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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

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Latest Release(s)
c.15 by S2scans over 5 years ago
v.4 c.14 by I Eat Manga over 8 years ago
v.4 c.13 by I Eat Manga over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

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6 topics, 25 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (713 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.03 / 10.0
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March 3rd 2018, 8:59pm 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 #847 decreased(-14)
3 Month Pos #1075 increased(+7)
6 Month Pos #1060 decreased(-10)
Year Pos #1050 decreased(-26)

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Mystery Scanlation Group? over 4 years ago
Otomen to End in November over 5 years ago
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Rating: N/A
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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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.
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(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:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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