Friday, October 6, 2017

Manga Review: Behind the Scenes!!, Volume 4, by Bisco Hatori

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 2017
Volumes: 5+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ranmaru spends his whole life not fitting in, until the oddballs of the Art Squad adopt him as one of their own.

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?!

Ryoji Goda is everything Ranmaru wishes he could be—self-assured, competent and cool. But when the Art Squad works the final film camp of the summer, Ranmaru gets to see a whole new side to his idol—disappointing son! Goda’s dad seems to criticize everything his son does, and they fight constantly. Finally Ranmaru and Goda have something in common! But the pressure of paternal disapproval pushes Goda to do something shocking that might change the Art Squad forever…


We get to meet Ranmaru's family at the start of this volume. They're odd, in different ways than him, but understandably so. They set him up and follow him, and then leave rather abruptly. And yet it still makes Ranmaru freak out. After that, we get to meet Goda's father, who has a very different life style and yet is extremely similar. During this, we get to see how well Goda can direct. And, he cuts his hair for a shoot.
In the second half of the volume, we get to know Izumi a bit more. He's forgetful, but everyone loves him. After finding out his back story, I think I love him more than I did before. I love seeing how everyone freaks out about it, though. I like seeing how Soh interacts with him, and how she pushes herself a little to be out there more.
I still love all of the antics and theatre club stories and craziness. But now that we're getting to know each of the characters a bit more, I'm getting more pulled into the story. I really like this crazy bunch.

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

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