What’s on the back: Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things — sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shoujo comicsBut in a world were 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 to Ryo, but she likes only the manliest of men! Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, musch less to the girl that he’s falling for?
Review: Is it me, or is an otomen the perfect husband? I know most women would die to find a husband, who cooks, sew, and in my case, loves to read shoujo! In my honest opinion, Asuka is the perfect guy. Not only is domestically incline, he’s also good at sports and other “manly” things suck as kendo. I’m not going to lie, I would die to eat one of his lunches. Not to mention, he’s not gay! All the guys that I know that are like this, they are normally not interested in the opposite sex.
Ryo on the other hand, she’s more like me in the sense of not being able to the things a women should know how to do, such as cook. Ryo is actually a mess when it comes to domestic things. She can’t bake cakes, and she’s not really into cute things. I don’t blame her though, she was raised by a father, who is the manliest of men. It was love at first sight for Asuka, but how can he like a girl, who goes for guys who are really manly?
It’s funny how one of my favourite character in this volume is actually Juta. At school, he’s a ladies man. But at night he’s a mangaka. Not for a shounen, but a shoujo! A really popular one, as a matter of fact. He based his main characters on Asuka and Ryo. But the thing is, Asuka makes the perfect heroine! The funny thing about this situation is, Asuka loves this manga. But he hasn’t realized it’s based on him. lol.
What can I say about the art? I have been a fan of Aya Kanno Sensei’s art since I read her past series, Blank Slate. In Blank Slate, her artwork wasn’t as girly, but the moment I open the pages of Otomen, everything about it screams shoujo. Which I don’t mind, of course. Every page there are stars and flowers everywhere, but I don’t really mind, because the theme of this Manga is about feminity.
Final Thoughts: I loved Otomen. If Asuka was a real, living, and breathing guy, I’m pretty sure a lot of girls would go for him (That includes me too).
Overall Grade: A