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Wandering Son: Volume 4: 09/27/18

Wandering Son: Volume 4

Wandering Son: Volume 4 by Shimura Takako is primarily the aftermath of Shuichi's modeling gig. So distraught from being called out for being transgender, she has stopped wearing dresses and reverted to her expected form, namely dressing and acting as a boy. Despite that her sister continues to be nasty to her.

Likewise, Yoshino, for reasons of his own, is being pressured to dress in a feminine fashion. He's pretty miserable too and their friendship is suffering for it.

In and among all this family abuse, the kids at school decide to start teasing. It's played up as kids being kids and "love is in the air." But most of these rumor driven "comedic" love triangles are frankly toxic.

Out of all that school horror, though, the two protagonists come to realize that they might want to be more than friends.

Whatever trouble I was having telling characters apart in Volume 3, didn't happen here. Maybe I was less distracted. Maybe it was my glasses (I wasn't wearing them with volume 3). Maybe there's a maturity in the artwork?

Four stars

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