An Otomen is a guy who likes girly things. Cute, sparkly, romantic, sewing, knitting, baking, cooking, that kind of stuff. Not the usual masculine activities. Asuka Masamune outwardly does all the tough stuff like judo, karate and kendo, but the side he keeps hidden is all soft and cuddly.
Asuka and his friend Juta both like the Ryo, the new girl at their school. She doesn't like the girly stuff and says she could only ever like a manly man. This leads Asuka to some difficult decisions.
At first, I was a bit confused by what seemed to be multiple story lines, but I continued reading and it became clear. A few side bars are messages from author Aya Kanno. They are not part of the story, rather she is sharing background about herself , helping to explain why she writes shojo (love story) comics. Shojo are also Asuka's favourite books. Further layers are added when we learn of Juta's career. While attending school, he also creates shojo comics based on his friend Asuka.
I think I will definitely enjoy this story more the second time I read it. I'm sure I missed making various connections the first time. The artwork is wonderful and contains so many details, that multiple readings will reveal more depth to the story.
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