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)