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Thirty-year-old Satoko Tawada is an office worker for a sporting goods company. Finding herself isolated at her job, fate would have her meet a 12-year-old boy named Mashuu Hayami when he was playing soccer by himself. After saving him from a potential predator, Satoko decides to coach him.

As they further come to understand each other, Satoko sees that Mashuu's home life is unstable. They grow closer when they realize that they are Not So Different.

The manga concluded on November 21, 2020.

My Boy or Watashi no Shounen was written and illustrated by Takano Hitomi and was published in the Monthly Action magazine beginning in December 2015.


The manga provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The first few chapters discuss children getting abducted by predators. When Satoko first meets Mashuu, he was being coerced by one.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Nao has a crush on Mashuu ever since elementary school, but unfortunately for her, he is interested in Satoko, is 16 years older than him.
  • Children Are Innocent: Mashuu is very tenderhearted and gets easily astonished by mundane things.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Mashuu is mistaken as a girl by Satoko at first glance. He has his hair cut when reuniting with Satoko two years later.
  • Genki Girl: Satoko's younger sister Mayu is more lively and preppy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Satoko angrily yells at Mayu when she asserted that she knew more about Mashuu than her despite knowing him for about a week. Satoko even questions why she became jealous all of a sudden.
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  • Intergenerational Friendship: Satoko, a 30-year-old woman, befriends Mashuu who is 12-years-old.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he is negligent with Mashuu, his father is in the right to deny Satoko from seeing his son because it does come off as creepy from an outside view.
  • Love Confession: Mashuu admits to being in love with Satoko to which she replies that she "didn't mind" that he was. However due to their relationship being too complex to list under black and white terms, Satoko's response is ambiguous.
  • Missing Mom: Mashuu's mother is absent from his life. It is revealed later that she is deceased.
  • Parental Neglect: Mashuu's father tends to get buried deep in his work. This was one of the main reasons as to why he would go out to play soccer by himself.
  • Pool Episode: Satoko goes with Mashuu to the public pool during one of the chapters.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Satoko meets Mashuu's father and he is quickly suspicious of her relationship with his son.
    • In Chapter 14, Mashuu gives his father a full explanation of what he was doing with Satoko and as an immediate consequence, Satoko gets relocated.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Ogata vomits from an anxiety attack during lunch.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The manga ends with ambiguity on whether Mashuu ended up with Satoko. However, the author, who already clarified that he did not have a romantic scheme in mind, does state that whatever choice they decided, they nevertheless were happy.

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