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Otomen, Vol. 1 by Aya Kanno
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Otomen, Vol. 1

by Aya Kanno

Series: Otomen (1)

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    Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori (Char739)
    Char739: Both series are about school life, and feature a main character who defies the gender assigned roles to hide who they really are.
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Interesting premise: a real man who is nevertheless interested in girly things. ( )
  leandrod | Oct 4, 2017 |
I sat and read this one at the library. I think I'm in love ( )
  plaeski | Dec 16, 2014 |
Masumune, Asuka 2nd year National Kendo Champion adores frilly soft things, and likes cooking and sewing. Due to a complex of his father's abandonment, and his mother's scorn he runs away from the things he loves.
Early on he saves our leading lady, Ryou, and instantly falls for her. This leads him going out and buying bags of stuffed toy needlepoint kits, and a series of shojo manga.
Don't miss this hysterical start.
Cheers! ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things, but in order to keep the approval of family and classmates, he forces himself to hide it. But when he starts falling for Ryo, a girl who only likes masculine guys, he worries he'll never be able to show his true self to anyone.

It's funny and refreshing to see gender roles so completely switched in what is otherwise your typical shoujo manga romantic comedy. So far it doesn't seem like the series is concerned with a deep discussion of gender roles, and some might argue that the approach only reinforces stereotypes rather than breaking them, but at least it is sympathetic to the characters' insecurities about their unconventional preferences. The characters are likeable, the art is clean and pretty, and of course the endless drawings of cute things make this a fun read. Looking forward to what happens in the next volumes! ( )
  DeweyEver | Apr 24, 2014 |
Asuka Masamune is in love with Ryo Miyakozuka, but he's spent his whole life suppressing his true feminine personality that he isn't at all sure how to behave in order to win her affection. It seems that whenever he indulges in the activities that he's good at -- sewing, knitting, reading shojo manga, etc. -- he gets teased, so it's much easier for him to continue pretending to be the ultra-masculine guy that he's been his entire life. Being a black belt in judo certainly gets you more respect than making cute stuffed animals, but at what price?

Otomen is seriously sweet. Asuka is charming and his awkwardness only makes him more relate-able and appealing. I enjoyed reading about Asuka's struggles and the way that Ryo's often inversely mirrors his (Ryo's reliance on Asuka to make a passable cake for her father's birthday is adorable). There is an additional level with another supporting character that is involved in Asuka's favorite shojo manga and I'm very curious to see if and when Asuka will make the discovery that he finds the manga so easy to relate to for several reasons...

The art style is a little generic, but very cute. Most of the panels are minimally shaded and focus heavily on facial expressions, etc. rather than background or action, but I feel like it was appropriate for such a heavily character driven story. I am eager to read the rest of the series and find out the direction that Asuka and Ryo's relationship takes and whether or not Asuka is able to finally be true to himself. ( )
  vombatiformes | Mar 18, 2014 |
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But in addition to delivering the handsome-boy goods, it’s got lots of subtle and blatant gender-bending humor; whether it’s reactionary or a parody of reactionary attitudes, it’s pretty hilarious.
 
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"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 to Ryo, but she likes only the manliest of men! Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to the girl that he's falling for?"--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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