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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 him being so and wants him to grow up manly. He starts learning kendo and karate and grows up to be stoic guy. But can he fight the urge of falling in love and hiding his real identity?


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

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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (651 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (18 Volumes - Complete)

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by daisukekamiya
February 27th, 2009, 4:41pm
reading this reminds me of my dad....I love the main character how he acts manly infront of others while having such a girly heart, at some points I thought this was going to take a yaoi turn, but that only made it more fun to read!
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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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not sure yet   
Rating: N/A
by pleochroic
February 10th, 2011, 1:17pm
i started reading this because i think japan, and especially shoujo, needs manga in which people break through gender barriers, and it sure can't hurt westerners either. this is a true gender bender; not as in body swapping or pretending to be a boy/girl, but as in stretching the meaning of gender beyond its standard perceptions. i am glad i didn't put it down after reading the first 2 volumes in scanlation, which is truly terrible; not just in minor areas, but important bits are translated with the wrong meaning, and it generally makes the manga seem like crap. if you can only read english, do yourselves a favour and get viz's version, which is actually quite good; viz has improved a lot. beyond the translation, the manga itself is uneven. the lead character is wonderful, the supporting cast is fun, the love interest is at least theoretically great (though i'd like to see more of her personality). the plot is ... there seems to be no plot, and i think there needs to be a bit more structure if the gender stuff is to be more than just a gimmick. it would be very disappointing if that's how it ends up being. the whole fiancee arc was just a stupid waste of time. IMO the live action adaption is considerably better at this point; it takes what's good from the manga, arranges it better, and leaves the truly bad parts out. ryou has more personality too. watch it; it's worth it.

there are absolutely no "shounen ai" undertones so far (v05), unless you want to see slashy undertones in everything that has pretty boys (me, i am all for it -- but don't mislead other readers); it's just a modified harem (modified because they're not all after the female lead).
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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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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by khmershinobi
February 5th, 2011, 10:17pm
This manga is adorable, character and plot-wise that is. The art is gorgeous and distinctive. No real plot as of yet, but if you love shoujo like I do, then it's worth the read. My only complaint, however, is that the love interest, Ryo, has close to nothing resembling a personality whatsoever. I mean, she's cute and all, but I find a few of her reactions very boring, compared to the rest. Other than that, this being a shoujo manga doesn't need to be taken too seriously, just read for fun biggrin
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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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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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Funny and very Unpredictable!!!!!!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lileychristie
June 23rd, 2008, 8:09am
I never really like shoujo but this one really grabbed me!!!!!!!!!!

It's soooooooo hilarious I can't stop laughing reading it. But it also has some meaning to say, people has the right to be whoever they wanted to be ^^

And the story is not cliche like other shoujos too, it's so unpredictable, even the first chapter surprise me!

A MUST READ!!!! ^^
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Unique in Role Reversal rather than Body Swap   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Mandy Rin
August 16th, 2007, 2:53am
An interesting study into gender roles, which is enhanced due to the social conditions in Japan. Or, you know, a fun role-reversal manga.

It is refreshing to see a mangaka that does not condemn their characters for harbouring hobbies that do not coincide with their gender, but rather promotes the positive message of being yourself, despite gender preconceptions. All too often, males are portrayed as tough fighters, while females are proficient at cooking and sewing in shoujo manga, making this series stand out.

On the manga itself - the art is extremely attractive and the format is easy to read (one does not have to re-read pages to understand). Unique concept. I was pleasantly surprised by the character of Miyakozuka Ryou, who portrays a more realistic version of the modern teenage girl.
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by Chibiheaven
July 4th, 2007, 2:59pm
So adorable~ is all i can say xD Lovely art and story ^^
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