Wandering Son: Volume Five (Hardcover)

Wandering Son: Volume Five By Shimura Takako, Rachel Thorn (Translated by) Cover Image
By Shimura Takako, Rachel Thorn (Translated by)
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Description


In the latest volume of this gentle manga, new gender-reinforcing school uniforms cause drama at the junior high school entrance ceremony!


In the latest volume of the acclaimed series about transgendered kids exploring their unfolding identities, we’ve reached a big event; the junior high school entrance ceremony. The boys wear black uniforms with stand-up collars based on mid-19th century European military uniforms and the girls wear navy blazers, tan skirts, and red ribbon neckties. Enter our heroes; Nitori-kun is forced to wear a boy’s uniform while Takatsuki-san has to wear a girl’s! Yet one girl—Sarashia Chizuru— draws stares, whispers, and pointed fingers, because this long-haired beauty is wearing a boy’s uniform. Both Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san are awed by the girl’s courage, but Takatsuki-san is particularly vexed by their own faintheartedness. They envy more than a few other students who experience such liberty in wearing either uniform and ponder what it ultimately means about themselves. Envy and jealousy are prominent themes in Volume 5: Chiba-san is jealous of Takatsuki-san, for whom Nitori-kun still carries a tortch. Maho envies Anna-chan’s professionalism as a model. And Chii-chan’s loyal sidekick, Shiri Momoko, is intensely jealous of anyone in whom Chii-chan shows the slightest interest. And so our protagonists set off on the journey to adolescence….

About the Author


Shimura Takako lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Rachel Thorn is from in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and an associate professor in the manga department at Kyoto Seika University. Her translations include the New York Times Best-Seller Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano and Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Praise For…


...[B]eing a trans woman means I'm used to seeing awful depictions of my lived experiences. I do not see me, and that is when I see trans women or trans people in general depicted at all. Until [Wandering Son]... I had never seen my own narrative depicted. At least not closely or accurately.

— Kat Callahan - Jezebel - ROYGBIV


Product Details
ISBN: 9781606996478
ISBN-10: 1606996479
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2013
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Wandering Son