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ISBN-13: 4711552447392
Publisher: 长鸿出版社股份有限公司
Published: October 2009
217 pgs



I participated in Rhinoa's Manga Challenge some time ago but I have yet to read and review any manga so I thought I would read/review at least one before the end of the year.

I chose Momoka Typhoon (by Fujita Kazuko) because I enjoyed watching the first two episodes of Momo Love, a Taiwanese drama based on this manga series and I want to read them aside from watching the drama as well. Anyway, this is a story about Tian Zhong Tao Hua (a Chinese girl's name translated from the Japanese) and her relationship with her five elder brothers and a guy whom she loves.

Being the only girl in the family, she is most well loved and is always the center of attention in the Tian Zhong family. This is no surprise considering their parents wanted a girl and as for the rest of the siblings, they felt the need and responsibility to protect her because they love her so much. Though Tao Hua appreciates her brothers' love, she feels she has no control over her freedom because whatever she does she is being scrutinized.

Yu Yi, being the youngest brother in the family is often being bullied by the other brothers and they have assigned him to spy on her. Tao Hua and Yu Yi share the closest bond and though she feels sorry for him, there is nothing much she could do about it.

When Tao Hua started to fall in love with Shi Lang, who is also a friend of Yu Yi, the rest of the siblings began to plot ways to split them. Torn in between the older brothers and Tao Hua, Yu Yi has never felt so helpless in his life but he feels there should be a resolution to all these so he lied to Tao Hua that Shi Lang already has a girlfriend, hoping that this news would shatter Tao Hua's dreams so that she would forget about him. Unfortunately, things do not go as anticipated as Tao Hua has other plans and the rest of the siblings vowed they would not leave this matter rest.

I have to say I enjoyed reading the manga more than the drama, not that the latter is not nicely done, it does and it has my favourite actor in it (Jiro Wang). I think the main issue lies with the different culture and certain scenes in the drama have to change to suit the chinese audience. I have nothing against this and I feel both have succeeded in creating a wonderful comedy. However, I am disappointed with the cast of the role of the third and the fourth brother because they are not featured as twins as originally seen in the manga but I suppose that is not a big issue since I understand it could be difficult to find artistes who are twins (I have thought of two actors who are twins but I am not telling).

(Image taken from Asianpopcorn.com)

I bought the 2nd installment of the manga series yesterday and I can not wait to read it!



Note: There will be no Teaser Tuesdays today since I am still reading Fishing for Bacon by Michael Davie and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I cannot promise that I will finish them by this week but I will definitely try!



Book Bloggers Holiday Swap is here once again! For those who are not aware of what this is, it is an annual Secret Santa gift exchange between book bloggers and BBHS is in its third year now!

Please visit the link for more details (and registration) and please note you have until November 12th to do so! So what are you waiting for? I know you want to participate!

15 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    The Manga book sound like good one! Glad that you seem to like the book more better than than the drama show. I can understand how they need to changes things when it come to drama to suit the audience.

    How fun, that you joining the Secret Santa Book Swap. I dunno if I should join...hmmm...


  2. Alice Teh Says:

    I'm joining in the holiday swap as well! :D


  3. Violet Says:

    wow, such a pretty cover, I really want to read a manga. Maybe once I'm in Singapore, there will be better access to such books :)

    I wanted to join Secret Santa this year but with so much going on it will be very hectic for me. I'll look forward to it next year though. It will be fun to see everone's swap posts :)


  4. Amy Says:

    This is such an interesting review and an captivating story. I wasn't aware of Manga books until now. I think the cover is so pretty and eye catching!

    Also, thank you for your not about the Secret Santa. I didn't know about it and it sounds like fun!

    I stopped by after my good friend, Sandy from You've Gotta Read This! raved about your blog. It's very nice to meet you Melody. I see several book titles on your blog that interest me!


  5. Nymeth Says:

    Thank you so much for spreading the word about the swap, Melody! I hope you have as much fun as you did last year :)

    The manga sounds good, and it's too bad the series adaptation didn't quite live up to it!


  6. Melody Says:

    Julia - I really hope you'll partcipate in the Holiday Swap! It'd be loads of fun! :D

    Alice - I'm glad you're joining, Alice! :D

    Violet - I knew one huge bookstore chain that has a wide variety of manga so I'd probably bring you there once you're in Singapore! ;)

    Amy - Thank you for visiting, Amy! I hope you'll continue to visit my blog. :)

    Sandy is one of my favourite blogger friends and I'm so glad we 'met' through her! :D

    Nymeth - You're welcome, Nymeth! The more people to participate, the more merrier, isn't it? :D


  7. Veens Says:

    I want a MANGA book NOW! :D
    Where do I get it from :'(! i will hunt for it anyway!
    This is so cute! The 3rd pic is SO CUTE!

    And yes i m participating in the Holiday Swap ;)


  8. naida Says:

    interesting! i've never read manga before.
    enjoy the HP book! I really liked that one :)
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  9. Debi Says:

    I LOVE the cover of that manga!!! Sooooo pretty! :D


  10. Melody Says:

    Veens - I'm glad you're participating in BBHS! And I hope you'll be able to find those mangas!! :D

    Naida - Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of the manga as well as HP Bk 4. ;)

    Debi - That cover is beautiful, isn't it? :D


  11. Rhinoa Says:

    Glad you enjoyed your first manga of the year. I hope the next volume lives up to the promise of the first one. Sorry you didn't enjoy the drama as much.


  12. Asian Says:

    I had just watched some of the drama today. I had thought that the drama was well done. Also, at the beginning, it did say that the third and fourth brothers were twins, though they don't much look like it.


  13. Anonymous Says:

    hi i was looking for the ending of momoka typhoon and it seems you have read it.
    i was wondering if you could tell me the ending of the manga i really want to no
    and does the drama follow the manga pretty well?
    if you could please reply at wyepie123@yahoo.com :)
    thank you


  14. Me Says:

    Hi, I am also a fan of MoMo Love. Can you tell me where you bought Momoka Typhoon? i would like to buy it. Plz state the address THX!!!


  15. Melody Says:

    Rhinoa - I had a fun time with this challenge, Rhinoa! The drama is good, though it's a little different with the manga series.

    Asian - Yes, I agree the drama was well done. I'm aware that the third and fourth brothers are twins in the drama, though I wish they could feature a real twins in there!

    Anonymous - I've no idea what's the ending of the mangas as I've yet to read it. I can't wait to watch the final instalment of the drama next week!

    Me - I bought all my mangas at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Singapore (at Ngee Ann City). They're a wide variety of mangas there and I really love it!