Hourou Musuko Wandering Son

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4.6
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  • A Masterpiece In Of Itself
    I'm a bit late, I realize, however I want to address how wonderful this anime is. It is such a fresh series after anime after anime about the boy meets girl, instantly falls in love. I'm a huge fan of the romance animes, and this was all the more a wonderful find for me. It incorporates the definition of people in a different way than other anime do. In most, the protagonist has no identity ...
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  • A cute, lighthearted look at a serious topic.
    The art for this anime is just so soft and beautiful, it's like watching a storybook.

    In only 11 episodes, there's not much space to properly cover the content of the manga, but Hourou Musuko functions as a sweet, lighthearted spin-off of the source material. I loved it, it was a very sweet series and there was some heavier emotional scenes in the middle. It's a different trans experience to ...
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  • The only show to touch me on such a deep level.
    As a transgender woman who experienced a similar youth. I didn't have anyone who was like me or that I could relate to; it was a difficult time for other reasons but me feeling like a girl inside and having other people see me as a boy on the outside hurt. I wish there were more media about these issues, so that I could have known that I am not alone and that other people feel the same way. ...
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  • From my perspective.
    Watched the first episode. As a transgender woman/genderqueer who relates painfully to the main character and has been taking hormones consistently for a bit now, I must say that no 22 minutes of any TV show or film made me cry real tears as much as that.

    I dunno if I can stomach much more. Perhaps if I am that much of a masochist, but that first episode was beautiful.
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  • 0 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    Ambiguous representations
    Fragile art style for a fragile topic. I was not a huge fan of the way things were portrayed or represented in this series. It is interesting and positive to see an anime based off of trans experiences though.

    The biggest argument I would have about this series is how self aware the characters are despite their young age. Especially in Japan, being so bluntly self aware about being gay or ...
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  • Trans representation is important
    I am in love with this anime. It really shows great character development throughout the series as well as presenting the feelings of Shuichi - a transgender girl who struggles with her identity - very well. You really get close to the characters (however, there are a few I'm not overly fond of, of course!).
    I would say that the only (minor) issue I have with this anime is that the voice acting ...
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  • Pacing may be slow for some, but necessary
    Everything about the show seems a little understated and ethereal. The gentle watercolor-style animation, the relaxing opening theme with slow shots of the school, the seemingly glacial pacing. However this story is all about subtlety, feelings, expectations, and very complex relationships, not action or comedy. There are plenty of fast paced action packed slice of life / romantic comedy anime out ...
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    A goog "Mind-Opening" show
    Honestly this show sucks you in after the first episode. It gives really good insight into the lives of young preteens and teens struggling with their identity and gender identity. It's not only a cute show, but it's very heartwarming and thoughtful. I guarantee you will sit back and think about the characters a few times during your day. Or maybe you will look at someone you (think you) know well ...
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  • Thought provoking and uncomfortable
    This show did make me uncomfortable when I started watching it, but after a few episodes I was rooting for Shu. He struggles to overcome the social norm he doesn't fit in to. My own experiences at that age, though of a different subject, were similar: puberty, growing up, dating, etc; I was able to relate to Shu and the people around him.

    Why is it important Shu cross dresses? In my opinion, ...
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  • If this hasn't won an award, the game is rigged
    I read the manga first and was so excited to see that Crunchyroll had this in their video library. Wandering Son is a beautiful, heartfelt anime that hits home for anyone, I think, who has ever felt like they didn't belong and were a bit weird. You don't have to be trans or gender dysphoric to understand what Shuichi is going through and why it's tough. The portrayal of his sister and friends are ...
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