Wandering Son

Alt title: Hourou Musuko

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Bokura no Hentai

Bokura no Hentai

Three boys in junior-high who cross-dress because of differing reasons meet each other through a cross-dressing community website, and decide to meet up in real life. "Parou" started cross-dressing because he wanted to attract a heterosexual boy he liked. "Marika" is transgender and identifies as female. Lastly, "Yui" is an antagonistic boy who adopted the persona of his older sister after her death. In contrast to Parou and Marika, Yui is sorely disappointed at the meeting.

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truthillusion truthillusion says...

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 HasseRovdjur says...

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.

Aoi Hana

Aoi Hana

Fumi and Akira were best friends when they were little, with Akira always looking after the crybaby Fumi, but that all ended when Fumi's family moved away. Several years later, Fumi's family returned, and she and Akira happened to bump into each other on their way to school. They became friends again, quickly slipping back into old patterns. Shortly after, Fumi began dating a cool, attractive upperclassman who, coincidentally enough, had ties to Akira's current school, the prestigious Fujigaya Girls' Academy.

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Katherine1 Katherine1 says...

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.

amedina1 amedina1 says...

both series do a wonderful job of showing characters dealing with love, and self discovery no matter the gender. As well that love doesn't turn out the way we think. 

Goodnight Punpun

Goodnight 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 HasseRovdjur says...

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.

Cosmos (Naoki MATSUMARA)

Cosmos (Naoki MATSUMARA)

A short one-shot about a cross-dressing boy questioning his gender identity.

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HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

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.

Translucent

Translucent

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Another sensitive slice-of-life series about middle schoolers who feel different from everyone around them. Wandering Son deals with trans* characters, and Translucent is about a girl with the invented 'Translucent Syndrome', which makes parts of her body (and sometimes the entire thing) go completely invisible. Both tackle issues of acceptance, feeling uncomfortable in your own body, self-esteem, and just general problems that middle school students have to deal with.

Additionally, the main characters of both have an adult role model of sorts that has already dealt with similar issues (Translucent has Keiko, who's turned completely and permanently translucent, and Wandering Son has the fully-transitioned Yuki).

The tone, pacing, and general sentiments of both series are extremely similar, so if you enjoyed one, definitely look into the other.