[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wss_340.png]]

->''"My sister's dream is to go to a school for idols and to be classmates with Maiko-chan. I think that's stupid. My dream is..."''

Shy, quiet Shuuichi Nitori is not your average ten-year-old girl. Nor is her classmate, Yoshino Takatsuki, your average ten-year-old boy. Even though Shuuichi enjoys baking snacks as a hobby, she is different from the other girls. Takatsuki-kun is admired by his classmates, but endures bullying from other boys for things about himself he can't control. When Shuuichi transfers to her new school, she is sat next to Takatsuki and they become fast friends.

Though they do not immediately know it, the two learn they have a shared secret, despite their natures, biologically they are the wrong gender. [[{{Transsexual}} Shuuichi dreams she could be a girl in society as she is in her heart, while Takatsuki wants to become a proper man]]. Eventually, both realize their true nature as much as they are able despite the adversity and shame they face. Shuuichi wears clothing belonging to her sister and given to her either by girls or Takatsuki. Takatsuki gets hold of his older brother's middle school uniform and goes in to town as a boy.

As the series takes place during their childhood and depicts their life as they struggle to come out of the closet, the story refers to Shuuichi as "he" and Takatsuki as "she" because the characters in the story don't know the truth about the protagonists. The main characters cannot use the correct pronouns for fear of social ostracization. As readers we are aware of which gender the characters are and refer to them with the correct pronouns. Since the pronoun "he" is meant to describe boys and Takatsuki is a boy, he will be called he. Similarly Shuuichi is a girl and the English pronoun for girls is "she".

The SliceOfLife tale of Takako Shimura's ''Wandering Son'' (''Hourou Musuko'' in Japanese) follows the lives of Shuuichi, Takatsuki, and those closest to them as they wrestle with their difficult struggle for identity. The milestones that come with adolescence, the day-to-day occurrences, and everything in between make up the plot while the dreams and secrets of the young cast create its drama.

An ElevenEpisodeAnime for the series started in January 2011, and has since ended. Also, the {{manga}} has been licensed by Fantagraphics Books and has to be released in hardcover since June 2011.

Compare and contrast to ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' and ''Manga/AiNoShintairiku''.
----
!!This series features examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation
* AdaptationDyeJob: Eye variation. In the manga, everyone has brown eyes. In the anime, characters have golden eyes, black eyes, blue eyes, or even red eyes and purple in Yuki's and Anna's cases.
** Cases of color changing within the manga happen often. Originally Takatsuki and several of the parents had brown hair however they later were {{retconned}} into having black hair. Shi had blond hair in his first colored artwork but was quickly given black. Everyone originally had BrownEyes but now they have eye colors that fit their hair shades.
* AdaptationExpansion: The anime. For example, the climax of episode 1 was an adaptation of a scene in volume eight (around four volumes ahead of the point the anime began). [[spoiler:In the manga Shuuichi just stares at the manga, until her sister comes in and yells at her]]. They've also pieced together scenes, for example [[spoiler:the scene where Shuuichi hits Maho is from another part in the manga (when Maho tries to read a letter)]].
* AdultFear: Not touched upon often, in-series at least, but there are a few examples. Imagine your 9 - 12 year old being out late, lying to you about where they've been, and being friends with ''adult'' strangers who you know little about. There's also the notion of your children being depressed and uncomfortable with their body but you knowing nothing of what to do.
* AllThereInTheManual: Some backstory on Yuki was given in ''He Said "I'm a girl"''.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Several of the characters. Momoko hasn't really shown any interest in boys so far, instead just being extremely clingy toward Chizuru and saying that she "loves" her. Arguably Maho has shown bisexual tendencies with her fangirlism of Maiko. Takatsuki apparently might have liked one of his male teachers. Shuuichi has shown an interest in Anna and they are dating, but she may be bisexual because of her feelings for maybe Seya and Takatsuki. Chiba's obsessive love for Shuuichi falls under this if you go with the Freudian theory that her wanting to having a WholesomeCrossdresser boyfriend hints she might be attracted to girls and not realize it.
** Chiba's obsession with Shuuichi is a fringe example. While Shuuichi is a she, and Chiba enjoys seeing her dressed as such, it is likely she(Chiba) has a hard time seeing her(Shuuichi) as such, [[spoiler:leading to much of her personal angst]].
** [[spoiler:It is also worth mentioning that the relationship between Shuuichi and Takatsuki ended before it began largely because Takatsuki is uncertain of his own preferences.]]
* ArtEvolution: Quite apparent from volume 1 to volume 2. Also quite noticeable if you compare the early volumes to the later volumes. {{Justified|Trope}} since time is passing, and the main cast is either in, or entering, puberty. Also noticeable is the coloring changes. Some hair colors darkened while others changed completely after a few volumes. Compare the [[http://mangabookshelf.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wandering-son-1.jpg first cover]] to the [[http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee12/nojay_photo/Odds%20and%20Sods/hourou-10.jpg tenth]]. The difference is quite noticeable in chapter 89, when we get a flashback to the first volume with Shuuichi looking quite a bit younger than we see her now.
** Shuuichi's hair is noticeably darker than before. Referenced to in the manga, when she states that her hair is getting darker due to puberty. The art style has become more realistic too, the eye style doesn't push them into the UncannyValley anymore, and the lines are less dark.
* AttractiveBentGender: Shuuichi is very popular with girls, such as Chiba and an elementary school friend she met again in high school. They think she looks good as a boy.
** Chiba, Chizuru, Seya, and Takatsuki also garner attention when they've crossdressed for whatever reason.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Maho and Shuuichi show the sibling variety from time to time.
* BettyAndVeronica: Short-lived example for Seya, with Maho as Veronica and Shuuichi as Betty.
* BittersweetEnding: The manga. On the plus side [[spoiler:Nitori is going to transition, she's going to college, and she's still dating Anna. Kanako is dating her grade school crush and Mako's end is rather ambiguous but still not negative.]] On the opposing side [[spoiler:Takatsuki's friendship with Nitori has diminished through the years, she has an unrequited love for her, and she is confused about no longer wanting to be a man.]]
* BlandNameProduct: The gang goes to "Wcdonalds". {{Averted}} in most other cases though, where the names are correct. Maho even mentions Starbucks once. The characters have been seen playing video game consoles, but they have no logos on them. Doi has a PlaystationPortable, both Oka and Takatsuki have a PlaystationTwo, and Maho has a NintendoDS.
* BodyHorror: Shuuichi and Takatsuki think of puberty and adolescence as this.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Maho, mostly when her sister is around.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: An implied near-miss with Maho.
* CharacterDevelopment[=/=]HiddenDepths: Many of the characters have quite nuanced characterizations. Even characters who seem like pretty crappy people on introduction get shown as being more complex than that, often volumes after said introduction.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Chiba's personality and design were different for the first 3 volumes, before she changed to her more well-known self. Before she was more peppy, on par with the other children (albeit more socially awkward at times), and didn't look nearly as mature.
** Probably one of the few instances of this trope being [[JustifiedTrope justified]], given that this series revolves entirely around the often-dramatic changes children go through at the age the main cast are at.
* ClassTrip: Chapters 16 - 17, to Nikko; also Chapters 56 - 57, to a ski area.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Saori Chiba shows signs of this, but Momoko's behavior toward Chizuru takes the cake.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Chizuru, who has a rather... peculiar sense of humor.
** For a real-life example, the author of the manga, Takako Shimura. Many people would be surprised to learn that a sensitive issue like [[{{Transsexual}} transgenderism]] would be approached by someone who is essentially a CrazyCatLady who lives in what she believes to be a ''haunted house.''
* ClosetKey: Takatsuki to Nitori, Nitori to Mako.
* CoolBigSis: Yuki.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** The covers tend to have Shuuichi in feminine clothing, while in-story she rarely gets to dress like that. Colors also tend to be off such as Maho having ''blond'' hair on the back cover of volume 1 (despite inside clearly showcasing her with brown, and her family having brown hair), and Anna having brown eyes in one volume when the inside showed her with her ([[ArtEvolution new]]) black eyes.
** The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/17/Wandering_Son_BD-DVD_volume_1_cover.jpg covers]] to the boxsets for the anime have the manga school uniform colors (green and blue) while the anime goes for more generic colors (black for the boy uniform and blue for the female uniform).
* CrotchGrabSexCheck: Shiina did this to Takatsuki in chapter 12. Though in the scenario he thought Yuki was cheating on him with Takatsuki, so he probably grabbed his groin to see if he had an erection.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Chizuru.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Recent chapters have made most characters fit this. Originally everyone had BrownEyes, but now if you have black hair you're probably going to have black eyes. Brunettes have brown eyes though.
* TheDitz: Kanako Sasa. Too much thinking makes her brain itchy.
* DoubleStandard:
** Shuuichi gets hit with this hard since it is especially taboo for transgirls to be themselves in public versus the more permissive attitude to transboys [[spoiler:in chapter 65 when she gets the idea to go to school dressed in the girl uniform after Chizuru and Takatsuki successfully dressed in the boy uniform]][[note]]To explain, Chizuru and [[spoiler:Takatsuki have gone to school in boys uniforms, with little consequence other then a small scolding; kids also complimented them on how "cool" and nice they looked. Shuuichi decides to go in a girls uniform one day, she gets sent straight to the Nurse's office for her mom to pick her up, switched into a boys uniform in the office, and becomes the laughing stock of the school]][[/note]].
** A slight, and justified, example happens in chapter 94. It's Valentine's Day, so Makoto decides to give out chocolates to some people; in Japan typically girls give chocolates on Valentine's Day though. She shies out of giving a teacher she likes chocolates, thinking it'll be weird since she's seen as a boy. When she tries to give a friend, Oka, he freaks out of the thought of another boy giving him chocolate.
* DudeMagnet: Chiba. Any straight, boy-at-heart character can't seem to be indifferent toward her.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Many characters had different hair colors in the first two volumes' artwork, the manga was more slow-paced, and the personalities were different ({{Justified|Trope}} in the latter case).
* ElevenEpisodeAnime: Started airing in Japan on January 14, 2011. Twelve episodes, with one being Blu-Ray only[[note]]The last two episodes were made into one episode when aired on television, but the Blu-Ray cuts them in half again[[/note]].
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Maiko-chan.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Beginning at high school, Chiba stops wearing pigtails to school. She's worn pigtails ever since she began middle school, though only when she was ''in'' school. She began wearing pigtails when she was at her most sarcastic and depressed, starting around the time her characterization changes for permanently. She's been working on making herself more appealing and less aggressive lately. A more subtle example is Chizuru and Sasa. Chizuru recently started wearing GirlishPigtails, showing off she's still an immature GenkiGirl. Sasa stopped wearing her pigtails for the first time in years, which makes her come off as trying to mature.
* ExpressiveHair: In the {{manga}}.
* FashionHurts: In the anime pilot, Shuuichi complains about the collar of her uniform being too tight.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: That Shuuichi is transgender. It's more apparent in the manga.
* FirstNameBasis: Maho forces her boyfriend Riku into this. Sasa also refers to Chiba as "Saorin", which comes from the fact that a lot of Japanese girls add "-rin" to their friends names as a nickname. Shuuichi is on a FirstNameBasis with Makoto, though Shuuichi calls her "Mako-chan", while she is called the feminine form of her last name in return (Nitorin).
* FragileFlower: Nitori.
* FreeRangeChildren
* FreudianTrio: [[TheMcCoy Shuuichi]], [[TheSpock Chiba]], and [[TheKirk Takatsuki]]; though depending on who you ask, the order changes.
* FuroScene: Chapters 16 and 56.
* GenericCuteness: Averted. Shu is feminine, but poor Makoto just ''won't'' pass as a pretty girl even if she dresses up.
* GenderFlip: When the kids put on ''The Rose of Versailles'' and ''Romeo & Juliet.''
* GenderReveal: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HourouMusuko-1224.jpg As seen here]]. However, Yuki seems to have known from the beginning. It's hard to tell though, since she seems surprised when she learns it and continues to refer to the event as her not knowing it.
* GenderVocabularySlip: Shuuichi & Takatsuki once noticed that Shuuichi refers to herself with the pronoun "boku" which is used by tomboys and boys [[{{Bokukko}} and masculine girls]], while Takatuski refers to himself as "watashi" which is gender neutral and more formal. They intentionally decide not to change this though as they agree it suits them.
* GenkiGirl: Chizuru and Sasa.
* GrowingUpSucks: Especially Shuuichi and Takatsuki feel this way, since their physical changes will make it harder to pass as their real gender.
* HairTriggerTemper - '''''Maho'''''.
* HimeCut: Shuuichi wants one of these, though she did temporarily try and sport a pixie cut because she thought it would be cute and couldn't justify growing her hair out longer to her parents. Saori plays it more straight.
* HopelessSuitor: Saori to Shuuichi, Fumiya to Saori [[spoiler:(well, not so much in recent chapters)]], Mako to, well, pretty much anyone whom she likes.
* IdolSinger: Maho & Anna. Well, they actually are models and are never shown singing. Peculiar is that Shuuichi actually passed the screening together with her sister despite the agency knowing she is biologically male.
** Primarily because Maho told them "both of us or none of us." Also, Maiko-chan is enough of an idol that adoration of her is what brought Maho into modeling in the first place.
** Apparently Maiko does sing too.
** [[spoiler:Takatsuki]] becomes a model in high school. Nitori was a model for a bit in elementary.
* IfItsYouItsOk: Saori, she just cares for Shuuichi irrespective of gender presentation, although she thinks of her as a boy.
* IHaveNoSon: Yuki's parents come pretty close to this. (Well, also, they have no ''son'' now, but... you get the idea.)(Yuki has an older brother, so unless he died they do have a son.)
** There's a side-story in a collection of one-shots by the manga-ka called ''He Said "I'm A Girl"'' that shows a bit about Yuki's past. She was scolded by her father for being on a TV show, but not disowned. Her mother, brother, and brother's fiancee are taking it in stride though.
*** Only the brother and the brother's wife are okay with Yuki's identity. Her mother chooses not to talk to (and possibly see) her, which in a sense, is worse than the father who is upfront about his disapproval.
* InformedFlaw: Mako can't pass apparently but she looks just as passable as Nitori does with short hair. Mako does have poor self-esteem and much of the criticism comes from herself though.
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler:Shuuichi cuts her hair short]] in Chapter 85.
** There's also Takatsuki's important haircuts in chapters 4 and 75.
*** It's also important to note their [[ImportantHaircut Important Letting it Grow]] since they do have some impact. For example, Shuuichi's starting by chapter 74, and Takatsuki's in chapter 58, both by other's recommendation.
** In both cases it's subverted. Shuuichi wanted a certain (feminine) hair style, but it turned out differently from what she planned. Takatsuki grew his hair out because Saori told him it would look cool and other boys had longer hair too, but it wasn't as manly as he wanted.
** Subtle, but Takatsuki is growing his hair out in high school. It's not a Bob, but not nearly as short as before. [[spoiler:He eventually grew it past his shoulders, the longest we've seen on him]]
** [[spoiler:Doi]] recently got a haircut.
* InformedFlaw: Arguably Mako's lack of passing skills. It's {{Justified|Trope}} that a lot of it is just her having poor self esteem.
* InMediasRes: The anime begins at volume 5 of the manga, when the cast enters junior high.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Shiina and Yuki, who are adults, with the teenaged (originally preteen) Takatsuki and Shuuichi.
* JapaneseChristian: Saori Chiba, who converts out of guilt for her light treatment of Shuuichi's "crossdressing". Her attendance winds up being pretty poor, though.
** Fumiya is technically Christian but isn't very much of a practicing Christian from the looks of it.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chiba.
** Maho also slips into this often.
** Doi is the prime example.
* KudzuPlot: Shimura increasingly juggles various parallel plot points, giving each only a few panels of attention before moving to the next, leading you to reread chapters just to keep a handle on what is going on.
* LittleMissSnarker[=/=]TheSnarkKnight: Chiba has elements of both, at least in the anime.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: It's gradually getting there, with all the members of the various families, classmates and romantic interests piling up in every chapter.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Nitori almost always imagines herself with long hair and wants long hair in a HimeCut but doesn't feel she can grow it out due to DoubleStandards involving boys and hair length. Saori, Yuki, and Maiko all have long hair and are feminine. Averted with Chizuru (who isn't terribly feminine), Momoko (who has a medium length cut), Maho (with a bob cut) and Satomi (a pixie style). Maiko eventually averts it when she cuts her hair into a pixie cut. [[spoiler:That change gives Nitori the idea to cut her hair into the same style but it ends up looking less feminine on her since she's begun hitting puberty]].
** This trope is used to support Takatsuki's masculinity. After infancy, he has always kept his hair short, and around age ten he chose to cut it to the standard length of most other boys his age. At one point he grows it out a bit at Saori's insistence that he can have longer hair and still be masculine, however he cuts it back immediately when he realizes she was manipulating him into being more feminine. In high school when he's left in isolation with Saori he lets his usual mop top cut grow out into a shag hair cut. [[spoiler: Him growing out his hair in high school is different from before, he lets it get longer than ever before as part of a questioning phase trying question the cause of his own gender dysphoria. He wants to answer the question of is he really a man, or if he "just hates being a girl" like Saori accused him of feeling. However the overwhelming positive reception, praise, and admiration he receives for presenting as female and a growing apathy in his own self create distress and confusion in him, making him unable to claim a masculine identity at this point]].
* LongRunner: Ran from December 2002 to August 2013.
* TechMarchesOn: The series is hit with this but it's barely noticeable and somewhat realistic. You can put off the reason why no one had cellphones for a while with them just being too young.
** Possibly inverted. The manga spans at least eight years. It's not absurd that in early middle school Takatsuki had a flip phone and in high school he had a touch screen. The anime subverts this by changing the scene where Nitori used a tape recorder with Mako to them using their cellphones.
* LoveTriangle:
** Type 10 occurs temporarily between [[SiblingTriangle the Nitori siblings]] and Seya with him as B, Maho as A and Shuuichi as C.
** Shuuichi, Chiba and Takatsuki form longer-running one, which ''starts'' out as type 5 (Shuuichi as B, Takatsuki as C and Saori as A), but growing tension between Takatsuki and Chiba, and the appearance of Suehiro Anna complicates things.
*** The triangle between Takatsuki, Chiba, and Shuuichi seems to have resolved itself, with Anna taking Chiba's place now.
* MistakenForCheating: This happens in chapter 12 when Yuki's boyfriend walks in when she's alone with Takatsuki, touching his face. This is despite the fact that Takatsuki is only around 10 or 11, so it makes her seem like she's a ShotaCon.. Though considering how Yuki's acted toward him in future chapters...
** This who situation is rather complicated. [[spoiler:Yuki is a trans-woman who is attracted to the body and features of young girls, as they are things she always wanted for herself as a child but couldn't have. Takatsuki is a trans-boy, and is thus biologically female. Yuki did not know this at first but mistook him for simply being a regular boy but was attracted to his skin, which she mentions is smooth like a little girls. At the time the mistake scene occurred, whether she was about to do something or not is arguable. But given her behavior in a later chapter, after knowing Takatsuki's physical gender, not arguments seems a little weak.]]
* LoveRevelationEpiphany: Saori grows to love Fumiya after he confessed to wanting to ask her out.
* MistakenForRomance: Takatsuki and Saori from are mistaken for being boyfriend and girlfriend by their respective Stalkers with a Crush. This assumtion goes away when they learn Takatsuki's sex.
* MythologyGag: One of the teachers is from a previous manga by Shimura, ''Inhabitants of the Threshold''. Also if you look closely at the last episode you'll see a green haired guy and a girl standing in one scene - they're the protagonists of said manga. The girl waves at Kaneda and she's noticeably older than she was in her series.
** Inverted but Nitori appeared an episode of ''AoiHana''.
** One of the scenes is lifted word from word from a chapter of ''Boku Wa Onnanoko''. Interestingly enough that chapter of the manga is in-series a play written by Nitori.
** The final chapter is called "For You", which was the name of the anime's ending.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Averted. The characters have either brown or black hair, and brown eyes. Early colored manga had a variety of [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hair colors]] and eye colors, but eventually they settled on the colors around volume 3.
* NamesTheSame: Shuuichi, Makoto, and Yoshino are also names of characters in ''Minami-Ke'', and the other Makoto is a crossdresser who goes by the name Mako-chan. However, unless it's ''Minami-ke'' doing the shouting, this could not be a {{ShoutOut}} since ''Minami-Ke'' started two years later than ''Wandering Son''.
* NerdGlasses: Makoto. Though recently you can see through her glasses at all times.
* NocturnalEmission: Shuuichi has had them, though for non-sexual reasons. At the end of the first episode she wakes up from a dream and has to wash her underwear, which she does other times in the manga.
* NoIndoorVoice: Sarashina has a tendency to be a loud LargeHam.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted in the case of Takatsuki and, later, Maho. Momoko, Sasa, and Chiba have also stated they've had their periods; Momoko and Chizuru even were surprised when Sasa said she was on hers.
* NoSmoking: Averted. Fumiya and Shiina have been shown to smoke several times, and Yuki has been depicted smoking at least once.
* OnlySixFaces: By Shimura's own admission.
* OnTheNext: The anime incorporated the previews into the outro animation.
* PrecociousCrush: Makoto had feelings for one of her teachers. Apparently Takatsuki might have had one too though it's a bit vague besides all the blushing, but he blushes all the time.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: While not ugly, Takatsuki does tend to make unusual and exaggerated facial expressions in the {{manga}}. The {{anime}} changed them a bit.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. A omake reveals the Nitori siblings dad is named "Hiroyuki", which is also Yuki's name.
* SailorFuku: Shuuichi was the only one in the manga to apparently own one for a long time, [[spoiler:though recently she's brought a new uniform that matches her high school one]]. Sasa's and Chizuru's new school requires SailorFuku, so they wear one.
* SceneryPorn: The anime in spades, especially the climax of the first episode.
* SchoolFestival: Volume 6.
* SecretDiary: Eventually found and used to expose Shuuichi's and Takatsui's secret.
* SeriesContinuityError: In the first volume of the manga Takatsuki says "Her brain gets itchy? That's weird." in reference to Sasa's [[TheDitz nature]], and otherwise acts as if they aren't close. In the second volume it's established that they've been close friends since kindergarten, so Takatsuki should already know of Sasa's habits.
* SempaiKohai: Chiba not greeting once her upperclasmen in the middle school was a SeriousBusiness. Also, when Doi enters the high school, the sempais seem to feel an instant urge to temper him a little. Considering [[{{Jerkass}} how he used to be]] [[TheBully in his earlier years]] this turn-out might seem deserved though.
* ShipperOnDeck: Quite a few characters, including Mako and Yuki, ship Takatsuki and Shuuichi.
** Maho shipped Shuuichi and Anna early on but lately she's been wanting them to break up.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Sasa doesn't appear as much as she used to, or have as big a role, ever since the protagonists hit puberty.
* ShoutOut: Shuuichi is quite the fan of ''AnneOfGreenGables''.
* ShownTheirWork: The manga has a realistic view on different LGBT topics. Simple cross-dressing, being {{transgender}}, being trans as a kid, questioning one's gender identity as a kid but growing out of it, being gay, sexuality in relation to being trans, trying to pretend to be one's biological sex to confirm they are actually trans etc.
** The series is a LighterAndSofter portrayal of much of what a transgender person would go through in Japan, but it does not sugarcoat the matter.
* SiblingYinYang: Shuuichi and Maho.
* SkinshipGrope: Chizuru does this twice to Takatsuki. Neither occasion ends well. A random girl in the locker room of chapter 107 grabs Takatsuki's waist.
** One of the former examples doubled as a CrowningMomentOfFunny, in which Chizuru grabbed Takasuki's chest from behind after he had began binding his breasts. Chizuru's LargeHam reaction of surprise is quite priceless.
* SpiritualSuccessor: It's arguably this to ''Mizuiro Jidai''. It can also be seen as one to an earlier manga by Shimura called ''Shikii no Juunin''
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Maiko's name is typically written as "Maiko" by fans, but one magazine in the manga romanizes it as "Mai''c''o".
* StacysMom: Essentially all the mother's, though Chiba's mom has been referred to as "beautiful" by a boy in-series.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The passage being read aloud in English class in episode 9 is part of the story Try to Be the Only One, which really is in the New Horizon textbook used by Japanese middle school students. It's even from the correct (year 2) book!
** The ending theme of the anime also begins with a bit of English that is pronounced properly.
*** It helps that the singer of the ending, Rie Fu is bilingual in both Japanese and English.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Chizuru, more so in the anime.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Both Maho and Chiba early on, though both are {{Justified|Trope}}.
* TragicDream
* {{Transsexual}}: Shuuichi, Takatsuki, Yuki, and Makoto.
* TransEqualsGay: Several bullies mock Shuuichi about her 'crossdressing', saying that she's gay.
* TrueCompanions: Nitori and Takatsuki.
* {{Tsundere}}: Maho, big time.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Shuuichi and Maho, especially when the former grew their hair into a bob like her sister. Oka's little brother looks exactly like him, right down to the haircut.
** Funnily enough, while they don't resemble any of their parents too much, they look almost exactly like their ''aunt'' looked about their years. And said aunt, then Miss Kimishima, just happened to be the first crush of a boy... who became Shuuichi's homeroom teacher in the middle school and therefore couldn't really keep his calm in the girl's presence. ''[[HilarityEnsues Ouch]]''.
* UnkemptBeauty: Yuki in recent chapters, and occasionally Takatsuki the resident pretty boy.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Shuuichi and Anna, especially in recent chapters. Ever since [[spoiler:they broke up]], there's been tense moments. Shuuichi makes it clear that she loves Anna, and Anna seems to feel the same way, but nothing ever happens except for a lot of blushing and ShipTease.
** [[spoiler:The tension has ended, because it's shown that they're dating again.]]
*** [[spoiler:The tension has begun again with Anna thinking to herself that she has dirty thoughts about Shuuichi, and wanting to to touch her.]]
* UnwantedHarem: Almost criminal to list this one here due to the intense realism used when portraying it. A subversion of the common associated tropes, but falls cleanly into a [[HaremGenre Harem]]; it's arguably a deconstruction of harems.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Fumiya Ninomiya crossdresses just to impress Chiba. While not an outright "villain", he ''is'' portrayed as a bit of a slimeball when compared to the actual trans characters in the cast.
* WebcomicTime: Six years in-series was nine years in real life. The series was written throughout TheNoughties so you can tell when a chapter is written by the technology. Originally not that many kids had cellphones but later on almost everyone has them; the type of cellphone has also changed from flippable to touch screen in a few cases. We see {{Playstation 2}}s and the occasional NintendoDS or PlaystationPortable too.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 9. For the manga chapter 31, chapter 32, chapter 54, chapter 63, chapter 66, and chapter 99 come to mind.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Less apparent than other examples, and more realistic, but still there. A common complaint about the manga is that the kids act "too" mature for ten through thirteen year olds. Although it's less about too mature and more about too aware, children who aren't trans tend not to overanalyze and philosophize about gender until they're older, while transkids feel the pressure sooner.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: In chapter 78 Nitori gives this to Mako. After confining into Nitori about how she doesn't see herself as cute Makoto, Nitori told her that she was. This incident made Mako reconsider whether she may have feelings for Nitori.
----