Love Stage Men’s Style – Φ(ラブ)-STAGE 男達の流儀
This is the day everyone who loves him has been waiting for.
Indeed, it is an important day for Izumi to debut in the entertainment industry and in a slightly different-from-usual episode, we have Okiayu Ryoutarou narrating as Sena Seiya, telling us the events which led up to this turning point in otaku Izumi’s life.
Could this be… love?
Yay for finishing the sentence from the previous episode. Izumi starts agonising over how he is in a complete BL situation, as he has come to realise his feelings for Ryouma after that seductive kiss that night. Although it is so clear that he’s falling for Ryouma, he reassures himself that he’s still straight with his Lala-lulu figurine. Not exactly the best way to convince yourself that you’re normal, Izumi. How Izumi went “kyun” at Ryouma’s simple message of “good morning” was so adorable. There Izumi, you are in love with Ryouma. Yonaga Tsubasa was just too cute during that scene that I swear, sometimes if not most of the time, he sounds more girly and cutesy than most girls do. The power of seiyuus is scary indeed.
I don’t want to feel this way anymore.
After cute Izumi, we get a spoiled Izumi next. Actually, he wasn’t exactly behaving like a spoiled child in this episode but the equation has already been established in my head; Izumi = spoiled. But he sure is a boy with a lot of first-world worries, other than worrying about turning gay because of a hot superstar’s advances, his mind is also preoccupied with his upcoming debut. Doesn’t he need to do any schoolwork, readings or anything normal?! Well, Izumi is obviously anything but normal. When he starts to feel insecure about his debut, Rei decided to show him some proof of how much his family loves him. Awww.
I thought it was rather weird for Rei to be filming a seemingly normal night in the Sena residence, but leaving that aside, it was clear from that video that everyone dotes on Izumi on varying levels, with both Shougo and Rei emerging as clear winners. You really can’t blame Izumi for growing up as spoiled as he is now, and I won’t mind taking his place. He’s just such a baby of the family. The taxi video was slightly weird, though I still enjoyed it; if you didn’t hear it, you have to rewatch that scene just to hear Tsubasa going “ahhhh~” in the background while imagining what Rei would do to him if he dared to run away from home. Of course, the ironic thing was, Izumi did run away from home after that and Rei was more worried than angry. It was rather amusing too, to think that Rei probably heard what Ryouma had said about getting his approval in order to date Izumi. As expected of our shrewd manager of Sena Productions, you really can’t underestimate his resourcefulness.
If he believes in me, then I can do anything.
After getting a rather sweet text from Ryouma giving him some survival tips for the entertainment industry, Izumi starts to wonder why Rei is trying so hard to get him to debut in the entertainment industry. I’ve always thought it was for Izumi’s good, is there any other reason behind it? Meanwhile, Rei pays Bdash a visit to finalise the plans for Izumi’s big day, and gets poached by the president. I don’t think Ryuzaki is thinking of replacing his current secretary (because they do make a good couple) but he did raise a valid question, why is someone as capable as Rei staying with Sena Productions? Shouldn’t he be more ambitious? This suddenly reminded me of a scene earlier this episode where Rei gave a tsun blush after Seiya thanked him for making Izumi’s debut possible. Before my imagination started to run wild, fueled by Fujoshi power, we got the explanation of how Rei got to work under Sena Productions. He owes his current life to Seiya, who picked him up from the streets. There, mystery solved, Rei still belongs with Shougo.
From Izumi to IZUMI.
On the day of his debut, Izumi was seriously thinking of backing out… until the mention of Ryouma’s name. Our future starlet has definitely matured, he decides to stop troubling everyone else and went for the press conference without causing more drama. After a short scene of reconciliation between Ryouma and new onii-san, Shougo, Izumi became a nerve wreck. A kiss from our Boyfriend of the Year calmed his nerves and saw Izumi becoming IZUMI in front of the huge audience of reporters and journalists. I was half anticipating Izumi to trip while going on the stage but it went really smoothly; the new good luck charm works wonders~ I’m looking forward to seeing this new charm in future episodes.
This latest episode was different and it feels like the anime production team has been trying to break away from the manga with the additional scenes, effects and this narration episode. I’m feeling rather ambivalent about this week’s Love Stage!! because it wasn’t as hilarious as usual and the new jumbled style left me slightly confused. I hope the next episode will be better.