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Wandering Son, Vol. 4 Hardcover – June 15, 2013

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Gr 9 Up–This volume continues the story of Nitori Shuichi, a girl who wants to be a boy named Takatsuki Yoshino, and the friends and rivals who enhance and complicate their lives. The characters are reintroduced in the opening pages (in “The Wandering Son Board Game”), which are illustrated in color. This story intersperses the real-life drama taking place between the youngsters at home and in the classroom with the stories that Shu writes in which he imagines himself as a “tragic heroine.” The story is filled with mixed signals, rumors, unrequited love, boys and girls fighting over one another, and love-hate relationships. Add to this the gender confusion felt by the main characters, and the romantic tensions become even more complicated. And as the characters get ready to enter middle school, with its gender-specific uniforms, each one is being pushed to conform to society's standards. The illustrations are mostly done in a straightforward manga style, but periodically scenes are suddenly elevated to a cinematic level with dramatically faded backgrounds. Tatako's artwork definitely enhances the story, with the black-and-white pages conveying even more emotion and power than the color illustrations. Even though these books focus on middle-grade students, the story is told in such a thoughtful and mature way, featuring lots of interior monologues and character exploration, that will go over the heads that audience. Fans of the earlier books will want to read this volume and the rest of the books in this series to see how the different characters' relationships with on another evolve over time.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Shimura Takako lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996058
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blackdragonflower on July 8, 2013
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I love the way this series tackles gender and sexuality. It contains a lot of heavy topics but is not bogged down by angst and dread. You feel for the characters and want them to succeed! I waited over a year for this to be released in print for English and I'm glad I stuck it out. The book has an endearing drawing style that doesn't over complicate anything. I recommend the series to preteen and up.

The hardcovers are gorgeous and look great on the shelf though they are taller than most average sized manga.
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This volume continues the great story of the series thus far. I do think of this volume as being a slight step down from the great volume 3. The story slows down a bit from the great pace of the previous volume. I would also note that this volume somehow had a few quality issues with the translation. The biggest of those issues is that Suehiro Anna is referred to as Hirosue Anna for the first 40 pages or so of the book, but thereafter her surname appears correctly as Suehiro. This is a bit of a shame as Fantagraphics' releases for this series had been of impeccable quality so far. Even with these minor issues, however, this volume still packs a very good story and is very enjoyable.
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