Kino Hime is a 15 years old girl who just started her first year in a high school for voice actors (Seiyuu) called Hiiragi Academy. She dreams of becoming the voice of the main character in one of the most popular series in Japan, "Magic Fighter Lovely Blazers". The academy is the number one school which allows students to make their voice acting debuts, and also includes more departments: sports, music, acting, and media communication.
Of course this Academy is full of celebrities, too. Two of Hime's classmates are none other than the two rising idols of the group "Idol Unit Agua".
But Hime's dream is hard to fulfill. Her voice is not really suitable for a voice actress and her new classmate Kudou Senri doesn't waste time in pointing that out. Will Hime prove everybody especially Senri what she is capable of despite the first appearance?
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. read more
Kino Hime is a 15 year old girl who is a student in the Seiyuu (Voice acting) Department in Hiiragi Academy. The only problem is is that her voice isn't really suitable for those adorable girls in anime and her classmate, Kudou Senri, thinks so too. Now Hime's goal is to become a top grade seiyuu and prove herself to the school and to Senri.
(Um...Im not very good at writing reviews, but I'll try!)
I actually enjoy this manga. I love the plot and the comedy is hilarious. To me, Senri and Hime are similar to Hikari and Kei from Special A, plus the author created both Special A and Seiyuu Ka.The characters in the manga are very interesting, the guys are good looking too, and I just love the artwork. If you're a fan of Special A, then I'm pretty sure you'll like this one. read more
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 mangaread more