Manga Review: Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. #11

For hard core manga and anime fans, the voice acting world has the same kind of glamor and mystique as Hollywood. So it’s no surprise that the world of Maki Minami’s manga Voice Over! Seiyu Academy portrays it as such. Viz Media has released Volume 11 of the series and you can read on for the review. (To see previous reviews of the series, click here.)

Back Cover Blurb

Hime Kino’s dream is to one day do voice acting like her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely ♥ Blazers 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!!

The Review

Senri dominated the previous volume, and as if to make up for it, AQUA takes the spotlight (quite literally) in this volume. Yamada finally thinks the time is right for fans to get a look at Shiro and arranges for her big reveal to take place with the idol duo. I found it really odd for Yamada to be so secretive about the AQUA music video; it’s one thing to keep the general public from knowing, but to keep Hime out of the loop when she’s actually in the video seems totally unnecessary.

At any rate, she’s back in close quarters with AQUA, and  those wanting more of Shuma will get it in Chapter 60. Granted, most of the chapter deals with his objection to Hime’s fraternization with Mizuki, but we do get to spend time in Shuma’s head. The one conversation between Shiro and Shuma about “[covering] someone’s mistake” is a dead giveaway for what happens during the concert, but it does the trick of allowing our heroine to finally win over Shuma.

Then the focus shifts to Hime’s love life. Having made huge strides in her career, Hime now faces matters of the heart. For a girl nicknamed “Gorilla Princess” who spends her time impersonating a boy, she suddenly gets a lot of attention from the opposite sex in Chapter 61. Instead of the struggling newbie in the recording booth, Hime’s now the confused high school girl sorting out her feelings. Oh, and by the way, her hair gets longer, as if to highlight her femininity. Anyone who’s wanted to see a more girly Hime should be fairly satisfied with this installment

Extras include embedded author’s remarks and two bonus mini-manga.

In Summary

Voice acting takes a backseat to high school romantic angst. Hime’s alter ego reaches a new level of success, but the real focus of this volume is her personal relationships with Senri, Mizuki, and even Shuma. She may be a professional in the voice acting world, but she’s provides plenty of shojo fluster as she deals with first dates and confessions.

First published at the Fandom Post.

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