As a child, Hime Kino was starstruck by "Lovely Blazers" voice actress Sakura Aoyama. From that day on, Hime has dreamed of following in Sakura's footsteps.
With this in mind, Hime enrolls in Hiiragi Academy, a voice acting school famous for producing the best of the best. In fact, Hime sits right next to the already successful son of Sakura, Senri Kudou. Aiming to match her peers' level of skill, Hime attempts to put her best foot forward. She introduces herself with her cutest voice, but what comes out is anything but—she sounds like an old man, earning her the nickname "Gorilla Princess." Suddenly, she finds herself grouped with other potential dropouts.
But Hime is not deterred by such a setback, and she quickly becomes friends with the others at the bottom of the class. With their help and her own unrivaled optimism, Hime will do whatever it takes to achieve her dream!
I started reading this to procrastinate homework about...oh, less than twenty four hours ago. And when I first started, I was not overly impressed. The art was a bit rough, kind of confusing, and in some ways just poorly/sloppily executed. But for whatever reason, I committed myself.
And then it just got better and better! Characters that seemed so hollow at first, so poorly developed, began to gain in momentum. Her comical reactions to constructive criticism went from laughably unrealistic to just flat out admirable. It was absurdly inspiring to me!
My FAVORITE aspect of the manga was the main love
interest. I have never seen such a brilliant backstory for such a cold personality; this mangaka did not rush it. It comprised several chapters, and it was heart wrenching and totally relatable. And he was COMPLETELY humanized, COMPLETELY! It was insane.
It's a manga about discovering yourself and hard work. And it's about making service to others; everyone became happier as they stopped fearing failure and reached out towards their dreams and others.
The characters were all very interesting. Even though they were clumsily conveyed, as the mangaka improved, you truly like all of them. Such interesting personalities! Some of them never truly see the light of day (what's-his-face-womanizer from the original group of four "dropouts"), but others, like Mizuki, transform into the most amazing yet unconventional characters.
I mean, for a third member in a love triangle, Mizuki was just different and unashamed of it. He's a black haired guy with glasses who acts NOTHING like black-haired-glasses-guys (think Ouran High). He was soft and gentle and TOTALLY and delightfully unrelatable in the beginning, like a cherubic small child yet tall and good looking and incredibly talented.
I loved the hard work that the main character puts in. It's a fantastic representation of reaching a crazy goal like her's.
I even loved the ending! Somehow I was not let down and left feeling that it ended to abruptly. There wasn't much of anything left unaddressed. Honestly, though, I could have kept reading it forever. Normally it's such a drag for me to read. But since I didn't move once for five hours when I found it, it's safe to say I was captivated.
The plot never dragged for me. It was all delightful, and the chapters were never very long. I constantly wanted to move t the next chapter.
It wasn't OVERLY pervy (although it favored short skirts). But I never saw awkwardly busty women to make our a-cup main character feel awful, so I approve! And it was certainly rough in the beginning, but I give it a nine for the beauty and grace it achieves by the end. You simply have to stick with it.
You know, I'm not totally sure how the main character changes (mostly she just falls in love and improves in her skills and knowledge). But Senri's transformation was INCREDIBLE and very realistic. For Senri and Mizuki, I WOULD give a ten. But there are randomly underdeveloped characters, like her sister and other "friends". There are other minds that I wish I'd been able to have a peek into, but it was such flawless story telling that I am NOT complaining.
It's obvious I adored this manga. Some parts are just laugh out loud (although I've certainly read funnier; I laughed only once every few chapters, really) and some are squeal-worthy. Some parts are just adorable yet sad; this main character doesn't hold with self pity. But she gets in at least one good cry that you REALLY feel like she deserves and really adds more dimension to her relationship to Senri...but I digress. It was fantastic.
A ten. Oh, man. I am SO GLAD I got over my judgemental side and stuck with it to see it transform into a story that I will treasure forever. It's not perfect, but the themes, characters, plot, and romance are all wonderful. It's probably now one of my all time favorite mangas.
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. Although at times I was afraid it would turn into a reverse harem-esc manga, it did not disappoint me in the end. I actually found this through Special A (since it is the same author), and was happily surprised to see such a cute change in the author's style. Other than the style, the story was quite entertaining and made me smile a lot. The characters are very colorful too, each are very easy to distinguish. My only complaint was the slow pace of the romance.
It is my first time writing a review but i enjoyed this manga so much that i decided to go for it
Well i actually stumbles across seiyuu kaa while searching for minami maki's other work. I was already a great fan due to Special A who is already a great favourite of mine.
The story was great. There was some place where it was clicheed but it was quite different too. It was light and really enjoyable. There was time when i was going all kyaa and there was time when i was banging my head in frustration or hiding my face with embarrassment
The art was
great and regular. The guy's smile's and hime when her hair was down was really beautiful
The character's could have been more developped specially hime's friend. It was like they had one or two chapters only on their past and then we almost didn't see them in the rest of the series. Then i also didnt understand sakura's character too much. She IS a bad mother and yet they seem to downplay it in the manga and for me this caused a big empty hole in the manga. But i really liked the way hime/shiro matures and becomes more experience and also how senri opens up to others. (sort of like a wild cat!)
Overall it is a great manga which i finished in barely one day because i just couldn't put it down! Moreover i loved the ending which did not seem rushed at all and which didn't left me feeling empty like some other manga
Seiyuu ka! was a really fun read. It's a shoujo manga whose main focus isn't romance, so if you like your romance and dokidoki moments perhaps this isn't the series for you.
The show revolves around main characters Hime and Senri (mostly Hime), and Hime's path to becoming a seiyuu despite her bad voice acting. I grew to like these two characters very much, and they never acted in a way that annoyed me, so I had a lot of fun watching them. The romance between the two of them isn't focused much on at all, so if you want a satisfying dokidoki romance you might
not get it.
However, the relationship between the two main characters is really the highlight of the series for me. Their friendship which hints at something more is really cute to watch. Hime's path to fulfilling her dream and how she and Senri interact with each other - friends but not really friends - is enjoyable to watch.
You get Hime every chapter, but Senri only in small doses that increase as the series progresses. That doesn't mean the earlier chapters are boring though, if you enjoy watching Hime and her struggles for her dream. In fact, getting more and more Senri as the series progresses went well for me, as their relationship grew better over time in a way that didn't seem forced.
I think one thing the series could have done better was the side characters. The side characters aren't bad, but could be utilized better. They get focus now and then, and there's some sort of backstory for half of the side characters, but after that it never gets mentioned again. It feels pointless to add depth to the characters but ignore the characters later on. I think some of this could be omitted since it wouldn't even affect the story in the least. The good thing is that the backstories don't get that much focus as well, so it's over quickly and feels like just a short story to me, and aren't unbearable to read.
Lastly, the "love rival". I hesitate to call him that as it never really felt that way to me. He never competed with the other guy for her love. It just felt like he was a good senpai that happened to love the main character (and everyone reading knows this love will not bear fruit). I think there was more time spent on his love for the MC compared to the real male protagonist's love for the MC. He was however not a useless character, as he played a huge part in helping the MC become what she was. For that I think he was a decent character, even if his past wasn't really important to the story in the least.
So, should you read Seiyuu ka!? I think that depends on whether you're hoping for moments like the main guy saving the main female/pushing her against the wall and confessing, or you simply want to read about characters you can cheer for as they go about trying to achieve their dreams, making impactful relationships along the way. My advice is to just give it a few chapters and decide if Hime is worth your time. The setting of this story is pretty fun since it's not the usual high school life.
Word of warning: the ending might feel rushed/unsatisfactory.
Overall I rate it 7/10 because it could have been better (mainly the side characters and rushed ending), but enjoyment wise I feel it's at least a 8 since it fun and feels like there's an actual plot rather than 100 chapters of getting the guy to like the girl.