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Manga / Shounen Note

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Aoi Yutaka is a sensitive young boy who, upon entering middle school, decides to become a member of his school's choir. Yutaka has a talent that few boys have: he can sing soprano.

Shounen Note is a seven-volume Slice of Life manga by Yuhki Kamatani about a group of choir kids. It is licensed in Spanish.

Shounen Note contains examples of:

  • But Not Too Foreign: The Russian Vladimir has a Japanese grandmother, explaining his ability to speak Japanese.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: There are many characters but they're all quite distinguishable from each other. They have a variety of body types, hairstyles, and facial features.
  • Child Prodigy: Both Vladimir and Yutaka are boy sopranos who are considered above average. In fact, Vladimir is a celebrity.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Downplayed. There are several male characters; however, in-series it's noted that there are few boys in the choir.
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  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Yutaka has bright blue eyes befitting his sweet and gentle nature.
  • Innocent Soprano: A non-musical Rare Male Example — it's pointed out that Yutaka's ability to sing soprano is exceedingly rare for boys. Fittingly he has a bright, sweet, innocent, and caring personality.
  • Language Fluency Denial: Vladimir, a Russian, learned Japanese from his Japanese grandmother (and presumably also speaks it with one of his parents) but usually pretends not to know it.
  • Mentor in Queerness: Minoru is initially introduced as Yutaka's big brother, but one day Mito runs into them wearing a skirt. Upon being questioned about it, Minoru displays a casual, almost fluid relationship to gender. Mito, likewise, is initially introduced as a girl but is uncomfortable with "feminine" things and longs for a deeper voice, hinting him to possibly be a closeted transgender boy. Mito forms a sort of Intergenerational Friendship with Minoru and later is inspired by them to try dressing in a way more comfortable to him.
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  • Phenotype Stereotype: Vladimir is Russian and has blond hair and blue eyes... even though he is also 1/4 Japanese.
  • Sailor Fuku: The school uses sailor fuku and gakuran for their school uniforms.
  • Tsurime Eyes: The aloof Midori is one of the few characters with tsurime eyes.
  • Tender Tears: Yutaka is very sensitive and cries easily.
  • Younger Than They Look: Tomo is a preteen who looks like a high schooler. He's very tall.


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