Broken Gem: A review of Bokura no Hentai

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From the good to the mediocre and memorably bad, most titles contain at least some minor flaws. Yes, that’s true even for your favorites. It’s very rare for these weaknesses to ruin an overall satisfying story. Rare but not impossible, as Bokura no Hentai (BnH) by Fumiko Fumi, one of the few manga that tries to deal with queer/transgender issues on a realistic, level-headed basis, unfortunately reminds us.

*The following review will contain some very important spoilers. For those of you who have come across our blog for the first time, I should mention that I am a transgender woman and social justice and identity will be a major part of my critique. Continue reading

“What’s this trans thing?”

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Rui isn’t pleased with the way this question is posed. Learn how to talk and behave, please.  Treat others as the human beings they are.

20th November is Transgender Remembrance Day. 24 hours dedicated to victims of transphobic violence. I think this is a good opportunity to explain some things about the term and to dispel certain misconceptions I’ve encountered ever since my partner came out and I or she disclosed her identity to others, even inside the LGB community.

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The importance of Hourou Musuko

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Is your heart always faithful there? […]
If you knew the true me,
would you still smile like that?
[…] You can stay the way you are.
~from the OP, ‘Itsudatte’

Hourou Musuko, or Wandering Son as it’s known in the English-speaking world, is the only anime title so far that doesn’t fetishize transgender individuals and it’s almost entirely about their stories. Yoshino and Nitori aren’t ‘traps’ for the audience’s viewing pleasure, but individuals who face a deep and personal struggle with themselves and the others around them. They are the protagonists; not the queer sidekick.

It is based on the homonym manga, which is published in a very neat, hardback edition by Fantagraphics. But since anime have a wider audience, the fact that this title got an adaptation is of significance for trans people and their visibility.  Continue reading

Transgender Manga Masterpost

by drewkun 2010

This is an expanding list of manga with transgender protagonists. Here, the term transgender is defined narrowly as the individuals who were assigned male/female at birth but don’t identify as such. There are plenty of gender bender manga out there but very few that explore the issue at hand seriously, with respect towards gender identity. This list is ambitious of shedding more light to non-comedy, ‘slice-of-life’ trans titles that can be read in English and help trans folk find good representations in this medium. If you encounter a title fitting here, please leave a comment to let me know and I’ll add it.

Many thanks to Niki Smith who pointed out more titles! Also, to Ash from Experiments in Manga for the review of Kissing the Petals from Yuri Monogatari by Tomomi Nakasora!

I’ll procede with just the titles for those not liking spoilers and after the jump you can read comments for every title and some general remarks.

  • Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son) by Takako Shimura (15 vols)
  • Bokura no Hentai by Fumi Fumiko (5 vol -ongoing)
  • Paros no Ken by Kaoru Kurimoto and Igarashi Yumiko (3 vols)
  • Double House by Nanae Haruno (1 vol)
  • Claudine  by Riyoko Ikeda (1 vol)
  • IS by Rokuhana Chiyo (17 vols)
  • Cotton Candy Love by Tendou Kirin (oneshot)
  • Ayumi and Aika from Mermaid Line by Kindaichi Renjuurou (2 chapters)
  • Love Horizon from Densen Complex by Kizuki Akira (oneshot)
  • So I Can Be Myself -A Long Dream– from Mascara Blue by Sakisaki Io (oneshot)
  • Flower from Boku wa, Onnanoko by Takako Shimura (oneshot)
  • Dreams Bloom At Night from Yes, It’s Me! by Yamashita Tomoko (oneshot)
  • Apron and Sunglasses from Please God by Minami Q-ta (oneshot)
  • Kissing the Petals from Yuri Monogatari by Tomomi Nakasora (oneshot)

Other dubious recommendations:

  • Udagawachou de Mattete yo. by Hideyoshico (1 vol)
  • J no Subete by Nakamura Asumiko (2 vols)
  • Half and Half by Nanami Mao (2 vols)
  • Houkago Hokenshitsu (After School Nightmare) by Mizushiro Setona (10 vols)

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What’s the fuss about Pride parades?

by dirchansky Introduction

Sexuality and gender are two of the most important aspects of a person’s identity. They are so important, in fact, that they shape how others perceive us and whether they approve and accept who we are. There are many stories, fictional or based on real circumstances, that describe the rising conflicts when expressions of identity outside of the norm become visible. Rarely though are we concerned with the opposite situation. Imagine what happens when something that you see as a fundemental aspect of yourself is invisible.  Continue reading

A story of flaming pink and sea blue

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Introduction: A rather arbitrary starting point

There is an old family photo in one of my grandmother’s album’s that was taken when I was still a newborn. It shows my baby-self, my father, grandpa and great-grandfather sitting in the four seats of our automobile. Four generations of the family’s men standing together, ready to take separate paths. I doubt my grandma can even imagine that, for the baby boy in that photo, that path has led him to not see himself as a man.

*This is a long article, full of personal, LGBT-related thoughts. Though we respect freedom of speech, no bigotry is going to be accepted.* Continue reading

Left Unsaid: 2. Gender Pains



Preface

Transgenders are the part of the LGBT community that has suffered the most. At least half of them have been kicked out of their homes, bullied in their schools, laughed at in hospitals and churches. People like Charlie Trueman and Tom Blake[1], characters from Tab Kimpton’s great webcomic Khaos Komix, have to fight and safeguard their identity all the time, so that one day they will earn universal respect.  Continue reading