Okama is a man who has some problems. First off, his name means 'gay' in Japanese. Next, he has the hots for himself dressed as a girl. Finally, he ends up working at a transvestite bar where he has befriended a girl named Miki. This is not an easy matter to solve, because she only knows him as his female counterpart named Catherine. So how is a guy dressed as a girl supposed to come out to a girl as a heterosexual male? To make matters worse, she has a boyfriend who is trying everything in the book to get with her. Enter the exciting world of Okama Hakusho where love comes in many different flavors!
Okama Hakusho is a manga that explore the thematic of the narcissism though the gender bender genre. I would says that it is a "tragicomic" manga: furiously ridiculous/funny while being at the same time very terrible as you watch the MC loosing touch with reality little by little, especially in the last third of the manga.
The plot is relatively simple:
Okama, the MC, try to find the "true love" of his life, but because of a joke of his pervy best friend, he ends up working at a gay bar as a drag queen. He quickly fall in love with his queen persona: Catherine.
he encounters a girl named Miki that looks like exactly as him-as-Catherine and falls in love with her too. Here starts a very uncomfortable relationship between Miki, Okama-as-Okama and Okama-as-Catherine.
That manga probably would have been your standard "ecchi boy-dressed-as-a-girl meets girl and can't confess to her" if it wasn't for the psychological development of the MC.
The manga use a very fast-paced comedy though ecchi and a very caricatural supporting cast, yet the manga also has very heavy moments where you see the MC loosing touch with reality, either loving or hating himself.
Considering how fast-paced the manga is, the psychological development of the MC isn't done though long internal monologues, but mainly uses visual hallucinations, which I think is a good way to deals with the case of narcissism.
The ending of the manga is on par with the rest of the story: a very surprising ending, both funny and terrible.
And it concludes by an afterwords from a psychiatrist who explains the behaviors of both Okama and Miki, which is a very nice afterwords.
Though, if I loved the manga, it also has its cons. First you have to tolerate/like that kind of humor. And I think that the manga drags out in its middle. Otherwise, it is definitely a very good gender bender manga in my book.
There are serious issues with Okama Report. Its exterior is kind of generic and predictable. The jokes aren't really all that funny. The art isn't particularly good or interesting.
What's good about Okama Report is the protagonist and the themes the manga explores. I can easily see someone being frustrated or bored with the cliche back and forth of misunderstanding, slapstick, and repeated jokes, but really, this manga does something special.
The ups and downs of the protagonists psyche and outlook and the overall progression is really something. For what I would call a lazy comedy manga there's a lot of depth to its main cast. I'd
suggest you try it out.
A gender-bender which explores narcissism, the nuances of sexuality, general bigotry & homophobia, and more.
Do I really need to write a review? Just read the story description on this MAL page and if you have half a brain then you can immediately see why I decided to gave it this score. As a trans woman this shit is one of the worst things I could have read and it doesn't surprise me that this was written by the same author as Ichi the Killer, noted women hater.
Ok, honestly, if you have any semblance of a brain and good taste, just avoid this trash. This isn't a review anymore. This is a PSA. Don't read this.