Wandering Son, Vol. 4 (2020)

Wandering Son, Vol. 4 Takako Shimura Matt Thorn Wandering Son Vol Wandering Son has garnered extensive praise from the GLBT community from manga fans and from comics fans in general for its uniquely funny warm and sensitive treatment of the travails of two Japan
  • Title: Wandering Son, Vol. 4
  • Author: Takako Shimura Matt Thorn
  • ISBN: 9781606996058
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
Wandering Son, Vol. 4 Takako Shimura Matt Thorn Wandering Son has garnered extensive praise from the GLBT community, from manga fans, and from comics fans in general for its uniquely funny, warm, and sensitive treatment of the travails of two Japanese tweens who find themselves coping with the knotty issue of gender identification, as they slowly realize that maybe they aren t who they were meant to be In this latestWandering Son has garnered extensive praise from the GLBT community, from manga fans, and from comics fans in general for its uniquely funny, warm, and sensitive treatment of the travails of two Japanese tweens who find themselves coping with the knotty issue of gender identification, as they slowly realize that maybe they aren t who they were meant to be In this latest volume, love is in the air It s in the trees and on the streets It s hanging on the walls and piled in great heaps on the floor Or is it really love These sixth and seventh graders don t really know But something is definitely amiss They can t sleep, and when they do sleep they have strange dreams They get angry and cry, they blush and grin like idiots, for no reason And it isn t even spring But the standard rules apply If A is in love with B, B is certain to be in love with C, and C is likely to be in love with D, or possibly A And now it seems a good third of the alphabet is in love with our shy hero ine , Nitori kun But the flip side of love is jealousy, and hate The simple friendships of childhood develop into the complex, tense relationships of adolescence Friends become strangers, or worse But while everyone seems to have caught the bug, Volume 4 revolves solidly around the triangle of Nitori kun, Takatsukisan, and Chiba san Yet centrifugal force seems to push the three away from each other, and there is a certain grimness as they say goodbye to elementary school, and put on the highly gendered uniforms of junior high school.
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  1. Nick Jones

    I really don t understand this series It s very much about the subjective emotional states of the characters, and as a result it doesn t feel the need to follow any sort of logical story progression The kids are constantly blurting out or thinking things that don t make any sense and scenes have no clear beginning or ending I suppose if you re looking for a group of characters that you can empathize in the general direction of then Wandering Son will work for you, but I ve just been becoming an [...]

  2. Rob McMonigal

    This is really starting to lose the thread The volume basically took a ton of time to get to a moment of admission for Shu and Maho regarding their feelings for other characters in the book The art style also takes a step backward here, as I once again started having trouble telling people apart The school cruelty sections don t really add anything new, either.I ll give this one volume, but at the moment, it s looking like something I can pass on.

  3. Aleksandra

    3.5 starsThis manga is consistently good but I guess reading two volumes in one evening wasn t my smartest decision, I grew up tired of reading it.If you re interested my detailed thoughts on the manga, check my reviews on volume 1 or 2.I am definitely going back to the manga, but after a small break.

  4. David Basora

    In this volume, we re thankfully given a reprieve from the creepy older couple of volume three, while our middle schoolers start to deal with feelings about each other I still believe that this series has the characters dealings with things well above their age level, this volume felt appropriate with the juvenile gossip, crushes, and grudges among friends that occur in middle school I was, however, disappointed by the blatant manipulation of perspectives given in this volume The early spotligh [...]

  5. David Schaafsma

    Transgender kid story with a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy as friends In middle school now In the last issue we saw some complications emerging, as others become aware they are different, some bullying, an older person showing inappropriate affection, and in this volume we begin the complicated middle school love attraction stuff, with love triangles but with the additional complications of feeling messed up about what kind of gender you want to be The art and produ [...]

  6. Stewart Tame

    As always, the tone of this series fascinates me Hearing the capsule description, A junior high school cross dresser struggles with his sexual identity, one pictures either angst ridden drama or madcap farce But Wandering Son takes neither approach, framing everything in a matter of fact approach that s almost mundane Yes, there are tears, and, yes, there is laughter But Shimura Takako somehow makes it all seem perfectly ordinary and straightforward.

  7. Courtney

    Very cute At times I had to roll my eyes at the little stories he made up or the love triangle y stuff, but then I stopped myself and reflected back onto my time in elementary schoolmilar things happened I very much look forward to the next volume, and hopefully the return of Yuki san

  8. Austin Gullett

    This volume is all about navigating personal relationships and choosing whether to act on or express feelings Love, of course, but also jealousy and anger and excitement The earnestness of the characters is still the biggest strength of the series I hate to see them all fighting There s also a little consideration of sexuality in this volume the characters consider who they are attracted to and how and why.

  9. taz

    People are complaining about the characters being overdramatic Have you all forgotten what you were like in elementary and middle school

  10. Sarah Schanze

    This volume started getting into the who likes who drama which is my bread and butter because I have no shame Looking forward to the rest

  11. Alexei

    Come check out my book blog Teenage BookaholicSYNOPSIS Note This is a review for the first six volumes of the series The period of adolescence is full of confusion, growth, and discovery Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki are entering this time in their lives, along with their classmates of course But both students share a secret that adds to the confusion of adolescence, and could damage their social life Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy.Dis [...]

  12. Jerome Cristoffer

    I think by now Takako should have improved the background art of each panel My expectation has not been met and the backgrounds are mostly plain Whether this is used to create an affect in order for the reader to focus on the story and characters is not a plausible enough excuse since they can hold their own Enough with the nit picking The story and characters are progressing and In this volume we discover inner feelings that the main characters have, as well has other side characters Takako m [...]

  13. Alex

    Whilst enjoyable, this one feels a lot like a standard kids problems, love triangle scenario Firstly, Shuichi is jealous of his sister having her friends around and later in the volume asks out takatsuki and gets rejected Meanwhile Chiba confesses that she s in love with Shuichi and her feelings of hatred for Takatsuki bubble to the surface.I liked the confrontation between Chiba and Takatsuki which made for some good tension.On its own I m not sure that this volume stood up as the greatest rea [...]

  14. Kirsten

    I utterly loved this volume The experiences of crushes and pre teen angst rang SO completely true to me I completely loved the whole sequences of all the kids basically going spare because their hormones are out of control and they are angry or crying or full of confusing conflicting feelings all the time I also really liked the artwork in this volume for the first time I had zero problems telling one character from another or remembering anyone s names Which might partly be because I m now four [...]

  15. Lara

    So, this is the love I don t even know what shape volume of the series Everybody likes somebody who doesn t like them that way back I kept picturing that diagram from School Rumble in my head ha Anyway, there are definitely things I really liked in this volume, mainly having to do with Chiba as she struggles with her feelings for Nitori and with Nitori s feelins for Takatskuki There are some things that don t really go anywhere and that I don t really get um, what s up with Anna exactly , but fo [...]

  16. Jennifer Lavoie

    Another great volume to a fantastic series This one has quite a bit less of the antics of Shu and friends with crossing genders, however there is a lot drama Saori, for example, emerges as a completely jealous character when Shu confesses to Takatsuki, when she loves him herself More drama unfolds when Shu s sister becomes a model and has friends over, who seem to always say things to Shu to make him cry And when Seya s around, he can t help but blush whenever he sees Shu A good volume, but the [...]

  17. Carly Smith

    The back cover copy is actually for volume 6 and not for volume 4 Anna s last name is misspelled multiple times from volume 3 to this one, it s written as Seuhiro, Suehiro, and Hirosue Some of my pages were cut incorrectly, and there were grammatical errors Pretty bummed about the production quality on this volume.

  18. Cheri

    This was basically my 5th grade experience much friend drama It s handled really well and I like seeing how the characters all change as they head toward adolescence I also appreciate the questioning that all of the queer characters do about the things that they are dealing with I m so surprised at how casually the parents are all taking the queer issues, and it s great to watch

  19. Kat Evans

    I really don t like how the hatred and harassment is slowly getting stronger Why do we need to perpetuate this kind of thinking or the thinking that it is ok to behave this way We should all be free to be whomever we are The only way to stop hate is to stop showing it as acceptable I just wish I knew how to show the world what I mean.

  20. Katherine

    This installment is good, but it s a bit mired in teenage drama to really stand out like the other volumes As always, though, Shimura s spare and elegant artwork portrays her characters in the best possible light, even when they re making fools of themselves or dealing with tough situations I m really eager to read the next volume

  21. Jason

    I would give this six stars if I could Several times I had to stop and hug the book to my chest because I love these characters so much They are so well developed and real I wish they actually were real I just want to hug them all and tell them it s going to be all right.

  22. rabbit-heart

    3.5 I definitely recommend the series, but this volume just didn t compare to the first 3 It focuses on relationships than individuals I still love the characters, but not really as excited about this volume Next volume starts junior high

  23. Robin

    It was nice to pal around with these characters again, but this volume was much lighter on character development and plot than the earlier books Looking forward to reading the next volume nonetheless.

  24. Ravenhats

    Wandering son continues to add on the drama as the character get enveloped in conflict and drama The themes a are heartwarming and tragic, and remain as pertinent as ever The art remains cute, and the stretches the characters emotional characteristic.

  25. Jasmiina F

    A great volume where you could see how the characters are growing Lot of love confessions in this one.

  26. quinnster

    So sad Everyone s fighting and no one wants to make up Shu Yoshi are trying to be what they think they re supposed to be and neither of them are happy Gah

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