Manga Monday [6] Backstage Prince

July 15, 2013 Review 10

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Drawn into the exciting world of kabuki theatre, young Akari spends her time after school assisting the internationally famous actor, Shonosuke Ichimura. In the real world, however, this prince of kabuki is actually a high school cutie by the name of Ryusei.

Akari is totally clueless about kabuki–and boys–but she’s eager to learn about both. Her first encounter with Ryusei doesn’t go very well, but with the help of a cat named Mr. Ken, the two teenagers quickly become prince AND princesses of kabuki. Love was never so dramatic!


The Manga Monday meme is hosted by Alison Can Read.
This is an entire series review, but is free of spoilers.

I don’t really have any love for Kabuki theater, so maybe that is why I didn’t enjoy this as much as I would have. However, Backstage Prince is definitely worth a read at just two volumes. It’s probably an hour of your time.

It is your average shojo: average main character, extremely cute/popular guy, and jealous other love interest that you know has no chance. It just is very, very condensed since it only has two issues to tell you their story.

I felt like the romance moved at lightning speed, they were in love within pages and nothing ever really happened except her not being happy with him not giving her all his attention. So, even for two volumes it got repetitive.

Backstage Prince is a super quick romance that will satisfy your needs for a fluffy manga, but that is about it.



Rating Report
Overall: 2.8

10 Responses to “Manga Monday [6] Backstage Prince”

  1. Charlotte Eve

    Oh, I recognize this mangaka! I read a bit of her Black Bird series! It wasn’t very good (to be honest, it ticked me off), but I kind of hoped that Backstage Prince would be better. Though that manga doesn’t seem to add anything new to the table either. And that romance actually sounds funny.
    *stares into face for a few pages* Now I love you.
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    • Alise

      I hear Black Bird is really… weird xD But I do like her artwork so. *shrugs* Baha! It was actually almost like that.

  2. Kezia

    Meh… This sounds pretty decent xD I’m not sure I’ll like it too cause I’m much more hard to impress when it comes to shoujo manga these days…

    P.S: Have you read Ema Toyama’s manga?? She has two series, Watashi ni XX shinasai (aka XX Me) and I Am Here… I’ve read XX Me but the romance was weird. I heard I Am Here was better though.
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    • Alise

      That’s the sad thing, after you read so many they get repetitive :/ No but I really want to! It will definitely be next on my hold list at the library!

  3. Tanja

    I really like the whole idea of manga and I’d love to be able to read them sometimes, but it’s really hard to find them here. I actually used to have one but and it was really interesting, but haven’t came across any other. Too bad you didn’t enjoy this one that much but hopefully next one will be better. :)
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    • Alise

      I’m actually really lucky because my library carries a lot of variety. I know you can read some manga online if you are really interested in it. They are so fun and cute!

  4. Ariella

    This sounds unimpressive. I think most manga romances are like this one though. They always work up their courage to confess or whatever. I think I outgrew fluffy manga for now but may come back to them later. I’m reading one called Zekkyou Gakkyuu. It’s a scary one :D
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    • Alise

      I think I’m still in the shojo stage xD I’m trying to branch out though, it gets repetitive. I’ll have to look that one up!

  5. Eve

    Eh, sounds disappointing. I’ve been helplessly trying to find an anime/manga that is kind of like Special A or Ouran High School Host Club (even something like Zombie Loan), but nooooooo… :X I’m too picky when it comes to anime/manga >_< Damn me.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it was compared to other shojo I have read. Ooh, I want to read those series so bad! I just can’t seem to find a place that has all the volumes. I think I am slowly becoming more and more picky. Sadly.

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