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Hanayome wa Motodanshi

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Chii and her husband are like any other happily married couple, except for one thing: Chii was assigned male at birth. Chii details her autobiographical account of growing up with gender dysphoria and ultimately deciding to transition in her early adult years. Shortly after Chii starts transitioning, she meets a man who is instantly enamored by her, and although he is surp ...more
Published (first published February 10th 2018)
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Trevor
An adorably fluffy read about a trans woman who falls in love with a sweet, socially awkward man who thinks the world of her. I thought this was a great balance of showcasing her transition as well as getting ready to marry. There was also some really interesting info about the process trans Japanese individuals have to go through to get their transition legally on paper (as well as explaining it is still currently illegal for same-sex marriage 😡). Perhaps it's true that the author had a bit of ...more
Moni
Pretty quick read but it’s adorable and informative to read if you’re not knowledgable about transgender issues or LGBT+ in Japan. (FYI the title was the author’s own choosing)
Laura
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real cute! A fun, upbeat memoir of one person's transition in Japan. Charming art, very informative. I enjoyed it a lot.
Amber
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, lgbtq
This was very cute and fluffy. The story also provides some transgender facts on what it means to get sex reassignment surgery, or how to change your gender legally (in Japan), etc. It was both informational and cute. While it can be inferred that the author went through struggles and hardships along her journey it was definitely not centered on that. It was centered more on the love between her and her husband, which seemed to come easily from the flow of the story. This may be a good or bad t ...more
Rebecca
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lbgtq, manga, nonfiction
Add this one to the (growing) shortlist of LBGTQ+ manga worth owning. While generally lighter in tone than My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 and My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, chii's story about her transition and marriage is interspersed with the various difficulties of being trans (or just on the LBGTQ+ spectrum) in Japan and the insensitive questions she gets asked. It made me switch between saying, "aww, how sweet" and "people suck!" and chii's positivity through it all is inspiring.
Hebah
This was a cute graphic novelization of the author's transition experience, culminating in her wedding. It's nicely intersectional, illustrating her particular path toward reassignment while explaining throughout the range of experiences other transgender people might go through, all through the lens of Japan's complicated laws regarding legality of transition. (I wasn't aware that same-sex marriage is still illegal there, and it's heartbreaking when Chii highlights the legal barriers in place t ...more
Rod Brown
Chii gives a shojo manga gloss to her real-life gender transition with chibi-esque art and a fairytale wedding. She touches on some of the more complex issues, especially in a series of educational sidebars, but mostly maintains a lighthearted tone, keeping her love story front and center.
Aleksandra
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I love this oneshot (standalone) manga so much! It has very cute art style and great storytelling!
It's an authobiographical manga about Chii meeting her now husband, about her transitioning, her coming out to her parents, her sex reassignmnet surgery, daily life concerns and worries. It was interesting to learn more about LGBTQ+ issues/situations in Japan. The ownvoices accounts are always priceless.

I love the honest and humourous tone of the story. Chii addresses and explains sensitive and some
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Cameron Van Sant
Disclaimer: I am writing this with voice to text and I am not editing for proper capitalization, Punctuation, spacing, Etc. Please bear with me! Thank you.

This is a really cute own voices manga memoir about a trans woman. like most transgender memoirs, it spends time discussing first feelings of transness, Hormones and procedures, and relationships. however, because it takes place in Japan where same-sex marriage is illegal most of the country, the main character’s transness and gender status
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Kayla
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really adorable and sweet! The Bride Was a Boy is an autobiographical manga by a trans woman, detailing her life before transitioning, questioning her identity, the process of transitioning in Japan, and eventually marrying her husband. Between chapters, there's informational pages about trans identity and LGBT+ terminology.

(I know I was hesitant about the English title at first, but it's how the author wrote it--tweet from the publisher here.)
Ellie Ramirez
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This manga was the CUTEST book I have read in a long time!

"The Bride was a Boy" which is the translated title, focuses on our main character who (as the title stated) was born a boy but was going through GID (Gender Identity Disorder). She goes through her life feeling different and not liking her outer appearance as it does not match what she feels she truly is. This manga is based on the artist, which is Chii.

She goes through her life in this manga and she adds a lot of informative information
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Leanna C
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bride was a Boy is a really charming graphic novel about the author's transition and about the author's relationship leading up to her wedding. There are also a number of insights told outside the narrative as informative snippets that go into LGBT- and trans-related topics and issues, particularly as they exist in Japan. I mostly know about transgender people and the barriers they face in the US, so those asides were really insightful and educational for me. The whole story was very happy a ...more
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
I'm dropping this at 50 pages because I'm not interested in reading it right now but this is exactly the kind of manga I have been dreaming my whole life about. I am so happy to see #ownvoices queer (trans in this case) nonfiction in manga this year and I hope this is the beginning of a new era of realistic depictions of people in manga. This is such an important work in which the author explains her experience of learning that she's female, coming out, falling in love, etc. I love and appreciat ...more
Ryane
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read. Absolutely amazing. Completely delightful, enlightening, wonderful. I highly recommend reading this. I recommend this whether you like manga or not. This is by far one of the best autobiographies I have read on being trans-gendered.

The English title is "The Bride Was A Boy". This is the translated tile of the author's choosing. When you read it, it will make complete sense. You can't judge this by title alone, It is so much deeper than that.

Do read this. I really can't
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Brandon
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute and extremely informative. However I do worry about the fact that the author's experience is the best case scenario in terms of her family and husband's reaction to her transition. I feel that it should have been addressed in some way, even if it's just to say "some people aren't as lucky."
Kristin
Pretty dang cute manga memoir of the author's gender transition and marriage in Japan. Chii has an unflappably supportive family and partner, so her story is a definitely an idealized outcome. The occasional sidebar defines terms like GID and Sexual Minorities, as well as going into depth on proper usage, but can also be skipped if you want to read this like a regular narrative.
Rekki
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful and informative manga! I love how the author pauses the story to explain various LGBT+ terms. It's simplified and easy to understand, while also being an adorable love story. Bonus points for her adorable art style~
Cara
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, manga
A sugar sweet and gentle memoir of one woman's path through her transition and up to her marriage.
Djaz
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet manga about Chii’s transition, relationships, and wedding. Although some of the terms used are a bit out of date here in the US, it’s an approachable and informative story about being trans and Japanese.
Erin(mortaldivergence)
This was so cute! And had lots of explanations for the terms and stuff, which was great!
Liz
Super friggin cute.
Nancy Meservier
This cute diary-style manga is both a touching love story and an eye opening perspective on the transgender experience in Japan. I loved learning about Chii and her loved ones (especially her fiancé), and enjoyed getting to delve into both her transition experience and the story of how she became a bride. I'd love to see a follow up volume one day.
Marsha
This manga tells the true story of a boy who realized that he was born into the wrong gender and decided to take firm steps to becoming the women he wanted to be. The notion of gender switching or gender bending is a common one in Asian manga manwha. Lots of manga deal with bishounen (very cute or pretty boys) who could be mistaken for girls (...but, I'm Your Teacher and Stallion), boys who like to costume as women (RomeoXJulien), boys who are forced through silly circumstances to dress as women ...more
Aaron
This was a delightful little surprise when initially licensed. Finally released, the book remains a simple, funny, and sincerely inclusive title that's perfect for curious teens (or awkward adults) in need of a quick-and-dirty answer to, "Hey, what's going on here?"

THE BRIDE WAS A BOY, authored by a woman who transitioned and underwent gender confirmation surgery, is part diary, part instruction manual, and part exhalation of anxiety. Before Chii-chan was Bride-chan, she endured many of the soci
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Jake
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cutely drawn story that follows Chii's experiences transitioning from male to female, and her experiences getting married.

This book struck a really interesting balance between the legal backgrounds in Japan on sexuality, marriage, and transitioning, while also showing Chii's personal feelings and experiences.

Chii's relationship with her husband to be in the book was described wonderfully, not straying from the uncomfortable moments and feelings, but managing to capture a supportive and wonde
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Heather
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this manga! The book itself is larger than your typical manga, and the comic is printed on high-quality, heavy-weight paper. The first chapter is full-color and the rest of the book is black-and-white.

The story is told in a genuine and optimistic voice, with ample humor. You'll love the banter between "bride-chan" and "husband-kun" and fall completely in love with this real-life couple! Chii's experience was overwhelmingly positive in terms of coming out and making her t
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Mary
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Bride Was a Boy” tackles the subject of the transgender life in Japan, while explaining the sets of laws that govern LGBT in the country without taking into account the negative light the community experiences in the society and the terms used to name the LGBT community.

Without the negative elements of being discriminated for being LGBT, this graphic novel may inspire some closeted people to come out. Unlike “My Brother’s Husband” or “My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness,” the positivity i
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Kevin
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE MAIN VILLAIN REVIEWS:

What can I say, the cover and the title caught my attention. After reading My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi, I was happy to find a similar title. But even though the two The Bride Was a Boy and My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness both cover LGBT+ issues, the feel and approach are different. And I am glad I dropped my expectations to this book and just accepted what it has to offer. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness gave that cute and deep color
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Rachel
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book review. The Bride Was A Boy: True Story and Art by CHII. Hanayome Motodanshi. Translated by Bemi Axia Conrad. Macmillian: New York, 2018.

The Bride Was a Boy is a graphic novel about what it is like to be trans in Japan. The story focuses on the author becoming a bride and her marriage. It includes flashbacks of her life and the discrimination she had to overcome and continues to face simply living her life. The text includes multiple "A Little Explanation" pages that explains things like th
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Bee Holmes
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-books
This was a really cute and enjoyable read! Chii tells us about her process of transitioning, from her childhood of being identified as a boy and how difficult it was for her through her legal transition. Along the way she takes moments to educate the reader about what it was like transitioning in Japan as well as current issues LGBT+ people are experiencing in Japan. She does a fantastic job of making her story understanding for someone who may have less LGBT+ topics while someone who may know m ...more
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