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2:41 pm - 01/20/2013

Solanin Creator Inio Asano Reveals Desire for Sex Change


Columnist Gō Yoshida published his second interview with manga creator Inio Asano in the March issue of Core Magazine's BREAK Max on Friday. The interview revealed that Asano wishes to undergo a sex change. Asano spoke of his admiration for transsexual fashion model and singer Ai Haruna (born as Kenji Ōnishi), and also that just wearing women's clothing did not suit him. "If I'm going to date anyone, it has to be someone like [Japanese actor] Ryo Kase," he said. He also discussed why he began using Twitter, through which he discussed frankly his first experiences he recently had.

Asano suggested that it is possible that his next work will focus on transgender issues. He plans to collect data regarding cross-dressing men and collaborate with another manga creator, Shohei Manabe (Ushijima the Loan Shark, Smuggler). Viz Media published Asano's Solanin and What a wonderful world! manga. Fantagraphics licensed Nijigahara Holograph manga for North American release earlier this month.


maclou 20th-Jan-2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Kase Ryo... good taste :D
inachan89 20th-Jan-2013 11:42 am (UTC)
peniko 20th-Jan-2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
^first reaction when i read this article
starsinshapes 20th-Jan-2013 08:18 am (UTC)

Good for Inio!
spread 20th-Jan-2013 08:22 am (UTC)
Get it gurl!!
Do you boo :-D
j_o_n_n_o 20th-Jan-2013 10:07 am (UTC)
ew @ the source misgendering her.
crumplelush 20th-Jan-2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
While I agree that I think the source is misgendering her, I just wanted to point out that that might not be the case. I know of a couple of people who took a good long while before stating that they wanted to change their personal pronoun. One author I'm following online had been out as trans for a year or two before making the post that they were "ready" to move to male pronouns. And something similar happened to a friend of mine.
j_o_n_n_o 20th-Jan-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Aaaah, I see where you're coming from. Presumed that if she was comfortable enough to talk about it publically, she'd be comfortable with using female pronouns, wasn't aware it's not always the case - thanks for the clarification.
crumplelush 20th-Jan-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
I always thought that too, until I found out otherwise. It seems like it'd be pretty straightforward doesn't it? A friend of mine was rather confused once after meeting J as she was expecting someone clearly female-looking and J was wearing jeans and had a beard! That's why there's a rule that you have to be living as a man/woman for a year before you can start hormone treatments and transitioning. Because not everyone spends everyday as their chosen gender. Sometimes it's just easier to chuck on clothes and leave, rather than spending time binding your breasts/shaving your face etc when you're only popping to the shop for a pint of milk.
lelomew 20th-Jan-2013 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh fucking crap. They finally licensed Nijigahara Holograph!!
royu_kiyo 20th-Jan-2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hope this raises awareness for transgenders. Every voice helps.
nice_vibe 20th-Jan-2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
eh, I think "trans* people/women/men /folks" is a better way to refer to them
love_keiko 20th-Jan-2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
omg this is amazing!!!!
soundczech 20th-Jan-2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
let's hope the universe helps her out and she can get the surgery soon. does anyone know if the japanese national health insurance covers gender reassignment surgery?
nice_vibe 20th-Jan-2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
good for her
calzonazos 20th-Jan-2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
This is neat and they deserve all our support on this process. Hope to get more updates on this soon.
but people seriously need to STOP with this "born as" nonsense. It's merely a non-subtle way to indicate that Haruna isn't a "real woman" and that's just gross.
dictionarysays 21st-Jan-2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Good on her, amazing taste as well <3 Totally intrigued about her next project too.
stole_away 23rd-Jan-2013 08:10 am (UTC)
Kase Ryo, i approve! I love oyasumi punpun ugh
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