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Fifth grade. The threshold of puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Nitori Shuichi and his new friend Takatsuki Yoshino enjoy happy homes and loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy...
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Contains the most realistic simulation of life Iíve ever seen in manga, especially in its depiction of the fickleness of the human heart. Characters make rash judgments, suddenly change their minds, and are frequently unfair to others, just like real people. This is a real accomplishment.
It's also quite dull.
Real life isn't very interesting, and it's insistance on slow, slice-of-life pacing means the hook (gender issues) doesn't even get much focus. Eventually, I just couldn't be bothered.
... Last updated on May 14th, 2009, 10:13pm
This is the best... :)
This IS my favorite manga. I love the pace and how it's unlikely, but realistic. The characters are really interesting and you love and hate them at times (like Chiba). Not only that, but the art is cool, too. Overall, this is the best!!!
This manga is one of my favorites, I read it several times. I love everything about this manga. The pace is unique, sometimes its quick and sometimes it slows down a bit. Its got funny moments and somewhat serious dramatic moments.
The mangka does a great job of telling this kind of story. Nothing about it seems fake or unrealistic. The events that happen in the story feel like events that could happen to anyone.
whatever your personal beliefs are, if you decide not to read this because you think "transgenders are icky" then you're missing out.
THANKS SO MUCH to whoever has been translating the last chapters released...!
In the first 3 volumes the story is quite simple and even raw ... It's mainly about a boy who wishes he was a girl and a girl who likes to dress like a boy. The relationship between the two is rather sweet. I like the characters development very much, specially Shuu's (his dilemmas are very pertaining to his age) but it gets even better, we get to see them growing as they age and experience new emotions. In the 4th volume the author begins to explore the other character more carefully, thus changing the rythm of the story a little bit. But it works. It's awesome to notice little things here and there that show the story is moving ahead, like how Shuu's sister is maturing (physically and personality-wise) and Takatsuki's face is becoming more thin and feminine. I'm really happy another group (whichever it is) decided to take the scanlations up, since Konotoha's not given a sign a life for over 6 months now! I hope we get to read the story all the way until the end!
... Last updated on April 5th, 2009, 7:03am
More realistic than others, but...
This is one of the few manga that portray transgendered people in a way that isn't for gag/comedy purposes. It approaches it in a more serious fashion. Also, this is the first manga I've ever read that has an FTM in it, as most have only MTFs. The drama is a bit annoying sometimes, though, and it is a bit confusing because it often switches focus and time lapses aren't clear. The art is pretty, though, and it's a good read.
... Last updated on October 20th, 2008, 9:07am
I can actually feel it
omg its like so... so... howto explain it, this its definitly not lov from a childist way of view but child love. and I LOV IT! his manga i dont caree if it takes years to end i hope to see this kids all grow up! to see a more matue love.
This its definitly a JOSEI!
thank god for josei mangas. ^^ jjjajjjjajajjaja
I really love this manga for its simplicity that can be very touching at time. No need for extreme scenarios to deliver a wonderful story. I can relate a bit to Shûichi and Takatsuki to how they feel.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2007, 8:18am
The series sometimes lacks smooth transitions, making it confusing to whether a day has passed or the setting changed. The plot is interesting, however, and the art is pretty nice. However, I've been curious about the main characters sexual orientations (as cross dressing and homosexuality are not synonymous), and I'm afraid that issue may not be cleared up for some time (maybe never, as the children are still rather young).
... Last updated on November 28th, 2007, 3:19am
Topicwise, this isn't the normal sort of manga I'd pick up. However, it has proved very interesting. Someone should really jump on this and get this licensed in the US. It is a must read for open-minded folks and may help understand folks that are different from the mainstream better. To someone that is not so libertarian-minded, this may seem very creepy. To the bigot, this would be propaganda. To me, real people with very real problems.
sweet, engaging, tender at the same time
I love this work.. i have'nt read to many mangas, but definitely this kind of manga is a very rare one, i think the art really matches the story and the pacing. it is strong with its simpicity. I also think it tells story about real problems that often overlooked. On the contrary to some of the comments here, i think this manga should stop without telling us what happened when they grow up, because i think the mangaka wants us to join them in their psychological journey as a kid and how they reach a point where they can find their true self, not about what they become when they grow up. I think how they act,work,etc when they grow up will be put on our own imagination. Well.. at least that what i think... anyway, you should read this manga, especially if you got someone whom you often picked on because they are girlyboys or the other way around.