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Yuu is a plain, boring, college girl from the countryside who is often made fun of for her outdated looks. One day Yuu happens to be invited to see a play. She discovers a passion for the stage she didn't know she had, and is determined to become a part of it. This is her drama.
ملك الغد 明日の王様 明日的王样 내일의 왕님 Ashita no Ousama King of Tomorrow Tomorrow's King
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that's all you need to know, so pick up this manga and start cracking! i read it straight from start to finish without pause, it is too incredible! the plot is very interesting and we really want to know the next time a show will be produced. the main character is very likable, a strong willed girl who forge her own path in this world, whose dream is higher than just another guy. the love interest is typical cool guy but his passion for his craft make him evenly match with the girl. all the other characters are likable, interesting fellows, even the bitchy girls in the end have something good about them. a must read!
Honestly, this manga had me enraptured from the first chapter. Yuu is such a beautiful character inside and outside. I thought the story had wonderful pacing and the entire cast played an integral role in shaping Yuu and helping her make her dreams come true (the same can be reversed as well) .
I highly suggest reading this manga.
It's a kind of a masterpiece.
First of all, IMHO, the only reason a manga-fan would not read this (at least once) besides personal prejudice would be the art. The art improves as the series progresses, but it is still 1996 josei art and thus crude. But I find that as you read it, the art bothers you less and less and eventually you come to appreciate the simplicity.
That said, the characters here are wonderful. Their interactions are what drives the plot, and each of them is unique in his or her way. The main character especially evolves so much... from a naive college student to a girl who is ready to grasp what she wants, all while keeping what makes her who she is inside. I have to admit, the brilliance of the entire manga is based on the subtle/unsubtle development of the main character, who is quite likeable.
NOTE: To those that say she is unrealistic in that she doesn't "fail" anything, I would have to disagree. First of all, she is talented, so she has some groundwork. But more than anything, I think what the author is saying is that if you really put your heart into something like Yuu does, nothing will feel like a failure. It just becomes a step on the staircase toward your dream. So yes, it's kind of cheesy, but not overly so, at least, for a manga of this length.
The side characters as well are well-developed. You get the sense that they each have their own dreams and goals, or if they don't, they develop them, rather than just being decorations for the plot to seem more full. Each character has their own motives and even reasons for lack of motivation, and the way the author weaves them into her plot is very slice-of-life. While the empathy will probably always lie within the main character in this one, the realism of all the characters will hold you for a long time. This manga is one of those mangas that, without the help of an episodic plot or and event-driven plot, defines itself as a character-driven slice-of-life, which is quite amazing.
The plot is just... good. There is nothing bad to say about it, nor is there any extraordinary about it. The premise of the story itself seems simple. A country girl is exposed to how life really is and struggles to find her dream. It is realistic, however, being that is driven by realistic characters.
Overall, I would probably read this manga again if I had the time. It's one of those mangas that sticks in my mind amongst the 1000+ manga I have read (yes, that includes oneshots), and every once in a while, I just have to go back and read it. It's a classic. It seems so simple, but the ideas beneath it are profound.
Read it. Preferably in one go or else you'll find yourself strangely uneasy. There are no filler chapters, you see.
It seems like it has a lot of shoujo undertones, but I don't really believe that is the case. It's more of the natural optimism that you need to face life and do the best that you can. But shoujo fans, don't be discouraged. If you're open to try new things, just try it.
... Last updated on June 28th, 2012, 10:10am
In the vein of other great works like Cat Street and Mars, Ashita no Ousama is a subtle, slow-paced story of a small-town girl striving for her dreams. Pit against all sorts of insurmountable odds, Yuu's unsinkable spirit and steel nerve eventually (I'll spoil it for you) pave the way to success. I think what I loved most about this manga - about any josei manga, really - is the absence of whiny, overpowering romance. Like many other things in this manga I really have to applaud the mangaka's skilled use of undertone and her delicacy with structure; not too much tragedy, not too much humour, not too much heaviness that cumulatively makes for a light yet thought-provoking read. It starts off slow, and remains so at a steady but consistent pace. This is a story that stays with you.
... Last updated on October 31st, 2011, 7:53am
I don't get what some people were talking about this being very far-fetched. I enjoyed that the "failures" she had were not as low as they could have been in real life, it would have been too depressing otherwise. The drama was also well balanced, and maybe it's due to my like for theater and TV dramas, but it was almost like watching a play within a play? If that makes any sense....
Had to read all the volumes in one sitting; it was just that gripping for me. The romance is not paramount like most Josei stories, which may not appeal to some. I personally thought the fact the romance was secondary made the story better.
... Last updated on October 29th, 2011, 8:01pm
i'll start off by saying that the manga was enjoyable. it was a light read, and i liked that the romance wasn't overly heavy. it may get boring to some people, but i think it suit the overall feel of this manga where the focus was on her directing.
however, as far as the plays went and the realism in that direction, i think this manga fell short. though it may seem like the heroine works very hard, tries her best, goes through a ton of hardships, etc. you never really see her FAIL anything. almost everything she has done with directing has been received well in some manner or another which i disliked. it was kind of mary sue.
overall, somewhat enjoyable and realistic in some ways but not in others.
I liked the heroine and it was great watching her grow and progress. Subject is pretty original and interesting. The romantic subPlot was sweet! Happy ending too. Though it's very slow... Got bored past ch. 40... Still, very nice slice of life kind of manga. It makes you feel content and peaceful when you read it.
It's not bad but...
This manga certainly has a message of "never give up" and Sasaya is a fiery spirited but modest and intelligent girl who tries her best in the theater. I felt that the manga should have put a little more effort in the art style, showing people in different light than the monkeyish look for Sasaya most of the time. Honestly, I'm annoyed also that the word "granny" has been mentioned almost every 2 pages, which I think was enough to make a good point of the importance of her grandmother in the first few chapters, but needless to say unnecessary as well as irritating when it's continued throughout the manga.
Don't let this one slip
I read it in one day..and I'm at the verge of crying because it's done. This people is absolutely amazing.
All these comments can be divided in two groups: Hate and Love That doesn't matter, it's something all great manga's have to face (for those who don't get it, I'm one the LOVE-side)
Sometimes (well loads of times) manga's can have very shallow characters, but if you like that, you'd better find something different. Every character in this manga had it's own character, some pleasant, some not. What I found great, was that they had the ability to change, not change major and become a whole different person, but change like real people do, and alter their opinions. The leading Character, Yuu, was a good example of that, not only did she develop in character, she did as well in her goals.
Original, at first you may think this'll be about Yuu becoming an actress, but together with Yuu you'll find out that it was not acting that encouraged her, but the actual play itself. The love for the play will grow and that was a very fun factor.
Well, I'm not a fan of this kind of art, but it wasn't bad. At moments it was really good. I couldn't really see much feeling all the time, but for this story it was suited.
At first I didn't want to read it, I thought it would be really boring. But since it fitted so many of my criteria, I was ought to give it a try: GLAD I DID THAT!
And shojo fans, don't mind the josei tag, it has more of a shojo feeling to it sometimes. Don't ignore it either, because this is a story about a person rather than a romance, that'll only come in subtle. Though I'm a big romance-fan I didn't mind at all, and that proves how great this story is.
But in that being said it did have its faults. First off the good, this manga is truly one of those hidden treasures you find. The emotions were so real, the insecurity that Yuu-chan felt wasn't one dimensional, it really puts to shame the shojo we have going around now days. It was not predictable mostly because there was nothing to predict, but the whole journey of discovering the path Yuu and her friends take was completely unconventional. But I didn't really like the ending i thought it was rushed, though the closing statement was beautiful it was the whole leaving-for-a-different-country that i didn't like. The romance WAS slow, it was almost non existent and by the time i realised what was happening Yuu-chan was getting kissed, it was so unexpected! Not the person but when it happened. This manga was great, left a lastly impression but not the best manga out there.