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Balance Policy


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Author: Yoshitomi Akihito
Artist: Yoshitomi Akihito
Genres: Drama DramaGender Bender Gender BenderRomance RomanceSci-fi Sci-fiSeinen SeinenSlice of Life Slice of LifeYuri Yuri
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Complete
Description: Balance Policy is about Masaomi, a young boy who is trying to restore his friendship with Kenji-kun, a boy who has been changed in an unspecified manner into a girl with newest science technology in order to help maintain the human population after some kind of fertility failure worldwide resulting in the birth of few girl babies.

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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.2 Ch.14: Episode 14 [End]
Albedo Albedo 15 April 2014 - 12:28 AM
Vol.2 Ch.13: Episode 13
Albedo Albedo 10 April 2014 - 04:38 PM
Vol.2 Ch.12: Episode 12
Albedo Albedo 22 March 2014 - 05:10 PM
Vol.2 Ch.11: Episode 11
Albedo Albedo 18 March 2014 - 11:29 AM
Vol.2 Ch.10: Episode 10
Albedo Albedo 13 June 2013 - 07:44 PM
Vol.2 Ch.9: Episode 09
Albedo Albedo 07 January 2013 - 09:20 PM
Vol.1 Ch.8: Episode 08
Albedo Albedo 16 October 2012 - 01:48 PM
Vol.1 Ch.7: Episode 07
Albedo Albedo 07 October 2012 - 12:01 PM
Vol.1 Ch.6: Episode 06
Albedo Albedo 07 October 2012 - 11:54 AM
Vol.1 Ch.5: Episode 05
WOWScans! Tio Alexander 09 August 2012 - 02:16 AM
Vol.1 Ch.4: Episode 04
WOWScans! Tio Alexander 09 August 2012 - 02:01 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.3: Episode 03
WOWScans! Tio Alexander 09 August 2012 - 01:56 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.2: Episode 02
WOWScans! Tio Alexander 09 August 2012 - 01:53 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.1: Episode 01
WOWScans! Tio Alexander 09 August 2012 - 01:50 AM [A]


142 Comments

yeah and that "important" one are you married. was defiantly a big hint toward that

 

 Gorou asked the question twice, looking sideways to where Kenji was hidden inside the house. It was a setup which Masaomi had already figured out.

last question is this really going to get a sequel? I see some sites list "balance policy 002" as upcoming

 

 Balance Policy "2" refers to the tankoubon collection of the last six chapters of the story being published 31st May. I encourage anyone who enjoyed this manga to buy the books to pay back the author for creating this work. Online companies like Honto and CDJapan will ship manga from Japan to the US and elsewhere at affordable SAL rates -- Amazon.co.jp always uses airmail and that costs a chunk.

yeah and that "important" one are you married. was defiantly a big hint toward that

and who knows it probably though out those 15 or so years he finally came into terms with his body. specially since it seems everyone moved on if "balance policy 2" is real then it might pick up after this but I don't know how trust worthy that is.

had to make a account to say thank you guys/uploaders. I don't visit many manga sites but this is the only that has this updated (another site had it too but for some unknown reason don't completely upload all page....ch 14 was stopped at page 10 lol made me think it was a cliff hangar)

 

ahem glad to see that kenji didn't die (chapter 13 ended at pg 22 for the other site here it has more) and it seems the population  is back on track. but I wonder who is sister went with in the end. and will kenji still tease him when ever he gets the chance? XD

 

it leaves you curious when kenji was just about to say something and it ends. but what I'm getting from garo is that neither of them are married and iono there's still a chance for them (I'm not really suggesting that they'll end up together I think being friends and supporting one another is better but that's just me)?

 

last question is this really going to get a sequel? I see some sites list "balance policy 002" as upcoming

So your telling me, its more easy to completely turn a male into a female, genome included it seems, and getting all that legal, with the medical problems involved, than find out why birth rates of people are dropping and the drop of females in those births?

 

I don't... What?

 

Oh well, was an interesting read...

 

And did his sister seriously bug out and only stay in contact with the ball buster?

Final thoughts:
A disquieting look at a very real future for industrialized nations. Where the children are valued so much that they are seen more as commodities which need to be modified much as plants are to produce the maximum output for the next generation. 

The whole thing was really subtle. And in a way, given that Japan and the other major world powers are undergoing population drop offs, the message is rather unsettling in its own right. I mean, in the forefront, you had the identity crisis and what it means to accept the hand that has been dealt, while at the same time, evaluating the bonds of friendship and what will happen when something like this (as an extreme example) Happens.

Over all, I would have to say that the execution was quite amazing and, if you are aware of the depopulation crisis now settling in over in Japan (And beginning to Happen here in the states) can be even more unsettling. It really tried to subvert a number of the major tropes though regarding changes in identity and at a time it came of as a little too subversive about it, but that wasn't enough to really draw away from the story. It was basically about the two of them and the characters are all framed in the context of that relationship. 

Given all of that, the story turned out rather nicely as a whole.

That was... really quite good.  Now, just need to see if his latest scifi series ever gets scanlated.  :)

Well regarding story i have nothing to add nor comment on, the only thing that bothered me (probably i'm the only weird one here) was appearance of those girls who were changed from boys to girls was disgusting :P even though it was explained at the end why they retain their look it still strange to see 30 year old girl who looks like middle school girl ( i know that there are lolis in abundance in other mangas but they don't fit with this story)

turn him back!!!!

they should have technology for that!

Are you saying you think the reason they were changing males to females was because they were choosing to give birth to more male children?

no i think they don't even solved the reason behind there's too many baby boys in the first place. what the point of turning boy into girl if they still going to be having boy? heck even the mc have boy!!!!!

ARRRGGHH!!  Not exactly the ending I was hoping for, but at least Kenji didn't die.

lol like that last page is ever going to happen in Japan, ever.  They really ought to stop investing in robots and start investing more on better family care plans.

Aaaaagh, just kiss already!

a good story, except for how it ignores science a little too much just in order to make boys into girls. there are so many much easier ways to make female babies, and there are probably better ways to make boys into girls too.

i liked how it was over. it has a nice closure on all the threads, no one of them is left dangling. and yeah, with the sacrifice of a few the demographic restarted. Sounds a little forced, but i like the way it was visually hinted so i appreciate it. 

what the point if people still favor having boys

Are you saying you think the reason they were changing males to females was because they were choosing to give birth to more male children?

shiet man

 

one of the better mellow manga I've read in a while, had a pretty unique flow too. damn son.

While stories like this usually leave me rolling my eyes for various reasons, I'm surprised this one didn't.

I think the implication is that no one else will have to suffer through that the way Kenji did. The birth rate is back up, there are lots of children back in the world, and the next generation can live normal lives.

at least for lesbian&trans don't as their number seem to be skyrocket. being the majority going to be awsome.

but http://www.batoto.net/read/_/238403/balance-policy_v2_ch14_by_albedo/27

there seems to be way too much boys compare to girls, what the point if people still favor having boys. problem not solved. will be repeated again and again.

really hate this manga.

I think this had open ending to satisfy all point of views.

 

Major two I would think of would be;

First the ones that think that you cannot just force someone to change gender, that Kenji will forever be a boy inside and Masaomi will forever just be his good friend and they accept each other simply as humanbeings. Even if Kenji was technically a girl, this wouldn't have an effect on his sexual preferences.

Second the people who just want to see Kenji + Masaomi happy ending and there is still plenty of room for that seeing them both now as adults without relationships, especially with "Goro" hinting at it.

 

I think it was a good ending, not sure how I felt about the very last page which felt to me like "fuck yeah forced gender transformation saved humanity!" but then again that's awfully negative way to look at it, people seem perfectly happy in it.

 

I think the implication is that no one else will have to suffer through that the way Kenji did. The birth rate is back up, there are lots of children back in the world, and the next generation can live normal lives.

That's a pretty big baby (and matching size carriage) that one woman's got there on page 27.

I think this had open ending to satisfy all point of views.

 

Major two I would think of would be;

First the ones that think that you cannot just force someone to change gender, that Kenji will forever be a boy inside and Masaomi will forever just be his good friend and they accept each other simply as humanbeings. Even if Kenji was technically a girl, this wouldn't have an effect on his sexual preferences.

Second the people who just want to see Kenji + Masaomi happy ending and there is still plenty of room for that seeing them both now as adults without relationships, especially with "Goro" hinting at it.

 

I think it was a good ending, not sure how I felt about the very last page which felt to me like "fuck yeah forced gender transformation saved humanity!" but then again that's awfully negative way to look at it, people seem perfectly happy in it.

Well, the story was quite heavy on me... Characters' interactions are portrayed rather in a natural way when it comes to the settings I guess... but somehow the whole story felt bitter sweet, and kind of painful. Can't say that I dislike it nor I liked it, but it was sure an interesting read that was filled with angst, and especially not something of the like that I would like to reread it over and over again...might give myself a few mental breaks before going through this. I wonder what the author felt when he prepared this manga's scenario.

 

So I clicked on the author's name to see what other works have they been involved, and was rather surprised to see the series Blue Drop once again. 

 

No wonder... All of his works have the same kind of depressing yet slice-of-life tone. Oh well! I'll still look forward to his next work (which will probably be TS-related too), but I'll be prepared more thoroughly mentally...Yoshitomi Akihito, was it?

The ending was okay but it wasn't really anything that special.

Not exactly complaining, but while the first half was interesting, the ending left me with an "oh, really?.." boring kind of feeling.

Probably would've been better if I stopped reading before thous last few chapters.


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