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From Viz: Hime Kino's dream is to one day perform voice acting like her hero, Sakura Aoyama, from the Lovely Blazer anime. So getting accepted to the prestigious Hiragi Academy's voice actor department is the first step in the right direction! But on her first day of class she meets Sakura's grouchy son, Senri, who tells Hime that her voice is awful and Lovely Blazers is stupid. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She'll show everyone that she IS a voice-acting princess, whether they like it or not!!
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Cute... but devoid of plot
Despite the concept being a little cliche, it's ripe for conflict and character growth... but I feel like everything that had happened in these 70 chapters were nothing more than setup for the real juicy stuff that we'll never get to see because the manga ended right at the crucial point.
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Essentially, we spent 70 chapters seeing Hime go as far as dressing up as a boy and debuting as a male seiyuu to get experience and become "top class" despite being terrible and apparently talentless. She starts getting somewhere, getting acknowledgement and event winning over Kudou Senri on the way (as both a friend and potentially something more)... and then just as it's about to get good, it ends. Her career is reset because Yamada's "fulfilled his dream" (and I don't even know what his dream even is - was it just to get Sakura to acknowledge one of his charges? What was it?), so what was the point of all this? 70 chapters of work experience where she continuously "tries harder" and eats a lot of omurice by Senri on the way? We also don't get to see any romantic development either, because that too stops just before it really starts. And what happened with Sakura and Hime's mother? Both of them are terrible mothers and responsible for much of the problems experienced by Senri and Hime, but despite the plot seeming to gear up to a massive showdown with Sakura, she was nothing but a cameo.
If there's one thing I want to commend about this manga, it's the fact that Minami Maki managed to sidestep the worst part of a gender bender - the fallout where the hero finds out the female is really using a false identity. I was fully prepared for him to lash out at her in anger, particularly considering how important a friend Shiro was to him, but I was pleasantly surprised to see him react in such a sensible, thoughtful manner. It was unrealistic, probably, but I still liked that his mind managed to switch over from Shiro to Hime so quickly.
All in all, a real disappointment despite a cute and promising beginning. No one really got the character development they deserved, except perhaps Senri, and the most interesting conflicts were just brushed aside without thought.
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Just why do I have the feeling, that those 70 chapters where only about a girl - dressed as a guy - eating omelett rice -.-
_______________________________ After reading the manga I felt kinda unsatisfied... In my opinion to much time was spend on other caracters (especially the AQUA Sempai) instead of the actual male lead and his relationship with Hime! and not Shiro.
And when it comes to the ending, it may not be axed but it beeing rushed dosn't make it better. I don't have the feeling that something really important has been cut of... I just think the ending could be a bit longer and explanatory. --> I am not putting this in a spoiler because I think you should be "warned" before attempting to read Seiyuu Ka.
... Last updated on August 6th, 2015, 6:48am
The main strengths of Seiyuu Ka! are its refreshing characterisation of the two main leads and the really nicely developed relationship interwoven with their own character development. What I really liked about the relationship was that it wasn't approached as a typical girl falling in love with a guy story (but neither does the guy fall in love first, really). They start out with their own ambitions, their own independence as characters. Much of the relationship being developed occurs when the main female lead is crossdressing as her alternate male "stage" sort of persona. This means that the main male lead actually gets to know her as a person first and foremost, not just as a potential love interest.
And the characterisation was wonderfully done as well. I loved how the main female lead wasn't overly girly, but I suppose that's to be expected since she does crossdress as a boy regularly throughout. The main male lead as well isn't the typical cool, uber talented male lead, but rather refreshing; he is also endearing, calm, a bit cute as well. When he finds out the main female lead crossdresses, no pointless drama/tension unfolds. He may hesitate and worry on the inside but thinks things over before acting and handles the situation calmly like a pro.
Oh, one last thing I feel worth mentioning. Some others have complained about the ending being too rushed; I disagree. Any more longer, it would have just been unnecessarily drawn out, nothing else really needed to be added, and I commend the author for knowing when to stop a good story.
... Last updated on April 23rd, 2014, 11:00pm
This series had so much potential.... I howled with laughter almost every chapter, and the cuteness of the whole situation had me squealing for more...
The characters were also adorably lovable....
until..... the manga fell flat with that very very DISAPPOING ENDING
but.... other than that the manga was a BLAST.
a little disappointed
I liked this manga for its theme. But there are still a lot of flaws. The fast ending is leaving a lot of questions unanswered and I feel sad because I really liked this manga. Misaki's feelings, the why she was choosen in the school even though she has such a voice, how after only 3 jobs she can get successfully such a big role... It is a shame. But it's still a nice read and a 100% shojo with all the clichés that comes with it. But if I didn't like it, I wouldn't have started it right?
Has it's charm
This manga is not bad or good (I basically read it for the cross dressing)...up till to the end at least, then it gets incredibly rushed and peters off to an unsatisfying climax. I'm sure that it was probably because the mangaka/their editors/the magazine wanted to end it for whatever reason and not because the mangaka couldn't make a better ending. Or maybe they can't end things? I haven't read Special A in years so I don't remember the end that well. Anyway don't go in expecting a masterpiece, but I read all 70 chapters so it has something going for it, except that end, bleh.
um ok lets see .. for some reason im drawing a blank on the plot and everything soo i'll try
the characters are very well developed i love the development
some back storys are kinda out of the blue and im like "what triggered this??" (probably just me ) but i understand we you gotta tell us why this person is like this one way or another
unfortunately i felt nothing for when it ended .. i felt it needed 1 or 2 more chapters to tie everything up ,like seriously ?
cliched yes , repetitive yes but you wont notice i swear i really wish they built up to the ending
but for some reason this left me feeling empty i didn't have much emotion for the ending .. '_____' its forgettable to me.. but i really did enjoy this and had fun every page i read
... Last updated on September 30th, 2013, 5:16pm
I don't get it??
what am i missing?? this is bad just bad. it started off typical and just got worse. i can deal with the cliches but it seems like every cliche imaginable has been piled in this manga. Dumb heroine, who can't seem to do anything right, constantly abused or degraded by just about every character. Especially by the male lead, who is, of course, the best at everything whom she decides to make her rival after a few scathing comments from him. He says maybe a handful of kind sentences to her throughout the manga but she starts to like him for god knows what reason when there's a guy by her side whose perfect for her whom, you guessed it, she doesn't notice outside of friendship.
It's repetitive to the extreme. She f*cks up, get depressed, motivates herself and finds a way to fix her mistakes. nothing wrong with that but it happens like every time she gets ready to do a new project. this formula happen like 5 times or more by chapter 35 after which i just dropped it.
And it was funny in the beginning but after a few chapters the over the top reactions of the characters got old pretty quick. Especially since it seemed to be the same situation over an over again. After a while, it stopped being funny and just became irritating. maybe the ones who gave this a high rating saw something i didn't.
are you KIDDING me...
i LOVED this series at first.. and i still would if it didn't have such an axed ending. everything was left totally unsatisfied. the mangaka could've expanded more on yamada's past... and hime's friends from school, as well. but she kinda just ended it halfway. the whole thing with mizuki, too that was just over and done with so quickly. this manga could've been like 5 more volumes, easily..... the ending doesn't seem like an ending AT ALL. only one thing had a closure and everything else was kind of out in the open T_____T THERE WAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL FOR THIS MANGA AND IT JUST MAKES ME SAD TO SEE THAT THE MANGAKA JUST GAVE UP D:
When I started this series with the first page, I thought I had seen this kind of drawing somewhere. And then I found out that this mangaka was the one who created Special A, the manga that I hate so much. But still I gave this manga a try and I definitely have no regreat with my decision.
It took quite long - 2 volumns - for this manga to get pass the opening to the main plot. This is what makes this manga quite unpredictable and thus different from other cliche shoujo.
The characters are well-developed,
The art is fine though I sometimes found it hard to tell Mizuki and Senri a part because of the similarity of their hairstyles
The ending is quite disappointing. I expect a kiss or at least a hug :-<
All in all, I think this series is a nice read and worths a try