Monday, January 9, 2017

Manga Review: Love Stage!!, Volume 5, by Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: SuBLime (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 2016
Volumes: 7.
Spoilers?: Light/No.
Volume: 1. 4. 6.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Izumi Sena is an average guy born into a family of famous celebrities. A college student and total otaku, he works hard every day with the goal of someday becoming a manga creator.

Izumi's career as an entertainer is in full swing. He's costarring in a TV show with Ryoma and showing extraordinary promise as an actor, but that only deepens Ryoma's anguish. Will they be forced to choose work over love? As the two try to figure things out, disaster strikes!


Just as Ryoma and Izumi are fighting, and we're seeing how seriously impressive Izumi's acting skills are, Ryoma gets hypnotized to forget all about Izumi. This causes a whole new level of frustration for Izumi, and he starts seeing how much he really loves and misses Ryoma now that he doesn't remember him and isn't paying him any attention.
It's interesting to see how Izumi attempts stepping up and seducing Ryoma, in ways reminiscent of how Ryoma did in the beginning. And Izumi really has no pride, or rather, no shame, as he has no problem coming onto Ryoma and confessing his love and relying on Ryoma even when he has no reason to accept it.
The volume ends with a sexy scene, the two of them trapped in a room together.
This is a fun series to read. By no means is it perfect, as some of the methods used are iffy and even Izumi can be annoying. But it's just fun to read.

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