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whiskeyii



Joined: 29 May 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:49 pm Reply with quote
I heartily enjoy this series. I read it on Viz.com, I bought/pre-ordered the volumes as they released, but I also don't know if I would call this series remarkable. I find it solid, fun, enjoyable, and I think Yonagi is one of the most down-to-earth protagonists I've seen in a good long while outside of a romance manga. But for me, this scratches the itch that Skip Beat! started and then sidelined, or the same one that Glass Mask used to scratch back when it had a vibrant scanlation community. Apparently I just really, really like acting-as-sports-manga. And while this series has yet to dive headfirst into the exploitative nature of the entertainment industry (I do think it's angling to highlight and subtly critique some of the demands the industry places on its most prominent members), I do like that Yonagi's method acting is always treated cautiously; it reminds me of articles I read about Broadway stars who need time to decompress between who they were acting and who they actually are, and I think it's a novel touch.
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darkchibi07



Joined: 15 Oct 2003
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:29 pm Reply with quote
I'm still shocked this kind of manga exists in Weekly Shounen Jump of all things (FEMALE main lead, a good number of female supporting characters yet to be seen, premise all about acting?!), and I hope it'll continue to grow into popularity with an anime adaptation with a reputable staff. I essentially got into Act-age in a middle of an arc and got quite hooked some of the performance dramatics as well as some inside look of an actor's world.
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