On August 3, 2014, I posted a video very early in the morning to my Facebook page. As that day also was my birthday, I knew that this would be the optimal time to share my story publicly even though I had been living through as a female – ups, downs, and all – for the past year. As expected, more than half of my 300+ “friends” flocked to my profile over the course of the day and the floodgates were opened.
Apron and Sunglasses by Minami Q-ta (**click image for article**)
**NOTE:** (This is NOT the original article for “Transgender Manga Masterpost.” Only highlighting personal thoughts about the actual article located here. The same title was used as I initially planned to reblog, then decided not to for more presentation control.)
Though I am only familiar with Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son), I wanted to share this manga masterlist for a few reasons.
I’ve always known there were tons of different sub-genres of manga, and yet I never thought there was a real abundance of manga covering transgender-related topics. If I didn’t know, chances are, most people didn’t either. For me, that is a very cool thing to be aware of as a creative writer and anime fan.
What makes this masterlist so wonderful is that these stories observe the reality and seriousness of being transgender. Most anime fans are very familiar with the “gender bender” and “trap” tropes that are popularly used for comic relief (Tenshi na Konamaiki being one of my long-time favorite series) or fanservice/18+ material, but this is a very valuable, insightful resource that could be useful to both fans and non-fans of manga as it applies to a more believable representation of trans people as a whole.
These titles can be found in English. Unfortunately, I will have to do my homework on where exactly, but Wandering Son is easily found in brick-and-mortar bookstores & online stores if you’re interested in a place to start.
For the casually curious who only want a basic gist of the manga listed and don’t care about spoilers, the author does provide background for them. As for me, I will need to make some time to read a few of these. Hourou Musuko was enjoyable in anime form, but any fan knows that the animated adaptation typically pales in comparison to the original text.
I do admit that I tend to not read the manga because I saw the anime. Yes, I am horrible.