Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 9, by Hitomi Takano

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In this final volume, Mashuu’s father makes some important realizations and Satoko comes to terms with her childhood trauma.

To end this series, Mashuu and Satoko just accept their relationship is unconventional and go on with their lives. It’s not exactly a bittersweet ending, more like what’s the most sensible for the characters at this point. Much like their relationship overall, the ending is muddled but fits them. I’m glad it didn’t go sideways and everything was handled with grace and respect. This is a great series. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 8 by Hitomi Takano

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As Mashuu starts high school and while he still sees Satoko from time to time, he finally realizes his classmate, Nao, has feelings for him. Meanwhile, Satoko’s ex boyfriend, Shiikawa comes back into her life.

Here, Mashuu and Satoko have to face how their relationship affects others. Their connection is confusing but undeniable and getting in the way of more “normal” relationships with people of their respective ages. I like how forthright this series is but I’m still not seeing the controversy? It’s all non-sexual. There’s one more volume left so I hope this doesn’t take a sudden dark turn. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Volume 7, by Hitomi Takano

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Satoko meets with a lawyer about her contact with Mashuu; ensuring she won’t face any legal ramifications when continuing to meet with him. Mashuu, however, finally starts to realize there’s more to life than Satoko.

This volume is kinda wholesome. You can see Satoko is still dealing with junk from her childhood and her relationship with her parents; who still see her like she’s a kid. Mashuu also sees Satoko sees him as a child (because he is) and realize he needs to be able to connect with someone other than her. They seem to end on good friends here and I like it. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 6, Hitomi Takano

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While Satoko and Mashuu reconnect, Satoko’s sister Mayu and Mashuu’s classmate Nao are now drawn into this drama; digging into Mashuu’s past in order to learn more about him.

This volume is odd since Satoko is fishing around with people who know Mashuu so she can find out more about him and his home life but also pushing Mashuu to spend time with people who aren’t her; finally setting some sort of boundary. So… She’s setting a boundary and also crossing one? I mean, it seems to fit with her character since she was meddling when Mashuu was younger but still, strange. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 5, by Hitomi Takano

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After being separated for two years, Mashuu is determined to see Satoko and spend time together like they used to. But there is a distance between them that makes it hard for them to reconnect; even when Satoko’s job brings her back to Tokyo.

I am loving this series and this volume is where we tread into the taboo. Both of our main characters are grappling with a torrent of feeling and because this is written to earnestly, it’s easy to get invested in them. I’m still on the fence about the ‘controversial’ tag at this point because I’ve seen some shit. Killing Stalking feels more controversial to me than this but I guess when you’ve had a taste of darker fair like that, My Boy feels absolutely quaint in comparison. This series touches on how their connection is odd but as of this volume, everything is still platonic. It’s thought provoking for me, for sure. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 4, by Hitomi Takano

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After Mashuu’s father finds out Satoko hasn’t been completely honest with him, he has her transferred to Sendai; her hometown. She moves back in with her mother and sister and has no contact with Mashuu again until he’s fourteen years old. But Nao, Mashuu’s classmate, notices a big change in his behavior once he’s talking to Satoko again.

It’s nice to see things from Mashuu’s point of view this time. We’ve seen a lot of how Satoko was impacted by their connection; making her seem like she was relying on him but he was really happy to know her and it made him happy to spend time with her even though she’s so much older than him. I like this series and I’m glad I picked it up. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 3 by Hitomi Takano

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Satoko finally meets Mashuu’s father after he finds them practicing late at night. She does admit to him that she’s been training him since she knows about soccer but as for the other activities they do together, she kept them secret from him.

Again, as the reader, we’re lead to believe Satoko’s intentions are innocent but yeah, I can understand why lying makes her look worse in the father’s eyes. Mashuu is a very young buy and he’s right to protect his son from someone who is being deceptive. I’m still not understanding why this is so controversial. Seems like a clear cut misunderstanding at this point, but again, this could get very dark. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 2, by Hitomi Takano

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As Satoko and Mashuu hang out and grow closer and she sees what life at home for Mashuu is really like, Satoko’s boss/ex-boyfriend starts to notice changes in her behavior.

While this series has a reputation, I’m getting Kotaro Lives Alone vibes from Satoko and Mashuu. However, when Shiikawa (the ex) mentioned “how would you feel if some random adult was doing all this stuff for your kid” it his home as a parent. As a reader, I’m seeing this from a different perspective as someone in the world and I get how it would seem odd. As presented to us, we see Satoko just being nice (so far) to a kid that needs it but, yeah; it could come off as creepy. A stranger could have ill intentions and I sincerely hope that is not where this story is going. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Boy” Vol. 1 by Hitomi Takano

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Satoko Tawada is an office worker in her thirties who is just coasting through life without connecting to anyone or feeling much emotion. One evening on her way home from work, she sees a kid practicing soccer in the park. At first she doesn’t pay the child much mind but when she sees a random man trying to talk to him, she intervenes and sparks a friendship, offering to show him some soccer tips as she used to play. Seeing the boy, Mashuu, is clearly neglected by his parents, Satoko offers to practice soccer with him regularly.

This is a smooth start to what looks like an interesting series. I hear it’s very controversial but it’s pretty tame so far, like Karate Kid where a young troubled person has an older mentor but it all could go sideways as the series goes on. But in this volume, its sweet that Satoko is being supportive to Mashuu. They seem to have found each other when they needed to. 4 out of 5.

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