* AdaptationDisplacement: The anime is more popular by a bit.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: It's a realistic story about transsexuality and puberty, that includes other parts of the [=LGBT=]. So many people are used to the slapstick "He's a trap!" type series that ''WanderingSon'' comes off as this, especially to people clueless and ignorant about transgender issues.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The ending theme to the anime, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjeYsEIho6Q For You]]" by RieFu.
* BadassDecay: You'll often hear complaints how in elementary Takatsuki was a confident badass who beat up boys and stood up for her friends but by the end of the story she's far less secure in herself. In-series it makes sense but that doesn't make fans less sour.
* BrokenBase: The way Takatsuki is treated after middle school is polarizing within the fandom.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Chizuru is quite popular, at least in the anime, despite her lack of focus.
** Sasa is also popular in Japan due to her GenkiGirl nature and {{Moe}}-ness.
* DieForOurShip: Poor, poor Fumiya got a lot of damage for [[spoiler:dating Chiba]]. To a lesser extent Anna gets criticism just for liking Nitori.
* FanPreferredCouple: Takatsuki/Nitori is the most popular pairing in the manga, though Takatsuki/Chiba is quite popular too; Doi/Nitori is gaining popularity.
* FanonDiscontinuity: A fair share of the manga fans refuse to believe the anime existed.
** Many fans are calling DeathOfTheAuthor [[spoiler:about Takatsuki not considering themselves a boy by the end of the manga.]] Also to a lesser extent [[spoiler:because [[FanPreferredCouple Takatsuki/Nitori]] never occurred]].
* FauxSymbolism: Almost all colored artworks show the boy uniforms as being pastel colors when they're traditionally black. The anime, and the shading used in the manga, imply that they are black. It could be symbolically referring to their personalities but it seems like it's just for artistic value (the artworks often are watercolored too, so it's a theme). Though considering how Shimura is with shading, they really ''could'# be pastel.
* FoeYay: Takatsuki and Chiba in middle school, Doi and Shuuichi.
* InternetBackdraft: Going onto /a/ on a Tuesday (or Wednesday), going into a "Taka Tuesday" thread, and even mentioning hentai isn't exactly a good idea. You'll get near ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' levels of backlash and {{Squick}}. On a more general note, it's not best to try and discuss the characters sexual orientations if you don't want a debate to arise.
* ItWasHisSled: It's hard to discuss the manga without mentioning [[spoiler:Takatsuki not wanting to live as a boy by the end]].
** Nitori and Anna being the OfficialCouple counts.
* LGBTFanbase: If you're in the trans sphere some of the series (and the main/character pages attempts to describe whats going on with the gender stuff) will make you cringe in sympathy.
* MainstreamObscurity: It's known as one of the best depictions of transsexuality in fiction, especially manga, but few people have read past elementary or even more than a dozen chapters.
* MisaimedFandom: Aside from what's mentioned above, a part of the fanbase believes it's a {{Shoujo|Demographic}} romance manga, when it's {{Seinen}} and not romantic.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Chiba. After several volumes of being TheScrappy due to her temper and attitude, she was rescued near the end of middle school when she began cooling her head and rekindling her friendships.
** Fumiya was redeemed after years of Saori's harsh remarks pointed at him seemingly got through to him, and the guy ''finally'' realized that he could be viewed as annoying.
* TheScrappy: Fumiya and Momoko. Chiba has her fair share of haters but she's more-so a BaseBreaker than anything.
* ShipToShipCombat: Nitori/Anna vs Takatsuki/Nitori vs Doi/Nitori.
* ShippingBedDeath: Nothing really happen after [[spoiler:Fumiya and Saori]] finally get together.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many manga fans feel this way toward the anime for its various changes. Fans think of it as even an AlternateUniverse from the manga at best; at worst they just [[FanonDiscontinuity pretend it doesn't exist]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In high school Saori begins dating [[spoiler:Fumiya]] with no pretense of liking him and the whole deal comes off as very "Why not?" Saori was never shown to be a terribly good girlfriend and they got no screentime romance which made fans think she didn't love him. Nope, they never break up or shown any signs of wanting to.
** Takatsuki's storyline [[spoiler:could've delved into the topic of trans-people who personally don't want to transition or have doubts about their gender.]]
** Mako [[spoiler:begins going out as a girl on her own and comes out to her mom but nothing ever comes of it]]. Likewise, she thought Yuki was a boy in middle school but we never get to see her reaction to her being a trans woman.
** Anna is Nitori's girlfriend. Anna is a model. You think someone would leak she has a girlfriend and it would cause a stir but Anna hides their relationship quite well.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The series is actually {{Seinen}}. It however has been referred to as being aimed at kids, and is occasionally mistaken for ''{{Shoujo}}''.
* [[{{Woobie/Anime}} The Woobie]] - Both Shuuichi and Yoshino. But Shuu more because she's hit harder by DoubleStandard.
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