Author: Nakamura Yoshiki
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo & Slice Of Life
Themes: Fame, Heartbreak, Distrust, Hurt, Love, Loss, Revenge, Confidence, Acting and Idols
Format: Manga, Anime & Drama
Kyouko Mogami lived solely for her childhood friend Shoutaro “Shou” Fuwa. She follows Shou to Tokyo so that he may realize his dream of becoming a famous singer. When his dream is realized, Kyouko overhears the truth behind his decision to bringing her with him: he was using her as a maid. Shocked and enraged, Kyouko swears to take revenge by outdoing him in show business. With a new look and a new attitude, she joins LME, the agency where Ren Tsuruga (Shou’s rival and the #1 actor of LME) works, in the hopes of achieving her goal of destroying Shou’s pride. Along the way, she discovers her true self, makes new friends (and enemies), and finds herself at the heart of some interesting situations that will change her life, and the lives of all others involved, forever.
Every now and again you come across a book, movie or in my case a manga that you truly connect with. For me this is Skip Beat!
Everyone at one stage or another goes across to the dark side, seeking revenge or release from something in their past that has left a massive gash across their soul – I think this is why I connected to Kyoko so quickly as she reminded me of myself when
I was younger and very naive. All the characters in Skip Beat! are very realistic in terms of personalities just like Kyoko – with the underlying theme of heartache threading them all together in a special way.
Skip Beat! is one of those ‘those’ titles, it will have you almost in tears one minute and then in stitches the next minute; it’s this very reason that it becomes impossible to not be addicted to the storyline and the characters with its unique little world. I personally feel that I have an unhealthy addiction with the Kyoko & Ren love plot, I am constantly checking google for any chapter updates as they are simply not coming out fast enough for my heart to be content.
I recently finished watching the live drama version of the anime/manga and I must say I loved it, Ariel Lin’s performance as Kyoko was nothing short of splendid and the alternate ending made me smile and cry.
If you haven’t experienced Skip Beat! in any form then you are missing out, in my personal opinion it’s one of those titles that will never get old (I’ve watched the DVD about 30 times from start to end) if anything it simply makes you love it more.
For more information about the series please watch my YouTube review: