So right off the bat, I just want to say that this manga threw me for a loop to start off with. The Bride Was a Boy ‘s title is a direct translation of the Japanese, and if you want some details on why Seven Sea’s chose it, there’s a whole twitter thread right here about it. I encourage you to read the tread, and ill embed it at the bottom of the article. Controversy aside, this manga is one of the recent wave of LGBT positive series that are coming out of Japanese mangaka in recent years. The series is auto-biographical and covers the story of a Male to Female transwoman in Japan, who is getting married.

The Bride Was a Boy is an upbeat and teen-friendly autobiographical manga about a woman assigned male at birth. The manga is now available in both print and digital formats (the paperback edition will hit stores tomorrow). Written and drawn in an adorable style by creator Chii, this encouraging memoir reflects on her life growing up transgender, eventually leading up to her wedding to a man who’s head-over-heels in love with her. The book features more than twenty color pages, informational sections around Chii’s story, and modern insight into LGBT+ rights (and laws) in Japan, adding an educational component to a wonderful love story.

As for the title, I personally dislike it, but as a matter of course Seven Sea’s have done their best to preserve the original material through translation.  A diary comic with an upbeat, adorable flair that tells the charming tale of Chii, a woman assigned male at birth. Her story starts with her childhood and follows the ups and downs of exploring her sexuality, gender, and transition–as well as falling in love with a man who’s head over heels for her. Now, Chii is about to embark on a new adventure: becoming a bride!