Thursday, 10 December 2015

Manga Review: Love Celeb by Mayu Shinjo

Title: Love Celeb
Original Title: Love Celeb - King Egoist
Author: Mayu Shinjo
Artist: Mayu Shinjo 

Year of Release: 2004
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Drama, Mature, Shoujo, Smut,

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 37.5

Volumes & Chapters: 7 Volumes

Volume 1 Chapters 1-5              Volume 4 Chapters 18-23                         Volume 7 Chapters 36-37.5
Volume 2 Chapters 6-11            Volume 5 Chapters 24-29
Volume 3 Chapters 12-17          Volume 6 Chapters 30-35.5


Shinjo Mayu's newest leading lady is an idol, and the leading man is... a future prime minister!? Just what is a "Love Celeb"? Nakazono Kirara is an aspiring starlet. She used to think she'd do whatever it took to get a starring role in a drama and have a CD. But her manager, Hanamaki, proves her wrong when he sends her into a room full of horny producers to sleep her way into a role! Kirara wants no part of it! She's a virgin, and these guys are scary!! Especially the silver-haired one named Gin... He seems to be in charge. But he lets Kirara leave the party with her virginity and his phone number, and it seems like nothing lost, nothing gained... until Kirara is suddenly the most famous new starlet for no apparent reason!?

Side story in volume 7: Darenimo Ienai!
Ruka’s a junior high student in love with her father’s assistant, Fumi-sempai. She wants to become an adult quickly because everyone sees her as a little kid! But what would happen if she actually became an adult with the help of a time machine?

My Thoughts

Review covers 24 chapters 

Hello everyone and welcome back to Katie’s Corner! Today I’m having yet another work by Mayu Shinjo. It’s a relatively small story compared to Sensual Phrase only 7 volumes long. However, I’ll be doing two reviews on it, so look forward to the next one somewhere next week! Why did I decide to make to reviews? Well, because the story has two events, therefore I want to cover each separately. Today’s review will cover Kirara as the idol.

So let me begin: meet Kirara Nakazono – an aspiring idol, who as she herself says has no talent but has the enthusiasm to become the first!

(That actually happens much, much later, but I just wanted to put it here) to gain popularity she takes part in various late night shows as well as some variety ones. However, everything changes when her manager – Hanamaki, throws he inside an apartment with words: “get your body out there and get a job!”

Yes, it does happen! It also doesn’t help the situation that Kirara is a virgin. But don’t forget this is a romance story; therefore a silver-haired prince (Wolf in disguise) appears to help Kirara! However, his motives are not all that pure and you’ll be laughing when you get to read them. Who is this silver-haired prince that stole Kirara’s heart in a flash? Meet our man lead – Ginzou Fujiwara or for short Gin – the most influential man in Japan (well, after his dad and grandpa). He takes a strange interest in Kirara and wants to make her his. Will he succeed? And by succeeding I mean to make both Kirara’s body and heart completely his. Start reading now and find out, how Fin will be trying to seduce Kirara!

Now, you can stop reading if you are afraid of spoilers, as I’ll be discussing some issues that are tightly related to spoilers. But if you are interested, please continue! This story as Sensual Phrase is set in the world of Showbiz. However, we get to see how the author actually makes fun of some things. Surely there are serious moments too, like when Kirara conforms Gin in the very beginning about her dream, but the way Gin changes everything on a whim if he doesn’t like something is just comical. The best issue is Kirara’s virginity and her accused lewdness. I just couldn’t stop laughing when Gin is accusing he of being a pervert because her room is small. Her phrase: “Let me lick you” just made me fall down from the chair even when I was reading for the third time. I knew that she would say it, but the impact was still too strong. There are numerous jokes about Gin and Kirara, but in the end he still makes her his, that is a problem arises.

Gin being Gin is a very selfish and jealous person. As soon as he falls hard for Kirara he becomes a hardcore possessive boyfriend. His stunts and idiotic behavior made me laugh before Kirara was a virgin
 well actually even after that. But as soon as he gets her, his jealousy was overwhelming. He wanted Kirara only for himself and even told her to leave the entertainment world. Here comes the problem. Kirara wanted to achieve her dream, so they became enemies, and now without Gin how will Kirara manage to climb to the top again? She will and it will be a hard journey especially if Gin is trying to sabotage her. But if you thought that Kirara was a complete idiot in the beginning, you get to see her differently now. She is a strong willed person who wants to achieve her dream and return to the one she loves the most!

Are you ready to read Kirara and Gin’s story? It’s full of love, fantastic humor and lots of misunderstandings that make you laugh. You’ll also get to see one of your favourite characters from Sensual Phrase to appear! Don’t miss the 2nd review of this fabulous story, as now it’s Gin’s turn to climb to the top! Enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos. Don’t miss your next favourite book or manga! Happy reading!




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