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Scene 4. Villager A[1] is the fourth chapter of Act-Age manga series.

Summary

This chapter begins the director explain to Yonagi that she must become a person who would watch a girl die. An actor who was kicked, Koujirou Takada by Yonagi protests to the director, He asks the director why he's still going use her for the next take because she kicked him for no reason. Even he want to be handing her to the police because of that kick. Director says that he is curious about Yonagi and he'll use her one more time. But Koujirou still can't accept that. While they are arguing each other, the young girl actress Kanon Yamamori tries to calm them down. Koujirou feels sorry for yelling in front of her. Then Kanon says that she thinks Yonagi is sincere because Yonagi was really trying to save her.

S4-Explain

Kuroyama explains about Yonagi's acting

In the other place, Yonagi still can't accept the scenario and complaints to Kuroyama and Yuki. Kuroyama tries to explain the situation. Yonagi said that she must save the young girl because they will be killing the young girl in front of her eyes. Kuroyama understands that feeling and also says that she is a hundred times more honest than all the other extras who just standing there. But for him, that is not Edo-era Villager A because that is just regular old Yonagi. Kuroyama provokes her again by saying that if she can't become villager A, she is not an actor, ends that statement with says "amateur". Yonagi is provoked and then she is going to the set dan declares that she will do it while calls Kuroyama as a lolicon.

S4-Protect

Yonagi acts as a Villager who protects a young girl

Yonagi is back as an extra. She thinks hard about follow the script. Kuroyama is muttering about the situation and says that if the next time Yonagi comes at him, he is going to turn the fake sword he holds on her and see how she likes it. A film crew is preparing for the second testing. When clappers board sounds. Yonagi suddenly leaves her 'real world' and completely immerse themselves in the world of acting. This time, she still tries to stop the samurai to kill a young girl. See her coming to him, Koujirou suddenly swings the fake sword to Yonagi. But, Yonagi can dodge it. Koujirou is shocked by her reaction time and wonders if she will kick him again. But this time Yonagi won't kick her. She sits in front of Kanon while saying "Please don't hurt her". After witnessing that acting from Yonagi, Director confirms her thought about Yonagi that she's not screwing around and she is simply playing the role of a villager seriously.

S4-Imagine

Yonagi imagine the young girl as her sister, Rui

After that false acting, Yonagi comes back to Kuroyama and Yuki with a sad face. She says that her body moved on its own. It was like she saw Rei super-imposes on top of that young girl so she just can't sit back and watch her die. Yuki realizes something. She realizes that Yonagi can only act out scenes she was experienced in her past. In another word, she can only become herself. Yonagi's acting in the web ad before wasn't an act of a daughter but it was the face of a mother. That's why Yonagi felt strange about her own actions. Then Kuroyama once again tries to tell Yonagi what she is missing.

In other places, the director, a film assistant, and Koujirou are discussing remove Yonagi as an extra. Director just decides to get rid her from the scenes before Koujirou asks who she is. The director compares Yonagi's acting with Leonardo DiCaprio, Heath Ledger, and Al Pacino because she becomes immersed in the role that she deviates from the script, just like that famous actor whom the director mentions. Just before he want to get rid of her, Director see Yonagi with Kuroyama and wonders why he is with her and after Kuroyama says something to her. It looks like she is grasped something and then the director decides to let Yonagi as an extra once more.

S4-Expression

Yonagi acts sadly while watching a young girl killed in front of her

Yonagi thinks about Kuroyama's advice. He said that she had been mistaken from the very start. She was wrong to imagine that young girl as her sister. Kuroyama said that she must imagine her family lives somewhere in this set and they are waiting for her to come home, then If she goes over and defies that guy it's not just she who will suffer the consequences but also her family. After immerses that scenario into her feeling, she acts as Villager who just watches a young girl killed by a samurai. But her expression is so sad and her hands held so tightly even blood comes out from his hand. Director suddenly cuts the scenes. He commands the crew to get Yonagi out of the scenes. Because her acting and expression as an extra are stealing the entire scene from the main actor. The chapters end with a close-up view of Yonagi's expression.

Chapter Notes

  • Koujirou Takada and Kanon Yamamori are introduced officially in this chapter, although they already appeared in the previous chapter.
  • This chapter explains that at this moment Yonagi can only act what she was experienced and also acts from her perspective.
  • Last Yonagi's acting in this chapter is enough to steal the entire scene from Koujirou and Kanon. Because she portrays her feeling with a very sad expression and bloody hand.

Characters in This Chapter

Trivia

References

  1. Act-Age, Chapter 4 by Viz Media
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