My Boy, 1
By Hitomi Takano
An award-winner and top-seller in Japan, this provocative new manga handles its controversial subject with insight and sensitivity.
Satoko Tawada, a 30-year-old office worker at a sporting goods company, encounters Mashuu Hayami, a 12-year-old boy, playing soccer in a park at night. She was treated cruelly by a former lover, he is dealing with a high-handed and uninvolved family. Both are burdened with loneliness, and they sense that the other has something that they’re searching for…