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Wandering Son is a beautifully drawn hardcover manga, that feels a lot like what you would normally expect from a North American graphic novel Whenever I think manga, I think of things like Inuyasha and Fruits Basket, but among all the shojo and action fantasy romps we also have books like this one Wandering Son is a quiet book It s a slice of life look into the lives of two main characters, Nitori and Takatsuki What makes this book unique is that Takatsuki is a girl who wants to be a boy and Nitori is a boy who wants to be a girl The pair become fast friends near the end of their fifth grade year when Nitori becomes a new student They don t know each others secret, but when the truth is shared, together they begin on a journey of self discovery and friendship I found this first volume really rather fascinating The issues that face transgender people are complex and never before have I seen this complexity approached from the perspective of very young, young adults Puberty is an awkward time for anyone, but what happens when you are experiencing all of those changes in a body that doesn t reflect who you are Self discovery takes on even weight when you re also reconstructing what gender really defines to who you are What I really ended up enjoyed about Wandering Son is that this first volume didn t turn these events into huge melodramatic moments As I said earlier, Wandering Son is very quiet, very restrained, and because of that these issues are presented in a very real and genuine way in moments of wanting, not dim the lights and play your violin sort of moments I know that this is a manga that I will become and attached to as I read on However, that doesn t mean it didn t have some issues right from the starting gate Confusion was my primary emotion for the first 80 pages It was hard for me to keep track of the characters There aren t that many of them, but because of the art style a few characters look very similar to each other This manga also chooses to honour the norm in Japan that characters are referred to by their last names, which I ve seen done before and can normally follow pretty well, but here this only added confusion Trying to figure out who was who was hard at first, but it did get easier the the characters interact and the character info page at the front of the book certainly does help Also, as someone who has already read volume two, let me say this problem does begin to fix itself as the series becomes confident in its characters and who they are I am very happy that I found this series and am really interested in seeing how the characters progress on their journey. how do I even begin to review this volume I picked it up at the library today I wasn t expecting to see it there, so I grabbed it at the first opportunity The reason I was interested in this book is because it is a wonderful manga about two young trans people who become friends I was desperate to read it because Japan s attitude to homosexuality and trans issues is a little bit of a mixed bag Homosexuality and everything else surrounding it is kind of a niche, it is in and of itself its own little fetish and is cornered off, as it were, instead of being widely accepted and being mainstream.So, any respresentations of LBTQIA people in Japanese media tend to be in that niche of sexual deviancy I was hopeful for this manga, though I was not disappointed Thank you, so much, Takako Shimura This is a beautiful volume Beautifully drawn, simple, effortless lines, clean, neat, so well polished, so easy to read The text is also super simple, almost sparse but gives you just enough information to know where you are the in the character s arcs and conversations I love the two characters They are beautiful and so well written and so well formed They are quite young, so their language can be a little bit young, even a little bit problematic when referring to themselves, but Shimura handles this expertly This is such a gentle, compassionate novel It s so self aware and carefully written I teared up a lot like a lot, like every 20 pages probably and kept closing the book and holding it to my chest because it meant so much.As someone who struggles with being cisgender, this was so validating to read and I can only imagine how validating it would be to read as a trans person This is than just a coming out story or a coming of age story The writing is simple enough but impactful enough that it would be a brilliant manga for a young person to read It is YA But if you ve never read manga before, it would be easy for you to read, too There s a couple of cool introductory pages where it talks about how to pronounce people s names and what certain suffixes mean and they also explain little tiny aspects of Japanese culture that might be an unknown to the reader It s beautifully bound, in a really nice hardback edition and there are a few colour pages, too.Please, if you ever read a manga, let it be this one.Thank you, so much Takako Shimura You have made such an important contribution to trans, YA, Japanese literature and to my life and I have no idea how to repay you expect to sing this books praises from the rooftops and hope that someone hears me And seriously, where the fuck is the second volume because I NEED IT NOW D oh, and a quick cw for trans image body issues and a couple of slurs. 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 Written And Drawn By One Of Today S Most Critically Acclaimed Creators Of Manga, Shimura Portrays Shuishi And Yoshino S Very Private Journey With Affection, Sensitivity, Gentle Humor, And Unmistakable Flair And Grace Book One Introduces Our Two Protagonists And The Friends And Family Whose Lives Intersect With Their Own Yoshino Is Rudely Reminded Of Her Sex By Immature Boys Whose Budding Interest In Girls Takes Clumsily Cruel Forms Shuichi S Secret Is Discovered By Saori, A Perceptive And Eccentric Classmate And It Is Saori Who Suggests That The Fifth Graders Put On A Production Of The Rose Of Versailles For The Farewell Ceremony For The Sixth Graders, With Boys Playing The Roles Of Women, And Girls Playing The Roles Of Men Wandering Son Is A Sophisticated Work Of Literary Manga Translated With Rare Skill And Sensitivity By Veteran Translator And Comics Scholar Matt Thorn A sweet, and almost gentle story about identity, friendship, acceptance of yourself and others , and belonging Not a sexually charged, or exploitative book It made me happy that this series was avaible to order through my library, and was part of than one library s collection. 4.5Delightful and charming I love this volume The strongest start to the series I ve read It s slice of life manga with trans girl Nitori as protagonist and their friends, classmates and family Nitori s best friend is Takatsuki, who s a trans boy.The story features their day to day life, friendship and coming into their true self It s been a long time since I ve read a story with ten year old protagonists I love these kids so much It s very character driven story, with rather slow flow but I love it too.They are making a theatre play, doing group projects, celebrating birthdays and being adorable Although, there s bullying happening and Nitori s older sister is mean to her sibling she s only a year older The manga is a realistic without it being overdramatic or dark I m intrigued with Chiba, their other friend I hope we get to see of her in next volume.I appreciate this story so much and I can t wait to see of Nitori and Takatsuki Wandering Son is sweet and charming slice of life story, the artwork is simple and adorable I definitely recommend the manga Content warning use of f slur in one scene, bullying of Takatsuki over them getting their periods.Note I m using they their pronouns for both Takatsuki and Nitori. I want to break into a school in a really conservative district and plant copies of this book in the library, just to watch the ensuing outrage from moral guardians In terms of content, it s absolutely G rated no cursing, the only fight takes place off screen, and the closest it comes to nudity is someone changing clothes off screen But Certain People will still object.The story concerns two fifth graders, Nitori Shuichi and Takatsuki Yoshino Shuichi just transferred to a new school and ends up sitting next to Takatsuki on the first day of class They soon discover that they have something in common Takatsuki likes to put on her older brother s old school uniform then take a train to the suburbs where she can walk around with everyone thinking she s a boy at no risk of meeting anyone she knows and Nitori has an urge to put on dresses and makeup There s one other character of note in the class, Chiba Saori, who, as the song says, likes Girls who are boys Who like boys to be girls As you can tell, the characters here are a bit precocious I don t doubt that there are some kids this young who do experience gender issues, but the degree of awareness Nitori and Takatsuki display is a bit much They seem much like middle schoolers than pre teens But that quibble aside, this is a great book that discusses a subject rarely broached in media, and does so without any polemical stridency. Super fast read, and my first Japanese graphic novel I was REALLY confused by the layout, so it took me a while to figure out the story I have a hard time with graphic novels to begin with, so this was especially challenging As others have mentioned, it can be a bit difficult to tell who the various characters are I found the action and transitions a bit abrupt I knew what the story was going into it, which is a good thing because I think I would have been completely lost otherwise.Ultimately, this is a very sweet story of a young boy who would like to dress as a girl, but who seems to have a difficult time admitting that even to himself His close friends actually seem to understand him better than he understands himself in this aspect In his class there is a girl who prefers to dress and present herself as a boy, even being mistaken for a boy several times.I m not sure how these characters feel regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity it s possible I missed something, but I don t think this was really addressed Perhaps these areas are explored in future volumes.My copy appears to have been published in 2003, which seems very progressive to me.All in all, I really enjoyed this and will look for the next book in this series. Shit, this was adorable I need the next one ASAP. At heart, this is a sweet, simple story about two two transgender kids, a boy who is a girl and a girl who is a boy, discovering themselves and each other What was most surprising to me about this book is how restrained it is It s way, way less dramatic than it could be, trading big scenes and shocking revelations for something as simple as Takatsuki modeling a headband in the mirror For me, it made the story that much emotionally effective.The art is very nice to look at But the character designs are all rather similar, which can make it difficult to learn who s who It took me a big chunk of the book before I could reliably tell the major characters by sight Worth it, in the end, though. I was in elementary school in 1980 and in high school in 1990 I predated by a few years the rather briskly paced evolution of alt sexualities from something horrifying to kids to something that kids could dabble in without too much fear of ostracizing I grew up in a town whose homosexuals per capita population was second in the state behind San Francisco We were all pretty well aware of how common open homosexual lifestyles were in the town We knew about the Little Shrimp We knew about Sneaky Pete s We knew about the Different Drummer bookshop And yet, for all that, homo and fag were still slurs, and when a rumour spread in junior high that this one guy was playing pocket pinball in class, the whole school took it upon themselves to brand him as gay and therefore worthy of a derision that remained probably all the way through high school for the poor guy We were all little bastards and didn t really have the cultural wherewithal to learn any differently There certainly wasn t an internet out there to help us empathize with different people s stories about being different Even when some of us turned out to be different in the ways we previously derided.I m not sure that having a book like Wandering Son would have helped when I was a kid, but it wouldn t have hurt, I don t think At worst I would have written it off as gross but even so, I would have seen another perspective One I wouldn t see for nearly a decadeThat s the trouble with girls Story time In a gathering of high school kids for some event or other, there was a game in which people would have to perform some stunt of the leader s choosing One of them was to speak in a gay lisp Five sixths of the guys involved wouldn t participate not because it was insensitive and othering but because it was too gross A friend of mine took a trip to Africa and this tribe s chief took his hand, wanting to show him the village My friend shook off that man s hand Fifteen years later he is still proud of that decision In high school, at a school in the center of the second gayest town in California, there was a boy who tried out for the cheerleading squad He was immediately deemed gay I don t even know if he ever wore a cheer skirt or if he wanted to Of course that wouldn t have had anything to do with his sexual preferences we wouldn t have known that but at least within the scope of our warped cultural pericope, that would have been slim justification for our prejudice As it was, the mere hint of peculiarity in terms of sex or gender presumptions was enough to send us all into a whirlwind of confusion and antipathy.Again, I m not sure that having read Wandering Son would have helped, but it very well may have Anything that humanizes the targets of othering is worthwhile because empathizing with those who are Not You and Not Like You is essential to loving them as you do yourself And above everything else that it does so well, Wandering Son humanizes its characters regardless of how much they deviate from the cultural norms their societies dictate 1 When I first approached Wandering Son I was concerned that, like so many works that have lessons to impart, it would come off as didactic and proselytizing Instead, we have this warm hearted, gentle story about a collection of kids growing up Wandering Son doesn t lay out any argument for the humanity of its characters who diverge from social expectation It doesn t need toPro tip from a non pro don t answer the door in a dress if you don t want to be seen in a dress Takako s book allows you to grow comfortable with these kids as you would members of your own family You see them happy you see them hurt You see their dreams you see their fears You see them reaching for lives that make sense to them, struggling even as we all do to find comfort and value in the things that attract our affections all while trying desperately not to have our spirits crushed along the way.One thing I appreciated about Wandering Son is how neatly it eviscerates the presumption that transgressing gender distinction also necessarily informs sexual preferences Growing up, it was the law of my land that transvestitism also meant homosexuality A man who wore his wife s clothes in secret also obviously harboured a closeted homosexuality A woman who dressed in man s attire 2 was giving off strong lesbian cues Our understanding of the immutability of gender and its ties to sexuality offered us no room for understanding things in any other way Wandering Son, by beginning its narrative journey in elementary school, removes sexual preference from the initial spectrum of topics at least for the principal characters, if not for their peripheral antagonists who engage in all the weak minded slurs I would have ejaculated when I was their age Series lead, Shu, a fifth grade boy who gradually finds himself dressing and in girls clothing does so wholly apart from any sexual interest He simply enjoys looking like the archetypical young girl So too with his opposite number, a girl named Takatsuki, who likes to dress as a male which is easier for her to get away with, since male clothing is increasingly bi sexual In the first volume she begins her period, underscoring her sex despite her objection to normative gender cues, but has so far not had any opportunity to express her sexuality 3 4 While pretty clearly a book intending to explore the social issues involved in the gender sex confluence of spectral anomalies and one that so far as I can tell does a pretty stellar job at that investigation Wandering Son is foremost an interesting story I don t think it could possibly succeed at drawing out its social questions if it failed to present well described human characters in largely believable 5 narrative circumstances These characters move and speak in realistic, human ways They aren t cartooned caricatures of pedagogical lances meant to joust with our presuppositions They may actually do some of that jousting, but it s only because they are realized characters that they have any power to blossom empathy in our heartsIt can be tough being a freshly minted man The art is rather lovely, the lines fine and bold Takako employs a simple illustration style that provokes the reader to focus on characters, their expressions, and the way they carry themselves The illustration of the book in every way serves the purpose of the story and its unadorned vitality both keeps the reader from distraction and invests characters with an immediacy that helps sell the illusion of their reality Fantagraphics production on the book gives the art plenty of room in which to luxuriate The pages are large and the paper thick For hardbacks, these volumes are surprisingly light They are beautifully produced and will look handsome on a shelf The only drawback is that considering their not insubstantial size and the fact that there are currently fifteen volumes available in Japan, these will easily take up a whole shelf in many bookcases and of course, for fans with plenty of space to grow, this might not be a bad thing.In a year of some fantastic books, Wandering Son continues to shine and is easily recommendable It can be a handy introduction to a different kind of experience for those who come from generations with ossified social beliefs such as my own generation and it can function as a great segue for parents to begin discussing social sexual issues with their children Complex moral structures treated with humanity and care is one of my favourite hallmarks of good literature and in case you hadn t guessed, I d happily deposit Wandering Son in the category of Good Comics Literature Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad Footnotes1 Which should be easy, right Because these characters are human Really, we shouldn t even need a book to make the effort, but even my own very narrow personal history demonstrates with force that we do need books to make the effort.2 Granted, men s attire is a rapidly diminishing category of fashion 3 Honestly, when I was their age, I wanted so very badly to hump my crush into oblivion, but that was mostly just me going with social expectation Though I bore affection for a girl, it wasn t really sexual, I don t think For one, I was prepubescent For another, I really only had the vaguest understanding of what humping included I understood the reproductive aspect and I understood that I should want to do this thing, but I had no real libido and so no visceral understanding of how sexual desire actually worked I had, instead, a stand in for that desire that was constructed from expectation than anything 4 Homosexuality does become topical later in the series.5 Not being Japanese, I don t really have any sense of how much verisimilitude with which Takako represents the Japanese reaction toward transvestitism and transgenderism and transsexualism Translator Matt Thorn offers a brief essay on the subject in the backmatter of volume 2, but it s unsatisfyingly brief In any case, the protagonists meet much less resistance in Wandering Son s story than I believe they would in the U.S.