IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~
My score: 7.5/10
Summary: Hoshino Haru is an IS, or “intersexual”. This means Haru can’t be classified as either male nor female, since Haru has both characteristics.
Though Haru identifies as a male, his parents registered him as female when he was a baby. Even so, his parents think he should decide for himself and let him dress as a boy through elementary and junior high school. Unfortunately, the high school he wants to attend won’t acknowledge his male identity and tells him that he must dress and act as a girl like he was registered or they won’t allow him into their school. Their reasoning is because he looks more feminine to them and they don’t want any controversy.
He accepts since he feels he needs to go to this school to become a pastry chef like his father. It turns out to be harder for him to hide the truth than he expected.
Review: I think the writer knew just how to handle a subject like this. Already being a “controversial” topic to some, they didn’t focus on making it deep and dramatic, yet they didn’t make it overly light either.
Haru was a very strong and optimistic character, yet he felt human and realistic. Miwako was a very interesting character. She was charming and seemingly innocent, yet had a dark side that came about because of her family situation. In other words, you could see the characters individual personalities as well as the parts of them their families molded them into.
As for the kind of side characters, both love interests were adorable, as well as Haru’s parents. In fact, almost everyone in this drama had an innocent or naive air to them. I think that gave the feeling of how everyone involved were confused about how to handle the situation.
Things I didn’t like: I do think the ending was too easily resolved and there were loose ties that weren’t finished. I wonder if the manga had a more finished ending. I don’t think there was enough for a sequel.
My score: 7.5/10