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?
Erika Akagi teaches classical literature at a high school. While she has many students, one in particular has caught her eye: the feminine Usami Rento. He's a famous kabuki actor who excels at playing female roles and carries the scent of perfume on his clothing, much to Erika's interest. Curious about this charismatic young man, Erika finds herself slowly being drawn to him as more than just a student...
With the Usami Rento and Ryusei Horiuchi being well known kabuki actors it's tough for them to live an average everyday life. Not to mention that the girls they like happen to have almost no interest in the Kabuki Theatre.
A little insight into Kabuki theater and a lot into romance... Both these stories follow a young Kabuki actor and his love interest. Though their personalities are nothing alike the stories are equally enjoyable.
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.
Yuiko loves animals, but given the overly-aggressive way she tries to show her love for them, they always run away. One day Yuiko meets a strange boy named Leo who seems to be more beast than human; his fierce eyes frighten everyone away, and he harbors a dark secret: when he's threatened or sees blood, Leo loses control and behaves like a wild animal. Can Yuiko tame this wild beast, or will he run just like all the other animals she loves?
Being nonsocial because they want to or not has everything to do with how Leo and Ryusei met Yuiko and Akari. But the only time they have together is before or after school because Leo and Ryusei tend to be more popular than anyone would have thought.
Both of these short shoujo series focus on romances that cross social ranks, so one of the lovers is always at a disadvantage. The form it takes differs between the series, but things are complicated in Backstage Prince and Captive Hearts.
Haruna has never been feminine; she was the star pitcher of the softball team in middle school and didn't focus on relationship, but now that she's in high school she has a new goal: to have a shoujo manga-style relationship. While Haruna tries to be attractive and get a boyfriend, she has no idea how to accomplish her goal; and thus, she recruits the reluctant Yoh as her coach. Yoh is very attractive and dislikes women and the problems they cause, but is impressed by Haruna's determination and agrees upon one condition: she promises not to fall in love with him. Thus begins the crazy relationships of Haruna, Yoh and their friends as they all struggle to find themselves and their true loves.
In both High School Debut and Backstage Prince, the heroine is in a relationship she is not confident about. She worries she is not good enough, and lots of obstacles come between the two lovers. The hero is not good at expressing his feelings, but he still finds a way to show he cares. They both have lots of romance, so check out one if you like the other.