Hourou Musuko

Wandering Son

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Transient Son
Japanese: 放浪息子
English: Wandering Son
German: Hourou Musuko: Wondering son
Spanish: Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko)
French: Hourou Musuko: Wondering son
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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
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.711 (scored by 3942139,421 users)
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Ranked: #10882
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1518
Members: 120,369
Favorites: 1,021

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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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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


Matsuura, Hiroaki
Aoki, Ei
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Itsudatte" by Daisuke (eps 1-10)

Ending Theme

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

Feb 19, 2012
Yukariki (All reviews)
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 read more
May 2, 2013
mahoganycow (All reviews)
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
Mar 31, 2011
Wilio (All reviews)
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
Nov 24, 2013
Zergneedsfood (All reviews)
“What are little boys made of? Frogs and snails, and puppy dogs’ tails. That’s what little boys are made of.”

The third movement of Debussy’s Bergasmasque Suite plays softly in the background as a strong gust blows hundreds of cherry blossoms in the night sky. It’s a fitting piece not only for setting such a tranquil mood, but also referencing Paul Verdaine’s poem, Clair de Lune, whose first stanza is a decently fitting representation of what may be one of the most beautifully written slice of life anime out there.

“Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and read more

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