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Hen
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Genre Romance, Yuri, Yaoi
Manga
Author Hiroya Oku
Publisher Japan Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Jump
Original run 19881992
Volumes 13
Manga
Author Hiroya Oku
Publisher Japan Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Jump
Original run 19921997
Volumes 8
TV drama
Director Mitsunori Morita
Miki Nemoto
Network TV Asahi
Original run April 1996June 29, 1996
Episodes 13
Original video animation
Director Daiji Suzuki
Studio Group TAC
Licensor Japan Toei Video
United States Central Park Media
Released March 21, 1997
Episodes 2
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Hen ( ?) is a seinen manga which was the first work created by manga artist Hiroya Oku, who is best known for Gantz. There are two separate series of Hen, but they share the same setting, and characters from the first series appear in the second.

Contents

Pilot

  • (黒): The original Hen pilot was about a man transforming into a woman.

Suzuki & Satō

  • (変) Suzuki & Satō: The first series, 13 volumes—Ichirō Suzuki, a straight young man who becomes besotted with another guy, Yūki Sato, convinced his bishōnen love is a girl trapped in a boy's body. Interestingly, author Hiroya Oku is one of the characters in the story, the best friend of Satō. The first three volumes of this series collect Oku's early short stories, including prototype versions of both Hen series.

Characters

Ichirō Suzuki (鈴木一郎 Suzuki Ichirō ?)
Played by Shinsuke Aoki
Yūki Satō (佐藤ゆうき Satō Yūki ?)
Played by Aiko Satō
Hiroya Oku (奥浩哉 Oku Hiroya ?)
Played by Kazuma Shigaya
Takashi Saeki (奥浩哉 Saeki Takashi ?)
Played by Hideki Okada
Saena Suzuki (鈴木早映菜 Suzuki Saena ?)
Played by Juri Miyazawa
Shizuka Yamakawa (山川静香 Yamakawa Shizuka ?)
Played by Miho Kiuchi
Miho Takikawa (Takikawa Miho)
Played by Tomoka Kurotani

Chizuru & Azumi

  • (HEN) Chizuru & Azumi: The second series, 8 volumes—Sexy student Chizuru Yoshida, to her utmost horror, falls in love with another girl, the innocent Azumi Yamada. A prototype version of this story was published in 変(Hen)#2.

Characters

Chizuru Yoshida (吉田ちずる Yoshida Chizuru ?)
A beautiful and perfect student that excels in everything she does, Chizuru is every man's dream and she knows it. Playing men for whatever she wants, the young high school model has a great life until she meets her current fling's new neighbors. Instantly Chizuru, a girl who has never known love, falls heavily for the young female neighbor, Azumi Yamada. Chizuru, refusing to admit it at first, quickly comes to realize she must be with Azumi at any cost. Now living with her fake boyfriend, Hiroyuki, just one apartment away from Azumi, she puts forth every effort to constantly be around her crush.
Played by Asami Jō (live action), Atsuko Kichiya (anime)
Azumi Yamada (山田あずみ Yamada Azumi ?)
Azumi is an innocent and average looking young high school girl. However, after moving from Kyushu to a new city and new apartment complex she meets Chizuru. At first the friendly Azumi tries to be nice to Chizuru, only to be harshly rejected. Eventually though, the two become friends, although Azumi fears that there might be something weird about Chizuru. Azumi, who wishes to become a screenwriter, one day attempts to join the drama club. There she befriends a young, amateur film maker named Ryuichi Kobayashi.
Played by Miho Kiuchi (live action), Ayumi Sakurai (anime)
Ryuichi Kobayashi (小林龍一 Kobayashi Ryuichi ?)
Ryuichi is also a newly transferred high school student that enjoys making movies in his free time. Upon meeting Chizuru in the infirmary, he quickly falls in love with her face, wishing for her to be an actress in one of his movies. Ryuichi eventually befriends Azumi as they attempt to join the drama club. As evidenced from chapter 38 he has an enormous penis.
Played by Yosuke Kubozuka (live action)
Sushiaki Karasawa (唐沢寿明 Karasawa Sushiaki ?)
Karasawa, who appears as the main character for several of the opening chapters, is a new teacher at Chizuru's high school. He quickly falls in love with her after recognizing her as a model. After a little effort, Karasawa is able to trick Chizuru into admitting she is a model, infuriating her. She then convinces Karasawa to let her sleep at his apartment for the night, where she enacts vengeance through teasing him to some degree or another throughout the night. His name is written with the same kanji as Toshiaki Karasawa.
Played by Hiroki Okayasu (live action), Takehito Koyasu (anime)
Hiroyuki (ヒロユキ ?)
A young Japanese rockstar, living in his parents mansion (a large Japanese apartment considered to be more like a suite) and on their money, he was yet another fling of the beautiful Chizuru. However, when his new neighbors moved in with their daughter Azumi Yamada, Chizuru quickly claimed him as her boyfriend. Hiroyuki, realizing that Chizuru has a crush on Azumi, but truly believing that she loves him, has formed a plan to seduce and sleep with Azumi, ruining her for Chizuru.
Played by Shinsuke Aoki (live action), Akira Ishida (anime)

OVA

In 1997, the "Chizuru & Azumi" chapter was turned into a two episode anime OVA series. It was released in North America by Central Park Media under the title Strange Love. This release was marketed as a hentai anime, but the original manga is seinen. Hiroya Oku did not approve of this OVA, because in the anime there is not a lesbian love relationship between Azumi and Chizuru just a friendship.

Live action

In 1996, Hen was turned into a live action television series. The first half starred Shinsuke Aoki as Suzuki, actress Aiko Sato as Sato, and Shigaya Kazuma as Hiroya Oku. The second half starred Asami Jo as Chizuru and Miho Kiuchi as Azumi. The VHS release had more explicit sex scenes than the broadcast version. The TV version was released on Region 2 DVD in November 2006.

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