|Title (English)||Futaba-kun Change|
|Title (Japanese)||-||Art Sample
|Notes||Futaba-kun Change by Hiroshi ARO. Graphic Novel vol #1, US pub. Mar. 1999, Studio Ironcat.|
Original publication Shueisha, 1990.
|Manga author/artist||Hiroshi ARO|
|ISBN (review vol.)||1-929090-00-5|
|Synopsis||US edn. Cover|
Futaba Shimeru makes an unfortunate discovery on reaching adolescence - like the rest of his family, he changes sex when emotionally stressed or excited!
N.B. "Futaba" like several other Japanese personal names appears to be unisex - it can be given to males or females.
|Review||Futaba is dismayed when he finds that he has turned into a girl and gets chased around the school by the school wrestling team. They have been impressed by the wrestling technique the half-naked Futaba-chan used to get away from them, and want to recruit her for the wrestling team (or so they say..)|
Futaba-chan looks completely different from Futaba-kun, which fools everyone including Misaki, a girl to whom Futaba-kun has very recently become attracted, having become aware that girls aren't just chums in skirts; and Futaba-kun's form teacher, who turns out to be gay.
Futaba-chan finds that she is well on the way to becoming Misaki's best friend and confidante. Futaba-chan is introduced to the mysteries of being a girl by her sister, or "sister"?
There's also Shusendo Negiri, a girl only interested in making money. So why is she going to the bathroom with Misaki?
There are plenty of comic elements here to be explored in further volumes. However, there is also a principal who doubles as the school's "legendary superhero who protects peace and justice at the school" and a physical education teacher who is an ex-mercenary soldier who sows the playing fields witl landmines. One feels that Hiroshi Aro may be trying too hard.
One only has to read the above synopsis to think "Ranma 1/2", but asides from the obvious one, and Futaba/Misaki looking like the inevitable unfulfilled romance, there are no other parallels. "Futaba-kun Change" on the showing of the first volume has more sexual innuendo than "Ranma 1/2".
"Futaba-kun Change" doesn't match the comic genius of Rumiko Takahashi's "Ranma 1/2" but noneless contains a lot of the kind of humour that adolescent boys like.
There is a fair amount of mild nudity and suggestive dialogue - nothing that nervous parents need worry about too much.