The story centers around the popular high school boy Masamune Asuka, the top kendo fighter in the nation. However, beneath his cool exterior, he is actually fond of sweets and shojo manga, and is skilled in sewing and cooking. When he instantly falls for the transfer student Miyakozuka Ryo, his secret is in danger of being exposed. --Tokyograph
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 but then he meets a girl named Ryo Miyakozuka, the daughter of a martial artist and heir to his dojo.
The title, "Otomen" is a pun made of the Japanese word otome
(乙女?), meaning "young lady" or "mistress", and the English word "men". The characters in the series refer to Asuka as an "otomen" and even he himself has done so.
?) is a fictional shōjo manga by Jewel Sachihana that runs in the fictional manga magazine Hana to Mame
(a parody of Hana to Yume
). Juta Tachibana bases its story on the relationship between Asuka and Ryo, with the lead characters even sharing names pronounced the same but applied to the opposite genders. However, Asuka's name in Love Chick
is written in katakana rather than the kanji used for Asuka's name in Otomen
, and Ryo's name is written in kanji rather than in hiragana name in Otomen
The manga is written and illustrated by Aya Kanno and has been serialized in the shōjo
manga magazine Bessatsu Hana to Yume
since 2006. Serial chapters have been collected in ten tankōbon volumes by Hakusensha as of February 2010. Viz Media licensed the series for its Shojo Beat imprint. French publisher Delcourt licensed Otomen
and released its first volume in September 2008. As of January 2010, eight volumes have been released. In Spain, the publisher Planeta DeAgostini has licensed the series as Otomen
with its first volume released in December 2008. As of September 2009, six volumes have been released.
Original writing (manga): Otomen by Kanno Aya
Screenwriters: Noguchi Teruo (野口照夫), Kurihara Maki (栗原鞠記), Hanzawa Ritsuko (半澤律子), Fukuhara Kota (吹原幸太)
Producer: Sekiya Masayuki (関谷正征)
Director: Tanimura Masaki
Music: Audio Highs
Viewership rating: 8.0 (Kanto)
Theme song: lover soul by Shibasaki Kou