a short romantic story of two people from two different kinds of worlds. A typical love overcomes all barriors.
I have read this story twice now. The author-celebrity uses the familiar celebrity-school girl trope all too commonly used in shojou, but gives it a fresh twist by setting her narrative in the rarefied world of Kabuki theater. It's a wonderful way to introduce a new audience to an traditional, elaborate art form that few young people know about-- even in Japan.
Some might take issue with the ML. Basically,he is rude. He is highly introverted,imperious, demanding, and has no social skills. Basically, he is a tsundere. He's also very sensitive and adores his girlfriend. Actually, he needs her. Why? She's just an ordinary girl. She isn't rich, famous, or talented like the ML. She doesn't look like a model either.You'll have to read the Manga to find out why.
In addition to this, both have to deal with a disapproving parent and paparazzi.
There's also a really cute cat!
P.S. If you wish to learn more about Kabuki, I recommend the anime series Kabukibu.
Manga in 200 Words: Backstage Prince
Premise: A teenage girl injures a kabuki actor and agrees to be his assistant until he heals. After spending a lot of time together, the two end up falling in love, but plenty of people are ready to tear them apart.
Audience: Teenage girls with idealistic views of love.
Backstage Secret: I got tired of this line pretty quickly, especially since it wasn’t a secret at all. Most of the cast of Backstage Prince seemed to have a pretty solid grasp of the relationship between Akari and Ryusei.
Romance: It’s a nice thought to believe that the one you love can’t function without you, that you are the energy source that gets him through tough days, et cetera, but it’s not quite that simple. At times, Ryusei acts like he can only function properly if he’s within a five foot radius of Akari. If that were true, how did he make it this far?
Overall: Backstage Prince was entertaining, on the whole, and I can appreciate the vulnerability from the male lead, but it’s not my favorite manga by any means. It’s a solid little shoujo series, but there are better ones out there.