When it comes to freedom, I think about what Inio Asano was trying to point out when Solanin was released in America. There was a quote about freedom being a demon and it stuck to me since then. After finishing the 1st volume of Keito Gaku’s much-revered Boys Run the Riot, I think back to what freedom’s supposed to be.
This last page of Volume 1 spoke to me. To give context, the series is about a transgender high school student named Ryo (he/him), who joins up with a cisgender male delinquent named Jin to create a fashion label that aims to make an impact in the world. The end of Volume 1 highlights a genderqueer individual named Tsubasa who has an estranged relationship with their mother. Tsubasa’s cousin (whose classmates happen to be Ryo and Jin themselves) makes the above comments as he’s seen what happens when you attempt to break free from society’s standards in the case of Tsubasa’s situation.
There’s a really good interview with Gaku in the English version of Boys Run the Riot and Gaku is asked about that last page as family relations do become strained when someone who is LGBTQ+ comes out to their family. Gaku says,
“Personally, I also still have a lot of problems with figuring out how to interact with family, friends, and relatives. As for my parents, I was half-forced to create a situation where they had to accept me, so I don’t think I’m in any position to give advice on these matters.
However, I think that the person you’re coming out to also needs time process it, just as you probably took years to process it yourself before coming out. You might be worried about rejection or hurting people, and although it may be …continue reading