Monday, 28 December 2015

Manga Review: Skip Beat by Yoshiki Nakamura (3rd Review)




Title: Skip Beat!
Original Title: Skip Beat!
Author: Yoshiki Nakamura
Artist: Yoshiki Nakamura

Year of Release: 2002
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Status: Ongoing
Chapters (Translated in English): 229

Volumes & Chapters: 

38 Volumes, Ongoing


Summary


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.


My Thoughts


Review covers 151 chapters 

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Katie’s Corner! Today I’m continuing with Skip Beat! reviews, and trust me you don’t want to miss any of events I’ll covering in today’s reviews. We get to meet new characters, and some old ones will be acting a bit crazy. And this time, again the story focuses on Kyoko, Ren and some of the times on Shou. As always before I start let me make a list of what I’ll be covering:

·      Beagles Appear!!!
·      Trouble to create a new character?!
·      St. Valentine = Trouble in the paradise!!!


So, let me start! As you remember I stopped at the moment when Ren finally found his Katzuki and accepts his feelings for Kyoko. However, at this time Kyoko is interviewed and there she meets a new and formidable enemy both for herself as well as Shou. Meet Vie Ghoul aka beagles, that’s how Kyoko calls them and to say the truth I always remember that name instead of their real one. They’re a band, which will put Shou in a difficult position and will bring lots of trouble for Kyoko, especially the lead singer – Reino. He’s one weird guy who got a creepy interest in Kyoko, well, in her devil forms to be exact. However, during this arc we get to see the real Shou, his another side, the one where he first doesn’t do anything and afterwards starts working in order to get back his first place. We also see Kyoko’s side, she may hate Shou, but she doesn’t care how she will defeat him! And her fantastic confession of her hatred make your skin crawl and there’s this weird excitement buzzing in our heart, that something is going to happen!

Moving on! When the problem with Shou is kind of settled, Kyoko is bombarded with new projects and every time she is asked to just act like Mio, so the tough times will come to our favourite actress. She takes a role of Natsu – a bully. And her problems start as now she has problems with creating her Natsu. She wants her new character to be different from Mio as Natsu & Mio are absolutely different. Will she be able t? You’ll need to find out for yourself. But trust me the way she plays Natsu, the expression of pure sadistic delight will shutter your imagination and you’ll be wondering aloud: “”This girl is a real genius!” however, before she creates Natsu, you’ll get to meet a character which will shed some light on Ren’s past ad we will have at least some ideas as what is happening. Who that is ad how will he help Kyoko? I’ll leave that for you to find out! Because he’s fun and you’ll love how Kyoko will try to boss him around!

And finally moving to my favourite part! Skip beat! is celebrating St. valentine’s Day. And you’ll be having fun reading this arc, as there are lots o misunderstandings to come. Some creepy characters are going to steer trouble for Kyoko, and some will finally understand their feelings, but will take it to a very weird position. There will be trouble for Kyoko as well as Kanae as she’ll have to deal with some awful co-workers and in the end, the “Love-Me” section will get another member. Will the valentine’s leave a good or a bad impression on our girls? Heh, I can’t not just omit their answer to President’s question: “What does the valentine’s mean to you?”



Oh, yes I partially agree with them. But you’ll have to read the story to understand why Kyoko & Kanae can’t stand this day so much!

I’ll be ending my review here for today, but don’t forget there’s some real fun stuff coming as a punishment for answering the question incorrectly. The director gave “Love-me” section a job. What is it? You’ll find out in the next review! Enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos! Don’t miss your next favourite book or manga! Happy reading!

XOXO

Katie

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