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Wandering Son

Volume Eight

Shimura Takako, Rachel Thorn (Translated by)


List Price: 24.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/18/2014)
Hardcover (11/2/2013)
Hardcover (9/7/2014)
Hardcover (6/15/2013)
Hardcover (7/16/2012)
Hardcover (1/2/2012)
Hardcover (7/5/2011)


In the latest volume of this realistic manga about transgender students, our protagonists experiment sartorially.

Curiosity and transphobia collide in the latest volume of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed manga about a boy who wants to be a girl, and a girl who wants to be a boy. In Volume 8, Nitori-kun, a boy who wants to be a girl, explores kissing with girlfriend Anna-chan; and Yoshino-san, a girl who wants to be a boy, finds the courage to go to school wearing a boy’s uniform. Meanwhile, one of their male classmates, Doi-kun, who has caused our protagonists misery in the past, becomes intrigued with their grown-up friend Yuki-san, a transwoman. But Nitori-kun finds himself strangely drawn to Doi-kun… Shimura Takaro’s Wandering Son has been rightly hailed as one of the most progressive and enlightened treatments of gender identity in the history of comics. The eighth volume continues to explore the lives of its characters with insight and sensitivity.

Praise For Wandering Son: Volume Eight

Gender bending has a long been a staple in manga, but it’s rarely treated with the nuance and sensitivity of Shimura Takako’s Wandering Son.

— Matt White - Publishers Weekly

It’s always interesting to see which expectations this series plays into and which ones it subverts. ... Still highly recommended.
— Sean Gaffney - A Case Suitable for Treatment

Fantagraphics, 9781606998311, 220pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2015

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.