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Hourou Musuko


Alternative Titles

English: Wandering Son
Synonyms: The Transient Son
Japanese: 放浪息子

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 14, 2011 to Apr 1, 2011
Premiered: Winter 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: AIC Classic
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.811 (scored by 18,793 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #8262
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1051
Members: 49,145
Favorites: 472
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Episodes: /11

Synopsis

Effeminate fifth grader Shuuichi Nitori is considered by most to be one of the prettiest girls in school, but much to her dismay, she is actually biologically male. Fortunately, Shuuichi has a childhood friend who has similar feelings of discomfort related to gender identity: the lanky tomboy Yoshino Takatsuki, who, though biologically female, does not identify as a girl. These two friends share a similar secret and find solace in one another; however, their lives become even more complicated when they must tread the unfamiliar waters of a new school, attempt to make new friends, and struggle to maintain old ones. Faced with nearly insurmountable odds, they must learn to deal with the harsh realities of growing up, transexuality, relationships, and acceptance.

Lauded as a decidedly serious take on gender identity and LGBT struggles, Takako Shimura's Hourou Musuko is about Shuuichi and Yoshino's attempts to discover their true selves as they enter puberty, make friends, fall in love, and face some very real and difficult choices.

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Background

Please note that this series was 11 episodes when aired on TV but 12 episodes when it was released on BD & DVD. See more info for further details.

Hourou Musuko won the Best Animated Broadcast Release at the 65th Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan Awards in 2012.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Nitori, Shuuichi
Nitori, Shuuichi
Main
Hatakeyama, Kousuke
Japanese
Hatakeyama, Kousuke
Takatsuki, Yoshino
Takatsuki, Yoshino
Main
Seto, Asami
Japanese
Seto, Asami
Chiba, Saori
Chiba, Saori
Main
Nanri, Yuuka
Japanese
Nanri, Yuuka
Suehiro, Anna
Suehiro, Anna
Supporting
Horie, Yui
Japanese
Horie, Yui

Staff

Kimura, Makoto
Kimura, Makoto
Producer
Aoki, Ei
Aoki, Ei
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Ishiguro, Kyohei
Ishiguro, Kyohei
Episode Director, Storyboard


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"Itsudatte" by Daisuke (eps 1-10)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "For You" by Rie Fu
#2: "Itsudatte" by Daisuke (ep 11)



More reviewsReviews

Yukariki
Feb 19, 2012
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that a poorly researched work on a touchy subject can frustrate people off. The anime medium is infamous for blatantly using offensive stereotypes; One Piece is one of the weirdest examples out there for attacking racism and then, using racial stereotypes.

Then, there’s the animes that deal with the LGBT community.

Stereotyped as flamboyant creatures, the LGBT community suffers through insulting stereotypes and invectives. One of the least prominent group of the LGBT body is transgender community; there is so little focus on them. As far as most ignorant people are concerned, they are crossdressers. Nothing more.

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mahoganycow
May 2, 2013
It's strange to think about the roles that we fall into based on our inborn qualities and the societies in which we live. The very existence of the term “cross-dressing” seems to rely on the assumption that there's a “right” way to anoint ourselves with clothes to wear based on our sex, and to do otherwise is to risk social exile. But what if a boy doesn't want to look like or act like a boy, and what if a girl doesn't want to develop into a woman? Do we have any freedom in this regard, or are we slaves to birth and societal convention? read more
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Wilio
Mar 31, 2011
Let me get this straight, I usually don’t watch gender-bender series or anything that is related to the genre. Actually, I don’t recall one anime that I saw that the focus was with cross-dressing of any sort. That said, Wandering Son would actually be the first anime that I have seen that made usage of this trope. And to be honest, it came to be one of the best series of the winter 2011. Wandering Son is a short and calm anime that was enjoyable for its simple, but thoughtful story.

Wandering Son starts off with an interesting structure. Instead of starting from an extremity, read more
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SnippetTee
Feb 12, 2011
Hourou Musuko starts with questioning what little girls and boys are made of. It illuminates the role of sex in the construction of “natural” or coherent sexuality and gender, and the disheartening repercussions that the individuals, who fail to conform to what is socially accepted, experience. Further, the plotline sensibly uses the onset of puberty to intricately and realistically show that in this socially constructed world, we are bounded by to what has been “normalized”—boys must wear pants and girls must wear skirts. Together with the simple clean art and easy melodies, this series is crafted in a remarkably sensitive and moving way.

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