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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
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Matsuki, Tatsuya (Story), Usazaki, Shiro (Art)


Score: 8.261 (scored by 1214712,147 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3082
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #324
Members: 38,861
Favorites: 1,401

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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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Aug 10, 2020
moozooh (All reviews)
Act-age was one of the most promising series in Weekly Shonen Jump throughout 2019 and 2020, and one of my personal favorites alongside One Piece and Chainsaw Man.

It really was a head-turner in many ways: a colorful, female-heavy cast, unconventional topic, plenty of quality character drama, unusual art, no forced romance or any sort of physical fights as a means to move the plot forward—and at the same time it dutifully adhered to the basics of the shonen sensibilities, such as rivalry and continuous progress on the path towards fulfilling a grand ambition. It was, to use a term coined in Bakuman, an excellent example read more
Aug 13, 2020
dadachi (All reviews)
Before its cancellation, Act-age was my favorite running manga series and I was excited to see how it would developed. Now we will never see the end to this wonderful story. I can only judge what has been completed, and imagine what could have been.

Story (7/10):
In my opinion, this is the weakest part of the manga but it is by no means bad. The story's purpose is to create interesting scenarios for the characters to do the heavy lifting. Kei's goal to become a top actor is a compelling enough premise that gets her to interact with colorful characters and reflect on herself. It's pretty read more
Aug 14, 2020
Xenosaiyan (All reviews)
Lets get this straight from the beginning. This story is NOT a masterpiece, nor will I EVER call it a masterpiece.

Act-Age is something much more than a masterpiece.

Act-Age is... unique. Something I never would have guessed I'd call a manga.

This is not a manga to be read casually. In fact, if you enjoy reading manga casually, then do NOT read this manga. That's my warning. This is something that WILL change you, no matter how much you try to prevent it from doing so.

The characters shine brightly, in ways I've never seen before. This is such a complex build up and breakdown of a character, read more
Aug 17, 2020
PumpkinSpicePie (All reviews)
It was a good ride while it ended.

The manga has been cancelled because the writer has been arrested for sexually molesting middle school girls, and therefore the manga will be ended abruptly with no ending. I believe that this is for the best, and you should have the same mindset as well.

You also shouldn't feel ashamed for having and still liking this manga, because I still do. But even then, no matter how good a work is, if half of the production is being led by a disgusting and criminal individual, then it should no longer be supported.

The Illustrator, Shiro Usazaki, however has done read more


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