BACKSTAGE PRINCE (VOL. 1) [ADVANCE REVIEW]

Posted On February - 27 - 2007
  PUBLISHED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  ART/AUTHOR:   KANOKO SAKURAKOJI  
  FORMAT/COLOR:   JAPANESE FORMAT/ BW
  PAGES:   187
  RATED:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   03/06/2007
  REVIEW DATE:   02/28/2007
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD
 


Backstage Prince is an all new shojo romance that settles on the light sight of drama. Set in the world of Kabuki theatre, Akari is an ordinary girl with a big heart. When she bumps into the sour yet handsome recluse Ryusei, the rising star of the theatre, it is love at first sight – even though neither of them realizes it just then. Their paths cross again thanks to the intervention of a black cat and before she knows it, Akari is Ryusei’s personal assistant. Can she overcome his unfriendly personality to win his heart? Soon they will impact each other’s lives irrevocably, the curtain has risen, and its time for the dramatic love series to begin.

A shorter manga series (only two volumes), this moves rather quickly as Akari and Ryusei realize their feelings for each other and declarations of love occur within the very first volume. It’s not all applause and roses for the couple though. It seems he comes from an elite family of Kabuki performers and a class conflict arises as Akari, despite her extraordinary heart, is only an ordinary girl from a lower class background. A couple of rivals appear and the family interference seems to just be starting in this first volume.

Fun, light and engaging, this first volume is a lovely undemanding read. Although it has its dramatic moments, there is nothing deeply angst ridden in this first volume, making it not too complicated and an easy read. The art style, though fairly similar to much shojo art work, has a distinctness that makes it stand out.

Extras include a charming story of how Ryusei and his cat Ren first found each other, and there is a backstage feature that gives the reader background on Kabuki theatre.

IN SUMMARY:
Backstage Prince is a romance that is undemanding and carries a gentle humor.

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