backstage prince by kanoko sakurakoji

Written by Darlyn At Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Backstage Prince
Author: Kanoko Sakurakoji
Series: Completed
Vol(s) reviewing: Vol. 1 & 2
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Rating: 4.5/5
Source: Own
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Drawn into the exciting world of kabuki theatre, young Akari spends her time after school assisting the internationally famous actor, Shonosuke Ichimura. In the real world, however, this prince of kabuki is actually a high school cutie by the name of Ryusei.

Akari is totally clueless about kabuki--and boys--but she's eager to learn about both. Her first encounter with Ryusei doesn't go very well, but with the help of a cat named Mr. Ken, the two teenagers quickly become prince AND princesses of kabuki. Love was never so dramatic!

My Two Cents:
I love the manga! It's sweet and over the top. The graphic is clear, define and very cute. Shoujo manga is my favorite. Akari is very cute, clueless and quite clumsy but she is lovable and easygoing. At first, she never thought that a boy she accidentally hit is actually the famous kabuki actor in Japan. Once she founds out, she anxiously want to do anything so that Shonosuke would not mad at her. Shonosuke on the other hand is stubborn, emotionless and very cool character. It's like he didn't care. It's funny though when he agreed Akari to work as his personal assistant until he's well when he noticed that Ken (his black cat since he was a kid) very fond of Akari. A few things happened as Akari begins her works until she fall in love in Shonosuke. It's hard to keep it low when she realizes he would probably never see her except as a personal assistant. When she quits, Shonosuke's friend went to see her and tell her how miserable Shonosuke is. Although Shonosuke's character is quite hard to predict, playing cool and mysterious, as he finally admits he can't do anything without Akari (and he's very cute when he confessed!), they finally becomes lovers.

All in all, it's a light read, very sweet and I read it few times already in a month! Fully recommended.


  1. oh I don't read enough Manga!! This sounds good! Just want I need light and fun!

  2. I read this a while back. It's okay, would've scored a 3 or 3.5 for me. It's TOO fluffy and lacks any real substance, much like a lot (but not all) shoujo manga. It's very standard for me, having read a lot of shoujo "back in the day".

  3. Namine: I like it too ;p

    Cass: yeah, so true they are much alike but I can't help to like the simple way of the plot.It's like so not real, but it's good to be swoon by it.LOL

  4. This sounds really interesting. I haven't heard of it before. I don't know much about kabuki theater and it would be fun to learn more.


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