One or more main characters in these stories identify as their biological sex, but routinely dress in a way that results in them being mistaken for the opposite sex. Since the act of crossdressing must be a central theme, often the main character is trying to hide their identity or achieve some goal. If the character simply enjoys crossdressing, the narrative should be focused on how the important people in the character's life react to or come to accept it.
One main character dressing as the opposite sex for reasons unrelated to the central plot is not Crossdressing.
Ouran High School Host Club
At Ouran High School, an academy where only the children of the rich and powerful attend, there exists a club consisting of the most elite of the student body: the legendary Host Club. Within the club's room, six beautiful, bored boys spend their time entertaining equally beautiful and bored girls. Haruhi Fujioka, a poor scholarship student, has no interest in the Host Club—until she breaks a valuable vase in their clubroom. After being mistaken for a boy, Haruhi is forced by Kyouya Ootori to work for the Host Club to repay her debt. Tamaki Suou, the princely leader of the club, eagerly takes her under his wing to teach her the ways of the host. Things, however, are never quite so simple with the Host Club around. Even the most mundane events can turn into huge spectacles with the likes of prankster twins Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, stoic Takashi Morinozuka, and sweet Mitsukuni "Hunny" Haninozuka. The crazy adventures of the Host Club are just beginning, and Haruhi must learn how to survive in the glitzy world of the hosts. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Note: The final volume contains a special bonus chapter where the group travels to Spain.
Tsukimi Kurashita has wanted to be a princess ever since her youth. However, at 18 years old, she finds herself far from that dream. Instead, she has become a plain and shy girl who spends most of her time and money on her biggest obsession: jellyfish. Tsukimi lives with her fellow niche hobbyists in the all-female Amamizukan apartment complex, where the two most important rules are to avoid stylish people and men. Tsukimi has always abided by these rules until one evening—while rescuing a spotted jellyfish—she encounters a classy, princess-like woman. After allowing the girl to stay the night, Tsukimi is shocked to discover that the person is not a woman at all. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom
Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki has gotten herself to transfer to a high school in Japan...but not just any school! To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she's going to an all-guys' high school...and disguising herself as a boy! But as fate would have it, they're more than classmates...they're roommates! Now, Mizuki must keep her secret in the classroom, the locker room, and her own bedroom. And her classmates—and the school nurse—must cope with a new transfer student who may make them question their own orientation... (Source: VIZ Media) Included one-shots: Volume 1: Natsu no Ori (The Cage of Summer) Volume 4: Kawaki no Tsuki (The Thirsty Moon)
The boy who cried wolf tells a lie today also
Despite being kind and considerate, Keitarou Itsuki has a menacing look in his eyes that scares away others. When Keitarou attempts to confess to Aoi Tokujira, she flatly rejects him, leading him to believe that his intimidating eyes are to blame. Confiding his worries to his older sister, she gives him a hand by offering a complete makeover. But much to Keitarou's surprise, she turns him into a girl! Forced to head home in his new appearance, he unexpectedly comes across Aoi being harassed by a group of boys from their school, and rushes to her rescue. Surprisingly, she doesn't recognize him, and reveals a secret that she has held for a long time: she has an intense fear of men. Believing him to be a tomboyish girl, she asks Keitarou in his female guise to assist her in overcoming her fear. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Kinjiro Sakamachi is a "normal" seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control...until now. A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro's world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl?! What's worse, the principal's cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out, and makes it her life's work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia. Is Kanade simply sadistic or does she really want to help Kinjiro overcome his fears? It makes no difference to poor Kinjiro, because his life has just become a living hell. (Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)
Makito Maki meets the adorable Kizuna Aikawa under the falling cherry blossoms on the day high school entrance exam results are posted. It seems destined that the two will end up together. However, Maki’s dreams of getting a cute girlfriend are crushed when on the first day of school, Kizuna reveals she is in fact a male. After the shocking revelation, Maki tries to move on from Kizuna, but fate has other plans in store, as the two start running into each other every day. Though Aikawa is willing to extend a friendly hand, Maki still has a hard time getting over that Aikawa is really a boy. Nonetheless, as Aikawa drags Maki along on various adventures, he sees that Aikawa is truly a kind person and learns that people should not be defined by their appearance or gender. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
HIME-GOTO: uniforms at the age of nineteen
Acting and crossdressing as a boy, Yuki "Yoshiki" Ichihara is viewed as a male by her peers. Despite their expectations, she secretly wants nothing more than to be more feminine. On the other hand, all of Mikako Nagao's classmates believe she is sweet and pure; but in contrast to her innocent veneer, she enjoys selling her body to older men while pretending to be 15 years old. Though it may just be a front, her appearance has enchanted the dashing lady-killer Kaito Aiba, who lusts not for Mikako but to be her. To help fulfill this fantasy, he crossdresses as his idol and takes pleasure in impersonating her in his spare time. Each of these three college students hides behind an identity that is not their own, masking a self that they cannot reveal. Burdened by their hidden lives, they search for who they are and what defines them as their fates begin to intertwine. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Life in the year 2020 in Tokyo is tough, as crime rates are high, and crimes against women rank second only to murders. To prevent their daughter from being exposed to these crimes, Tsukasa's parents raised her to be a male. Tsukasa aspires to be a policeman fighting against the yakuza, just like her parents. However, her parents died in the line of work, leaving behind Tsukasa and her 3 brothers to fend for themselves. Tsukasa must thus work as a bodyguard for her classmate, Ryuji, who happens to be the leader of the most powerful yakuza group in Tokyo, to pay off the family's debts. (Source: ANN, edited)
Hinata Saotome is suddenly asked out by En Shinohara, a gorgeous boy in her grade. What she doesn't know though, is that his hobby is cross-dressing! En has always hated men, and whenever he sees his own reflection, he punches out whatever is doing the reflecting (windows, mirrors...). To combat this hatred, he dresses up as a girl. Hinata decides to go out with him anyway, despite his weird hobby. (Source: MU) Included one-shots: Volume 8: Sweets Honey Volume 17: Amber
As a child, Hime Kino was starstruck by "Lovely Blazers" voice actress Sakura Aoyama. From that day on, Hime has dreamed of following in Sakura's footsteps. With this in mind, Hime enrolls in Hiiragi Academy, a voice acting school famous for producing the best of the best. In fact, Hime sits right next to the already successful son of Sakura, Senri Kudou. Aiming to match her peers' level of skill, Hime attempts to put her best foot forward. She introduces herself with her cutest voice, but what comes out is anything but—she sounds like an old man, earning her the nickname "Gorilla Princess." Suddenly, she finds herself grouped with other potential dropouts. But Hime is not deterred by such a setback, and she quickly becomes friends with the others at the bottom of the class. With their help and her own unrivaled optimism, Hime will do whatever it takes to achieve her dream! [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Sixteen-year-old Kyou Aizawa's relationship with her father has always revolved around basketball. He wanted to join the NBA, but suffered a knee injury that ended his dream; since then, he has tried to live vicariously through Kyou. When her father suddenly gets transferred to another part of the country, Kyou gets the opportunity to attend Seisyu Academy. She is excited because Seisyu is famous for its cute girls' uniforms. When she opens the box sent by the school, however, Kyou discovers an unflattering boys' uniform instead! As it turns out, her father has faked paperwork and enrolled her as a male student so she can join the school basketball team, which is ranked fourth in Japan. As a sacrifice to carry on her father's legacy, Kyou begrudgingly cuts her hair and moves into the boys' dormitory. She meets her roommate and teammate Chiharu Eniwa but somehow manages to irritate him on the very first day. He is quick to taunt Kyou about her short stature and questions her dedication to the sport. Will Kyou be able to live in close quarters with someone so annoying and thrive on the basketball team, all while hiding her true gender from everyone? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Kagami Yuuki has managed to become a scholarship student in a high-class high school. Unfortunately, thanks to his gender-ambiguous name, the teacher Kakinozaki Ayana has registered him as a girl! It's apparently an uncorrectable mistake, so now Yuuki must live in the girl's dormitory of his new (co-ed) high school. At least Ayana's willing to take responsibility for her mistake; she volunteers to be his roommate. As one would guess, he and Ayana must make sure none of the other girls in the dorm find out he's actually a boy. Therefore, except for when he's in his classes, Yuuki has to cross-dress, or else both he and his teacher will be kicked out of the school and dorm! (Source: MangaHelpers)
People everywhere admire the popular idol group AKB48, and Hiroko Yoshinaga is no different. She dreams of becoming a member of AKB48, but stage fright gets in the way of every audition. Having failed so many times, Yoshinaga decides to tryout one last time before giving up for good. Though uninterested in idols, Minoru Urayama wants to help Yoshinaga realize her dream. Disguising himself as a girl named "Urakawa Minori," he participates in the audition for AKB48 as well, hoping to assist Yoshinaga through the tryouts. However, things go better than expected when both Yoshinaga and "Minori" are recruited! As he enters the world of pop music, Minoru must continue to hide his secret all while supporting Yoshinaga's dreams and finding one of his own. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Naka is an aspiring young model with a problem: her face tenses up into a terrifying spectacle whenever she gets nervous on photo shoots! Naka's rival is Umi, the hottest model at their agency. But Naka soon discovers Umi's secret—and hilarity ensues behind the cameras! (Source: TokyoPop) Included one-shots: Volume 6: Nozoite Mitakute Shikatanai (Peeping) Volume 11: Kaeru ga Iku Taiwan na Hibi
From an outsider's perspective, what they are seeing is a normal meetup between three girls. However, these "girls" are meeting for the first time because of one commonality: they were born as males, but crossdress for various reasons. Ryousuke "Yui" Kijima pretends to be his deceased older sister to keep her memory alive, Osamu "Parou" Tamura dresses as a girl to attract his straight senior in school, and Yuuta "Marika" Aoki is a transgender female. Despite their similarities, Yui hates how the other two are satisfied with their habits, and leaves quickly. Then alone, Parou expresses his support for Marika, causing her to fall in love with him. Though their meeting was cut short, the lives of these three people begin to cross. As they grapple with their genders and identities, romantic feelings begin to foster, sharpening the divide between them, yet bring them closer at the same time. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Yamate Midori is a 15 year-old girl and is very much a tomboy. One day Midori meets a boy called Hino Tsukasa, who came to the island she lives on for a holiday. He teaches her to play soccer and she falls in love with the sport. Midori is inspired by Tsukasa and continues to play soccer in hopes that they would meet again someday. When they do meet again Tsukasa does something unforgivable. Determined to defeat Tsukasa on the soccer field Midori enrolls in an all boy high school. (Source: Tenshi-Tachi) Included one-shots: Volume 8: Shounen x Cinderella Volume 9: Shounen x Cinderella II
The manga follows the daily lives of Kou, a slightly quirky man, and his wife, Yukio, who is a cross-dressing man. Read as this married couple handles the trouble that comes with cross-dressing issues in modern Japanese society. (Source: Mangadex)
Kurosaki Sou is a 16-year-old who summons a devil to take his virginity. He hopes for a devil with flaming red hair, large horns, and black wings. He gets exactly what he wishes for, although he forgets something else rather important. Now he's forced to live with this devil and has to think of a way to get rid of it, and most importantly—survive its lust. (Source: MU)
Hyun-Bin has been surviving on the streets by hiding the fact that she's a girl. In a tragic turn of events, her beloved little brother dies and Hyun-Bin runs away from the begging, from the gangs - straight into the clutches of a rich family. Her life might have become better but it's far from rosy: she has to undergo strict training every day and guard the family's youngest member, innocent and princess-like Yae-Ha. There are only two rules, Hyun-Bin has to protect Yae-Ha with her life and no one must ever find out that she's a girl. It's a lonely and cold way of life but a fateful encounter with the delinquent Yun-Ha becomes a catalyst of changes to come, where loyalty and a sense of duty clash with feelings of love... (Source: dollie_mixtures)
Makoto Amano wants to become an actor, but his stern father has decreed that the only way Makoto can pursue his dream is to spend the last two years of high school as a girl! He quickly makes friends with popular tomboy Ito Miura, another drama enthusiast at this new high school and the only student to find out his secret—but are they more than pals? (Source: VIZ Media)
Mizuki is the female "prince" of her all-girls school and the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band. Akira is the male "princess" of his all-boys school and wants to join her band. Love may be on his mind, but romance is difficult when everyone keeps mistaking Mizuki for a boy and Akira for a girl! When the lead singer of Blaue Rosen announces she is moving overseas, Akira does all he can to convince Mizuki and her bandmates to let him join. But will a resistant Mizuki allow him into her band, much less her heart? (Source: VIZ Media)
The Beautiful Skies of Houou High
Houou High is a famous and incredibly prestigious all-boys school. It's also the stomping grounds for the sons of the most well-renowned families from all walks of life, which gives rise to rumors that it holds a monopoly on money and power. Our protagonist, Kei Saeba, ends up enrolling in this veritable garden of blooming amateurs due to her mother's guile. Now she must pretend she's a boy for three years or she "will be erased"! (Source: DMP) Included one-shot: Volume 3: Ocean:bruise
Masato is living on his own, but this soon changes. Nomura Yuki, a childhood friend, is coming to live with him. What could be better than having a beautiful girl living under his roof? It sounds great, but he'll soon find out Yuki's secret...
The mixed twins—Kobayashi Mitsuru and Kobayashi Megumu, who haven't seriously fallen in love for someone and other who doesn't know anything more than 2D world. A situation arises were Megumu and Mitsuru are forced to cross dress, and go to school? Mitsuru's encounter with a cute girl in Megumu's school and Megumu's meeting with the guy she met earlier is actually in her brother's school?? Will they find themselves and their first love?? Included one-shot: Volume 15: Megami-sama wa Furimukanai!?
Kuji Akira and Ninomiya Makoto have been neighbors and friends from childhood. Akira-kun is handsome and Makoto-chan is pretty but Akira's a girl and Makoto's a boy... Their feelings for each other are growing more complex just as they are finding themselves the focus of romantic interest of their friends and acquaintances. (Source: Batoto)
Ever since the day Ran Kurono's older brother was killed while protecting Sei Ohtori, she has dedicated her skills and life to one day becoming the First Knight of the next head of the Ohtori family, even concealing the fact that she's a woman forever. For generations the Kurono family has served the Ohtori family as their First Knight, but 11 other lower knights with ill intentions of using the Ohtori family's authority vie for that title. Not only that, but Sei is being tested for being suitable for the title of head of the family. Upon entering Saint Locks Academy, the days of both Ran and Sei's trials begin, all the while being helped by Sei's untidy and unrefined fiance, Ibara Tennou. (Source: Taciturnity Scans)
Shuu Kaidou is sent away to an all boys boarding school with a very strange rule: half the students must take turns to dress as girls! (Source: MU)
Shindou Rei (Cinderella) comes from a very poor family. Her only clothes are hand-me-downs from her brother, even her school uniform. So everyone always mistakes her for a boy. Even her close friend Hakuba Ouji (white horse prince), who starts developing confusing feelings toward her all the while believing she's a boy. Tsukumo Yuki (Snow White) is the leader of a delinquent gang and falls in love with Rei at first sight, also believing her to be a boy. (Source: Doki)
Volume 1 1-2. Nise x Koi Boyfriend 3. Yowamushi Kareshi to Rokudenashi (A Cowardly Boyfriend and a Good-for-Nothing) 4. Kimi to Boku de Chouchou Musubi wo (A Ribbon Made of You and Me) 5. Usotsuki to Happy End wo (A Happy End with a Liar) Volume 2 1-5. Nise x Koi Boyfriend Lovely 6. Yowamushi Kareshi to Kuroi Neko
Nonomiya Yuuta, a Skii Jumper aiming for Olympic Gold, bursts onto stage with his exceptional skills. However, his biggest problem is that he is not really a "HE"... This Yuuta is actually Nonomiya Yuuta's twin sister, Nonomiya Nono... And with Women's Skii Jump not being an Olympic catagory, hiding her true identity is the only way for her to achieve the dreams of her father and brother. (Source: MangaHelpers)
The story centers on a sophomore named Kanako who enrolls in all-girls school because she has a phobia of men and wants find her destined yuri partner. She meets a captivating freshman named Mariya who fits her criteria—except her seemingly ideal mate happens to be a cross-dressing sadistic boy. (Source: ANN)
Why is Toru Kouno receiving such an overly warm welcome at his new all boy's school? He has yet to discover the secret system called "Hime (Princess)" in effect at the school. Boys who are chosen have to dress up as a girl in every school event! Little does Kouno know that he would be the chosen one... (Source: DMP)
In the former kingdom of Morrigan, countless lives were lost due to war and rebellion alike. When women usurped all positions of power, new laws dictated that only they could earn income and receive inheritances, while men lost the majority of their rights and were reduced to mere objects of scorn. Morrigan became a queendom wrapped in an illusory peace. Outside of the royal court, especially, the people continued to suffer; however, now the men were subjected to the worst of the pain and humiliation. Albert is a young orphan living near Morrigan's harbor. One day, despite warnings from his guardian Martha, he and his friend Theodore head toward the town's center to observe preparations for the Queen's birthday festival. Unsurprisingly, as they are boys unaccompanied by an adult, they are captured by slave traders and immediately readied to be sold. An elegantly dressed man offers an exorbitant price in order to purchase them both—though he clearly displays a preference for Albert. Introducing himself as Guy Schwarzwald, the man transports Albert and Theodore to a palace where they are to meet their new master. Albert is unsure what surprises him more—that he is now the property of Princess Alexia Lumiere, heir apparent to the throne, or that somehow she looks exactly like him! [Written by MAL Rewrite]
High school student Hime Arikawa may look indistinguishable from a girl, but he is actually a boy. Unable to pay off his family's debt, yakuza debt collectors force Hime to crossdress as a girl. However, the school student council sees this as an opportunity: in exchange for paying his debt, Hime must cater to their every whim while continuing to crossdress! And thus, Hime's comedic day-to-day school life with the student council begins. [Written by MAL Rewrite] See more info for details about the chapter count.
July 2011 Special When Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin bail on being models for an upcoming fashion show, Mei Yasumura finds herself scrambling through last-minute replacements. Unfortunately for her, the Hitachiin twins have already sent in their substitute: Ritsu Kasanoda. With all options exhausted and time running out, Mei resolves to train a vexed Kasanoda to become her model. August 2011 Special On a hot midsummer night, a few of the Ouran Host Club members begin to share ghost stories to each other. Soon, they are interrupted by a tardy Takashi Morinozuka, who claims to have seen an apparition. Upon arriving at the location of the sighting, the group is surprised to see that the ghost looks similar to Kyouya Ootori—who is very much alive. As they try to identify the mysterious figure, the club encounters a child with a wish to attend a festival. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Be Still My Heart
17 year old exemplary student Bae Sugu lives alone with his father, the vice principal of his school. Weighed down by his father's expectations, Sugu has to hide his one true passion: swimsuits. He does not know where it comes from, but his passion is pure and genuine - and often misunderstood. But one day, when Sugu is secretly taking pictures of swimsuits by the pool, he is caught by his homeroom teacher who forces him into something ridiculous. Can Sugu find something to get out of the standstill his life has come to? Can his heart beat again? (Source: Noctis Op.92)
Konoe Subaru, 17-years-old, has been serving as the butler of Suzutsuki Kanade in school, a classmate of Sakamachi Kinjirou. Due to an accident, Sakamachi discovers Konoe's secret... that he's actually a girl!? Apparently she will be removed from her position if anyone at school finds out. What will unfold from this chain of events?
15 year-old schoolgirl Sara has a big secret. She is the "Sala" that is the new top singer! No one knows whether "Sala" is a boy or a girl. She is a huge fan of the no. 1 group "The Rise" who's lead singer, Hayase Shidou, attends Toua High, a Special entertainment school along with Sara. Sara finds that her boyfriend is cheating on her, and to add insult to injury, she is dumped! He was only attracted to her by her likeness to "Sala." Hayase gets revenge for her in an unusual way which seems to bring them closer together...but will this be allowed by Sara's mother who is "Sala"'s producer and co-president of Star Studios? It's a fact that the true identity of "Sala" cannot be revealed, especially not to the lead singer of her main rival "The Rise." (Source: MU)
Eun-soo Cha has hated her mother ever since she was abandoned by her. Raised by her grandma, she became a wild child that likes to fight. She has even disguised herself so well as a guy that people won't believe her even if she says she's a girl. She can fight well, and is even referred to as hot by girls. One day, however, her grandma's already bad health worsens, and she promises not to fight anymore. When Eun-soo's grandma dies soon after, she decides to leave Dae-Jeon (where she lives) and goes to Seoul to live with her mother, despite still hating her, because she has nowhere else to go. There, she runs into one of the best fighters, at her new school, and immediately gets on his bad side. What will happen? Will she break her promise to her grandma? Will love bloom?
Lena Ha is a beautiful and tough girl who is the captain of Kendo team. She meets Hye-Min Kang, the son of the president of a big company in Korea, and the two seem to feel love at first sight. But when Lena learns that she and Hye-Min are half-siblings, she runs away and falls into a strange body of water. When Lena comes to, she finds herself in a strange kingdom...and learns that she may be its only hope. (Source: Tokyopop)
What if I said I love you.
A brilliant and good at sport prince is mourning because of his first love story. This story is not about a love triangle but… a love pentagon!! (Source: Chibi Manga) Included one-shots: Volume 3: Sentimental Shounen A, Bokura no Himitsu wo Kaihou shiyou ka
In a modern country where the government is controlled by a Martial Shogun and samurai receive much respect, there lives identical twins of the Sakakido family. Kou, the brother, is very feminine, excels at cooking, cleaning, arts and crafts. Tsukiko, the sister, is masculine, loves fighting and is a combat genius. The twins learn about the Samurai High School, where men test their strength and women test their femininity, but the only way they can attend is by swapping places. If they are to be found cheating, they will be executed so they have to overcome their gender differences and maintain their secret. (Source: MangaHelpers)
While walking around the streets, Momose stumbled upon his classmate cross-dressing as a girl. Ever since then, he couldn’t help but to take notice of him in school… (Source: MU)
The stage is set in the prestigious Private Jyoushioka High School—or more commonly known as Joshi High. It became co-educational a few years ago, but females still heavily outnumber the males. The number of males could be easily counted. While one would think males would be pampered in such a harem school, the reality is far from being heavenly. It was the world of female domination. (Source: MU)
Dressed in a cute uniform with a blazer and pleated skirt, and completed with a hairband to complement her long wavy hair, Noeru Minamino arrives at Morinomiya Boarding School―albeit a month late. However, Maria Minamino, Noeru's twin sister who was accepted prior, is devastated to see this, as Noeru is actually a boy! Due to certain circumstances, he is only able to enroll as a girl. Noeru's decision to join Maria stems from Maria's interest in the school's basketball coach. As her inseparable twin, he finds this hard to accept and hopes to bring her back home. However, a wrench is thrown into his plans when he starts falling for his mysterious roommate, Miyu Makimura. Matters become even more complicated when he finds himself being courted by the ace of the school's basketball team! [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Ai Ore! Love Me!
When Akira announces he was a boy in the first book "Ai wo Utau Yori Ore ni Oborero" so does the fact Akira goes to Dankaisan the boys school next to St. Nobora (Mizuki's school) Things start to get rough when pressure against Mizuki dating a boy from that school rise. (Source: MU)
The story of J, a beautiful teenager with a twisted past and the face of Marilyn Monroe.
Strawberry "Berry" Shin is one of the few females in a male-dominated school. With her godlike status, it's no wonder she is a narcissist and has caught the interest of her wealthy upperclassman, Pierre "Pear" Kang. Unfortunately, Berry has to learn to deal with his friend, Walnut "Wally" Kang, who seemingly hates her for no reason. And to make matters worse, her ex-boyfriend, Mandarin "Darin" Kim, is not too happy with her new relationship. Darin's solution: cross-dress as the mysterious new transfer student "Cherry Kim" and make Pear fall in love with him instead. Thus begins the rule of a new queen at Sausage Fest Private High School of Engineering. What is a girl to do when her new boyfriend is falling in love with her (admittedly prettier) ex-boyfriend? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
I Think I Turned My Childhood Friend Into a Girl
Kenshirou Midou is a popular student who harbors a secret: despite being a boy, he has always loved the art of cosmetics. Because of his efforts to keep this low profile, only his sisters and Hiura Mihate, a childhood friend, know his hidden obsession. Apart from his siblings, Hiura is Kenshirou's only hope at realizing his potential. Kenshirou begs Hiura to let him practice applying makeup on him, and when Hiura finally succumbs to his request, the drastic transformation shocks Kenshirou. From the appearance of a dull, slender boy to a charming petite girl, Hiura's new look evokes something in Kenshirou. On the other hand, Hiura has had feelings for Kenshirou long before his dramatic change. Often watching from the sidelines, Hiura thinks that a romantic relationship with him is beyond his reach. But with the revelation of Kenshirou's unusual hobby, Hiura remains optimistic and decides to devote himself to his friend's passion. As their affection for one another intensifies, the pair slowly develops an unbreakable bond. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Yuzuko's a positive, always charming girl with the horrible habit of verbal diarrhea. Just when she’s done it again and insults someone, she's saved by a drop dead gorgeous maid from a maid cafe. Little does she know (though the readers are more clued in than this poor girl) that the maid is none other than the high school hottie Itsuki—who's only doing it as the #1 most popular maid at his father's Maid & Butler cafe. It's really a story about love and some pretty good maid costumes. (Source: ShoujoReviews) Included one-shots: When the Fireworks End, My Hysterical Girl
When Tae Yeon Im finds out that the idol star that she's adored for ages is currently attending the same school as her identical cousin, Jung-Woo Im, she convinces her cuz to exploit their similitude and switch places, she will dress as him, attend his school and try to get close to her lover boy. And he will dress as her, attend her school and revel in its sea of babes. Or maybe he just likes wearing a skirt? The plan seems flawless until Tae learns of a bully named Ga-Wun Kim who likes to beat up on poor Jung-Woo. Meanwhile, Jung-Woo finds that being a woman might not be as thrilling as it seems. (Source: Tokyopop)
In 18th century England, Gabriel, an orphan girl from a fallen noble family befriended a young man named Jeremy, who was rumored to be an illegitimate child of a nobleman. After an incident occurred, Gabriel must impersonate her friend Jeremy, taking his place at an all boys academy for nobles, a place that may seem like heaven to others, but really hides a harshness which she would never have imagined. (Source: MU)
Today is Asami Tanakamori's first day at her new school…but it isn't exactly what she expected. In fact, it seems really strange right from the beginning!! Asami is finding it incredibly difficult to adjust to this party school, but luckily she has her new friend, a pretty "girl" named Akira Kinoshita. Akira seems to have the entire school at "her" command…but there's a bit more to Akira than Asami would have ever imagined!
The only way Ai Shizukuishi can express herself is through dance. At school, she is shy and reserved; but online, she crossdresses as a popular dancer known as "Ai." She aspires to one day be better than Hayate, a free-spirited dancing sensation. With the rise of her videos' popularity, Ai catches the attention of Hayate, and she is recruited by a professional entertainment agency to form an idol unit called "Buddyz"—with Hayate himself! However, this is specifically a male duo and he is unaware of her true gender. If he were to find out the truth, their group would be forced to disband. To further complicate matters, Hayate has a crush on Ai's female self! As she struggles to keep her gender a secret, Ai strives to break out of her shell through dance and match up to Hayate. All the while, Buddyz fights against fierce competition to be the best idol unit. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
In the year 1863, a time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining the Mibu-Roshi—a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. In time, this group would become one of the greatest (and most famous) movements in Japanese history... the Shinsengumi! Into this fierce milieu steps Seizaburou Kamiya, a young would-be warrior who, though lacking in combat experience, possesses a fiery enthusiasm to both aid the Mibu-Roshi in their mission and to avenge his wrongfully murdered family. One of the Mibu-Roshi's most gifted (and immature) swordsmen, the legendary Souji Okita, agrees to take Seizaburou under his wing. What no one suspects, least of all Souji, is that Seizaburou is actually a girl named Sei Tominaga in disguise! (Source: Viz Media) Included one-shot: Volume 45: Ooedo Shinsengumi!
Masahiko Yanagiba lost both parents and, following his mother's will, moved to his maternal uncle's family, the Wakanaes. Although Wakanaes' hospitality was heartwarming, he soon found out why his other relatives shun away from the Wakanaes: his "uncle" is a woman while his "aunt" is just the opposite. Turns out the couple took the appearance of the opposite gender, and now Masahiko has no idea whether his cute cousin, Shion Wakanae, is either a boy or a girl. (Source: ANN)
Minakuchi Mayu, a girl who hates men, fell in love at first sight with a... crossdresser boy!? Does she likes "girls"? Or does she likes "boys"? Find out in this heart throbbing pure love comedy! (Source: twi4)
On his first day of high school, Yuuya Ochi is shocked to discover that the girl sitting in front of him in class is actually a guy named Shigemitsu Izumi. Unable to simply ignore it like the other guys in class, Yuuya can't stop thinking about Izumi and wonders if he's actually a girl, especially after Yuuya sees Izumi waving to a good-looking guy who he suspects is Izumi's boyfriend. Intent to find out more about who Izumi really is, Yuuya follows him after school, only to end up being dropkicked by him over a misunderstanding. Izumi later tells Yuuya that he started cross-dressing to put his twin sister Yurika at ease, who is extremely afraid of guys. However, Izumi confides in Yuuya that he has one other reason why he cross-dresses, something Izumi has never told anyone else. (Source: MU)
Uehara Kobato had the thought no place to go after she found out her mother was going to die. Her mother told her that Kobato had an older brother that works on TV in Japan. Insanely determined, Kobato went to Japan to get a job and finding her brother. She accidentally bumps to an idol name Shinjou Takeru, and due to Kobato's looks, was forced to auditions. With her age, appearance, manner, voice, confidence, and dancing skills, it actually made her pass. She and Takeru nailed at Fujishima Iori's auditions. Sadly, the agency thought she was a boy, due to the way she acts.
A teenage boy has now moved in the home of his mother's friend, because she had died a while back. It just so happens that the Yakuza family has four beautiful daughters, but one daughter, Hibari, who is more beautiful then the rest of the daughters, is actually a boy. Hibari just can't keep his hands off our hero and so their crazy yet happy lives go on. (Source: ANN)
Eight years ago, Tsubaki, a daughter of a successful businessman, was reluctantly given to the Yoshiwara, the red light district of Tokyo, after a tragic fire burned down the entire family's wealth and belongings. Shin, a childhood friend of Tsubaki's, coldly turned his back on her now that she was poor. Furious, Tsubaki, threw herself into becoming a top oiran girl to beguile him with her looks and then reject him one day! But plans are never as easy as they seem. For one, the beautiful and cold-hearted Takao stands in her way. Included one-shot: Volume 4: Ginrou no Sakura (The Silver Wolf's Sakura)
Through a series of coincidences, Yoshinori wound up having to fill in for his beautiful older sister as a model for a bridal gown. Now, he has discovered that he has a liking for cross-dressing, and that by doing so, he is learning a great deal about what it means to be a woman—and a man. (Source: Tokyopop) Included one-shots: Volume 1: Hadairo Soda-sui, Namaiki na Amaashi Volume 2: Reason
Kenka Bancho Otome: Love's Battle Royale
For as long as she's been aware, the heroine, without a single relative, lived under care of the state. Both of her parents' faces were unknown to her. In front of this heroine, a young boy appeared. The young boy's name was "Hikaru." It appeared that he was the heroine's twin brother, separated at birth. He had a proposal for the heroine. "Could you go to school in my place?" The heroine was shocked by this crazy suggestion. Furthermore this was an all-boys school. The only high school in this prefecture for delinquents. Hikaru was part of the most ancient and honorable family in the criminal underworld, the Onigashima family. Under his father's strict teachings, the school that he was to attend had been decided—Shishiku Academy—a high school where all the terrible and wild delinquents were gathered. Enrolled in this school, a child of the Onigashima family was obligated to occupy and control this school. Hikaru did not want to have anything to do with delinquents. But to defy his father meant death. Hikaru, who learnt about his twin sister who was separated from him at birth, was struck with the idea to send her in his place to this school of delinquents. (Source: Otome Jikan)
In a sleepy, normal town a few hours outside of Tokyo Onaga lives a normal happy life. Her home life is normal. Her school life is normal. Even her part-time job at the pork bowl joint in the mall is pretty standard. But there is a source of light in her life and they happen to be next door. Will Kawashibara help her life have some meaning? Or will their unique dance end in tragedy? (Source: Denpa)
Akira Tsubakiya has spent her whole life being told she looks like a boy. She’s super tall, she has a flat chest, and she’s not girly at all… In middle school, she made a promise with a boy who went to her cram school, Haru— a promise that they both would aim to get into the same high school, a prestigious academy. Haru told Akira that he likes girls with long hair, and since she started to fall for him, she grew it out. Now she’s graduating from middle school, and has decided to confess her feelings to Haru. Unfortunately, she finds out that he has a girlfriend—a super-cute, girly, long-haired girlfriend! Akira runs home and chops off all her hair, deciding that there’s no point to trying to be girly. Fast forward to Akira’s first year in high school. She still wears a skirt, but she wears the top half of the guys’ uniform to school. She’s called “Prince Akira”, and all the girls are infatuated with her. Akira hasn’t seen Haru in a while, but she does bump into Haru’s “girlfriend”… who she discovers to be in fact a boy! (Source: Nagare-boshi)
Mireille is the daughter of a bakery owner and her twin brother Fredrick was adopted into another family when they were kids but they remained in contact with each other by sending letters to each other. One day a letter from her brother said he was in love with another man's woman. She replied, provoking him to be a man and claim the woman as his. Two months later, a beautiful young man named Richard, claiming to be a messenger from her twin brother Fred, visits and tells her "I've come for you." When the bewildered Mireille resists, he proceeds to kidnap her! She learns that Fred has run and eloped with the crown prince's fiance and now, it is now her responsibility to impersonate Fred who was the former Count of Bernhardt!
When a prince's soon-to-be-bride elopes two days before their wedding, her desperate family dress up their young son and send him to get married in her place. With his deep blue eyes and flowing blond hair (and strategically placed apples), nobody bats an eye at the pretty pubescent standing before them. But how long can he keep up the charade. Despite the odds stacked against them, the two princes share adventures and intimacies. (Source: ANN)
Shiki threw everything away for the sake of revenge. But at the new school where she disguises herself as a male, she meets 4 popular rich guys... Haru (spring) the prince, Natsu (summer) the bishounen, Aki (autumn) the womanizer and Fuyu (winter) the cold-hearted genius. What awaits Shiki? And will she get her revenge...? (Source: Houkago Scanlations)
A collection of HanaKimi side stories and an epilogue. 1. Kayashima-kun no Yuuutsu 2. Hibari Daisakusen 3. Boys Be Ambitious 4. Natsu no Raihousha 5. Ryouchou no Susume 6. Sakura Sake
Mahiro has two goals in life: first, to finally confess to his childhood friend who he loved for so long and second, to become a famous model. But there are various obstacles in Mahiro's path! For one thing, he dresses as a girl, named Hanabusu Arisu, when modeling. As if that wasn't enough, every woman in his vicinity gets the urge to spread her legs because of the special pheromone he emits! Will Mahiro ever come to confess his love to Miwa, or will he simply widen his harem and get engulfed in endless orgy? Find out for yourself! (Source: Imangascans)
She had always hated the fact that her younger brother had been cuter than her. Now, he's at her school, dressed as a girl and as a popular model for female clothing. Although it's not unknown that he is not a girl, all the boys like him. Thus, she is always rejected by her crushes. They're brother and sister but...?!
Plainful child. Akari is really attracted by the popular Unit of idols "Flower." Then Akari get the chance to sing at the Flower's center?! But what is the secret that Flower keep…?! (Source: Chibi Manga) Included one-shots: Koisuru Vampire, Himitsu no Koi shiyou
Roochen and Galnia are two countries that have been at war with each other for a long time. Now that peace has been established, princess Aldina of Roochen has to marry the prince of Galnia. However, according to the rumors, the prince of Galnia is a total debauch, and he does nothing but playing around?! Aldina wants to see for herself who the prince really is, so she disguised herself as a boy and tried to approach the prince... (Source: Aerandria Scans)
After the death of her father, Ren Taki travels to Vienna to fulfill a promise she made to him: attend the Melite Conservatory of Music. While traveling there, she meets the flirtatious musical wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is surprised to hear her plan to enroll at Melite. As it so happens, Melite is an all-boys school! After talking with the headmaster, Ren enters the school as a student under the male alias "Rentarou." Sworn to secrecy, Mozart is assigned as her roommate. In this new place, Ren meets eccentric classmates such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; but since they live in the same dormitory, keeping her secret from them is a difficult and never-ending task. With Mozart's help, she hides her gender while making every effort to remain in the prestigious school. Surrounded by peers of unimaginable talent, Ren strives to match their skill and compose resonating musical pieces. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Migiwa Kazuhiro has always been watching Ren, cute, admirable and his first love. With all his courage, he finally managed to give her a love letter and confessed on a train, only to find that Ren is...!? (Source: MU)
The bride is seventeen
Two young men find themselves in a compromising situation when their tyrannical mothers set them up for an arranged marriage. Things get really complicated when the bridegroom's older brother falls head over heels for the cross-dressing bride and an unusual love(?) triangle forms. (Source: MU)
"It's okay to be a servant, I want to be by your side...!" "You'll treat me really really well?" Mayuri, a girl who wanted to be acknowledged as herself shares the same room with her senpai, Akira who is the student council president and a beautiful person envied by others. But, Akira has a big secret...? Somehow, her real self is a "boy"!? Moreover, he makes a petition of wanting to be Mayuri's servant...? Thus, the wonderful room sharing life of the domineering(!) beautiful girl, Mayuri and a boy wearing girl's clothes who's also a bit of a trickster(?) Akira starts. Takamiya Satoru's lyrical love comedy. (Source: Shoujo Crusade / official description)
Ichiko's brother Ken is willing to do whatever it takes to become an idol... including turning his sister into a boy to form the male idol group TRIJET! The third member of the group turns out to be Kanzaki, the rising star who tried to kiss Ichiko on the street one day because she was such a cute girl! It's a good thing he doesn't recognize her when she's dressed as a boy, though, because Ichiko musn't tell anyone who she really is for the full year she's agreed to be part of TRIJET. But it's impossible for Ichiko to spend every waking moment as a male, and when she ventures onto the streets as a female, she bumps into Kanzaki again. To keep her identity a secret, she tells him her name is "Ichigo" ("Strawberry"). Having no idea that she's really TRIJET member "Ichigou", whom he detests, or "Ichiko", the girl he almost kissed... Kanzaki begins to fall for "Ichigo"! (Source: ShoujoMagic Scanlations)
Ajin are people who bear the attributes of beasts, and in this kingdom they are forced to serve men in the military and women in the brothels. The Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palace as beast servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When Rangetsu's twin brother Sogetsu showed signs of such abilities, he was ripped from her arms and given to Prince Tenyou as a beast servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody royal intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu's one hope is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace to avenge her brother! But Prince Tenyou is not what Rangetsu expected, and the political currents in the palace run deep and strange. Does Rangetsu have any chance of finding justice for her brother, or will she become just another Ajin casualty in the game of kings? (Source: Viz Media)
Ding Jiayu dreams of being a photographer. Her idol is none other than Yung Jo. When Yung Jo’s photography company holds an audition to find a new photographer, Jiayu decides to take a chance. The thing is, Yung Jo’s company doesn’t hire women, so Jiayu has no choice but to dress up as man and enter. Yung Jo takes great interest in Jiayu's talent and makes her his apprentice. It may seem like a dream to work with your idol, but for Jiayu, it's nothing of the sort. She takes a beating from Yung Jo everyday, and since all the crew members think she is a guy… (Source: Esthétique)
Yuuki Ashikaga is a high school freshman in his second semester at Sakakino Academy, who from his regular visits to the school library, grows enamored by Kotonoha Katsura, a fellow classman who comes by to read. Despite already having a boyfriend, she genuinely reciprocates his interest. However things get complicated when, following a brief encounter, his sister, Chie Ashikaga, introduces him to Roka Kitsuregawa, an acquaintance who also becomes infatuated with him. Out of jealous spite for her rival, Roka attempts to dissuade Yuuki by claiming to like Makoto Itou, another schoolmate. Her lie dramatically backfires, as Yuuki, aware that Makoto is Kotonoha's boyfriend, goes to ask her about the affair.
Taking place in a medieval fairy-tale setting, Ribbon no Kishi is the story of young Princess Sapphire who must pretend to be a male prince so she can inherit the throne (as women are not eligible to do so). This deception begins as soon as she is born, as her father the King announces his baby is a boy instead of a girl. The reason for this is that the next-in-line to the throne, Duke Duralumon, is an evil man who would repress the people if he were to become king, and because of this the King will go to any length to prevent him from taking over. (Source: Wikipedia)
Makoto Hanaoka, a womanly second-year student, easily attracts other people's attention. First-year student Saki Aoi is no exception, and she falls in love with Makoto at first sight. Having a vibrant and vigorous personality, she does not hesitate to confess her feelings to her senior. However, Makoto differs significantly from the person Saki perceives: Makoto is not a girl, but rather a cross-dressing boy! After revealing his well-known secret to Saki, Makoto expects her to be disgusted. Surprisingly, she is instead captivated by this revelation. Nonetheless, he still rejects her, but Saki's determination does not stop her from declaring that she will become his first love. With Saki and his childhood friend at his side, Makoto's world brightens, giving him strength amid his struggle between his interests and the expectations placed on him. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
4 maids work at the “Cherry Girls” café, but they are actually the owner’s “sons.” There’s no way such cute girls could be guys, you say? No wait, there’s no way such cute girls could even exist! (Source: Yuuwakuwaku)
Ito and Makoto have finally gotten married - but W Juliet is FAR from done! Ito must learn to accept Makoto's dream to become an actor as well as cope with all the disasters and stress her friends and family have! Continuing from the hit and well loved manga W Juliet, W Juliet II is a whole new story with old and beloved characters!
Freya is a timid yet athletically daring girl who lives in Tena, a small village nestled within the kingdom of Tyr. Beaming with kindness, Freya is beloved by the people of the settlement, while the bravery of her close childhood friends—Aaron the "Black Knight of Tyr" and his younger brother Aleksi—make them proud village heroes. As the two brothers have been serving the kingdom's Crown Prince Edvard at the capital for the past three years, their sudden reappearance is an emotional reunion for the three friends. However, the celebration is cut short when the brothers tell their adoptive mother, Freya's birth mother Skadi, that they are preparing to defend against Sigurd—a neighboring empire threatening war if Tena is not surrendered. Tensions soon intensify when Freya overhears that Prince Edvard is dying and that Sigurd is willing to take Aaron's head instead if Tyr refuses to give Tena over, prompting her to run to the kingdom's Rokka Castle to warn her beloved friend. But instead of finding him, she encounters an individual who bears a striking resemblance to her and quickly gives Freya a dying wish—to protect Tyr by taking his place as Prince Edvard. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
One day, Kunisada Haruichi who is specializing in Japanese dance in his high school dance department, meets Yuri Arbatov, a famous and young ballet dancer who comes for a short-term study abroad. However when he gets a hold of Haruichi's weakness, Haruichi is forced to cross dress on stage... (Source: Bliss)
Izumo Kunisaki, a descendant of Izumo no Okuni, is often mistaken as a girl. It is the bane of his existence. His father and best-friend (i.e. the girl he likes) often laugh about it. To top it off, he plays the girl roles in his family's Kabuki troupe. In this short, he discovers that that curse is also his greatest source strength and will prove just how much of a man he is. (Source: MU)
One-shot manga anthologies featuring crossdressing. Each volume carries a subtitle. 1. White Group (Shiro-gumi) 2. Peach Group (Momo-gumi) 3. Princess Group (Hime-gumi) 4. Blue Group (Ao-gumi) 5. Red Group (Aka-gumi) 6. Cherry Blossom Group (Sakura-gumi) 7. Plum Group (Sumomo-gumi) 8. Melon Group (Melon-gumi) 9. Apple Group (Ringo-gumi) 10. Orange Group (Mikan-gumi) 11. Grape Group (Budou-gumi) 12. Banana Group (Banana-gumi) 13. Plum Group (Plum-gumi) 14. Watermelon Group (Suika-gumi) 15. Ribbon Group (Ribbon-gumi) 16. Princess Strawberry Group (Hime Ichigo-gumi) 17. Princess Apple Group (Hime Ringo-gumi)
Keiichirou Mishima is a 15-year-old guy living with his mom until she suddenly decides to fly to Paris to be with Keiichirou's dad. His mom arranges with his uncle Shirasaki to let him stay at his mansion with his two cousins Marie and Tomari, who he met many years before when he stayed with them for a short while. However, Keiichirou has forgotten nearly everything about back then, including why his cousins apparently now hate him. (Source: MU)
For her brother's sake Otowa, Subaru decides to take his place at an all male prestigious high school for a year until he recovers from being in the hospital. She gets to the school and runs into a few strange guys on her first day, but as soon as she tells them her name—they are surprised and make her go to the Lion Club. Hiding the fact that she's a girl will be difficult enough and now she has to deal with this strange group who are forcing her to join their club because they all believe that in their past lives they were members of the Shinsengumi! (Source: LuffyNoTomo)
Past Future is by Tsukasa Takatsuki. It follows Kako Akari, who one day discovers that he enjoys cross-dressing, but his younger sister Mirai is far from pleased. (Source: Hachimitsu Scans)
Wataru starts his high school life by getting forced to cross-dress by his senpai, Ayane Takamura. (Source: MU)
A mysterious cult is sacrificing beautiful young women to a demonic force that has promised them the kingdom of France in return for the blood of their victims. Only one man can save Paris from chaos and terror: the Chevalier d’Eon! (Source: Del Rey)
The Prince in His Dark Days
Atsuko's father is a drunk, and she's shunned by her classmates as "the poor kid." Walking the streets in a dark fog of despair, Atsuko cons perverts out of their money to survive. Then, one day, she meets Itaru, the heir to a wealthy family, who happens to look exactly like her. Itaru hatches a plan: Atsuko will live his tedious public life for him, and she will get a taste of the luxuries enjoyed by the 1%. Everybody's (finally) happy. Right? (Source: Kodansha Comics USA)
Mizuho can't believe his ears when Grandpa's will is read out. Grandpa's final wish is for Mizuho to attend the same academy as Mizuho's mother. The catch is it's an all-girls school. With the help of his friend Mariya however, he gets a makeover good enough to fool everyone at the academy.
Hayashi Shoutaro is an otaku and a student who sucks at studying, the results showing on every test; if that wasn't the worst, he makes promises like the one who scores the lowest has to clean the classroom by themselves. In his classroom there is a girl he likes, Kanda Yayoi, who always scores the top and is popular among boys and girls. After going home from cleaning the classroom, he's met by his perverted/otaku sister who has him cross-play (cross-dressing cosplay) to go to an anime merchandise display, where he meets Yayoi who is also an otaku and she falls in love with his cosplay-persona...? (Source: MU)
1-4. Oneechan no Onegai (A Wish of my Sister.) 5. Shishunki (Puberty) 6. Hanabi 7. Coming-out 8. Milk no Nioi (The Scent of Milk)
During the beginning of the Meiji Era, a strategic town in the North, Hakodate, has become the nesting ground of mysterious monsters known as "youjin." It seems the world's Great Powers are pulling the strings of the youjin. Hyou, a 15-year-old girl has been fighting the youjin alone up until now under the guise of the master samurai "Miburo"... One evening, as Hyou was fighting for her life, she was saved by a noble, beautiful fighter, Himegami. Their meeting would affect each of their destiny. And now, the hidden truth behind history is going to start! (Source: MU)
Makoto Suda has a secret. Trapped in a dual identity, Makoto plays the role of mother to stepson Takashi at home. At work he plays the ordinary salary-man, caught in a two person love triangle with his other self and coworker Natsumi. The story follows Makoto's attempts to balance his life as he waits for the perfect moment to "come out" of his predicament.