I love it and it's funny how they are so defensive with Mai-hime (not even Otome) but they really can not defend it properly.
Is it only restricted to Manga? The same series can also generate different materials, such as novels and even games, it is not restricted to manga and Anime.
the point is that they try to declare Hime's manga as an unimportant derivative that they can conveniently ignore, but the manga has its own canon, both the anime, are official materials that develop their stories, they are both canon for themselves, simple.
Unless there is strict mention or evidence exists, the different materials exist in different universes, but all are canons unless they are declared non-canon.
then manga and anime of Gakujo exist in different universes, therefore it is not necessary to read the manga, since the author already showed his true intentions quite early, the Anime can be considered Yuri friendly since he has no het and the moments het of the manga do not happen.Otome is a sequel to Hime