Shuichi Nitori is about to start middle school with a terrible secret: he wishes he were a girl and likes wearing their clothes. With the right outfit and his cute, effeminate looks, he is often able to convince people that he is someone else - or even something else. Unfortunately, although his best friend and object of affection, Takatsuki, accepts him as he is, she does not return Shuichi’s feelings. Moreover, school is an unforgiving place and Shuichi walks a fine line between liberating his true self and being labelled a freak by all his peers...
What I Liked: Characters are complex and interesting, practically single-handedly driving the plot. The fact that every character reacted differently to things instead of reacting the same as a collective (e.g. reactions to Fumiya's sudden outburst in Episode 5). The watercolour-like animation style adds to the gentle feel of the series. Dialogue and voice acting feels natural and flows excellently. The... read more
Carry on my wayward son When I first came upon Hourou Musuko I must admit that I ignorantly tossed it aside as another trashy genderbender com anime. However, the serious and (presumably) controversial nature of this series caught my interest enough that I was willing to give it 1 ep. Then I was expecting to be creeped out and regret ever exposing myself to something so far outside my comfort zone. But... read more
|Hourou Musuko Specials||DVD Special||2011||TBD|
|Wandering Son||2002||Original Manga|