Crayola’s Reading Challenge: Graphic Novel

Crayola B.    January 6, 2015
Otomen volume 1

Otomen volume 1, by Aya Kanno

I finished my first reading challenge book last week! Okay, okay, it’s a graphic novel, but hey. I still finished it and now I can check that off my list. To be entirely accurate, I’ve read probably about 25 graphic novels between January 1 and now, but Otomen was my favorite. After finishing this first volume, I quickly went and read the next 6. I only stopped because someone else has volume 8 checked out right now!

Here’s a summary of the concept:

Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things–sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shojo comics. But in a world where boys are expected to act manly, Asuka must hide his beloved hobbies and play the part of a masculine jock instead. Ryo Miyakozuka, on the other hand, is a girl who can’t sew or bake a cake to save her life. Asuka finds himself drawn to Ryo, but she likes only the manliest of men! Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to the girl that he’s falling for?

This manga is, not surprisingly, a shojo manga written for a female audience. It’s a romantic comedy–emphasis on the comedy. Even though it’s a little conventional in the given gender roles, it’s so lighthearted and fun that it’s hard to avoid getting swept along in the story! Plus, as the story progresses from volume to volume, the emphasis switches from fitting the mold to being true to yourself. And who doesn’t want a little more encouragement to be yourself?

I can’t wait to read the rest of this manga,and luckily, WNPL owns all 18 volumes. I just hope Volume 8 gets checked back in soon.

One down, 49 to go!

One down, 49 to go!

Other Categories: written by someone under 30; funny; female author; one-word title; set in a different country; finish in a day; set in high school; graphic novel; originally written in a different language; turned into a TV show [live action, not anime]

Categories this book might fit: an author you love that you haven’t read yet; friend recommended; the bottom of your to-read list; based entirely on its cover; set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit;  author you’ve never read before; takes place in your hometown; author with your same initials; started but never finished