By Leroy Douresseaux
June 8, 2014 - 18:12
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Rated “T” for “Teen”
Hime Kino not only dreams of becoming a voice actor, but 15-year-old also wants to be like her hero, voice acting legend Sakura Aoyama (the former star of the anime, Magic Warriors: Lovely ♥ Blazers). Hime is accepted into the “Voice Acting Department” at Holly Academy High School, where she hopes to learn how to be a voice actress with a cute voice – the princess type. However, Hime’s gruff voice earns her the nickname, “Gorilla Princess,” but she isn’t about to give up.
As Voice Over! Seiyu Academy, Vol. 5 (Chapters 24 to 28) opens, Hime’s producer, Haruka Yamada (a.k.a. “Yamada P”), decides to give her some time off for good behavior. She receives a train ticket and the key to a lakeside cabin. She takes the rest of the “Stragglers” (a group of struggling classmates) with her. However, Hime’s idea of fun turns out to be a trying time.
Yamada P, in a move to get Hime more work, has her take on the identity of a teen boy named, “Shiro.” Now, Shiro has his first job, performing a voice in the anime, “The Four Gods Squad: Beast Renjai.” Mizuki Haruyama, one-half of the idol group, AQUA, (also managed by Yamada P) has lead role in the anime. However, one of the other leads is Toru Fujimori, a rival of Mizuki’s. Now, their rivalry threatens the recording sessions for the anime, and Shiro/Hime is caught in the middle
[This volume contains bonus stories.]
THE LOWDOWN: I am still not sure that I will have a long-term interest in the Voice Over! Seiyu Academy manga. However, Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 5 features one storyline that interests me: “The Four Gods Squad: Beast Renjai” voice performance recording session.
This fits in with my love of animation and anime and the voice actors that perform the roles. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy creator Maki Minami seems genuinely determined to make the series focus on Hime’s career as much as it does on her puppy loves, and I’ll come back for the former.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of high school shojo manga will want to try the new Shojo Beat title, Voice Over! Seiyu Academy.
Rating: B+ /10