The only review before my own review was rated with a 5... For me, that person's rating is unforgiving because I truly enjoy each chapter of this manga. It has a huge potential to be a masterpiece.
The story concept itself is completely brand new and pretty interesting. The main protagonist, 夜凪 , was set to have a talent of making people feel that her acting is too real to be fake. While the director, 墨山, is set to have wide connections and somehow knows the way to develop and control the protagonist. While I am surprised regarding
to how 夜凪 can be involved in some of the shows of movie screenings (the story progress rather fast in my opinion), the story transitions rather smoothly among chapters.
*Edit: What I love about the story of this manga is its "truthfulness" regarding the "realities" toward life, such as how we should face and feel about the "inevitable" death, the fierceness of competition, and the purpose of life while it is ongoing. While reading the dialogues between characters regarding these certain topics, it often propels me to reflect and think.
If we judge on the depictions of the characters, they can be relatively simple. Yet, when we look at how the Mangaka was able to draw those emotions (since it is an acting manga), this art of the manga definitely deserves more than a 9 or 10. I really don't know why; but as a reader, I am drawn to the art of this manga.
Unfortunately, the background can be lackluster sometimes (using only lines or empty white background). So, that is why I give it a -1.
*Edit: The range change from 8-9 to 9 because the artist is improving chapter through chapter with his illustration of background and characters
Each character has his/her own goal and purpose. Their motivation or reason behind their actions are consistent. Thus, the creation of these characters deserve a high score. -1 because there can be times when I feel that some characters are unnecessary in the story (personal opinion, can be argued)
Whenever I see an update, I click to read. Easy 10. '
*Edit: still do after 40 chapters
I have never read any manga that focuses on "Acting". I have read "Singing or Dancing" mangas, and this manga is pretty different from those. The plot is pretty fast-paced and doesn't have side stories. As a result, I feel a magnetic attraction toward this manga. I sincerely hope for the success of 夜凪 as she continues to evolve and develop. Another -0.5 for being compared to other legendary manga :)
*Edit: took out the -0.5 room for error portion because this manga continues to impress me with the story
If this manga continues to capture audiences such as me for more upcoming chapters. Becoming an Anime won't be a dream! :) I really have high hope for this manga.
I don't believe a masterpiece requires a epic story or a deep narrative or any distinct defining premise to justify itself. Act-age's story is structured like almost any other shounen, a main character with a special talent and goes through various arcs growing and improving their craft to become the best at what they do.
What truly struck a chord with me was the art. The art on its own is impressive, but its certainly not as streamline and polished as Murata's work in One Punchman or as detailed as Miura's Berserk. It's very hard to explain it without having seen it for yourself, but
the beauty of Act-age's art is that it enhances the narrative and characters beyond just illustrating them. After all, why draw manga when you can tell great stories through books or show cool action scenes in anime or movies. Manga is a medium that captures a single moment and must portray a characters emotions and energy effectively within the stillness of the panel. I feel Act-age does this better than other manga I've read, as every emotion an actor or actress expresses, joy, anger, sadness, love, and pain, can be seen and understood so clearly, I get chills. Every emotion for every character is expressed uniquely. The sadness expressed by one character is not the same sadness expressed by another character. You can see Yonagi grow as an actress not just by the roles she plays and the techniques she learns, but by the way her expressions change. Its this sort of level of conveyance and mastery of the medium that breathes so much life into every character.
This isn't even something you need to realize to enjoy the manga. I didn't even notice it on my first read, but I think what makes things like this a masterpiece is whether you conscious or it or not, it evokes an emotion you've never felt before. I think epiphanies like these are what define a masterpiece, but regardless of whether you felt the same emotional connection with the series that I had, I think this is a great read for any shounen lover.
This is my first time writing a review but I'm loving this manga so much I had stayed up till 8am this morning to finish the last currently translated chapter, 51.
In 'The Galactic Railway' arc the writer does an amazing job dealing and explaining issues of life, death, grief and overcoming these things.
For a good hour I was crying so much I ended up having to plug my nose with tissue to stop my snot leaking out haha.
They're very good at establishing a connection between the characters and the reader. I truly felt that I had become one of the cast and was
experiencing 100% of what the others were.
The art is amazing and truly captures the emotions the characters are trying to express perfectly. Her art was able to make me cry even without any dialog. It's even more outstanding when you find out the artist was born in 1997! She for sure has to be a prodigy or something.
Another thing is after reading this (as well as another acting themed manga called Kasune (which is amazing by the way and for sure a must read)) I've weirdly gotten this urge to try acting? The writers really draw you in, make you feel like you're on set and give you a sort of inside view that doesn't glamourise the occupation. It instead shows you about the connections people make and them becoming more honest versions of themselves through deep expression.
As conveyed through the manga - Acting is the art of being able to dive deep into an ocean of your own emotions and the bring it up past the surface to present a mirror of humanity to an audience.
“Whenever something sad or painful happens, we try to become different version of ourselves almost to the point of forgetting our true selves, right? That’s why people like us become actors, right?”
ACT-AGE is a manga series that published on Weekly SHONEN JUMP magazine. but unlike another JUMP manga that are either battle action, sports or romance comedy series, this manga tell us about profession and its competitive career world, in this case about ACTING. Also what thing that made this series different from another JUMP manga is Act-age have genuine female MC, while almost every shonen manga have male MC. Even with female MC, this
series is really fit to be shonen manga because its focus about acting skils, rivalry, explained "power" system and also good characterization. This series already have 2 arcs that tell us about film and stage play/theatre production.
Story : 9/10
This is story about Kei Yonagi, 16 years old female MC who just live with her 2 siblings without her parents She have a great talent about acting but also very risky to her mental state "method acting". While another MC is 35 years old Director Sumiji Kuroyama who have dream to made 1 ideal film. He finally found the actress with his qualification, that is Yonagi. Early chapter have okay setup to story like "what is acting", "first job" etc. But once this series went to first arc, it was beginning to be interesting. Great and likeable rival/partner character each arcs, interesting and unique information about acting and also what make me like this series is despite being a profession series, Act-age still can give you suspense and tension like battle manga because the struggle that our character have while made a film or stage play.
Art : 9/10
Act-age is one of great artstyle manga in Weekly SHONEN JUMP atm, and it comes from 21 years old female artist, Shiro Usazaki, her weapon while draw Act-age manga is beautiful eyes of each character. Also she draw each character expression with good detail, even from the visual alone, we can differr when characters did acting and when characters display their true selves, once again just from visual alone. Another great things about Act-age artstyle is when the manga get color page and her color drawing is really great.
Character : 9/10
Kei Yonagi is genuine female MC on shonen manga, yes she is a female but she is not melodrama character. her pure nature because she is just high school student and amateur actress made her really likeable character also as MC she really learn about her skills and also her partner in acting. Rival/partner character is also great and unique. We get power ceiling character in Chiyoko Momoshiro, top actress in her generation, and there is reason why she was top actress, also her acting method that 180 degree different from Yonagi method. Our second arc deutragonist Araya who have same method as Yonagi but more polished and have more experience, also have unique habit and also interesting backgroung. While we also have character Akira who is the son of former top actress, have parents issue and also always compared to her mother and media always treat him as "nepotism" product.
Enjoyment : 9/10
What make me enjoy the series is the tension and suspense when each character play their role. Also the struggle in film production or stage play production make the story isn't easy for MC and anothe character. Conclusion of each arcs is very beatiful and you won't expect that from acting manga. Thats why this series can survive on biggest manga magazine in the world Weekly SHONEN JUMP.
Overal : 9/10
ACT-AGE already be one of my favorite manga of all time and i hope a lot of reader will read this great series
Emotional. What else can you say about this piece of work? It's wonderful. Who knew watching a girl become a actress could be so real.
At first I thought this was going to a snore fest but boy was I wrong. You're going to be in for a treat. From the get go, the first chapter we are drawn into the world of this girl.
Let's begin our tragic tale of Kei Yonagi, our protagonist. From a nobody to becoming one of the greatest actresses this world could know. Failing auditions over and over it was the norm until one day she meets a person that will
change her life forever, Director Sumiji Kuroyama. The chance meeting that will turn this girl's world upside down. He saw the potential in her where nobody did. From this day onward, the chase of stardom begins.
I would be lying to you if I told you the art was terrible. It's incredible. You could tell how much effort the artist put into it. Panel after panel your eyes are feasting at such beautiful artwork. It only makes you want to flip page after page. Every character is drawn in great detail. You could feel the emotion pouring out to you. You may even shed a few manly tears.
The characters are relatively unique and could stand on their own. We don't get many coming of age, actresses blooming into a delicate flower. You won't find another Kei Yonagi anywhere else. Her passion for acting takes you into their world. Absolutely breathtaking. We could see the industry through her eyes. Of course, we have a great sub-cast of characters as well. Shiro Usazaki the over-annoying but caring friend. You know you're going to have a blast when you see him kidnap Yonagi in the beginning in his van. Once you meet Chiyoko Momoshiro and Araya Myoujin later on. You will see how well their acting will prone you to feel empty like a cracked egg shell, lifeless and soulless.
I read 88 chapters in the span of 3 days. I enjoyed this manga a lot. Not many manga will captivate me as much as this. I am positive that you the reader will absolutely fall in love with it as much as I have. One trip of the Galactic Train will send you into another country.
Overall: Give Act-age a shot, do not sleep on this. Every arc is entertaining and filled with excitement. I'm really happy I found this and I am sure you will too. The only problem / issue I have with it is that there needs to be an anime adaption of this and of course more chapters.
Quick review: If i had to describe it with one sentence: "Waste of a a good idea" The artwork is ok enough, especially the colouring, character are kinda bland, the story process is little boring but the climax is a cutely really good but a little too short.
Two new manga artists joined the Jump family with a really unique manga for shonen jump. Personally i am all about movie and a manga based on that makes me hyped. But this may not be the one i was waiting
Story: Its about typical as it can get, a decent start for a first manga.
It start with a narration like any other manga you ever saw in your life and the its goes as normal as you can get. For manga based on acting i was expecting more and you can tell towards the climax of the story how much more you can have but for a reason it doesn't want to take you there in the first minute. You have some funny moments but they feel force most of the time. This would be a better chapter if they did the climax in the start too. Show me more challenging acting and draw my attention! don't save it at the end. And the is still going on and on with exposition and dialogues and less acting parts.Reader are too judgmental in the first 5 pages so don't just save the good stuff in the end, do more of that.
Character: They seem so one note colour for the moment. Every manga I've redd im like "why do you have that other characters don't have" and beside the main chapter can cry willingly there is nothing much else. You have some many colourful directors in Hollywood, take something from that. Don't shoe all this series unenthusiastic guys. Characters are the soul of the manga. If you character are bland you manga will feel bland.
Art: There is not really much to say about it, its pretty simple and feels like "this is my first manga in a magazine". The weakest think is the backgrounds. There are so few you can't really tell where you are. I think the artist hate drawing them but for start its okay, you will get some assistants to do your work will be fine as long you actually put someone to do backgrounds. Also the line are kind too thick and not so pleasant some times.
As weird it may sound i did enjoyed it a little, at least the first chapter, mainly cause of the climax of the first chapter. I only wish they give me more of the and more colourful characters to cheer. For now it feels like its going to have 2 volumes or something
I say that there is this one manga that's criminally under-rated all through out and it is this. ACT-AGE.
The story of act-age is a simple one. It could be summarized as a high school girl who aspires to be an actress being discovered by a director who saw that talent in her. Simple and Easy. Many may say that a story should have bombastic plot to be amazing, but I say that the execution of that story is what matters and Act-Age delivers with it.
Each story arc consists of a new lesson that our aspiring actress protagonist should learn and a captivating conflict
that would leave readers wanting to read more. Overall, the story of act-age is fairly simple but with its execution, it makes the readers want to see more.
Maybe I'm biased but I gotta say that the art of act-age is very amazing. It'll be hard to create a story about acting in a medium without sound and movement but with the art alone, it easily conveys the emotion that should've been hard to portray. Without the amazing art that the mangaka puts in, act-age wouldn't be the amazing story it would be today.
Every character in this story is amazing. From its supporting cast to its main characters, everyone has their own distinct personalities and are fairly memorable. Every rival main character in every arc has their own deep motivations that make the story very compelling and their interactions with our main protagonist very fun to read.
I gotta say, I binge-read 80 chapters of this manga and left me wanting more. Its an easy 10/10
Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm not. But I gotta say, if you haven't tried reading act-age, you should try reading it. I'm sure you're gonna enjoy this story.
I don't know how to start this review, honestly, words can't describe this manga. You should experience it. From the first chapter, the story comes off strong and well built. You get sucked in the world in a matter of a few chapters. Every little level up of the protagonist makes you starve and crave for her next development. And let me tell you something, the development of characters in this manga is no joke. Normally, when reading your typical manga, the only one to develop is the main character however what's surprising is the improvement of other characters as well. They also get engulfed
by the MC's presence which leads them to prove themselves, and that's one of the things that stroke me in this manga, I didn't forget any supportive character even the girl who won the stars competition(she shows up after that but u got my point). The art is nothing out of ordinary but it delivers the message and it's improving gradually(milky way scene was dazzling). The expressions and the atmosphere are so well depicted that I've felt the voice of the princess iron fan resonating in my ears. That's how powerful and strong this manga is.
I also want to point out that I feel this manga shows the most beautiful and the ugliest emotions a human being can have. It's also a journey to help the main protagonist to get track of her life, her real life.
This manga was and continues to be an absolute delight.
The manga roughly follows the story of Kei Yonagi who ha immense talent in acting. Her extreme realistic acting causes her to be engrossed into her role and world thereof.
The manga, while having an interesting premise, didn't seem to have the makings of a masterpiece. The story followed as expected and while there's interesting acting concepts introduced, it's good but mediocre. What really captivated me was this recent arc in which the story focus on the production of the "The Galactic Railroad". This arc completely blew me away. The exploration of the characters, production
of film, viewing the distinct way each actor grows, their interaction, is absolutely stunning. This manga deserves every bit of praise it receives and is an absolute gem in the manga world.
Story (6): Interesting premise but develops too typically. The pacing seems awkward and fluctuates between too fast and too slow. Jumps around and doesn't flow well.
Art (7): The art is pleasant, well drawn and looks good. It's clearly able to show the depth of emotions when characters are acting and sometimes looks gorgeous. Not anything too special though. It does it's job but doesn't go beyond that.
Characters (7): Excluding the previous arc would have landed this at a flat 5, low 6. The new arc is excellent at showing three dimensional characters. Despite this, the main character is still too lackluster and poorly written. The characters are interesting enough and the chemistry is intriguing enough to ignore a majority of flaws though.
Enjoyment (9): While it had numerous flaws, its a wonderful manga. Truly a gem and I highly recommend reading, despit- actually, especially if, you have no interest in acting. It left me starry eyed for hours after reading it and I look forward to the direction it takes.
After multiple recommendations I expected so much more. Now, a level of immaturity is ok and it can be even endearing in shounen, but in characters, not in the plot. And that’s what is reversed here – the main character is shown as unrealistically proficient, and the narrative is annoyingly juvenile in tone.
The idea is great – by god, I want more more shounen not about hitting people in the face and shounen with female leads. The world of a budding actress seems to be an exciting setting for a manga. Talent agencies, auditions, TV, cinema, theater, musicals, their energy, color, variety, beauty, and the
many different people working, living, visiting there - such a wealth of situations to explore! There’s also the underlying idea that diving too much in other personalities may be damaging for the unprepared, but others may be eager to exploit the burning unsafe talent, which is an enticing conflict.
Too bad that this particular manga is set in a different universe, where method acting is a rare arcane knowledge and acting standards are low, so our heroine who’s stumbled on the mystery of “you can call forth your emotional memory to act better” is a messiah. Despite having no training or any, even amateur acting experience. No respect for the ol’Stanislavski. The way acting mastery is treated here seriously reeks of super-powers. Later it improves with the appearance of mentors, but she is a gem from the start, which they just reverently slightly polish.
Too bad that this manga is hell bent on ridiculous aggrandizing of the heroine. At one point about 10 pages are dedicated to people on the streets discussing how gorgeous, balanced and fast she is when she runs past them. People praising her in their heads comprises roughly 25% of the text in this manga. Her only fault is being too focused on acting and maybe leaning on her past experience too much, so they teach her to be more expressive and fake. The rest of the cast is rather one-note, and while it seems to change a bit later, Act-age is still by far not a battle of personalities. Plus most of stronger personalities come in the form of quirky teenage misunderstood world-class geniuses, which our heroine cracks open.
Too bad that the situations depicted are unrealistic. The protagonist rears two small siblings on her own, with not much on-screen work dedicated to it aside from “the adorable family she fights for”. All kinds of barriers are broken by others for her sake – she gets a metric gigaton of special attention. At one point in the beginning she gets “kidnapped” for the comedic effect, brought to a filming studio and when asked to act she agrees. (As I’ve mentioned the best way to somehow connect to this manga is treating it as happening in a separate universe, where human trafficking for porn doesn’t happen.)
There’s just way too many false notes in Act-age for enjoyment. It’s not like it’s THAT unique – there is Kasane, Skip Beat!, idol drama manhwa.
Two things I am willing to give to this manga’s writing though are the fact that our heroine is not made to act stereotypically girly, her gender, refreshingly, doesn’t come up much at all, and that the quirkiness in her and other characters is shown to be ok – they are not judged for being passionately weird. Actually, there isn’t many bad people in the cast, they are simply different, which is also fresh.
The art is decent – the linework is clean, readable and pretty. The art is very character focused, most frames contain faces with screentones, later on backgrounds start to be more elaborate, but they never develop personalities. I’d call it very nice, pleasant and well-made, but not unique or outstanding.
That’s what the whole manga is actually – Act-age isn’t a breakthrough, like it was advertised to me, sadly. The relatively fresh main topic falls flat because of the superficial writing, especially glaring in the context of many great dramatic works set in the world of cinema/theater/showbusiness. When you think about a raising actress you expect rivals, high stakes, painful growth, sacrifices, dealing with public image, complicated relationships. Almost none of this is shown here properly – the heroine just breaks through everything, everyone gets amazed and eager to help her. It’s irritating to read through, and Act-age offers nothing for counterbalance – no special characters, no special art, no special narrative tricks. As such, I commend Act-age for what it has tried to do and concur that some readers may enjoy it, but I am disappointed in it and won’t advise it to people.
First time writing a review, I'm not that harsh but rather what I enjoy here.
The story is truly engaging. As the readers, we can't predict what's going to happen and what the characters going to do. We anticipated the way characters solve their problems, meeting the requirement of an 'Actor'.
Each arc, we see Yonagi as a completely different character. But watching her grow as an actress at the same time. Same as the other characters.
I really like the art. The illustrator is really good at drawing human expression.
Maybe considering this manga a masterpiece would be too much. But, for now, I'll give it a 10.
Let me see where the story goes.