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Japanese: アクタージュ act-age
English: Act-age
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 123
Status: Discontinued
Published: Jan 22, 2018 to Aug 11, 2020
Genre: Drama Drama
Themes: Performing Arts Performing Arts, Showbiz Showbiz
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Matsuki, Tatsuya (Story), Usazaki, Shiro (Art)


Score: 8.241 (scored by 1486514,865 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3682
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #320
Members: 48,500
Favorites: 1,685


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Ever since she was a child, Kei Yonagi has been attracted to the idea of acting, as she has always attentively watched how actions and emotions differ depending on the type of character portrayed. Now a teenager, she is broke, and is the only one able to financially support her young siblings. She starts auditioning for any role possible, without much success.

Her luck begins to change when Sumiji Kuroyama, a renowned director, sees Yonagi's performance and is amazed by her ability to immerse herself in the role—the so-called method acting. Although she is a diamond in the rough, if she keeps using the same technique over and over, it could lead to her being severely damaged. So, he makes the decision to help polish her, giving Yonagi the opportunity she needs. However, the road ahead of her is far from easy, and she will need to adapt to overcome the various challenges that come her way.

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As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Act-age were published in English in VIZ Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump on the same day as the Japanese release.

The series was discontinued after the arrest of storywriter Tatsuya Matsuki on August 8, 2020.

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Apr 18, 2023
For a binge reader like me, this was super easy to get through - there wasn't that much drama, and it wasn't emotionally taxing to read. Everything that happened to the main character, I somehow felt that I had to cheer her on, even knowing that she's completely fictional.

Initially, I actually purchased the first volume of the manga, purely because the girl illustrated on the cover looked pretty. But I am glad that they went through with that decision, because I know that I probably would have not picked it up if it weren't for the cover. And just like how it was "advertised", ...
Apr 15, 2022
This is my first review i’ve written in this site, Act Age was such a promising series, honestly one of the best manga i have ever read, despite reading so little manga. It is very upsetting we probably will not get another panel of this potential masterpiece.

Story 7/10: The story was great, the characters really shined because of the scenarios, it’s amazing to see Kei and the other characters grow from each other and keep pushing themselves.

Art 10/10: One of the best art styles in manga I have seen, it really captured the beauty of the setting and characters, it was just so expressive ...
Nov 15, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (93/123 eps)
I like series about showbiz, so I had had pretty high hopes for Act-age.
Safe to say, Act-age is as much as a coming of age story as it is a series about acting. The problem is, our MC is essentially a Mary Sue in acting, in which she manages to overcome and even match the best actors in the short time frame of six months. In reality her method-acting being used as a "double edged" sword is really just a forced weakness the author puts in so that "at least something is holding her back."
This can be really seen in her break after her ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

It's been two years...
_Exactly - Aug 10, 2022
14 repliesby kfmc »»
Aug 16, 11:51 PM
Poll: Act-age Chapter 123 Discussion
Kuma - Aug 11, 2020
35 repliesby TheFalconZ21 »»
Jul 20, 11:59 AM
Poll: Act-age Chapter 40 Discussion
Stark700 - Nov 29, 2018
4 repliesby TheFalconZ21 »»
Jul 19, 2:42 PM
Do you think this manga can be revived/continued?
Shafwan_Dito - May 28
4 repliesby Swagernator »»
Jun 20, 8:40 AM
Hope it continues on 2024 or something
2WENTY1 - Mar 4, 2021
27 repliesby MH93 »»
Apr 20, 3:37 PM

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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