As promised, Otomen debuted last night on Japanese TV. Britton Watkins created this guest post, which neatly summarizes the plot and characters.
Asuka’s Father was a soft-spoken and romantic gardener.
But the precocious youth Asuka adored him and emulated him at every turn.
Beautiful Mom thought Dad was just great too…
…until one day when everyone was getting all excited about telling the truth and being praised for such honesty…
…Dad decided to proclaim his life-long desire to be [insert dramatic pause here] a WOMAN. [Insert follow-up GASP! here.]
The doctors were barely able to save Mom from the shock. Dad vanished and Asuka was made to promise to never end up like his father. His belovèd stuffed toys, banished from the household forever.
Jump to the present. Asuka is the toughest dude at school. He’s a kendo master.
Vanquishes every opponent.
He’s butch, thin, and beautiful…
But, with a soft, sensitive side too.
He’s an “Otomen.” (Princess Guy)
Of course, he’s a great student. A role model in every way.
His str8 friends think he’s super cool…
The gay guy [with the most retarded hair in the history of broadcast television] wants to BE him.
And the mysterious new transfer student is drawn to him for reasons that neither she nor he completely understand.
But when Mom’s away, ghosts of stuffed animals past haunt him.
How can he completely deny himself his clandestine knitting passions ???
His special friends love and sustain him…
…but that’s not the kind of secret you can keep forever (especially from your str8 stalker buddies).
There’s a gang of bullies causing endless mischief; and Asuka is really good at baking cakes (and icing them perfectly with decorative rosettes); and the new girl has a bad-ass side to her that almost no one can believe… but I can’t give the whole thing away.
Of course, this is all so controversial that it has to be broadcast at 11:10 PM on Saturday night (presumably, to protect the innocent ? ).
Otomen! On Air Now.
Thank you, Japan.
PS: You may want to include this link for people who want to know more. Like how to get it in English in the States. VIZ Media is publishing it.
Editor’s Note: And the television live action version should be up and subtitled soon on my favorite fan-sub website: