Ranked #1310
Otomen (Manga)


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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: 7.901 (scored by 4824 users)
Ranked: #13102
Popularity: #271
Members: 11,555
Favorites: 395
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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


Masamune, Asuka
Miyakozuka, Ryo
Tachibana, Juta
Ariake, Yamato
Kurokawa, Kitora
Masamune, Kiyomi

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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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User Recommendations

Both manga significantly and humorously subvert shoujo cliches! Otomen focuses slightly more on the romance in comparison to Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but is amusing and quite adorable.
If you like a guy who is girlish and a girl who is manly, these are for you. (Granted, in W Juliet, the girlishness is forced.) Both have a sweet, romantic, shojo feel, and are about the bonds between these (almost, and really) gender bending people.

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