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Claudine...!  
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Description
Set in early 20th century France, Claudine...! follows the story of a transgender man into adulthood. He struggles through life, being the first child after three older brothers to take after his father, and is constanly misgendered by those around him. He wants only to be able to find true love...

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Associated Names
クローディーヌ・・・!

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (120 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.47 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 27th 2014, 6:30am PST

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Year
1978

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Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

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rather enjoyed this manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jomyblue
July 5th, 2014, 1:40pm
I generally enjoyed Claudine...! It's set during a time period where discovering that you're transgender would have been very difficult. The fact that Claude's parents take it so well (not kicking Claude out) is rather incredible. Riyoko has a distinctive art style, and Claude looks similar to some other protagonists she's drawn (Oscar).
At times, I felt that the story moved too quickly, and we never got a chance to fall in love with Claude's romantic interests as he did. The story is very dramatic and tragic, and occasionally feels over the top. Only Claude's friend Rosemarie refers to him as a man, and by the name Claude. In fact, while at the very end, Claude's doctor refers to Claude as a trans man, the doctor still refers to him as a woman. It's disheartening because this character acknowledges that Claude is a man, yet refers to him as if he were a woman.
However, I do think the subject matter is respectfully handled, as this manga was published in the late 70s. I have expectations of language as a *modern* reader, but that language simply didn't exist, or wasn't widely known, in the mid to late 20th century.
For the most part, I found this to be an honest, heart-breaking portrayal of a trans man trying to find love in a cissexist society, and coping with cultural and familial circumstances.
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Mixed feelings   
Rating: 6.6 / 10.0
by asmageddon
January 10th, 2013, 11:06am
On one hand, I really enjoyed the art style and the overall feel of the manga, and on the other it was much too short for me to sympathize with the character(s). I also don't like tragedies. Well, sometimes I do, but not when talking about LGBT subjects. As such, 6.6/10 from me.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
July 27th, 2012, 4:12pm
A well-paced tale of a man in a woman's body. I didn't have any expectations, when I started reading this, but I was captivated from page one! It's refreshing how the story is told by Claude's/Claudine's doctor (psychologist?). This results in a precise and sharp storytelling that doesn't dwell for too long at any point.

I admire the protagonist for trying so hard, though I have a hard time accepting her way at dealing with everything in the end. It was pretty abrupt, but I guess such happenings tend to be abrupt and hard to accept.
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Great!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Poliqa
June 7th, 2012, 6:06am
How do I say it…? It was awesome!!!
So well-written, eloquent, breathtaking! I am confused as to how I should describe Claudine… a “she” but a man or a “he” as truly was inside? This topic is not something I am qualified to explore anyway.
From the first pages we get introduced to a creature unique, beautiful, intelligent, strong and so sentimental in the same time. Her relationship with her family and especially her father, her first love, the consequences of being herself, the ways she was being used from the people she cared for and the final betrayal. What an uneasy feeling must be not to belong anywhere! And in this period of time where everything where still under research. Topics such as homosexuality or being transsexual or even bisexual - although present -where not acceptable as they are today (?). I didn’t want her to die like that alone, forsaken, in such anguish!!! But I guess being unique sometimes has its repercussions. What a waste!
Nonetheless, I have to say it is one of the very few serious yuri manga I have read! It saddens me that the majority is about silly schoolgirls with uniforms! They are good as you get introduced into this genre of manga but after awhile they seem all the same.

... Last updated on June 7th, 2012, 6:07am
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beautiful   
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by CiellavonNightmare
March 17th, 2012, 3:54am
truth is i wasnt bothered with the fact that she was a girl. it`s actually pitiful that she was born a girl but that`s what makes it so interesting and heartwrenching. great story, unique characters and twists. this kind of story exists in reality and its not your usual fluffy hot guy romance. it`s actually hard and i could speak from experience.
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Not Shoujo Ai   
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by Sacheverell
June 12th, 2011, 8:04pm
The genres are completely wrong on this one. The magazine Margaret published all of one other thing that had the shoujo ai tag while everything else it published was outright shoujo. Claudine is essentially the story of a man who was born trapped in the body of a woman who was doubly unfortunate of also being born in a past era where things like corrective surgery didn't exist.
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A heartbreaking story.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Meirus
February 28th, 2011, 3:41pm
Truly one of the saddest stories I've ever read. Her desire to find love, yet be trapped somewhere between two genders and being unable to truly find someone to love, it's sad. I feel like it's very realistic too. I know people who are just like this, who can relate to this story. Short read, well thought out, and packed full of emotion. 10/10.
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bawww   
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by roxslide
July 8th, 2010, 2:47am
This story isn't a shoujo-ai and I wouldn't ever categorize it as such. As it says in the manga, though Claudine is woman in body she is clearly a man inside.

It's a sad and pretty story however!
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Claudine   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
January 30th, 2010, 11:09am
"Bifauxnen", beautiful girls that look and act more like beautiful boys, are a staple of Ikeda's work. Usually, though, these characters are as fantastic and exotic as their sumptuous settings. In no other work does Ikeda explore the real feelings behind a female bishounen, the feelings behind transsexuality.

Ikeda has obviously browsed at least a few psychology books before writing this story. Every explanation for transsexuality that had been thought up by 1978 is mentioned here. But scholarly debate doesn't make a shoujo manga classic. It's the expertly-molded romance and melodrama of Claudine that makes it so memorable. It's the tragedy of the ending that makes the reader wonder why the world has to be so inhospitable for a being like Claudine.
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Claudine!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by luzzz
November 16th, 2008, 9:41pm
For what its worth, this is one of the better manga out there about transsexuals. Every action and feeling of Claudine was realistic, and the presentation of the story made it highly believable as to how Claudine came to adopt the mentality of a man instead of a woman. The only qualm I have with this manga is that it was too quick. The manga started out with a nice pacing, but at the halfway mark the story started to progress with break-neck speed, as if the author wanted to hurry and finish. In addition, certain characters and their interrelationships could have used more scenes for build up and introduction.

Either way, the pros far outweigh the cons, and I highly recommend this manga as both a ground-breaking shoujo for its time (1978) and a pioneer in its genre.

... Last updated on November 18th, 2008, 4:26pm
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