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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: 8.231 (scored by 1530515,305 users)
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Ranked: #3942
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Popularity: #322
Members: 49,962
Favorites: 1,711


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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
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 basic 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 of a ...
Aug 14, 2020
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, ...
Jan 2, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (20/123 eps)
After multiple recommendations I expected so much more. Now, a level of immaturity is ok and it can even be 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 ...

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