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By the mangaka Tsukasa Hojo, Family Compo is a Slice of Life manga that, perhaps, is a more realistic than average depiction of transsexuality.

Ordinary college student Masahiko goes to live with his aunt and uncle, Yukari and Sora Wakanae. While excited about meeting his relatives for the first time, he is surprised to discover that his lovely aunt Yukari is actually male and his handsome uncle Sora is physically female. Their plucky daughter, Shion, is revealed to be... whichever gender she feels like (Though for the time being she's sticking with female).

However, given Masahiko's current fate: living alone in a fetid apartment that he can't afford and with no family to return to: he decides to stay anyways. Eventually, Masahiko's desire for a real home coincide with with the Wakanaes' surprising generosity to anyone who is willing to accept their family at face value, and he quickly becomes Happily Adopted into the household.


Family Compo contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: A bunch of young hooligans question the sexuality of one of their members when he says he wants to have sex with Kaoru.
  • Arranged Marriage: Yoriko. It works out for her, though. She gets together with Kenji.
  • Artistic License – Biology: It's implied that neither Yukari or Sora are on hormones, yet Sora apparently has a masculine voice (since no one comments on it). For most trans guys this is highly unlikely without testosterone.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Masahiko.
  • Author Avatar: Not the author, but the character Sora Wakanae has Sora Harukaze, who's idolized by people like Yoko. And Harukaze isn't secretly a woman.
  • Bastard: Saki doesn't know who Kaoru's father really is, and, despite telling her this while she was young, in the end she tells Kaoru that Tatsumi really is her father, after Tatsumi pays Saki to do so.
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  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: All three in Shion.
  • Betty and Veronica: Asoko and Shion, respectively, with Masahiko as Archie
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't screw up Sora's work. And imply that he's a woman. And, in turn, talk about the beach.
    • Kaoru harbors deep Angst against her mother for conning Tatsumi for child support though he's not her real father, to the point of becoming a Female Misogynist and wanting to be a boy just to be less like her mother. However, when her mother tells, or really lies to her, that Tatsumi really is her father, Kaoru is infuriated and nearly attacks her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Saki
    • Hidden Depths: Revealed on the 65th day, where, despite all of her manipulation, she genuinely cares about Tatsumi and the happiness of her child; she copes with this by "being the villain".
  • Black Comedy Rape: The film club gets raped by the transvestites at a bath.
  • Boobs of Steel: Sora, a muscular guy who gets into fist-fights and knows kendo hasn't had his substantial breasts surgically removed. As a result, he cannot go to the beach, much to his chagrin.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Sora to his father, Kaoru to Tatsumi. Neither are biologically men.
  • The Cameo: In the first volume, Shion tells Masahiko that she is going to live with the first stranger she meets. Said first stranger happens to be Ryo Saeba, who, being Ryo is happy with that idea. However, Masahiko takes her away before they can get through with it.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Sora passes out after a single shot. Would make sense in the context of his sex, but it's probably just because he's Sora.
  • Cast Full of Crossdressers: Everyone wears outfits of both male and female at one point or another.
  • Crying Wolf: Both Tatsumi and Saki feigned illness to get Kaoru spend New Year with them. Shortly after their hoax was exposed, they fall ill for real, and Kaoru refused to come over to take care of them because s/he assumed it was just another trick.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In volume 5, when Sora has appendicits, he insists that his period isn't an excuse to finish his work late. Even when he collapses and is dragged to the hospital, he resists seeing a gynaecologist because he's a man.
  • Double Standard: Sora seems to get a lot more attention than Yusaki. Sort of makes sense, because Yusaki’s more feminine and quieter.
  • Dragged into Drag: Masahiko, initially for the Film Club's movie... then it becomes a theme.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Much like another Yukari, Yukari Wakanae. She hasn't been behind the wheel in several years.
  • Face Fault: They happen frequently.
  • Flanderization: Tatsumi becomes a less and less serious character, despite attempting to rape and enslave "Masami".
  • Gratuitous French
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Inverted with Asoaka, who is disgusted when she thinks she sees Masahiko and Tatsuya kissing.
  • Good Parents: Despite how freaked out Masahiko is initially by his new parents, they turn out to be positive role models who do their best to treat himself and Shion with the love and respect they deserve.
  • Happily Married: Sora and Yukari.
  • Have I Mentioned That I Am Heterosexual Today: Masahiko primarily, but most of the characters invoke this trope at one point or another, which is odd considering the manga's focus on transsexuality and alternative gender expression. It's justified at least with Sora and Yukari, who are clearly monogamous and straight, but are far more comfortable with switched gender roles.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Played with. Tatsumi falls in love with a forcibly crossdressing Masahiko and doesn't mind when he finds out that "Masami" is biologically male, but gives up on his love after Masahiko explains that he isn't gay or Transgender. However, it's implied he might still have feelings for Masahiko.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Sora is a man. Sora is Shion's father.
    • However, Yukari recognizes that no matter what she does, she is still biologically male. Which is why she gets so emotional over having a child.
  • Insufferable Genius:Shion is very smart (and hot, as a girl), but at times will create messes out of fun, especially for Masahiko, and will say she doesn't feel responsible.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Kaoru.
  • Jerkass: Kaoru and Shion have their moments.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kaoru only acts tough a lot of the time. See how she reacts to finding out her Tatsumi really is her father.
  • Karaoke Bar: At one is where Masahiko learns the family secret, since he forgot it due to being drunk.
  • Kissing Cousins: Masahiko and Shion. However multiple times Masahiko has mentioned he wanted them to be Like Brother and Sister, he's constantly referred to as Shion's brother, and Shion's parents do act as his parents... So it seems like adopted Brother–Sister Incest.
  • Lethal Chef: Sora, and apparently evenmoreso Shion.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Sora and Yukari play this role for Masahiko, at times.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Saki.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Sora sees himself as a man, but is technically Shion's biologic mother. He initially refused, because men don’t give birth (and also a thing about his job), but agreed when he saw how saddened Yukari was by her inability to carry a child due to being biologically male. While he is ultimately glad that went through with having a child, his pride is greatly damaged when he's reminded of the process he went through for it to happen.
  • Momma's Boy: Masahiko. Definitely justified.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless:
  • Moment Killer: Too many to count.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Sora is a Manga Artist.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. Sora gets his period in one chapter and apparently steals pads from Shion because he refuses to buy them for himself. In another chapter he suffers through severe 'pre-menstrual' abdominal pain that actually turns out to be appendicitis.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Masahiko, though technically it's college.
  • Overly Long Gag: Shion's Ambiguous Gender.
  • Psycho Lesbian: We get some of that from Shion in volume 8.
  • Rated M for Manly: Sora, in a more toned down version. There are several moments where either the author or Masahiko asks if Sora really is a woman.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Shion, and evenmoreso Kaoru.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: They're college age, but Masahiko Masami picks up a fangirl in addition to all the drooling guys. Naturally, she thinks Masami crossdresses as a man.
  • Sequential Artist: Sora Wakanae.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Sora, Kaoru, Tatsumi sort of Susumu, and Saki.
  • Spit Take: Sora and his father do spit takes.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Normally caused by Masahiko or Yukari. And possibly Shion.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Totally averted/ inverted (The Body Is A Plaything Of The Mind). Shion's neck seems to becomes manlier just from dressing as a man.
  • Transgender: Sora and Yukari Wakanae, Kaoru, and Sora's assistants: Susumu, Hiromi ( Shion's first love, has long blond hair), Kazuko (Judo champion), and Mako (wears glasses). Among the characters listed, some characters have undergone surgeries to alter their bodies but others are merely living their lives as their preferred gender. For example, Susumu went to America to have a complete male-to-female surgery, meanwhile Yukari has breast implants but hasn't had her male genitals removed. Sora on the other hand, hasn't actually gone through any sort of physical surgery at all, though he brings up the topic ocassionally when he feels inconvenienced by his body (such as when he gets his period).
  • Triang Relations: Variant 3: See Betty and Veronica above
  • Unwanted Harem: Masahiko just keeps collecting suitors. For his female persona, naturally.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal:
    • Sora and Yukari, the assistants, and Kaoru.
    • And sort of toward Mori, who realizes that she thinks of Sora as a man after he sleeps in the same room as her. After the event, she insists that she still sees him as a woman, but starts working him harsher.
    • It happens to Sora far more frequently than Yukari: Twice in front of Masahiko and almost a third time at Christmas, in front of Yoko, to the husband of a stranger, to a gynaecologist, and to Saki. Four of those times he was drunk.
  • Wannabe Gangster: Kaoru. He's "half-assed".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Masahiko is a good guy in a dress.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Masahiko and Shion
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Invoked by Yukari.
  • Yakuza: Tatsumi
  • Younger Than They Look: Kaoru is strangely tall for a girl, taller than both Shion and Masahiko, but is the youngest one of the group, having just turned 17 at the time of introduction.


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