Love Stage!! ~ Act 25

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After a short break, we’re back with Chapter 25 this month!

When last we left our intrepid heroes, Izumi and Ryouma were stuck in a cabin during a downpour, naked and sharing body heat to stay warm. When Ryouma’s body started to remember things his mind hadn’t caught up with yet, Izumi presented him with an offer: why not help his body remember full and see how that helped his mind…?

Chapter 25 opens with the production crew gathered at a nearby mansion, waiting for any information on the whereabouts of Izumi and Ryouma.

The mood is somber, but Kisaragi interrupts everyone’s dark thoughts with some tough love: they need to go to sleep, because there won’t be any search until morning, so they’ll need to store up their energy for the coming investigation. The others reluctantly agree–except for Rei, who’s practically dead on his feet but refuses to be moved. Kisaragi attempts to convince him to get some shut-eye, when a clatter at the entryway calls their attention:

Shougo: “Rei!”

Everyone present is baffled by the sudden appearance of the Crusherz lead vocalist–except for Rei, who is only overcome with emotion.

Rei: “Sho…”

Shougo reaches out and draws Rei in close for a crushing hug to comfort him.

Rei: “Shougo…! Izumi is…”
Shougo: “I’m sorry I’m so late; the taxi got lost. But it’s all right n–“

He’s cut off, though, as he realizes they kiiiiind of have an audience.

Shougo: “Uuuh…”

–so he takes off with Rei, heading for an empty room, leaving the rest of the crew baffled as to their relationship. Thankfully for their covers, though, one of the staff recalls that Shougo is Izumi’s older brother, and so it makes perfectly good sense that he’d be close with Rei as well.

Kisaragi, however, isn’t impressed with this newly revealed rival in his imagined quest for Rei’s affections.

Kisaragi: “Ugh, so that’s how it is? I guess beautiful flowers do tend to hide bug infestations… (And I thought now was my chance to make a move, while his guard was down!)”

Once they find some privacy, Shougo brews up a cup of tea for Rei to help him calm down, then asks for an update on Izumi’s status. Rei is downtrodden, blaming himself for the entire incident–this happened on his watch, after all. What kind of a caretaker is he?

Rei: “I was right here, and look at what happened to him…! I’m so sorry…!”

Shougo, however, is having none of this self-beration–and quickly distracts Rei with an insistent kiss, reminding Rei that he’s being rather ridiculous, so Shougo felt compelled to shut him up.

Shougo: “It’s not your fault Izumi slipped, right?”

Nor is it anyone’s fault, he clarifies, so Rei shouldn’t blame himself. They’ve just got to wait for Izumi to return–after all, his Izumi-sense is still working properly, which means Izumi must be just fine! Though, he adds with an uncomfortable shudder, “I’ve been getting these weird chills for a while now…”


Ryouma has taken Izumi up on his offer.

As he licks and kisses every inch of Izumi’s skin he can find, Ryouma begins to notice little things–familiar things, like how sweet Izumi’s skin tastes. But as he lifts and spreads Izumi’s legs, baring him wholly before Ryouma, he is reminded of one important thing:

Izumi is male–and Ryouma doesn’t have the first clue about how to have sex with a guy. But then his forgotten memories start to bubble up, and he realizes that isn’t true at all. He does know–he knows that he has to gently prepare Izumi, that he has to try not to hurt him.

Ryouma: “Relax…”

He remembers things–remembers the warmth of Izumi’s body, the sweet tang of his sweat, his voice, even his very scent, and most of all…

Izumi: “…Love you…!”

Ryouma: […Just how overwhelmingly precious he is to me…]

They fall asleep in each other’s arms–and with the rising sun comes the passing of the storm…

Ryouma: “Hm…? Morning?”

…as well as a welcome sound: the thwap thwap thwap of an approaching helicopter. They’re being rescued! He urges Izumi to hurry and get dressed (which Izumi is loath to do; he’d rather just get some more sleep), and back at the mansion, celebrations are had by relieved parties as everyone welcomes back the stars.

Director: “These two have safely returned!”
Both: “Sorry for causing so much trouble.”

When Rei finally lays eyes on Izumi, seeing him whole and unhurt after a quick stop by the hospital just in case, he launches himself at Izumi, bawling.

Izumi: “Hey, wai–Rei!”
Rei: “………….”
Izumi: “Huh…? Wait, HE’S SLEEPING AGAIN!”

In a familiar turn of events, Rei’s inability to sleep because he was so worried has him collapsing, exhausted, on his charge. Shougo explains Rei’s state–and then Izumi’s attention is diverted because omg Oniichan’s here too?! With everyone back safe and sound, though, there’s just one thing left to do: Time to get back to shooting!

As Kisaragi begins shouting out orders to prepare to start shooting again that afternoon, Ryouma approaches him for a private conversation. He has a request to make:

Ryouma: “Can you…please hypnotize me once more?”

Kisaragi is needless to say shocked, and asks why–what does Ryouma want him to hypnotize him for this time?

Ryouma: “I want…to remember everything I knew about Izumi!”

He’s ready to go back now…!

To be continued…


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30 Responses to “Love Stage!! ~ Act 25”

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    November 29, 2014

    ChinaChung Reply

    Omg i want to kick that kisaragi, you little s**t :@ i hate you.. back off jerk don’t mess with Shougo’s love. Thnks for the update genius! Love ya ♡

  2. my Ryouzumi and Reigo!! <3 thank you for this lovely service to us as fans!

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    November 29, 2014

    milollita Reply

    *sobs* what a cliff hanger! But I’m so glad Ryouma has taken the initiative to want to remember Izumi again. I just love that scene where Shougo is hugging Rei, like he is so small in his arms it’s so cute! Thank you very much for keeping us updated!

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    November 29, 2014

    p Reply

    oh, kisaragi might try his best, but i don’t think he’s gonna succeed. he’ll be a dang troublemaker for sure though. the road to true love is never smooth haha

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    November 29, 2014

    reese-j Reply

    it’s been so long! i really need closure on this storyline

    and I reeeeeally can’t wait for more backstage manga :3

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    November 29, 2014

    gareki Reply

    wow kisaragi is after Rei, I kinda got that feeling before during that party but know that he said it ohh Shougo your going to have a pretty good rival (Kisaragi is so sexy). I don’t hate Kisaragi i actually love his character and hey a little drama to their romance would be good but Rei belongs with Shougo.

    It good that Ryoma wants his memories back like about time.

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      December 15, 2014

      yaypanda Reply

      “and hey a little drama to their romance would be good”

      I highly recommend you read the Back Stage!! light novels. If you like Shougo/Rei and drama… WELP.

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        November 12, 2015

        Monique Reply

        If you’d read Back Stage!! you wouldn’t be saying how you want more drama within Rei and Shougo’s relationship, you’d be saying something on along the lines of, ‘just be happy, for the love of god just be happy now!’ Incidentally, if you read Back Stage!!, by the end you’ll come to realize that no one has a chance in hell of stealing Rei from Shougo. IMO theirs is the better love story by far.

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    November 29, 2014

    Epistasthai Reply

    ooooooh, thank you so much!
    *runs back to re-read*

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    November 29, 2014

    vessto Reply

    Thank you!

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    November 29, 2014

    manel Reply

    thank you so much .now ryouma is ready to be return. can’t wait already for the next chapter, and shourei is sweet as always, so sad that there’s no back stage manga this month but oh well let’s hope to see them in January

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    November 29, 2014

    Nikki-oh Reply

    Yay, thanks for this!?!

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    November 29, 2014

    Demonskid Reply

    Thank you so much for this!

    Happy to see that Ryoma want’s to remember Izumi again.

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    November 29, 2014

    Lysambre Reply

    Thank you for the summary \o/

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    November 30, 2014

    bewsbud Reply

    ♥ Thank you ♥

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    November 30, 2014

    catry Reply

    Thank you for this(☆_☆)

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    November 30, 2014

    Liv Reply

    Oh man, thank you so much for this! どうもありがとうございました!! I’m so thankful you guys are making these to allow us to continue reading, I was expecting a short little summary but I was so so pleasantly surprised to see you included actual pages and such a detailed summary! You guys are the best!

    P.S. It was actually kind of nice for me being able to see the original Japanese in the manga along with the English translation, since I’ve been teaching myself Japanese for a couple of months now and it was good practice!  

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    November 30, 2014

    Liv Reply

    Ah! I forgot to say in my last comment, I’m a bit worried about Kisaragi hypnotizing Ryouma again. . . I have a bad feeling something’s going to go wrong or Kisaragi’s going to do something ( ´△`)

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    November 30, 2014

    Katie Reply

    YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS SUMMARY. I was dying thinking I would have to wait to find out until the translations came out!

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    November 30, 2014

    Kr Reply

    YahYahYah….!!!! Thanks so much ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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    November 30, 2014

    patapi Reply

    Thank you very much for your translation!

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    December 1, 2014

    Setsuna Reply

    OMG!! Thank you so much for letting us know what is happening 😀

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    December 1, 2014

    akyore Reply

    What a beautiful summary!! Thank you so incredibly much for the hard work!!

    Rei is so precious. I’m so glad Shougo came! And Ryouma want to remember Izumi again. Yay!

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    December 2, 2014

    Anon Reply

    Thanks for posting pictures too! I was bit bummed out about only getting summaries but we still get some pictures as well! Thanks very much.

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    December 2, 2014

    Alice Reply

    Cute chapter! Thanks for sharing! <3

    I had no idea that Love Stage uses furigana. I could have been reading it myself all this time….. not that I didn't appreciate reading your group's marvelous scanlations over the years, but I /did/ hold off on getting a subscription the magazine because I thought I would be absolutely unable to read it. orz
    Now I'm wondering how many BL titles are this easy to read… makes me wonder if more BL fans would be willing to buy raw magazines knowing that they would only need a basic understanding of Japanese sentence structure and a Japanese-to-their-language dictionary to read their favorite series.

    Anyway I'm rambling, thanks again!

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      December 2, 2014

      fencer_x Reply

      All titles from Kadokawa (like Ciel, TresTres, and Emerald) have furigana, so there’s no chance of being unable to read the kanji/having to look up kanji every panel. Given the normal, every-day setting of LS, too, I think it’s probably one of the easier titles to read. Maybe try one issue? They’re packed with stories, and relatively cheap (it works out to about 50 yen per installment), so I think it’d be a good investment!

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    December 2, 2014

    christine small Reply

    thank you so much

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    December 3, 2014

    Dakota Kuhn Reply

    The last chapters cliff hanger was the worst! Thank you so much for posting this and for continuing to translate this manga!

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    December 6, 2014

    choseninstinct Reply

    Thank you so much! I can’t believe this and I can’t wait for the next update! I am glad that Ryouma is finally going to get his memories back but I wonder if Kisaragi knows how to do it.

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    January 12, 2015

    Alex Reply

    This chapter was so sweet! I’m a little worried about Ryouma messing around with hypnosis again (who knows if something will go wrong again) but otherwise I’m so happy with this chapter! Thank you for keeping us updated!

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