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Otomen

Otomen

Alternative Titles

English: Otomen
Synonyms: Glass no Otomen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Otomen, Love-Tic
Japanese: オトメン(乙男)

Information

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

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Score: 7.831 (scored by 6308 users)
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Ranked: #14612
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Popularity: #360
Members: 16,032
Favorites: 521
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Synopsis

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 10: Glass no Otomen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Otomen
Volume 11: Love-Tic

Background

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

The series was adapted into a Japanese television drama which spanned twelve episodes and aired on Fuji TV between August 1st and October 27th in 2009.

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Mar 18, 2016
elementaryschool (All reviews)
One of the hidden gems of Shoujo manga which I think it's more borderline Shounen since the main character is a guy and yet another guy and a girl whose traits similar to a guy.

This manga tells a story about a masculine, nation's top kendo athlete, Masamune Asuka, who has it all: tall, rich, cool, not a playboy, dignified BUT he actually favours feminine hobbies: collect and make dolls, embroidery, cooking, decorations, house cleaning. When Asuka was young, his father left the family to become a woman. His mother felt disappointed and betrayed by his actions and swore never to let Asuka turned into his read more
Dec 11, 2015
bunnydesuuu (All reviews)
"I love waiting for the batter to bake. I think of the smiles and the pleased looks of the people who eat it. When i do that...it warms my heart"

Story: 9/10
Art: 10/10
Character: 10/10
Enjoyment: 9/10
Overall: 10/10

A slow start for the story while characters were introduced, this story built up into something truely heartwarming.

The plot idea, as most who are interested to read this manga can tell, is very original and you probably have yet to read anything like this. However, I do feel that the story lacked a tiny bit of development in terms of the plot. And if you want to see very lovey read more
Jan 20, 2014
BlueMoonSamurai (All reviews)
When I was walking along in the manga section of the library, I saw this odd manga. I picked it up and thought it looked stupid. (Never judge a book by it's cover.) Still, I checked it out just for grins and giggles. This is by far the funniest manga I've ever read!

Story: 8/10
It is a basic love story, only with a girly male and manly female. There are a few "dramatic" moments, but, overall, it's a light-hearted story.

Art: 7/10
Personally, I wasn't too keen on the art because...well...it was too "girly" for my liking. But, it is a shoujo manga and it fits the story.

Characters: read more
Mar 25, 2014
alexalgebra (All reviews)
I've only read the first book of this series, but it was pretty darn terrible. Basically, the story is about a boy who secretly loves "feminine" things, but feels he has to hide that side of himself and instead be overly masculine. Inexplicably, his friend is a secret manga artist drawing a manga based on the main character.

I'm all about breaking gender roles and stereotypes, trust me, but this just felt like it actually *enforced* those stereotypes more than anything. It still felt very binary and only marginally progressive, in spite of the opportunity for this to be so much read more

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