Publisher: Fantographic Books
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Audience: Teen (14+) and Adult
Nitori Shuichi is a shy fifth grader with a secret – he loves girls clothes. He is afraid of letting anyone know this secret and it is especially difficult to keep it hidden as he shares a room with his sister. Nitori has just transfered to a new school and becomes friends with Takatsuki Yoshino. They each discover their secrets – Nitori likes to dress as a girl and Yakatsuki likes to dress as a boy. They grow closer as they share their secret with each other and try to live their secret far from home.
Takako Shimura takes this coming of age story to a not often talked about place. Not only is this a story about a boy coming into his own, but it deals with his gender identity. Shimura illuminates the topics of gender identity and being transgender in a tasteful way. The characters are interesting, but sort of difficult to distinguish artistically. The art style itself is rather cutesy, but with bland backgrounds. However, this just emphasizes the narrative more. The story can be disjointed at points, but overall a great coming of age story.
Adaptation: Aniplex brought out an animated version of this story in 2011. You can watch the series on Crunchyroll.
Score: 3.5 out of 5