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Wandering Son: Volume 1 by Shimura Takako
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Wandering Son: Volume 1 (original 2003; edition 2011)

by Shimura Takako, Shimura Takako (Illustrator), Matt Thorn (Translator)

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Title:Wandering Son: Volume 1
Authors:Shimura Takako
Other authors:Shimura Takako (Illustrator), Matt Thorn (Translator)
Info:Fantagraphics (2011), Hardcover, 192 pages
Collections:Your library, Read - owned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Japan, manga

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Wandering Son, Volume 1 by Shimura Takako (2003)

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This volume introduces Nitori Shuichi (original Japanese name order – family name first), a shy child who was born a boy but secretly dreams about being a girl. We also meet Takatsuki Yoshino, who secretly dresses as a boy and takes a train to places where no one thinks of her as a girl. And we meet Chiba Saori, a girl who wants to be a Christian and has been encouraging Shuichi's desire to dress as a girl (most of the characters refer to each other by their family names, but I'm going to try to stick with their given names to avoid confusion later on). Saori convinces the class to put on a play where girls dress as boys and boys dress as girls, so that Shuichi can dress as a girl without anyone thinking anything of it.

So far, this is a very spare, gentle, and awkward story. The primary reason I was on edge was because of what could happen. At any moment, characters' secret desires might be revealed to everyone. I felt bad for Yoshino, who was made fun of for having her first period, and Shuichi, who wanted so badly to have long hair and wear pretty dresses.

I checked this series out during my vacation because it had gotten a lot of buzz, and I wanted to finally see what it was like. Which maybe meant that my expectations were a little too high. It's a nice story, but not overwhelmingly awesome. However, considering how many manga series treat cross-dressing as a joke, and how few transgender characters there are who aren't played for laughs, Wandering Son definitely stands out.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Dec 20, 2015 |
A cute nice story about a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy. The first volume was just getting to know the characters and feeling out the situation. It will be interesting to see where this goes. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
A cute nice story about a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy. The first volume was just getting to know the characters and feeling out the situation. It will be interesting to see where this goes. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
A cute nice story about a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy. The first volume was just getting to know the characters and feeling out the situation. It will be interesting to see where this goes. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
A cute nice story about a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy. The first volume was just getting to know the characters and feeling out the situation. It will be interesting to see where this goes. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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"The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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