English: Wandering Son
Synonyms: The Transient Son
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 14, 2011 to Apr 1, 2011
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.801 (scored by 13385 users)
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SynopsisThe story depicts a young male, Shuuichi Nitori, who wants to be a girl, and his friend Yoshino Takatsuki, a female who wants to be a boy. The series deals with issues such as transsexualism, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty.
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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hourou Musuko
Other: Hourou Musuko Specials
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I'm a trap fanboy. I like those fanservice anime which includes trap like baka to test or maria holic. I find those fanservice are funny. And they're cute as well. I think trap have different chemistry that I won't even try to touch.
Then everything changed since I watched this anime.
What's the fun of being a drag? We're talking about a male who crossdress. We male have lot sign that shows masculinity like deep voice, facial hair, wide shoulder, etc. It would be really disgusting to see someone really masculine wearing women's clothes. And this anime tell how all those trap wouldn't going well. Realistically.
Although the main protagonist is a drag, yes, really cute in a drag. The overall story tells how HE won't accepted in society if HE were a woman. Everyone around him said that he was cute, yet everyone is laughing at him. serves you right, huh?
I can't say much about this anime. I don't like this anime for destroying my imagination about trap. But this anime make me realized all of those were just fantasies.
This anime really bring me back to reality. I, who crazy with fantasies about cute trap, moemoe trap, perfect trap who doesn't show their chest or bulge under panties, and more traptraptraptrap, I must accept those trap were just men. read more
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.
Hourou Musuko, or Wandering Son, is a work, based on the bestselling manga, that focuses on crossdressers, puberty, and transgender issues. It serves to educate -- and entertain -- viewers about gender identity. What does it mean to be a boy or a girl? Why do people have so many problems with guys dressing up as girls? Are crossdressers “weird”?
The work tackles these questions through the eyes of Nitori Shuichi. He never like being a boy; he always feels he should have been a girl. Takatsuki Yoshino, a girl, wishes she is born as a boy. She hates wearing girly clothing. Both these main characters feel strangled over societal norms on gender issues and this anime adaptation does great justice in focusing their struggles.
Because this work starts in medias res, the drama immediately starts and that is one of its greatest strengths. It doesn’t waddle on setting the work; the work has an inviting introduction that explains most of the events explained in the manga in the first episode. Personally, the first episode is one of my favorite first episodes out there; it is so impressive that I said, “Wow.”
While it rests on the familiar tropes and archetypes, there is an engaging twist on everything. If you think love triangles are the most boring trope out there, Hourou Musuko will flabbergast you. Chiba Saori, a straight female character, falls in love with Nitori as a girl while Nitori has a crush on Takatsuki. The love triangle situation grows even more complex and captures the viewers’ imagination. Dramatic and slice-of-life situations are there for a reason: to characterize. There is nothing redundant about them and everything feels well-placed. Interestingly enough, the work climaxes on the silly anime cliche: a play in a cultural festival; however, it is one of the best endings out there in anime.
Everything about the characters feels realistic. Nitori and Takatsuki are definitely two of the best written LGBT characters out there; they act like people in real life facing actual dramatic situations. Except they have problems identifying themselves. Saori, while being a more unconventional -- and almost insane -- character, has a degree of believability. Ariga Makoto, Suehiro Anna, and Doi Shinpei -- despite their labels as supporting characters -- are strong characters that complement the drama in the work; it seems bizarre to call them supporting characters. While Sarashina Chizuru may vex viewers, her placement is a necessary evil.
The minimalist watercolor palette for its art is powerful. Bright colors and thin outlines almost feel like you are viewing a moving watercolor painting. Lush backgrounds have never been this interesting. The character designs look fantastic and dynamic. What can I say? Hourou Musuko’s art style is unbelievably incredible.
“Itsudatte” by Daisuke is a charming acoustic piece for an OP: clear vocals, catchy acoustic pieces, fantastic lyrics. While I find it hilarious that the OP focuses on furniture and symbols, its symbolism is worthy of praise. It introduces the serious yet enchanting elements of this work. The ED, “For You” by Rie Fu, is a soothing pop music, but loses its memorability quickly.
Fans argue that its noitaminA’s position creates problems with this work. Its 11 episode structure has condensed the work quite significantly. Despite that, it is an excellent way to introduce viewers to the manga; its easygoingness gives little problems.
So how does Hourou Musuko compare to the likes of other slice-of-life works? Excellent. Its pleasant nature does not scare off viewers; rather, it educates them about the issues. The animation staff did not back off from the issues, no matter the consequences. That, to me, is admirable. read more
Slow pacing, bittersweet emotions and light, pleasant animation. If you liked one, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy the other as well.
Both are beautiful slice of life dramas that involve peculiar romance. Aoi Hana's about 2 girls that fall in love and Hourou Musuko's about a boy that wants to be a girl and a girl that wants to be a boy that fall in love.
They're both adapted from manga which have been written and drawn by the same mangaka, Takako Shimura.
If you like one of these anime, you will like the other.
Besides the fact that they have the same manga author, they have an incredibly similar feel. Both Hourou Musuko and Aoi Hana are slow-paced dramas dealing with different characters as they grow up and issues with their sexuality, although they touch on different topics and the characters in Aoi Hana are a little older. Each of them have great, relaxing BGM to go along with their stories. I'd say they're about the same in quality.
Both animes are based in mangas from the same mangaka.
Similar ethereal art.
The characters express their emotions and problems through plays.
Both are written by the same author hence the similar style and feeling of the series.
The art is also similar in both titles that deals with growing up and falling in love.
Both series also has a slice of life feeling that has a relative pace that combines the mixture of comedy, drama, and overall a good feeling in life at a school setting involving kids growing up.
Aoi Hana and Hourou Musuko are both slow-paced, slice-of-life animes that deal with topics not often in animes - sexual orientation and finding out who you are. Aoi Hana is not your typical yuri; it's much deeper than that. Both animes give you characters that you will grow to love as you learn about their pasts, flaws, fears, and personalities. Each character has such different backgrounds and different problems compared to the others; you couldn't possibly ignore even one of them. Even the side characters have very detailed pasts. Both Aoi Hana and Hourou Musuko have light art, which makes watching them really calming.
Opening Theme"Itsudatte" by Daisuke (eps 1-10)
Ending Theme#1: "For You" by Rie Fu
#2: "Itsudatte" by Daisuke (ep 11)
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