Wandering Son (GN 4)

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Title: Wandering Son
Volume: GN 4
Pages: 200
Distributor: Fantagraphics Books

Release date: 2013-04-06
Suggested retail price: $19.99
Age rating: 16+

ISBN-10: 1606996053 1606996053
ISBN-13: 9781606996058 9781606996058

Love is in the air.​ It's in the trees and on the streets.​ It's hanging on the walls and piled in great heaps on the floor.​ Or is it really love?​ These sixth and seventh graders don't really know.​ But something is definitely amiss.​ They can't sleep,​ and when they do sleep they have strange dreams.​ They get angry and cry for no reason.​ They blush and grin like idiots for no reason.​ And it isn't even spring.​ But the standard rules apply: if A is in love with B,​ B is certain to be in love with C,​ and C is likely to be in love with D,​ or possibly A.​

It seems a good third of the alphabet is in love with our shy protagonist,​ Nitori-kun.​ But the flip-side of love is jealousy,​ and hate.​ The simple friendships of childhood develop into the complex,​ tense relationships of adolescence.​ Friends become strangers,​ or worse.​ But while everyone seems to have caught the bug - even characters whose names you can't remember - volume 4 revolves solidly around the triangle of Nitori-kun,​ Takatsuki-san,​ and Chiba-san.​ Yet centrifugal force seems to push the three away from each other,​ and there is a certain grimness as they say goodbye to elementary school,​ and put on the (highly gendered) uniforms of junior high school.​..

Story and art by Shimura Takako.

(added on 2012-04-29, modified on 2013-01-10)

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