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Hero Heel Vol.1 - Makoto Tateno
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Hero Heel Vol.1 - Makoto Tateno
Advantages: Interesting premise with just enough technical detail, attractive art
Disadvantages: Explicit content may offend some readers
What the publisher says:
"For an aspiring actor, any gig is one more rung on the ladder to fame. But for rookie actor Minami, the climb to super-stardom was a lot more glamorous in his dreams. Cast as the heroic lead in a TV superhero program, Minami takes to his job half-heartedly - surely a mere children's show is no place to fully showcase his talent? Despite Minami's lack of enthusiasm, he's soon lured by the obvious "talents" of his co-star, Sawada. Things get messy on the set when Minami stumbles upon Sawada lip-locking another guy - throwing him into a fit of disgust and confusion. Did he just witness the casting couch in action? Or is Minami actually falling for his ice-cold co-star?"
This book was actually a lot of fun. Minami is an idealistic young actor determined to pay his dues on his way to stardom. he knows all too well that newbies don't get big leading man roles, and looks at taking the job as a character on a kid's Power Ranger-y type live action show as a way to pay his bills, gain experience, and get in the public eye, but only with reluctance. Sure there are better entry level parts in regular Tv dramas. right? Sawada is a veteran actor who has done more than one of these shows and is quite well known for it. He knows that a lot of hard work goes into making a quality show no matter who the audience, and a lot of special know how for working stunts and special effects is needed. Sawada is handsome and quite talented, so his seriousness about his job on the show and his general aloofness soon gets Minami's attention as he tries to show he too can shine.
In fact, he starts becoming a little TOO aware of Sawada, enough so that when he catches sight of that liplock, his mind wanders off into all sorts of directions it probably wouldn't for most folks. It's rather cute how he doesn't quite get why Sawada treats him the way he does, and how the pair come to reach an understanding professionally while the personal aspect implodes. Being Makoto Tateno, we are treated to some rather stunning visuals not excluding two gorgeous men doing some rather explicit things, earning this it's 18+ rating.
What sets this apart is the nature of the show and the little insider information bits on how the shows are made, which greatly adds to the feel and depth of the storyline. Minami is new to this, so he doesn't know anymore than we do at first, and it's quite interesting seeing how they rig up these scenes using a relatively low budget. It's a fun read with just the right amount of tortured angst to keep it from being too frothy. It has enough action for fans of the more explicit end of the genre to get their fill, but be warned that this is but the first of two volumes so you don't get the end of the pair's story until the next volume, so I recommending buying both books together.
You can preview sample pages at the publisher's page for it (http://www.digitalmanga.com/books/199/). I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with my copy for review.
Summary: Minami finds playing on a children's show is not all just juvenile fun and games.
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