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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Studio Ironcat
  • MSRP: 15.95
  • Pages: 187
  • Size: B5
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Futaba-kun Change! Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     April 03, 2004
Release Date: March 01, 1999

Futaba-kun Change! Vol.#01
© Studio Ironcat

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiroshi Aro
Translated by:Kuni Kimura
Adapted by:

What They Say
A teenager's life isn't any easy one. Futaba's life used to be quite normal for a young man; high school, a place on the wrestling team, cute female classmates. However, there's something of a family secret; one his parent's never told him about. One he had to discover the hard way. A whole new you! Futaba discovers that, when he's excited, he turns into a voluptuous girl! Now the wrestling team wants this mystery girl for their new member, his best girl wants to go steady, and what's this about a masked crime fighter running amok in the school? Who said high school was easy?

The Review
Hiroshi Aro takes the gender-switching high school romantic comedy and takes it in a new direction. Futaba Shimeru is a young man on his high school's wrestling team. One day, when checking out an American porn magazine he finds, he turns into a sexy blonde girl with a cute face and a great body. His first transformation happens in the men's room at his high school where his teammates discover him, or should I say her. Seeing a half-naked girl in the men's room, they chase after her. Futaba escapes and manages to change back into a boy. Once he returns home, he tries to make sense of it all. Trying to reproduce the experience, he looks at the magazine, gets excited again and transforms back into a girl. His sister Futana discovers him and announces that Futaba's become an adult. It turns out that people in the Shimeru family have a unique gene that allows them to switch gender at will. Futaba isn't yet able to control the gender-switching, though. He turns into a girl when he's excited, and turns back into a boy when he calms down. The whole family has this gene. In fact, his father gave birth to him.

Futaba's sister Futana is a sexually adventurous woman who is in full control of her ability to switch genders. She like to seduce young women, and is even turned out by her own brother's female form. Futana turns into a handsome blonde man when she transforms. Their father is a blonde man who turns into a brunette beauty when he transforms. Futaba's mother is never seen, but we're led to believe she's a formidable character. Some other characters are Negiri, the Osaka girl with an ability to make money off of anything. Yosher is the captain of the wrestling team, a large powerful man who constantly cries tear of manliness. Also on the team is Chima, "The Bleeding Man of Silence." He says little, but constantly erupts in nosebleeds at the slightest hint of fanservice.
Most importantly, though, Futaba has a beautiful classmate and best friend in Misaki. It's clear they both like each other, but neither has the courage to take it any further, yet. Things nearly come to a head when they're both accidentally trapped in the dark sports equipment storage shed. Being so close the girl he loves causes Futaba to change, but he still has to keep it a secret from her. He manages to escape, but the changes create some real problems with using the school showers. Once again he's chased when he's a girl. He manages to make it to the school infirmary where Misaki is resting after her "rescue" from the storage shed. She sees the female Futaba and offers her to hide her under the covers with her, never realizing it's Futaba she's protecting.

Futaba gets lessons on how to dress and act like a girl from Futana, and "transfers" into high school as a girl named Futaba Shimeru. The school principal has been through all this before with Futana and is a surprising ally. Secret rooms dot the high school, giving Futaba plenty of places to hide and change clothes when the transformations hit. The principal is a strange little man with an enormous round head and a tendency to dress like a super-hero, which fools no one. One last character that's introduced is Sabuyama, a gay teacher who dreams of making the male Futaba his lover. The introduction of a female Futaba into the school does not sit well with him. However, the female Futaba quickly becomes a hit of the school.


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