I Think Our Son Is Gay GN 4 – Review
At its coronary heart, Okura‘s I Think Our Son Is Gay is about the right way to be an excellent ally. It might be trickier than it sounds as a result of it entails figuring out which battles are yours to battle, and which you have to settle for as one thing the one you love must deal with on their very own. Tomoko’s journey started when she suspected her older son Hiroki, a second-year in highschool, was homosexual. Though he nonetheless hasn’t come out to her, she’s conscious about what that may imply for him. Her story is equal elements watching and worrying, and each require that she actually thinks about her phrases and actions.
Certainly one of her observations in quantity one was that she suspected that Hiroki was crushing on his greatest good friend, Daigo. For 3 volumes, Daigo was a frequent customer to their home, so when he immediately stops coming by, Tomoko (and Yuki, although he is extra delicate about these items) turns into involved. When she asks, Hiroki tells her cheerfully that Daigo has began relationship a lady of their membership. Each Yuki and Tomoko are shocked by the information, and Tomoko worries about how her son is dealing with the state of affairs.
The topic of a crush who finds a big different is one which manga has explored for many years, to the purpose the place tales like No Longer Heroine flat-out acknowledge the trope. However Tomoko is not fairly positive how this impacts Hiroki or if it modifications his emotions, as there is a good likelihood that his crush was by no means going to be reciprocated. Apparently, she does not cease to assume that gender does not have a lot to do with that; simply have a look at Hiroki’s childhood good friend Asumi and her very unrequited crush on him. However she does fear that it may be tougher for Hiroki to maneuver on from Daigo as a result of his choices are extra restricted, or a minimum of as a result of he might by no means get the prospect to come back out and confess his emotions.
To this finish, she discusses issues with Mr. Tono, her homosexual coworker (with out really saying why she’s asking). Tono is an attention-grabbing character as a result of he is the one out character within the sequence to this point, making him the de facto reassurance for Tomoko that issues will probably be okay for her son. However he additionally exhibits her how unthinkingly merciless the world may be. Tomoko watches uncomfortably as coworkers deal with Tono like a personality relatively than an individual, assuming issues about him based mostly solely on media stereotypes relatively than who he’s as a human being. Though Tomoko hardly ever says something to them, we will see her registering every microaggression and careless assumption, and the way these have an effect on her pondering and worldview. For instance, when a TV program runs a phase that makes an attempt to “take a look at” somebody’s heterosexuality as a joke, Tomoko is pressured to understand that she may need discovered it humorous earlier than. However now it simply makes her take into consideration how unfunny that “joke” is and the way hurtful it may very well be. Her first concern is all the time for her son’s consolation and well-being, which is, by the way, a big facet of optimistic allyship.
Though Yuki takes a a lot lesser function within the sequence, this quantity continues the hints that he is not all that into romance. When Asumi’s mom and different neighborhood girls crow that if he is gone to the flicks with a lady she should be a girlfriend, Tomoko feels uneasy. She is aware of that Yuki shouldn’t be occupied with relationship, and she or he can not fairly pinpoint why she feels uncomfortable with the opposite girls’s assumptions. It is probably not gearing as much as say that Yuki is aromantic and/or asexual, however the truth that Tomoko’s discomfort is included is vital as a result of it acknowledges that there isn’t a timeline for when or if somebody turns into occupied with relationship. The essential factor is to let folks be themselves at their very own tempo, and the transient inclusion of Yuki’s life helps to point out that. It is also vital that Yuki himself raises the potential of not going to the flicks with folks to keep away from the kind of hypothesis he has been subjected to. As all the time, I Assume Our Son Is Homosexual factors out problematic components of social expectations with a light-weight contact, making all of them the extra resonant.
This quantity can be notable as a result of Daigo will get a chapter from his perspective. It does not reply the query of whether or not or not he is conscious that Hiroki likes him romantically, nor does it reveal if he reciprocates. However what it does present us is that Hiroki is a crucial individual to Daigo and that he wasn’t positive how having a girlfriend would have an effect on their friendship. If something, he was prepared to proceed to place his friendship with Hiroki first, however Hiroki himself quashed that concept. The entire thing implies that this shut friendship is probably not perpetually, as a result of the boys may need very various things from one another. However that bittersweetness is a part of rising up, and it is good to see that Daigo, too, is grappling with it.
This continues to be a superb sequence. It is deceptively highly effective for one thing written and drawn with a light-weight contact. Okura delves into quite a lot of matters (together with the disconnect between straight guys pondering lesbians are “sizzling” however homosexual males are “gross”), and his use of symbolism with the mascot doll Daigo gave Hiroki is well-executed. Warmhearted and poignant, it is a sequence value studying.