Hourou Musuko

Wandering Son (放浪息子) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takako Shimura. A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by AIC Classic and directed by Ei Aoki aired in Japan between January and March 2011. Eleven episodes aired on television, with episodes 10 and 11 edited into a single episode, and were released individually on their respective BD/DVD volumes.

The story depicts a young student named Shuichi Nitori, described by the author as a boy who wants to be a girl, and Shuichi’s friend Yoshino Takatsuki, described as a girl who wants to be a boy. The series deals with issues such as transgenderism, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty. Shimura was originally going to write the story about a girl in high school who wants to be a boy, but she realized that a boy who wants to become a girl before entering into puberty would have a lot of worries related to growing up, and changed the story to fit this model. Wandering Son was selected as a recommended work by the awards jury of the tenth Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006. The series has been lauded for its use of gender reversal as the core of the story, though the emotional realism of the young characters has been called into question.

Opening Theme: “Itsudatte.” (いつだって。) by Daisuke
Ending Theme: “For You” by Rie Fu
Hourou Musuko Original Soundtrack

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