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From Serenus-Dreamers:

Asuka is a guy who has likings for girly things like shoujo manga, baking, and sewing. However, his mother forbids this and wants him to grow up manly. He starts learning kendo and karate and grows up to be the stoic guy his mother wants him to be. But can he fight the urge of falling in love and revealing his true self?


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Associated Names
Chàng Trai Hoàn Hảo
Maiden Man
Otomen: Um Doce de garoto (Brazilian Portuguese)

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
c.15 by S2scans (1138d ago)
v.4 c.14 by I Eat Manga (2107d ago)
v.4 c.13 by I Eat Manga (2132d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (674 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 18th 2015, 4:03am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (18 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1063 increased(+63)
3 Month Pos #1089 decreased(-40)
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It's cute, but with a lot of flaws.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
December 12th, 2014, 7:31pm
This story was not a masterpiece by any means, but it was cute, and the art was lovely.
I LOVED ASUKA's girly side, but..... the author overdid it. Seriously. Even normal girls don't think the way Asuka does.

- The author tried pretty hard to reverse gender roles. His message of accepting men with effeminate characteristics definitely got across to me.
- The art was cute
- The main character is easily lovable

- The story was unbelievably CLICHE, underdeveloped, and (believe it or not) STEREOTYPICAL!!
- flat, one-dimensional characters (including main characters)
- WAY too long
- ridiculously convenient situations (random characters would pop out of nowhere in order to get the plot moving)
- very LITTLE on-screen romantic development (other than Asuka's constant blushing, there were few scenes involving romance.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
(there was about 3-5 hugs, and 1 kiss in the whole freaking manga)

My biggest disappointment with this manga is that it FAILED to reach its potential. The premise was so interesting, but the author decided to flatly categorize the characters without fleshing out different aspects of their personalities. ... Everything felt very... superficial and fake

Here's the ending if you wish to be spoiled:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Asuka, the girly dude, marries the female lead 10 years after high school graduation. Pretty much everyone is happy, and Asuka's dad became a transvestite.

(i actually really liked the ending... but the amount of poor quality story-telling I had to suffer through made me dislike this manga)

... Last updated on December 12th, 2014, 7:40pm
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Sooooooooo Gooooood!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rebekahs5
November 3rd, 2014, 10:04am
This was such a great read! ^_^ I had already seen the live action version of Otomen and so I was worried that it would let me down. Boy was I WRONG! This was SO much better then I was expecting. The only thing I regret is the fact that I had been putting off reading it is for so long. Totally worth the time I spent reading all the chapters.
The ending was brilliant. There were no loose ends. All the characters were well fleshed out and very lovable. It was funny, heartwarming, sad at times and even a little crazy. The romance was this mangas icing on the cake. Asuka and Ryo where an amazing couple with unparalleled chemestry. <3
PLEASE. READ. THIS. MANGA. You will not regret it!! If you love shoujo manga, you need this in your life! 10/10 5 Stars!
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No shoujo lover is too manly to read this!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HoneyDippedLemons
August 23rd, 2014, 1:41pm
I can't remember when was the last time I had so much fun reading a shoujo manga! First I thought this is going to be just your typical shoujo, but with the roles reversed. And it kinda-sorta was, but to me Asuka and the other characters were just so refreshing that I had to fall in love with this.

I especially like the fact that there's no typical crybaby girl in this. I'm also glad that although Asuka is girly, he still feels like a boy, and Ryo is manly, but feels like a girl. This manga is actually about peoples' hobbies and interests and accepting people for who they are. I often complain how shoujo is unrealistic, cliched and over the top, but this manga reminded me that the reasons why I liked shoujo in the first place are because it's innocent, naive and it makes my heart flutter.

Although at the beginning I wanted to smack Kanno sensei for not making this into a shounen ai (seriously the bromance at the beginning was so good...), but eventually Ryo won me over, and Kanno sensei stopped with the teasing.

If all of this isn't enough to convince you to give this a shot, read it for the sole purpose of seeing an otomen who looks like Nappa from DBZ (yes there is a character like that).

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 3:58pm
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Rating: N/A
by LouEngine
August 24th, 2013, 2:12pm
the story is kind of interesting but.. I'd rather read a BL story. No matter how I look at it, if he was involved with a guy, he'd leave her just like his father did to his mother. He's a girl after all, and I don't believe Ryou-chan can always be strong like a man. Their relationship looks very weak to me, even if it works for a few years, it won't work longer. It can't convince me that he's totally a straight man. *sigh* even if he'd change later, I don't believe his change will last long, because he's always been a girl since he was born.
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by koolgurl5
June 29th, 2013, 12:55am
Well it's not my cup of tea, I gave it a shot but it is out of my so called "comfort zone". I only managed to read two chapters, I couldn't continue on. The gender swap was kind of disturbing and irritating, in my opinion but the manga plot was a different approach. The guy's personality was a little too much to handle lol. It is worth the try because it's different from your average shoujo mangas.
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Not my thing~   
Rating: N/A
by eriberri
February 1st, 2013, 7:48am
I had really high hopes going in to this manga; especially as - due to what some other reviewers has mentioned - I was expecting the female lead to be as "boyish" as Asuka is "girlish" (something like a female banchou/delinquent) thus making it a really interesting and unique concept.. but not only is the female lead pretty stereotypical (how many shoujo manga feature cute girls who can't cook - that doesn't make them any less girlish) with nothing particularly special about her, she's not boyish whatsoever.

This was the major letdown for me because I envisioned a really captivating love story between two androgynous characters with clashing personalities that found themselves drawn to one another. I guess I should really learn to take the tags listed with a grain of salt. It was only later that I even realized that the 'love story' was a weak and minor part of the 'action' at best.

Asuka - or the concept of him, and not how he actually turned out - had potential too, but all in all it seemed to skim over everything too quickly and lacked any kind of depth or real characterization. I couldn't connect or feel anything for any of the characters (I would have liked to like Asuka, but he had such a bland personality) and just ended up boring me to tears very quickly.

On another note: A couple of times, at least in the parts I read, it almost seemed as if it could drift off into a BL (which could only have been a good thing) but even that quickly turned out to be a bland old tease.. sigh..
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I still love this so, so much.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by geekdiva
April 23rd, 2012, 1:17pm
I ask my library to get every volume. I love the characters, interactions, difficulties, resolutions, and the new elements added just before things get stale.

For a while it looked like it was going to start focusing less on the main characters and more on the "new elements" ensemble, but it actually was a set-up for the latest US volume, #12. And, I teared up. Yes. Yes I did. Unabashedly, and later in front of a friend when I caught him up on the volume.

The story has returned to the core events with more impact than ever, without letting up on the humor. And, if like me, you
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come from a "broken" family,
there are two full-page door images that, when contrasted, will make you feel the distance that can be so stupidly difficult to close.
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I don't get it.   
Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
January 17th, 2012, 7:25pm
When i first starting reading this manga i didn't see the appeal, i mean sure the guy is incredibly girly and the girl is incredibly manly its ACTUALLY pretty cliched. The execution at the start was pretty great even i have to admit, but there was always something missing, i was only reading because i was bored. Also then throw in the impossible situations and then the really quick love confession and this manga lost me. I'm not trying to throw you off this manga, its cute, the drawings are amazing, i love asuka but it just wasn't for me.
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Really loved how it started out...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by InLibrisLibertas
December 7th, 2011, 3:44pm
The first few volumes were amazing and the art was gorgeous, but lately it seems to be going kind of downhill. In the beginning, the plot seemed to be focused equally between Asuka's being an Otomen and his relationship with Ryo, but as of the last release (vol. 11 ch. 44....which aren't listed here for some reason), she has been largely absent and more of an afterthought than anything else.

Instead the manga is now mostly focused on the Asuka's struggle with his girly interests and his opposing mother and once in a while Ryo will come out to remind everyone she still exists. And for how often we're reminded of their "love," we rarely see it in action. They go out on a few awkward dates, but after 11 volumes there's only been one hug and nothing else, if I remember correctly. So I think the Romance tag might be a bit misleading. It's more like just shoujo/comedy with a sprinkling of heavy blushing and confessions, but minimal actual romance. And with no signs of the series ending, who knows how much longer we'll have to slog through to really get to any of it...if we ever do?

Add to that, the art has gotten noticeably sloppier, which is disappointing sad
The biggest difference is in profiles/noses, where before they were more defined and now it looks like she just swooped through in one shot. They all look too flat and pointy and the result is that the different characters are starting to look too similar.

I'll give it a 5 because it's still funny and pretty cute, but I hope it can bring itself back closer to where it began by the time the series ends.
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Everyone's an Otomen   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by whistlebird
September 4th, 2011, 7:47pm
Despite myself, I really enjoy reading this series. The art is my favorite part I think (beeeaaauuutiful), and it's always cracking me up too. I can't help but love the characters, though at some point you realize there are too many bishie otomens in this series to be even remotely realistic. Actually, it gets a little ridiculous. They're all otomens, in one way or another, whether it's make-up, flowers, shoujo manga, or stuffed animals--or all of the above and then some. But hey, this is shoujo manga, so what can I really say? It's just a fun, silly series where the handsome manly men all have tender hearts (Well, maybe not Tonomine lol) and a taste for the painfully cute. Also the romance between Asuka and the tomboy Ryo is frustratingly slow, but cute and innocent.
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