Our Dining Table is the official English localized title of Bokura no Shokutaku.
This Manga’s only content warning is for bullying and ostracization, though not explicitly shown. Overall, this manga is very safe.
Our Dining Table is a heartwarming slice-of-life boys’ love manga by Ori Mita. Published between November 2015 and January 2017, it tells the story of Yutaka Hozumi and his growing relationship with the Ueda siblings, Tane and Minoru, over shared meals and lessons in cooking. It’s a short, 1-volume long story, although a sequel was recently published in Japanese (it has yet to receive any English translations).
Story & Characters
The story revolves around Yutaka Hozumi, a man burdened by past traumas who’s uncomfortable eating with others. His life takes a heartwarming turn when he’s approached by Tane, a hungry little boy who absolutely loves Yutaka’s onigiri (rice balls). Tane’s older brother, Minoru, soon becomes part of Yutaka’s life too. This sets the stage for a story about overcoming personal issues, forming bonds, and processing past trauma.
Yutaka’s journey is both touching and relatable, with his fears of losing those he cares about being a poignant part of the narrative. His progression is realistically portrayed, making you genuinely root for him.
The relationship dynamics in this manga are also quite compelling. The rapport between Yutaka and the Ueda brothers feels organic and their interactions are filled with endearing moments. Also, the character of Tane Ueda deserves a special mention. His childlike enthusiasm and peskiness are so well written that he comes off as a believable kid – an aspect not always accomplished in manga.
As typical with fluffy Shounen Ai stories, the dynamic between Yutaka and Minoru is adorable and you can’t help but wanna see them both happy. Minoru grew up far too fast due to the death of his mother, and took on a parenting role for his younger brother Tane.
“Our Dining Table” is, without a doubt, insanely cute. It’s a light-hearted manga that offers a blend of heartwarming moments and generally realistic depictions of personal growth, without it becoming melodramatic. The strong points of this manga are definitely the character development and the authenticity of the relationships between the characters. If you’re looking for a short, fluffy Shounen Ai story that focuses on personal struggles and the power of shared meals in overcoming them, then this is a manga you should check out.
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