BACKSTAGE PRINCE VOL. 2 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On June - 1 - 2007

 

PUBLISHED BY:

 

VIZ MEDIA

 

ART/AUTHOR:

 

KANOKO SAKURAKOJI

 

 

FORMAT/COLOR:

 

JAPANESE FORMAT / BW

 

PAGES:

 

200

 

RATED:

 

T

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

06/05/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

06/01/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

 

 

 

This light romance comes to a heartwarming conclusion in the final volume of this brief shojo story. Despite many obstacles, Akari has maintained her relationship with boyfriend and Kabuki star Ryusei. However, as the curtain calls grow, so too do the ardent fans and his father’s interference. Can this young couple survive against a storm of scrutiny and disapproval? Find out in this final volume!

Only two volumes, this manga offers up a light romantic story with a dash of angst and good humor. Only dating for a few short months, Akari and Ryusei try to keep their relationship quiet to avoid his zealous fans and unwanted media attention. Fate has other plans and so too do the people around them. Not only must Akari contend with a critical potential father–in-law, but also Nao hasn’t given up his chance at winning Akari’s hand, and then there’s that little thing Ryusei asked her…what was it again? Oh yes, his marriage proposal!

Life for a quiet girl sure got a lot more hectic and exciting. Because their relationship is so young, it is still riddled with insecurities on both sides and open to misunderstandings, especially when both Ryusei’s father and Nao interfere. This is the melodrama shojo fans enjoy, watching to see what happens and how the couple will get together in the end despite the various obstacles thrown in their way. The only thing this conclusion lacks is a more sound resolution, particularly with the issue of the disapproving father.  It never really gets fully addressed and the reader is left with the impression that it is a problem that will continue to exist for the couple. The story nevertheless manages to give a heartwarming romantic tale about a shy girl, an anti-social theater star, and the love that stumbles between them to blossom and grow into something more sure of itself by the end of the story.

IN SUMMARY:
Life behind the curtain is more exciting than the stage in Backstage Pass.

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