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Backstage Prince, Vol. 1 by [Sakurakouji, Kanoko]
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Ordinary girl Akari follows a belled cat into a kabuki theater in an opening scene reminiscent of Alice's trip to Wonderland. High school hottie Horiuchi, earlier hurt by Akari's accidental entry, turns out to have broken ribs and a great talent for the stage. Akari becomes his assistant, even though she knows nothing about kabuki, and he hates everyone. There's lots of internal monologue as Akari ponders Horiuchi's attitudes and her feelings about him. He tolerates her because she's the only one who keeps trying to spend time with him regardless of his bad attitude. She falls almost instantly in love but fears her feelings because she'll never fit in his world. Panels consist of the traditional shojo manga focus on heads and facial expressions. The story is similarly traditional, straight romance with the emotionally blocked male needing female redemption to express love. (If this sounds familiar, it's been the grounding for countless Harlequins.) This book provides the emotional drama of Sensual Phrase without the sex, making it suitable for a teen-and-up audience and anyone who loves the roller coaster of feelings as two people meant for each other find each other. (Mar.)
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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 princess of kabuki. Love was never so dramatic!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 314029 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat; 1st Edition edition (July 14 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Backstage Prince Volume 1 by Kanoko Sakurakoji is from a two-volume series aimed for teenage girls. The art is nice but I found that the story line was extremely easy to predict. I felt as though I had read the story before, but with a different cast of characters and a different stage. There were numerous moments that made me laugh. Overall it was enjoyable and I will definitely read the next volume for find out what will happen, though I think I can even guess it.

Accidentally hitting a the handsome Ryusei Horiuchi in the ribs while speaking to her friends, Akari feels extremely guilty for not being able to apologize to him. When walking home, Akari follows a black cat named Mr. Ken, which leads her straight to Ryusei's place. Feeling extremely guilty after seeing Ryusei, Akari decides to become his assisant until the bruise heals. Little does she know how extremely anti-social Ryusei is and how much he loathes the company of people. How will Akari, an ordinary high school girl, handle a relationship with a famous kabuki actor?

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I picked this up on the way home from work after a quick flip through to see what the art was like. While it is a standard story line - awkward boy who is not good with people meets bubbly, cheerful girl who just wants someone to love her - it is enjoyably well done.

Ryusei gets so nervous around people that he either ends up being completely silent or very abrupt. The result is that most people that deal with him think he is an unsociable jerk. Unfortunately for him, he's also a well known kabuki actor with gushing fan-girls popping up from time to time to make him even more tense, then saying he's anti-social or mean when he doesn't live up to expectations. As he comments, Akari is the only one who keeps smiling and continues to talk to him.

There are some thoroughly amusing scenes that one can't help but giggle over, while other scenes manage to pull off a completely serious tone without any jarring transitions between the two. A few minor translation/editing errors will require a second look to avoid confusion, but for the most part it is well translated and flows smoothly. The artwork is very pretty with emphasis on facial expressions (which are quite well done).

Unfortunately, I don't know very much about kabuki itself. Apparently it is not all that popular with the younger crowd these days (which, as the manga-ka points out, is a good thing since that way no one will notice her mistakes). Thankfully, any kabuki related references that are necessary to the story are either explained in the story (since Akari doesn't really know anything about kabuki either) or they have an editor's note placed on the edge of the panel in question.

Yes, the over all story line is not original. Yes, many of the plot points have been used before in other stories.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fcf6b28) out of 5 stars Kimonos, Kabuki, and a sweet romance! Love it! March 5 2007
By Manga Librarian - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ever wonder if famous actors are really as cool and calm as they appear? Well Ryusei certainly isn't! He is so painfully shy that he claims to hate people in general. Akari is the exception to that rule. She's sweet, happy and always eager to help. After accidently clobbering him with her heavy bookbag, Akari becomes Ryusei's backstage assistant till he heals from the major bruises she inflicted. Before the black and blue fades, (with the help of his pet cat, Mr. Ken) the young kabuki actor warms up to the lovable and kind high school girl and she falls head over heels for him. Now the only things standing in the way of cute lovey-bliss are his strict kabuki heritage, the fact that they can only see each other while he's backstage, and his rabid fangirls.

This story was origially released in America in the Shojo Beat magazine, and I'm so happy its been put out as it's own manga. I highly recommend it for the romatic-comedy sap in all of us! My only complaint is. . . I have to wait till June for vol. 2!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fcf6df8) out of 5 stars A Good Start April 10 2007
By M. E. BURNS - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The titular prince of this manga is Ryusei, high school student and heir to a Kabuki theater dynasty. While a very popular and technically proficient actor, he is cold to everyone around him and only feels close to his cat, Mr. Ken. (Kawaii!) Into this world stumbles fellow student Akari - very normal by her own admission - a newbie to the world of Kabuki but attracted to Ryusei just the same. Fate obliges her to become an assistant to Ryusei, where she discovers the boy beneath the cold exterior, and their relationship slowly begins to deepen...

I feel like this series has a lot of potential - Kabuki is a fascinating art and the romance between Ryusei and Akari is very sweet. (Oh yes, and Mr. Ken is adorable. I like cats; I can't help it.)

My biggest problem with Backstage Prince is that the characters all seem a little flat, fulfilling basic roles (gossipy classmate, stern traditionalist father, seemingly perfect tarento, etc.) and not having lives of their own. This is possibly because the book is pilot of sorts for the series, focusing on establishing plot more than illuminating characters; I hope so. At worst this is a sign of storytelling in the vein of Mayu Shinjo's Kaikan Phrase: uninspiring bishonen, female characters who are either boyfriend-stealing snakes or easily manipulated, and a meaningless, soap-operatic plot. Here's hoping the upcoming volume clears the air.
HASH(0x9fcf80f0) out of 5 stars Four Stars Dec 27 2015
By M.e.Tello - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book was in great condition. Thanks!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fcf6fcc) out of 5 stars Nothing New Dec 7 2011
By Solace Winter - Published on
Format: Paperback
There is nothing new and exciting about this particular manga. It rehashes stories that have been told hundreds of times before and those were likely to have better drama. This would have been better as a one shot story than two books of manga. I'll read the next one, since there are only two, but I can not see myself coming out of that one any more excited. No drama, no real storytelling. Everything ends up nicely tied up in a bow after every chapter. Too easy.