Wandering Son

Hourou Musuko

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Effeminate fifth grader Shuuichi Nitori is considered by most to be one of the prettiest girls in school, but much to her dismay, she is actually biologically male. Fortunately, Shuuichi has a childhood friend who has similar feelings of discomfort related to gender identity: the lanky tomboy Yoshino Takatsuki, who, though biologically female, does not identify as a girl. These two friends share a similar secret and find solace in one another; however, their lives become even more complicated when they must tread the unfamiliar waters of a new school, attempt to make new friends, and struggle to maintain old ones. Faced with nearly insurmountable odds, they must learn to deal with the harsh realities of growing up, transexuality, relationships, and acceptance. Lauded as a decidedly serious take on gender identity and LGBT struggles, Takako Shimura's Hourou Musuko is about Shuuichi and Yoshino's attempts to discover their true selves as they enter puberty, make friends, fall in love, and face some very real and difficult choices.

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English: Wandering Son
Japanese: 放浪息子
Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 14, 2011 to Apr 1, 2011
Premiered: Winter 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, AIC, Dentsu, Fuji TV, Magic Capsule, Enterbrain, Fujipacific Music
Studios: AIC Classic
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Seinen, Slice of Life
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Makoto Kimura – Producer
Ei Aoki – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Jin Aketagawa – Sound Director
Masashi Abe – Episode Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Itsudatte” by Daisuke (eps 1-10)
ED1: “For You” by Rie Fu
ED2: “Itsudatte” by Daisuke (ep 11)

Episode List

01: What are little girls made of? ~Roses are red, violets are blue~
02: Hate, Hate, Despise
03: Romeo and Juliet
04: I Give You My Name
05: The End of Summer
06: Cultural Festival
07: Rosy Cheeks
08: Spring
09: Cool Girlfriend
10: 10 + 11
11: Forever a Wandering Son


Pleasantly surprised how good this turned out to be. Not the kind of thing I expected to be done well.


It’s almost unbelievable how real the characters feel. Who would have thought an anime could handle the topic of transegenderism this well?


Excellent slice of life that blends dramatic and lighthearted moments. It also explored gender identity issues in a praiseworthy way.


Utterly beautiful, in writing, in aesthetics, in sound, voice and tone. A deeply touching tale of gender, sexuality, youth and identity.


Wandering Son is an important story for obvious reasons, and a great story for ones that must be seen to be understood.


really sweet and interesting. characters feel genuine and you’ll genuinely feel for them and their struggles. chi is also GOLDEN.


The story isn’t phenomenal, but as I said, this is one of the best takes on gender identity in anime and a personal favourite of mine.