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Kiwametsuke Gakuya Ura Ouji  
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Drawn into the exciting world of kabuki theatre, young Akari spends her time after school assisting the famous actor, Shonosuke Ichimura. In the real world, however, this prince of kabuki is actually a high school cutie named Ryusei. The pair's relationship gets off on the wrong foot but eventually, with the help of a cat known as Mr. Ken, the two teenagers fall in love.


Related Series
Gakuya Ura Ouji (Prequel)

Associated Names
極付 楽屋裏王子

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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (574 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 28th 2018, 8:45pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (2 Volumes - Complete)

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Year Pos #2824 increased(+512)

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On 304 wish lists
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I want to see Kabuki!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
January 31st, 2014, 12:05am
The characters are so cute together! I love the relationship they have. I also love how Ryusei always calms down or seems relaxed when Akari (and the cat!) is around. This story made me want to go see Kabuki.
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Rating: N/A
by MeenGreen
March 12th, 2012, 6:35pm
This manga had me laughing chapter after chapter.

It's a quick story, but it honestly gets to the point without feeling rushed. I did wish there had been more, but there honestly wasnt a need.

It's a quick two book series, and it's totally worth the time.
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Great for romance   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by 1122shadows
December 10th, 2011, 9:55pm
If you really want to read about a great guy that loves deeply and focuses his energy on a girl this is it. There isn't much plot to this story but it draws you in by the focusing on the relationship of being a couple. The feelings, trials and tribulations are all there, leaving you suspended in the romance of Akari and Ryuse. A truly romantic romance.

... Last updated on December 10th, 2011, 9:56pm
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For romance fans only.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Hanjae
December 4th, 2011, 4:22am
Akari and Ryusei made a truly adorable couple, but Backstage Prince would probably have been more accurately titled something along the lines of "The Joys and Trials of Dating an Actor." The kabuki theme was just a gimmick that was used to hammer home the "backstage is our special place" idea. Honestly, it felt like I was reading a really good oneshot that had a million "special stories" and "extra chapters" tacked on after it, because all the relationship development and falling in love took place in the first chapter. Each chapter after that dealt with different obstacles on their bumpy road to a happy ending. Thankfully, the problems were solved quickly and it wasn't terribly dramatic, but if you have little patience for manufactured conflicts, you might find this slow going.

It's worth reading just for Ryusei, though; for a guy who is anti-social and has major problems with verbal communication, he's remarkably expressive. Despite his flaws, he's basically a perfect boyfriend - he's sweet and incredibly considerate, and everything he does, he does with Akari's happiness in mind. Unfortunately, Akari is a bit empty-headed and insecure, which is the root of a lot of their problems. It really makes me wonder how she can be insecure with a boyfriend as loyal and caring as Ryusei is, but despite this, it's hard to hate her. Overall, this is a decent read if you're a diehard romance fan. If you're after a great plot, however, I'd stay away because this is rather uneventful; this is, in its bare bones, just the tale of a normal girl dating a popular kabuki actor.
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Loved it :)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
December 1st, 2010, 10:42pm
Full of romance and i love how the guy isn't cocky about his looks or talent like other shoujo mangas. I also love how the girl doesn't fall in love with him just because he;s hot. The fact that it contains kabuki theatre makes the manga really unique and interesting.
Loved it and you will too smile
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Typical Shoujo   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by JaKXz
December 26th, 2009, 1:37am
If you're a straight up shoujo fan, then you'll love this manga. If you're the kind of person who's looking for a thick, intense plot with some substance, you probably won't enjoy reading this.. that being said, its hard to criticize the manga for that because of its length.
What I will criticize it for is that its rather repetitive... i.e. the conflict is pretty much the same and happens a grand total of two times... so like I said, its essentially only a love story, not a story in terms of plot/conflict...

The characterization is actually rather good, you'll see the protagonists show some real backbone and I appreciated that. Not one of those completely conservative to the extreme that its bloody annoying to read =D. And its also got comedy too, so yeah its a great light read... perfect while you're going from one thing to another and have like 20-30 min to spare. It'll put a smile on your face too, so enjoy!

... Last updated on December 26th, 2009, 1:39am
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Antisocial meets social   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
August 19th, 2009, 2:32pm
Seems to be same ole' same ole', in the antisocial world. On that note, it was a good story and the development of the relationship of the main leads comes along nicely. I really enjoyed the art.
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nice!!!even though its short...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
January 25th, 2009, 2:37am
its really nice!!! its short but at least they have shown the side in which they have to fight for their love!! i also like the art... very simple and not so cute-sy...(ya know what i mean..)

and it also isn't that cliched or boring as expected!!! ^ _ ^

overall a nice read definitely!!!
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a very good story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by magnolia93
September 20th, 2008, 2:10pm
you might think its gonna be a typical,uneventful story but that impression could one only get at the first chapter.Just read further and then you'll see the story is really great.The characters are really original and so is the story.This manga is really worth reading smile

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2009, 5:49pm
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too fast!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kitty_me
August 8th, 2008, 1:06pm
wow. the manga moved in fast. by the 1st chapter they were already in love. im like "slow down!!".. haha
if only real love can be returned THAT easily..

i only wish there were more climax. all their problems seemed to be solved so easily...
but i guess somewhere in there is a great plot. and a great manga.
the characters are all likeable. even the so called 'evil' characters are likeable..

i never would have thought Kabuki actors were that famous... embarrassed
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