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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

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Latest Release(s)
c.122-123 (end) by Hourou Musume over 9 years ago
c.120-121 by Hourou Musume over 9 years ago
c.119 by Hourou Musume over 9 years ago
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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

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (729 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.42 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 11th 2022, 8:31pm



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Fantagraphics (8 Volumes - Dropped)

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a bit dissapointing  
by fishfood16
December 23rd, 2021, 10:19am
Rating: N/A
note: i ended up making an account to leave this comment) as a trans person myself, i felt excited to read a manga specifically talking about growing up trans from both the perspective of both a trans girl and trans boy. but in the end, i felt like i had wasted some of my time reading a love triangle manga that sometimes remembers it’s about being trans. most of the story didn’t even feel like it was talking about trans issues, just “look at main character they’re crossdressing!” without really paying attention to the psychological effects being forced in the closet can have. i was also disappointed with the way they treated takatsuki, this huge lead up then to completely back down on it. i think the art is beautiful, but as a trans person it didn’t live up to the standards i had heard about.

... Last updated on December 23rd, 2021, 10:21am
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Meh, the hype is just cuz there isnt any other trans stuff it feels  
by RegalRascal
December 3rd, 2019, 3:58pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
Not good at being a realistic transgender story. It seems more like a ''feminine/masculine'' thing, so you know, CROSSDRESSING, rather than a ''gender dysphoria'' thing. It's all about gender roles and gender stereotypes, not being trans much.

If it wasn't paraded as a good trans story it might be enjoyable, but the author clearly has NO idea what being trans entails.
Pandering lots, realism not.

As a crossdressing story, I'd say it's 5-ish, but as a trans story, it's def closer to a 1-2.

Source: Being trans myself.

... Last updated on May 24th, 2020, 4:33pm
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Why most people wont like it.  
by Akrii
April 1st, 2016, 5:01pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This is an issue only some can relate too. This wraps the transgender topic beautifully, for unsure people. Some like Nitorin WANT to be a girl so bad that they are willing to do many things. Tsubaki-chan she was unsure about being a boy. This wraps the issue of, "Do I really want this" Some think "NO THIS ISNT HOW TRANSGENDERS ACT" As I saw on other things. This, actually wraps it perfectly, for people who are too scared, or unsure. It may be boring for others but, it's too real to be true. This is what people feel. Its a great manga, but its not for everyone.
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by wallyakazukin
November 19th, 2015, 4:33pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This manga is sooooo amazing. The author wrapped the gender manga issue so beautifully. And yep, somehow it's unpredictable, just like life itself. As it's a seinen, some sexual issues are included here, but, well... that's kinda added more spices to this manga? I don't dislike it. It's just fit there.
A boy who wanted to be a girl, and the girl who wanted to be a boy. How they dealt with their emotional complexes, how the plot was flowing uncontrollable (as I said before, unpredictable like a life itself), and how the author chose the -somehow, bittersweet ending. Of course there were some flaw here and there, because of the slow paced, and runabout thinking. But I think that's what make the story seems more realistic. Highly recommended.
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by sarin68
June 24th, 2015, 11:46pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm only on the 3rd volume but it's a MUST-READ!!! Totally emotional and realistic. No bs complete knowledge about one's gender or 100% acceptance from others. I love it and think everyone should.
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read this manga people!  
by Jalapeno-san
January 11th, 2015, 3:29am
Rating: N/A
I love how these two characters (japanese names are hard to remember) taka something and nitori started as opposites and I love even more how one still wanted to become a girl and the other just "grew out of it". It's realistic and I've seen it happen in real life.
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I highly recommend this  
by OrangeBlossom
May 23rd, 2014, 1:14pm
Rating: N/A
It's not for everyone. It relies heavily on trans* themes and is very slow paced. It spends the first four volumes in elementary, spends a large chunk on middle school, then high school passes in less than 40 chapters. It's a very realistic, soft paced manga. No mecha, magic, or goofy school antics here.

The protagonist of the manga is Nitori Shuichi, an elementary aged trans girl who transfers to a new school mid-semester. She has a temperamental sister one year older than her and two nice parents. On her first day of school she meets the secondary protagonist, Takatsuki Yoshino, who is a trans boy. The two quickly become friends and eventually learn their mutual interest to live as the opposite sex. Thus the story begins.

The manga conveys many emotions. It delicately discusses everything from bullying to dissolving friendships.
It's themed around puberty and those awkward teenage years. Changing bodies, friendship changes, romance, sexuality.. All while the two protagonists are transgender kids in 2000s Japan, which adds fuel to the fire.

The art style is decent at first but will eventually evolve into Shimura's signature style. I just love her art, especially when it's colored in watercolor.

The last dozen chapters are controversial and I see why. Everything goes by incredibly swift and a dozen plot points are never filled.
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The manga also ends on a very ambiguous note for Takatsuki. He's a model and apparently cis identified but Shimura has said it's up for the readers to figure out the genders of the protagonists. Nitori ends with a very Shimura meta "I am a girl" making it obvious where she stands but Takasuki can go a dozen ways depending on the interpretation. Mako, another trans girl Nitori's age, has plot threads created but glossed over. Maybe Shimura didn't want to spend 6+ years on the already decade old series
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It was interesting  
by Trimutius
January 5th, 2014, 11:42am
Rating: 8.1  / 10.0
Well I started reading it before it was finished by author, and plot is interesting but a lot of time skips through me of the track often... So I put it on hold and decided to finish reading it yesterday. I really liked the ending especially reaction of the girlfriend of the main character. So I think this manga is worth it if you like Gender Bender stuff, it is not the best though.
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a disappointment  
by pinkparparak
November 22nd, 2013, 3:30am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
It's really a disappointment what with this senseless love story with anna-chan then why did she started with Takatsuki Yoshino? I really was looking forward to a development but no there was just stupidity in wanting to be a girl and having a girlfriend at the same time noting but disappointment. (o-o)
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Got Boring  
by wintermelon
September 27th, 2013, 12:14pm
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
Or maybe it was always boring? The story telling isn't engrossing, i think what made me like it a lot at first was the unique plot devices (e.g. exploring sexuality growing up). But it's not realistic and the plot was painfully slow, and then suddenly jumps forward in time... I find it hard to feel attached to any specific character in the story, and there are manyy sideplots developing which don't interact with the main plot (if there is one) which make it a drag to read after a while.
Unfortunate...such interesting concepts to be explored.
also, I think Shuu is constantly zoned out. It would be nice to see more expressions on his face.

... Last updated on September 27th, 2013, 12:19pm
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