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Manga Review: Everyone’s Getting Married Vol. 5

Most romances in Viz Media’s Shojo Beat line are targeted toward a high school audience, but Everyone’s Getting Married is actually aimed toward older readers. It’s twenty-something angst instead of teen angst, and you can read on for the review of Volume 5. (For the reviews of previous volumes, click here.)

Back Cover Blurb

Akito Kamiya has found out that Ryu and Asuka have been dating away from the public eye, but he hasn’t given up his pursuit of her. Ryu means to keep Kamiya in check, but instead a direct confrontation erupts between them!

The Review

The previous volume ended with Ryu and Kamiya looking like they’re about to brawl it out. However, this is an adult cast, and while boys might knock the snot out of each other over a girl in shojo manga, grown up men apparently handle such disputes by going to a bar and making snarky remarks over drinks. It wasn’t the clash I’d anticipated, but Kamiya’s comments do get under Ryu’s skin in a way that shakes his confidence.

Kamiya doesn’t let up either. He continues to finagle ways to be alone with Asuka, even coercing a date by threatening to make her relationship with Ryu public. Although Kamiya’s reasons for choosing her were coldly calculating, he’s not nearly so logical about accepting her refusal. While this might seem like a character inconsistency, Kamiya’s personality is so aggressive that it’s not. It’s questionable whether his feelings for Asuka can be accurately termed “love,” but his actions are certainly those of a competitive man who hates to lose.

And how does Ryu secure his claim on Asuka with such a rival? Sex and lots of it. The last volume was light on the bedroom scenes with rivals Kamiya and Yuko distracting our couple. Now Ryu’s pawing Asuka’s clothes off every time she has a run-in with Kamiya. As usual, the scenes aren’t too graphic, but Ryu does come off as inexhaustible the way he pounces on Asuka despite his supposedly grueling work schedule. And when Kamiya buys Asuka a pair of Altier earrings, Ryu responds with a spur of the moment trip to Kyoto and his own gift to Asuka. No, it’s not a wedding ring, but we do get to see our main couple in a traditional setting and relaxing for once.

Meanwhile, Yuko doesn’t do much in this volume. In fact, she looks like she might be dropping out of the love square entirely. Never fear, a new PTV character gets introduced as she steps away. Yuma Shimizu is a rookie reporter on Ryu’s news show. Although he’s definitely not a love interest for Ryu, he brings out a side of Ryu we haven’t seen before, and it remains to be seen how exactly he will affect the plot.

Extras include a 6-page mini-manga about Ryu.

In Summary

It’s two alpha males vying to get the girl in this volume. Kamiya takes every opportunity to monopolize Asuka, and in the face of such pressure, Ryu must bring his A-game to compete. Most of that involves sex, but based on their trip to Kyoto, perhaps wedding bells aren’t just wishful thinking on Asuka’s part.

First published at The Fandom Post.

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Manga Review: Everyone’s Getting Married Vol. 4

Most romances in Viz Media’s Shojo Beat line are targeted toward a high school audience, but Everyone’s Getting Married is actually aimed toward older readers. It’s twenty-something angst instead of teen angst, and you can read on for the review of Volume 4. (For the reviews of previous volumes, click here.)

Back Cover Blurb

Successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife, but popular TV newscaster Ryu Nanami would rather die than ever get married. Kamiya has proposed to Asuka, offering her the future she’s always wanted, but Asuka is seeing Ryu. Is a battle between the men brewing?

The Review

The members of our love square have very different careers, but somehow Ryu’s station, PTV, manages to get everyone into the same space. First Ryu and his old lover Yuko get paired up to host a weekly music show. Then Kamiya accepts an offer to appear as an expert on a business show. As such, Yuko is a constant reminder of why Ryu rejects marriage, but Kamiya’s presence pressures Ryu in regard to Asuka. In addition, the television screen serves to highlight the romantic rivalries for everyone involved.

Yuko isn’t particularly active in this volume. We mainly get a more detailed glimpse into her interactions with Ryu seven years ago. Kamiya, on the other hand, is stirring things up, intentionally and unintentionally. While his unwavering belief that Asuka is the woman he should marry is still a bit difficult to swallow, he does a fine job promoting himself and pointing out the flaws in Asuka’s current relationship. He’s also sharp enough to figure out the identity of Asuka’s boyfriend and use it to his advantage once he does.

This brings an overdue element to Asuka and Ryu’s relationship. Before, Asuka was the only one struggling with insecurity. Now Ryu gets a taste when he realizes his competition is handsome, smart, and already offering Asuka the married life she so desperately craves.

In the midst of this, an indiscreet moment on Ryu’s part results in a photo that has the media buzzing about whether the PTV newscaster has a girlfriend. Asuka is forced to keep her distance until the furor dies down, and Kamiya finds a clever way to leverage it in his favor. As a result, things come to a head between Ryu and Kamiya, which makes for a delightful final scene in Volume 4.

Extras include a 5-page mini-manga about Ryu’s workday and the bonus one-shot story Pure Love Masquerade, which actually is more about sex than love.

In Summary

Kamiya rises as a formidable rival! While Asuka insists that Ryu is the only one she wants, Kamiya does a fine job of making Ryu jealous. Asuka may not have made any headway on Ryu’s anti-marriage views on her own, but with her handsome business associate trying to woo her away, Ryu may be forced to reevaluate his priorities.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Everyone’s Getting Married Vol. 3

Most romances in Viz Media’s Shojo Beat line are targeted toward a high school audience, but Everyone’s Getting Married is actually aimed toward older readers. It’s twenty-something angst instead of teen angst, and you can read on for the review of Volume 3. (For the reviews of previous volumes, click here.)

Back Cover Blurb

Successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife, but popular TV newscaster Ryu Nanami would rather die than ever get married. Ryu’s work brings Yuko Sakura—the married woman he had an affair with before he met Asuka—back into his life. Is she the reason Ryu will never marry?

The Review

In the last volume, Ryu and Asuka were struggling to find time for romance in the midst of their busy schedules. Now new characters threaten to tear them apart. Yuko Sakura is the married actress rumored to be the reason Ryu got transferred to New York. Their love affair has been mentioned since Volume 1, but this is the first time we see Ryu and his old flame together. Not surprisingly, circumstances at the TV station put the two together for an assignment, and even though their affair is supposedly water under the bridge, their behavior during their press conference makes Asuka wonder if he’s really over Yuko. Not to mention, Yuko is a ridiculously formidable rival. Not only is she beautiful and famous, Yuko, unlike Asuka, will never pressure Ryu about marriage.

However, Asuka’s not the only one having to contend with jealousy and insecurity. Enter Akito Kamiya, Asuka’s acquaintance in the banking industry. No sooner has he stepped into the story than he’s offering Asuka exactly the kind of married life she’s dreamed of. He’s not a hideous reject either; he and Ryu are so similarly drawn, it’s difficult to tell them apart unless Ryu’s wearing his glasses. Kamiya’s abrupt interest in Asuka seems contrived, but his blunt honesty has a refreshing quality that makes it difficult for me to dislike him.

Although it’s overly convenient how these two rivals pop up at the same time, I do appreciate the fact that it isn’t just Asuka or Ryu who suddenly feels threatened. Asuka is forced to reevaluate what she truly wants and how she’s treating Ryu. As for Ryu, we get glimpses of the type of relationship he had with Yuko. His reasons for rejecting marriage, however, remain a secret, and that’s the tidbit Miyazono used to lure you into the next volume.

Extras include a note from the creator and the seven-page bonus story “No Smoking for Nanaryu.”

In Summary

New characters appear! Ryu and Asuka’s relationship faces its first real test when Ryu’s former lover reenters his life. At the same time, a handsome acquaintance offers to give Asuka the homemaker life she so desperately wants. As such, the sizzle between Asuka and Ryu takes a backseat as emotional turmoil takes center stage.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Everyone’s Getting Married Vol. 2

Most romances in Viz Media’s Shojo Beat line are targeted toward a high school audience, but Everyone’s Getting Married is actually aimed toward older readers. It’s twenty-something angst instead of teen angst, and you can read on for the review of Volume 2. (For the reviews of other volumes, click here.)

Back Cover Blurb

Successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career goals, she encounters popular newscaster Ryu Nanami. Asuka and Ryu get along well, but the last thing he wants is to ever get married. This levelheaded pair who want the opposite things in life should never get involved, except…

The Review

The previous volume dealt mainly with Asuka diving back into the dating pool after getting dumped by her long-time boyfriend. Now she’s made her choice, and Volume 2 explores the difficulties of two busy career people trying to maintain a relationship. Asuka’s no slouch, but Ryu’s duties at the TV station are all-consuming. In the several weeks following their decision to date, Ryu barely has time to call Asuka, let alone see her. When he does manage to get within groping distance, passion generally ends in comedy with the interlude getting interrupted by one thing or another.

As such, Asuka and Ryu enjoy very little quality time, but readers get to see quite a bit of the broadcasting and recording world Ryu lives in. By the way, his workplace is definitely a male-dominated one, and with so many guys in suits, it’s sometimes difficult to tell characters apart. As Ryu interacts with his coworkers, we get their perspectives on PTV’s hot young newscaster as well as more hints and rumors about his past. While the particulars of his career history are interesting, Miyazono-sensei has yet to reveal the details of the circumstances that led to his aversion to marriage.

Despite that aversion and Asuka and Ryu’s extremely limited time together, the topic of marriage does manage to pop up regularly in the chapters. Concerned friend Rio questions Asuka on the wisdom of dating Ryu when he’s so set against marriage. As for Ryu, he’s obligated to cover the marriages of celebrities in his job. However, the volume ends with the introduction of a new female character who’s likely to add a new dimension to the marriage discussion.

Extras include character line up, story thus far, author’s note, and the nine-page bonus story “Nanaryu’s Rude Language.” Also, the romantic moments between Asuka and Ryu in this installment aren’t overly graphic, but they do warrant the manga’s “M” rating.

In Summary

Marriage-minded Asuka seems to be setting herself up for disappointment with her decision to date Ryu. However, this volume depicts her more as the neglected girlfriend fighting for time with her man rather than the one trying to argue him into marriage. There are a couple steamy scenes, but Volume 2 largely focuses on the career life of Ryu the talented, successful (and insanely busy) announcer.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Everyone’s Getting Married Vol. 1

Most romances in Viz Media’s Shojo Beat line are targeted toward a high school audience, but Everyone’s Getting Married is actually aimed toward older readers. It’s twenty-something angst instead of teen angst, and you can read on for the review of Volume 1 (For the reviews of other volumes, click here.)

Back Cover Blurb

Successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career goals, she encounters popular newscaster Ryu Nanami. Asuka and Ryu get along well, but the last thing he wants is to ever get married. This levelheaded pair who want the opposite things in life should never get involved, except…

The Review

Everyone’s Getting Married is a bit different than most Shojo Beat titles because it’s more josei than shojo. The character designs would suit a high school group, but the cast members are in their mid-20s, have well-established careers, and have had prior romantic relationships. And while shojo manga occasionally ends with a wedding, the heroine rarely thinks of marriage at the start. Here, however, marriage is the goal from the get-go.

It even opens with a wedding. Main character Asuka Takanashi is at that stage of life where her peers are getting married, and she thinks her own wedding is fast approaching–until her 30-year-old live-in boyfriend abruptly ends their five year relationship. As such, she’s thrust back into the world of couples mixers and matchmaking events.

Being back on the dating market isn’t horrible, but it is frustrating. Asuka wants not only a husband but one who will let her be a full-time housewife, and most of her prospects want a working wife. As such, her coworker’s roommate Ryu Nanami doesn’t even make the list. While the handsome newscaster respects Asuka’s reasons for wanting to be a homemaker, he declares in no uncertain terms that he’d “rather die than get married.”

The story reads like a contemporary Harlequin romance. The cast is small, and the plot focuses almost exclusively on Asuka and Ryu’s developing relationship. When the story does diverge from them, it usually shifts to their mutual friends Ono and Rio who are in the opposite situation (he wants to get married, she doesn’t). Other than being very good at her real estate career, Asuka’s a rather ordinary person. Ryu, on the other hand, has near celebrity status and a sexual reputation to go with it. But even though they are polar opposites in their views on marriage, they, of course, fall in love. The things that draw them together are kind of weak, but Miyazono’s illustrations do a fine job conveying their conflicting emotions and depicting the sparks that ultimately fly.

By the way, the series rating is “Mature,” but even though Ryu sleeps around and has a habit of kissing people when he’s waking up, there’s nothing graphic in the bedroom scenes (at least for now).

In Summary

Everyone’s Getting Married is a romance with an oft-used theme. Our heroine wants commitment; the guy she’s fallen for doesn’t believe in marriage. Aside from Asuka’s old-fashioned dream of becoming a housewife and mother, the story doesn’t have much originality, although that may change as we learn more about Ryu’s past relationships.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Yukarism Vol. 4

Geishas are an icon of Japanese culture that, although their heyday is long post, continues to fascinate Westerners to this day. If you’ve wondered about the lives of these flowers of Japan’s bygone pleasure districts, you may want to consider Chika Shiomi’s historical/time slip manga, Yukarism. Read on for my review of Volume 4. (For my review of other volumes, click here.)

Back cover Blurb

Seemingly afflicted by Yumurasaki’s fatal illness of the past, Yukari begins to get very sick in the present day… Meanwhile, Mahoro vows to kill Satomi before he can kill Yukari (as she believes he killed Yumurasaki in the past)! Are these three fated to repeat their tragic connection?

The Review

I was surprised to learn Volume 4 is the final installment of the series. I thought Shiomi-sensei would draw out to the overlapping of Yukari’s current and former self a bit longer. However, Volume 4 wraps everything up, explaining the circumstances surrounding Yumurasaki’s death and Yukari’s strong connection to his past self before concluding with a concise epilogue for our characters.

While the reason for the muddling of past and present makes sense, the manga does go a bit overboard when classmates and even random bystanders start seeing Yumurasaki and Mahoro as their former selves and in their former pleasure district settings. Also, Mahoro’s merger with Takamura’s consciousness is awfully abrupt. Up to now, Yukari was the one most aware of what was happening, recognizing who was who as he bounced from past to present. Mahoro, on the other hand, seemed least in control, especially when she faced off against Satomi in Yukari’s house in Volume 2. If anyone seemed possessed by an evil spirit, it was her, and it is a bit jarring to have her suddenly in control of the situation and Satomi/Kazuma playing the crazed maniac instead.

However, if these plot changes don’t faze you and you’re more interested in watching an Edo period tsundere give all for the woman he loves, Yumurasaki’s death scene won’t disappoint. In addition to the poignancy of the moment, Shiomi-sensei’s accompanying artwork is gorgeous. The final pages of the manga are also sweet. By the story’s end, the POV shifts from Yukari to Mahoro, with only Mahoro/Takamura aware of the events that transpired, but that makes the conclusion no less romantic.

Extras include cast of characters, story thus far summary, a bonus one-page manga, translation notes, and author bio.

In Summary

The emotions of the past invade the present! The enmity between Mahoro/Takamura and Satomi/Kazuma explode into a final confrontation that’s occasionally  heavy on the melodrama, but the enduring connection between Yumurasaki and Takamura brilliantly tugs the heartstrings. Yukari’s forays to old Edo turned into a different journey through time than Volume 1 led me to anticipate, but this tale of three misunderstood souls hasn’t been a bad one, especially with Shiomi-sensei’s beautiful illustrations.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 6

Magical girls and reverse harems are standard fare in shoujo manga, and you can find both in Aya Shouoto’s Kiss of the Rose Princess. Read on for Volume 6 of the series! (For my review of previous volumes, click here.)

Back cover Blurb

High school student Anise Yamamoto is the “Rose Princess” of four handsome Rose Knights. The Gray Rose has revealed himself to be Mutsuki’s older brother, whom Mutsuki killed in the past. Mutsuki is slowly regaining his memories, but what do two Dark Stalkers want with Anise, the Rose Princess?

The Review

The narrative seems to have gotten overly complicated, what with knight “awakenings,” Arcana card gathering, extraneous Rose Knights, and a Fake Princess. Also, Ella enters the hunt for Arcana cards, and the fact that she collects so many she can afford to give one to Anise makes the real Rose Princess look awfully pathetic in comparison. However, Shouoto-sensei does manage to keep a grip on her readers by wrapping up the Gray Rose arc with a glimpse into Mutsuki’s origins.

Half of Anise’s Knights are not human, but while Seiran is an artificial creation of the present, Mutsuki was around long before his fellow companions. Shouoto-sensei’s been teasing readers about his locked memories, and we finally get a look at them as well as a glimpse of the legacy of the Rose Knights. While the history between the Black and Gray Roses is interesting and tragic, the connection of the Dark Stalkers with the Demon Lord is seemingly at odds with their alliance to the Rose Princess. At any rate, Mutsuki has his first Awakening, leaving the Red and Blue Roses yet to “level up.”

After an interlude chapter that’s mostly silly high school reverse harem squabbling for Anise’s attention, the focus shifts to Seiran. As far as the Knights go, he’s the most insecure. Wanting to change himself, he resolves to accomplish something on his own and goes in search of an Arcana card with Ninufa. His determination to improve is actually quite admirable, but then Shouoto-sensei has to turn his card quest into something of a farce. However, it does end with an action-packet battle against a Counterfeit Knight that gives the Blue Rose the opportunity to display some heroics.

The volume ends with the potential for the story to go in a number of directions. Shouoto-sensei’s been hinting at something between Schwarz and Itsushi-sensei, the Counterfeit Rose Knights are having problems, and Ella’s out to get the Arcana cards and Kaede. Plus, the Rose Knights have a few awakenings to get through before they can get “engaged” to Anise. At least for now, Shouoto-sensei has enough elements to keep things interesting although the plot feels like it going all over the place.

Extras include the opening splash illustration and table of contents printed in color; character profiles for the Black and White Knights; two mini-manga; and bonus illustrations.

In Summary

Our Dark Stalker’s past is revealed! Or at least enough to justify Mutsuki’s broodiness. Then things get complicated in the quest to seal the Dark Lord when the Fake Rose Princess shows up with Arcana cards in hand. The real Rose Princess and her Knights are coming up against a lot of challenges, but it’s difficult to take them seriously when the boys keep devolving back to high school reverse harem squabbling over Anise.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Yukarism Vol. 3

Geishas are an icon of Japanese culture that, although their heyday is long post, continues to fascinate Westerners to this day. If you’ve wondered about the lives of these flowers of Japan’s bygone pleasure districts, you may want to consider Chika Shiomi’s historical/time slip manga, Yukarism. Read on for my review of Volume 3. (For my review of previous volumes, click here.)

Back cover Blurb

Yukari, Satomi and Mahoro are all influenced by their past life personalities and begin to lose control over their present-day behavior. While Mahoro wonders about Yukari’s true feelings for her, Yukari realizes exactly who Mahoro and Satomi were in the past! Meanwhile, Yukari’s journeys to the old days are becoming more and more dangerous…

The Review

Yukari’s a pretty self-absorbed character. It wasn’t for his writing skills, he’d probably be dismissed as a narcissistic jerk. However, in Volume 3, that aspect of him gradually changes. Much the way Mahoro and Satomi get “possessed” by their previous incarnations, Yumurasaki’s mannerisms and skills manifest in Yukari. Shiomi-sensei get some laughs out of it with Yukari’s male schoolmates suddenly falling for him the way Yumurasaki’s Edo era clientele did (though oddly, none of the boys question their attraction the way Satomi does). More importantly, Yukari finds himself wanting to know Satomi and Mahoro better, beyond the novelty of seeing their past and present lives overlap.

As such, we get more back story on Takamura and Kazuma. Although the reasons behind their devotion to Yumurasaki are very different, the intensity of their feelings are similar, and it becomes clear why their jealousy has endured to the present, even if Mahoro and Satomi don’t understand it. As in Volume 2, the two continue lapsing back to their previous selves with the effect alternating between comic and disturbing.

Then the situation gets completely chaotic when the past overlaps with the present. Yukari can’t be the aloof observer anymore, not when he’s actually experiencing Yukari’s sickness in his own body. With his own well-being threatened, his need to know what happened in the past becomes that much more critical, and the story becomes that much more exciting.

Extras include a bonus one-page manga, translation notes, and author bio.

In Summary

Up till now, Yukari has been observing people and the bizarre string of events with a kind of detached amusement. Now he gets dragged out of his ivory tower and into the chaos that is increasingly affecting Mahoro and Satomi. With Yukari getting swept into his past self’s emotions, the story is becoming a much more compelling read.

First published at The Fandom Post.

Manga Review: Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. #12

For hard core manga and anime fans, the voice acting world has the same kind of glamour 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 the final volume 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

Hime’s obsession with Sakura Aoyama has been clear from the start so it makes sense for her  to perform with her favorite voice actress for the series finale. However, the arc ends up being less about Hime’s dream come true and more about mommy issues. Not just Senri’s but Hime’s too.

Hime’s mom is so blatantly harsh that Senri clearly sees how broken their relationship is. Hime, however, is blind to the fact that Senri considers his mother a kind of personality vampire. Indeed, it gets creepy when Hime falls under Sakura’s spell to the extent that she actually thinks she’s a boy and starts at the sight of her own girl body parts. So while Hime’s gushing over Sakura, Senri’s thinking he needs to rescue his friend from his mother’s clutches.

These dysfunctional parent-child relationships initially hold promise in terms of juicy plot fodder, but both get resolved way too quickly. At seeing Hime’s success, her mother’s callous attitude instantly disappears (which makes her look like the worst stage mother ever). As for Sakura’s personality erasing influence, it abruptly turns into a non-issue after a chapter and a half, and she instead gets depicted as the concerned mom.

In the midst of this, Senri realizes his feelings for Hime. After Hime turned down Mizuki in the last volume, it was pretty obvious Senri/Hime was the pairing that would triumph. The way Senri discovers that Hime and Shiro are the same person is underwhelming, quite frankly, but after that realization, it’s an effortless next step for him to consolidate his Shiro and Hime feelings.

Voice Over! is a comedy so Hime has to get to her happy ending. However, everything falls into place really quickly, especially in regard to Sakura Aoyama’s pseudo-hypnotic ability. Honestly, it feels like Minami-sensei plotted material for five chapters and had to squeeze it all into one. At any rate, Hime attains everything she wanted in work and in love, and if Mizuki/Hime fans are unhappy with the final pairing, they can check out the bonus manga included in the extras.

Extras include embedded author’s remarks, two bonus mini-manga, and concluding remarks from the author.

In Summary

The final volume concludes with Hime’s dream job of working with Sakura Aoyama causing anxiety for Senri. These chapters wrap up all the loose ends of Hime’s and Senri’s relationships with their estranged mothers, the retiring of Hime’s alter ego, and Hime and Senri’s attraction for one another. Unfortunately, with so much to cover, the pace is somewhat rushed as Voice Over! hurtles to its end.

First published at the Fandom Post.

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.