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
Themes: CrossdressingCrossdressing, SchoolSchool
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.691 (scored by 4226342,263 users)
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Ranked: #12662
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Popularity: #1725
Members: 130,704
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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, being transgender, 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.


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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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
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 ...
Jun 21, 2011
Mixed Feelings
I was really interested in this series' premise, because it doesn't happen often that an anime decides to deal with gender identity disorders, but I was disappointed with the way the topic was developed.

Sometimes I have the feeling that, both in anime and manga, authors decide to discuss challenging topics but then don't have the courage to do it thoroughly. This is what I felt watching Hourou Musuko as well. Actually, I don't know if it's because they lack the courage, because they fear the fans' reaction or because they just don't know enough, I guess it depends on the case. In this story it ...
Dec 15, 2014
ok ,so let's see. I find the idea behind this anime is actually rly good, and important. but sadly, the themes that are being introduced are barely touched... it all stays very vague and superficial. I think it's a sweet strory about growing up when one is/feels diffrent than others. the show tries to cope with too many such subjects and therefor fails to rly deepen one... maybe more eisodes would have prevented that, and made it end up a rly good show but like this, it left too many questions and backgrounds unexplained, unanswered.

it sure is a diffrent kind of show, and i actually ...

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