Thursday, January 23, 2014

Backstage Prince

Book Description: Story & Art by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Drawn into the exciting world of kabuki theatre, young Akari spends her time after school assisting the internationally famous actor, Shonosuke Ichimura. In the real world, however, this prince of kabuki is actually a high school cutie by the name of Ryusei.
Akari is totally clueless about kabuki—and boys—but she's eager to learn about both. Her first encounter with Ryusei doesn't go very well, but with the help of a cat named Mr. Ken, the two teenagers quickly become prince AND princesses of kabuki. Love was never so dramatic!

Product Details
Price: $8.99 "Barns and Noble" 
  • ISBN-13: 9781421511726
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Backstage Princes Series, #1
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 539,452
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Personal View:

   I couldn't help myself I found another series by Kanoko Sakurakoji that I just had to read. I completely adore her artwork. I believe this 2 volume series was one of her first manga. Which after this came Black Bird which started its print in the US back in 2007 - On going. The reason why I am recommending that you read it, is because it very much is a great opener to Black Bird. Though the stories aren't anywhere near the same. Don't get me wrong though, I can totally relate to this series in so many ways.

  We've all seen that "Hot Guy" from back in high school that could totally be a model, that all the girls just want. In poor little Akari's case its more of a mishap that this opportunity happens or could you possibly call it fate all because of a little black cat called Mr. Ken. That she gets to spend time with this "Prince Like" Ryusei from school. But in the world of kabuki theatre he's known as Shonosuke Ichimura, the internationally famous actor.

  Yes, their is a decent amount of drama will say in this series even though its some what about acting. It is written out very well, and also shows how some teens would be having problems in a new type age of trying to date. Facing struggles to balance their relationship, personal lives, careers, along with family that has its ways of traditions.

 I've also listed below some other helpful information for you.

Book Description: Story & Art by Kanoko Sakurakoji

There's trouble brewing behind the kabuki curtain. Ryusei's dad doesn't want anything—or anyone!—distracting his son from his chosen profession. It's no secret that he disapproves of Ryusei's romance with Akari. Now he's determined to sabotage their relationship anyway he can!

Product Details
Price: $8.99 "Barns and Noble"

  • ISBN-13: 9781421511771
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Series: Backstage Prince Series, #2
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 420,129
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Additional Information

Misanthropy is the general hatred, distrust, or disdain of the human species or human nature. A misanthrope, or misanthropist is someone who holds such views or feelings. The word's origin is from Greek words μῖσος (misos, "hatred") and ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, "man, human"). The condition is often confused with asociality.

Misanthropy has been ascribed to a number of writers of satire, such as William S. Gilbert ("I hate my fellow-man") and William Shakespeare (Timon of Athens). Jonathan Swift is widely believed to be misanthropic (see A Tale of a Tub and, most especially, Book IV of Gulliver's Travels).
Molière's character Alceste in Le Misanthrope (1666) states:
My hate is general, I detest all men;
Some because they are wicked and do evil,
Others because they tolerate the wicked,
Refusing them the active vigorous scorn
Which vice should stimulate in virtuous minds.

Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.

The individual kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art of singing and dancing". These are, however, ateji characters which do not reflect actual etymology. The kanji of 'skill' generally refers to a performer in kabuki theatre. Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning "to lean" or "to be out of the ordinary", kabuki can be interpreted as "avant-garde" or "bizarre" theatre. The expression kabukimono (歌舞伎者) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed and swaggered on a street.

                                                  "Kabuki Theatre Video"

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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