Act-Age, Volume 1 by Tatsuya Matsuki

Posted June 3, 2020 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 6 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Act-Age, Volume 1 by Tatsuya MatsukiSeries: ACT-AGE #1
Published by VIZ Media on July 7, 2020
Demographic: Shōnen
Genres: Drama, Slice of Life
Source: NetGalley
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Kei Yonagi must delve deep into her psyche to succeed in the cutthroat world of acting, but can she keep her sanity while doing so?
Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

Act-age is about a girl who struggles to support her family and wants to make it as an actor. It’s not just her dream job, she wants to succeed so she can properly provide for her two younger siblings. And just like that, you can’t help but rooting for her from the beginning!

While this manga offers an interesting view of the acting industry, I’d say the real gem is the psyche of the aspiring young actor in here. Yonagi brings the acting career on a different level. When she acts, she summons real emotions from her own experiences, but then she gets so caught up in them that she completely forgets she is playing a role. While this can look like quite the gift, it actually backfires big time more times that one can imagine. Her skill needs to be improved if she really wants to make it as an actor, and when a director spots her talent and offers to help, her real challenge starts. Can she learn how to control her emotions and how to live the lives of the characters she is supposed to portray?

A good first volume in an acting manga that promises a psychological exploration of a fascinating character whose growth I’m curious to see. The entertainment industry just got even more interesting!


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6 responses to “Act-Age, Volume 1 by Tatsuya Matsuki

  1. “When she acts, she summons real emotions from her own experiences, but then she gets so caught up in them that she completely forgets she is playing a role. ”

    That’s a cool premise. I hope this one continues to be good as it goes along!

    • Right? It’s fascinating and something that makes you feel for her, but I gotta admit my curiosity has been sparked by the director as well.

  2. verushka

    This is an unexpected and interesting psychological aspect to this! You find such great mangas!

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