really calm and moves at his own pace, in contrast to how childish Tsubaki can be. Azusa can be a bit immature too (to some extent), and Natsume is the most mature out of the triplets because he’s the one who’s in charge of cleaning up their mess. xD

  4. Ukyo went from stern lawyer brother to lawyer with a breast fetish and in love with Ema in one volume. IDK his declaration was kinda sudden? His major scene with her was the photo he didnt want her to see….. then suddenly he loves her ゚(∀) ゚ エッ? I guess all that time cooking together raised up his flag lol

    SUBARUUUNNNNNN (ノ∇≦*)ポッ He is rly super sweet in his approach towards Ema, he even asks her if she has someone that she likes. Unlike a certain seiyuu who just bulldozes in… oh god Tsubaki, he has really gone overboard this time. I agree with you, it’s partly Ema’s fault. I have no idea why she doesnt take precautions with him like she does with Kaname (^-ェ-^).oO ( バーカ )

    Speaking about Kaname, some ppl might think he was cockblocking Iori during hanami. But I feel he was making sure Iori didn’t misunderstand Ema’s actions. My respect for Kaname went up lol

    Fuutan….. eroi (●´艸`)ヾ

    When I found out about the adoption thing I was REALLY puzzled why Ema would be so affected to it???? Now I understand she felt she was unwanted and she had no real relation to her dad. But I don’t understand why she felt she couldn’t feel like a family with her brothers WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY NOT BLOOD-RELATED ANYWAY girl, whuuuuutttt??? Why is this even an issue?? Me no understand lol

    And Natsume…. again WHY U GET THE BEST SCENES?? Not complaining tho (*/∇\*) キャ You’re not the only one who thinks he has the most natural/best developed relationship with Ema. (I’m not biased since he’s not my fave lol) And he chooses to not take advantage of her in that situation (aside from the kiss). Plus he also takes into consideration of her feelings in this whole conflict. Nyaaaaa, maybe the writing is biased towards Natsume too since we get tidbits like ‘a kiss she has never felt before’ and Natsume being ‘the person who understands her the most’. Plus there’s also the recent site header image (゚∀゚)アヒャヒャヒャヒャ

    Anyway thanks for summarizing the novels so far. It has been an epic journey fangirling with you ゝ( ゚∀゚)メ(゚∀゚ )ノ アヒャヒャヒャ

    • Ukyou is such a dark horse. ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \
      That’s exactly my reaction. In love with her? Huh? Since when? Did his affection go up everytime she cooks beside him? 8D; I hope he won’t treat Ema as a replacement for his ex though. Iori is doing it and I can’t say I like it. (´・ω・`)

      Speaking of which, Iori is clearly making a move on Ema and Kaname is trying to stop that. I get the same feeling too, but aside from preventing Iori from misunderstanding Ema’s actions, I think Kaname is also trying to stop Ema from getting dragged into Iori’s pace. I’m sure it would be different if Ema is actually in love with Iori, but since this is Ema we’re talking about.. LOL. She ignores all warnings and raises everyone’s flags. xD;

      I totally agree with you about the revelation. I just don’t get why she needs to make such a big deal out of it. I guess she thinks that even though she’s an outsider, she can connect to her brothers through Rintarou.. but now she found out that she’s not related to Rintarou either, so she’s completely an outsider? But then again the brothers never kicked her out or treat her like an alien, so why go that far? ┐(´~`;)┌ There’s also this LONG train of thoughts in her head, but it’s just so jdshajdsdk annoying I was afraid I’d explode if I translate that lol.

      Oh, that recent header image is actually Subaru x Ema x Natsume.. but I agree, Natsume gets all the best scenes LOL. While everyone kisses Ema to get their feelings across, Natsume only kisses her to calm her down. We don’t get to see how he falls in love with her, but it’s still better compared to everyone else. xD Now I’m really curious about how will Ema react to Natsume in the 2nd season. I hope their relationship won’t turn awkward.

      Thanks for reading these summaries too. Once the games come out let’s explode into fangirl confetti together. ヽ(*´∀`*)人(*´∀`*)ノ

      • You’re right, them bros with the ex-girlfriends are seeing their past loves in Ema. (´・ω・`) Not cool.

        We all know Kaname sensing danger from Iori but I wonder why he doesn’t do the same for Tsubaki? I’m sure he’d notice Tsubaki’s attacks by now lol Ugh Tsubaki’s.. assault rly left a bad taste in my mouth. Ema Y U NO AVOID??? (even Fuutan gave her a chance to run away from his embrace but she didn’t /facepalm)

        oh, so Subaru was in the image too? :3c And yeah I hope Ema-Natsume won’t turn sour like what happened to Kaname. Speaking of which I wonder what will happen in the next season, with some characters ______? Will KanaKana even appear? lol

        I hope you had a rest from your vacation^^

        • Ukyou claims that he’s not seeing Reiko in Ema, so for now I can only hope that he really meant what he said LOL. As for Kaname, I think work and Iori kept him occupied so he can’t watch over Tsubaki at the same time. Besides, Tsubaki has always been that clingy towards Azusa and Ema.. so it’s not as noticeable as Tsubaki. Ema couldn’t run away from Tsubaki because he was kissing her, and she didn’t have any strength to resist.. but it was different with Fuutan. I wonder if Ema actually got charmed by Fuutan’s sexy waves there, because she just stood there looking astonished instead of running away. 8D

          For the 2nd season, Iori and Kaname probably won’t appear for a while since they’re both away. I hope Kaname returns and Iori resolves his own issue though.. They haven’t really explained the issue between Ukyou and Reiko too up until vol. 6, so maybe they’ll develop the other brothers? :3 Like Yuu-kun. The poor guy seriously needs some spotlight LOL.

          Oh, and thank you~ I’ve been resting at home recently. 8D

          • The kisses so far, no matter how abrupt didn’t squick me as much as Tsubaki’s. Because he pushed her down and kept on kissing her YO DUDE THAT’S STEPPING OVER THE LINE THERE ಠ__ಠ
            I understand he did it out of desperation but…. Thank god Azusa stopped him.

            Forget Kaname, I think Fuutan should be crowned as ero king (゚∀゚)アヒャヒャヒャヒャ He’s such a damn tease!

            You’re right, maybe they’ll push the spotlight on the other bros in the next season. Yuutan definitely deserves some screentime m9(^∀^)9m Stop being tsundere and make the first move already!

          • I know right. Imagine what would happen if Azusa didn’t come to stop him. If Tsubaki crossed that boundary, Ema will definitely hate him forever. Which is even worse than Kaname’s case. Oh, and speaking of Yuu-kun.. Hosoyan mentioned in the cast interview that his route in Passion Pink can be annoying since he’s such a tsundere LOL. I guess he’s too shy to make the first move, but I don’t really care — he needs to get his love returned ASAP. xD

            ..and now I’m sort of speculating about what will happen when you go to sleep over in Fuutan’s room.

          • I believe BroCon will never cross that line so Ema will be safe, I guess. Until she gets her feelings sorted out.

            And Kaname gives her up? 工エエェェ(´д`)ェェエエ工 I hope he comes back, man. After all that has happened, my respect for you still stands lol

            Well we know the sleepovers don’t happen the novels. But game!Ema however… I know she enters because she has hidden motives (゚∀゚)アヒャヒャヒャヒャ It’s a matter of will she survive the experience with her dignity intact?!!

            Since I love tsundere boys, I think I am gonna enjoy the heck out of Yuutan’s route φ(゚∀゚ )アヒャ But yeah, he deserves to get some love from Ema too. Ema still hasn’t noticed has she? orz

          • Yeah, sadly Kaname gives up on her. It’s for Iori’s sake, because Kaname knows he has to give up on one of them. Take Ema and Iori will drown in darkness forever — most likely dragging Ema along with him — so he takes the best option to save both of them. At the cost of his own love.

            LOL you’re so right about that, novel!Ema will never throw herself into a lion’s den.. but game!Ema even has her own onedari system. ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \ I wonder how Yuu-kun would react if Ema asks to sleep in his room, considering this is the guy who got a nosebleed just by thinking about uniforms. 8D

            So far Ema only notices that Yuu-kun often turns red when they’re together, but yeah sadly I don’t think she notices his feelings.. orz

  5. Welcome back \(´∀`)/ Hope you’re rested up now

    My gosh this volume made me go askdlgfghdksl!! And Natsumeeeeeeeee!! Does he have a route in the games? It didn’t look like it to me…if not I’m going to be so upset щ(゚Д゚щ)

    Um so Ukyou is in love with Ema too now? Where did that one come from? Seemed a little abrupt. . .then again a lot in this series is a bit abrupt 8D;;

    Why can’t my copies arrive faster?!? /shot

    • Thank you~ ヽ(。・ω・。)ノ

      Don’t worry, Natsume is available in Brilliant Blue. It’s going to be a while before we can capture him, but I hope his route will be worth it. They better give him as much development as he gets in the novels, or else I’m gonna rage. (屮゚Д゚)屮 ..and yes, Ukyou is now in love with Ema too. I have absolutely no idea when and how did he fall in love. It’s just so sudden. The only explanation I can think of is that he fell in love as they cook together in the kitchen LOL.

      I hope your copies will arrive soon! :3

  6. Okay I admit, now I’m kinda looking forward to the release of the games!! ♪( ´▽`) Yeah, Ema is your typical dense heroine sigh. Tsubaki was pretty rough to her this time round though, my love for him went down a lot more. OTL On the other hand, AZUSA AND NATSUME WHEEE~ ♥ (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* And a little Subaru too~ But I wish there was more Wataru and Rui LOL. these novels are making me love all the brothers except maybe Iori and Tsubaki OTL Fuuto is pretty sexy too xD
    Man, if I can get enough money I’ll get the game! For sure, and I’ll die happy while playing it LOL. Most likely I’ll be waiting for Brilliant Blue though because Wataru-chan is there~
    Most importantly, thank you for your reviews even though you’re tired! 8D

    • Good, because I’m here to convert you girls into BroCon fangirls. 8D

      Despite his age, I think Fuuto is the sexiest among all 13 brothers. Kaname is eroi, but he’s not as sexy as Fuuto. At least not in front of Ema. Especially now that Iori is on the verge of exploding, the romance with Kaname sort of got pushed into the background. Rui gets his spotlight in the next volume, but I don’t think Wataru will get any significant development until he grows up. Maybe in the 2nd season?

      I think you’re the first person who loves Wataru and is looking forward to see him, but I understand how you feel since Wataru is just so adorable. xD At first I was looking forward to Passion Pink more than Brilliant Blue, but now I can’t wait for both thanks to Natsume.. and Azusa.. and everyone. ✿*,(*´◕ω◕`*)+✿.*

      • To be honest, I prefer Kaname the way he is now: Fatherly or even brotherly figure is the closest I’d let him be to me xD; As for Fuuto himself, he doesn’t have that many screentime yet, so I don’t know him too well xD; But yay for Rui showing up more 8D
        OTOMATE WHY YOU NO MAKE WATARU OLDER QAQ It would be nice though if Wagaru grows up to be a sexy イケメン♥ in Season Two ;v;
        WATARU-CHAN DESERVES MORE LOVE /foreverbiased QwQ Maybe it’s because I have a weakness to boys that call me “Aneki” or “Onee-chan” \(//∇//)\ I’m a bit weird like that, or maye it’s because Brother Android drama CDs are affecting me that way xD; I’m more excited for Brilliant Blue but I’m also awaiting Passion Pink’s release. Don’t delay us or keep us waiting any longer, Otomate!! (;´Д`A

        • Just like Ema, I think that fatherly / brotherly figure is Kaname’s real self. xD Not sure if his flirty side is only a façade or simply a part of him, but since he stops hitting on Ema once Iori’s issue started.. (´・ω・`) Also, a hint for the next volume: Kaname is the first person who actually gives up on Ema. At least for the first season.

          Since BroCon is about to have its second season, I think Otomate is planning to make a sequel? Passion Pink and Brilliant Blue will only cover a year, while the first season of the novels covered two years. I’m starting to have doubts, but I hope it won’t be disappointing LOL. I’m still hoping to see an older Wataru in the game, so please let Brilliant Blue be released this year.. ;w;

          • Oh? Kaname is the first to give up? For some reason when I read that I felt really sad even though I’m not a major fan of him… QwQ
            Maybe the sequel is like, a fandisk? I don’t know, I just have a feeling it’ll be like Kinema Mosaic.
            Me too QwQ Brilliant Blue come out by the end of the year please!! OTL

          • ウワアアアアヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ=3=3=3 IT’S A NIGHTMAREEEE. IS IT TRUE YOU CAN’T PLAY NATSUME’S ROUTE IN BRILLIANT BLUE?!?!?! 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。

          • Where did you hear that from? o_o Natsume is available in Brilliant Blue, and I don’t think they’d take him out since even Hikaru is capturable in Passion Pink. As for the sequel, yeah I think it will be like Kinema / WoF’s sequel where the story continues with the heroine not ending up with anyone yet. :3

          • My phone won’t let me reply to your last comment, so I’ll reply here ;v;
            Really?! Thank goodness! I was surfing through Tumblr, and someone said that the reason why Natsume was not included in the picture of the chart (the one fangirlstrikesback translated) was because he was not involved in the game, and more of a side character. Then I found a Brilliant Blue PV (I think it’s official because there was Azusa’s voice there) AND NATSUME WASN’T IN IT AND I STARTED PANICKING ヽ(;▽;)ノ But I’m SO glad Natsume is in Brilliant Blue after all!!! QwQ /cries tears of relief

          • Ohh, that’s misinformation! :<
            Hikaru and Natsume were added much later into each game, but it's confirmed that they will be capturable in Passion Pink and Brilliant Blue respectively. The only reason why they're not in the main picture is because they appeared later into the game, just like in the novels. :3

          • I’m glad that Natsume is still capturable ;v;
            BROTHERS CONFLICT IS DELAYED AGAIN QAQ… I’m sorry Wataru, Rui, Natsume, Fuuto, Hikaru, Masaomi and Azusa. I’m going to have to bear a grudge again against Otomate. The chances of Brilliant Blue actually coming out this year has been lowered once again. QAQ Seriously is Passion Pink doesn’t come out by the end of June I’m just going to give up on BROTHERS CONFLICT altogether OTL

          • I KNOW RIGHT. OMG I raged so hard yesterday. Now I’m not really sure if Passion Pink will really come out in May, because LOL delays after delays destroying my excitement everytime. I’m not really expecting the games to come out soon anymore, so they can come out whenever they want. I’ll just keep fangirling over the novels and CDs and other games in the meantime. C= C= C= C= C= C= 。・゜゜ヽ| ;∀;|ノウワァァァァァァンッ!

  7. I love how Hikaru made an impact in this chapter somehow especially on Ukyo. I guess he’s like the audience representative for the whole season? At least to me he is. Also LOL no meat during hanami. |D

    “Ema knows she should wake him up, but she can’t do it because the sight of Fuuto sleeping outside is so irresistably sexy. (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン” Everything Fuutan is sexy~ (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン

    I don’t like how Ema reacted upon real identity as well, but good thing Natsume is so good at understanding the situation. If he’s going to say that I’ll sleep in his room tonight, I’ll explode on the spot. (//u//)

    I feel so sorry for Tsukkun. No matter how immature he is, in constrast with Akkun & Nakkun, I can’t help but to feel sad for him and I still love him despite that. I thought because he won’t have a summer vacation, he just needs to use the time that he has in order to say his confession to Ema.

    • Blame Juririn for the lack of meat LOL. They can actually wash the meat to remove all the squirrel paw prints, but I guess Ukyou doesn’t want to do it since he’s such a perfectionist. xD Everytime I think Fuutan is sexy, he always surprises me by being even sexier than before. (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン Ema should just give up and accept the “exciting school life” he gives her. A_____A

      ..and if Nakkun ever asked me to sleep over in his room, I think I would stay in his apartment forever and never leave. His special voice in the character CD makes me melt into a puddle of goo everytime. 8D

      I can’t agree with Tsukkun’s actions, but yeah I feel sorry for him. Ema’s actions must be driving him crazy, and I can see why he’s that desperate. She’s avoiding him, and yet she instantly accepts Nakkun’s invitation.. Tsukkun has a really strong desire to monopolize, so I can see why he became that desperate to make Ema his. No matter how immature and desperate he is, I can never hate Tsukkun because I can relate to him. ; v ;

      • Even if they’ve washed it, harmful bacteria is still intact and had spreaded because ummm 5 second rule? Yep. Fuutan’s good at giving surprises and if I’m at Ema’s place, I would very much accept it. eue

        I’ll help at paying Nakkun’s rent if needed because I want to stay forever in that place and be lovey do- lol whut am I saying? Natsume’s one of the more reasons why I love his seiyuu. (@盆@)

        I bet Ema sees Natsume as harmless, because aside from the fact that he works in a ame company, he’s also one reliable big brother. (No, I will always see Nakkun as a good husband. //slapped) I can relate to Tsukkun too. ;u; Ema, you have to improve in season 2! (or perhaps not)

        • Nah, Ukyou already refused to cook the moment Juririn stomped on their meat LOL. He’s a perfectionist even in cooking, and he won’t let everyone eat unless it’s perfect. 8D I think Ema can feel safe around Natsume because he won’t attack her like everyone else. He had plenty of chances, but he never takes advantage of the situation. Ema needs to know that vague attitude means torture for guys though.. Asking them to become normal siblings with her is simply impossible, so I respect Natsume for being so honest with his feelings. (人´∀`)☆゜’・:*

  8. Wow…so much drama…and it doesn’t end here
    I can understand how Ema feels about being adopted but – that doesn’t mean she has to leave the Asahina house. orz
    I’d be disturbed by Tsubaki’s reaction though…but I can’t leave him alone lol orz
    I was impressed with Azusa and Natsume though…
    Even though mostly everyone is screaming for Natsume – Azusa left a deeper impression with me. LOL
    And that Fuuto! Such a tease! 意地悪過ぎる!www

  9. Welcome back (*´▽`*),

    Natsume (≧∇≦)/, it is official, he is my fave right now. He is so understanding and I agree his relationship between them is natural. (He should kiss her lol). And I think Emma is like a typical heroine lol, dense, naive and a bit childish?

    Btw thank you for the summary (≧∇≦)/

    • Thank you. (*´∀`*)

      I think Natsume makes a great choice by not kissing Ema, because if he does, it would make him the same as his brothers. He respects her feelings, and that’s what I love the most from their relationship. (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* ..and yeah, sadly Ema is starting to turn into a typical heroine. I still like her because she’s not completely clueless (she’s aware that everyone’s falling in love with her), but seriously.. I don’t want to see that childish side of her ever again.

      • Yupz, I like him more because he refused ^_^ (still I can’t resist the temptation to see them kissed lol). Well yeah at least she is not clueless, if not she will remind me of Tsukiko from starry sky xD

        Ah really can’t wait for this game ^_^

        • LOL yeah Tsukiko is like the greatest example of how dumb an otome game heroine can be. I have to admit my interest in Starry Sky disappeared partly beacuse of Tsukiko, so despite Ema’s childish side, I’d rather deal with her any day than Tsukiko. xD; I expect nice kiss CGs from the game. Dear Brilliant Blue, please come out faster so I can kiss Natsume. 8D

          • Ha2 at least you finished the game, I am still stuck at starry sky in spring and only finished one route lol. I played it on my Laptop and still fall asleep haha.

            Ah.. I forgot Natsume is in Brilliant Blue…. (please come faster xD).

          • I don’t blame you. 8D;;
            I used to love Starry Sky, but it’s really bland compared to most otome games in general. Not to mention Tsukiko also grows annoying as time goes by.. lol. They delayed Passion Pink again, so I’ll just think of Brilliant Blue as a mere illusion for now. ; v ;

  10. Kawaii, the best volume ever…. the twist and turns of the events is really exciting…. arigatou for posting this I’m a huge fan of your blog…

    • Thanks for keeping up with me. :3
      Vol. 4 has its depressing moments (Tsubaki and Azusa’s fight), but overall it’s nice and refreshing since vol. 3 was so dark thanks to Iori LOL.

  11. Came back home real tired then I saw this update, boom! Instant energy replenisher. x3 Welcome back and thank you again Rin (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧*:・゚✧

    Hikaru is cool~ He’s like his brothers’ audience on their love stories featuring Ema. ww

    *imagines Ukyo with apron* … /gives up /o\ he’s just a little too stoic to be in the kitchen xD;;

    LOL the squirrel feet. Why can’t they just…wash it? Or boil it again? Juli can’t be that dirty since he’s their pet right? XDD;;;

    Rui with the cherry blossoms…so beautiful, it’s priceless *O*

    OMG Maa-kun (* ̄∇ ̄*) Thanks for backing up Kaname x3

    Ouch. That was a cold reply to Yusuke, Iorin ._. although I must admit, I got a little (〃∇〃) at his invitation to Ema to study lololol

    Everything Fuuto does is sexy. It’s almost a sin. 8D If I were Ema, I would have probably attacked him while sleeping. XD /shot

    I wonder why Natsume is cold towards Subaru when he actually cares for him. What could have happened in the past. :O

    — not even to his beloved twin.– They’re leaving Natsume behind again ;w;

    I’m starting to like Tsubaki more and more after I listened to the 1st drama CD. He’s too adorable and sweet to resist ( ´艸`) His scene here is enough to send my heart rate over 100 bits/min xD

    As much as I love Maa-kun, I can’t feel any sparks between him and Ema. He’s just like a father-figure to her too. T_T Well, I guess, that is still early to say though. ^^;;

    Not as an older brother, but as a human — as a man who loves Ema.— OMG when did you join the dark side Ukyo? WHEEEEEN?? LOL

    Natsumeeee~! Why do I get the feeling that, under normal circumstances, Ema will more likely to fall for Natsume (like who wouldn’t 8D). He’s that great; a thoughtful brother, a good friend, a shoulder to cry on, a gentleman…and I can probably make a list of his traits xD

    When will Rui have his moment? I can’t way to see/read him blushing etc for Ema. Fufufufu

    I agree, I kinda dislike Ema in ch14 too. She may be miss goodie-two-shoes but man, it wouldn’t hurt to use your head sometimes. You’re just hurting him by being like that. Poor guys D:

    Btw, I’m sorry if this is long, unconnected, and very random thoughts. I was typing my thoughts in notepad while reading through your post. ^^;;;;;

    • It’s okay, I enjoy reading your comments. :D

      In the 1st season, Hikaru pretty much stays outside of the conflict circle and just watches everything from afar. He even keeps track of his brother’s scores in this “game”. Hikaru already said he’ll participate in the last chapter though, so I guess we’ll get to know him better in the 2nd season. :3

      Ukyou is a perfectionist, and he won’t hand out dishes he’s not satisfied in.. so there’s no way he’d cook meat which has been stomped by squirrel feet LOL. I’m surprised too with his sudden confession. It’s really out of the blue, but maybe he falls in love with her as they cook together? Like during those cooking scenes Hikaru interrupted? xD Oh, and there’s a CG of Ukyou wearing an apron in the game’s official site. The cute apron was made by Maa-kun.

      As for Maa-kun, that’s because he doesn’t have any intentions to have a romantic relationship with Ema. In the character CD, he says he’s blocking that kind of thoughts from his mind. For now Maa-kun only wants to be a place Ema can feel safe with, but we’ll see how long can he hold that position. 8D Natsume, on the other hand, is doing a great job at maintaining a similar position after letting her know that he loves her LOL. I hope their relationship won’t turn sour, or else I’ll cry a river of manry tears for Natsume. ;w;

      Actually, Natsume isn’t exactly cold to Subaru. He’s just.. harsh. He’s like a parent who puts a LOT of expectations on his son’s shoulder. I haven’t read about their past yet, but in the CD, Azusa mentioned that Natsume is putting all the things he couldn’t do (after he quit tracks and fields) onto Subaru. Maa-kun also said Subaru used to follow Natsume around when he was small, but I guess something major happened and their relationship became the way it is now. ;;;;

      Oh, and don’t worry about Rui. He’ll have his own spotlight in the next volume, but don’t expect anything romantic. Rui is probably the only person who loves Ema as a family, and everything feels really innocent when it comes to him. Maybe because he’s a part of the “Protect Chii-chan Club”, so he won’t do anything to harm her. (๑´ლ`๑)♡

      • How long is the 1st season? And how many volumes does that cover? I’m getting interestied on how Hikaru’s participations can change everything. :D

        www their いちゃいちゃ moments get through him but that helped me see him in a new light xD;;. Oh you’re right, I never paid attention to his CGs before. Maa-kun made it? ww

        Let’s flood them with our tears if they do that to Natsume. ;w; I’m happy he isn’t pushy and whatnot, he’s just there for her. D’awww

        It’s a relief to hear that Rui’s story isn’t anything romantic. After all this romance drama with their other brothers, it’s always a good thing to step back and see the bigger picture which is them being a family (<– err, I don't think I explained it that well here ^^;;)

        I re-read this post and I realized Yuu-kun needs more story! He's like the first guy to like her right? But then, he's like being shun away in the corner. ;w;

        Oh and I said that I'm liking Tsubaki but with what he had done here…I don't know anymore. D: I like his liveliness but he is quite possessive. No, he IS possessive which can be irritating since he isn't thinking about her feelings. He is pushing his feelings onto her for his own convenience. :/

        On the other hand, Azusa is awesome. His reactions are cute yet he knows his boundaries.

        I have a question. ^^;; The last part where Ema went to Natsume's apartment, Tsubaki and Azusa were there? If so, where have they gone to while Natsume and Ema have their moments? :O

        Speaking of that part, Ema's reaction is somewhat predictable…and it's annoying =.= Like, why go that far? Sure it's shocking but how about learning the truth first then decide after? I don't know, there's really something about it that's irritating. ^^;;

        Oh, and 1 last. So there are 14 brothers all in all? I kinda thought they're only 12, but looking through the website I've realized they haven't included Hikaru & Natsume in the opening image. ^^;;

        • The 1st season is 7 volumes, which covers two years I think. The series started in spring of Ema’s 2nd year, and ends at her graduation day. :D I hope they’re going to give Yuusuke more spotlight in the 2nd season, because the guy seriously needs some love. He’s indeed the first one who fell in love with Ema, and yet he received so little development so far.. ; v ;

          As for the “Tsubaki and Azusa” in Natsume’s apartment, I was actually talking about Natsume’s cats LOL. The cats are nearly identical, and for some reason Natsume named them after the twins. 8D ..and yeah, I still don’t get why Ema would take it THAT far. It’s not like Rintarou and the brothers are alienating her. I also don’t like how she jumps to conclusions so fast without even asking what happened to her real parents. :|

          There are 13 brothers in total. Before Hikaru and Natsume got added into the lineup, there were 11 brothers. If you put them in order: Masaomi, Ukyou, Kaname, Hikaru, Tsubaki, Azusa, Natsume, Rui, Subaru, Iori, Yuusuke, Fuuto and Wataru. :3

  12. for some reason it looks like my comment didn’t come thru so i’ll just make this short *sigh*
    despite everyone going crazy over Natsume…this Azusa made me the most impressed with his self control.
    I can’t hate Tsubaki though…but he did come on too strong
    I understand why Ema is so shocked but it’s no reason to leave the house…
    Ukyou’s comment…it kinda felt out of nowhere because to me he felt that he still treats her like a younger sister lol orz
    And Fuuto and the opening ceremony…such a tease LOL

    • OMG Hazuki, I’m sorry. For some reason WordPress threw your first comment into the spam folder, which is weird since this comment got through. ?(´・ω・`)? Both Azusa and Natsume have to clean up every single mess Tsubaki makes, so I guess they automatically learned self-control that way. :3 I can’t hate Tsubaki either, even though I can’t agree with his actions. It’s like pushing his insecurities onto Ema.

      Ema’s reaction to the revelation is exactly why I felt so annoyed. Sure she’s not related to anyone, but the brothers clearly care a lot about her. I didn’t write Ema’s thoughts here because it’s so annoying, but she actually thought about stuff like:

      “I’ve had enough with this town. I wanna leave.”

      “Papa never told me anything because he doesn’t want to tell me, and my real parents never came to see me because they don’t want to see me.”

      ..and when her brothers tried calling her phone, she turned it off saying “uh so persistent”. Well duh Ema, of course they keep calling you. They’re worried since it’s like 1.30 AM. D: I don’t get why she had to go THAT far, honestly.

      • It’s ok, don’t worry. WordPress has done that to me too (some of them were actual spam though. LOL)

        I can understand that she kinda wants to feel alone…but she’s running away from her problems *sigh*

        It’s not safe for a girl to be around town at 1:30am anyway… orz

        • I know right LOL. It’s understandable if she’s upset, but didn’t the thought of asking Rintarou ever cross her mind? =_= Luckily Ema regains her senses in vol. 5, so I hope we won’t have to deal with this side of her ever again. 8D;

  13. Hope you’re feeling better Rin!

    I had to laugh at the meat being ruined because of Jiru.

    A bit maa maa over Tsubaki with the recent developments, but then again I wasn’t overly fond of him. Kinda only liked him because of
    SuKen voicing him. :) However I hope his character improves and he apologises to Ema, because that behaviour was downright horrible.

    Azusa!! *A* Clearly you can tell who is my favourite. orzIII

    In regards to Ema, it’s understandable that she’s shocked but a bit drastic that she wants to leave the house. Sure, she was adopted but it doesn’t seem that she was lacking anything from her father prior to his marriage to Miwa, why would it change now?

    • Thank you! :D

      Tsubaki needs something major in order to change that side of him, and you’ll see that in the next volume. It’s always nice to see a fellow Azusa fan, since he’s always so overshadowed by Tsubaki’s liveliness and Natsume’s ability to steal the best scenes LOL.

      As for Ema, yeah I agree with you. It’s natural that she’s shocked, but there’s no need to take it that far. Rintarou loved her, and he often left her alone just because of his job as an adventurer. Ema didn’t even ask about her real parents, and I hate how she jumped into conclusion without even trying to find out what happened to them. :|

      • Sadly, I think he was one of the reasons why I wanted to get the game. Then to only realise, he’s in the Blue version as opposed to Passionate Pink. I still can’t get over the title though. :)

        However with the recent decision pushing it back, makes me annoyed. Since it’s not once, but twice they decided to push it back. It’s never happened to any other otome game, I know of. :(

        It made her sound rather ungrateful and I’m relieved she’s better in vol 5. But I guess, they were trying to create teenage drama?

        • The titles sound like perfume names. 8D;

          As for the delays, Starry Sky After Winter is also suffering from the same problem. It seems like a lot of games are being pushed back this year, and it makes me wonder what’s happening with the developers. It still pissed me off though. If they’re not ready for it, they should just leave the release date as “2012” or something. Announcing a release date only to push it back later kills my excitement. ; v ;

          I think the main cause of Ema’s tantrum is because she tends to bottle up emotions. Everyone keeps saying about how she rarely complains, so I guess the family register caused all of those bottled up emotions to explode. ;;;

  14. Not truly commenting about this, but on the picture of BWS on your tumblr….I don’t think I’ll play that anymore. That will probably happen right at the beginning of the game when she gets accused of being a witch. Bloody Nightmare indeed, and now I’m thinking of cancelling my order and ordering passion pink instead because I will not go through the game after that. Does the picture give any clues if that happens at the beginning?

    • LOL the branding scene. 8D;
      I don’t think it happens at the beginning, because Mejojo mentions that they’re going to mark Fiona so people will know that she’s his “wife”.. and I doubt Mejojo demands Fiona to become his wife so early into the game.

      Oh, and regarding Passion pink.. are you sure? I’m still in love with the series, but I already lost whatever hope I had in the games.

      • That’s sounds even worse if there’s a chance that happens when you’re pursuing Mejojo. I hope that it’s a bad ending, maybe it happens when you start pursuing other people and don’t run away from the crazy cats on time, but man….I’m not too encouraged to get it anymore if I don’t know for sure. After all, someone might have promised Fiona to him and that’s why he’s obsessed with her, since in his voice samples he says “so you’ll be my wife, after all” which gives me that idea.

        And if that’s true, does Fiona have to be his wife specifically? I really hope that her dad or another man in the family might have promised to give to one of the princes but Auger doesn’t care much for it because he’s a manwhore, otherwise I’ll fear what Mejojo will do when you go for Auger.

        Wait, passion pink was delayed again? I thought it had already been delayed to the same day BWS comes out! WTH otomate? Man, now I have no idea what to do, there’s no other otome game I want to buy. I need to follow the rest of the BWS news very closely and decide in time to cancel my pre order or not.

        • Ugh, it’s official, Brothers Conflict is becoming the Duke Nukem Forever of otome games. It’ll take forever to come out, and once it comes out it will not be worth the wait or maybe even the most crappiest game from otomate in a while because we were so hyped for it.

          Also a little bit more on BWS…ever heard of a wedding ring you crazy yanderes? Another guess besides her trying to run off with someone else is that Mejojo won’t officially marry her (maybe he has to marry another princess, it would be more beneficial to the kingdom), but still wants to mark her as his. In that case, get a promise ring you freak! Now I really want to see the rest of the magazine because I’m this close to cancelling my order and just buy some art supplies.

          • Lol I completely kept my wide berth from that game ever since they were touting the whole “whee another yandere game to express some gut-curdling ‘love’ to you!” schtick. Yeah no thank you. Also LOL @ duke nukem dude i sure hope it doesnt take 10 years for this game to come out cuz… Wow. 10 years. Wataru would be a MAN in 10 years.

          • LMAO Duke Nukem. I don’t know how long they’re going to delay BroCon’s release, but LOL I’m not looking forward to the games at the moment. They can come out whenever they like, I’ll be sticking to the novels and CDs until then. I don’t think it will be the crappiest game from Otomate though, because I doubt anything can be crappier than Edel Blume.

            As for BWS.. Judging from the tidbits they released on DGS and the BWS blog, it seems like Mejojo has lost / was betrayed by someone really important to him in the past. Plus, it seems like that someone is related to Arles. I’m thinking it could be Arles’ fiancee who died from the mad wolf disease, and that might be why Mejojo hates wolves so much. In any case, looks like whatever happened in Mejojo’s past turned him into an obsessive mad cat. Now he wants Fiona to be his wife, and we’ll see how that turns out. xD

            ..and LOL I agree. Wataru would be 20+ in 10 years. 8D

  15. One thing i’m relieved to see in this volume is that Ema isn’t as clueless as I thought. At least she realises there’s something up with the way her brothers are treating her and is uncomfortable (kinda) in fact, all of them are aware of what’s going on and Natsume… gawd I think i’m going to start shipping them XD But there’s still Masaomi whom I’m so attracted to…. -can’t decide-

    LOLOLOL squirrel feet rage trampling on meat!! How ridiculously adorable kyaaa XD I wanna hug and squish Juli so badly plus he’s voiced by Kaminyan~

    • Yeah, Ema is actually an attentive heroine. She’s not clueless and she’s aware that everyone’s fighting over her. She just doesn’t know what to do. Out of all the brothers, I think Masaomi or Natsume will make the best husband. They can comfort Ema whenever she feels down, and she feels safe beside them. I still love Masaomi slightly a bit more than Natsume though. (๑´ლ`๑)♡

      ..and I’m still wondering if Juli will turn into a human at some point LOL.

  16. (*´▽`*)Ukyoooo you sly dog you :3 I wasn’t really excited about him since I don’t really like Hirakawa Daisuke but I think I’m gonna do his route first in BB just because yandere Iorin freaks me out. Crossing my finger hoping they have this event in there. And Natsume is love <3 I've always liked him most of the triplets. I wonder if he can ever take over Masa-nii in my heart? Probably not. :3

    I love you so much for giving the novel summary (especially since I'm probably too lazy to ever read the light novel, haha)

    At first I thought the premise of 11 brothers reverse harem was ridiculous (imagine giving birth to 11 boys? And a triplet in the middle? ARGH) but somehow in BroCon I don't mind it that much. It might be the character design, or it might be the execution anyway I'm loving this series! :D

    • I have to admit that I had zero interest in Ukyou at first, but then he just grew on me and now I like him. xD The cooking scenes will probably happen in the game, but not sure about his confession. They’ll probably alter his confession, since it’s related to Tsubaki and Azusa’s conflict in the island. Oh, and Natsume is love indeed. ♥ Whenever he blushes in PP, I feel like crying since he’s not available. ;____;

      At first I thought BroCon will be a lighthearted reverse harem. You know, like Sister Princess. It turns out to be much darker and heavier than I thought, but that’s why the series is interesting. The development is really good, and Ema is a generally likeable heroine. :3

  17. Hello everyone ^_^ , i’m a first time poster. Your summaries are very well done. They paint a perfect picture of what’s happening. I must thank you for that Rin. i’ve been digging through the piles of crap on the internet searching for brothers conflict to read for a long time and i just couldn’t seem to find it until 1:53 pm on 19/07/2012. You have saved me Rin *bows* i was about to rage quit LOL.

    • Hello. Glad to hear you find them useful. xD
      Not everyone have access to the novels, so I figured I’ll just summarize the books and share it with fellow fans. I didn’t translate all the minor details since they’d make the post like extremely long, but if you can follow what’s happening then it’s all good. Look forward to vol. 7’s summary in the next few months. :D

  18. Awwww…….. Just gimme Natsume xDDDDDDD~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥
    He is totally my prince comes out of a novel ( ♥ ▼ ♥………………*blushing and go “kyaaaaaaaaa” for the next several days…………
    You did the summary suuuuuper good, !! Thanks, I started to loved u too (big hugs) *LOL
    But it would likely made me a single even longer… ( =___=”””… for my eyes and heart are totally dedicated to bishies ~~~ *nosebleed

    • Thanks for reading too! (*´∀`*)ノ
      Natsume is such a good husband material, I’m waiting for the day we can get a happy ending with him in Brilliant Blue.. whenever it’s going to come out. Too bad perfect guys like this don’t exist in real life, but don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll find your own prince someday. :D

      • Thank you so much, He’ll be exist if I wished strong enough *lol, pinched by my sister,
        another big hug for u for always doing your best ( >w</~♥
        yeah, He'll definitely be my first-to-go in brilliant blue ( ♥▼♥

  19. Oh saws I live the triplets //// -heart skips a beat- when tsubaki kissed her I screamed,my mum ran in saying whats wrong and I said ‘nothing just my inner fangirl’ lol n this is making me all squall :3

    • LOL it’s a forced kiss though. It damages Tsubaki’s reputation among the fans, but glad to see that’s not the case with you. xD

      • Well im a weird girl :3 I think you know Toma from AMNESIA? despite what he does (seen it) i still love him :3 the amount of time he loved her -fangirls- an if i can handle Toma i can hadle Tsubaki xD i find it werid i like him more than Azusa…Maybe I like the Pushy types lol. (but Azusa is soooo cute /////

  20. KYAAAAAA! Natsume made go doki-doki over there! He’s just so perfect on that scene. As for Tsubaki, he really pushed it to far this time, going all over Ema just like that. But I dunno~ I still root for TsuxEma. XDDD

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