Hi guys! Today I’m back with another manga review for two volumes of a really sweet and classic shojo series that I picked up in the library last week. Backstage Prince AKA Kiwametsuke – Gakuya Ura Oji is a manga by Kanoko Sakurakoji. It was originally released in 2004 so it’s pretty old but if you’re use to the older style of shojo layout, it’s not hard to follow.
The story follows a really average, regular every-day high school girl named Akari who ends up dating the idol of the school, Ryusei. It’s not your typical slice-of-life that’s for sure. Ryusei is actually a up-and-coming kabuki actor who’s slightly anthropophobic, meaning he fears/dislikes being around people. This is a little troublesome due to his career as an actor (and a popular one at that). After a serendipitous sequence of events and a cute little cat, Akari ends up becoming Ryusei’s assistant and of course, romance blooms as it does in all shojo series.
Though I found the plot of superstar actor falling for regular girl rather cliché, I’m glad there wasn’t a lot of hesitation on either parties about being together. Akari and Ryusei become a couple really quickly because a lot of the later plot development focuses on the ups and downs of a Romeo and Juliet-esque couple. Ryusei’s father doesn’t approve of their relationship because Ryusei comes from a very wealthy, noble and purebred family. He hopes to coerce Ryusei into marrying Miyuki, a very beautiful kabuki actress. On Akari’s end, Miyuki’s younger brother Toshiya is trying to steal Akari from Ryusei so the couple’s got their hands quite full.
I love how the title of the books tie in with the plot. It’s called backstage prince because the only time Akari and Ryusei can happily spend time together is backstage in Ryusei’s change room. Those moments are the sweetest!
I’ve honestly never seen one male character so devoted to and set on one female character without any reservations or cares for anything else. I’m really impressed with Ryusei. It’s a really great series that leaves you with that classic shojo aftertaste in your mind after reading it. If any of you are looking for a story that leaves you with a warm and fuzzy glow, this is the one to pick up!
What are you pondering today?