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From whyanime:

This series is about a girl named Otome who's searching for love now that she has entered high school. But of course, finding love isn't going to be easy, especially if you have three delinquent boys who are your childhood friends. Otome explains to the boys that since they are in high school now, she wants to find love and fall deeply in love, but Tokio (one of her childhood friends) insist that she be part of his plan. He dreams of taking over the school and becoming a grand gang leader; he'll even let her join as the sub-leader. What is she going to do? As she sneaks away from the boys, she catches a couple of girls watching the most popular boy, Touyou, being confessed to!? Is this love at first sight? She decides to spy/stalk him... what will she find out?

Extra 1 - The Boy Next Door (Tonari no Danshi)
Extra 2 - System vs Freedom


Related Series

Associated Names
OTOME - Liebesjagd mit Hindernissen
System vs Freedom
The Boy Next Door (Tonari no Danshi)

Groups Scanlating
Aerandria Scans
Forbidden Garden
Rebellious Love

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.Extra 2 (end) by Forbidden Garden over 5 years ago
v.2 c.Extra 1 by Forbidden Garden over 6 years ago
v.2 c.7 by Forbidden Garden over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (283 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.5 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 31st 2014, 2:18pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #763 increased(+40)
Monthly Pos #1660 increased(+302)
3 Month Pos #3307 (No change)
6 Month Pos #4228 increased(+628)
Year Pos #4986 increased(+1232)

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Kind hard to review.   
Rating: N/A
by Criminal Intent
December 21st, 2010, 4:35am
Manga like this one are hard to accurately gauge since they don't really take themselves seriously. (Hell, they even made a joke out of her parents marital struggles). While Otome and Touyou's relationship is incredibly contrived and ridiculous, it's hard to get annoyed since the even that is handled in a satirical manner.

I'll admit that the way Otome just "falls in love" is almost eye-rollingly pathetic. But still it's played as a joke up until the end and she's one of the few shoujo heroines that actually kick ass The secondary characters were all interesting as well. Tokio and his gang and Misao.

As you can tell from this haphazard comment. This manga is just hard to summarize. Overall I loved it, but it may not be for everyone.
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Definatly a MUST READ   
Rating: N/A
by dark-angel333
April 21st, 2009, 7:04pm
This is the best manga.....At first i thought it would be know when the main girl is bold but then suddenly changes her personality into an innocent girl....But this manga does nopt seem like its going to make that type of turn...The drawings are great...The storyline is PERFECT...What else do you want??
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Love it, LOVE IT!   
Rating: N/A
by ishitagupta
July 3rd, 2009, 11:56am
You probably already know of Yokoyama's atypical very realistic and very super awesome heroines. They are all that plus oodles of attitude and self respect and fiestyness to spare. I like the steady character development and the multiple layers to all characters. Unbeatable art per usual! Very unexpected from start to well... as far as the scans go for now! Do yourself a favour and read it! NOT your typical love triangle!
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
September 19th, 2012, 11:06pm
How can people love this crap? He's one of the biggest narcissistic douche I've ever come across in the manga world! And the girl is one of the shallowest dumbasses ever! This manga was so shallow, not funny and after chapter one, I skimmed all the other ones till the end just to see if I could find any value in it whatsoever but nope, it sucks. 7.9?! That's ridiculous.
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Extremely Interesting   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BlackandRedStreaks
June 24th, 2011, 2:52am
It's so hard to find shoujo manga with a gangster as the lead male. And when you do it's usually with an eccentric silly puritan as the lead girl. I love Otome's more realistic personality and the less-than-perfect male lead. Although it's easy to predict the outcome I'm thoroughly enjoying the trip.
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Rating: N/A
by sinyorita
February 1st, 2012, 4:22am
I loved the story and its lighthearted way of smashing the stereo type of an All perfect boyfriend.
The best part was the humour and BOY was that heroin absolutely kiss ass!!
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Love the heroine   
Rating: N/A
by mercury160
June 12th, 2011, 8:42pm
The heroine is definitely someone to like because of her direct attitude and fighting spirit. The plot is deep with both good-looking boys having their reasons of liking her. I don't feel that the characters change much, but their personalities generate many comical moments. The drawing is good as well. If you are a shoujo type, do read.

I definitely have my bias though on who she should go with, and with chapter 6, I don't like where it's going.
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So funny!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lilly.mamoru
May 3rd, 2010, 11:21pm
Seriously. Sometimes shoujo manga has the ability to make you want to throw up while you're reading it. But not this one. Sure it looks like "just another shoujo manga" to some, and somewhat predictable storyline. What makes Otomentaru better than your regular shoujo is that it surprises you when you think you got it all figured out. Plus the art is good. I love the supporting characters especially Otome's grandma and her crazy antics. When I first saw her, I laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. And, the precious "stunned" expressions on Tokio & the gang when Otome told them the reason not to pick a fight with Touyou. Lol.

I'm looking forward to read more work of this mangaka.
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You Know...   
Rating: N/A
by shojojunkie
June 5th, 2010, 3:59pm
This manga is seriously hot. The love triangle spin is just a bonus to the cool storyline. Everything you want in a shojo manga is in this story. You will even like the villain. It's ditzy, it's cute, it's heartwarming and it's romantic. Read it with your boyfriend.
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Kind of immature...okay if you like shoujo in general   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Dagorkitty
October 25th, 2015, 11:12am
Maybe I'm too old to be reading shoujo manga, I mean, I mostly read yaoi and josei. But really, it felt so shallow, I had to skim through the last few chapters. It was fun, just not enough to pull me in. There are few shoujo manga I can read now-a-days where I don't come to the point where I think some character keeps doing the most retarded things. I'm sorry for the rant, this manga is pretty okay if you like your typical shoujo though, so if you do, I recommend you read it.
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