Hourou Musuko
Wandering Son
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Hourou Musuko

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Transient Son
Japanese: 放浪息子
English: Wandering Son
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 123
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 12, 2002 to Jul 12, 2013
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Theme: School School
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Comic Beam
Authors: Shimura, Takako (Story & Art)


Score: 8.231 (scored by 85328,532 users)
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Ranked: #3712
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #577
Members: 27,999
Favorites: 1,276


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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 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.

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Feb 27, 2020
Hourou Musuko, at first glance, is what seems like a rare gem of good representation in the muddy grounds of LGBT+ characters being fetishized or used as comic relief but soon enough proves itself to be no better.

First things first: trigger warning. The manga contains quite a lot of graphic language and events that can easily be triggering for transgender individuals. I advise you to approach this manga with caution – so that you don't have to suffer like I did. The following review also contains some core spoilers but if you have found yourself feeling unsure after the things I've just said, I suggest ...
Aug 19, 2018
After having a tough time getting into the series and having to restart a few times, I raced through the second half of Wandering Son in a single day. Now I’m just lying here in a haze, trying to collect myself into a human being again. I feel like this writeup is a necessary step in the process. Let’s do this.

Wandering Son, or Hourou Musuko, is a manga about the self. It's extremely introverted, with characters lost in thought, staying home from school, and mulling over their anxieties all the time. When a character makes a particularly bold decision, they’re often ridiculed and punished for ...
Feb 10, 2018
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 ...

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Recent News

Manga 'Hourou Musuko' to End Next Chapter

It was announced that in the next issue of "Gekkan Comic Beam", to be published on July 12th, manga "Hourou Musuko" will have its last chapter. The manga started ser...read more

Shimura Takako's Manga Hourou Musuko To Be Animated

According to Monthly Comic Beam April issue, Shimura Takako's manga Hourou Musuko was announced to get an anime adaptation. The volume 10 of the manga will be r...read more

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In the end, who shares love and happiness with Nitori Shuuichi?? (Spoilers are welcome).
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