Today's post is on Otomen volume 1 by Aya Kanno. It is the first in her Otomen series. It is 208 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. The cover is light blue with the main character in the center looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and very mild violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- 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?
Review- This is the cutest manga that I have read in all long time if not ever. Asuka feels that he cannot openly like 'girly' things because of his families past. His father lied to his mother and then left her because he was transsexual. So Asuka feels that if he likes 'girly' things then he will hurt his mother. In this volume it is has not discussed the difference between liking something and being something but I hope that we get there. What we get is a very sweet love story between a boy and the girl who does not know that he likes her in a romance way. Add in a best friend with a secret and little high school drama and we have a cute and sweet love story that may kill me with sugar but I like it.
I give this manga a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.