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: Due to the fact that she is a trans girl, it actually goes both ways.
    • Since most of the society recognizes Shuuichi as a boy, she gets a lot of "Oh, Nitori is so pretty when he crossdresses!" in-universe, which make several boys crushing on her before learning that or despite knowing that she is physically a boy.
    • She is also very attractive when presenting as a boy. 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: During the brief Shuuichi-Maho-Seya Sibling Triangle. Socially, Maho as Seya's classmate and a cis girl fits the Betty role, while Shuuichi as "the mysterious girl" later revealed to be Maho's trans little sister, places as Veronica. Personality-wise it's obviously the other way around.
  • 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 Guys Want Him: Shuuichi is a girl, but few people actually acknowledge this, so this trope is in a full effect in-universe, with the boys being perplexed about how they are attracted to the "girly-looking" Nitori-kun.
  • 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: Lampshadeed (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: Similarly to Shuichi, though more complicated (see Ambiguous Gender Identity). However it's safe to say that whoever Takatsuki identifies as, they are still going to look damn good when dressed as opposite gender.
  • 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. Well, about the fact of being physically female, anyway.

Chiba Saori
Voiced by: Yuka Nanri

Makoto Ariga
Voiced by: Yuichi Iguchi

Anna Suehiro
Voiced by: Yui Horie

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Anna's eyes are brown in the manga, violet in the anime
  • Bi the Way: Originally fell for Nitori as a boy but isn't against the idea of being seen as lesbian.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Shuuichi, initially; a much needed one when the biological sister was a Big Sister Bully.
  • Foil: To Maho. Maho is more out-going and appears approachable, but has a strong jerkass streak and cannot treat Shuuichi being transgender civilly. Anna is reserved and a lot of people thinks she looks scary and cold, but is kind to Shuuichi, becoming a Cool Big Sis to her first and girlfriend later, and is even at ease with Shuuichi planning to transition.
  • Fashion Model: She's a popular model. She meets Mako and Nitori through the modeling agency, though she originally doesn't get along with them.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: For Shuichi in the last chapter, declaring that she's a lesbian since Shuichi is a girl.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Mild. She finds some unusual things to be cute.
  • Official Couple: With Shuichi.
  • Shrinking Violet: Though you wouldn't guess at first glance.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Tsundere: It seems like she was this with Nitori but it's just her Sugar and Ice Personality showing.
  • Tsurime Eyes

Maho Nitori
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

Yuki Yoshida
Voiced by: Takako Honda

Shinpei Doi
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: At various points of the story he was implied to be attracted to Chiba as much as he disliked her. And he asks her out in the last chapter.
  • The Bully
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: At the time of getting into high school (when he stops being The Bully and gets slightly picked on by upperclassmen).
  • Hidden Depths: He turns out to have quite a comical talent and generally to be not so awful person, after he gains some respect for Nitori.
  • Jerkass: Initially, though he gets some development, even becoming sort of friends with Shuuichi later.
  • Likes Older Women: He felt attracted to Yuki to the point of forcing Nitori to let him visit her.
  • Maybe Ever After: Oddly enough, hinted with Chiba in the last chapter, as we don't see her answer to his confession, and she reacts to it more emotionally than to any other signs of interest from the boys in the manga.
  • Tsurime Eyes

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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has a very hopeless crush on Saori, who despises him).
  • 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