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The Day of Revolution is a two-volume manga series by Mikiyo Tsuda about a fairly normal, if scrawny and undersized, high-school boy named Kei Yoshikawa who discovers after a series of fainting spells that he is intersexed and genetically female. (While this could be any one of several real-world conditions, the exact one afflicting Kei is left unspecified.) Faced with the choice (as he sees it) between remaining an "incomplete man" or becoming a "complete woman" Kei elects (albeit reluctantly) to embrace his newly discovered femininity in the hope that a new start as a girl will heal his strained relationship with his cold and distant father.

So Kei takes a half-year off school for therapy, training and "adjustments" (i.e., surgeries) to feminize his body before returning to repeat freshman year as a girl, hoping that by wearing her hair long and pronouncing her name 'Megumi' (which can be written using the same kanji as 'Kei') she can somehow avoid recognition by her former classmates. Naturally, things aren't going to be that easy.


The manga as a whole is a fairly realistic and non-melodramatic depiction of the difficulties inherent in Kei/Megumi's situation.

The Day of Revolution contains examples of:

  • Intersex Tribulations: Megumi is intersex, but was raised as a boy named "Kei". Upon learning about Megumi's chromosomes, it's decided that she should transition into living as a girl. Megumi originally hates the idea but comes to accept it.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: It's not that Megumi doesn't want to see her old friends, she doesn't feel ready to face the inevitable storm of romantic interest.
  • Transgender - though Makoto asserts that Megumi isn't undergoing an actual "sex change" since she always has been genetically female.
  • True Companions - the "Tail Wags the Dog Quartet (minus one)"
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal - Averted. Megumi actually wanted to "drop a Bridget" on a persistent admirer, but he just wouldn't listen.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy - Megumi opts for gender reassignment largely in the hope that she can finally have the sort of healthy relationship with her father that eluded her as a boy.


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