Behind the Scenes!! Vol. 01, by Bisco Hatori | Manga Review #52

25986987Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicate, artistic sore thumb. It’s given him a raging inferiority complex and a permanently pessimistic outlook. Now that he’s in college, he’s hoping to find a sense of belonging. But after a whole life of being left out, does he even know how to fit in?!

It’s two months into Ranmaru’s college career, and if he’s learned one thing, it’s that he’s really uncomfortable around other people. But when he stumbles into a zombie mob attack, he’s forced out of his comfort zone in the most dramatic way possible! Of course it’s just a movie shoot, but when he wakes up from his ignoble faint, he’s been whisked away behind the scenes with the Art Squad! Could this group of weirdos be what Ranmaru’s been looking for all his life?!


I don’t know what it was about Behind the Scenes!! that drew me towards reading this manga. Actually, scratch that. What drew me towards Behind the Scenes!! is the fact that this manga is the same creator from that of Ouran High School Host Club. I’ve watched the anime for that series, and it is ridiculous as it is funny. Sometimes it’s a little over the top as well, which is what I hope for in Behind the Scenes!!

Quickly into starting my read through of Behind the Scenes!! I realized that I was actually genuinely enjoying the progress of the story. I also truly love the characters. Even the characters that aren’t necessarily part of the main focus!

The progress of the story is quite fast to be honest. Everything happens so quickly! I

What I liked most about this first volume was that I didn’t know what to expect about anything. I haven’t even read the premise for Behind the Scenes because I wanted to be able to read the first volume without any predictions and whatnot.

I like that Ramnaru is half-way out of his element with the new group of people he’s in, but no matter what that club is doing they’re pushing Ranmaru to his limits. He’s doing incredibly well, aside from freaking out while he’s working and such.

I like that everyone has his back though, and that Ranmaru is bringing things to the proverbial table; like opening the other club’s member’s eyes on things related to the club.

This first volume is quite the start to the series! I am happily awaiting the next volume to get into my hands.

I give Behind the Scenes!! Volume 01, 4 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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