So readers might remember when I reviewed the first volume Shimura Takako’s Wandering Son as part of my recent graphic novel binge. For those just joining us, Wandering Son follows the story of grade-school students Norita Shuichi and Takatsuki Yoshino. Norita wishes to be a girl, and finds that Takatsuki wants to be a boy. Drawn by their common identity questions, they set out to explore and support each other. In these next two volumes, tensions heighten as their classmates began to uncover their secret.
I simply cannot get enough of this series. Shimura is doing a superb job of exploring this topic. I admittedly have read very few LGBT books (must change this), but the one I did read was so emotionally intense throughout the whole book that, as a reader, it pushed me from out of the story. Shimura eases you into Norita and Takatsuki’s lives and problems, and, as a result, the emotional effect is extremely strong once things heat up. The artwork is simple and well-rendered; I am awed by how much Shimura is able to convey. I can’t wait for volume 4 to come out in January!