My Boy

Alt title: Watashi no Shounen

Vol: 9; Ch: 43
2015 - 2020
4.088 out of 5 from 291 votes
Rank #1,987
My Boy

Satoko Tawada, a 30-year-old office worker at a sporting goods company, encounters Mashuu Hayami, a 12-year-old boy, playing soccer in a park at night. She was treated cruelly by a former lover, he is dealing with a high-handed and uninvolved family. Both are burdened with loneliness, and they sense that the other has something that they’re searching for...

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This history is tricky, so I will need to explain a little my point of view even though I dropped the reading. Just to be clear, this is my ethical opinion. Background: I've been in relationships with a big age gap, being 27 years younger in one and being 12 years older in another, so you can see I clearly don't have any prejudice against. Context: as a person who lived a challenging childhood and adolescence and especially as a mother, I believe being mature enough to face the challenges of a simple relationship and much more a unorthodox one is something that you don't have on your teens. I also believe that as an adult we hold responsibility for our actions, as such we should now that lawful and ethical or moral correct aren't always the same but we should be always looking for them. Ideology: "because I love you is different".....that isn't right on my book. Predatory behavior cant be justified with love as motivation, or because there wasn't physical violence in the actions, that would be like saying that if a woman that go on a date with a guy, drinks and passed out is okay for him to "have sex" with her, that isn't rape. For me, if a person take advantage of the youth, ignorance, fear, vulnerability or lack of self-love of anyone but especially of a kid (for me ppl younger than 20) that person is on the same tren as any sexual offender. I don't believe on "you don't have control over love", thasth BS, the human mind is something amazing, our core is so powerful that doing something against our own moral code is practically impossible, even though we have laws that reminds us what's allow and what not there are certain things we just now are bad without anyone telling us. Most people think that physical contact is the most painful invasive way of abuse, clearly is because they have never suffered emotional/psychology abuse. So, for me a grown woman leeching of a kid drive for her lack of emotional growth is just despicable. I don't want to go on philosophical rampage about wrong and right, so I'm just going to say, this isn't for me. Even though I applaud the intention of approaching the theme about and older women with a young guy, been the guy only 12 is just wrong for me, I would like to see the couple but with the kid on his 25 and she on her 43, that is something I would definitely read.


In it, 30-year-old Satoko Tawada is an office worker for a sporting goods company where she felt empty. She had a relationship with an ex-boyfriend that ended sourly. She felt unhappy until one day when she was heading home, she meets a 12-year-old boy named Mashuu Hayami who was playing soccer by himself in the park. After saving him from a potential child predator, she volunteers to coach him. Soon they realize that they have a lot in common such as their home life situations and it would seem that they complete each other.   The lead characters are great. You feel for them to an extent and they are endearing. With how the manga portrays the relationship, what is good about it is that it is not written in a black and white fashion. Their bond is more complex to simply chalk it up to it being a mother-son relationship; a big sister and little brother relationship; or of a romantic variety. Whatever the case, it is plainly clear that they feel a sense of happiness when together. I also like that the manga does express realism with how the relationship appears to others, not in the loop. It looks creepy and there are actual consequences for it that liven things in the story.   To start with Satoko, she at first comes across as cold and distant. She needed her thermometer to wake up with even though she would not be sick. She just went through the motions everyday rinse and repeat. But when she met Mashuu, there was a sense of new life within her. Even though she did not know him personally, she finds herself supporting Mashuu in any way she could. When her reasons are brought up, she is even willing to end things with Mashuu for his sake. That is how much she has grown to care for him.   Mashuu is presented as overtly childish and innocent when first meeting Satoko. This is in part due to his sheltered home life. He grows to cherish Satoko, which in some ways could be because he did not personally know his mother. As he matures due to a time skip of two years, Mashuu's thoughts on Satoko change to where he is uncertain what he felt exactly for her. He becomes more attentive and less naive but is more than willing to meet up with Satoko again despite the problems it had given both of them.   The illustrations are also beautiful especially when it comes to depicting Mashuu who is described as having fair skin and a "beautiful" appearance. The style also changes whenever it takes a nose dive into characters' psyches becoming more surreal.   Otherwise, it is a very interesting read that does show that friendships go beyond age-gap.

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