Act-Age, a manga a couple of lady attempting to develop into an actor, just isn’t your typical premise for a Weekly Shonen Jump collection. But the collection’ excellent reputation is proof that there may be far more to the shonen style than good guys punching dangerous guys (Though there’s nothing mistaken with that, both. One Piece followers stand up).
With the primary quantity of the manga lastly hitting cabinets in English this week, we thought it will be time to take a deeper dive into what makes Act-Age so interesting.
Who makes Act-Age?
Act-Age is written by Tatsuya Matsuki and illustrated by Shiro Usazaki. It’s the duo’s first serialized manga, making the standard of the collection all of the extra spectacular.
What is Act-Age about?
Kei Yonagi is a rookie actor who has mastered methodology appearing, to the purpose that she generally loses her capacity to see the distinction between the actual world and a film manufacturing. So she goes just a little bit feral, overly emotional, or indignant — that’s what makes her such actor!
The story begins when a peculiar director discovers Yonagi and thrusts her into the world of appearing. She has to determine the way to management her methodology appearing, whereas studying different appearing methods from her rivals. Each arc focuses on Yonagi in a brand new job in a brand new state of affairs, the place she has to adapt and study to be able to outshine her costars.
Is this actually that massive of a departure from traditional shounen?
Shonen manga isn’t at all times manga about younger boys preventing superpowered villains. Sports manga like Haikyuu!! and The Prince of Tennis have at all times put an action-packed lens over actions which may not appear as thrilling as a battle between ninjas. Even collection like Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma and Bakuman confirmed readers that there are thrilling battles in cooking and writing manga, respectively. Act-Age does that actual factor, however with the leisure business.
Is Act-Age good?
Yes. Act-Age may not be about an individual attempting to develop into the strongest fighter round, nevertheless it applies that story hook — of characters who develop incrementally extra highly effective with every plot line and might reveal surprising new skills at any second — to show one thing as quiet as “acting” into an all-out motion.
Act-Age just isn’t a sensible depiction of the leisure business, nevertheless it by no means claims to be. Mundane concepts like “a girl filming a commercial where she cooks” are become explosive battle scenes. The exaggeration jogs my memory of the weirdly pretend motion basketball you’d see in Kuroko’s Basketball, nevertheless it’s by no means too excessive. Usazaki’s artwork enhances Matsuki’s story so nicely that it takes some time earlier than you notice how wild the scene you simply learn was.
And Matsuki’s characters are all likeable and earnest, and not using a actual villain. The stars of the comedian are actually simply attempting to be the very best actor round. Even if Yonagi doesn’t have any costars to really “fight” towards, she’s battling towards herself, studying the way to flip her previous right into a weapon for appearing.
One panel that popped
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