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.
Above the Influence: Ryouma was at first okay 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.
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.
Clark Kenting: Izumi is not recognized as a celebrity until his glasses fall off, and he is able to get away from his crowd of fangirls after borrowing a pair of glasses from one of his friends.
Crazy Jealous Guy: Ryouma doesn't react well when Izumi forms a good relationship with Jin.
Crazy-Prepared: Rei put a tracking device in Izumi's bag and uses it at least twice. Although, since Izumi disappeared for a few days before, he may not want something like that to happen again.
Cruel to Be Kind: Rei is hard on Izumi sometimes because he cares about him. Izumi compares him to strict mother and complains about Rei questioning his career choices, but Rei is right about Izumi needing to have a clear plan for the future.
To his horror though, Izumi played this straight and had more than enough talent at acting to make him feel inferior.
Heroic BSOD: Izumi, after trying to enter his manga into a contest and being told he has no talent. Ryouma helped him by giving the manuscript to Izumi's favorite author, and begging him to give Izumi's work constructive criticism. Later on, Ryouma has his own moment, when Izumi floors him with his superior acting ability, proving himself a complete natural, in his very first acting gig, and Ryouma is affected so badly that he is unable to focus, forcing Director Kisaragi to attempt his hypnotism trick on Ryouma, to calm his nerves. Unfortunately, the hypnotism proves ''too'' effective,as Ryouma ends up forgetting not about his worries but the source of his worries: Izumi, even to the point that the hypnotism undoes their past progress, as Ryouma cannot even remember Izumi from when they were kids—which is a huge deal, considering the effects that first encounter had on Ryouma for the last 10 years.
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.
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.
Magic Feather: Ryouma's magic charm was just a marble that resembled Izumi's eyes and the hypnotism performed by the director was also fake. These were just tricks to get rid of Izumi's performance anxiety.
Megane: Izumi, sometimes, and Rei; while Izumi genuinely needs glasses due to poor vision (and eventually gets contacts), Rei's glasses are just for show, as without them, everyone around him gets Distracted by the Sexy and he finds it troublesome.
No Sympathy For Grudgeholders: Izumi is known for holding grudges, 3 weeks being his record, so when he and Ryouma have an argument on set, Rei just tells him to get over it and make up with Ryouma so they can continue filming the show.
Parental Substitute: Izumi says that as a child, his parents were busy, so Rei and Shougo were like a second mother and father to him.
Reality Ensues: Izumi asks if having sex with a man will hurt (he tries to research it in BL manga, but they're all inconsistent/unrealistic), and Rei tells him that it would depend on the age, size, and knowledge/experience of his partner. Izumi is scared to do it again after Their First Time since it hurt too much. Their second time is better since Ryouma took the time to research how to do it right online.
Running Gag: Izumi locking himself in his room when he's upset about something and Rei kicking in the door.
Sacred First Kiss: Izumi freaks out when Ryouma kisses him (Izumi didn't know about the scripted kiss) while filming the second commercial, and Izumi locks himself in his dressing room. He wanted his first kiss to be with a girl like Lala Lulu.
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.
Shipper on Deck: Rei tells Izumi that he approves of Ryouma because he thinks he's a good guy.
Shocking Swerve: In-Universe, in the drama Izumi stars in, it's revealed that there is a fourth personality who killed the butler's parents.
In a joke What If? issue which featured a Cross Over with Renai Idenshi XX (where the characters live in a Bad Future where men no longer existed), Izumi and Ryouma reject the advances of the women, with Ryouma saying that Izumi is the only one for him and Izumi saying he wants to marry a girl like Lala Lulu.
Sleep Learning: 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. Shougo is the most guilty of this, the rest of the family agree that he acts like a doting parent who coddles Izumi too much. Shougo admits that he really can't hep it since Izumi is just so cute.
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.
Wrong Genre Savvy: For an otaku, Izumi can be pretty... idealistic when it comes to attempting the seme role in his and Ryouma's relationship. His BL research has him listing all known seme types, but he insists on being the super seme—which, as Rei later points out, is no where near possible for Izumi through physical requirements alone (though Izumi begs that a guy can dream). Izumi might have better luck as the shota seme.
Yaoi Fangirls: Shougo's and Ryouma's fan girls; so much that there's actually in-universe doujinshis pairing them together
You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Izumi mentions that Rei is very scary when he's angry, such as when Rei saved a 9-year-old Izumi from a man who tried to lure him away with candy. When the director of the manga tried to sexually harass Izumi again, Rei made him back off, and Izumi remarked that Rei was so scary that he looked like a Yakuza.
It's pretty heavily implied that Rei was a Yakuza.