Cat Street

Childhood actress drama

Brief Summary

Aoyama Keito was a child actress, earning her brief moment of limelight glory through a popular play. However, her career came to an end when she froze onstage, before a crowd of thousands. Ever since that day, she’s been living in shame, shutting herself in her room.

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While moping at a diner, she was introduced to El Liston, a free school where people are (on the whole) able to do whatever they wish. It’s a home away from home.

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Though being defensive at first, she winded up going and discovered an old friend.

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And she discovered new ones like Saeki Rei.

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Another member of the group is Mine Kouchi, my personal favorite out of the lot. Maybe it’s because he programs… C-language to be specific. But the code snippet just seems to be a basic program that reads user input and puts it into a text file… Nothing genius or spectacular.

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Since I like him the most, more coverage for him.

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And last but not least, Noda Momiji, the goth-loli… but she dresses like that for the one she loves.

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Impressions

Overall, it could be one of those run-of-the-mill popular star drama/romances that are neverending in supply. I started reading this with very low expectations and then it started to win me over… chapter by chapter. Keito’s past as an actress wasn’t a prevalent theme. It’s more of how she wants to live a “normal” life with friends… but ever since her live performance where she froze onstage, time seemed to have stopped for her. Stagnant, she could have wasted the rest of her life away… if it weren’t for El Liston.

The idea of such a school is way to idealistic to be practical. I’m sure if I’ve went to such a place, I might shut myself in the computer room and go blind from staring at the screen. But as Rei would say (not seen here), everyone who attends are struggling to live… to move forward with their lives, even if the way back to reality isn’t “normal”.

Pacing-wise, a bit rushed. The 20 chapters that I’ve read covered a lot of development. It went through dealing with her past, confronting the actress within her, helping/helped by her friends, and romance. Plenty of drama as you watch Keito go through everything. It’s ideal if you’re ever impatient with other series and how they drag things out… for a good long dozen chapters.

So far, a very good read. I’ve mentioned this in Hynavian‘s chatbox, saying that it’ll replace Bitter Virgin for me. A stretch of the truth since they’re not related at all but nonetheless, a great manga to pick up.

6 Responses

  1. Hmmm…. I don’t like this art style :(

  2. The various members each have their own style and character, thus, making me feel that they’re cool characters. I’ll be giving this a try and following it if its interesting. (:

    Replacing Bitter Virgin? As your monthly most favorite manga? What about Claymore? XD

  3. I forgot to explain the name of the series D:

    Since each member have “their own style and character” which separates them from the norm of society, they’re viewed upon as “stray cats”. So the school of El Liston is likened to be a Cat Street… or something like that.

  4. There’s a JDrama of this that just aired last August, and it’s only 5 episodes, I think… real short. I haven’t watched it, but I’m hearing good things about it :3

  5. I just started reading this manga and my fave character is Kouchi and I feel that the heroine of the series is a bit bland…

  6. @usagijen
    I should look for it then. There’s some unspoken rule about watching adaptations of series that you read…

    @klaraflame
    Agreed. Kouchi rules and Keito’s not the best main character… but there’s plenty of appeal to keep me faithful in reading this.

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