Today's post is on Otomen volume 2 by Aya Kanno. It is the second in her Otomen series. It is 192 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. You need to have read the first volume to understand the story. The cover is dark blue with two of the main characters 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?
Asuka's mother shows up with a surprise announcement--it's time for Asuka to meet his fiancée! What kind of girl does she have in mind for him? And how will Ryo respond to the match?
Review- Asuka makes me laugh but he is so sweet. His romantic fantasies are over-the-top. It is Christmas at the beginning of the volume and he wants to spend Christmas with Ryo. But Ryo never has cerebrated Christmas person before because her family are Buddhist, like most Japanese. But Asuka sees Christmas as a romantic holiday to spend with the person you love. So of course Asuka goes overboard but it is very cute. Asuka's mother comes home to tell him that he has a fiancée and they should just go ahead and get married! But the girl is a little nuts. She discovers Asuka's hobbies and she is willing to use them against him. But Ryo saves him in the end and Asuka has stars in his eyes as she does. But I do have a problems with Asuka's mother. She just wants her son to fit into how she thinks he should be. No matter what pain it causes Asuka, I hope Kanno deals with that. I want Asuka to be able to be himself with everyone.
I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.