Ranked #1145

Otomen (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Otomen
Japanese: オトメン(乙男)


Type: Manga
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 74
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 25, 2006 to Nov 26, 2012
Authors: Kanno, Aya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Hana to Yume


Score: 7.891 (scored by 5272 users)
Ranked: #11452
Popularity: #298
Members: 12,781
Favorites: 438
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Asuka Masamune is a badass. Really. He is a tough, cool, 2nd year high school guy who is also a master at kendo. He exudes an aura of manliness that is difficult to deny. Everyone at school admires him. But for Asuka, life is torture. You see, he can never show the *real* Asuka to the world. While he is phenomenal at kendo, and looks very cool, Asuka is living a lie. He actually prefers much more girly things: knitting, cooking, sewing, shoujo manga, plushies, cute things - he loves them all. When he was a child, this worried his mother very much, as Asuka's father abandoned the family after declaring he wanted to be a woman. The shock made his mother so ill that Asuka swore to become a more manly man.

Poor Asuka. Bound to this promise, he goes through his life acting macho and cool, when all the while he would much rather read the latest Hana to Mame comic at the book store and dream of a shoujo manga romance. When Asuka rescues a female classmate, Ryou Miyakozuka, from some bullies, he instantly falls in love with her, and his desire for cute things and sparkly shoujo romance is reawakened!

Included one-shots:
Volume 3: Otomen Special
Volume 10: Glass no Otomen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Kinoto Otoko
Volume 11: Love-Tic


Otomen was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from February 3, 2009 to May 6, 2014.


Masamune, Asuka
Masamune, Asuka
Tachibana, Juta
Tachibana, Juta
Miyakozuka, Ryo
Miyakozuka, Ryo
Tounomine, Hajime
Tounomine, Hajime
Kurokawa, Kitora
Kurokawa, Kitora
Yoshino, Hiromi
Yoshino, Hiromi

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May 15, 2011
“If loving flowers is sinful then it might be immorally beautiful to commit such a sin.”

What do men think about? That’s what most girls want to know and heck most guys too. Otomen, however, answers this question without a second thought: Guys think about girly things.

Asuka Masamune likes pretty, shiny things, the color pink, and even stuffed animals. Not to mention shoujo manga. Sounds normal enough right? Well, it’s not if you’re boy. At least not to Asuka, who’s suppose to maintain a “manly” image at all times and not shame his family with his fondness for girly objects. To him, walking around with a read more
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May 26, 2013
Inside every man resides a woman – this may sound weird but such is the case when it comes to Otomen.


It is a story revolving around a high school student, Asuka Masamune who leads a double life – the first being a charming, chivalrous and masculine president of the Kendo club and the second being his true self, that is, a boy that likes everything girlish and excels in everything (from cooking to sewing to baking) a woman does. Yet he is forced to hide his true self in an effort to meet society’s expectations of how real men should act like.

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Jan 14, 2010
I felt that Otomen needed some more reviews, because it is such a unique manga to begin with. Definitely not a typical shojo manga.

Story : 7/10

The story isn't particularly heavy, at least, not so far it isn't. It's a simple concept that Asuka (the male lead) is a man that adores the cute and comfortable things in life. Such as sewing, knitting, cute things and reading his favorite shojo manga. Unfortunately, after his father left their family due to his hidden and strong desire to be a woman, his mother had barred any and all feminine things from her son. In read more
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Jul 14, 2009
No review on this yet?Aww...such a shame.

Story 8/10
Remember reading the summary of it before reading the manga and really appealed to me,so I thought"why not give it a shot?".It was a good choice after all,though hard to find at first.I really like the idea of a handsome guy having what one would call "girly hobbies" and seen him attept to hide it.Don't think I've come across any of this so far(my personal opinion).I didn't give this a ten cause I'd love a little more comedy,it'd be a really nice addition and because you can see some things coming,but still it worths giving it a chance.

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