Otomen
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Posted 11/27/10

At 1st i wouldnt read it. But then i did and it was really good! Otomen means a guy who likes girly things cute things cooking and things like that. But they are not gay they just like girly things is all. Its romantic comedy type of manga its really good. I mean i have a otomen hubby but i love him its sooo cute! If you never read a shojo manga befor u should so read this one! I had my friends read it and they all love it even the guys. I have watch the drama. My boyfriend got it as a gift for me and its really good. Its some what not the same as the manga but they both are good.

Plot
Asuka Masamune is the coolest, manliest guy in his whole school. He excels in judo and karate, and as captain of the kendo team he reached the national championship tournament. However, he has a secret: the things he really loves are sweets, cute things, cooking, shōjo manga and sewing. He hides this part of his life from everyone else until he meets a girl named Ryo Miyakozuka, the daughter of a martial artist and heir to his dojo.

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Asuka Masamune (正宗 飛鳥, Masamune Asuka?)
The main character of the story. He's very tall, masculine and cool but secretly, he loves all things cute, sweet, and lovely. This, however, does not stop him from being necessarily tough on occasion- he can defend himself and his friends. When Asuka was young his father left his family because he wanted to become a woman. This affected Asuka's mother severely and when she saw that her son was starting to like girly things she forced him to be masculine. Asuka also clearly states that while he likes girly things, he does not want to become a woman. When a new girl in school, Ryo Miyakozuka, is being bullied he defends her and later falls in love with her. Among his talents, besides sports, are cooking and sewing. He also enjoys reading the fictional shōjo manga Love Chick.

Ryo Miyakozuka (都塚 りょう, Miyakozuka Ryō?)
Ryo is a new transfer student at Asuka's school. She lives with her father who is a very tough police officer. Even though she is a girl, she cannot sew, cook, bake, make bento or do any other "girly" things with which Asuka helps her. She also likes action movies.

Juta Tachibana (橘 充太, Tachibana Jūta?)
A playboy who befriends Asuka and Ryo, and helps Asuka with his relationship with Ryo. Under the penname Jewel Sachihana, Tachibana is actually the author of Asuka's favorite manga, Love Chick, which he bases on Asuka and Ryo's relationship. Because of this, he tries to further their relationship when his story bogs down. Juta is the only son and eldest in a family of 11 children. Juta was inspired to become a mangaka after meeting a girl who let him borrow a shōjo manga. He ended up falling in love with her, but only to find out that she was moving away. He promised to see her off, but by the time he got to her house, she was already gone, leaving him heart broken. He returned home to find the manga she loaned him, unread. He had forgotten about it and never gave it back. So he reads it and falls in love with shōjo manga. Juta also doesn't want anyone to find out that he is actually Jewel Sachihana.

Hajime Tonomine
The captain of Kinbara High School's kendo team, he sees Asuka as his lifelong rival. He is the strong and silent type but is actually an otomen who is good with makeup. Similar to Asuka Tonomine's father told him to give up his girly habits fearing it would interfere with his Kendo. He is a Tsun-sama a word Juta came up with combining the words tsundere and ore-sama.

Yamato Ariake
An Underclassman at Asuka's school. He has a very girly appearance which he hates. He loves martial arts and trains hard to become good. He admires manliness and has long delusional fantasies about being manly. He believes Asuka to be the ideal man and is oblivious to the fact that Asuka is an otomen.

Kitora Kurokawa

Asuka's classmate. He has a mysterious somewhat threatening appearance thanks to his tall stature and his covered eyes. He is obsessed with the beauty of flowers and covers everything from buildings to people with them. He is an otomen who refers to himself as the flower evangelist.

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Posted 11/27/10
yep i know this manga. there is also drama (live action)series for it.

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Posted 11/27/10
yea i ssen it its really good i got it as a gift from my boyfriend
Posted 11/28/10 , edited 11/28/10
I'm currently reading Otomen at the moment myself & own the first 8 volumes of the manga so far to date ^^

I've not long started Volume 6 & am enjoying it very much, also wishing it could be made into an anime aswell ^^
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Posted 11/28/10
It's a really good manga ^_^
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Posted 11/28/10
I have all 8 to i cant wait til 9 and 10
Posted 11/29/10

ImYummyChocolates wrote:

I have all 8 to i cant wait til 9 and 10


Same here! I think it ends with Volume 11 aswell I do believe ^^

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Posted 11/29/10


Yea i think it does lol i cant wait but its so far away
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Posted 12/1/10
Loving it so far, thanks for the recommendation. Juta is definitely my favourite character .
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Posted 12/3/10
I gave the first two to my friend for her birthday, and she seemed to really like them. Haven't got around to reading the series myself, though.
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Posted 12/11/10
at first it was good, then the story got really boring
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