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Show business, or Showbiz for short, describes the industry which produces popular entertainment media such as television shows, movies, radio programs, magazines, and mainstream contemporary music. One or main characters in Showbiz themed stories work in the entertainment industry, either as a performer (e.g. actress, model) or in business development (e.g. manager, producer). Their occupation should also be central to the main story's plotline. For example, simply dating a famous band member but never seeing that character perform or struggle with their profession is not Showbiz.
Idols-themed stories are a subcategory of Showbiz, so they are not double-tagged with Idols (female) or Idols (male). Stories featuring a main cast of both female and male idols equally is rare, so those will be have the Showbiz theme.
"Oshi no Ko"
[Oshi No Ko]
Sixteen-year-old Ai Hoshino is a talented and beautiful idol who is adored by her fans. She is the personification of a pure, young maiden. But all that glitters is not gold. Gorou Amemiya is a countryside gynecologist and a big fan of Ai. So when the pregnant idol shows up at his hospital, he is beyond bewildered. Gorou promises her a safe delivery. Little does he know, an encounter with a mysterious figure would result in his untimely death—or so he thought. Opening his eyes in the lap of his beloved idol, Gorou finds that he has been reborn as Aquamarine Hoshino—Ai's newborn son! With his world turned upside down, Gorou soon learns that the world of showbiz is paved with thorns, where talent does not always beget success. Will he manage to protect Ai's smile that he loves so much with the help of an eccentric and unexpected ally? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Sixteen-year-old Kyouko Mogami followed her childhood friend and love interest Shoutarou "Shou" Fuwa to Tokyo to support him while he works toward his dream of becoming a top idol in the entertainment industry. But after finding out that Shou considers her as little more than a mere housekeeper, she swears to enact revenge by entering the entertainment industry herself and beating him at his own game! However, Kyouko's revenge plan suffers a setback almost immediately when she is rejected by the talent agency of her choice. Fortunately, the president of the agency gives her a second chance, and places her in the newly made "Love Me" section. Kyouko then begins her long journey to stardom, cultivating her skills as an actress and forming relationships with new friends along the way. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
At the tender age of twelve, Mitsuki Kouyama has a sarcoma in her throat. Though this rare cancer can be cured by removing her vocal cords, Mitsuki refuses because of her desire to become a pop singer and keep her childhood promise to Eichi Sakurai, her first love who left for America. Unable to both heal and keep her voice, she allows her health to deteriorate as she accepts her tragic fate. One day, while escaping the home of her music-hating grandmother to attend an audition, Mitsuki meets two shinigami Takuto Kira and Meroko Yui. Realizing that Mitsuki can see them, Takuto and Meroko reveal to her that she will die in a year. Moved by her plight, Takuto allows Mitsuki the chance to pursue her dream by giving her the ability to transform into a healthy sixteen-year-old girl. After being chosen for a contract with Seed Records, Mitsuki makes her debut under the stage name Full Moon and chooses to pursue her dream music career before her life's end. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Included one-shot: Volume 2: Ginyuu Meika
The story centers around Keito Aoyama, a former famous child actor. Due to a childhood incident, she retired from her career early and withdrew from normal society. Now 16, she passes her days in boredom and without purpose. But one day she runs into a stranger who takes her to El Liston—a free school for high school students like herself, who don't have a place where they belong. Though hesitant at first, Keito decides to enter El Liston and subsequently, she begins a new stage in her life. With the help of her only remaining childhood friend, Taiyou, and her new classmates Rei, Momiji, and Kouichi, Keito slowly finds the courage to open up to others and to accept their support. Will Keito return to acting? Will she find true friends? Love? (Source: Condensation)
Cane Lele was born into the fashion industry. Her mother, Ye Feii, was Taiwan's top model, and her father was also a model, until a tragic airplane crash left Lele without parents. Therefore it is no surprise that Lele hates the industry, thinking it superficial and unnecessary. Raised by her paternal grandmother, Lele reaches seventeen before she is sucked in by her mother's sister, Ye Feihung, a fashion agent (and former model) who "convinces" the reluctant Lele to pose. Lele is adverse to the whole idea, until she sees a photo shoot of popular American model Angus Lanson, and she begins to see modeling as an art form. When Aunt Feihung's magazine editor invites Angus Lanson to a meeting of all the top fashion ambassadors, Lele is invited along and is curious to meet Angus. She does not know that Angus' twin elder brother, Eros Lanson, is secretly accompanying his brother. This obviously leads to confusion and is the start of a charming story of Lele's goals: Fashion in New York city, becoming a top model, and love? (Source: ShoujoMagic)
Kodomo no Omocha
Kodocha: Sana's Stage
Sana Kurata, a child actress, faces many problems in her classroom, including a major one - her bullying classmate, Akito Hayama. Sana's outgoing and friendly nature leads her to work towards correcting all of the problems around her. Her 'meddling' irritates Hayama but at the same time captivates him, just as Hayama's gloomy nature irritates Sana and compels her to change him. As these two opposites attract each other, they face many hardships which bring them closer to a mutual understanding. (Source: ANN)
Runway de Waratte
Smile Down the Runway
Chiyuki Fujito is an aspiring model whose dream is to take part in Paris Fashion Week; however, she lacks the proper height to even be considered for the simplest of modeling gigs. Similarly, Ikuto Tsumura is a poor high school student who wants to design clothes, but he has instead decided to skip college and head straight into the workforce to support his family. When the two cross paths, they come to the conclusion that no matter how difficult it may seem, they will do what they can to achieve their goals and prove that one's circumstances do not determine their course in life. And so begin both of their journeys, destined to meet again on the runway. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy
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! [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Naka is an aspiring young model with a problem: her face tenses up into a terrifying spectacle whenever she gets nervous on photo shoots! Naka's rival is Umi, the hottest model at their agency. But Naka soon discovers Umi's secret—and hilarity ensues behind the cameras! (Source: TokyoPop) Included one-shots: Volume 6: Nozoite Mitakute Shikatanai (Peeping) Volume 11: Kaeru ga Iku Taiwan na Hibi
Koe de Oshigoto! is a story about Aoyagi Kanna, a 16 year-old girl who was asked to become an erotic game voice actress on her 16th birthday by her 28 year-old sister at her ero-ge company. (Source: MU)
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
Uramichi Omota is a 31-year-old man who works as a gymnastics instructor for "Together with Mama," an educational show for kids. In front of his young audience, he has to display a happy-go-lucky and energetic demeanor. Outside of his job and sometimes even in front of the cameras, he cannot help but slip back into his true personality, which is the opposite of his TV counterpart. In truth, he is miserable and fed-up with his current lifestyle. Uramichi Oniisan is a dark comedy that reveals the not-so-bright reality of adulthood using its characters as unfortunate examples. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Maya Kitajima is a good-for-nothing girl with a passion and talent for acting. After watching a play only once, Maya can immediately perfectly imitate the performance word-by-word. This talent leads her to one day be discovered by Chigusa Tsukikage, a once-famous actress who performed and owned the rights to the play called "The Crimson Goddess." Considered to be a legendary play, The Crimson Goddess attracts the attention of many, including Masumi Hayami, a wealthy businessman who is also a secret admirer of Maya. Another one interested in the play is Maya's rival, Ayumi Himekawa, a gifted individual whose veteran parents trained her in acting since childhood. Glass no Kamen follows Maya and Ayumi as they climb their way through the relentless world of entertainment, overcoming intense training and challenges to become actresses worthy of playing the role of The Crimson Goddess. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
High school student Yukari Fujimaru knows a potential star when she sees one…because she sees the special "aura" they give off, in the form of angelic wings. Yukari's fellow student, the beautiful Ryouko Katsuragi, has a small pair of wings herself, and is one of these aspiring talents. She's so talented, in fact, that no one even knows that "she" is actually a boy in disguise. Now, to make her own down-to-earth dream come true, Yukari must help her new friend become a star. (Source: CMX)
Nakamura Mei is a very simple high school girl. While at a cafe with her friends, they bump in to -none other than- the model Shirou's table. Mei apologizes and that's when Shirou notices something. Grabbing her he takes her outside with him and reveals that Mei was once a kids model—and that he's her idol-otaku!? (Source: CoyoMoose) Included one-shots: Volume 2: Wonderful Cafe ni Youkoso, Anya Kouro
Aine never wanted to be a writer; she just created some erotic song lyrics for the sake of entering a contest. When she bumps into a man she doesn't know and loses the lyrics, she thinks she'll never see them again, but she thought wrong! He turns out to be Sakuya, a famous rock vocalist known for his sexy persona and lyrics. When he invites Aine to be his new lyricist, she finds herself quickly sucked into the harsh world of showbiz... and the even harsher world of falling in love with a guy that millions of girls love just as much!
Tenshi ja Nai!!
I'm no Angel!
In the play of life, all Hikaru Takabayashi wanted was to be part of the scenery. Tormented by jealous schoolmates ever since she appeared in a famous commercial in grade-school, Hikaru transfers to a prestigious all-girls' academy where she hopes to settle down to a quiet life of anonymity. But when her new roommate turns out to be the super-popular TV idol Izumi Kido, Hikaru finds herself thrown smack in the spotlight's glare once more! And as if living with a celebrity wasn't bad enough, Hikaru discovers that there's more to Izumi than her "good girl" image—she's a he! And this is only the first of Izumi's many dangerous secrets! Now Hikaru's the unwilling star player in a madcap tale of deception, abduction, humiliation and blackmail... you know—the usual romantic stuff. (Source: Go! Comi)
Fumihiko Matsumaru, a single 26-year-old average salaryman, invited a girl to the movies but was stood up. Right at the moment he was about to toss his tickets into the trash, a cute girl appeared and asked him not to waste them. After movie and dinner, he escorted her home, only to find her apartment was burning. Having nowhere else to stay, 20-year-old rookie seiyuu Aka Onda moved into Matsumaru's place, and the two started a "more than friends but not yet lovers" relationship under the same roof—with many obstacles waiting for them. (Source: MU) Included one-shots: Volume 1: Gin no Machi Romantic (Silver Street Romance; 2 parts) Volume 4: HanaQ-ban Shin Angyo Onshi
Ogasawara Aki (25) is the reclusive, idealistic composer of the popular band Crude Play. Discontented with his life and with no drive to succeed, he meets Riko, the 16-year-old grocer's daughter in a band consisting of her childhood friends, and asks her to be his girlfriend on a whim. Riko, young and innocent, agrees immediately, but worries about her new boyfriend, whom she suspects has just broken up with a woman he cared very much for. (Source: Nagareboshi Manga, Manga Abyss)
Crash is about a girl named Hana who has a very unusual gift. Her home is a talent agency and she helps her mother using her "gift". She literally has nosebleeds when she sees someone with celebrity potential. Naturally, this is a secret she keeps from her classmates. On the company's anniversary, Hana is sent to find a new awesome talent. And that's when the story unfolds... (Source: MU) Included one-shots: Volume 3: Wagamama Hime no Yakusoku Volume 5: Piyokko 24 Volume 7: Good★Game
15 year-old schoolgirl Sara has a big secret. She is the "Sala" that is the new top singer! No one knows whether "Sala" is a boy or a girl. She is a huge fan of the no. 1 group "The Rise" who's lead singer, Hayase Shidou, attends Toua High, a Special entertainment school along with Sara. Sara finds that her boyfriend is cheating on her, and to add insult to injury, she is dumped! He was only attracted to her by her likeness to "Sala." Hayase gets revenge for her in an unusual way which seems to bring them closer together...but will this be allowed by Sara's mother who is "Sala"'s producer and co-president of Star Studios? It's a fact that the true identity of "Sala" cannot be revealed, especially not to the lead singer of her main rival "The Rise." (Source: MU)
The media is abuzz when word gets out that Yura's mega-famous parents are splitting up. Already accustomed to the daily pressure of being the child of celebrities, Yura explodes in a frustrated rant against her parents—and her heated words end up being broadcasted live on national TV! When a powerful talent scout hears her impassioned declaration, he offers to represent her. The door to showbiz is now flung open for this timid wallflower—will she try to become an actress in her own right? (Source: VIZ Media)
Oboreru Knife tells the story of Natsume, a sixth-grade girl who has to move from Tokyo to a decidedly different town in the countryside. Upon meeting a boy named Kouichirou there, "something" stirs inside her. The story depicts a "teen heart on the brink of ruin." (Source: ANN)
Haru loves her childhood friend Sagari, who is a model. But due to height differences, they are often referred to as brother & sister. But when Sagari realizes his feelings toward Haru, he wastes no time to dump his current girlfriend right in front of Haru. He then confesses his love to Haru. But then he says that what ever kind of guy she likes is the one he will turn into. Instead of confessing her feelings to him, she takes him up on the challenge, telling him that she likes guys that are the total opposite of him. Contains one shot "Kamen no Pianist."
Fuuta, who has average looks and is a salaryman never had luck with women. However, one day he met a strange girl in a dating agency. She always wears a different mask whenever they go out for dates. One day, Fuuta saved her from what he thought were thieves, and she confessed and proposed to him after that moment. On the night they got married, she takes off her mask and finally reveals her identity. She's the super-idol singer Kirari who Fuuta admires! Thus starts their life as a married couple.
Fujisaki Maki once had a peaceful life, but one day, she decides to help Nobitani, who was being bullied, and now everyone's bullying her! Because Nobitani feels guilty, he gives Maki tickets to a famous local band called 'East Robo.' Maki decides to go and during the concert, the leader singer plays a ballad and is looking at Maki?! Included one-shot: Volume 1: Bagutte Change
Nami yo Kiitekure
Wave, Listen to Me!
On a night out drinking to get over being duped and ditched by her last boyfriend, Koda Minare ends up providing a massive drunken rant—while blackout drunk—for Matou, the director of a radio station. The next day, she is shocked to hear her own voice being broadcast on the radio! She rushes to the studio, leaving her job at a curry soup and bread restaurant in jeopardy. However, her drunken rant and the next day's impromptu damage-control live broadcast end up earning her an invitation to try working at the radio station! (Source: MangaHelpers)
Higashikata ropes Shijima into performing in a comedy duo with him at a school show. Inspired by their guaranteed success, Higashikata asks Shijima to join him in an audacious dream—to rise to the top of Japan's comedy scene by winning major events in both stand-up and sketch comedy! (Source: VIZ Media)
Kazuki Orika is a 14-year-old girl who wants to become a popular model like her dead mother, Hagiwara Shiori. She finds new friends in the other models Kunimi Riko, Saiga Eru, the young cameraman Miyazaki Kanata, the male model Mito Haruto and Haruto's elder sister Mito. Mito's idol is also Orika's mother and she and Orika become rivals... But her father (a cameraman, who met Shiori at a photo-shoot) doesn't know anything about the job of his daughter. And what will happen to the realtionship between Orika, Kanata and Haruto...?
At the age of four, Kiri Minase fell in love with her childhood friend Tohya Enishi and proposed to him. Their families, however, were not very supportive of this match. Both children have parents who work as models and to whom they owe their good looks. The trouble is, Kiri inherited chiseled masculine features from her father and Tohya inherited his mother's delicate beauty. For years, Kiri has been working hard toward becoming a girl worthy of Tohya, but even now, she faces constant reminders that everyone regards her as unsuitable for him due to her lack of femininity. One day, Tohya is scouted by a fashion photographer and agrees to work as a model for the agency owned by Kiri's mother. Kiri is concerned that Tohya will be preyed upon by other men in the fashion world, and so she begs her mother to hire her as well. Her wish is granted with a twist, as she is forced to pose as a male model under the name "Tatsuki." During their first photo shoot, it seems that Kiri's worries are well-founded when the photographer won't keep his hands off Tohya. With the desire to protect Tohya warring against the fear that she will appear undesirable to him the longer she pretends to be male, Kiri must come to terms with her identity and decide if outer beauty is really more important than what lies inside. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Azuki, a young girl whose father is the president of an entertainment Inc., is always out of luck when it comes to dating. It seems like every boy she had dated before, are all trying to use her as a bridge to get into the world of media. So when Azuki met the guy in her dreams, who also happened to be a contestant in the audition her father set up, she wasn't so sure what to do anymore. Help him make the audition or not? This is something Azuki has to think of. After all, this might effect her happiness and the rest of her life! Included one-shots: Volume 4: Julliet Club, Bokura to Akuma to Christmas (We, the Demon, and Christmas)
Rin is tomboyish 14-year-old who lives with her grandpa in a small village out in the countryside. After her grandpa's death, Rin is obligated to leave her village to live with her mother in Tokyo. When she arrives, she discovers an amazing secret: her mother is not an office lady, but a famous model called Myu Suzuki! After one night of reunion, Rin's mother left the next morning following some guy to some foreign country without any notice other than a letter. Without any money to survive on (her mom did not know grandpa died), and the contract between Myu's and the model company, what is Rin is to do?
Kirari Tsukishima is a beautiful yet gluttonous 14-year-old girl. While those around her are worshiping the popular idol duo, SHIPS, she only devotes herself to food. One day, however, Kirari, who is dense when it comes to the matters of the heart, encounters Seiji Hiwatari of SHIPS and falls in love with him at first sight. In order to be with him, she aspires to become an idol herself. With the help of SHIPS—the gentle Seiji and the bad-mouth Hiroto Kazama—and her cat mascot Naa-san, Kirari pursues the entertainment world, where she discovers that being an idol is not all fun and games, and that in order to persevere in both her love and her career, she must overcome any challenges that fortune has in store. (Source: ANN)
Hwang Yura has always dreamed of becoming a star. Unfortunately, luck does not seem to be on her side, as she has yet to land a major role despite making her debut seven years ago. Still, Yura continues to put her best foot forward and receives a role in a movie destined for success. Much to her dismay, she is once again cast in a minor role. Once on set, Yura runs into two familiar faces—her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Kim Jeong-u and famous actor Kang Seunghyeon. While Yura promises herself to keep her head in the game despite Jeong-u's egotistical presence, the handsome Seunghyeon takes an interest in her due to the circumstances of their previous encounters. Through the strenuous filming, the unknown actress and the lead star form a unique relationship. All the while, Yura tackles the relentless challenges of the entertainment industry on her journey to stardom. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Jinny is a popular, upcoming model with gorgeous long black hair, but little does everyone knows that she is in fact actually Ahjin, a high schooler who has short hair, wears glasses and acts like a tomboy! As her father would not approve, she does modeling secretly with the help of her Uncle. Ahjin has a crush on Dohoon, one of the coolest guys in school, and when Ahjin (dressed up as Jinny) finds out that she'll be living in the same building as her crush, she's thrilled! But how can she keep her secret from Dohoon, when he insists on pursuing the model Jinny?!
Marumie is a nickname for Maruyama Mie who transferred from her local media announcer job to variety entertainment business. Her dream is to become an actress, but right now she's in the midst of comedy job. The real reason for her transfer was to meet her one-sided love for the super popular comedian Kanadagawa-san...!? (Source: Serenus-Dreamers)
Mai dreams of being a rock star, but her band suddenly breaks up. Then, in front of Mai who's on the brink of losing hope, appears an unfashionable guy who says he likes her voice. With the help of this dull-looking guy, Mai gains some popularity, but wait, that guy is actually...!? (Source: Eternal Heart) 1. Tokyo Rock Shounen 2. Tokyo Rock Shoujo 3. Tokyo Rock Gakuen 4. Tokyo Rock Doumei
Star Project Chiro
Chiro: The Star Project
Eun-Yo Song has beauty, popularity – everything a girl could want! After a chance encounter with pop-singer Nan Lee, Eun-Yo finds herself getting caught up in the world of super stardom. But little does she know that Nan Lee has plans of his own for her…and she’s about to fall into his trap!
Yi Summer and Loshii are orphans, both having met each other at their adoptive parents' home. Because of the shadows remaining from their childhood, they are both shrouded in the midst of wariness. However, when Yi Summer and her brother meet an embarrassing situation during a singing competition, Loshii helps them out, and the iciness that separates both of them gradually melts. Seeing what has happened, as well as in an attempt to break both of them up, Ozen, who deeply loves Yi Summer and is the heir to the company that founded their school, sends Loshii off to England to study… Five years later, Loshii has become a superstar, with countless number of fans to his name. Yi Summer, having become an orphan once again as her adoptive parents died the year Loshii left, is a new artiste of a records company, and meets Loshii. Ozen, on the other hand, having lost his memory of Yi Summer five years ago due to a car accident, also sees Yi Summer once again as well. With all three main characters back on the scene and their disputes of love and hate, what will happen between them then? Who will Yi Summer pick in the end? (Source: Sherbet Lemon)
The N°1 dream of every woman in the whole country, Charisma's model Shinsato Yui. Yanada Aki was scouted as a future model in the rural Do. Aki admires Yui, the cool Yui... Even if they're about totally opposites, the two become close friends. However, Yui very quickly seems to be part of Aki's work, love and a threat?! (Source: Chibi Manga) Included one-shot: Volume 1: Dear My Star
Haruka is about to graduate from a first-rate college and is looking for work but no one wants to hire her. Faced with the prospect of becoming a "jobless graduate" she finally lowers her expectations and decides to apply at a tiny talent agency for a job as an agent. When she shows up for the interview however, it's like no interview she's ever had before. She's asked all sorts of embarrassing questions and asked to say lines in front of a camera. Later she finds out that they thought she was interviewing to become a talent, and the agent position she wanted has already been given away. However, they think she has that special quality that can make someone a star. She refuses at first, but finally gives in. Thus starts Haruka's career in the entertainment industry.
Yuki Hiiragi has often been confined to her bedroom watching movies since she was a child. When she enters the film section of Asagaya Artistic High School, she has no ambition and low self-esteem; movies are simply the only thing she knows. But her encounter with a cranky teacher and little-known director named Sumiji Kuroyama might change her vision... (Source: MangaDex)
A story about a stand-up comedian to-be. The manga's story centers around Agatsuma Keisuke, a high school student with a great sense of comedy. A student named Tsujimoto Jun transfers to his school. Both share ideas and form a plan to make a stand-up comedian duo. They aim to become pro together, despite the many hardships they will face. (Source: ANN)
The series follows Chitose Karasuma, a university student who aims to become a voice actress. (Source: MAL News)
Sore ga Seiyuu!
Follow a rookie seiyuu in her first steps into the world of professional voice acting! She might be unsure of herself, but Futaba Ichinose is ready to make it as a professional seiyuu. She meets Ichigo Moesaki, an actress who won't stop until she's an idol seiyuu who not only acts but also enchants audiences with singing and dancing performances. These two rookies are joined by Rin Kohana, who is already a seasoned professional who made her debut when she was 5, who has a middle school life while working as a professional seiyuu. (Source: FUNimation)
Kawada Daiki and Shiraki Rengo (Shingo) are two childhood friends who worked together in order to get into the business industry. In the process, Daiki is left behind in the sidelines as backup and a supporting role whereas Rengo is promoted as a big star. The manga shows two viewpoints of the entertainment industry and the journey to becoming a star.
College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at "Number One Produce," a seiyuu agency managed by her older brother, Gojou. In Chitose's mind, she's poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there's more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined. (Source: ANN)
Natural Angel is a series of three oneshot stories in a sequel to the popular series Angel Lip. Story 1 - Natural Angel - : Natsu, a fashion model, struggles to find satisfaction in her line of work. Just as her self-esteem hits a new low, a mysterious lipstick called "Angel Lip" appears before her, boosting her confidence in herself as a model. Story 2 - Milky Angel - : When she was young, Sumire made a promise to a childhood friend to succeed as a model. Years later, haunted by her past experiences, she has long withdrawn from modeling. Then one day, an old friend comes back into her life. Can Naoki convince her to return to the world of modeling? Story 3 - 17-Seventeen - : Moe thought her relationship with her popular schoolmate Gou was over for good. But things have a way of surprising you... (Source: Enchantment Scans)
Lisa Cheon used to be the nation's favorite on-screen idol, but swiftly falls from grace after being framed as a drug addict. She is offered the opportunity to turn it all around by starring on a new TV show, but it won't be easy: her character's love interest is her ex-boyfriend, and she's too nervous to act without alcohol. Can Lisa regain what she has lost and face the demons of her past? (Source: Webtoon Entertainment)
Taeho's barely scraping by after moving out of his parents' home when he catches just the lucky break he needs: an easy, overpaid job as the manager of top celebrity, Wooyeon (overpaid being the key word here). The job starts to take a weird turn when Taeho notices that people tend to like Wooyeon a little too much... Fans are one thing, but the adoration Wooyeon ignites is something else. And why is everyone at Wooyeon's agency related to him? Meanwhile, Wooyeon can't figure out why Taeho doesn't adore him like everyone else. How long will it be before Taeho discovers Wooyeon's secret...? (Source: Lezhin Comics)
Jihoon Yeon is the leader of an idol group that's hit a dead-end in their career. Now, he's received a golden opportunity to save his group: a spot on the year's most anticipated reality show, where he'll spend two weeks living and filming with top stars Yoojin Do and Yohan Seon. The one threat to the show's success? Yoojin and Yohan won't stop having sex with each other. To stop a scandal from tanking the show and his career, Jihoon must keep his co-stars' antics hidden from the cameras at all costs. Will Jihoon be able to keep these steamy shenanigans a secret for two weeks? And will he survive when both of his co-stars turn their attention on him? (Source: Lezhin Entertainment)
Hong Cha just got her dream job, assistant director on the set of a real TV series! This show stars the nation's top actress, Seung-ah Noh, so cool! But when the director's relationship with Seung-ah reaches a boiling point, he recruits Hong to keep watch over her 24/7 so she doesn't ruin his precious show! But this young diva is not interested in being told what to do. Plus, keeping an eye on her actually means...they have to live together?! Is trying to tame this wildcard going to drive her insane and make her run for the exits or will the experienced Hong have some of her own tricks up her sleeve...? (Source: Lezhin Entertainment)
A world where art becomes magic. In this world, people who can inspire passion with their Magic Arts are called Artistas, and are employed in show business. In Hoshinomori Private Magical Arts High School, where Artistas are taught, a strange new student named Kohana Aigasaki transfers into the school. Kohana is placed on the planning committee for the school's yearly Hoshinomori Summer Festa cultural festival. She spends her romantic school life with six other boys who aim to become entertainers in the future. Each of the boys specializes in his own Arts, and aims to make Hoshi Fes a success. In addition, the boys also aim to be chosen alongside Kohana as the school's Artista Prince and Princess, only chosen once a year. (Source: Official site)
High school junior Sakimoto Wakaba is a normal girl, no matter how you look at her. Everyone around her is thinking about the future, but Wakaba still doesn't know what she wants to do. Then one day, she meets voice actress Hosaka Touko by accident, and Wakaba's future changes in a big way... (Source: JManga)
Yoonho seems to have it all: he is the successful VP of Top Entertainment and married to an A-list celebrity. But when he's faced with a terminal illness, the shallow people he relied upon disappear, and he's on his deathbed filled with regret. Unexpectedly, Yoonho awakens ten years in his past as a rookie talent agent at Hoop Entertainment, the company that nurtured his career. His goal: boost his loyal circle of actor and idol contacts to reach their full potential! With a decade of experience, will Yoonho be able to set this industry right? (Source: Tapas Media)
Korea's hunkiest top model Woo Taeyoung has decided to try his hand at acting once more. No more of those teen heartthrob roles, Taeyoung has his eyes set on a much more...mature role. And when he finds out his idol, the dreamy Koo Min-ki, is set to be one of the main actors of the film, he is even more determined to get the role as his co-star. The two seem to have a natural chemistry with each other...both on and off screen. Will this end up helping their performances? Or will it cause their worlds to come crashing down? (Source: Lezhin Comics)
Weather Woman is a funny, sexy, delightful romp through the high-pressure world of TV personalities, and the basis for a fabulous funny cult hit movie (released in America by Asia Pulp Cinema) that made a star out of the hot, sexy Japanese actress Kei Mizutani. It's awfully hot under those TV lights, and when your ratings are what you live and die by, you need a gimmick. If you're a gorgeous Weather Woman, maybe you'll find those ratings will rise if your skirt does, too! This media-savvy satire was a huge hit in comics and film in Japan and the fabulously funny cult hit movie based on it won awards at international film festivals, and the movie's American dub premier and gorgeous Kei Mizutani were immensely popular at the San Diego ComiCon International last year! This sexy and funny graphic novel features Keiko, the scheming Weather Woman, who becomes a hit in Japan by taking off her clothes on the air, her hapless suitor Minoru who tries to protect her but she can only abuse him, and the beautiful Michiko who spies on Keiko as her maid and ends up in some very compromising positions! (Source: CPM)
As a teen, Sooji was heartbroken when her favorite idol group LUPUS disbanded, thanks to the traitorous member Jackie quitting. Ten years later, Sooji has become a workaholic pharmacist who just wants a stable, predictable life. But she's thrown for a loop when she suddenly runs into Jackie—at an animal shelter, of all places! After learning that he plans to return to showbiz, Sooji is enraged and picks a fight with him... starting a deep dive into the untold ups and downs of LUPUS and it members. What really happened behind the scenes to Jackie all those years ago, and can Sooji, now along for the ride, survive his path back to stardom? (Source: Tappytoon)
Tsuki Arito and Yo Kamikoma move to Tokyo to become comedians. With a 9 m² apartment and just 300 yen for food expenses, the two best friends begin to chase their big dream. (Source: Shogakukan, translated)
Karen's dream is that she will be a big model. But one day, the office is...in a large pinch. Global artistic genius Nanaitoguchi showed up at such time. At the hands of him being able to change any girl, a girl was transformed into a model?! Let's work hard to "clean" in conjunction with the maiden! (Source: Summer Rain Scanlations)
As Korea's hottest celebrity, Eunseol seems to have it all! But there's one minor setback in her seemingly perfect life: her charismatic ex-husband Yunjae is back in town. After their divorce, she vowed to bury her past and focus on her career. That's easier said than done when you have your ex constantly trying to win you back. Just what is his deal? Will Eunseol be able to resist Yunjae's seduction? (Source: Webtoon Entertainment)
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Shiwoo always used to say, "Yujin, you're my favorite person in the whole wide world." And Shiwoo always believed he was truly special to Yujin. After all, Shiwoo never really liked all those girls he dated, anyway. But when Yujin finally confesses his love, he finds himself rejected and alone... Years later, Shiwoo is a celebrity. The hard-to-manage celebrity gets a new manager that seems so familiar... her name is even Yujin... It takes but one night of too many drinks for Shiwoo to discover she isn't really what she seems. (Source: Lezhin Entertainment)
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Zatsuki: Watashi wo Star ni Shinasai
Zatsuki: Make Me a Star
Hoshito, a former high school comedian, was about to fall off a train platform, but a mysterious girl saved his life. One year later, he met her again at his school and learned that she was Saki Shijima, a girl who won a beauty contest but was suspected of having plastic surgery. Drawn to her daring personality and acting ability, Hoshito decided to team up with her and become her zatsuki. Together, they will work their way to the top of the showbiz world! (Source: Kodansha USA)
Maesetsu: Opening Act
Four 19-year old women—Fubuki, Rin, Mafuyu, and Nayuta—are trying to become comedians, diligently honing their routines while working part-time jobs. With the philosophy that "laughter makes people happy, and if everyone is happy, I'm happy," they aim to take the stage at the renowned Nanba Grand Kagetsu Hall. For now, they settle for working their way up from the bottom doing shows in Shibuya. (Source: Kadokawa, translated)
After his first drama flopped, Hyunseok Lee gave up on being a PD. But when he finds himself being granted one last wish in his dying moments, he wants only one thing: to produce the ultimate makjang drama. Now, he's been given a second shot at life (and the assistance of a ghostly PD), but he's on a time crunch to achieve ratings and recognition. With no budget, rookie actors, and an amateur writer, Hyunseok's got his work cut out for him. But what's a good drama without a few twists and turns? (Source: Tapas Media)
Determined to create the funniest two-man comedy team (MANZAI) around, Takashi Akimoto pursues his fellow male middle school student. the misfit Ayumu Seta. After cornering Ayumu, Takashi suddenly blurts out, "Please go out with me!" After desperately trying to reject him, Ayumu eventually finds out that Takashashi meant "Go out with him" as his partner in a Manzai Comedy duo. However, the more Ayumu tries to get away from the excessively confident and forceful Takashi, the more he finds himself sucked into a world of comedic mayhem! (Source: Aurora Publishing)
24-year-old Haneul Yeon both dislikes and envies Bunhong Jin, the girl who was mean to her in middle school and a popular idol who happens to be close to Haneul's favorite idol, Robin. Haneul's dream of switching places with her becomes a reality when the two of them end up swapping bodies after an accident. Haneul is overjoyed to be an idol and to see Robin frequently, but does she have what it takes to live the life of an idol? (Source: Webtoon Entertainment)
Method acting comes like breathing to Yeonwoo, as he convincingly steps in and out of different roles to keep people at bay. But while his brilliance as an actor never fails to shine through the screen, he finds there is something missing in his life. With Taehyuk—his long time sex partner—and Yubin—a fresh face in showbiz—now stepping into the scene, a dangerous new sequence begins to play out... (Source: Lezhin Entertainment)
Ro-ah Kim is the manager for the famous actor, Sih-Yeon Chen, who mistreats her. When fatigue hits due to overwork, Ro-ah gets into an accident and dies. In her dying moment filled with revenge, she swears if she could return to the past she would trample all over Sih-Yeon to prevent him from becoming famous. It turns out that she actually did return to the past, just in time before Sih-Yeon is about to make his debut. Ro-ah tries to sabotage Sih-Yeon's career, however her plan is not turning out as smoothly as she expects it to be. (Source: Naver Corporation, translated)
"Do you have any thoughts of becoming an actor? I can't see anyone but you from far away." God's hands in the entertainment industry, golden eyes, Iyeon Shin. The person she cast always became a big star. In a few years, she fell in love with the person she street casted, Taejin Yeo. Beautiful face and perfect body shape, no matter what anyone says, he'll be a great actor! However, she didn't know that he's the CEO of her competitor, Jin Entertainment. She didn't know that he was a spy who came to steal her casting secrets. "Maybe i didn't recognize your star sense from the beginning, instead I fell in love with you at the first sight?" "The thing I was curious about, was it the secret of SINI Ent. casting, or was it you, Iyeon Shin?" Their cheerful and lively love story, full of confusion and sweetness! (Source: Kakao Entertainment Corp., translated)
A man (Kurosawa) who has been part of a manzai (stand up comedy) duo for ten years, finds himself in trouble after his partner quits due to their declining popularity. He attempts to drink his problems away but finds himself locked up in a detention center. At the detention center the man meets a deliquent (Onizuka) who has an uncanny knack for comedy. Thus a new manzai duo is created!
KAZAMI Hyoko has a dream of becoming a nude model. On the day of an important talent contest for a famous photographer who is searching for a model, Hyoko attracts the attention of three very different guys.
Kwon Nameun, a young script writer, recently finds herself caught in a career turn as well as romantic dilemma. As she reencounters her high school crush who mercilessly dumped her seven years ago, how is she supposed to face this adonis of an actor for whom she once set on the path of writing? She has to prove that she already let go. Luckily, she meets another cute, sweet and handsome singer, who offers her lunch-break jokes, late-night chats, and perhaps... a perfect reason... to let go. Is this fair? Can she really let go? (Source: Mangatoon HK Limited)
Aki Mashima is an overweight 30-year-old movie director with acne, who also happens to be a borderline lolicon with an irrational fear of large breasts. Mika Wanibuchi is an aggressively ambitious actress with an acute shortcoming in the mammary area, and an obsession with getting a pair of jugs that would make Pamela Anderson jealous. Shortly after their first meeting, Mika murders a famous busty idol, and Mashima decides to go on the run with her, filming their life on the lam. (Source: Stiletto Heels) Included one-shot: Volume 4: Silballa
Young-guk Jang, who achieved great success as a supporting actor, received the honorable Best Supporting Actor Award at the Acting Awards for the first time. However, on that day, his mother passed away... Horrified by the death of his mother, whom he neglected for years, Young-guk decided to end his life... Before his death, he longingly recalled the warmth of his mother and the peaceful memories of the past. He regretted turning his back on those memories... At that moment, he suddenly regressed to his childhood... "I regressed, to that past I missed. This time, I will definitely..." Once again, the story of a person who wants to live as an actor begins. Will he be able to live a happy life unlike the previous life? (Source: Kakao Entertainment Corp., translated)
I've become a single father! 24-year-old Juwon Lee works part-time at a convenience store and lives alone in his small apartment. One day his uncle passes away and leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, the cute little Yeondu. Instead of letting her be sent to an orphanage, Juwon steps up and decides to be her new guardian. (Source: Manta)
Sunao Miyahara wants to enter the world of show-business. She starts modeling and, thanks to her naturalness and expressiveness, she manages to overcome her rivals. (Source: MU)
Ten years as a manager. My level is chief, but suddenly, I was picked up by Korea's top star Dan Kim and had to work like a new recruit?! The man is famous for his bad personality and now he is trying to tame me? You're just making me do a lot of weird jobs that even doesn't make sense! Why don't you just wait and see? I'm not that easy! (Source: Kakao Entertainment Corp., translated)
The story of a girl who dreams of becoming Japan's biggest star. Willing to do everything to achieve her goal, even to devour anyone who stands in front of her. Yu Aku (one of the most influential lyricists and television writers in Japanese history) and Kazuo Kamimura, longtime friends, collaborate in this work that expresses all the cruelty and ruthlessness of the entertainment world. (Source: Edizioni BD, translated)
Mikoto Kawase is a new actress who wants to be acknowledged by others but has no love experience. She then notices that scandals in this field can make newcomers known. It is then that she spots a boy from her high school who is a member of a famous boyband. Unexpected luck for her and she decides to pretend to be interested in him. But how far will this lie go? (Source: Lilac Scans)
After a tragic accident, Jihoon Seo suffers a horrible injury that mars his face. With his dreams of being an actor seemingly dashed, he spends his time working in a small shop while imagining another life. But when he chances upon a spirit who heals his injury, Jihoon is given a golden opportunity to chase his goal once again. The road to stardom won't be easy, but with the help of his special guide and some unique friends he meets along the way, he's going to give one "spirited" performance! (Source: Tapas Media)
Rintarou Hibiki, an assistant director of pink films, is seduced by the women he meets in the "golden district," that is, Shinjuku Golden Gai. A beautiful girl who looks like a famous actress of the silent film era in her youth, the queen of a secret club where big names in the political and business world go to every night... A series depicting the world on the silver screen based on the original work by film director Norifumi Suzuki. (Source: Kazuo Kamimura Official Site, translated)
Private Love My Actor
My Private Love Actor
Tsukasa Hirayama works as a voice-over actor, primarily in anime. One day, his manager tells him he has signed Tsukasa up for a live-action movie, and he is to co-star with Kentaro Fujisawa, a handsome, popular actor. Tsukasa has admired Kentaro since he debuted as a child prodigy. His fantasies about being with Kentaro become a reality when the two were instructed to video chat to break the ice, ahead of the movie they'll be filming together!! After confessing his adoration for Kentaro, Tsukasa is convinced he's creeped him out. However, much to Tsukasa's surprise, Kentaro is flattered and interested in getting to know Tsukasa more. A love story between two on-screen and off-screen actors. (Sourec: Renta!)
Struggling artiste Tokunaga has an electrifying encounter with a senior artiste Kamiya, a genius who has his own unique stand-up comedy philosophy, and becomes his disciple. This is the story of the friendship and struggles between two performers trying to make it in the competitive world of show business. (Source: IMDb)
The girl group, "Lily," who was selected by the Global Idol audition, fell into despair due to a voting manipulation scandal right before its debut. Cha Yoo-joo, Korea's best entertainment representative, who "planned" this, was framed and betrayed by her husband before bring sentenced to life in prison. Eunha-rin is a visual center and former gangster, who she met during her time in prison. Cha Yoo-joo thus convinces her and once again, makes her debut with Lily. (Source: Naver Corporation, translated)
Kyou kara Oshi ni Shitsukeraremasu
From Today on My Idol Will Be My Master
I want to be dominated by the national treasure-level Dom, Ryunosuke Shiba...! An acting boys' love story in a Dom/Sub universe appears! (Source: WWWave Corporation)
Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself when he is taken under the wing of Kamiya, who is either a crazy genius or perhaps just crazy. Kamiya's indestructible confidence inspires Tokunaga, but it also makes him doubt the limits of his own talent, and dedication to Manzai comedy. Spark is a story about art and friendship, about countless bizarre drunken conversations and how far it's acceptable to go for a laugh. A novel about comedy that's as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it's already been a sensation in Japan. (Source: Pushkin Press)
Aishiteru dewa Omosugite
"I Love You" Is Too Heavy
Being in the shadow of his magnificent and famous father, second-generation actor Shou suffers from a great inferiority complex. One day, Shou meets Souma, another young actor who didn’t finish his studies in high school due to dedicating himself to his acting career, for which he feels overwhelmed to discover the difference of preparation at the level of acting they have. Meanwhile, Souma can't hide the anger he feels because he believes that Shou is favored by the environment that surrounds him and entered the entertainment world thanks to contacts, but when did those feelings change? (Source: Libre, translated)