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Hourou Musuko

Hourou Musuko

Alternative Titles

English: Wandering Son
Synonyms: The Transient Son
Japanese: 放浪息子


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 123
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 12, 2002 to Jul 12, 2013
Authors: Shimura, Takako (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Beam


Score: 8.381 (scored by 5122 users)
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Ranked: #2562
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Volumes: /15
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Shuuichi Nitori is a 5th grade student who likes to bake and has always been something of a feminine boy. When he transfers to a new school, Shuuichi is mistaken for his 6th grade sister on his first day. Then he ends up sitting next to Yoshino Takatsuki, a tall, boyish girl who everyone calls "Takatsuki-kun." They both have secrets they can't let anyone know...

The series deals with issues such as being transgender, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty.

(Source: Kotonoha, edited)


Hourou Musuko was selected as a recommended work in the manga division by the awards jury in the 10th and 17th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006 and 2013 respectively. It was also nominated for the 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

The series has been published in English as Wandering Son by Fantagraphic Books in hardcover format since July 5, 2011, in Korean by Haksan Culture Company since January 15, 2007, and in Chinese by Ever Glory Publishing but was discontinued on volume 4.

Hourou Musuko received an 11-episode anime adaptation which aired from January 14, 2011 to April 1, 2011.

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Dec 30, 2016
ILoveOreImo (All reviews)
okay... i am not a big fan of manga because i feel that reading manga can be tiring for me but i like manga <3 . Hourou Musuko is the first manga that i am going to give a review because i feel that this really deserved more viewers. While one can finds that the concept of a girl wanting to be a boy and a boy wanting to be a girl disgusting , i finds it very amusing. The way they think is so matured and as if i can relate to their feelings totally even though i am not that particular character.

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Jun 26, 2017
PurrZ (All reviews)
*spoiler below*
I finished this manga in one day and was amazed at how realistic this manga was. I mean if you come here to read a manga with a interesting plot or interesting character development etc. I don't think you would like this much since this manga is more focus on being realistic and you know an actual real life person's life aren't interesting right? It boring as hell and people around you are annoying af most of the time even though you like that person. In the ending Nitori didn't go out with Takatsuki which I mean realistic too in real life there is read more
Feb 10, 2018
sweetsweetkane (All reviews)
I would say if you've ever struggled with your gender identity you have to read this. If you've never struggled with your gender identity, you still have to read this it's so good.

Ok so, the review, i read this whole series over the course of two days and it destroyed me emotionally. I think the ways in which the two main characters struggle with their gender identities is shockingly real and hit incredibly close to home for me. I'm a trans girl and like I have never found a character who I can see myself so clearly in. I think the characters and their growth read more
Feb 1, 2008
Jiji (All reviews)
Title: Hourou Musuko (&rdquo;The Transient Son&rdquo; / 放浪息子)
Mangaka: Takako Shimura / 志村貴子
Originally Serialized in: Comic Beam (Enter Brain)
Scanlated by: Kotonoha

Nitori has always been a bit of a girly kind of boy. He likes to cook, he&rsquo;s sensative and has little in common with the other 5th-grade boys. He&rsquo;s even cuter than his older sister, Maho, who wants to be a model. Saori Chiba is a classmate who seems to understand him, but mostly just likes dressing him up. He strikes up a friendship with Takatsuki, a tall girl who is very much a tomboy and who everyone calls &ldquo;Takatsuki-kun&rdquo;. They meet and befriend a gorgeous read more


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