Wandering Son Volume Five is a manga by Shimura Takako, and it was published in North America by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. I don’t see a rating listed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Wandering Son to manga readers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.
Wandering Son Volume 5
Written by: Shimura Takako
English Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Release Date: November 2, 2013
Volume Five sees all of the main characters moving on to junior high school.Yoshino, Sasa, Shuichi, Makoto, and Saori all end up in the same class. Unfortunately, since Yoshino and Saori aren’t getting along, this causes some issues. Sasa gets the worst of it, though, since she’s friends with both of them and feels like she’s caught in the middle.
This volume introduces two new characters who are also in their class: Chizuru and Momoko. Chizuru causes a stir on the first day of school when she goes to the entrance ceremony wearing a boy’s uniform. Both Yoshino and Shuichi think that Chizuru is cool. Chizuru and Momoko are friends, but as the volume progresses, Chizuru finds herself hanging out with Yoshino and the others more and more. Momoko seems to feel threatened by Chizuru’s deciding to hang out with them more and more. And it doesn’t help that Saori made a bad impression on Momoko after commenting that Chizuru is strange.
Their new teacher, Manabu Saisho, also becomes an important character in this volume. He’s brand new to teaching, and many of the students remind him of the kids he went to school with back in junior high.
The culture festival is coming up, and the drama club decides they want to put on a play where the male and female roles are reversed. Manabu gets wind of it, and decides he wants his class to do the same thing. Shuichi and Saori both submit ideas for a play, and the teacher decides he wants them to combine their ideas together.
This volume touches on various issues that are going to arise at this point in their lives. Yoshino is told by a faculty member that she must start wearing a bra, even though Yoshino doesn’t really want to. And after hearing Riku’s voice start to change, Shuichi and Makoto realize that this will happen to them sooner or later, whether they want it to or not.
The drama and worries that these characters have is very realistic for these characters, especially now that they’re in junior high. And both Yoshino and Shuichi are realizing there are changes coming that they just can’t avoid, and they find themselves wishing that they can continue doing what they have been doing all along since the beginning of the series. I find Wandering Son to be a very poignant and realistic depiction of the lives of young teenagers.
The Wandering Son manga series continues to provide a sensitive and well-done portrayal of young people who are growing up and discovering who they are, as well as the drama and complications that they face as adolescents. I’m looking forward to reading Volume Six to find out how the story will progress.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Wandering Son Volume Five that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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