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Monday, June 21, 2010

Manga Monday: Otomen

Otomen by Aya Kanno

Reviewing: Volumes 1-3
Serialized by Viz
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Comedy
Age Group: 10+
Plot: 3 stars
Art: 4.5 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Other: Live Drama series

Asuka Masamune is an otomen—he likes girly such as sewing, baking, cooking, making cute stuffed animals and reading shoujo mangas. But he hides that behind his stoic, cool and calm personality so no one will know. Especially considering his father left him and his mother to become a woman.

Ryo Miyakozuka is the mere opposite. She’s a manly girl who cannot cook, sew, or bake to save her life. She only lives with her father so she has no mother figure to teach her these life necessities.

Asuka likes Ryo and the more he likes her, the more he’s baking, making cute stuffed animals and reading mangas. Ryo, however, only likes the manliest or men!

My friend loves this series. I find it decent enough. It’s awkwardly funny with enough sweetness to rot any set of teeth. It’s cliché, it’s cheesy, it’s adorable, it’s one dimensional—it’s shoujo. There are some mild twists that only add to the “awh” factor.


  1. Oh, this looks like such an awesome manga read! The story is so cute too. I guess it's one of those quick shoujo reads. =)

  2. i really need to get into manga! tis shameful

  3. I've read up to volume 4 of this series & I have volumes 5 & 6 on the way - - it may not start off strong but it actually gets better.

    I'd put it in the same league as Maid Sama seeing as both the series try more to make fun of the shojo stereotypes by mocking them & indulging in them. Though the person who writes/draws Maid Sama does a much better job of this.

    I'm addicted to both the series.
    I'll take shojo over shonen most any day.