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Wandering Son

Alt titles: Hourou Musuko

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Synopsis:

Shuichi Nitori is an elementary school boy with a 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 labeled a freak by all his peers...

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Manga Relations

Manga Name Year Relation Type More Info
Boku wa, Onnanoko 2003 TBD

Anime Relations

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Hourou Musuko TV 2011 Anime Adaptation
Hourou Musuko Specials DVD Special 2011 TBD
Name Role
Takako SHIMURA Artist
Takako SHIMURA Author

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Title Author Score Date
Wandering Son Reat 9/10 May 21, 2011
Hourou Musuko Reat 9/10 May 21, 2011
Wandering Son Teadesu 9/10 Jul 5, 2010
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I will find them Takatsuki 1 Jan 20, 12
Shizuka67 read Wandering Son at 15 of 15 volumes
Shizuka67 is reading Wandering Son manga at 123 of 123 chapters
Shizuka67 is reading Wandering Son manga at 120 of 123 chapters
Shizuka67 is reading Wandering Son manga at 115 of 123 chapters
Shizuka67 is reading Wandering Son manga at 110 of 123 chapters

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truthillusion

Both series have major similarities due to their basis on questioning what defines gender. The two titles revolve around young boys (and in Hourou Musuko, a young girl) as they find that they don't feel correct in their own skin, don't feel like they're supposed to be boys and the series documents the journies these characters embark upon in hopes of finding acceptance and happiness. 

HasseRovdjur

Both manga are about schoolchildren that are crossdressing and, in some cases, suffering from gender dysphoria. Both treat the subjects with more respect than is usual in media (at least in my experience). There's much focus on the character's psyches, how they interact with each other and why they choose to present as the sex they are not assigned with.

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Katherine1

This is another LGBT themed manga by the same author. Where Aoi Hana is focused on lesbians, Hourou Musuko is focused on transgender themes. If you enjoy one, check out the other.

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HasseRovdjur

Both manga are very similar in their subject matter and how they approach it, though they clearly differ in scope. They both feature a young boy struggling struggling and trying to come to terms with gender identity issues and it's presented in a touching and nuanced manner, and free from the fetishized aspects that are rahter common in stories such as these. Fans of either work shoud check out the other.

Double House

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On the way home from work, male-to-female transsexual Maho meets Fujiko, the estranged daughter of a well-to-do family. After realizing they live in the same apartment and both work night shifts, the pair soon becomes inseparable, due to their mutual jaded personalities and detachment from normal society. Between drinking tea and gardening, the two women discuss gender and the frames that society imposes on people.

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AirCommodore

Double House and Wandering Son are both low-key, character-focused manga about gender etc. Tone and such are pretty similar, and there's not many manga that cover this topic without comedy or "traps", so if you're interested in one's themes you may as well check out the other.

Oyasumi Punpun

Oyasumi Punpun

Punpun is a relatively normal elementary school student; he goes to lessons, does his homework and gets on well with his classmates. Unfortunately, it’s everyone else around him that’s bonkers! With a crowd of crazy teachers playing hide and seek or having extreme reactions to even the tiniest situation at school, his father kept at bay on domestic violence charges, and only his unemployed layabout uncle to look up to Punpun’s life is anything but simple. However, despite the mayhem surrounding him, Punpun still continues to quietly live on, contemplating his dreams, experiencing the joy and terror of falling in love, and trying to deal with his anxieties about sex, religion, and growing up.

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HasseRovdjur

Both manga are about children growing into teenagers while dealing with issues like love, the onset of puberty, friendship and feeling disenfranchised or not being accepted for who you are. They're also very similar in that they feature a lot of characters, plotlines and angst. All this is told with an understated social-realist tone: there's not much in the way of melodrama or easy answers in either work.

I wholeheartedly encourage fans of either of these works to check out the other.