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Hourou Musuko  
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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...


Related Series
Boku wa, Onnanoko (Side Story)

Associated Names
Hōrō Musuko
The Transient Son
Wandering Son

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
c.122-123 (end) by Hourou Musume over 4 years ago
c.120-121 by Hourou Musume over 4 years ago
c.119 by Hourou Musume over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Volume 5, Chapter 34
Ends at Volume 10, Chapter 82

User Reviews

8 topics, 32 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (655 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.41 / 10.0
 34% (223 votes)
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 5% (33 votes)
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 2% (11 votes)

Last Updated
April 30th 2017, 5:13pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Fantagraphics (8 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #503 decreased(-37)
Monthly Pos #519 increased(+44)
3 Month Pos #599 increased(+32)
6 Month Pos #621 decreased(-18)

List Stats
On 1735 reading lists
On 1259 wish lists
On 825 completed lists
On 106 unfinished lists
On 503 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Hourou Musuko to End in July over 4 years ago
Does Hourou Musuko spoil the Rose of Verailles over 6 years ago
Anime start and end over 7 years ago
hourou musuko how much romance?? over 7 years ago
Hourou Musuko Anime in development over 7 years ago

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Stick With It   
Rating: N/A
by roadblock4
April 11th, 2009, 10:34pm
This is a great series and to me, a unique one at that. It's a bit slow at the beginning, but once it gets going, it turns to be one of the most thoughtful mangas ever. The art isn't too bad either. Easy on the eyes but kinda easy on the backgrounds too.
Another thing that's great is that you can actually see the characters grow up and deal with the problems that come with it. Truly great and you feel for the characters too.
To whoever's scanlating these chapters, thank you!
And to those reading this review, start this series and stick with it, you won't regret it!
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just started reading yesterday   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lightning Hiro
April 1st, 2009, 5:25pm
i saw it on mangafox, and i got so into it! i was like, 'wow, this story is so original' since usually all the manga i read are so similar...i rly like this a lot, i hope it keeps going on and that ppl will continue to scanlate and translate it!!!
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Marvelous! Monotonous!   
Rating: N/A
by Fronzel
March 31st, 2009, 9:00pm
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
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This is the best... :)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Tyranasaurus
March 27th, 2009, 9:11am
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!!!
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Rating: N/A
by darknova42
March 23rd, 2009, 4:29am
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.
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THANKS SO MUCH to whoever has been translating the last chapters released...!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cubedude84
March 11th, 2009, 1:58pm
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
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More realistic than others, but...   
Rating: N/A
by pikku
October 19th, 2008, 8:12pm
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
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I can actually feel it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lovelyevilness
July 25th, 2008, 7:52pm
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
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akillarian
December 14th, 2007, 8:18am
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
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by x0mbiec0rp
November 23rd, 2007, 11:47pm
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
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