Boys Run the Riot
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Boys Run the Riot

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Japanese: ボーイズ・ラン・ザ・ライオット
English: Boys Run the Riot
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 37
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 27, 2020 to Oct 14, 2020
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Psychological Psychological, School School
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Gaku, Keito (Story & Art)


Score: 7.901 (scored by 51135,113 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #10652
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1183
Members: 16,113
Favorites: 439

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Boys Run the Riot
Volume 1


Ryou Watari is a boy born in the body of a girl. Rejected for being a "tomboyish girl" and a transgender boy, he cannot confide in anyone and suffers in the prison of his own skin. Subtly, he expresses his genuine self through a buzzcut and secret purchases of boys' clothes.

However, Ryou's life changes when Jin Satou joins his class. Jin is laidback, fearless, and straightforward. He is not ashamed of his interests, nor does he care about others' opinions. For the first time ever, instead of envy, Ryou feels admiration. After running into Ryou in a men's fashion store, Jin proposes the unexpected: they should start a clothing brand together.

Overwhelmed and afraid, Ryou confesses everything to Jin. To his surprise, Jin is fully accepting. Honored to have his first genuine friend and a trusting partner, Ryou agrees to set their business in motion. Recruiting a photographer and collaborating with talented outcasts, the boys prepare to express themselves through fashion and change the world—one step at a time.

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Boys Run the Riot was published in English by Kodansha Comics USA from May 25, 2021 to January 18, 2022.


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Dec 15, 2021
I’ve read a lot of lgbt+ mangas and in terms of a story centered about being trans/trans issues this by far is one of my favorites! I found myself actually crying quite a few times because of how relatable the issues described are. I love how it doesn’t shy away from topics (especially in its non-binary representation, the story is straight forward with it which is SUCH A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!! It’s so disappointing how majority of non-binary rep is literally just not confirming their gender and everyone misgendering them and boys run the riot doesn’t do that at all! It made me so ...
Dec 28, 2022
Mixed Feelings
I will watch this author with interest. A solid first outing but very uneven.

The writing struggles to convey what the characters think vs what the author thinks. There is often very little differentiation between characters and the way the speak as they often go on huge motivational speeches often in public as the other character cheer for them. They also start and end conversation abruptly. The internal monologue is very good but the external is bland at best. I know next to nothing about the other characters.

So many subplots could have made the other character interesting but they are dropped. Camera boys family? Dropped. ...
Jul 7, 2023
I'll go ahead and be the one dissenting voice in a sea of positive recommendations.

To begin with, this manga is only going to appeal to those who are already interested in, or at the very least wholly sympathetic to, trans issues. Obviously, if you are not interested in identity politics, a manga about a transman's struggles will not be for you. If you have any mixed views on trans issues or are not a lockstop ally on every aspect of every issue, this will not be for you. You don't need a review to tell you that. This is a manga meant to preach ...

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