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Wandering Son (放浪息子, Hōrō Musuko) is a manga series written and illustrated by Takako Shimura. It began serialization in the December 2002 issue of the monthly seinen manga magazine Comic Beam and finished with its 15th volume in July 2013. The first tankōbon volume was released by Enterbrain in July 2003 in Japan. The series is licensed in English by Fantagraphics Books. A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by AIC Classic and directed by Ei Aoki aired in Japan between January and March 2011.


The story depicts a young boy named Shūichi Nitori who wants to be a girl, and his friend Yoshino Takatsuki, a girl who wants to be a boy. The series deals with issues such as transgender teenagers, 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 the expression of authentic gender identity as the core of the story, though the emotional realism of the young characters has been called into question.

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