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Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 1 by [Minami, Maki]
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To make matters worse, Sakura’s grouchy son, Senri, is in Hime’s class, and he seems determined to stomp on her dreams. He even has the nerve to call Lovely ♥ Blazers stupid! But Hime won’t be deterred by naysayers, her new nickname (“Gorilla Princess”), or even getting demoted to the Stragglers group. She’s ready to shine, and nothing is going to stand in her way!

About the Author

Maki Minami is from Saitama Prefecture in Japan. She debuted in 2001 with Kanata no Ao (Faraway Blue). Her other works include Kimi wa Girlfriend (You're My Girlfriend), Mainichi ga Takaramono (Every Day Is a Treasure) and Yuki Atataka (Warm Winter). S•A was serialized in Japan's Hana to Yume magazine and made into an anime in 2008.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 145415 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat (Dec 31 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJJBA6U
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 29 2013
Format: Paperback
I am not a shojo reader though I am open to finding some that I could read. At the moment I only read one Shojo series, Library Wars. The topic of voice acting appealed to me in this and decided me to give this book a try. I ended up quite liking it. It was very cute and had a fun storyline. The romance angle was light and humorous and not the main focus. The book actually has a plot which i found enjoyable and I read through the book quickly. All the main characters introduced in this book are likable and I especially like Hime Kino, the main character. Her gravelly voice is well portrayed both in the text and images. A light-hearted volume that gives a good set up for a first volume in a manga series and leaves me interested in the characters and feeling good about continuing up with the next volume.
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HASH(0x99cc4204) out of 5 stars Very Funny! It is worth the read Nov. 15 2013
By SpicyWolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is something about this manga that is special. Yes, it is a typical story line of a girl aspiring to become something greater, but the way it is executed makes the overall reading experience quite enjoyable. The pictures and text bring the voices alive for the characters, so much so that you can almost hear the voices. In some cases, this leads to laugh-out-loud funny situations. I like the art, as it has a fresh feeling to it. It is an improvement from earlier Special A volumes by Maki Minami and carries a versatility with it that can make for more individualistic characters, which can become a problem in shojo manga. This is a light-hearted story that focuses on character development, and Hime Kino's development is one that I want to see! It reminds of Skip Beat! in that sense where it focuses on individual growth and focuses on getting successful in the acting industry.

Overall, please buy it! It really is funny and a heartwarming story. After reading it, you want to see the character achieve their goal!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cc4258) out of 5 stars Fun, Promising Start Nov. 29 2013
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not a shojo reader though I am open to finding some that I could read. At the moment I only read one Shojo series, Library Wars. The topic of voice acting appealed to me in this and decided me to give this book a try. I ended up quite liking it. It was very cute and had a fun storyline. The romance angle was light and humorous and not the main focus. The book actually has a plot which i found enjoyable and I read through the book quickly. All the main characters introduced in this book are likable and I especially like Hime Kino, the main character. Her gravelly voice is well portrayed both in the text and images. A light-hearted volume that gives a good set up for a first volume in a manga series and leaves me interested in the characters and feeling good about continuing up with the next volume.
HASH(0x99cc4690) out of 5 stars Flawed reasoning of seishun Oct. 12 2013
By Loves RPGs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Or why I don't want to ever be a teenager again...

The story revolves around our heroine, Hime Kino, who wants to eventually become a voice actress (seiyu) on her favorite anime, Lovely Blazers (sorry, can't do the heart here), playing a cute-sounding magical girl. However, her voice is rough and gravelly, and she has a few other flaws that keep getting in the way of her ambitions.

This is another take on the Pygmalion story: the rough girl transforming into something far better. The writer/artist, Miki Minami, posits that enough young people in Japan want to become voice actors that an art school can afford to have a separate department for such. Okay, it's not that important, so we'll let that near-impossibility slide. We then have a totally unqualified girl getting into what should be a very exclusive program at a very exclusive school. I've seen far too many manga and anime where teenagers who are stupid, lazy, poor, or inept somehow still manage to attend prestigious schools. We'll let that one go, too.

In spite of the bogus premises, the story still somehow works. Hime Kino, the main protagonist of this story, is fun to watch as she struggles against her own limitations. Her can-do attitude attracts the attentions of a producer and the star pupil in her class. She's bound to eventually succeed in voice acting, but only if she's willing to adapt to her reality.

Most of the secondary characters are also interesting in their own ways, with many motivations that can still be explored. It's nice to see them treated that way, instead of just being cardboard cutouts that come and go.

Hopefully this promising start will continue with character development in future volumes, even though it's presented in an unrealistic view of the world of voice acting in Japan. I hope this is never made into an anime, because the thought of a real seiyu having to trash her voice to play the role of Hime Kino makes me cringe.
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HASH(0x99cc4678) out of 5 stars Same Story. Different title. Feb. 14 2015
By M. Natz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's just like Special A. Except they're competing over voice acting instead of Academics. It's the exact same plot and kind of characters. But I liked Special A, so I'm not going to say this is bad. But it's kind of like... I already read it.
HASH(0x99cc4a38) out of 5 stars Very good start Sept. 17 2014
By Jude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
~3.5/5

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

I was really excited when Shojo Beat announced they were releasing this. I hadn’t even heard about the series, but as soon as I noticed it was by the same author as SA, I wanted it. I really enjoyed that series, and honestly kind of missed the humor and sidenotes, and especially the little funny comics at the end. Honestly, this was a little bit of a weak start, but I’m really excited for the series to get going, because I’m sure it’s going to be good.

So Hime is just starting at a school that has a voice acting program, because that’s what she wants to do, even though her voice tends to go deep and masculine when she’s trying to be cute. Because of this, she gets put in a group with the other stragglers, Tsukino (who has a very quiet voice), Sho (who has a temper), and Zaizen (arrogant with an accent). Then there’s Kudo, who’s top of the class, and who Hime immediately doesn’t get along with (but he also likes helpless animals, which he relates to Hime).

I’m not completely attached to any of the characters, but there’s a big set up for all kinds of adventure. It’s obvious the attraction between Hime and Kudo is going to grow, and I’m already finding their interactions really funny, particularly when he looks at her like a poor kitten and wants to comfort her and then freaks out about it. The straggler group is entertaining. I haven’t gotten to know any of them enough, but I’m looking forward to that, as well as their stories and families.

This was a really good opening, and I’m excited to read more.