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Otomen, Vol. 1 (Otomen #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,112 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
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. Ryo Miyakozuka, on the other hand, is a girl who can't sew or bake a cake to save her life. Asuka finds himself drawn ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 19th 2007)
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Seone
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Ouran High Host Club
Having recently finished reading Ouran High Host Club, I was in the mood for something else shamelessly silly and fun - Otomen was the perfect find! Asuka is seemingly the epitome of Japanese masculinity - captain of the kendo club and a judo champion as well as having a stellar academic record - however, he hides his true "otomen" nature from the world. In reality, Asuka loves romantic and cute things, home-making duties and shoujo manga! Asuka is forced to hide his true nature as his mother's ...more
Sesana
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very simple, light, and pretty fluffy romance, but it wins points for its characters. Asuka is a tough and stoic jock at school, but he secretly loves cooking, crafts, and shojo manga. I really liked seeing a male character interested in stereotypically feminine hobbies, without the narrative painting him as weak for it. I also liked that his love interest is a tomboy (in an aside, the author says that she wrote Ryo to act more like the typical shojo romance boy). I loved how casually ...more
Georgina Howlett
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so cute! I think I've just found a new favourite manga series. This set up a world which I think I'll fall in love with - the secrets, the hiding, the lies, the different aspects - it all looks wonderful! I love the characters, especially Ryo and Asuka - Asuka is such a darling and I'd love to know someone like him! He's strong, dependable, a great cook - even though he's not manly by definition, he's honestly adorable and I can see why the mangaka drew him like he is! He's good lo ...more
Jamie
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manwha
Cute manga. Different than many I have read. Asuka has interests in some "girly" hobbies. Such as cooking, baking, sewing, reading Shojo, etc. And when I say cooking, sewing it is always CUTE! BUt he has to hide that side of himself. He has to set an example of being a very "manly" guy. But when the girl he likes is more manly than he is what will happen? Not to mention their friend who has a secret of his own.
This series is both adorable and funny. I look forward to seeing where this series wi
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Lisa
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Look, I don't read shoujo manga for its progressive ideals. Mostly because you're not gonna find any there, ESPECIALLY with regard to gender and feminism. My entré into manga fandom was Ranma 1/2, for god's sake.

Anyway, I put off reading this series because it sounded like it was just going to be a silly, gender-swapped typical shoujo romance, but that's not really the case, and this series (so far) actually has some really interesting things to say about identity and gendered expectations and
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Jaylee
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is cute and a little ridiculous, haha. My gender is pretty boy so I get feels about some of it haha
Susan
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
A three-star review from me for a shojo series is about as high a mark of approval as I can give, really. I'm notoriously grumpy when it comes to a lot of shojo series, but this one kind of charmed me.

Manga series often seem refreshing for their openness when it comes to playing around with gender roles and this series is especially notable for that. Asuka, who is a martial arts maven, is seen as this cool guy/jock at school, but he remains an aloof, enigmatic man of mystery for the most part
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Jacki
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
While it's not going to replace Fruits Basket as my favorite shojo, I loved this light comedy about a straight high school boy struggling to hide his love of cooking, sewing, shojo, and all things kawaii by putting on a kendo-practicing mask of machoness. Asuka kicks butt and makes bento lunches with equal ease, but events in his past cause him to fear his "girly" side will be discovered and result in social ostracism. This fear only worsens when he finds out that his new love interest looks up ...more
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
I couldn't believe how much I liked this manga! I've been eyeing it off and on and never checked it out, until now!

I really, really, really loved the odd, totally out there Juta and his odd relationship with Asuka. Asuka, with the way he's drawn, sucks you in and makes the duel macho/feminine sides work for the reader. Ryu is a good foil for Asuka but not much beyond being the object of Asuka's affection and a bridge between Asuka and Juta. Of course, I'm happy Ryo exists as then the relationshi
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Kate
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
High school student, Asuka, is a man's man except that he has a secret: he actually really likes girly things like sewing, cooking, and *gasp* shoujo manga.

While exploring traditional gender roles is nothing new in manga, I wasn't sure where Otomen fit in. It seemed to be trying too hard to be taken seriously, there being a lot of parody elements reminiscent of other parody manga such as Ouran High School Host Club. Yet, there are times in this series where the parody drops away and we really d
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Alex
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
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
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Michael (Mai)
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't read manga for a long time. After reading this I know it was too long. I missed it! Cute shojo manga is at it's best with Otomen. This was a title I wanted to read when I was back in Japan but by the time I wanted to pick it up it was already at 15 volumes or something ridiculous and I was getting ready to leave Japan.

I miss reading it in Japanese but the English was still still good. I like Asuka and Ryo a lot but I don't think he could be a fictional boyfriend for me. I just like ro
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Meepelous
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
A fun light read about a man doing "girly" things and still magically retaining his masculinity!

Overall a pretty enjoyable read except for the judgment that was leveled upon Juta by the end of the volume. He was by far my favorite character and didn't really seem to be doing all that much harm - except perhaps to some fragile male egos? I might continue reading this someday, but I'm not the biggest fan of high school shojo in general so probably not. But that is by no means a judgement on the pr
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jenny
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a pretty intriguing manga. I like the guys point of view for a change. I love the cute little bento boxes made by Asuka. They made me hungry! My favorite scene is where Asuka cleans and cooks in order to impress Ryo's dad on his birthday. I look forward to getting more character development in future volumes because the characters don't seem "full" to me, especially Ryo. I will read on and see how things progress.
Poly Purple
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, manga
Okey, mientras leía watashi me apareció la recomendación de este manga, y ahora que terminé Watashi dije why not? y he comenzado pues me llamo la atención, me gusta aunque siento que va algo lento por el mismo motivo que va lento el manga que lee el protagonista.

Pero al mismo tiempo el que vaya lento le da un toque más de realismo, ese miedo a dar un paso más por temor a arruinar todo.

Por el momento no me mata... pero veamos como avanza.
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Bobby
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
2.75 stars
Alexandra
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
So cute and funny!
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good start, with pretty good artwork and main characters. Going to read more from this series.
Alex
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Great introduction! And I enjoyed getting back into this world. I love the TV show so we'll see how the manga goes...
Smart ♥
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Such a cute manga. I loved the characters and the story.
Meleofa
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read. So funny, so cute. I loved it.
Alie
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel like it's been forever since I've read any manga. This story is really light and funny so far. Overall, really cute and I'm looking forward to reading volume two!
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Interesting premise: a real man who is nevertheless interested in girly things.
N.K. Jemisin
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Gender-transgressive and more importantly, funny and cute. I like the art, too.
Seobin  Baeg
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shojo, humor
Humorous and entertaining, otomen deals with a male character rather than a female one. His manliness obscures the fact that he is simply just a otomen, or a man who likes cute and shojo-like things. While sexist stereotypes are a common part in the manga, it was very fresh. The prince and princess relationship reversed was also very interesting.

Zoe Bourgeois
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to absolutely love this, but sadly that didn't happen:( Not to say I hated this but I was just expecting sooo much more. I wanted the whole thing about the otomen to be more, just openly discussed between the characters with the phobia of otomen, but that didn't happen. whenever some was against the very thought of otomen, and was clearly bullying our main character Asuka, he and really none of his friends really, truly stood up and fought back for him. It was looked over, ignore ...more
Jesica
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

It grabbed my attention and took me on a ride through a story about a boy who is conflicted on his personal decision and of course love. The girl is not what you think so read for yourself.
Emile Mirra
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Pending.
Shawna
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Otomen is the masculine, feminine and stereotype book buster that is fun to read c:

And the art is GORGEOUS.
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Aya Kanno (菅野 文; Kanno Aya) is a Japanese shōjo manga artist. She is the former assistant of mangaka Masashi Asaki of Psychometrer Eiji fame. Her debut was in the January 2001 issue of Hana to Yume with Soul Rescue. Thus far, her work has only been serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga anthologies: Hana to Yume, The Hana to Yume, Hana to Yume Plus, and now primarily in Bessatsu Hana to Yume, in w ...more
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