Saturday, June 7, 2014

Manga Review: Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Volume 4, by Maki Minami

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April, 2014
Volumes: 12
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hime Kino's dream is to one day do voice acting like her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely Blazer anime, and getting accepted to the prestigious Holly Academy's voice actor department is the first step in the right direction! But Hime's gruff voice has earned her the scorn of teachers and students alike. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She'll show everyone that she is too a voice acting princess, whether they like it or not!!

After days of grueling training at Yamad's special voice acting retreat, Hime can finally bring forth her prince voice! Now she's ready to start her next job as a recurring character in an exciting new anime. But her first day on the set doesn't go as she'd hoped. Why do her costars and the producers seem to hate her when they just met her?!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.


This series is just… it’s crazy and adorable. Those are the best adjectives I can think of to describe it, and I’m loving it.
There are hi-jinks happening with Hime and her voice acting, and with the Aqua boys. Her manager is a bit hard on her, but helpful. Hime has such a positive attitude, and I really appreciate that. She has a problem with her voice acting, and the crew don’t like her, but she deals with that admirably. She uses it as motivation to work harder, and takes the advice she’s given. I particularly like that she is getting better, and is moving forward in her career.
Now I get to talk about Kudo. I love him. He is adorable, he is so cute, and I just love him so much. Hime, as her boy counterpart Shiro, visits him a few times in this volume, and I love each one. I even felt like squealing during one scene in particular. He is adorable, and she is just so oblivious, even as she realizes how he works. I also really like their conversation about cats, how devoted he is to them and how well he understands each one, but maybe that's just because of my love for cats.
There is just so much grinning and laughing while reading this series. I am utterly enjoying it, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.

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