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Otomen, Vol. 12 (Otomen #12)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T.

Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things--sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shojo comics. But in a world where boys are expected to act manly, Asuka must hide his beloved hobbies and play the part of a masculine jock instead. Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to Ryo Miyakozu

Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by VIZ Media LLC (first published February 18th 2011)
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Amy Keeley
This was a beautiful volume! From Asuka's mother blowing up at her son to the revelations regarding the baker, I loved every second of it.

But I think my favorite was the last chapter, about the Poet of Ginyuri. It's a bittersweet story that focuses on Mr. Amakashi and his students in a way that made me feel like crying. And yet, I loved watching the events unfold.

I think that's one of the things I've come to love about this series. Not everyone gets what they want, but they always get what they
Dec 24, 2013 Kereesa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series.
Recommended to Kereesa by: Isabel
Definitely one of my favorite of the series. The father-son storyline was just handled so well, jokes and all, that I couldn't help but feel touched.

I'm such a sucker for those storylines. As goofy, silly, and kind of outrageous as this series is, there was some really good writing at the heart of this volume.

Bravo. 4-4.5/5
S.Q. Eries
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Judy (Geeky Reading)
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I generally enjoy this series, but it isn’t my favorite. And, I guess I wasn’t too excited with it (or I was lazy/procrastinative) because I’ve put reviewing it off for several weeks now…
Anyway, the book started with Asuka at his men’s baking class. He’s happily enjoying it, but it doesn’t take long for his mother to find out about it. Instead of there being too big of a show down, though, Asuka comes up with a good excuse, and h
Most good stories are driven by sense, but Otomen is driven by cheese. Well, cheese and sugar. Normally, I fault a series for this a lot, but for some reason, Otomen has just been growing on me. The main relationship still hasn't developed much, and there are logical holes in some of the characters' beliefs and the story itself. If Asuka's dad left to become a woman... how come he's still not a woman? How can Asuka's mom cling to gender roles so much when she herself outright defies them? How ar ...more
Asuka’s mother becomes suspicious. His aunt somehow wedges herself into his life as a photographer after acting like a creepy stalker. The enigmatic Mr. Amakashi and the quiet-to-the-point-of-muteness Patisserie le Violet owner and chef are hosting cooking lessons for men with the otomens’s enthusiastic participation. With all this going on, you wonder when these students have time for school.

The additional characters bring their own problems, especially since they’re starting to bear a disorie
So many exciting things happen in this one! A father! A friend! Hearts expanding! Maybe one day I could become a poet! I don't think so, but the poems and situations are lively. Granted Asuka's mom is a scary woman, I think she could change...
Sarah Lu
Many questions are answered in this volume of Otomen, such as "What is the true identity of Chef?," "Who is the Poet of Ginyuri?" and "How did Asuka's parents meet?"

Some of these answers were a little obvious (such as Chef's identity) and others weren't quite expected.

This volume was a little bit more low-key on the Otoman hating front, which made it a little more likeably in my opinion. There were also plenty of hilarious scenes to balance out the some of the serious ones.

This is mainly an As
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Awww this was adorable. Too cute but still. And don't get me started that the foods in this look delicious. The art is of course really good.
Rebecca Ann
Forced to bake a cake at gunpoint! I can't even count how many times this has happened to me. lol. I like how Asuka and his dad are reunited, yet there are so many questions! (view spoiler). Love this series!
Wait what? I thought Asuka's dad ran off to become a woman! Hiromi is clearly still male and in love with his wife. Why did he leave? S_S Quick slight read. I'm getting a bit tired of this series, Kanno hasn't done anything fresh with the concept in ages. 2 stars
All caught up in the series except for volume 13 which just came out.

I really enjoyed this volume, especially the chapter about poems. I'm also enjoying where things are headed in Asuka's family. Need more focus on Juta soon, though!
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Emmy Lou
Asuka's mom follows him to his baking class. How will he wriggle out of this one? Also, Mr. Masamune's identity is revealed!
Mar 26, 2012 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Still a good series and the author says that she plans on wrapping it up soon.
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