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A bizarre wife-swapping variant on the Brady Bunch, as two married couples decide to exchange partners and live together in an extended family, with their children Miki Koshikawa and Yu Matsura becoming stepsiblings and inevitably falling for each other. Love triangles extend into love polygons, as more male and female characters are introduced, each trying to tempt the lovers from their true desires. The initial premise, however, is stretched to absurd lengths by the series' long broadcast run, with the initial humor of the strange family setup soon fading before seemingly endless rivals in love, breakups over nothing, and reconciliations. The show's quite unexpected success caused it to run ahead of the manga, with new characters and situations not present in the original, causing the plots to diverge. In the spirit of Child's Toy, a genuinely quirky setup whose quiet success far exceeded that of its more famous contemporaries-it ran for three times longer than the "mega-hit" Evangelion. The story was cleverly completed in a 1995 "movie" that functions as both a prologue and epilogue. Flashing back to the day Yu is first told his parents are to divorce, it reveals that he has worshipped Miki from afar since before the beginning of the series and helps to explain exactly what he really sees in Miki, a mystery that had befuddled many fans for the duration of the series. Based on the 1992 manga by Wataru Yoshizumi. Following the earlier success of the romance Hana Yori Dango as a Mandarin live-action TV series, MB was similarly adapted with real human actors and broadcast in Taiwan (2002, Juzi Jiang Nanhai).

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Akinori Yabe
Wataru Yoshizumi

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Name Marmalade Boy
Name: ママレード・ボーイ
Romaji: Mamareedo Booi
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Start Year 1994
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