Watashi no Shounen
My Boy
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Watashi no Shounen

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Japanese: 私の少年
English: My Boy
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 25, 2015 to Oct 26, 2020
Genre: Drama Drama
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Takano, Hitomi (Story & Art)


Score: 7.791 (scored by 34813,481 users)
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Ranked: #13162
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1702
Members: 11,891
Favorites: 251

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Volumes: /9
Chapters: /43


Thirty-year-old Satoko Tawada lives a rather monotonous life: she is single, her office job is dull, her boss is her ex-boyfriend who constantly bothers her, and she has nothing to look forward to in her off-hours. Fed up with another lousy day at work, Satoko stops by a park at night to have a drink and unwind when a stray soccer ball lands by her feet.

Chasing after the ball is a 12-year-old boy named Mashuu Hayami, whom Satoko scolds for being out so late. But soon enough, she learns that evenings are the only time Mashuu is allowed to practice and refine his soccer skills. Due to her past tenure on her university's futsal team and a general concern for his safety at night, Satoko begins to teach Mashuu the basics of soccer.

However, the more time Satoko spends with Mashuu, the more she finds herself becoming a maternal figure for the neglected boy. Mashuu himself begins to find solace in their outings, but not everyone may be able to support or understand their odd relationship.

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Watashi no Shounen was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho Award in 2017. In the same year, the manga ranked sixth on the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2017 list, third in the Best Printed Manga category at the third Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards, and second in the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the Male Readers division.

The series was published in English as My Boy by Vertical Inc. from April 10, 2018, to May 10, 2022.



Mar 13, 2021
rewriting this for the 3rd time on 3/20/22 because i want to make my review shorter

at first, i really appreciated this manga because i felt as if it portrayed how a mother/son like relationship would be. me and my mother's relationship was really difficult, mainly due to the fact that i was born from my father's affair. it was extremely hard to get along with her but i found comfort in a story like this. it made me like to think about how me and mother's relationship would be like if it was normal.

also, the way takano hitomi portrays separations between mashuu and satoko is ...
May 6, 2021
Boi did this one hit close to home.
Ok so I'll start this review by saying that it will include what I consider minor spoilers but may be considered relatively important by others. It's kinda hard to tell more without spoiling you know. Anyways before spoiling anything, let's just say that : it's a cute story about two people having truckloads of affection for each other but everybody else is kinda frowning when looking in their direction. Go read it.

Now onto the real review.
You know, this type of story with an adult and a child getting together by chance and forming a sort of parent-child relationship ...
May 27, 2024
This is my completely honest and subjective feelings on the matter: the type of love that this manga is trying to describe, one that ignores all boundaries, deeper than platonic friendship, less than romantic, but not familial nor based on some kind of mentorship, is not possible to have between the two characters in their specific type of relationship. Perhaps if you met someone as a kid and then met them again when you were say, 60 and they were 24. That *pure love* is then possible because A: you haven't seen this kid grow up for a majority of their life, B: that person's ...

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