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.
Hourou Musuko was selected as a recommended work in the manga division by the 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 after volume 4.
Hourou Musuko received an 11-episode anime adaptation which aired in 2011.
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.
: Its just like typical slice of life , romance school genre. Also about how a girl wanted to be a boy and a boy wanted to be a girl. It started very very sad (middle school grade) many tragic happened. Slowly , they grow to high school students and things become better. Like how the ships all sailing XD And yeah it has a happy ending.
Character development : I feel that character development is not much though ... Everyone seems to not have changed much since from middle school... Just maybe the girl stop wanting to be a boy. Everyone was somehow the same way they are in middle school just physically matured...
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
and inner conflicts are incredible. This applies to all characters for me. I think the story isn't going to be for everyone as the pacing can be very slow, especially in the middle of the manga. But I think it does an incredible job of portraying real life. The art is pretty clean and the characters are all distinct enough. EVeryone's pretty cute and distinct enough that it's easy to tell everyone apart. This story just has such a heavy emotional effect, I'm still trying to come to terms with it. I seriously would recommend this manga to everyone, its truly powerful and it does an excellent job of exploring gender identity, puberty, transness, love and relationships, its so powerful!!!
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
no destiny, fate, compatibility, bond or anything like that, it is not immediately set that you have to go out with who or something. Also some people do complain about character development... well you see usually people don't change much when they grow up.
I did like this manga a lot and glad I read it since I got to know about how a person who want to transgender feel. It make me look at the world more differently too.
Nitori has always been a bit of a girly kind of boy. He likes to cook, he’s sensative and has little in common with the other 5th-grade boys. He’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 “Takatsuki-kun”. They meet and befriend a gorgeous
woman, Yuki, who is actually a transsexual. All the while, Nitori is discovering how good he looks as a girl, and how much he likes it.
Hourou Musuko centers around elementary- and middle-school children, but is a seinen manga, targeted at college-age readers. Although the look back at school days relies heavily on nostalgia, the issues the characters are wrestling with are very adult. Nitori isn’t gay in the sense that he has no real idea of, or interest in, sexuality or romance. He is more interested in having friends, and likes acting and dressing as a girl. For both him and Takatsuki, their friends and families are loving and supportive, but there is some tension with the schoolmates acting in proscribed manners.
Things move slowly in this manga, focused on social situations and the feelings of the characters. It almost makes you think it’s sort of shoujo, but there’s little in the way of overwrought interior dialogue (or screentone, either). It’s a slice-of-life story and despite the sexually liminal nature of the plot, it still manages to capture the reader with distinct and heartwarming characterizations. The crossdressing makes me think of sexual roles versus sexual gender…and those two versus sexuality. Hourou Musuko is much more concerned with sexual roles in society than with mere titillation, which I liked very much.
Shimura employs a very clean style, but somehow manages to retain a sketchbook sort of look, making it look as if she had simply sat down and effortlessly sketched her perfectly cute faces–impossible, as those of you who do art well know. Art this effective is always the result of hard work, and it certainly shows here. Most of her panels leave out the background of any kind, once she has set up the scene. She is an obviously very accomplished artist, since her figure studies are realistic and foreshortening of limbs or bodies (a sure giveaway of an artist’s skill) is very well-done.
Kotonoha’s scanlation is typically of high-quality for them, the whites are white and the blacks are clean black. The typesetting is well-suited to the style of the manga, while being easy to read. I highly recommend downloading this one.
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