Like the Takarazuka Revue, the young women who go to the arts academy Kouka Kageki High School play all the parts of musical theater, be they female or male. Narada Ai is a jaded former idol performing female roles—her roommate, playing male roles, is bright-eyed country girl Watanabe Sarasa. From the school to the stage to the rest of their lives, there is no challenge these young women can't face with their passion for performance.
Source: Seven Seas
Featuring an eclectic group of high school girls wishing to reach stardom at the prestiguous Kouka Acting Troupe, Kageki Shoujo draws on symbolism to foreshadow upcoming dark twists. Rather than focus on a story of girls achieving their dreams, it delves headfirst into the pressure of stardom, including abuse and bullying. Although not required to understand the story, being familiar with Glass Mask, Dear Brother, and Rose of Versailles is required to understand a lot of the symbolism. Sarasa's journey has strong parallels to Maya's from Glass Mask, her casual reference of the boarding school being like Dear Brother foreshadows future dynamics, and the troupe's pièce de résistance being Rose of Versailles immerses you into life at Kouka's academy. Even the curse of the cherry tree takes a more ambiguous tone for readers of Glass Mask. These parallels are not ambiguously drawn by an overly zealous reader, with more overt symbolism being explicitly stated while the finer metaphors are left for the reader to decipher. Drawing on classics of shoujo literature, Kageki Shojo! enriches its story with layered storytelling, but understanding they are not required for a superficial reading of the story. Although it suffers from its brevity, it's still an excellent work in its own right, and the foreshadowing and eventual exposition of the trauma the main characters face is unusually strong for such a short work.
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