Initial Review: Hourou Musuko

hourou-musukoIt isn’t often that I come upon a series about a sensitive topic and discusses it with total sincerity and elegance, and that is one of the many reasons why I enjoy Hourou Musuko so much. The point of focus in Hourou Musuko, is the mindset of those who are transgender, and how society views this mindset, and how people of this mindset think about and react to the world they live in. We start off with our 2 main characters, Shuuichi Nitori (Nitori), and Yoshino Takatsuki (Takatsuki). Nitori is an effeminate boy, who enjoys cross dressing as a girl and likes cute “girly” things, whereas Takatsuki is a tomboy who would much rather have the features of a man. These 2 characters are the primary discussion of the series, with a heavier emphasis on Nitori. This series does a very good job of explaining the ways in which different people think, and the ways in which other people react to those thoughts. The topic of transgender has been a hot topic of late, and this series presents this idea very well, and explains it in a way that doesn’t seem to sound like propaganda. Unlike how in today’s politics in which politicians use issues like this one without a care in the world of what it really means or its implications harm the true nature of this very human issue; they use it without any of its human roots. This series discusses the topic without any of that political weight and really gives a human story to this issue and talks about how those who are transgender aren’t just numbers with votes attached to them, but real people with real emotions and feelings and opinions just like any other person. The series shows the ways in which society views this mindset, and how someone dealing with this is constantly put down by society and told they’re either “weird” or “wrong” and that they should just act like the gender they are. The series shows how society views people who are “different” from themselves, and this is especially relevant in Nitori’s case, as he is actually mocked and tormented by his class mates for his viewpoint, whereas Takatsuki is just thought of as someone who is seeking attention. I would highly advise anyone who has a strong opinion on transgender to watch this series, as it may give them a better understanding of the issue, and to give it a more human touch, rather than just being a word in a politicians vocabulary, or a number in the political machine. I really enjoyed this series, and it gave me a different perspective on a topic I wasn’t well educated in, and also explained to me a mindset that was completely foreign to me (I’m not transgender). The story it tells is very real, and I would like to see more series like this come out in the future that discuss sensitive topics in good detail, while also keeping its distance from the political sphere. The issue presented is one that some people deal with on a regular basis and have to come to terms with, and in that regard the series is a stand out. I loved how the series spent so much time developing its characters and fleshing out the ways in which they think and interact with the world and the people around them. It isn’t often that a series presents an issue such as this one, with as much heart as this one, and I am glad that I took the time to watch it, I give it a:

9 out of 10.

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