I've been slowly reading this, the latest instalment of this thought provoking manga series.
Asuka is still struggling to reconcile his love of girlish things and his innate manliness.
Something which is made the harder because of his fathers departure from the family early on in Asuka's life to be a woman and his mom's constant "Don't become like your father" jibes.
No doubt this whole episode of his life was traumatic but really he's a hit with the ladies being able to second guess just what it is they'd appreciate for things like Valentine's Day and even make it himself. He takes a high school girl out for her first date ever but still he worries if he'd end up like his father. You feel for him.