With a father who's a singer, a mother who's a movie star, and an older brother Shougo who's the lead vocalist for the super-popular band "The Crusherz," Sena Izumi—an otaku college student—is the only dull one born into this super-famous and talented family. He loves "Magical Girl LalaLulu" and is working hard to become a mangaka, but one day he winds up appearing in a TV commercial he just can't turn down. There, he's reunited with Ichijou Ryouma, the super-popular young actor he costarred with on a project ten years prior.
I just recently read this manga (Thanks to my friend in TinierMe who recommended this to me) and WOAH. It's so super adorable... so cute cute cute.. such a cute manga! Did I already say the word, cute? XD
I've only read 8 chapters so far and I could say... it's one of my favorites already.
The story is a bit Shoujo-ish though (Some of the scenes were predictable and cliche), but since I'm a Shoujo Manga fan, too, I really loved it. It's like I'm reading a Shoujo Manga only the pairing is boy x boy (which I really prefer more). Every
chapter (or more over, every page) is so exciting. It will make you laugh out so much and will make you squeal. Seriously.
The art is very good, too. Very cute. With bishounen types, cute chibis, uke blushes all the time, etc.
I said super adorable cute (soft) Yaoi Manga, so don't expect something explicit. But I don't know, I've only read up to chapter 8 so maybe the rating will go up in the future.
So if you're up for a very cute, funny, comedy-romance type yaoi manga.. then this one is for you!
This manga really made me go "Kyaaaaaa~"
After reading some yaoi drama, this one is a really good break.
Hilarious, sweet and refreshing.
Story: (Warning: Contains spoiler)
Izumi, a wanna-be mangaka from a celebrity family, acted as a girl in a commercial 10 years ago. Ryouma, a popular star, spent those 10 years loving his cute co-star. Now, they are going to act together again, and it seems that his love would not be returned because Izumi is actually a guy.
Art and Characters:
Really cute art! The characters and background are drawn really well. Facial expressions and other movements are also pretty. I find all of the characters
adorable. There is no certain annoying or disgusting character, and most of the characters give off cute aura.
I am happily smiling in front of the computer, so I can say that I really enjoyed this.
Overall: 9.5 ♥
Highly recommended. (especially for people who read shounen-ai)
It always interests me to see what's newly 'hot' in the yaoi/shonen-ai world, especially those few that are hand-picked to be adapted into anime. Love Stage! is not exactly what I would call a GREAT yaoi, however, it is interesting, entertaining and refreshing enough to earn a good mark. If this is the future of yaoi, then count me on-board.
While the plot sounds as cookie cutter as it gets, the manga manages to subvert some tropes. While the seme (Ryouma) pursues the relationship, Izumi (the uke) ends up taking advantage of his unrequited love, asking him for favors, knowing he won't be turned down. Izumi
is not whiny, weepy or girly; he looks androgynous but otherwise acts like a geeky boy. Ryouma, though blunt and lacking in restraint or subtlety, is thoughtful, well-mannered and quite tidy. An aspect I found very amusing is how Izumi, from a show-biz family is not at all interested in joining the 'biz and instead wishes to pursue a career in manga - which he has zero talent for and sucks at. On the other hand, he has the good looks, connections and even talent for show biz - exactly what he doesn't want to do. Go with your talent or your dream? The manga also looks like it might be headed towards some role-reversal in the bedroom as well, which is always welcome.
An interesting dynamic as well is that the main two leads are both straight - which has been done before, but is still fairly unusual. This does lead to some very forced set-up and a bit of sexual harassment on our seme's part, however this is one instance where the author handled it well: Izumi is pretty shaken at being feeled up by another guy and only gives Ryouma (the seme) a second chance after he apologizes, loudly, in public. This is yaoi, after all, where entire series are plotted around ukes falling for semes once they've raped them often enough, so it's by no means a golden standard, however, I give the author points for trying.
The point is that the author manages to pull some fresh ideas from what might have otherwise been a stale or boring story. What puts the final layer of icing on the cake is the supporting cast; Izumi's fond and affectionate but rather ineffectual parents, his doting older brother Shougo who spoils him mercilessly and the family manager, Rei, who acts as a surrogate mother to Izumi, keeping tabs on his homework, school schedule, and general comings and goings. When he is depressed, it is Rei who knocks his door down and helps him out. Being gay, he also becomes Izumi's relationship adviser. It's pretty adorable.
Love Stage! is a fun, entertaining, light-hearted yaoi with plenty of well-needed changes to many old yaoi tropes. I'm glad it's getting the attention it is, and I recommend it if you're looking for some hot boy x boy fluff!
im in love with this manga! I couldn't stop laughing :D
A funny story develops between chapters. The plot is not unique, but still made me want to read more and more chapters...
"Sena Izumi is an 18-year-old boy who just entered college. He is a major otaku, and is obsessed with Magical Girl LalaLulu." I fall in love with this character! So funny, real ... and develops during the manga. Really fun to read about him
The art is really great, I think Tsuda was painting the characters just by their personality!
In short, I really recommend this manga to read :)
Love Stage!! is a yaoi, more commonly known as boys love, anime that revolves around the entertainment business. Take a look to learn more about this romantic and entertaining series and what it has to offer!