Monday, February 4, 2013
Wandering Son Volumes 1 and 2 by Shimura Takako
This is a manga series, though it's published in a different form than most manga. These are beautiful, oversized hardcover editions rather than the typical trade paperback sized manga. Takako gives us the stories of two middle school transgender kids who are just starting to find themselves. Nitori Shuichi is a biological male who is just starting to come to terms with the fact that he feels more comfortable as a female. And Takatsuki Yoshino is a biological female coming to terms with the fact that she feels more comfortable as a male.
The two become supports for each other as they start the very beginning of their transitioning and have the support of a few other close friends who know their secrets too. But the story is so much more than this. What I love so much about this series is that Shimura Takako tells us their stories...not as just transgendered people, but just as people...who happen to be transgendered. We get to know their families, their school lives, the struggles they face as adolescents, and THEN we see how being transgendered complicates things at times.
There were scenes in here that warmed my heart and there were scenes that pissed me off. And then of course there were scenes that just made me want to cry. The stories made all the better by Takako's adorable drawing style. I loved the art SO much in this series!!! I really can't wait to get the rest of these. I have a feeling it won't be long before I do!