|Period 31: My Older Brother And I|
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My Older Brother And I is the 31st chapter of the Zekkyou Gakkyuu series and 3rd chapter in the volume 8 manga.
Premise[edit | edit source]
Tired of the way her brother treats her, Mana makes a wish for a better brother and to her surprise it comes true! But what happens when this brother goes too far in making her happy?
Yomi's Introduction[edit | edit source]
Yomi points the Reader over to a pair of siblings who are chatting with ice cream. She asks the Reader to observe them and points out how well they get along, then asks if they ever wanted to have a brother who acted like this.
Summary[edit | edit source]
After school, Mana has her friend read the report she wrote about her family. She describes who she is and how she comes from a family of four- but she only likes her parents. She utterly detests her brother, who makes fun of her and is highly inconsiderate; but her Teacher wants her to rewrite this part. Mana insists it's very true though; just the other day he changed the channel while she was in the middle of an anime she's been wanting to see, just because he didn't like it. Hearing this, her friend wonders why they struggle to get along when she and her brother have no problems.
Mana wonders if this is an issue only her family has. But it's okay. She has a solution, revealing the charm book she borrowed from the school library. She's come to find that nobody is dependable, and this book will help her by changing her brother into the person she's dreamed of. She shows her friend that she must draw her dream brother and list various details about him within the sand of the temple grounds, which she proceeds to do. She writes down "Looks exactly like Matsui", "cool and kind and doesn't get mad", and "listens to whatever I say". Then she offers the shrine money and prays for the brother she drew while her friend claims it probably won't work. It's then Ikumi -Mana's brother- rides by on his bike to remind her that their mother will probably be upset she's running late.
The following morning Mana is still in a foul mood as she eats breakfast, annoyed that Ikumi ate her dessert the previous day. Her exasperated parents observe her and her mom offers to make her more later if she just forgets about it for now and Ikumi joins them to remark that Mana is running late for school. Alarmed, Mana looks to see he is right and he starts mocking her over the charm he saw her making the prior day, then he prepares to leave while complaining over having her as a sister when she insults him before rushing off to change. When Mana heads out the door to find him leaving he threatens not to save her any snacks later, causing her to angrily chase after him until she's unable to run any longer. By now Mana is at her wits end, and she begs God to grant her wish.
Mana is very confused the next day when a strange young man she doesn't recognize her suddenly greets her. He is equally confused by her behavior and goes on to remind her that they need to get going. She remains perplexed as their father doesn't seem to notice anything wrong, but their mom seems concerned. The new Ikumi brings Mana outside and puts a bike helmet on her, in order to give her a ride to school. He apologizes for his behavior the prior day, offering her both snacks today.
At school Mana remains stunned as several girls crowd around her to remark upon how much he resembles Matsui from Johnny's and bring up how cool he is. They claim Mana is very lucky to have such a considerate and kind brother, and she is left wondering if God granted her wish. Once school ends Ikumi offers to play a game with Mana. She seems hesitant and wonders if she could be dreaming, but in the process she accidentally drops the game CD. She begins to panic expecting him to be angry, but he laughs instead, remarking on how clumsy she is. He convinces her the game works fine and they begin playing. Mana relaxes and has so much fun, she doesn't even care when she loses.
If this really is a dream she wants to enjoy it to her fullest.
The next day Mana is forced awake by their irate mother, who tells her to stop depending on Ikumi so much as of late. She criticizes her laziness by saying its her fault she stayed up so late playing games, and Mana gets up to change, crying as she leaves for school. Ikumi rides alongside her and attempts to cheer Mana up, claiming not to mind that he dotes on her so much. Mana complains by wishing for a much more kinder mother, as well as a dad who wasn't a weakling, leaving Ikumi to stop and observe her as she keeps walking.
Once school ends, Mana prepares for the worst as she makes her way home. She expects her mother to still be in a bad mood but to her surprise, she finds a couple who don't resemble her parents at all and are delighted to see her. She asks who they are, but they assume she's making a joke. They are her parents. Ikumi returns when Mana notices he has the charm book tucked beneath his arm. He explains how he found it in her bedroom, and after what she said this morning, he decided to make "dream parents" for her. She remains alarmed as they begin showering her with positive attention, offering to let her do what she wants and how they will make everything okay.
Ikumi assures Mana that everything will be fine now with the family of her dreams, but she angrily steals the book from him and runs to her bedroom. She cries and begs for someone to help as they try to get into her room, and in her hurry to find a quick escape she bumps a picture of her family. It falls to the floor and she begins to remember the various things Ikumi has done for her. Despite being such a jerk he also took care of her; helping her up when she got hurt, standing outside in the freezing cold to get a game she wanted. She even found out that the other day when he found her at the temple, it wasn't their mom who was worried, but him.
In a weak moment, she forgot about the good times they had as siblings. She must make things right. With the book in hand she rushes out of her home back to the shrine grounds, where she discovers two parental figures were drawn in the sand surrounding her original drawing. She angrily demands for her old family while ruining the image, but this does nothing. Suddenly, Ikumi and their dream parents show up, and he asks why she isn't happy even though he granted her wish. She refuses to see him as her brother, and she demands to know where her real family went and angrily she shoves him down. After he collides with the ground, she is horrified as he begins disintegrating into sand and falls apart; quick sand that she begins to sink into. He promises to let Mana see her family again though, because as her dream brother he would do anything to make her happy.
The sand nearby shifts and Mana is saddened to find her family has been buried within it, leading her to beg God that everything returns to normal. She weeps and blames herself for everything that has happened to them when Dream Ikumi worriedly asks her about this as he begins to fade away; sand particles being carried into the air by the wind as she loses consciousness.
Mana awakens with her family in the hospital, where the staff express surprise to know everyone is okay. After being released Mana returned to the shrine to happily notice the drawings are gone. She believes it truly was just a bad dream, and since then she has gone on to appreciate her brother for his occasionally nice side; even if he's still a jerk sometimes. She's glad to be a part of this family.
One day, Mana sits on the swings near the shrine again as she overlooks her newly written report. But as she stands up to leave, she spots a brand new drawing that Ikumi did, and stares at it in stunned silence.
Elsewhere, Ikumi is shown complaining about Mana and how he wished to have a cute little sister like his friend does. He shows him the charm book, saying that because girls use it he thought he would give it a shot too.
A cute and creepy looking girl is shown to be standing behind Mana suddenly, and within seconds she pushes her into the sand.
Yomi's Epilogue[edit | edit source]
As Yomi observes Mana and Ikumi playing a game, she discusses how fragile a bond between siblings can be. While drawing in the sand Yomi suggests that if the Readers have ever thought about wanting an ideal sibling they try the charm out.
Yonkoma[edit | edit source]
In the omake for volume 8, it is shown that the "dream sister" is beginning to get fed up with Ikumi. She's so cute that he likes to dress her up and fawns over her all the time. She decides to get rid of him by wishing for a new brother.
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Un-named sibling pair
- Mana Hibino
- Ikumi Hibino
- Dream Brother
- Mr. & Mrs. Hibino
- Mana's Friend
- Dream Sister
- Dream Parents
Quotes[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- There was an anime-style Ad for this chapter/manga volume.