Behind the Scenes!!, Vol. 1

Behind the Scenes!!, Vol. 1

Ranmaru 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...

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Title:Behind the Scenes!!, Vol. 1
Author:Bisco Hatori
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Edition Language:English

Behind the Scenes!!, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Samantha

    This story is crazy! In the most amazing way. It's a little fast paced only because your introduced to so many characters in such a short amount of time.

    This idea for a story is really really interesting! I also love the Mangaka's pun on Director names for the character's names.

    As usual from Bisco Hatori, the art is fabulous. I love it so much.

    I want to go pick up Volume 2, perhaps I should!.

  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS

    Timid, insecure college freshman Ranmaru has always wanted to find a place where he can belong. Suffering from low self-esteem and having the tendency to overreact, he enjoys places where he can blend into the background. When he accidentally ruins a film scene, he is introduced to the Art Squad who work behind the scenes to bring movies, film, and theater to life. His observation skills and attention to detail are not lost on the members of the Art Squad. Could this be the place Ranmaru is look

    Timid, insecure college freshman Ranmaru has always wanted to find a place where he can belong. Suffering from low self-esteem and having the tendency to overreact, he enjoys places where he can blend into the background. When he accidentally ruins a film scene, he is introduced to the Art Squad who work behind the scenes to bring movies, film, and theater to life. His observation skills and attention to detail are not lost on the members of the Art Squad. Could this be the place Ranmaru is looking for?

    From the creator of Ouran High School Host Club, Bisco Hatori creates funny realistic story about belonging, acceptance, and the discovering yourself.

    Recommended for grades 6-8. Lexile Level: N/A

    Reviewed by Christine Hwang, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    Behind the Scenes!! is a slice-of-life type of story by the mangaka of Ouran High School Host Club. Like that previous series, it's all about slow character development; with this title, our main character interacts with a group of special effects artists helping out various film clubs at the school. Not a lot happens here: we have a story of a guy with no focus in his life who finds he has a talent for FX and making thi

    Behind the Scenes!! is a slice-of-life type of story by the mangaka of Ouran High School Host Club. Like that previous series, it's all about slow character development; with this title, our main character interacts with a group of special effects artists helping out various film clubs at the school. Not a lot happens here: we have a story of a guy with no focus in his life who finds he has a talent for FX and making things. What he takes as deficits in his character are actually traits uniquely suited for film making.

    Story: Ranmaru Kurisu has run to the university to get away from a life of failures at his home. Son of humble fisher folk, his artistic nature continually disappointed those around him. But when he accidentally walks into a zombie movie set, he becomes caught up in the university's FX club. The members are always frantic - keeping up with directors of six different movie clubs and their outrageous demands. But whether making costumes or painstakingly crafting miniature buildings to be monster-stomped, Ranmaru knows just what to do to save the day. If he survives their hectic pace, he may realize he just found his perfect calling.

    Hatori's works are always about the characters and here we are given detailed introductions to several members and directors. Clearly there are a lot more to come but most of the novel is Ranmaru being introduced and then solving key problems - from a ruined model to a costume snafu. All under the direction of charismatic club leader, Ryuji Goda. Each of the side characters have unique and well developed personalities.

    This is definitely a cinemaphile work: all the characters are named after movie stars or parts they've played (e.g., the dog is named 'The Don' and various other protagonists are named after Sam Raimi, Sophia Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard - and main character Ranmaru Kurisu is named after Christopher Nolan (Kurisutofa Noran). The pace is fairly frenetic to mirror all that goes on behind a movie production.

    Most of this volume 1 set the story/characters but it looks like a lot of the plot will involve problem solving various things through the different movie clubs. I'm not sure how much of an interest the author can maintain for those not invested in the movie world but certainly Ouran High School Host Club proved successful on a similarly surprising tangent. For now, we'll see where this goes. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  • MLE

    This was really adorable. The characters are fun, and I can really empathize with Ranmaru's insecurity, and desire to blend into the woodwork. The plot is fun, and more than a bit over the top in a good way. I love the art style. Bisco Hatori is one of my favorite creators. Perfect read for a snowy day. I have to admit my favorite is defiantly Ryuki, the club president, for, you know, reasons.

  • Selena

    Behind the Scenes!! was a big surprise. There are so many manga out there that focus on becoming an idol or a singer or an actor, but this is one of the few about the people who work, as the title suggests, behind the scenes. As someone who loves to watch those "Making of" documentaries and enjoys facts, trivia, and commentary stuff, this was a dead ringer.

    It centers around a college student who has zero self-confidence, but he's got an attention to detail and a talent for DIY recycling projects

    Behind the Scenes!! was a big surprise. There are so many manga out there that focus on becoming an idol or a singer or an actor, but this is one of the few about the people who work, as the title suggests, behind the scenes. As someone who loves to watch those "Making of" documentaries and enjoys facts, trivia, and commentary stuff, this was a dead ringer.

    It centers around a college student who has zero self-confidence, but he's got an attention to detail and a talent for DIY recycling projects that would make Martha Stewart green with envy. He gets caught up in the Art Squad's activities and is pulled into this crazy club of amateur set, costume, and prop designers who make things for the various film clubs on campus.

    What shines here is the ensemble cast. You mostly see things through Ranmaru's point of view, but stories will center around others in the group, like with the chapter focusing on Ruka's costume making for a picky, vengeful director. They get themselves into jams and then use teamwork and each person's talents to fix things.

    This is also a shoujo manga that's blessedly light on romance, if there's any at all. We'll see if any love blooms in future volumes, but for now, it's hard work and movies.

    I'd also like to add that I didn't realize this was by Bisco Hatori until I read an author's side-panel comment about her past work,

    . Once I knew, I could see some of Hatori-sensei's style, but I really had no idea until I saw that (somehow, I missed the name on the front of the book and the stamp on the back). I give Hatori-sensei a lot of credit that her characters in this series don't look at all like clones of previous works'. I think the art has improved as well, but I haven't read Ouran in a long time to say for sure.

    So, tl;dr, if you're the type who's just as interested as what's going on behind the camera as in front of it, this is a manga you might like. Or if you like ensembles of crazy characters, you'd probably like this one too.

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  • Mehsi

    Yay it is here! Though I have to say I am a bit disappointed in this first volume. :(

    I absolutely adored Bisco Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club (and was so so sad when it ended), I loved Millennium Snow (still need to read the other 2 volumes though), so you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this new series. I just had to have it!

    But after reading the first volume, really struggling to get through it, I am just not sure if I want to continue this one. This isn’t the fault of the a

    Yay it is here! Though I have to say I am a bit disappointed in this first volume. :(

    I absolutely adored Bisco Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club (and was so so sad when it ended), I loved Millennium Snow (still need to read the other 2 volumes though), so you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this new series. I just had to have it!

    But after reading the first volume, really struggling to get through it, I am just not sure if I want to continue this one. This isn’t the fault of the art, or the story (in fact the story is what kept me going, it was funny), but it is the fault of the characters. Well, especially one of them. The main.

    Yep, Ranmaru, or should I call him Mr. I am sorry. Mr. Excuses Excuses. Mr. Insecure. Mr. Annoying? Sorry, instead of sympathizing with the guy I just wanted to smack him on his head with a prop. Dear Lord guy, this is just so frustrating. Sure, he does get a bit better at the end, but he has A LONG LONG way to go, and I am not entirely sure if I want to continue to see him get better.

    He was also whiny, absurd, silly, stupid. OMG sorry sorry, in the mean time he fixes everything and does amazing stuff, but does he see that? No. No he doesn’t. He only sees what he does wrong, even if he wasn’t even in the neighbourhood to have anything to do with it.

    The other characters were quite fun, interesting, and I would love to learn more about them. Though I also saw clear signs of Ouran High in them. I was like: OMG Kyouya!! or OMG Tamaki!

    I also loved that this one takes place in college/university, so many manga take place in High School/Middle School, so I am delighted to have one do something different. All the various clubs (and all the characters belonging to them) were great.

    The art was brilliant, I really missed Hatori’s art, she really has a great style of drawing, one that stands out so brightly.

    Also I have to give + points to the fact she added the origin story for Behind the Scenes. How she came up with the idea, what made her pick the title and much more!

    All in all, it was a pretty decent volume, but with Ranmaru being who he is, I think I might just wait a bit longer before I pick up the next volume.

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  • Rachel

    3.5 This series has a lot of promise - a college "art squad" who create the costumes, set designs, etc for the campus film groups. The squad has a fun variety of characters and I think it'll be interesting to see where their stories go.

    The only draw back (and the reason I didn't give this a higher rating), and one I felt happened with the Ouran series, too, is that it feels like too much is jammed into the first volume. Not just story-wise - Hatori does have a lot of characters to introduce in

    3.5 This series has a lot of promise - a college "art squad" who create the costumes, set designs, etc for the campus film groups. The squad has a fun variety of characters and I think it'll be interesting to see where their stories go.

    The only draw back (and the reason I didn't give this a higher rating), and one I felt happened with the Ouran series, too, is that it feels like too much is jammed into the first volume. Not just story-wise - Hatori does have a lot of characters to introduce in this ensemble - but even visually. There are a few pages and frames that have so much going on that I can't really tell what's happening in the picture. In Ouran, this settled down after a bit, and then I was fully immersed, and I hope that's the case here as well.

    So far this series is starting out pretty tame, even though it takes place in a college setting. It looks like it will be a good fit for artistic types, particularly high school students. I'd recommend the series for anyone who's interested in film making, particularly the "Behind the Scenes!!" work it takes to get the film made.

    Looking forward to finding out what happens next and excited to start a new series by the only manga artist/writer I've really gotten into.

  • j

    The concept of this book is irresistible but I found the execution mixed in this first volume. The art is not really my cup of tea, to the point that I often had trouble following what was going on. None of the characters grabbed me, and the protagonist is suuuuuuper annoying. I'll read one more volume to see if it grabs me, because I really do like the idea.

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