FIRST IMPRESSION – Hourou Musuko 01: The Wandering Son

Which one is the boy?

This is the most difficult anime and topic to write about. I hope that I can convey the correct meaning.

I don’t think that I can provide a summary for this type of series so I’ll just write as I please. It’s a slice of life anime that delves deep into societal issues.

The anime begins when Nitori and Takatsuki enter high school while the manga starts while they are in the 5th grade. Shuuichi Nitori is the boy dressed as a girl standing in the middle of the picture above. Yoshino Takatsuki is the girl dressed as a boy standing on the left of the picture above. To me, this first episode was a bit confusing as their 5th and 6th of elementary is being cramped into a space of 22 minutes. It does an adequate job of explain the events that happened but there are so many different characters that have yet to be properly introduced.

Maho is a model, Nitori used to be a female model cuter than Maho. He quit.

The plot of the story is interesting to say the least. The series deals with issues such as transsexuality, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty. This is a topic that I would normally avoid. These societal concepts are usually disregarded. I’m sure that a lot of children suffer from this. The author, Shimura Takako, is taking a big risk of making her semi-controversial manga into an anime.

The heart of the story still lies with Nitori and Takatsuki. Love interests flirt within their sphere of relationships but ultimately, those two are the protagonists. One wants to be a boy, one wants to be a girl. It’s simple enough to grasp but very complicated when analyzed. For now, I’ll just say this: they both cross-dress and look good doing it.

Nitori trying on Maho's dress. Maho doesn't like what she sees.

The animation is a bit washed out but it retains Shimura’s clean style. It’s very soft on the eyes. Looking at it now, maybe it’s what Nitori sees through his eyes.

The music consists of simple piano chords. Again, it fits the style of the anime. Everything seems to be simple and easy on the senses.

The characters are where the anime shines. Each character is intricately related to another. For example, Maho, while hating her brother for being cuter, silently approves of his cross-dressing. I can’t go on and explain every relation but it’s very elaborate in design.

In case you couldn't tell, his wig is sliding off.

“What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of.”

“What are little boys made of? Frogs and snails, and puppy-dog’s tails. That’s what little boys are made of.”

This is an anime that you will love or hate with all your might. That is all.

The woman is Yuki, she is a physical representation of their desires. She used to be a boy. Met Takatsuki and Nitori while they were cross-dressing.

Jacqivarius

 

 

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About jacqivarius

"I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
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2 Responses to FIRST IMPRESSION – Hourou Musuko 01: The Wandering Son

  1. Kimmichan says:

    This is the most confusing anime I’ve ever watched.
    It took me a whole hour to understand who was a guy and who was the chick.
    Thanks to anime/manga I can no longer tell apart if someone is a girl or not.

  2. SilentSerenata says:

    I’m actually not going to bother with this anime; seems far too serious for my tastes. Perhaps in the future when I might feel like it, but for now, it’s on the waiting list.

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