Ever since she could remember Nakazono Kirara has wanted to be an idol. Her manager Hanamaki even hand picked her to become the next 'it' girl, but after a series of pointless and rather degrading gigs, Hanamaki feels it time to get serious,but what exactly IS a love celeb... enter the mysterious, silver haired man they call 'Gin' who saves her from the advances of producers who want her virginity in exchange for a job. Little does she know Gin is even worse, and proposes to buy her. After escaping his clutches she feels everything will go back to normal...but then why is she now suddenly the most talked about girl in Tokyo...
Contains the oneshot I Can't Tell Anyone/Darenimo Ienai!.
Love Celeb is a Shoujo, Smut, Romantic, Comedy which had a great deal of promise. However apart from the adequate art and raunchy romance, there’s nothing particularly outstanding about this manga, except its poor attempt in portraying the entertainment industry.
Kirara Nakazono is a young girl who dreams of being a top idol but her career is going no where. That all changes when a very wealthy and influential young man named Ginzou Fujiwara (Gin for short), develops an interest in her virgin body. As you’ve a probably guessed, this is yet another ‘hates him but falls in love with him’ shoujo manga, where our heroine
eventually becomes some hot guy’s plaything. So you can expect the usual unrealistic crap the like Gin being able to buy his way into anything from the media to politics but this manga really takes a step further in detracting itself from reality. The main story about Kirara trying to get into the entertainment industry but somehow ending up as Gin’s object of desire… That in itself was unbelievable. But then things get outrageous when the story begins to tailor more towards the sex-charged romance rather than making the entertainment industry premise remotely logical. I really want to know what went through this mangaka’s head during the radical TV Drama chapters?
As for the characters in question; Kirara is your typical weak heroine and is also the source of some amusing comedy. Then there’s the main hero, Gin, who is the very reason behind to subtitle (King+Egoist). So you can expect their relationship to be that of a helpless rabbit, easily prayed upon and ravaged by a ravenous wolf. However there are two wolves competing for this easily attainable prize and the other is her manager… some guy with glasses. I forget his name but that shows how much of an impression megane-kun left. There are other characters that seem to come and go as they please, but they're just forgettable, not to mention those making cameo appearances from Mayu Shinjo’s other works.
Most of the people who have read Mayu Shinjo’s other works may find the artwork to be the best thing about Love Celeb. On the other hand this particular reviewer finds the art to be something you’d find in any typical shoujo manga. The are male characters all have tall handsome figures and a lot of the shoujo veterans will certainly enjoy seeing Gin all hot & bothered and in cute chibi form. The panels with any background scenery are fairly scarce; nonetheless when the backgrounds are shown it’s usually decently drawn.
Overall Love Celeb is really a manga that I have mixed feelings of. The smutty romance is pretty good, along with the comedy in the beginning and so are Kirara’s struggles to become an idol. However the story kinda sucks, as a lot of the sudden developments and random bullshit will leave anyone cringing in disbelief. What’s worse is how badly the heroine is treated (abused, beaten, continuously molested, etc.), and yet she seems to enjoy it like the lustful little tramp she is. True these are some pretty strong feelings for an unbiased reviewer; but having read something created by a mangaka, who clearly abandoned all logic to please the hyperactive fangirls, would get on any rational-thinking person’s nerves.
The story is basically non-existent.
First, it jumps from one point to the next suddenly. At the beginning it is the main character, kirara, trying to become an idol when her manager pushes her into selling her body for fame where she meets Gin. Somehow, after that the story turns into how she falls for him and their tries to have sex.
Second, it has a lot of plot holes, the villains appear randomly and are not given depth at all. They just exist for the sake of the plot.
The characters are also bad. The main guy,
Gin, is abusive, childish, possessive and so full of himself, he basically pushes himself on the main girl, kirara, until she gives in and
"might have spoilers"
when he wants her to quit the entertainment industry he goes as far as forcing the companies that offered her jobs to withdraw their offers and then putting kiss marks on her so she would be refused from a modelling job especially after he told her that he wants to marry her!!!
"end of spoilers".
Kirara, is a completely stupid girl with no courage to say no. At some points I felt like slapping her for her idiocy. I have no idea how someone would keep on working with a manager that forces you to have sex with a guy you do not like and take on jobs that you feel embarrassed with.
The only redeeming factor in this manga is the art, compared to Mayu Shinju's other mangas, the characters are drawn beautifully and the background however scarce when drawn it is really good
You really can read this manga if you want read almost porn or you are bored
Love Celeb is the story of Nakazono Kirara's journey through the entertainment industry. This is a story that flip flops itself so much that the only thing that is constant from beginning to end is the single minded slutty focus throughout the entire series.
I gave this a 4 because the story doesn't even stay in the same tone it was when it began. It begins with Kirara's manager pushing for her to have sex with as many influential people as she can and then flips to where every bishie in the series is trying
to get a piece of that ass. It is very inconsistent and it seems that sensei is trying to come up with random plot elements towards the end to fill things up. The series sputters at the end as it dies.
I enjoyed the art. The males, as per any shoujo manga look pretty and ethereal, while our main heroine is rather plain looking in comparison. The backgrounds, when they are not non existent due to the constant sexing, are well drawn.
The characters are my main gripe with this series. Gin, our main hero is a COMPLETE asshole and potential rapist in the making, and he basically terrorizes Kirara until she gives into him and his whims. And the manager encourages Kirara to sleep with any influential man and whore herself out in chapter 1. Kirara herself is a complete spineless character without the ability to say no. Around chapters 20-25, the series shifts focus and ALL of the characters seem to do a complete 180 and any of the personality traits (except for Kirara) that they had in the beginning switch. It's, I feel, rather a cop out.
I feel that this series is basically something that you should read if you want to:
1. Read almost porn, but don't want viruses
2. Are waiting for your favourite release to come out.
If you are not bored and have nothing better to do, skip over this, if not the comedy and outright audacity of the leads will keep you engaged for a little while.
I just finished reading this manga in one day. It's hard to put it down once you start it. I really enjoyed it because aside from it having some steamy love scenes (aye karamba!) there is quite a bit of comedy that actually leaves you cracking up.
I will say, their portrayal of the entertainment business leaves you to roll your eyes a bit lol because although there are some truths to it, it was exaggeratedly dramatic.
After a while there are some things you may find slightly annoying about the female main characters level of "ditzziness" but it's tolerable. This manga does move kind
of fast, so that does leave you to feel like some good chances for character development were lost but it's not that bad. The funny parts make up for it because it's not always so serious. Overall I enjoyed it!