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Act-Age Comic Review Vol 1: The Real Actor’s “Kidnapping”

The Act-Age comic is one of the comic titles that has been busy talking about some time ago because of the case that happened to the author of the comic story. Because of the case, this comic series was forced to be withdrawn from circulation. The stage play adaptation project also had to be cancelled. Behind the controversy, what kind of comic Act-Age itself? You can read Act-Age comic for free on Kiryuu.

Act-Age is a comic written by Tatsuya Matsuki and illustrated by Shiro Usazaki which was serialized in Shueisha’s weekly Shounen Jump magazine in 2018. This comic series was supposed to be made into a stage play which was planned to be released in 2022, but the plan was officially stopped due to the case that happened to the comic writer.

Despite showing brilliant acting, Kei Yonagi, a high school student who dreams of becoming an actress, fails the audition held by Stars, a well-known agency. He failed because of his “dangerous” way of acting.

However, Kuroyama, the film director who is captivated by Yonagi’s talent then invites him into acting!

Starting the story by explaining what an actor is and also the latest actor selection audition by the well-known agency Stars, readers will be introduced to Kei Yonagi, a 16-year-old high school student who lives with his two younger siblings and takes care of them alone. The audition that Yonagi participated in was a selective audition, where he made it through to the fifth stage out of 30 thousand people who registered. Despite having excellent potential with his talent, Yonagi was not declared the main winner because of his talent. Yonagi himself is a prospective actor who has method acting talent.

Even though the talent was not wanted by the previous agency, there is one well-known director who likes the girl’s talent and wants to polish it more deeply. The director is Sumiji Kuroyama, a director who won various awards from well-known film festivals outside of Japan. Currently Kuroyama has created his own studio to make the films he wants. This is where the story of Yonagi’s meeting with Kuroyama begins, a famous director who is ready to polish his talent to perform better in this film industry.

When I first read it, I was actually quite confused by the plot. I need to understand many times related to what was conveyed in this opening moment. There are still many questions and confusion that I encountered when reading the first volume.

However, that doesn’t mean this comic is bad or lacking in narrative, but after reading it to the end, I’m interested in reading the continuation of this comic. The ending presented in this first volume of comics makes this comic quite interesting to give an interesting sense of suspense about Yonagi’s own fate in the future, especially when he is competing with more experienced actors.

Apart from the news that Act-Age comics have stopped publishing, for me personally, Act-Age comics are one of the comics that you need to read. The premise of the story is simple, but it is this nature of the story that makes the comic so enjoyable and suspenseful. The pictures themselves are quite detailed and “unique” so that readers will also be spoiled with supporting visuals. Although previously I said I could not follow the beginning of the story, but after reading it many times I finally understood and was looking forward to the continuation of this comic. Unfortunately, this may not be the case for now.

Finally, although the continuation of the next volume of Act-Age comics is uncertain, this first volume of comics is still worth reading if you are looking for interesting comics, especially if you want to understand about the film industry. This comic also contains some information about the film industry itself, and can be one of the first steps to understanding what is in this industry.