Monday, 7 January 2013

Manga Mondays (1): SKip Beat

This is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read. Manga is the Japanese comics with a unique story line and style. It has a variety of genres and it is read from left-right.

Skip Beat
Author: Nakamura Yoshiki
Artist:  Nakamura Yoshiki
Year of Release: 2012
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of life
Status: ongoing and it also has a anime adaption that is finished.


 Kyoko Mogami is the childhood friend of superstar Sho Fuwa. Kyoko was so mindlessly in love with Sho that she followed him to the city on his quest to become a famous singer. But she soon realizes Sho was only using her as his personal maid to take care of household chores and pay the rent. Heartbroken, Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

A funny and entertaining romance story of a "diamond in the rough" trying to find her place in showbiz, and the people around her.


I love, love, loooove this manga!!! I could go on and on and on about it. From the start i began to read this manga i knew i was going to fall in love with it. Who wouldn't? It's hilarious, got romance, got insides of the showbiz world and it has beautiful drawing!

The characters in this manga are all unique and have their own back story. Our protagonist, Kyoko is hilarious and like any other girl, she loves fairy tales and is waiting for her Prince Charming, but that all get's crushed when her childhood friend, Sho Fuwa, tells her that she's nothing. She tries to get into the showbiz world for revenge and that's where the plot takes off.

Our other main character is Ren Tsuruga. Ren is a actor working for the entertainment company LME. He's very well known by the girls and he's also on the top of the popularity poll! Ren and Kyoko also know each other from their past it's just that Kyoko doesn't remember him. My other favourite characters are all secondary characters: LME President Lory Takarada, Maria (granddaughter of the LME President.), Kanae Kotonami (Kyoko's friend) and Yukihoto (Tsuruga's manager).

Now the plot and the drawing are excellent as well! The author and artist has great humor and the plot has so many twists and turn. One of my favorite scenarios so far is the first rime she gets a LME job where Kyoko helps the actress, when Kyoko and Kanae audition for the drink advertisement, when Kuu comes to Japan and Kyoko acts as his son (Koun) and the latest one: the Heel siblings. My only complaint is that most of the beginning is very slow in romance. Nevertheless i still love it because in the latest chapters  there is more details and the romance is heating up (of course, i'm all for Ren.)


  1. This sounds like my kind of manga! I really need to get around to reading it. I just finished Fruits Basket and need something funny. Your review makes me even more excited to read it!

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  2. Why did I not read this yet?? Thanks for the awesome review! I have seen this around a lot, but I was never quite sure about it. Though from the sounds of it its my kind of manga(: I love romance and this one sounds like a nice romantic comedy. Will be checking this out soon.

  3. Ah another Skip Beat fan! This is one of my favorites! I've been reading it since it started and it's a really long series so far. Still, I'd hate to see it end!
    Thanks for the review! I'm a new follower as well. Us Otakus need to stick together!
    Tammy @

    1. Same here. I wouldn't want it to end. It's one of my favourite mangas.

  4. Yay for Skip Beat! I think my favorite plot arc so far was when Kyoko pretended to be Kyon. Both funny and ultimately touching.

    1. Can't agree more on you with that, it was really touching. :'(

  5. I remember watching the first episode of this anime! I liked it but never got to pursue it. It's great to hear that it's great! I'd love to get back to it someday :D


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