Kodansha Releases ‘Boys Run The Riot” Chapter 1 For Free

by James Ferguson

With the first volume debuting on May 25th, 2021, Kodansha has released the first chapter of Boys Run the Riot from creator Keito Gaku online for free. This was done in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility as Boys Run the Riot centers on a transgender teen named Ryo who finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. The first chapter includes over 70 pages.

Boys Run the Riot: Volume 1 will feature an alternate cover from the Japanese tankobon release. Volumes 2-4 will feature all-new cover art from Gaku unique to the English-language editions.

High schooler Ryo knows he’s transgender. But he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryo “dresses like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryo feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryo sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryo loves. And Jin offers Ryo a proposal: to start their own brand and create apparel to help everyone feel comfortable in their skin. At last, Ryo has someone he can open up to–and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to everyone else.

Boys Run the Riot: Volume 1 will be available as a softcover trade paperback for $12.99. Find it at your local comic shop, bookstore, and Amazon and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle on May 25th, 2021.

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