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Akari has no interest in Kabuki Theatre, but suddenly she finds herself as the assistant of seventeen-year-old Ryusei Horiuchi, a famous young kabuki actor. He's gloriously handsome yet socially awkward, and performs under the stage name of Shonosuke Ichimura. Akari and Ryusei's relationship is difficult at the beginning, but eventually the two find themselves falling in love. What challenges will Akari and Ryusei face as they try to maintain their relationship against all odds?
In both of these short series, the heroine only gets involved in the world of show business because of her crush on a boy who's famous. As a result, there's a focus on the drama surrounding forming a relationship with a celebrity and the demands of being in the public eye.
Mikan's best friend in the entire world, Hotaru, has moved away to a school for geniuses. Mikan misses her friend so much that she runs away to Tokyo to find the mysterious Alice Academy. However, once there, Mikan discovers that it is actually a secret school for children with special abilities. Alice Academy is filled with boys and girls who can do anything from make crazy inventions to control fire. In order to stay with her friend, Mikan tries to enter the Academy, but there's a catch: she doesn't have any special powers! Now Mikan must prove herself to her classmates in order to stay by Hotaru's side.
B.B. Explosion and Gakuen Alice may seem like an odd match, but the main characters both enter an exclusive academy that is designed to develop and foster their talents. The transition from regular school to these specialized classes full of amazing people is difficult, but both girls are willing to do what it takes to succeed!
Haine Otomiya is a student at the elite Imperial Academy. A one-time gang member who was put up for adoption by her father, her life changed when she met Shizumasa Togu, president of the student council and ‘emperor' of Imperial Academy. Haine quits her gang and enrolls at the prestigious private school in the hope of winning Shizumasa's love. When she is hired as his school bodyguard, she's thrilled; but can she survive the drama of the student council? As secrets spill and relationships form, Haine is pulled further into the world of the elite and powerful, where wealth is everything and social status is the basis of all relationships. What's a girl to do?
If you enjoy stories about girls whose lives change dramatically when they pursue boys from a different social rank, either of these stories should be right up your alley. In Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, the heroine has a crush on the top student in an exclusive private academy, and in B.B. Explosion, the heroine likes a popular singer, but there's a similar mood in both series.
Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge - she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?
Skip Beat! and B.B. Explosion both follow the lives of regular girls who have crushes on idols and decide to enter show business themselves. In both series, the heroine is unaware of her innate talent, but begins to shine in her own right after a bit of practice.
B.B. Explosion and W Juliet are both manga about teenagers trying to fulfill their dreams of becoming famous performers and working to find love despite the challenges placed upon them by their circumstances.