I’m happy guys/gals because today I finally get to introduce you all to this wonderful manga. Yay ^_^
The name of it is Otomen and the reason I feel the need to recommend it is because it’s one of those that left a real impression on me. Sure it may have its share of fluff and cliches in it but I still think it is worth the checking out. I love it and am very bias(I must admit it) because it was one of the first times that I saw myself in the main character of a manga.
So what is this whole thing about? It’s a manga that focuses mostly on two characters. Asuka Masamune and Ryo Miyakozuka. Asuka is the male lead and he has a BIG secret. Despite being seen as a real manly guy he is actually a very “girlish” one. The reason he has to keep this secret is because when he was young his dad left his family to go and become a woman. This fudged up his mom who now prohibits Asuka from liking anything girly at all. 😦 Meanwhile, Ryo is a “manly” girl because that is how her father raised her. All things that would typically be considered “girly” she can not do.(Asuka can though 😉 )
I love this so much because I am basically like Asuka. haha Except I am fortunate enough to where I don’t have to hide it. I like girly things and yes I even like tomboys. 😛 It was so refreshing to read a manga that finally tackled this stuff. This manga really has fun and revels at turning a lot of the gender roles on it’s head. It doesn’t only do it with the main characters either, you get side characters too that don’t fit the normal gender norms.
So yeah, Asuka isn’t the only otomen around. Quite a few of the other characters have their own double lives going on too. And while they may be otomen they are their own different types of otomen. One may like flowers, while another may like make-up. It makes for a nice diverse cast of characters. The introduction of them also helps keep the pace up. Oh and I’m glad to say that these characters get a descent amount of development, at least enough for you to get where they are coming from and what made them the way they are. 🙂
The problem is that while it does play around with gender roles. It still manages to fall into typical shoujo manga trappings. All those common cliches are here just with the twist that the girl is the guy and the guy is the girl. I personally think that is enough to make those cliches still enjoyable. I can however see how some people would find problems with that. So it is something to keep in mind if those things really bother you. That is really the only stand out negative.
Then in terms of the art style,, I thought it was nice. A bit on the simplistic side but it did stay consistent throughout the manga’s run. Which was 18 volumes long btw. Not a short read but totally worth trying out at least. I mean so many people loved it that they made a live action J-Drama adaption. I’ve seen it, thought it was good too. 😀
Overall if shoujo/romance manga is your thing then I think you will like this. If you are a guy who likes girly things then I think you will love this. This is truly a hidden gem so go check it out now! ^_^