Characters / Wandering Son

Here's a list of characters and related tropes for the series Wandering Son.

Shuuichi Nitori
Voiced by: Kousuke Hatakeyama

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When she went to her elementary school reunion dressed in mostly masculine clothes with a short haircut she got a lot of attention from the girls. One of the girls from her elementary class even had a crush on her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shuuichi never becomes violent, but when she finally stands up for herself, she gets to tremendously break verbally her former bully, Doi, almost making him cry. She's actually incredibly tough, emotionally.
  • Bokukko: Due to being raised as a boy, but she never changes her pronouns
  • Chick Magnet: She attracts a lot of girls. Apparently even in her original elementary school she was this.
  • The Cutie
  • Delinquent Hair: Right before high school began she dyed her hair bright red, and this was how others reacted. Alas it only lasted one chapter.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Her hair was a lighter brown in elementary but darkened within a few volumes. The manga handwaves it by implying it's puberty related.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Expository Hair Style Change: Grew her hair out after hitting a depression, cut it even shorter than before due to the stigma of a boy having long hair.
  • Fashion Model: She briefly was a model in elementary but quit for unspecified reasons.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She is shown in early chapters to like baking,
  • Expy: In terms of design she's this to the protagonist of an earlier manga by the mangaka.
  • Fragile Flower: Lampshaded (rather cruelly) by Maho:
    Anna: ...I made your little brother cry.
    Maho: Huh? Shu always cries.
  • Height Angst: Becomes dysphoric over her height once she begins hitting growth spurts.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nitorin".
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Boku".
  • Meaningful Echo: Throughout the story, whenever she talks or confesses about her transgenderism, she always says, "I want to be a girl." But in the final line of the manga - the title of her book - she instead simply says, "I am a girl."
  • Meaningful Rename: After finally deciding to transition at the end of the manga, she asks Yuki to give her a feminine name. She calls her "Lily".
  • Official Couple: With Anna.
  • Supreme Chef: When it comes to baking at least.
  • Transsexual: Of the female-transitioning-from-male variety.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: With Maho.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Sorta. She's a soft-spoken, docile child who's good at baking and is quite feminine. She says what she feels and has spoken up for her friends at times. In later chapters she's begun to break more out of this trope but still fits.

Yoshino Takatsuki
Voiced by: Asami Seto

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His eyes are black (stylized brown) in the manga but golden in the anime.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Most of the manga presents Takatsuki as a counterpart to trans girl Nitori and depicts them as a transgender boy. In high school, the line starts to blur and ultimately they come to the conclusion they would rather live as a girl, though they're still depicted as confused over their gender. Considering the situations surrounding the revelation and the bittersweet way it's presented, fans are stumped. Word of God is that it's up to the reader on whether they see them as trans or not.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He looks very pretty during his runway walk during the cultural festival with Shuuichi. The judges for the modeling audition thought so too, and praised his good posture.
  • Berserk Button: Bullying Shuuichi. Also, his period and, to a lesser extent, other physical or social aspects of femininity coming from his biologically being female. Teasing him about it made some boys in his elementary school seriously beaten. He's generally only tough in situations he feels pressured in.
  • D-Cup Distress: He hates it when his breasts begin to grow. He even goes to buy a binder to flatten his chest so that he does not have to wear a bra.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: His hair was brown in the first two volumes instead of black. His eyes were originally brown before turning black.
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Fashion Model: In high school Takatsuki decides to become a model after others suggest it. Originally he presented as an androgynous bifauxnen but later underwent a Girliness Upgrade.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Takatsuki was treated as a transgender boy for most of the run and showed general dysphoria and a disdain for feminine things. Part way during high school, Takatsuki became a model but started androgynous. Eventually Takatsuki grows their hair out, begins wearing girl's clothes, decides not to transition and leans more toward Girly Girl than Bifauxnen tomboy.
  • Height Angst: He's tall for a girl but wishes he was taller.
  • Hot for Teacher: He seems a bit confused about whether it was a crush or not. He felt pressured by everyone else to have a crush on somebody, but other people thought he fell for a teacher in middle school.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi".
  • Kick the Dog: Telling Saori that her beloved Nitori-kun now dates Anna, and thus completely crushing the girl? Not cool, Takatsuki. He regrets it almost immediately, though
  • No Periods, Period: Averted, and his Berserk Button.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Seems to be this with Shuuichi. Subverted in the end. She's grown distant from Nitori and has a crush on her.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: If the colored art is to be believed Takatsuki has a thing for pastel colors. His hoodies are apparently pink. Could be his parents buying the clothes though.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: No, Shuuichi really isn't his girlfriend. And Chiba isn't his girlfriend either.
  • Transsexual: Of the male-transitioning-from-female type. Eventually subverted.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Shuuichi. The legion of Shippers On Deck doesn't help. And then the Foe Yay tension with Chiba.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: At his first day in the high school to a girl named Kayoko Masuda. To be fair he is a boy, but no one can know that yet.

Chiba Saori
Voiced by: Yuka Nanri

Makoto Ariga
Voiced by: Yuichi Iguchi

Anna Suehiro
Voiced by: Yui Horie

Maho Nitori
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

Yuki Yoshida
Voiced by: Takako Honda

Shinpei Doi
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

Riku Seya

Kanako Sasa
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

Chizuru Sarashina
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba

Momoko Shirai
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki

Fumiya Ninomiya
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara

Oka Takanori
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura

  • The Bully: He was this to Nitori since elementary but eventually became friends with Mako in late middle school
  • Oblivious to Love: Makoto likes him.

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara

Nitori Satomi
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

Taichirou Ebina

Saisho Manabu
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai

Kaneda Kentaro
Voiced by: Takayuki Kondo

  • Alliterative Name: Kaneda Kentaro
  • Hot Teacher: A large sum of the girls that go to the middle school are said to have a crush on him at one time another. Makoto, Chizuru, Maho, and possibly Takatsuki all have had a crushes on him.

Voiced by: Ai Takabe