Love Stage!!

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English: Love Stage!!
Japanese: LOVE STAGE!!


Type: TV
Episodes: 10
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 2014 to Sep 11, 2014
Premiered: Summer 2014
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:05 (JST)
Producers: Kadokawa Shoten
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, Shounen AiShounen Ai
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.371 (scored by 9742097,420 users)
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Ranked: #20452
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Popularity: #763
Members: 175,971
Favorites: 1,663
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Sep 10, 2014
fearlessEdition (All reviews)
I am a straight male.

This show is pretty good.

I initially wrote off this show after seeing the now slightly famous intro scene, but soon, a joke amongst friends turned into a marathon of the six episodes that were out at the time. Every week after that, I looked forward to Wednesdays, where I'd get to see the next episode of Love Stage. At this point, after completing the series, the true question is this:

Why did I enjoy the show to the extent that I did?

I mean, it is quite normal for one to enjoy a show that is that is directed towards a different target read more
Nov 22, 2014
HeyYouPikachu (All reviews)
This is now one of my favourite animes, this is my first review so bare with me, I've never felt like writing one til i watched this anime. As a fan of yaoi/shounen ai this was a breath of fresh air as it's so hard to find decent animes in this genre because there are little to choose from and they're lacking in every department.

This is a -absolute must- watch for fans of the yaoi and shounen-ai, but also i would highly recommend it for those new to it and want to check it out, it would make a good starter into these genres read more
Mar 9, 2015
whiteteeth (All reviews)
As with any genre, yaoi/shounenai is often criticized by people who doesn't like it. Actually shounen ai (and shoujo ai too) is mostly the same as ANY romantic comedy anime out there, the only difference is that the main couple features homoromantic characters, which tends to scare off straight viewers.

The thing with "Love Stage!!", what makes it so special, it's that for some reason it seems to have broken that genre barrier, and a big part of their viewers are straight male people who don't usually watch shounenai/yaoi shows.

The premise of the story is very simple: Ryouma, a famous actor, fell read more
Sep 10, 2014
SizzlingTear2 (All reviews)

Love stage is a Shounen-ai anime. Most of the male population really won't enjoy this but it's mostly for girls. The anime is really good and was enjoyable with Comedy, Romance, Drama etc...

Story -8

Story's pretty good. Izumi wants to become a manga artist. His family is in show biz and so they want him to enter the show biz world. Note that he is only in college. He is often mistaken for a girl because of his cute looks and such. Ryouma, our main male character number 2, mistook him for a girl when they had read more
Dec 17, 2018
LunarEclipse1214 (All reviews)
I made an account just to write this review. I think this show is funny and light-hearted, which is great. But there is something fundamentally wrong in the basis of their relationship. One of the characters sexually assaults another, and experiences no real consequences. Then, the guy who got assaulted (Izumi), was pressured to stop being a burden to his family. On top of that, his brother ends up sympathizing with the assaulter because he cries about how Izumi will never forgive him. But Izumi does. THIS IS WRONG. The show completely brushes over the assault and it's consequences on the characters as human beings. read more
Aug 8, 2018
lovelysweetdream (All reviews)
So... Um yeah.

Honest, this anime really isn't any good.

In fact, I'd probably go as far as saying it's actually bad. To be honest, I'm kind of ashamed to even say I watched and enjoyed it. Is this what fanservice obsessed men feel like when watching something like Highschool DxD? I feel like trash for enjoying it.

Well, if you like BL, then this is probably going to satisfy your needs. But good lord. Everything about this anime is implausible, silly and over the top; the story doesn't even justify watching it because the character development is just so mediocre. Still, I enjoyed it.

Jun 6, 2016
TanakaRiza (All reviews)
I first heard of this show by accidentally coming across its opening somewhere on the internet. From what I saw, it looked like this show was going to be about a healthy, consensual, small-age-gap relationship, which is a relationship I still have yet to see in yaoi. I find it a lot more in yuri, but hardly in yaoi. The two boys were holding hands, looking into each others eyes and had smiles on their faces. They both looked happy rather than one looking sexually pleased while the other wishes he was somewhere else. I really wanted to see if Japan can actually make a read more
Feb 15, 2017
ktulu007 (All reviews)
Love Stage started as a romantic comedy manga by Eiki Eiki and Zaou Taishi. In 2014 our old friends at J.C. Staff, behind such titles as Yami no Matsuei, Hachimitsu to Clover, Shakugan no Shana, Toradora and a bunch of other anime I've reviewed, started releasing an anime adaptation. Is it a romance that's worth your time? Let's examine it and find out. As it was Valentine's yesterday and this seems like a good week for some romance.


Sena Izumi comes from a show business family. His mother is an actress. His father is in theatre and his elder brother is the lead singer of a read more
Jan 19, 2020
Arkhalis14 (All reviews)
This is going to be my very first review so please forgive me of any mistakes

Anyway, let's get this straight. I DO NOT review anything, let alone anime, especially the ones that I really like, purely because the review is going to be biased and the review won't actually be helpful.
But this one right here, took me by surprise. I actually took a break from watching anime around a year ago. I AM a 100% heterosexual male and it is weird of me to even watch an anime of such a genre in the first place let alone rate it this much. Done a truth read more
Dec 29, 2019
ekkowan (All reviews)
allthough i enjoyed it this anime wouldn't have such a bad review for me if it weren't for the glorified sexual assault I would've gave this anime a 7 if non of that had happened

the story was bad too but it was still interesting but it was extremely centered on the 2 main charachters and on episode 8 they decided to make a weird backstory cake so they wouldn't have to deal with the other charachter.

I liked the fact that some of the charachter come to terms with their seuality

the art was good even though it was a bit cliche (big eyes , the read more
Sep 20, 2016
pleochroic (All reviews)
I never quite know whether I should try to rate BL anime within its own genre or not, but since MAL makes no genre distinctions when showing top anime, it seems fairer to rate it as I rate all other anime. But I will point out where it stands within its own genre.

I am gay and used to read a lot of BL. Tip to North American audiences: in these reviews most people use confusing terminology, so here's a quickie refresher. BL (Boys Love) is what the Japanese call boy-on-boy manga and anime mostly written by women and mostly directed at women. read more
May 12, 2015
Pastabeanchuu (All reviews)
Love Stage!! is a pretty good surprise in the BL genre. It's not incredible but gives us a fair love story and enjoyable characters.

Story: 6
The setting is common and overused in both shounen ai and shoujo manga, but it's not too long and unfolds well. Once you get into it, it can be pretty heart warming and has its inspirational moments. It's a relief that there are no dub/non-con in this story (and it is pretty sad that I have to mension this in my BL reviews).

Art: 6
Pretty good for a BL anime, and still very pink.

Sound: 6
The opening song, read more
Feb 11, 2017
memechelle (All reviews)
That ruined the whole anime for me. The characters are acting like it's not a big deal! It's infuriating!!! I will not ship a man who nearly raped another one WITH the victim. That's just fucked up.
Sure, at first the older brother was mad, but he saw that the rapist was seemingly depressed the next day, and THAT got rid of his anger. BULLSHIT. How dare they normalize rape instead of condemning it? There's no warning that it's going to happen, either. It just RANDOMLY happens. I can't even read more
Jul 12, 2015
MizukiHaruno (All reviews)
this is the first yaoi anime I have ever watched and I want to admit it was very good. I thought that this anime would be uninteresting and the plot would be very bad but actually it was not. You may not be a yaoi fan but if you love romance animes you would enjoy this too.
The story is about a major otaku Izumi Sena who just entered college and wants to become a mangaka like his idol Saotome (the writer of Lalalulu).
ten years ago when he was 8 his parents were making appearance in a advertisement "Happy Wedding". this was the read more
Sep 16, 2014
AhmedAmin (All reviews)
If you are looking for a sweet, light-hearted love story, then regardless of your gender go for it, it will surely put a smile on your face. But if you are looking for some love story full of all types of emotion and struggles people go through when in a relationship then definitely Love Stage isn't for you.

Story: The story is full of sweet and funny moments, there is hardly any scene that can make you sad or feel pity for the characters. Everything worked out well for the lead characters well, and I found this approach quite unrealistic. In a relationship, struggle becomes part read more
Apr 8, 2015
MagicPotato98 (All reviews)
I thoroughly enjoyed this anime even though I'm usually not usually into this genre.

TO keep it brief, the reason why I liked it is because it is so funny, there are moments when you are rooting for the supporting characters as well as the main, and the characters are generally well developed in just the mere 10 episodes.

Because I am not usually into this genre, I found it a little bit uncomfortable in the intimate scenes, but if you substitute Izumi for a girl, it would be totally fine. However making him a guy makes it all the more hilarious. But yes, I would read more
Jul 29, 2017
Fear_the_Reefer (All reviews)
The teenage years are often referred to as the best years of your life, but they can come with their own set of challenges... It’s the time of life where you’re still finding out who you are, who you want to be, and what’s important to you. Even as late as the crucial age of 18, it can be difficult to find your place in the world, especially if you’re struggling to find the place where you belong. This is even worse for Sena Izumi, because in addition to his more normal adolescent woes, he’s the youngest member of an entire family read more
Aug 21, 2015
Rahzek (All reviews)
I like to think of myself as being open minded, but this show just has some effect on me, I just watch it and get all hot and bothered, sweat trails down my armpits all the way down to my underwear since that's all I'm wearing while I watch this show and I just get drenched.

Now I'm not saying this show will make you go gay, but it's one of the best romantic comedies ever made even without the yaoi aspect in place, there's a few scenes some closed minded kids might think is close to rape -but as we say in the west, "if read more
Jul 22, 2015
5sos (All reviews)
I have seen many a yaoi genre anime. In fact, maybe around 30-35% of anime I have seen falls in the yaoi category. But, I have to say that Love Stage!! has been my absolute favorite.
Most yaoi or yuri go ahead and jump into the relationship aspect and everything that comes along to being in a relationship. However, nothing "touchy touchy" came along till the very end. The creators made sure to throw plenty of character development in which I looooooove. So if you enjoy an actual story and character development, but also want something that has a relationship aspect to it, this yaoi anime read more
Mar 4, 2018
DepOp (All reviews)
So I watched this show when I was obsessed with Yaoi back in 9th grade and rewatched it recently and I kinda hate it.

This show makes light of Ryoma's sexual harassment and assaults and it's kinda nasty tbh. Like I specifically remember a scene where Ryoma kisses Izumi multiple times while he is sleeping.

The art is pretty I guess I like Izumi's eyes they're really beautiful.

As for characters, there isn't much Ryoma as I said before creeps me out but I really like Izumi he is endearing and I feel for him as a person who's tried to make a manga but was complete ass.

Love read more