Translator Discusses "Wandering Son" Manga Status

Scholar/translator Matt Thorn explained when asked about plans for the series following the June 2015 release of the eighth English hardcover.

The Fantagraphics Books North American release of Takako Shimura's Wandering Son has been critically well received, earning a 2012 nomination for the prestigious comic industry Eisner Award and The Young Adult Library Services Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens listing. Apparently, it hasn't been doing as well commercially as scholar/translator Matt Thorn explained when asked about plans for the series following the June 2015 release of the eighth English hardcover. 

 

The 2003-2013 manga ran for 15 volumes in Comic Beam.

 

 

 

 

Fantagraphics introduces the series

The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, 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. Written and drawn by one of today’s most critically acclaimed creators of manga, Shimura portrays Shuishi and Yoshino’s very private journey with affection, sensitivity, gentle humor, and unmistakable flair and grace. Volume one introduces our two protagonists and the friends and family whose lives intersect with their own. Yoshino is rudely reminded of her sex by immature boys whose budding interest in girls takes clumsily cruel forms. Shuichi’s secret is discovered by Saori, a perceptive and eccentric classmate. And it is Saori who suggests that the fifth graders put on a production of The Rose of Versailles for the farewell ceremony for the sixth graders — with boys playing the roles of women, and girls playing the roles of men.

 

Check out their site for a PDF preview.

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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