Saturday, August 27, 2016

Manga Review: Behind the Scenes!!, Volume 2, by Bisco Hatori

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Volumes: 4+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicate, artistic sore thumb. It's given him a raging inferiority complex and a permanently pessimistic outlook. Now that he's in college, he's hoping to find a sense of belonging. But after a whole life of being left out, does he even know how to fit in?!

When the Art Squad is assigned to dress a set, Ranmaru is shocked at how seriously Goda takes the job. Every action figure and empty soda can is placed with utmost care to tell the story of the character who lives there, every sock and towel artfully be-grunged with coffee grounds and fuller's earth to support the narrative. Ranmaru has always been detail oriented, but isn't this taking things to the extreme? He's about to learn that attention to detail can do more than just set the scene...!


There’s no way that I’m not going to love this series. Zero percent chance of that ever happening, seriously.
In this volume, we get to know a couple of the other characters a little better. We see that Maasa wants a boyfriend, why, but that it’s not quite as important to her as other things. And that her main problem is her fascination with gory stuff. Soh, Ranmaru’s cousin, is under a lot of pressure to be perfect from her classmates, only to find out that she has about as much self-confidence as Ranmaru. And finally Izumi, whom everyone loves, but no one really understands when they get to know him. He’s aloof and never thinks of himself. He’s a nice guy.
I also enjoyed seeing how Ranmaru is ignoring his feelings for Ruka, but how they’re affecting him anyway. I love the gang of characters here, and look forward to getting to know the other more as well. The humor works great for me, the setting with all the behind the scenes plays and sets is really interesting to me, and I’m just having a lot of fun with this series.
Always looking forward to more.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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