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Love Stage
Love Stage is a Boys Love manga created by Zaou Taishi and Eiki Eiki that is being currently serialized in Asuka Ciel magazine. It has been announced to receive an anime adaptation in the future. It will air in July as part of the Summer 2014 anime lineup.

Sena Izumi is an otaku in a family full of entertainers; his mom is an actress, his dad a singer, and his older brother a member in the famous music group Crusherz. His family wants him to join the entertainment business, but he doesn't want any of that, instead he wants to be a mangaka. But when he reunites with Ichijou Ryouma, an up and coming actor who had fallen in love with him when they did a commercial together as children, it seems like his family will get their wish.

Love Stage also has a side story by the name of Back Stage, which is a novel about Izumi's older brother Shougo and Sena's Production manager Sagara Rei.

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  • Above the Influence: Ryouma was at first ok with using Izumi's body while he was at a real low point and didn't care what the other did to him, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it.
  • The Ace: Shougo is a genius so he's capable of doing a lot of things but it is for the same reason that he wasn't satisfied with himself or with life until he met Rei.
  • Adorkable: Ryouma is probably one of, if not, the most dorkiest semes in the genre of BL.
    • Let's not forget magical girl loving wannabe manga artist Izumi.
  • Alliterative Name: Shougo Sena and his father, Seiya Sena.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Izumi.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy
  • Beta Couple: Shougo and Rei in the main story of Love Stage; they are the main couple in Back Stage and few other side stories in the Love Stage manga.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shougo really loves his little brother.
  • Bishōnen
  • Boys Love
  • But Not Too Foreign: Izumi's father Seiya is half-Japanese which makes Shogo and Izumi three-quarters Japanese.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Daigo, Eiki Eiki's younger brother, will be playing Shougo, for whom he is based on.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: While the two aren't exactly Childhood Friends, Ryouma and Izumi met when they were ten and eight, Ryouma fell in love with Izumi at first sight and Izumi eventually reciprocated his feelings ten years later.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Shougo is based on Eiki Eiki's little brother Daigo, who's a lead vocalist in the band Breakerz.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ryouma doesn't react well when Izumi forms a good relationship with Jin.
  • Declaration of Protection: Ryouma accepts a part in a drama to protect Izumi from the director who seems to have become attracted towards Izumi.
  • Dragged into Drag: Izumi, as young as the age of 8.
  • Dude He's Like Passed Out Dead Drunk: Rei doesn't need Shougo awake to feel refreshed.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Izumi
  • Erotic Dream: Has one in chapter 22 when he tops Ryouma.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Izumi's name is androgynous and is more feminine than masculine, which also helps with Ryouma's initial confusion of Izumi's gender.
  • Happily Married: Seiya and Nagisa, the parents of the Sena brothers, are very much in love and happy with their marriage.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: In the acting world, where relatives of already established celebrities break out much easier, Ryouma worked really hard to defy this and succeeded.
    • To his horror though, Izumi played this straight and had more than enough talent at acting to make him feel inferior.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Stated word for word by Izumi
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the most recent chapters, Ryouma has forgot his memories of Izumi due to being hypnotized by Jin to forget about things troubling him when he feels inferior to Izumi's natural acting talent.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Izumi was worried that he was an uke in a BL manga.
  • Love Epiphany: Ryouma realizes he's still in love with Izumi when he sees him naked and is overcome with desire rather than disgust (though, Ryouma never fully did lose his feelings for Izumi when he learned he was a guy) and Izumi has one for Ryouma when he is being violated by three men and he says to himself that he doesn't want it if it's not with Ryouma.
    • Similarly, Rei realizes he's genuinely falling in love with Shougo after being attacked by a stalker and realizing that he only wants Shougo to touch him.
  • Love Martyr: Shougo. He falls in love with Rei, despite the fact that Rei is in love with his father, and sticks with Rei because he believes he can make Rei fall in love with him. Rei however is not very willing to let go of his feelings for Seiya, and despite feeling horrible about using Shougo as a Replacement Goldfish continues to do so and at times even manipulates Shougo to do his bidding for no other reason than to make Seiya happy. Even when Rei genuinely begins to fall in love with Shougo, he doesn't acknowledge these feelings until he's almost raped by a stalker. Shougo just accepts it as is because he really loves Rei and wants Rei to be happy.
  • Megane: Izumi, sometimes, and Rei.
  • Naked Apron: Rei dresses up in one for white day after he failed to bake a cake.
    • Cosplay: What Rei ends up doing for every holiday.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shougo is obviously based off of Daigo from the band Breakerz.
  • Nose Bleed: Ryouma got two nosebleeds in Chapter 9 all due to Izumi.
  • Official Couple: Ryouma and Izumi, Shougo and Rei.
  • One Head Taller: Ryouma is a little more than a full head taller than Izumi. Adverted with Shougo and Rei, as they are about the same height.
  • Otaku
  • Replacement Love Interest: What Shougo starts as with Rei.
  • Seme: Shougo and Ryouma. Izumi tried being seme in Chapter 16 after being convinced by Rei to "turn the tables" on Ryouma after Izumi tells Ryouma that he was hurt pretty bad after their first time; when it got to the point of actually having sex for the second time, Ryouma took his place as seme. In the most recent chapter, Izumi decides the best way to win Ryouma back after him getting hypnotized and losing his memories of Izumi, is to study all types of semes and and have sex with Ryouma with Izumi as the seme; how well that'll go is a mystery.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Ryouma says as much here. Shogo has been in love with Rei ever since he met him in the Back Stage novels.
  • Sleep Learning: Its believed Izumi got his acting talent due to his mother reading him her scripts as bedtime stories.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Izumi is really spoiled by Rei and Shougo.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Shogo is basically the younger version of his dad while Izumi has Nagisa's looks which is evident when he is dressed as a woman. It also helps that the parent they resemble is also how their bangs are styled with Shogo's parting to the right like his father's and Izumi's are towards the left like his mother's. Shogo's resemblance to Seiya is also quite noted in the Back Stage novel.
  • Terrible Artist: Despite wanting to be a mangaka, Izumi's drawing skills are…well, let's say that it sets the bar pretty low.
  • Uke: Izumi and Rei. In the in-universe doujinshis pairing Ryouma and Shougo, Ryouma is the Uke of the pairing.
  • Unrequited Love: Ryouma has been in love with Izumi for ten years and is greatly saddened when he finds out Izumi is a boy, but his feelings remain, but aren't reciprocated. Izumi slowly begins falling for Ryouma and eventually become a couple.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Ryouma was sure that Izumi was a girl.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: All characters' eyes are drawn in a distinctive style, though Izumi's are the best example.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Izumi, though never by choice.
  • Yaoi Fangirls: Shougo's and Ryouma's fan girls; so much that there's actually in-universe doujinshis pairing them together
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Rei's hair color is green.


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