BROTHERS CONFLICT Vol. 5

A lot of people seem to be craving for more Rui, and he finally receives his own spotlight here in vol. 5. On the other hand, things are starting to get even more dangerous with our dear Iori..

The sparks of conflict among the brothers, combined with the truth about her real identity, are causing Ema to feel confused about everything. She wonders what a family truly means.. but in the end, the one who helps clearing that confusion is none other than her family. In the fifth volume, the bond between Ema and the brothers grow stronger, everyone enjoys going to the summer festival, Iori reveals what he truly feels, and something is happening to Azusa’s body.

Chapter 15: ここがいるべき場所だから
[ Because I belong here ]

In the morning, Ema wakes up in Natsume’s room and borrows his kitchen to make breakfast.. only to be greeted by the sight of sexy half-naked Natsume walking out of the bathroom, with only a single towel covering his waist area. (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン He quickly apologizes and runs off to wear some clothes, explaining that he went jogging when she was still asleep. Natsume also says he actually jogs regularly because he loves running, though he doesn’t participate in any games anymore. He mentions that he’s Subaru’s predecessor, but he doesn’t explain anything and changes the subject instead. Natsume makes some toast while Ema cooks an omelette for him, then he hugs her shoulder saying he’s jealous of his brothers because they can eat her cooking everyday. ♪゚+.o(*萌´д`从´д`萌*)o.+゚♪ Natsume then asks if Ema is feeling better, and when she says yes, he tells her to come to him whenever she has any problems — he will do anything he can to help her. Ema starts feeling ドキ(*´・ω・`*)ドキ upon noticing that Natsume is looking at her, and they stare into each other’s eyes.. until cat Tsubaki and cat Azusa come to ruin their ラブラブ time by scratching poor Natsume’s feet LOL.

Just before they eat breakfast, Rui comes to pick Ema along with Juli. Natsume actually called the mansion last night, and he informed them that Ema is staying in his apartment. Ema notices that Rui looks rather messy and tired, but when she apologizes, he smiles saying she doesn’t have to apologize — he’s just glad that she’s alright. The moment Natsume calls Rui to come in and have breakfast with them, Juli suddenly leaps forward and brutally attacks Natsume with all his might. Juli calls Natsume a demon who kidnapped Ema and forced her to cook breakfast for him, but he eventually stops when Rui explains that it’s only a misunderstanding.. because Natsume was the one who saved Ema. Rui then brushes Juri’s messy fur after apologizing to Natsume, and Ema can only watch in disbelief as Juli obediently curls up in Rui’s arms LOL.

After eating breakfast together, Natsume is planning to drive them back to the mansion, but Rui refuses saying Natsume doesn’t understand a girl’s feeling. Ema’s uniform is dirty and her hair is a bit messy, and Rui knows their brothers will only get worried if she returns home in such a sad condition. Based on Rui’s request, Natsume then drops them off at Rui’s salon — where he gives Ema a cute frilly dress to wear, as well as arranging her hairstyle. Rui also tells Ema that the “Protect Chii-chan Club” normally doesn’t have any activities, but they will surely move out whenever she needs help. (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* They return to the mansion after that, and they find Ukyou waiting for them along with Yusuke and Wataru — both are skipping school just to wait for Ema to come back. After Ema explains that she’s actually adopted, Yusuke stands up and makes it clear that they won’t throw her away just because she’s not related by blood to Rintarou. Ukyou, on the other hand, completely understands why Ema is shocked. He asks if she’s still feeling unwanted and she says no, but she doesn’t have the confidence to say that they’re a family.. and she falls into silence instead. Noticing Ema’s feelings, Rui asks Ukyou to let them talk in private for a while.

Rui then takes Ema to ride a boat in the park, and he rows the boat to the middle of the lake so they can talk in peace. Since Ema doesn’t realize that she’s feeling insecure, Rui explains that she feels that way because she’s not related to anyone. He tells her that blood relations isn’t absolute, and her mind instantly objects thinking someone who has 12 brothers like him won’t understand her feelings.. but his next words completely shocked her: “I understand, because I’m the same. I’m also adopted.” Σ(・д・ノ)ノ Rui used to live in an orphanage, and Miwa came to adopt him when he was 2 years old. The only ones who knew about this are those who are older than him, so Subaru and those who are younger don’t know that he’s actually adopted. When he was younger, Rui used to feel insecure too. He noticed how his brothers all share a similar habit, but he’s different because he’s not blood-related to them. However, all of those insecurities eventually vanished as he grew up. He came to accept Miwa as his mother, and he can think of everyone as his family. It took time, but Rui has never felt insecure again ever since. That’s why he wants Ema to know that the most important thing isn’t blood relations — it’s their hearts that keep them connected. Even though he doesn’t remember his real parents, Rui has a lot of memories with everyone in the Asahina family.

Rui then leans forward to hug Ema, and he gently tells her that she’s a part of his family.. so he wants her to accept him as a family too. When he asks her to return home together, Ema suddenly feels a lot better and hugs Rui back. She doesn’t feel unwanted anymore, because she finally realized that she has family and a place to belong. She has a lot of memories with Rintarou and everyone, and that bond is stronger than blood. Ema whispers “thank you” into Rui’s ears, and Rui answers by kissing Ema on the cheek — thanking her for accepting them as her family. |壁|ョ・_・*)キュンッ+。*

Chapter 16: 愛を請うものが嗤い
[ The one who asks for love is sneering ]

One evening, Ukyou asks Ema to bring dinner to Azusa’s room. Since Ema is still washing the dishes, Yusuke decides to help so they can finish faster and play game together after that. It appears that Azusa has caught a cold, and since everyone seems busy with their own plans lately, Masaomi sadly says they might have to cancel their overseas trip. Ukyou also feels bad because Ema wouldn’t find out about her identity if they didn’t tell her about making a passport, and when Ema says it’s not their fault, Ukyou says that she’s too kind — just as Natsume told her before. Based on his experience as a lawyer, Ukyou knows that too much kindness only brings misfortune.. both for other people and for Ema herself. He tells her that sometimes they have to blame people too. It might seem cold, but it’s necessary in order for people to improve.

Soon Masaomi informs Ema that she’s got a call from Africa, and Ema finally has the chance to talk to Rintarou. When she calls him “papa”, Rintarou says he’s glad that she still calls him that way. Masaomi already explained what happened to Miwa, and the news quickly reached him as well. Rintarou apologizes for not telling Ema about her real identity, and he explains that he was actually planning to tell her the truth someday. He just couldn’t find the right timing yet. He promises to explain everything when he returns from Africa, and for now he can only tell her that her real parents already passed away. Ema is actually the daughter of Rintarou’s senior, and her mother died soon after giving birth to her. Ema’s father always left Ema in Rintarou’s care whenever he went on an adventure, until eventually he died due to an accident at work. Both of Ema’s parents didn’t have any relatives, and Rintarou gladly adopted Ema since she’s the only thing his senior left for him. Even though they’re not related by blood, Rintarou wants Ema to know that he really thinks of her as his own daughter.

Not too long after Ema returns to the living room, Kaname comes bringing a flyer about “Club Buddha”. It looks exactly like a flyer for a host club — complete with pictures of sexy monks, including Kaname himself — but he explains that it’s just a memorial service event during the upcoming summer festival. (○´゚ω゚`):;*.’:;ブッ Kaname wants Ema to come and see him during the event, and despite her coldly refusing his invitation, he keeps flirting with her until Ukyou eventually smacks his head with a frying pan. Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒(。A。)アヒャヒャヒャヒャ!! However, Masaomi notices that Kaname is actually trying to make Ema feel better, and so he encourages her to go to the festival too — much to Ukyou’s dismay. Just then Yusuke returns to the living room, and Kaname asks him to take Ema to the festival. Tempted by the thought of seeing Ema in a yukata, Yusuke also joins his brothers to convince Ema.. and eventually she agrees to go to the festival, though she has no intentions to call Kaname during the event. xD

After changing into her yukata, Ema finds Azusa in the kitchen. He’s hungry and doesn’t look well, but he assures her it’s nothing serious. Despite his health and the awkward atmosphere between him and Tsubaki, Azusa says he wants to do his best when the time comes for him to voice the role Tsubaki has entrusted in his hands.. even though he lost his focus for a brief moment upon seeing Ema in a yukata. (❤ฺ→艸←) Ema goes to the summer festival with Yusuke after that, and he buys an anzu candy for her as they walk around the temple. They decide to get some rest when the festival gets even more crowded, and the candy started to melt along the way.. but Yusuke quickly wipes the melting candy with his finger before it falls onto Ema’s yukata. Yusuke then licks the melted candy on his finger and happily whispers that it’s a good day today, but sadly the good time ends when Wataru suddenly comes and forces Yusuke to take him to the toilet. Wataru got separated from Masaomi earlier, and he would only drag Ema to the toilet if Yusuke refuses.. so Yusuke has no choice but to leave Ema’s side for a while.

While Yusuke takes Wataru to the toilet, Ema waits for them to return on a bench nearby. Just then a handsome young man suddenly comes to hit on her, and she notices that he’s holding a “Club Buddha” fan. Ema then asks if he’s Kaname’s workmate, but before the man could give her an answer, Kaname comes to greet them. At first Ema is surprised to hear Kaname calling her “Chii-chan”, but it turns out he’s not referring to her. “Chii-chan” is the young man in front of them LOL. Kaname introduces him as Chiaki — a fellow monk in the temple — and Chiaki’s attitude instantly changes upon learning that Ema isn’t a potential “customer”. xD Ema explains that she’s only here by coincidence, but Kaname decides to take it the positive way by saying coincidence is blessing them by bringing them together. プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ Kaname still has a guest to serve though, and he asks Ema to wait here until he’s done.

Soon after Kaname goes inside the temple, Ema meets Iori — who comes to the festival alone. Iori then sits beside Ema, and he apologizes for subtly forcing her to take the entrance exam to Jouchi University before. Iori realized that he’s pushing his wish onto Ema, and it bothered him a lot. He admits that he does want her to enter Jouchi University, but he doesn’t mind even if she picks a different university. When the event inside the temple begins, Ema follows Iori to the tree lane so they won’t be disturbed by the noise. Iori says that ever since he heard about Ema’s real identity, he’s been thinking of staying by her side as much as possible.. because he knows how it feels when life suddenly takes everything away from you. Iori wants to spend time together with Ema so he can “ease her pain” — thinking she’s now struggling in the dark like he used to be — but Ema then tells Iori that she’s not feeling down anymore. It’s true that she was shocked at first, but Rui already cleared her insecurities away.

Upon hearing this, Iori’s expression turns gloomy. He then admits that he’s been faking himself all this time, because he actually hasn’t gotten back onto his feet yet. He only locked all of his past memories deep inside his mind and pretended not to see them, but he knew that he’s still stuck in the past. The one who needs help is actually him — not Ema. As he puts his hands on Ema’s shoulder, Iori says that he probably won’t be able to forget what happened in the past.. but he needs to move on. Iori then hugs Ema, and he says that he doesn’t have any strength to forget his past yet. He can’t start moving forward alone, but he might be able to endure the pain if he’s with her. Before Ema could say anything, Iori suddenly leans in and kisses her on the lips. He notcies something right after that, and he sneers as he calls Kaname’s name. The moment Ema turns around, she finds Kaname standing behind them.. with a grim expression.

Repeat #016 – Side Kaname: 愛を説く者は焦がれる心を捨てて
[ The one who speaks love is throwing away his burning heart ]

After sending Ema and Iori back to the mansion, Kaname is blaming himself for what happened between them. Kaname tried telling Iori that he’s misunderstanding Ema’s kindness as a sign of affection, but Iori wouldn’t listen at all — because Ema didn’t resist when he kissed her earlier. Iori refused to believe that Ema doesn’t love him, and he accuses Kaname of trying to pull them apart out of jealousy. Iori also revealed that he actually knew about what happened between Kaname and Ema back in summer vacation, because he overheard them talking about the kiss after he left her room. He doesn’t really care about their kiss though, because he believes that he already won her heart.. and now he wants Kaname to admit his defeat, then go away and stop interfering with their relationship. Before leaving, Iori told Kaname that he will forget what happened today, but he can’t say what will happen if Kaname tries to disturb them again.

Upon returning to the temple, Kaname leaves his remaining guests in Chiaki’s hands and goes to think alone in the inner garden. There he runs into Ryuusei — the most popular monk in the temple — who can tell that he’s worried about his family. Despite Kaname’s attempt to hide it, Ryuusei can easily read him like a book. There are various kinds of people, but the source of their worries are usually the same. It’s either about themselves or about other people, which can be either their family or the person they love. Ryuusei knows that Kaname always finds his own path in life and will never worry that much about himself, and since he’s a pro when it comes to women.. it only leads to one conclusion. Kaname tries to protest saying he’s not a womanizer anymore, but Ryuusei calmly replies that people worry when they have to choose between choices which are equally important. Ryuusei asks if Kaname can throw away one of them to save the other one, and he takes Kaname’s silence as a no. Ryuusei then points to the tattoo on Kaname’s right collarbone, asking if he hasn’t forgotten about that.

This reminds Kaname of Ema’s question last summer, because she’s actually right. The tattoo was made to look like a sword, but it’s actually a cross.. and nobody realized the meaning of that tattoo until Ema came into his life. Kaname then closes his eyes for a while, and he finds the answer he’s been looking for. If he keeps his love burning — in its true meaning — he will be able to save both Iori and Ema. Kaname opens his eyes and thanks Ryuusei for the advice, but Ryuusei is already gone.

Several days after #016 – Side Fuuto: 発達した熱帯低気圧は不機嫌つき
[ The tropical cyclone comes with a bad mood ]

Despite his good grades in exams, Fuuto has to attend supplementary lessons during summer vacation because of his insufficient attendance. He’s clearly not interested though, since he’d rather use the time to practice acting instead. Recently he received an offer to act as a guest character in a popular TV drama series, and he’s been working really hard on his acting ever since. Fuuto knows that he can’t be an idol forever, but he wants to stay in the entertainment world even after graduating — as an actor. The job is really important because it’s the start of his acting career.. and yet he needs to attend supplementary lessons instead. Since he feels sleepy in class, Fuuto tells the teacher that he’s sick and escapes to sleep in the infirmary.

The infirmary looks empty when Fuuto enters, but soon he notices that someone is sleeping in one of the beds.. and that someone is none other than Ema. The school is open for third-year students who wants to study, but for some reason she’s sleeping here instead of studying in her class. When Ema kicks the blanket in her sleep, Fuuto thinks about how careless she is to sleep in the infirmary without locking the door.. and he remembers that she did the same thing by sleeping in their living room. Fuuto then decides to give Ema a “lesson” by lying beside her and starts poking her body, but she’s not waking up at all. Even when he unties her uniform’s ribbon, she only talks about food in her sleep. (○´゚ω゚`):;*.’:;ブッ The “lesson” actually backfires when Fuuto notices Ema’s nape peeking out from her loose collar, and the sight instantly turns him on. (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン Fuuto climbs on top of Ema and leans closer to kiss her neck — saying it’s her fault for being so tempting — but sadly the AC decides to break the mood by blowing cold air straight onto his head. ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \ Fuuto is obviously pissed, so he quickly leaves the infirmary and goes to cool himself in the library instead. (。-∀-)ニヒッ♪

Chapter 17: 12-2 = 苦渋の選択を 1/2+1/2 = 寄り添う魂と
[ 12-2 = the bitter choice, 1/2 + 1/2 = the soul that draws close ]

Based on Azusa’s request, Ema wakes up earlier than usual and makes breakfast for the two of them. Azusa has to leave early for work today, and Ema also has a supplementary class at school in the morning. However, Ema notices that Azusa looks tired and doesn’t eat much. He assures her that it’s just a normal cold, but he starts breathing heavily when he tries to stand up. Ema asks him to get some rest for today, but Azusa refuses saying he can’t do that since the people he’s working with have their own schedule as well — he doesn’t want to ruin their plans just because of his health. Azusa then forces himself to stand up, which causes Ema to fall on top of him when she tries to prevent him from collapsing. Just then a long-haired man in a formal suit appears by the living room’s door, and he comments about how Ema is being so bold by pushing Azusa down so early in the morning. At first Ema doesn’t recognize him and says she’ll call the police, but the man then reveals himself to be Hikaru — minus the make-up. After checking Azusa’s condition, Hikaru forces him to get some rest for today. He also tells Azusa to get some delicious porridge from Ema and recover soon, but since Azusa blushes and stutters upon hearing this, he chuckles and says the “last fort” of the Asahina family has fallen into Ema’s hands.

Ema runs late to school after taking Azusa back to his room, and as the result, she has to take an extra class after school. On the way home, Ema runs into Kaname — who says he’ll drive her home. At first Ema refuses the offer, but she eventually agrees when Kaname asks her to get into his car.. because this will be the last thing he asks from her. He also asks her to trust him — even if it’s just for today — and takes her to the beach, because he wants to talk to her in a place where their brothers will never find them. As they gaze at the sea, Kaname informs Ema that Hikaru described their current condition as “0 wins, 12 losses and 1 watcher”.. with the victories being in Ema’s hands, and the “watcher” being Hikaru himself. However, Kaname says the situation has changed to “0 wins, 11 losses, 1 watcher and 1 quit.” He doesn’t say it clearly, but the one who quit is none other than Kaname himself.. and at this rate there will be “2 quits” in the future.

Kaname then asks if Ema loves Iori, and Ema honestly answers that she’s not sure. The kiss was so sudden, and Ema can’t deny that she actually had no intentions to kiss Iori, so Kaname asks her not to approach Iori if she doesn’t love him. Iori is still struggling in the dark right now, and he’d only drag her along if she’s not prepared to save him. Love is when you understand and accept someone else, but right now Iori is only seeking for someone who can understand and accept him — it’s not love. Kaname knows that Ema is kind and caring, but that kindness just won’t work on Iori. It would only cause her to drown along with him. Kaname asks Ema to leave Iori to him, and he also asks her to give her kind heart to someone else. (ノД`)・゜・。Then he hugs her saying she’s his precious sister, and Iori is also his precious brother.. that’s why he’s going to protect both of them with everything he has.

Kaname drives Ema back home after that, and she receives a mail from Rintarou when she’s waiting for the elevator. The mail informs her that Rintarou is still in Tanzania right now, and it will take a while before he can return to Japan because the road to the city is being repaired at the moment. Rintarou apologized since he can’t return and talk to Ema yet, but he attached a really old picture of Ema’s father. His name is Himi Kenji, and Rintarou respected him a lot as a senior. Rintarou feels happy to be able to raise Kenji’s daughter, and at the same time, he also thinks of Ema as his own daughter. He would be happy if Ema can accept both Kenji and him as her fathers. The mail makes Ema feel really touched, knowing that on the other side of the world, Rintarou is thinking of her. She realizes that families always have troubles, but as long as one of them is trying to keep them connected, their bond will never break.

The moment Ema walks into the living room, Tsubaki suddenly hugs her from behind and says he’s worried since it’s already late. Unfortunately, Tsubaki notices that Ema smells like the sea breeze. He asks if she went to the beach with another man, but she keeps quiet because she knows mentioning Kaname’s name means she will need to explain about Iori’s issue as well. It only causes Tsubaki to get even more insecure than he already is, and he admits it feels really painful to see Ema being so vague. Tsubaki says he can’t wait any longer, and he asks Ema to give him an answer. Ema knows she can’t let Tsubaki take control again, but just when she’s about to stop him, Azusa comes and tells Tsubaki to let go of her. Despite Azusa’s attempt to explain that he’s only hurting Ema, Tsubaki refuses to listen to him — eventually yelling that he doesn’t want to hear anything from Azusa anymore. Azusa falls into silence for a while, and the next second, he suddenly collapses onto the floor while whispering Tsubaki’s name. Just then Masaomi comes into the living room, and he quickly asks Ema to call an ambulance before calling the head doctor.

Azusa is taken to the hospital after that, and Ema stays at home with Tsubaki — who is now drowning in guilt. Tsubaki doesn’t answer when Ema calls him, and eventually he tells her that twins who were born together share the same soul. Tsubaki can feel Azusa even when they were apart, but right now he can’t feel anything. It’s just like Azusa is no longer around, and it makes Tsubaki feel really scared. When Ema tries to comfort him, Tsubaki says her kindness feels so painful right now. He finally realized how desperate he was in order to make her his, and that Azusa was trying to stop him from ruining his relationship with Ema.. but he refused to listen and shoved Azusa away. Since Tsubaki won’t stop blaming himself, Ema then asks him to see Azusa in the hospital. If he can’t do it, then she’s going to see Azusa and ask how he feels. If Tsubaki and Azusa share the same soul, it means Azusa must be wanting to see Tsubaki too right now. At first Tsubaki refuses, but finally he gives in and hugs Ema — asking her to help so he can talk to Azusa again.

One week later, Ema goes to see Azusa in the hospital after school. He comes to see her by the reception desk, and he takes her for a walk at the hospital garden — where he explains that he’s suffering from meningitis. Luckily they discovered the disease at an early stage, so Azusa will recover completely with proper medical treatment. The timing is really bad because he won’t be able to work for a while, but after consulting with his manager, he knows that the only thing he can do for now is to focus on his recovery. When Ema tells him that Tsubaki is feeling guilty, Azusa says it’s not Tsubaki’s fault at all.. but Ema can understand why Tsubaki is blaming himself. Tsubaki must be thinking that he’s causing a lot of problems for Azusa. Like the anime role.. and also about Ema. Azusa then asks if Ema loves Tsubaki, and she answers that she does. As a brother, that is. She admits that she can’t answer Tsubaki’s feelings, and she feels thankful that Azusa came to save her. However, Azusa says she’s wrong.

Azusa then admits that as a man, he couldn’t allow what Tsubaki was trying to do to Ema — because he loves her too. He admits that he’s not that good at dealing with people, and so he didn’t really pay attention to her at first.. but everything changed when she encouraged him to accept the role. It was the trigger that caused Azusa to look at Ema in a different way, and he can’t take his eyes off her ever since. While he accepted the role because of Tsubaki, Azusa admits that he’s been working hard because he wanted Ema to hear his voice too. Right now Ema is a special person for Azusa, and nobody can replace her in his heart. Ema is surprised upon hearing the confession.. and her tears start flowing out before she knew it. This causes Azusa to regret confessing to her, and he apologizes for not holding back, but Ema says it’s not his fault. All of these conflicts happened because she didn’t do anything about everyone’s feelings, and she knows that she can’t let things continue this way. Ema then tells Azusa that she accepts his feelings — along with everyone else’s — but she needs some time to sort out her thoughts. As the answer, Azusa smiles and thanks Ema.

When Ema tells him that Tsubaki actually wants to see him, Azusa asks her to tell Tsubaki that he can come to visit anytime.. because he wants to meet Tsubaki as well. Azusa also realizes that Ema actually came to see him for this reason, and when Ema tries to deny it, Azusa says she should learn to be more selfish. If she’s being too kind to everyone, someday she’s going to lose sight of her real self. When the wind blows, Azusa looks up at the sky and says that autumn is coming, and Ema asks him to come home before then.

Several days after #017 – Side Tsubaki: 今すぐ会いたいけど
[ I want to see you right now, but.. ]

Back in the mansion, Tsubaki receives a call from his manager. Since Azusa is sick, now they have to look for another seiyuu to fill in his role.. and they’re asking Tsubaki to replace Azusa as the main character of the anime. Normally Tsubaki would accept because it’s the role he’s been dreaming to get, but he can’t do it since it’s Azusa’s role. The fact that they’re looking for Azusa’s replacement so fast irks Tsubaki to no end, and he falls asleep in the living room only to see a series of nightmares. In his dream, Masaomi informs him that Azusa died. Tsubaki is devastated and begs Masaomi to save Azusa’s life, but Masaomi suddenly changes into Ema.. who leaves him after saying she hates a rough person like him. Tsubaki wakes up calling Ema not to leave him, and his head bumps into Natsume’s chin. Natsume says he’s just dropping by after visiting Azusa in the hospital, but before he could finish his sentence, Tsubaki suddenly pinches his cheek to make sure that it’s not another dream. プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵

When Tsubaki asks about how Azusa is doing, Natsume replies that he’s actually doing better than expected. Natsume finds it weird since it sounds like Tsubaki hadn’t visited Azusa for a long time, and he’s surprised to hear that Tsubaki actually hasn’t visited Azusa at all. Natsume asks if Tsubaki feels bad about getting chosen as Azusa’s replacement for the anime, and he believes that Azusa will surely understand.. but Tsubaki snaps and blames Natsume instead. Tsubaki says Natsume was the one who drove him towards desperation by attracting Ema’s attention, and it was that desperation that created the tension between him and Azusa. Upon hearing all of these accusations, Natsume only says he understands. He won’t say anything, but he wants Tsubaki to know that Azusa is thinking about him too. After Natsume leaves the mansion, Tsubaki whispers that he’s the worst for taking out his anger on Natsume. He needs to pull himself together, and answer Azusa’s feelings properly. Realizing that his voice is the only thing he has, Tsubaki finally calls his manager and accepts the role.


Congratulations, Ema. Aside from Hikaru, you have captured the hearts of the Asahina family! (*´∀`*) ..or at least that’s what I wanted to say. I cried a river of tears when Kaname decided to give up on Ema, and my love for him suddenly explodes in this volume. I’m sorry for judging you as a stereotypical flirt, Kaname. ヽ(;▽;)ノ Rui’s chapter made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and I’m so glad he’s looking at her as a sister. At least for now. On the other hand, the conflict between Tsubaki and Azusa has finally reached the climax.. and I think this should be enough to get Tsubaki back on the right track. Iori is a different case though. He believes Ema is in love with him, and it doesn’t seem like he will listen until something major occurs.

Get well soon, Azusa. オミマイノオハナ♪(*´ー`)ノ轡 o(´0`||)ゴホゴホッ

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81 thoughts on “BROTHERS CONFLICT Vol. 5

  1. *skimming through your post*
    ALL MY FEELINGS KANAME 。・゚゚・(≧д≦)・゚゚・。
    Thanks to this, he already topples Maa-kun from the 1st place among the Asahina brothers (๑´ლ`๑)

    Will write a proper comment once I finished reading this. (っ⌒‿⌒)っ

    • Glad to hear that, because seriously.. Kaname hits everyone’s hearts so hard with his decision to give up on Ema. ヽ(;▽;)ノ He might be a flirt who stole her (possibly) first kiss, but he’s willing to sacrifice his own love for the sake of saving them. ;___;

  2. “In the morning, Ema wakes up in Natsume’s room and borrows his kitchen to make breakfast.. only to be greeted by the sight of sexy half-naked Natsume walking out of the bathroom, with only a single towel covering his waist area. (*ノ∀ノ)イヤン”

    My favorite part has come! fkdjfkdjfkjdkfj //////// Also, finally Ruirui!! Aside from Nakkun and Maa-kun, Ruirui is also good at giving advices.

    The latter half of chapter 16 and Repeat 16 made me sad, specifically for Kaname. I also want to apologize to him for calling him Jinguuji. ;u; I became sadder once I started reading chapter 17. Tsukkun! Akkun!!! QAQ But argh Ema would you please stop crying already? //bricked

    LOL I want to get a “lesson” from Fuutan too. I definitely wouldn’t mind to get a “lesson” from a sexy boy like him. //shot Also LOL at the part where Tsukkun pinches Nakkun’s cheek.

    • LOL I’m sorry, I can’t NOT describe that part. I didn’t put the image here to prevent you girls from having a major nosebleed, so I did my best to describe how sexy he is. A______A I think out of all the brothers, those three are the ones Ema can feel safe with. They’re also not involved in any conflicts yet so far, since Natsume doesn’t really care about all the dramas Tsubaki threw.

      Just as Masaomi says in the CD, Kaname gets misjudged easily because of his appearance and flirty personality. I feel bad for putting him into the standard “flirt” category too, and especially for calling him Jinguuji. 8D;; ..and yeah, Ema cries a bit too much but I sort or grew used to it LOL. So the next time another conflict / confession occurs, be prepared to see more nakimushi Ema. ┐(´~`;)┌

      Who would refuse Fuutan’s “lesson”? Definitely not me. 8D

      • I… I want to monopolize hi– S-Stop it right there, me! D< *smacked* That's the part where I admire Natsume the most — not making a deal about drama. I feel safe at Maa-kun and Ruirui. I wish they have more moments in season 2.

        Kaname's never a jerk so yeah. Speaking of him, I want to see more of his colleagues in the future. I'm curious about them especially at Chiaki. x3 Also, LOL Kyo-tan hitting Kaname with a frying pan.

        Okay I'll just get used to Ema being a crybaby then, but forget about that she has more good points — gamer, knows how to cook, attentive. 8D

        Fuutan… my body's ready! @//A//@

        • Both Maa-kun and Rui plays the 癒し role in the family along with Wata, so I doubt they’re going to have any major conflicts.. but yeah I hope they have more moments in the 2nd season. Just like how Natsume and Kaname completely stole the spotlight in the 1st season, but not in a heartbreaking way. 8D *wishful thinking*

          Since we’ve seen Kaname’s workmates here, I actually want to see fortte members next. IIRC the leader is of the same age as Ema. ♥ Though if they’re all as sexy as Fuutan, I think my heart won’t be able to handle it. 8D

  3. Ack, the cover of this chapter sends me the wrong message to me. It looks to me like Masaomi and Rui are married and Wataru is their child. Other than that I really like the part where even the Azusa and Tsubaki cats cockblock Natsume. And poor Kaname, I also feel bad for judging him badly when I read his description on the site.

    And I want more chapters dedicated to Yusuke. For the guy who was in love with her first, he doesn’t get a lot of attention. Also, ugh Iori is getting more and more creepy to me, and I really want to stay away from yanderes for the time being. Not like the game he’s in will ever be released, they can’t even get PP out, much less BB.

    • Reading this again makes me realize that Fuuto’s actions are a little bit..rapey. Not that I’m sure he’d go all the way, but the way he says it sounds creepy. Also, why is that scan with Iori the only coloured kiss yet?

      Continuing the conversation from the last thread, can Edel Blume even be counted as game? We’re all pretty sure that thing wasn’t finished. Pandora on the other hand, can probably be counted as a serious candidate for worst otomate game, because few games have every ending with a guy be a bad ending.

      As for BWS, I’d pretty much guessed that Arles fiancee must have been the twins sister since she was a princess. It would explain why his father would agree to the war. If not, then it was a princess Mejojo was personally interested in. I’m pretty sure his scar has something to do with it too, he most likely got it from a fight with a wolf. Will you still play the game? I won’t cancel my order, but that game has fallen pretty low on the list of all the games I have to play. I’ll probably finish at least the mass effect trilogy before I touch them, so I’d like someone to review them in the meantime.

      • I think most of us feel bad for judging Kaname. xD;;
        Masaomi did say that he’s not as チャラチャラ as he looks, but I didn’t get the meaning at all until I read this volume. Also, I agree that Yuusuke seriously needs more spotlight. At the beginning he seems to be the closest one to Ema — because they’re classmates and he’s already in love with her — but everyone else are getting a development and poor guy got left behind. As for Fuuto, I think he’s actually quite similar to Yuusuke. Both of them are dealing with their teenage hormones, but he difference is that Fuuto has the confidence to take actions while Yusuke doesn’t have the courage to even touch Ema.

        Oh, and each volume actually has colored pages. It’s just not all kiss scenes are in those pages. So far only Kaname (in vol. 1), Tsubaki (in vol. 3) and Iori got colored kiss scenes. The rest are black and white.

        Well.. Edel Blume was released when Otomate was still new and didn’t have as much project. There weren’t as much otome games too back then, and finished or not, Edel Blume hurt Otomate’s reputation a lot in my eyes. They have improved a lot ever since, but LOL I can see them failing every now and then. Pandora is one of their fail!production too.

        As for BWS, Arles’ ex-fiancee being Mejojo’s sister is actually quite possible. So far Mejojo dropped hints like “why are you choosing Arles too?” and mentioning stuff like “betrayal”, so I guess his love towards the princess might be one-sided. That, or the princess had a change of heart. I will still play BWS though, since I’m actually really interested in their world concept. The violence doesn’t bother me as much as, say.. DiaLov’s, since it actually fits the setting.

        • Even though I feel sorry for Kaname I’m still not attracted to him though. He’s sweet, but I just don’t go for flirty guys or guys with jobs like host and escort. I actually thought Yusuke was the main guy at the beginning, I sure hope the poor guy gets more attention in the second season.

          Yeah, I heard about Diabolik Lovers being violent, namely the killing you and raping you in the shower thing. I haven’t listened to them, but it doesn’t surprise me much because of the creepy looks the characters have and the word diabolik. Hinano mentioned it was getting a game, so it means the dramas sold well. Does that mean sadism is becoming more accepted in otome games? In BWS, despite my complaining it’s not that surprising since it is gothic horror. I’m more shocked that since they have shown few CGs and scenarios they would choose that particular scene as a selling point since most otome games, no matter how twisted they say they are, never actually reveal that stuff till you play it. I’m still buying it, but knowing that scene is there did kill my anticipation, and it honestly would have been better to just find out how dark the game was by myself.

          It’s likely that Mejojo got the scar by fighting with Arles over the princess, either when she choose Arles over him or when he found she was dead. And even if she was his sister, he could be a siscon and feel betrayed when she logically went for someone else. This is totally speculation on my part, but I can’t help but notice that Fiona has the exact same hair colour as them. If the princess was their sister, Fiona might look like her. We don’t know if their mother and father are both cats, so the sister could have been human. Would be an explanation to why he’s so obsessed with a 16 year old, especially considering the fact that he can’t know her that well since she’s in the tower all the time and he has other things to do as prince.

          Even though I’m not very motivated to play the game myself, I am still very interested on the plot. Damn rejet, coming up with such an interesting story. I look forward to your summaries, is that the next thing you’re gonna do after the novels and tokimeki?

          • About DiaLov, the vampire boys didn’t go that far actually.. Ayato is really mild compared to his brothers, because other than biting you, he doesn’t actually hurt you. Subaru has a little bit of romantic moments, so his CD doesn’t feel like endless torture. On the other hand, Kanato is an overgrown demon baby who blames you for every single thing. And Raito is a psychotic maniac with sweat / resistant fetish, who tries to drown you in the shower. No rape so far. The game is actually a part of the franchise, so they have been planning to make the game right from the start. The CDs and radio shows are a warm-up before we get the game. The violence here freaks me out because DiaLov takes place in a school out of all places, while BWS has a fantasy world that goes well with violence.

            It depends on when I can get my hands on BWS, but if I can get it by the end of April.. then yeah Bloody Nightmare is probably next on my list. Not sure when I can finish GS3 though, since it’s not a game where you rush to get the ending. I won’t be posting anything about GS3 until I can get all the events. 8D;

          • No rape? Then it must have been one of the moments where Hinano was exaggerating and I didn’t notice. She said Raito drowned and raped you in the shower, but I guess he just tries to and touches you while he’s doing it? It wouldn’t surprise me either way, which is why I took what she said at face value. I’ve heard before that they would go forward with the game only if the CDs did well enough, and since it’s confirmed now, I guess they did.

            Maybe I’m jaded, but violence in a school setting doesn’t surprise me either. For starters they are not human (or most of them aren’t, I didn’t stick around long enough on the site to find their species) and after so many screwed up hentai games that I’ve either played or read about, no setting surprises me anymore. Heck, as far as hentai games show me, high schools are great places to find young girls to make sexual slaves out of.

            Good luck with GS3, getting all endings is hard enough, getting all the scenes takes forever. Especially if you’re also going for the girl rivalry events and whether you two make up or steal each other’s boyfriend.

          • Nah, there’s no rape. Raito did push you underwater and touched places like.. um, everyone else? xD But he didn’t actually rape you. Even though he might do it when the CD ends, since you always fall asleep by the end of DiaLov CDs. Oh, and back when DiaLov was first announced, Rejet stated that Otomate is already developing the game.. so I believe it was planned right from the start regardless of sales.

            As for GS3, it has no rivalry between the girls. :3
            Unlike GS1 and GS2, your girlfriends are really best friends. They support your love life instead of waiting for a chance to steal your guy. I’m only collecting the CG events and endings, so it’s not as painful. I wish they have event replay function though, so I can rewatch the events when I want to take notes.

  4. KanaKanaaaaaaaa ・゜゜・(/□\*)・゜゜・わ~ん

    I have no regrets having him as my fave lol (and he cant be blamed for being a flirty monk, when the whole temple is full of flirty handsome monks nandeyanen w w w w)
    His actions especially concerning Iori… oh man, so much respect for you, Kaname /salutes. Y U NO HEED HIS ADVICE, EMA??? (‡▼益▼)
    And I…. only feel sorry for Iori. I can’t hate him, he seems so desperate for Ema that he’s blinded to the truth. I’m not even sure if his feelings for her are real (I mean he might be using her as a crutch to feel complete again).

    Again Yuutan got cockblocked… man season 1 is harsh for our tsundere-kun (*`▽´*) ウケケケッ

    Fuutan…. ERO DAIMAOU w w w w Ema, nigeteeeeee– waitaminit why should she run away/punched

    Oh Azusa my bbbbbbb (●´艸`)ヾ I hope he gets better soon. Glad to see his feelings were developed, albeit slowly. (I’m so biased for Azusa fuhihihih) Not really fond of the drama between Azusa and Tsubaki tho… I hope it gets resolved quickly.

    • Those handsome monks are actually a part of BroCon’s April Fools’ joke last year. This year we had “Idol Conflict” with Fuuto’s group, and last year they made “Bonze Conflict” with Kaname and his workmates. ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \ One of the staff (Udajo / Mizuno Takashi — I can’t remember) said they’re glad these handsome monks can make an appearance in the story, so here I am wondering if Fuuto’s group members will appear in the novels too someday LOL.

      Ema already agrees to stay away from Iori here, but I get the feeling that she won’t really avoid him until something terrifying happens. (´・ω・`;) ..and yeah, you’re right. Just as Kaname said, Iori only wants someone to understand and accept himself. He’s only using her in order to move forward, and she doesn’t love him either. There’s no love between them, so I think that’s why Kaname is trying to separate them.

      Man, I feel so bad for Yuu-kun LOL. Even Fuutan makes a small eroi progress in the middle of all the conflicts, but the best Yuu-kun can get is a short ラブラブ time which got cockblocked by Wata. xD; They better give the poor guy more spotlight in the 2nd season, because despite his blooming love for Ema, their relationship doesn’t seem to have any progress at all. ; v ;

      Azusa is really the “last fort” of the Asahina family, since he’s the last person to fall in love with Ema. If you don’t count Hikaru, that is. Hikaru is the hidden boss of BroCon. 8D *shot* It seems like Azusa will have yet another development in the next volume, and I hope his issue with Tsubaki will get resolved quickly too.

      • I’m not even sure if the temple functions as a temple anymore w w w w Go open a host club, you guys w w w w
        Idol Conflict should be made into a spinoff game, yeah! Get the balll rolling, Jpn fandom pffftt

        Yeah, Iori… his feelings for her; it just feels fake/forced to me. Pretty much why I feel kinda blank about him. Now I wonder how will his route be in the game?

        Indeed Yuutan is like the buttmonkey of the series, nandeeeee He gets cockblocked by everyone and writers. (´・ω・`) ショボーン Give him some time to shine, pls!
        I guess the game is the only way we’ll see him get some raburabu from Ema よしよし(*´ー)ノ’(ノд`)うぅぅ・・・

        Hikaru’s the hidden boss? ギョッ!Σ(・oノ)ノ I’m already scared of game!Ema offering herself to Tsubaki. I don’t even imagine what will Hikaru do to her lmao

        • LOL you’re right. I bet the girls who come to attend the memorial service have ulterior motives, but who can blame them when the temple is full of handsome host-like monks. xD I’m curious at what kind of April Fools’ “conflict” they’re going to give us next year. “スポ魂野郎 CONFLICT” so we can have all kinds of fiery sportsmen at once? 8D

          I heard Otomate / Sylph stated in a magazine that the games won’t have all these novel conflicts between the brothers, and if that’s true.. it means Iori will have to get over his past by himself. Or with Ema. Either way I don’t really dig this “getting over ex-girlfriend” theme. il||li_| ̄|○il||li It seems like everyone just loves picking on Yuu-kun. Even the writers LOL. When Passion Pink comes out (if it ever does), I’m definitely going to do Yuu-kun’s route first. Because Ema needs to return his feelings ASAP, and because I need to see more ラブラブ events between them. (๑´ლ`๑)♡

          As for Hikaru, he’s definitely the hidden boss. He remains detached throughout the 1st season, but he suddenly decides to participate for the 2nd season. Looks like Ema’s journey to conquer the brothers’ hearts isn’t quite over yet, since she still has one last boss to tackle. xD All I can say is be careful, Hikaru. You’re probably going to fall for her too LOL.

          • Let the handsome monks calm your grief of losing a relative <– extra counselling service w w w w And Subaru in his own Slam Dunk-like spinoff manga w w w w w

            I guess the game will be the happy kyahahafufufu AU version of the novels. Although Kaname's cg of him puling on Ema's arm is kinda screams of drama? Or just him being jealous? On the other hand, I feel like not doing Iori's route in the game since his novel version… gaaah. If he confesses to Ema in the game, half of me will feel like doubting his words :/
            I'm definitely playing Yuutan first! lol he's the first guy that attracted me to the game so the honour will go to him XDDDDD Then Kaname lmao

            Hikaru will definitely fall for Ema because she has DESTINYYYY aka the writers on her side lol

          • Exactly LOL. Didn’t Kaname say his favorite uniform is mourning dress? Comforting sad ladies while pleasing his eyes at the same time. 8D “スポ魂野郎 CONFLICT” can bee Subaru’s SEISHUN basketball journey with Natsume as the strict coach. A________A

            The game’s conflict is more like the conflicts between two (or maybe more) guys who are in love with you, as they can catch you dating another guy / sleeping over in another guy’s room. The sample screenshot in the preview book shows Maa-kun catching you entering Kaname’s room at night. Awkward situation is awkward LOL. From all the info from DGS, it seems like Kaname is jealous in that sample screenshot. It’s also mentioned that Ema doesn’t take him seriously, so she probably treats him the same way as in the novels. I think Iori’s route will focus on him getting over Fuyuka, so I expect early-but-not-sincere confession. ; v ;

            ..and yeah Hikaru, you can’t avoid it. He’s got that DESTINY peach stamped all over his forehead.

          • The sample screenshot in the preview book shows Maa-kun catching you entering Kaname’s room at night.

            …… game!Ema YOU ARE NOT PUREEEEEE w w w w Entering the lion’s den lmao

  5. This is me at the beginning of the chapter: 8D OwO…!!! WHEEE NEW VOLUME ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆
    This is me after reading the beginning:
    ♪゚+.o(*萌´д`从´д`萌*)o.+゚♪ Natsume, Rui ♥
    This is me reading Iori kiss Ema:
    いやだーーヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ=3=3=3 あああーーー
    This is me reading Kaname give up:
    。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。( i _ i )何でええーーヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ=3=3=3 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。 (/ _ ; ) 要さんーーごめなさいいいいいーーー I’M SORRY FOR ALWAYS SAYING MEAN STUFF ABOUT YOU KANAME I TAKE IT ALL BACK LET ME LOVE YOUUUUUUU
    Before that I slightly cheered up at reading Fuuto’s side lol
    This is me reading that Azusa collapsed:
    Σ( ̄。 ̄ノ)ノ ヽ(´o`; ((((;゚Д゚))))))) m(_ _)m Even Azusa… This volume is making me depressed…
    This is me ignoring Iori for the rest of my life BECAUSE KANAME KEEPS BLEEDING, KEEPS BLEEDING LOVE. An it’s all his crazy creepy yandere fault RAEG (♯`∧´)
    But I’m glad Tsubaki has returned to normal, sadly it took something drastic to make him realize his mistake. Oh well, I forgive you then Tsubaki. ;v; Let me love you too /shot
    With this volume out, until the next volume review is out, Kaname shall be my top bias besides Wataru QAQ And Iori will not even make it to my liked list. OTL
    If you’ll excuse me I’m going to depress over Kaname. When you said he quits first, it was only a bit sad, but then I read HOW HE PUTS IT SO EMOTIONALLY QAQ

    • Glad to see vol. 5 gave you so many FEELINGS, because it also made me feel happy, sad, heartbroken and ♪゚+.o(*萌´д`从´д`萌*)o.+゚♪ at the same time. xD It seems like Kaname has completely changed our initial opinions about him, since his decision to sacrifice his own love is just so.. emotional? I don’t know how to describe it, it gave me so many feelings. ヽ(;▽;)ノ I honestly can’t hate Iori either, but he really needs to move on.. and Ema really needs to listen to Kaname. Or else things might get dangerous between Iori and her. Or maybe between Iori and Kaname. il||li_| ̄|○il||li

      I’m also relieved that Tsubaki finally got over his desperation, but I don’t like how he treats Natsume. I know he’s aware that what he did was wrong, but I still can’t stand the difference between his attitude towards Azusa and towards Natsume. ; v ; I’m impressed at how calm Natsume took it though.

      • I think WordPress couldn’t handle my FEELINGS and emoticons xD
        I’m really sorry Kaname, I should’ve just called you an ossan after all so you could claim my lips /shot
        To me, Natsume has always struck me as a calm, mature person, but also a perfectionist at the same time, so I’m not surprised he could handle Tsubaki’s attitude. Tsubaki is also naturally biased towards Azusa I guess; that’s just how twins are like. 8D
        Agh, Ema. Stop being so dense and listen to everyone’s advice already!! QAQ You being so vague is hurting everybody… QAQ

      • Uwah uwahh~ I just realized I was too late to find out about BROTHERS CONFLICT QAQ Now I can’t download Wataru’s PSP theme OTL WHYYYYYY Heck I’m too late to download ANYBODY’S PSP THEME EXCEPT YUSUKE QAQ… Do you think they’ll still be available in the future? ;A; Maybe when the game is finally released? Until then I guess I’ll just download Yusuke OTL Why didn’t I stalk BroCon faster lllOTLlll
        But also, I recently listened to the BGM, I have to say I like Fuuto’s theme the best (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* I feel all warm and bubbly whenever I listen to it LOL. Ahh, their BGMs are all so lovely except Kaname’s whose theme is the low sexy kind LOL

        • Yup, it’s okay~ Thank you so much again~ ;v;
          I don’t even know if I can love Kaname more than I already do xD; But maybe I can LOL.
          Hmm, I guess Tsukiko really is the dumbest heroine you could get. Even Haruka from UtaPri understood their (the guy’s) feelings. As for Ema, she reminds me of Haruka too, but slightly sharper in terms of knowing the guys, such as how she was about to stop Tsubaki here until Azusa cut in. My only regret is that she didn’t get a chance to actually stop him, and we don’t even know if she could’ve succeeded or not ^^;

          • Sent. Check your e-mail. :3

            You’re right. Ema is just like Haruka, except she’s sharper and not as awkward when it comes to dealing with friends. I’m currently plowing through vol. 6, and I think Ema is doing a great job so far. Except she hasn’t realized that being subtle simply won’t work on Iori.. ;;;

      • Gahh, looks like I made a WordPress account when trying to change my picture OTL
        But anyways, I’m really sad that I didn’t see the BroCon PSP Themes earlier ;A; Now I can only download Yusuke’s “orz I hope we can download all of them again when the game is finally released… IF it’s released /sobs
        I have to say though, I’m in love with the BGM. Especially Fuuto’s (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* His makes me feel all warm and bubbly inside xD; Ahh, their BGM is so lovely, except for Kaname’s theme cuz it’s more on the sexy side 8D
        Well, I can’t wait for the game to be released. IF it does… Maybe. QwQ

        • Oh, do you want the PSP themes? I have all the past themes, and I can send them if you want to. Just tell me a way to contact you. :3 I also love all the BGMs, especially Kaname’s and Fuuto’s LOL. All of these stuff on BroCon’s game site makes me wanna play the game so much, but I don’t have anymore courage to hope for their release.. ; v ;

          Since something BIG is waiting for us in the next volume.. I highly doubt that Ema will really heed Kaname’s warning. So far I know she will still go out with a certain yandere prince, but I’m not sure if she tries to refuse or not. xD;

          • Uwahh, that’s so nice of you! ;v; -cries tears of gratitude- But how can I message you my email? My email has enough crap inside it already so I don’t really want more people to see it and spam it OTL I’m so sorry for being a bother… QAQ
            Something big huh? I’m excited to see the next volume! :3 But of course go at your own pace to post reviews, don’t overwork yourself :)
            Sigh Ema why are you turning into a typical dense Tsukiko– I mean, otome game heroine. 8D;

          • Oh, is this e-mail okay then? The one you’re using for WordPress? If you’re okay with this one, I’ll send the themes there. :D The “big” thing in the next volume won’t be pleasant, but I hope it will make people love Kaname more. This guy seriously needs all the love he can get, because he’s simply THAT great. ; v ; Thankfully Ema hasn’t reached Tsukiko’s level yet LOL. I like how attentive she is, so she doesn’t go around ignoring her guy and then get all confused when her guy gets angry like a certain Starry Sky heroine. /shot

          • Yepyep, it’s okay to use 8D Thank you so much again!! ;v;
            Okay, now that you pointe it out… Maybe I should relate Ema to Haruka from UtaPri instead xD Both are kind, both can uh, understand the guys’ feelings? xD;

  6. Gahh where’d my comment go? I’m glad I checked to make sure it was there ;v;
    I’m too lazy to type everything out again so I’ll just… Make it really straight to the point.
    I’m sad over Kaname, he shall be my new bias besides Wataru, YAY RUI LOVE YAY NATSUME LOVE OMG SMEXY HALFNAKEDNATSUME ASDFGHJKL, KANAME WHY, Iori Y U DO THIS, OMG AZUSA LET ME LOVE YOU, KANAME LET ME LOVE YOU, TSUBAKI I FORGIVE YOU SO LET ME LOVE YOU TOO, KANAME KEEPS BLEEDING, HE KEEPS, KEEPS BLEEDING LOVE QAQ, AZUSA Y U SICK OTL
    … Yup, all my feelings summed up there xD;

    • For some reason, WordPress thought your comment is a spam and threw it into the spam folder.. but I took it out, so now your original comment is safe and sound. :3

      • There were themes for this game since last year? I don’t care for all of them, I’m very happy I’m able to get Yusuke’s theme, but I also love the triplets and Subaru’s themes. Could you please send me those too?

        Also, I’ve been reading the scenarios for BWS and Auger is total brocon. It discouraged my theory of the princess being their sister since he’s always going on and on about how it’s always been just the two of them together but my interest is peaked again. Now I’m hoping there’s some sort of bad ending where Fiona gets killed, but not by the Mejojo and he is devastated over it and then Auger holds him from behind, comforting him while being possessive over him, something like ‘the two of us can be together forever, older brother’. Maybe there’s an ending where Auger kills Fiona out of jealously. Now that’s the kind of darkness I want to see, not stupid torture stuff that just wants to shock you like a cheesy gore film.

        • Sent to this e-mail.
          I put everything in one pack though, so just delete the ones you don’t want.

          Oh, and yeah Auger is a total brocon. It was described that he does everything for Mejojo, and what he truly wants is a mystery. From his lines, it seems like Auger doesn’t like Fiona.. but then again killing her will probably make Mejojo rage. It’s still possible to have a bad ending where Auger kills Fiona though, maybe when she tries to escape. Then Auger can kill her in the forest. Or somewhere Mejojo won’t find out.

          • Thank you for the pack. I think I’ll just keep them all and interchange the themes as I play the games.

            Auger is smarter than Mejojo, and Fiona is most likely very naive due to being locked all her life so it should be easy for Auger to trick her. Maybe even arrange for her to be killed by wolves so Mejojo will be even more obsessed with revenge instead of becoming a sad sap. I bet what he really wants is world for only him and his brother, although now I’m kind wondering what their parents were like for him to say they only had each other. Dad seems like an easily manipulated fool if Mejojo can make a war he wants and isn’t even king yet and we know nothing of mom. Either way, glad I didn’t cancell my order right away.

  7. ‘something is happening to Azusa’s body’– imagination runs wild. (‘A`) get well soon Azusa!

    Favourite man from this volume is definitely Kaname. Honestly the previous volumes didn’t do much to improve my impression of him but it’s all admiration and respect after the announcement of his withdrawal. MY FEELINGS… 。・゚゚・(>д<)・゚゚・。 We need more of such characters around, he's spot on regarding Iori's situation. We'll leave Iori to you, Kaname san -bows-

    All my squealing over topless Natsume and Rui seem insignificant now.. though I still wanna see Hikaru au natural (´∀`) Ema really needs to sort out her thoughts soon, it's not polite to make so many people wait, oh but yusuke hasn't even had his turn yet XD

    Oh yeaa it's possible that Juli turns into a human… right? XD cues the childhood friend/ reveal long lost brother who was cursed to become a squirrel scenario

    • That’s exactly how I feel. Up until vol. 2, Kaname was only a flirty big brother who tries to hit on Ema whenever he can.. but my opinion of him started to improve in vol. 3, and he gave us an explosion of emotions with his withdrawal here. ヽ(;▽;)ノ I hope he can really guide Iori back to the right path, though I doubt it since Iori is being really hostile towards him. Oh, and if you want to see man!Hikaru, you can see his sample CG in Passion Pink’s official site. :D

      I agree, Ema needs to sort out her feelings and take action soon. All of these conflicts happened because she ignored the sparks until they exploded.. though it’s nice to see that she’s completely aware of this. Poor Yusuke still needs a chance to shine though. xD He either gets overshadowed or cockblocked by his brothers everytime, and his relationship with Ema is going nowhere despite al the cute scenes between them LOL.

      There’s not much information regarding Juli, but hey he doesn’t sound like a normal squirrel.. so it might be possible. 8D Ema did say that Juli has always been with her ever since she was small, and normally squirrels don’t live that long right? If he turns into a human, then he’d fill in the childhood friend role perfectly. xD

  8. RUIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!! Haha I’m happy to finally see him get some spotlight \(*´∀`*)/ His scene was so cute and innocent!

    The conflict between Tsubaki and Azusa made me sad, but I’m more saddened by Tsubaki’s treatment of Nasume. I get the feeling that Nasume loves Tsubaki and Azusa more than they love him. I mean he named his cats after them, but they don’t seem to show much affection towards him, especially Tsubaki ; _ ;

    GRAW Otomate why you keep delaying Passion Pink?? >(

    • Rui is like the most innocent one out of all 13 brothers. xD
      Even Maa-kun and Wata clearly harbor romantic feelings towards Ema, but Rui prioritizes family bond instead. It’s really nice to see that someone truly cares for Ema as a family. (人´∀`)☆゜’・:*

      Tsubaki’s attitude towards Natsume makes me sad too. I know Tsubaki and Azusa share a special bond because they’re identical twins, but Natsume was also born with them.. I wonder if Natsume ever felt lonely in the past because of this. (´・ω・`) You’re right, Natsume probably loves Tsubaki and Azusa more than they know. He opens up in front of his cats too, and in the CD he talks to them with a really gentle voice. I really want to make Natsume happy, but Brilliant Blue seems so far away. il||li_| ̄|○il||li

      • The thought of Natsume feeling lonely as a child makes me sad, but probably is true ; ___ ;

        Pretty much all of my favorite guys are in Brilliant Blue, namely Rui and Iori, so the wait is going to be hard. I still like Iori, even though I normally don’t like yanderes.

        B-b-by the way, I saw that you had offered to send the BroCon themes to some who had commented. W-w-would it be too presumptious if I asked you to send them to me too please? I found out that the themes exhisted too late, and missed Rui’s by a day щ(゚Д゚щ) So I only have Yusuke’s. You don’t have to if you don’t want to of course this is just me being demanding D8;; /shot

  9. HELP ME I CAN’T HOLD ALL THESE FEELS.
    So like, at the beginning, when you hear Brothers Conflict, you imagine a silly story about brothers fighting for their sister, but holy moles, this is so intense I don’t even.

    o(TヘTo) くぅ Kaname…Y U MAKE ME SO SAD. Don’t the other brothers know about Iori and his yan yan issues? Why do I feel Kaname is the only one trying? My feelings for Kaname just kind of exploded even more. I love Kaname please come back DDDDD: (in my mind, he’s fighting with Natsume for the OTP position www)

    But holy crap, Rui, don’t stop being cute. EVER. I just felt all kinds of fuzziness whenever he opens his mouth. (ミ ̄ー ̄ミ) ニャ Why can’t I adopt him. I want Rui and Orion to be my sons. I would love them to death orz

    And no offense Tsubaki, but you’re kind of a dick now (怒`・ω・´)ムキッ
    I understand you’re frustrated, but don’t take it on others like that! Especially Natsume. Natsumen needs to spend more time with those 2. And those 2 need to pay more attention to Natsumen.

    Hopefully Azusa will get better soon! And hopefully Yuu-kun will have more screentime in season 2. Poor guy, he’s known Ema the longest yet he hasn’t even made his move yet www
    …also, why do I get the feeling someone is gonna die in season 2?

    • You’re not the only one. Some people are afraid that Subaru is going to die, because his decision in future volumes sounds so much like a 死亡フラグ.. ; v ; I hope nobody dies though. By now I’ve grown so attached to all of these brothers, losing one of them would shatter my heart into pieces. C= C= C= C= C= C= 。・゜゜ヽ| ;∀;|ノウワァァァァァァンッ!

      I know right. BroCon turns out to be so much deeper than what I imagined, but the more I read about these conflicts, the more I get addicted. il||li_| ̄|○il||li The other brothers know about Iori’s past, but they don’t know that Ema and Kaname triggered his yandere switch. Kaname asked Ema to keep quiet about it because he doesn’t want their brothers to worry. In Azusa and Natsume’s CD, they mentioned about how Kaname is trying to help Iori.. but they also know it will never work unless Iori has the determination to solve his own issue.

      BroCon has a really good balance. Rui’s fluffiness balances out Iori’s twitching yandere meter, and Maa-kun’s warmth lights up the tension between the twins. Speaking of which, I also don’t like how Tsubaki treats Natsume. Heck, even he knows that he’s being a jerk. :< Seems like the twins will make up in the next volume, but I hope their attitude towards Natsume will also improve. That, and someone please give poor Yuu-kun the spotlight. He keeps getting sidelined and cockblocked, and his relationship with Ema is going nowhere. ; v ;

  10. Rui!!!!!
    AND OMFG!!!!! KANAME!!!!!! (;_____;) Kaname…you are such a good guy! *sheds crimson tears of blood*

    Iori is so scary. *sigh* (But I heard/read that Ema gives him a slap of reality next volume.)

    Oh…about Ema being adopted. I knew that’s what happened! LOL

    • If you love Kaname as much as I do, you’ll probably cry a tempest (tears + rage) like me in the next volume. Ema does give Iori a reality slap, but that also causes Iori’s yandere meter to explode.. and guess who will be the victim. il||li_| ̄|○il||li

  11. Kaname~ I love you more and more lol, his decision is really heartbreaking but at the same time that’s makes me like him a lot :)

    Iori.. I think he is in my bottom list for now…

    And pretty much sad when they delay the game again, April 26 is already hard to wait now May ( ゚ Д゚) 8.8

    Kinda glad she slaps him but …. don’t tell me the victim is Kaname? (ーー;) . I’m curious though how Iori will redeem himself, he needs to move on (´・ω・`)

    Btw Rin san, do you have the past themes for PSP? I kinda missed some of them (T▽T) .I checked the official site and the links is already closed (^_^;)

    • I merged all of your comments since WordPress won’t let me reply to them.. orz

      Thanks to all the delays, now I’m not sure if Passion Pink will really come out on May 17. I swear if they push it back one more time, I’m going to laugh it off and forget that BroCon have games lol. In contrary to most people, I actually still love Iori. xD I want him to be happy.. but not sure if I want to deal with his ex-girlfriend issue. 8D;

      For the victim.. who else? xD
      I have to agree with the brothers here. Kaname can protect Iori as much as he wants, but in the end Iori needs to solve his own issue and move on.

      And yeah I have all the themes. Can I contact you through this e-mail?

  12. Thank you so much Rin san (≧∇≦)/ Yupz this email is okay :)

    Btw I think there is something wrong with wp lol, last time I checked I got different reply from you (about Iori being slapped) then I went to your page again and it turned out the reply is for a person above me hehe.

  13. I’ve been reading your summaries for these BroCon novels and while I had no interest in them at first, I think you successfully converted me into a BroCon fangirl ohohoho xD

    I think someone mentioned this before but the plot of a girl moving in with her new (and hot xD) step bros is seriously cliche, but BroCon keeps me interested and I LOVE the bros interactions with each other and Ema~

    Aaagghh I can’t believe Otomate delayed Passion Pink AGAIN! At this rate, Brilliant Blue might not come out this year (NATSUMEEEE)

    Oh by the way, will you be doing reviews on Amnesia Later? Either way I’m looking forward to your next review/summary!

    • Glad to hear the BroCon love is spreading to you. A_____A

      To be honest, I lost interest in BroCon’s games last year because of the slow update.. but then I tried listening to the character CD, got hooked, and now here I am summarizing the novels to convert everyone. xD I agree, the plot of the protagonist moving in with his / her new (and hot) step siblings is so cliche and overused, but BroCon is so much deeper than what I imagined. I seriously want to play Passion Pink and Brilliant Blue so these brothers can have their happy endings, but LOL Otomate …

      Oh, and yes Amnesia Later is on my list. I don’t know when I’ll be playing it though, but maybe I’ll sort out the list once I’m done with BroCon novels. Because GS3 will take a while to complete. :3

  14. I feel bad for Yuutan because he still hasn’t get any spotlight yet up until almost the end of season one, but is it a sin if I find that funny and crack up because I can totally imagine Yuutan sulking in the corner? (●ノ∀`)゚o。アヒャャ

    Does that squirrel annoy you? It pretty much annoys me by being so brutal and meddlesome. (╬ಠ益ಠ)ゴルァ! Partly because that thing attacked our Natsume! (All right, I’m biased, but whatever.) How can Natsume be more sweeter, cuter, and adorable than this? I fell in love all over again with him. ドッキン(♥∀♥)ドッキン

    Here comes our Iorin! He scares me a little because of that delusion he has lol. I don’t mind past lover stories (in fact, I love them–just like Rihan and Otome from Nurarihyon), but it probably depends a lot on the guy. Does Iorin know that it is fine to move on while still loving someone deep down? The fact that he treats Ema as though she is a replacement of his dead girlfriend kind of turns me off. But that’s probably Ema’s fault too for not showing any resistance whatsoever to seriously imply that she doesn’t love Iorin. I just hope Iorin wouldn’t carry pocket knife around with him if he sees Ema with another guy. Kaname amazes me at this volume, honestly. I didn’t see that coming at all. Please don’t feel down Kanachin. D:

    I wonder who would quit next? Could it be the triplets? (´・ω・`)Natsume is really kind-hearted, so there is a possibility it might also be him? ハァ━(-д-;)━ァ…

    • No, it’s not. I also find it funny how everyone steals the spotlight away from Yuu-kun, even though he always does his best to approach Ema.. and gets cockblocked everytime. xD It doesn’t help that he might has another rival starting from vol. 6, and this time it’s one of their classmates at school. As if dealing with his brothers isn’t enough already LOL.

      Despite his short temper, I actually like Juli. He’s been protecting Ema ever since she was small, so I can understand why he’s THAT protective of her. Since Rintarou is often away, Juli takes the guardian figure in Ema’s life. I know how you feel though, because Juli will always stop anyone from approaching Ema. Anyone other than Rui, that is. xD From the CDs, it seems most of the brothers are like ( ≖_ゝ≖ ) towards Natsume too. Before Miwa’s wedding, Natsume never came to see them in half a year.. and he suddenly started visiting the mansion again after knowing Ema — sometimes using his company’s games as an excuse to see her. His objective for visiting the mansion is clearly showing through. (๑´ლ`๑)♡ But hey, I’m not complaining! Come and see Ema me more often, Nakkun. 8D

      What I don’t like from Iorin is actually not how he still loves Fuyuka, but how he thinks that moving on = betraying her. As for his delusion, I don’t blame him since it’s Ema’s fault for not making it clear that she doesn’t love him. We’ll get to see more of this Iorin-Fuyuka-Ema issue in the next volume, and if you’re not into yanderes like me.. it might be a good idea to prepare your heart, since things turn ugly in that chapter. Especially for Kaname. (´;ω;`) I’m 100% sure the next one to quit will be Iori himself, and you don’t have to worry about Natsume. He won’t give up on Ema. x3

      • I hope Yuutan would get some spotlight soon! He has been in love forever with Ema, so it probably sucks for him to always be in the background. (´・ω・`)

        Speaking about the Drama CD, did you listen the one with Natsume and Azusa together? I actually listened through about like 4-5 short tracks of Natsume’s part. xD I went ドッキン countless times, such as the part where Natsume listed 92475313214 reasons to make Ema stay with him in his apartment a little longer ♥ or when he whispered きれいだな・・・while watching the cherry blossoms (or, obviously, Ema) …. It’s not counted as spoiler, is it? >w< I listened to them while trying to be asleep, but I ended up wanting to wake up to listen to them over and over again. :D

        Iorin would make another yanyan move in the next volume? Is it really bad, like his timed bomb would explode or something? Σ(●゚д゚●) *waits anxiously*

  15. thank you so much for these summaries \o///// i don’t see much light novels getting translated so i am so glad there are summaries for brothers conflict at least (still hoping someone will translate the whole thing one day OR BETTER YET MANDA ADAPTATION b/c i like mangas ^____^;;) ;w; I HAVE SO MANY FEELS/THOUGHTS ABOUT BROTHERS CONFLICT but it’ll be me rambling/flailing and i’m lazy so. though I have to say, AZUSA & NATSUME o3o also, KANAME definitely won so many points in books ever since volume 3 iirc.
    from commments i’m seeing i think i’m the only one who doesn’t find fuuto sexy .__. /shot
    also “only to be greeted by the sight of sexy half-naked Natsume walking out of the bathroom, with only a single towel covering his waist area.” ARE THERE PICS OF THEM??? I WOULDN’T MIND DYING OVER THIS.

    • There is a picture of half-naked Natsume in this volume, though it is B/W.

      It is hinted at the end of Volume 6 that Volume 7 is the last volume of this series, I hope Otomate won’t keep on delaying the game until it is released first.

      • i still want to see that picture of half naked natsume *~*
        I didn’t know that, idk I wasn’t expecting it to end in 7 volumes, o lawd I hope not, prz don’t otomate 8|

      • Vol. 7 is the last volume for the first season. The second season will start in summer, so it’s not the end yet. I certainly hope Otomate won’t delay Passion Pink any longer though. I’d rage so hard if they push it back until the second season starts. :<

    • Have you listened to the character CDs? Because that’s when we all learn about how sexy Fuuto can be LOL. He’s even sexier than Kaname, though it’s mostly because Ema’s reactions towards them. She pushes Kaname away with no mercy, but she has zero resistance against Fuuto. 8D ..and here‘s sexy half-naked Natsume. Be careful of massive nosebleed.

      • I actually haven’t orz, I only listened to the voice samples, too lazy to listen to the char CDs welp. Okay I will listen to them some time and probably/maybe find Fuuto sexy. NATSUME OH MY GAWD IF THIS WAS IN COLOUR kjdshfdkjshfkjdhf Q______Q my soul has withered & went to some place thanks to Natsume. thank you for showing me the Natsume picture ^____^.

        • Tee hee hee. A____A Glad to hear that. My soul already vanished and returned just to see that hot Natsume pic again. Yeah, do give the character CDs a try when you have the time. Fuuto does the things his brothers don’t have the courage / chance to do, and the kissing sound effects KENN makes is just jdsakdjwidkl hot. (ღˇ◡ˇ)~♥

          • I saved that Natsume picture ofc 8) I will wither each time I see it but idc. FUUTO djashdfkshfjd this is one of the reasons why I sometimes forget he’s only 14. I already feel like I’m gonna fall into his trap Q_______Q. (((((not that I mind)))))

  16. I actually feel really bad for Kaname in these mangas. Even if he isn’t my most beloved character I still feel it’s very wrong the way Ema treats him. In fact I find her quite hypocriticle. She has a reason to be sort of on guard with Kaname since he is a bit of flirt and womonizer but he’s obviously proved that he cares about her and has her best interest at heart. I mean just because he the first one to kiss her shes pratically a bitch to him throughout all of the mangas. I also find it funny how most of all the guys now have either made a move on her or have kissed her but yet she treats them exactly the same. I think Kaname kind of got a shit deal. Again hes not my favorite character (those being Fuuto, Rui, Subaru, and Wataru) but I find it annoying the way Ema acts towards him but is fine with everyone else. But anyways thanks for posting these ^^

    • The difference is because Kaname never said he loves / is interested in her. Everyone else who have kissed her confessed that they’re in love with her, and that makes a great difference. It seems that Ema can understand them kissing her by force out of love, but in Kaname’s case she just saw him as a frivolous person who can kiss women he doesn’t even love. It doesn’t help that he’s the first person who made a move on her and acts as if nothing happened afterwards, so I think Ema put her guard up because she couldn’t tell if Kaname truly cares about her or just trying to hit on her. Her attitude towards him got less thorny after he said he’s giving up on her, and he even relies on him during the critical moment.. though sadly things turned ugly in vol. 6.

  17. Nuuu >__<

    BroCon really is interesting in the way that 12 guys are after one girl but not one seems to have the advantage ^_^ other reverse harem would have one main guy, but not BroCon lol. But seriously, when 12 of your brothers have made a move on you, no doubt there will be conflict lol.

    That aside I think the conflict mostly happens with the triplets, Kaname, Iori, Fuuto and Yusuke while the older more mature gents seems to be silently giving up… Come on Masa-nii, make some move O_O

      • For the sake of saving Iori. He needs to focus on taking Iori out of his misery first, because it’s necessary to save Ema too. If they let Iori be, he might go yandere on Ema and drag her into an unhealthy relationship.. which is what’s about to happen in vol. 6.

    • You’re right. BroCon has no main guy LOL. The twins is the face of the series, but the story doesn’t focus entirely on them. For the first season, I think the main highlight is Tsubaki’s conflict with Azusa, along with Kaname and Iori’s. Yusuke and Fuuto had a conflict too, but it’s not as major as those two. Not yet, at least. As for Masaomi, he’s not making any moves because he has no intentions to force his feelings onto Ema. For now he only wants to be someone for her to rely on, which is why he’s not making any progress with her. I sense a Masaomi vs Wataru conflict in season 2 though…

  18. Amazing!! I need to read more novels like this one. This kind of story make me feel ansious, but warm inside at the same time. <3

    • I agree, BroCon turns out to be deeper than I expected.
      That’s why I wish more people would give it a chance, instead of dismissing it as “your regular reverse harem crap” LOL.

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