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Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz! Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!


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Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz! Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

30 review for Skip Beat!, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Don't be put off by the length of this series. You will regret it. And there is a VALID REASON WHY THIS SERIES IS SO POPULAR. Don't like shojo? That's fine, because Skip Beat makes fun of it. I was worried to pick this up because I tend to not love the popular series. I want my romance done right, with tension, and a good female lead. I want comedy, a swoon-worthy male lead. And I want a girl who isn't afraid to stick up for herself, and to go for what she wants: a career. Kyoko Mogami was a naive Don't be put off by the length of this series. You will regret it. And there is a VALID REASON WHY THIS SERIES IS SO POPULAR. Don't like shojo? That's fine, because Skip Beat makes fun of it. I was worried to pick this up because I tend to not love the popular series. I want my romance done right, with tension, and a good female lead. I want comedy, a swoon-worthy male lead. And I want a girl who isn't afraid to stick up for herself, and to go for what she wants: a career. Kyoko Mogami was a naive and romantic girl who let a man named Sho break her heart. She vows revenge, enters showbiz through hilarious means, and runs into the sexiest man in showbiz, Ren Tsuruga. They instantly hate each other. He doesn't like that she's only here for revenge and believes acting should be cherished. She can't believe that he judges her for this, and constantly is criticized by him. What does Skip Beat do that causes so many people to praise it? It gives us a story where the heroine doesn't fall into cliches that most others do. She gets violent, she envisions strangling her enemies, she badmouths the love interests, and she barricades her heart so she doesn't fall in love. The main love interest, Ren, makes fun of his cliche as the childhood friend that Kyoko doesn't realize he is. We see him fall in love with her first. We see his thoughts and we watch as he goes from hating her, to respecting her, to finally falling for her. I dislike showbiz but omg this is entertaining. It's hilarious, it's gripping, and the romance isn't in your face! The heroine guards herself but she's not an annoying dunce. She's oblivious about Ren's feelings but it isn't annoying. Because the way it's set up is so that Kyoko has to grow into a stronger woman before she loves again. And Ren needs to earn her love and respect 100x over and that means revealing dark secrets. The romance is tension filled and slow burning and there's great female friendships. No pointless girl hate! XD I can't recommend this enough and I'm mad at myself for not picking this up sooner. If you're tight on cash the omnibus is the best way to go. Support manga, guys.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynne King

    The attention to detail in this Japanese comic book is quite remarkable, both in the exceptional artwork and in the text itself, especially the asides that are thrown in that give the idea of a play, and yet the story is relatively simple in concept. Briefly, Kyoko is interested in pop star Sho, who abandons her in Tokyo, and Kyoko wanting revenge and bearing a grudge (this is the theme in the book), is determined to join a talent agency and the LME Talent Agency is her target. With sheer persever The attention to detail in this Japanese comic book is quite remarkable, both in the exceptional artwork and in the text itself, especially the asides that are thrown in that give the idea of a play, and yet the story is relatively simple in concept. Briefly, Kyoko is interested in pop star Sho, who abandons her in Tokyo, and Kyoko wanting revenge and bearing a grudge (this is the theme in the book), is determined to join a talent agency and the LME Talent Agency is her target. With sheer perseverance (I always admire that in an individual when they know what they want, be it for whatever reason, apart from wanting to kill someone, of course), she doggedly pursues and manages to persuade “L.M.E. Talent Agency, Talento Section Supervisor, Takenori Sawara, age 41, born March 10, Blood type AB…” to consider her for an audition and would you believe that Sho’s rival Ren Tsuruga belongs to this agency. And what is the end result? Well that’s for you to find out. I’m not too sure of the exact meaning of Manga – does it mean comic books or cartoonish art? Either way, the book states that it is for thirteen year olds and upwards, and so that includes me. I’ve always had a great admiration for the Japanese. Their history, their age-old customs and traditions, their stoicism in times of disaster (I still shudder when I think of that shameful episode in 1945 with such a tremendous loss of life), their inventiveness and advances in technology over the last few decades and now I see that Manga is now another string to their bow. What I particularly liked were the comments made by the author on the left of the page, and studded from time to time throughout the book, as to how the book came to fruition. Her editor appears to be quite a demanding individual too, what with four different attempts at Kyoko’s hairstyle, questioning the title of the book, etc. Also there are end notes at the beginning (I mean the end as you have to read the book Japanese style from the right to the left) giving short meanings of some of the terms used. Here are a few of them: “The big sneeze: In Japan sneezing is a sign that people are talking about you. Sneeze once and you are being praised, twice and you are being criticized, three times and you are being laughed at (or admired or scolded), and four times means you will catch a cold.” Also, “Straw doll: In Japan straw dolls can be used, much like voodoo dolls, to put a curse on someone”, And, “The hand coming from Kyoko’s throat: In Japanese, there’s an expression ‘to want so much that a hand comes out of the throat.’ This is a visual representation of that expression” I came across this book by chance as a recent Goodreads’ friend had this as his favourite book. And when there’s one favourite book (not many) involved, I always like to check it out as it gives me more of a clue about the personality of the friend concerned. All in all this is a super little gem of a book and highly recommended to arty farty types like myself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meridith

    Manga is something that I like reading again and again; Skip Beat! is my favorite series in the world. Why, might you ask? I would be glad to explain it. The story is great, the artwork is great, it's never a chore to push through chapters; the story is slow, as is the romance, and the two main characters love each other because they love each other, not because they're randomly attracted to one another. If you read manga a lot, you know what I'm talking about. It happens in literature, too, but Manga is something that I like reading again and again; Skip Beat! is my favorite series in the world. Why, might you ask? I would be glad to explain it. The story is great, the artwork is great, it's never a chore to push through chapters; the story is slow, as is the romance, and the two main characters love each other because they love each other, not because they're randomly attracted to one another. If you read manga a lot, you know what I'm talking about. It happens in literature, too, but it's just so........... I don't even know how to explain. A lot of the time, there is no growth in the relationship. It starts out as a the girl and the guy having some sort of weird obsession with the other that they call 'love'. In Skip Beat, there is serious progress, starting with both of the characters hating each other down to their cores. Then it turns into respect, and even when Tsuruga realizes that the two have a very significant past together, he doesn't suddenly go, "Aha! I love this girl!" No. He says to himself, "I shouldn't like her just because of my memories with her." It's only when he starts getting to know her as the person that she is now that he lets himself treasure her. As for the main character (spoiler), Kyoko, she doesn't even know she likes him yet—yes, not even in the currently-being-released Japanese chapters. It's because of how nastily she was treated by her childhood friend, Sho. She loved Sho and he broke her heart. Now she's vowed never to love again, et cetera. Just because Tsuruga and Kyoko haven't sworn eternal love yet doesn't mean it doesn't have its intense moments, though. It's not like a super-prudish series that you shouldn't read because there's absolutely no romance. Quite the contrary, there are a lot of moments that make your skip a beat or two (pun completely intended). Though, seriously, after twenty-nine-ish volumes, if Nakamura-sensei doesn't progress their romance further sometime soon, I am flying to Japan to file a formal complaint—not really, because I think she's doing it perfectly as is. Basically, this series has something special about it that I think makes it more than worth reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Crimson Fucker

    WOW! You know those little books that end up surprising you…? when after a few pages you think you know where that shit is going? And then BANG you get a 180 no scope right in your face! That’s what this little manga did to me! it all start with this girl Kyoko, you get drop in what you think is going to be a romance story. She left school, she abandoned her life, she gave up everything in life for her boyfriend… the only problem is that her boyfriend is one of those Diva dudes who only care abo WOW! You know those little books that end up surprising you…? when after a few pages you think you know where that shit is going? And then BANG you get a 180 no scope right in your face! That’s what this little manga did to me! it all start with this girl Kyoko, you get drop in what you think is going to be a romance story. She left school, she abandoned her life, she gave up everything in life for her boyfriend… the only problem is that her boyfriend is one of those Diva dudes who only care about themselves… and there was I thinking that this shit was going to be about the power of love over coming everyting! And making her boyfriend realize what an ass he was… but then one day she walks into her boyfriend while he is having a conversation with his agent… and he is bragging on how he used her to pay for all his expensive taste… how all he had to do to get himself a slave was ask her to come with her, how she have to have 2 jobs to pay for his fancy apartment and his food!! What an ass!!!!! Then right there… something beautiful happened… Kyoko heard everything!!!! And that’s when that little manga turned into something beautiful!! It was not the romantic crap I thought It was going to be… oh hell no! this is a psycho bitch revenge story!!! Like Kill Bill! Kyoko goes into a rampage trying to get him and fuck him up…. But she can’t touch him cuz he is a famous Pop star and has security around him… so what she does? She decides to become a pop star herself in order to get her revenge!!! (I know it don’t make sense! But since when what psycho bitches do makes sense?) and its just mad fun for there on! She does voodoo, she stalks talent scouts, she shows amazing knife skills! Hell she even out runs a taxi in a bike while chasing one scout! Bitch is crazy! Maybe I’m reading between the lines… or reading more than what there actually is to it… but this is one sick little manga! I’m seriously looking forward to read the rest of this series! I’m impressed with it!!! highly impressed!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Don't judge a book by it's cover. The cover of this book looks all girly right? Wrong. Maybe guys don't like these kind of books, but some girls look at the cover and go, "urgh". I love this series. Th girl on the cover is named Kyoko. She's a sweet, naive and funny character. She's clueless about love, but still awesome. I couldn't stop reading and the artwork is great. It's one of my favorite manga series. I would recommend it to everyone! Don't judge a book by it's cover. The cover of this book looks all girly right? Wrong. Maybe guys don't like these kind of books, but some girls look at the cover and go, "urgh". I love this series. Th girl on the cover is named Kyoko. She's a sweet, naive and funny character. She's clueless about love, but still awesome. I couldn't stop reading and the artwork is great. It's one of my favorite manga series. I would recommend it to everyone!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

    I haven't finished this series completely yet. But I am thinking of going back to re-read this one. I haven't finished this series completely yet. But I am thinking of going back to re-read this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}

    I have a proper review somewhere. I absolutely love this series. One of my favourite shoujo mangas ever! Kyoko is awesome in her wacky intense yet likable way. Ren is curiously interesting and dedicated to his work. And Sho, he is the villain who very villain -like, but yet, as the series goes on, proves that he is capable of feeling human. Actually I find his character intensely interesting just like Kyoko's and Ren's. I guess they are just one of the reasons why I'm so drawn into this series. I have a proper review somewhere. I absolutely love this series. One of my favourite shoujo mangas ever! Kyoko is awesome in her wacky intense yet likable way. Ren is curiously interesting and dedicated to his work. And Sho, he is the villain who very villain -like, but yet, as the series goes on, proves that he is capable of feeling human. Actually I find his character intensely interesting just like Kyoko's and Ren's. I guess they are just one of the reasons why I'm so drawn into this series. The other reasons include, one, the plot and the insight I get into Kyoko's journey through showbiz. I think it's amazing watching her transform and grow each time. Two, the other characters. Three, Kyoko. Four, Ren. Five, what else? Everything else! Anyway, I'm writing this particular review (since I've done one already on another of the volumes) is because recently I just started watching the live action Taiwanese adaption. And normally I'd hate it, but I needed to practice listening to Mandarin. I have to say I'm actually kinda really, super dooperly impressed with the adaption. I think (with the exception of the CGI) it's done really well. I like how it is and I can't seem to get enough of it. I think as an avid fan of Skip Beat! this does justice to the series (or at least after the first episode and up to where I am now. I've also heard some not so good things about the last ep) - though of course, this probably can't match up to the anime, much less than the original manga. For a more in-depth review which I wrote at some point in August in 2012, please click HERE. I also realised I don't have a proper review on Goodreads somewhere, but I felt if I copied and pasted my old review here, it probably won't make much sense since it has spoilers and scenes from other volumes!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Kyoko, our main character is a sweet, hard working young girl at the start of the story. She and Sho, her childhood friend (and crush) have been living in the city for a few months while he works towards his goal of becoming a famous musician, while she works two jobs to support him. Her happy existence comes to an end, however, when she overhears Sho talking about the real reasons he brought her to Tokyo with him. Now Kyoko is out for revenge, and won't stop until she manages to make it in th Kyoko, our main character is a sweet, hard working young girl at the start of the story. She and Sho, her childhood friend (and crush) have been living in the city for a few months while he works towards his goal of becoming a famous musician, while she works two jobs to support him. Her happy existence comes to an end, however, when she overhears Sho talking about the real reasons he brought her to Tokyo with him. Now Kyoko is out for revenge, and won't stop until she manages to make it in the entertainment world herself... and surpass Sho! ~*~*~*~*~*~ I grabbed the second volume on my last run to the comic store, so I've been picking this up and reading a few chapters a bit at a time over the last few days, working towards book 2. It's still quite entertaining upon a re-read. The plot is interesting, and it should be interesting to see if and how Kyoko manages to achieve her goals. (You can't just go up to a director and demand they put you into a movie, after all.) Cons to the manga... I'm not a huge fan of the art. It's early in the series, so it might improve later - right now the character designs seem a little odd, though. Very pointed chins on the faces, giving the characters a rather alien appearance. Some people might not like the characters, either - the manga is more humorous in nature, and Kyoko's behavior is quite exaggerated to accent/create this. It's over-the-top and a little ridiculous at times, but still entertaining.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    My guilty pleasure. Do I have to give up my man club card now?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Ok, about Skip Beat. I must say that I truly enjoy this particular manga. The heroin, at the beginning, is every run of the mill shojo character. However, after she realizes that the one she loves does not love her, and in fact has been purposely using her for his own gain, she shows her darker side that is both scary and comedic. She vows her revenge on him in the only way that she can hurt him, to be a bigger star in show biz. Through out her trails she shows unbelievable feats of physical str Ok, about Skip Beat. I must say that I truly enjoy this particular manga. The heroin, at the beginning, is every run of the mill shojo character. However, after she realizes that the one she loves does not love her, and in fact has been purposely using her for his own gain, she shows her darker side that is both scary and comedic. She vows her revenge on him in the only way that she can hurt him, to be a bigger star in show biz. Through out her trails she shows unbelievable feats of physical strength in a comedic way and her devil “helpers” often come out in her anger. Also she does not break into showbiz right away, which is a reality relief for shojo manga. I know that I find it slightly laughable that when ever a girl wants to break into showbiz in a manga, suddenly in the second book she’s on her way to be a star. Also when she meets her other love interest in the story she hates him. Not only that but she has sworn to never love again, so I can be happy to know that I won’t be seeing any sappy love parts in the middle of her trying to get revenge. Also because she has sworn to never love again any love that she does feel will have to take it’s time and develop. It won’t be they see each other and fall in love.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Great manga! Fun, playful, with humor and a twisted edge! Kyoko is a fun protagonist as she sets down a path of revenge against a guy who took advantage of her. Sho (the aforementioned jerk) is such a loser! But I love Kyoko's determination and spirit. However the weird hand wisps out of the mouth and even (on a smaller scale) the little grudges are a bit annoying. They almost cost this a star. But I cannot help but love the story more. The characters are rich, original and well portrayed. I rea Great manga! Fun, playful, with humor and a twisted edge! Kyoko is a fun protagonist as she sets down a path of revenge against a guy who took advantage of her. Sho (the aforementioned jerk) is such a loser! But I love Kyoko's determination and spirit. However the weird hand wisps out of the mouth and even (on a smaller scale) the little grudges are a bit annoying. They almost cost this a star. But I cannot help but love the story more. The characters are rich, original and well portrayed. I really liked the artwork for each character. Good potential for a series start! The president of the showbiz company she auditions with is a bit...out there. Be warned about him

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cath

    3/5 stars. I've seen a few episodes of the anime so this volume wasn't anything special, I knew what was going to happen. I've heard this manga series is one of the best, so I'm going to read more soon! 3/5 stars. I've seen a few episodes of the anime so this volume wasn't anything special, I knew what was going to happen. I've heard this manga series is one of the best, so I'm going to read more soon!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Riana (RianaInTheStacks)

    Going into this manga, I had no idea what it was about. I just knew that I had seen it a few times before and that the Goodreads recommendations recommended it to me (which usually I don't think they get my literary tastes, but this time they did pretty good). Skip Beat! is about a girl who moves away to Tokyo with her childhood friend who wants to become a celebrity. Now that he has become famous however, Kyoko is learning some new things about their relationship and soon has a strong motivatio Going into this manga, I had no idea what it was about. I just knew that I had seen it a few times before and that the Goodreads recommendations recommended it to me (which usually I don't think they get my literary tastes, but this time they did pretty good). Skip Beat! is about a girl who moves away to Tokyo with her childhood friend who wants to become a celebrity. Now that he has become famous however, Kyoko is learning some new things about their relationship and soon has a strong motivation to want to join showbiz herself, though everyone believes her to be "too plain" for it. This first volume of the series was very charming. I laughed out loud several different times at Kyoko's antics and her very expressive character. I love that instead of being the more typical shojo heroine of mangas I have read, she has a dark, bitter side. But it isn't only humor or revenge that drives this plot. We also see how broken Kyoko feels as she tries to put her life back together in the only way she can think of. This is a main character who is funny, dark, sad, determined, and cute all in one. I loved the complexity of emotions and I am very intrigued to see how to the story continues. I would probably say that this first volume has hooked me more than a lot, if not all, of the the other first volumes of manga I have read. It's pace is perfect, not too slow and not too fast, setting up the motivation of the plot right away. The main character is already going through some character development and I can't wait to see more of it as well as learning more about the other characters that have been introduced. The drawing style is a bit different than what I am used to, particularly for Sho and Ren, but I like it, it almost seems like their characters were particularly drawn different to set them apart in their "celebrity" status. Glad I took this Goodreads recommendation.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna 'Bookbuyer'

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. lol. I'd forgotten how much the art had changed from the first volume. I prefer the later version of Kyoko, Ren, and Sho it's much more neat and modern. I've always felt bad for Kyoko. It seems as if she is not destined for love. I can't believe how Sho was! He is an egomaniac bastard! I hope Kyoko eventually gets her revenge on him! Edit: Things I liked: Kyoko's over emotions. So funny. I love her little demons I like her new do and style Kyoko's employers. The lady and man. So kind. Things I didn't l lol. I'd forgotten how much the art had changed from the first volume. I prefer the later version of Kyoko, Ren, and Sho it's much more neat and modern. I've always felt bad for Kyoko. It seems as if she is not destined for love. I can't believe how Sho was! He is an egomaniac bastard! I hope Kyoko eventually gets her revenge on him! Edit: Things I liked: Kyoko's over emotions. So funny. I love her little demons I like her new do and style Kyoko's employers. The lady and man. So kind. Things I didn't like: Art. Just not my type. The characters look ugly compared to the later volumes. Shou. He is an as* Ren. He is also an as* But not as much as Shou. People I felt sorry for: Chief Sawara. Kyoko

  15. 4 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    2021: I am so looking forward to re-reading this! Kyoko on revenge is just amazing! Sho is an even bigger turd than I remembered!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel's Book Reviews

    3.5 Story was interesting, but art wasn't my style. 3.5 Story was interesting, but art wasn't my style.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I watched the anime and i loved it! so I'm gonna read the manga. I love kyoko❤ I watched the anime and i loved it! so I'm gonna read the manga. I love kyoko❤

  18. 5 out of 5

    Xanfer the

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is going to be my review for the last 20-21 volumes. So stick with me for the ride and BEWARE BECAUSE IM A OUT SPOKEN PERSON. *CLAPS* I first started this series years ago. I watch the anime series first which wasn't too bad.... My mother had brought me volumes five and six. At the time I never read the series before because I simply wasn't very interested in the series. I always was more interested in series like Naruto, Tokyo ghoul, Moribito, Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Inuyasha, Naoki Uras This is going to be my review for the last 20-21 volumes. So stick with me for the ride and BEWARE BECAUSE IM A OUT SPOKEN PERSON. *CLAPS* I first started this series years ago. I watch the anime series first which wasn't too bad.... My mother had brought me volumes five and six. At the time I never read the series before because I simply wasn't very interested in the series. I always was more interested in series like Naruto, Tokyo ghoul, Moribito, Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Inuyasha, Naoki Urasawa's Monster, One-piece and Samurai Deeper Kyo. Since I was curious on how the story would end I thought"What the heck, I should give this a try" So I did. Here comes the fun part: This is my problem with Skip Beat!- Kyoko Mogami the main character LACKS as a main character: In the beginning of the story she leaves her home town to help her childhood "LOVE" Shotaro Fuwa (or Sho for short) to support him while he made it big as a visual Kei artist( a type of music scene in Japan). Once Sho got the fame he wanted he abandoned Kyoko. Sho found her clingy, overbearing, and only saw her as a friend he could take advantage of. Kyoko spent her whole life tying to appease others that she had no High school education or skills other than the skills she learned from Sho's family inn. She never did anything for herself. Her mother even abandoned her. So what does she do? She decides to suddenly become actress to get "sweet revenge" on her ex friend to "beat him" him sho-biz. What the heck?! So of course Ren Tsuruga( a follow actor and model) found her annoying and unprofessional. After a while through he tries to help Kyoko out since she says she will do the whole sho- biz thing for herself and not others. She never followed through with that though. Typical Shoujo Beat manga. We soon find out that Ren was a childhood friend as well, but for some weird reason Kyoko doesn't realize?! Somehow Ren started having "feelings" for Kyoko and things start to get weird. Now Ren is four years older than Kyoko so he's 20 going on 21? She's 16-17 in these volumes.... Now I usually don't really pay attention to stuff like this but the writer and artist Yoshiki Nakamura makes a BIG deal through out the story of SkipBeat about the age gaps. This makes me uncomfortable because Kyoko acts like a ten year old girl through out these volumes and made every nice adult in to a "parental figure" including Lory Takarada, and Sho's parents. So she's obviously not understanding Ren's "feelings" and thinks he is really just a friend and even like a father to her when he really is thinking of her in a romantic way. Around volumes 8-12 are when it starts to get worst on that part. Especially in the "Suddenly a love story Arc" volumes 13-16? Nakamura decided to randomly add a romance in the middle of a freaking important arc in the series, Kyoko's first REAL acting scene for a TV drama. Kyoko continued to obsessed over Sho like she did in volume 7. EVEN though they aren't in the same line of business. So she had no need to continue to focus on him so much. Seriously dude work on yourself. She EVEN almost gets sexually assaulted by Sho's rival....! All of a sudden Ren is a Yandere?! Sho was REALLY in love with Kyoko?! Volume 17-21 wasn't as bad through. Anyway I actually wanted Kyoko to end up with BOTH guys, then just Sho( because Ren was acting like a Yandere in the SALS) and now no one because the main character is immature and needs to improve herself before getting in a relationship. I came for the sho-biz part of the story not this. The main character seems to have "infant abandonment symptoms" Hopefully the story improves.

  19. 4 out of 5

    LSA

    5 Stars After devoting your whole life to your so-called boyfriend, leaving everything you knew behind to follow him to an unknown city,living in an expensive apartment and having to work two to three jobs just to pay the rent when he’s never even home or care about your existence, who wouldn’t want to have a little bit of revenge? I remember my first time hearing about this manga a couple years ago from a couple AMVs and websites. There was such huge hype surrounding the anime/manga and I rememb 5 Stars After devoting your whole life to your so-called boyfriend, leaving everything you knew behind to follow him to an unknown city,living in an expensive apartment and having to work two to three jobs just to pay the rent when he’s never even home or care about your existence, who wouldn’t want to have a little bit of revenge? I remember my first time hearing about this manga a couple years ago from a couple AMVs and websites. There was such huge hype surrounding the anime/manga and I remember reading the synopsis but not going through with actually reading the manga. Good God, I was stupid for doing that… You know those books or short stories that you think you got all figured out? Those moments while you’re reading and you’re just thinking you know what’s about to go down? and then out of nowhere BANG! Everything you thought you knew is thrown right back at you and hits you straight in the face. This manga is just downright awesome! I didn’t expect much when I first dove into this and at first it annoyed me how much she, literally, worshipped this guy who clearly is one of those people who loves and worships no one but himself. But then my prayers were answered…. While he was talking, even flirting, with his agent, she overheard him going on and on about how she was nothing more than a housemaid for him, who is plain, boring, and just unattractive, as well as using her for his own personal expenses. Practically hearing a whole confession of how he just toyed with her. What does she do? Cry? Oh no. Not even close. She practically went Kill Bill on this guy. But she was thrown out of the building by security. And there was bore a psycho rampage revenge story. From there the story just took off. Yes, it has some sad moments here are there but overall it was funny, surprising, clever, and cute. She went from Sweet and Innocent Downright Revengeful This series has something special brewing and I really look forward to reading more of it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alison (AlisonCanRead)

    I picked up Skip Beat, because it is a massively popular series. The first volume was interesting, but didn't establish itself in my mind as anything spectacular. However, it has piqued my interest enough that I want to continue with the series. I assume it becomes more interesting. Kyoko starts out as your stereotypical shoujo manga girl. Quiet, kind, sacrificing. She dropped everything - including school - to run off to Tokyo with childhood friend Sho to help him on his path to stardom. Once Sh I picked up Skip Beat, because it is a massively popular series. The first volume was interesting, but didn't establish itself in my mind as anything spectacular. However, it has piqued my interest enough that I want to continue with the series. I assume it becomes more interesting. Kyoko starts out as your stereotypical shoujo manga girl. Quiet, kind, sacrificing. She dropped everything - including school - to run off to Tokyo with childhood friend Sho to help him on his path to stardom. Once Sho becomes popular, he drops boring Kyoko like a hot potato. Here is where the book diverges from standard shoujo. Kyoko has a dark nature. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She decides to join Sho in the show business industry - to show that she's just as good as he is. The ultimate message of this volume is that revenge may be a good motivation to start, but you can't succeed by only having a negative attitude. Thankfully, I don't think that this is going to turn into a happy happy series. Kyoko may learn to balance her personality, but I'm guessing she'll always have a fun edge to her. I can't really get an opinion on this volume because I'm not invested in the characters yet. I like Kyoko. I'm guessing that I'm supposed to be interested in Sho and Ren (Sho's pop star competitor), but I didn't get a feel for their personalities. I wish she'd done a better job introducing them. If I hadn't heard so many good things about this series, I don't know that the first volume would have been enough to keep me invested. The only other odd thing is that both Ren and Sho have very long legs. I guess this shows that they're tall, but they look slightly out of proportion. All in all, this volume is just okay but I'm going to keep going in this series. Hopefully I'll figure out why it's so great soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

    Sacrificed your life to support your so-called boyfriend, but it turned out that he wasn’t your prince charming after all. Who doesn't love a little sweet revenge for that? Cover: Not really fan of the cover. Hope they make it more eye catching. Plot: The major part of the story is Kyoko's efforts to become a big star in order to beat Sho. Strange and funny way of revenge as it is but still, it caught my attention. Characters: Undecided . . . Artwork: Average and neat but overcrowded per page. Verdi Sacrificed your life to support your so-called boyfriend, but it turned out that he wasn’t your prince charming after all. Who doesn't love a little sweet revenge for that? Cover: Not really fan of the cover. Hope they make it more eye catching. Plot: The major part of the story is Kyoko's efforts to become a big star in order to beat Sho. Strange and funny way of revenge as it is but still, it caught my attention. Characters: Undecided . . . Artwork: Average and neat but overcrowded per page. Verdict: Well polished but not impressive. The paneling is a bit confusing at times, due to the crowdedness of pages. Lots of dialogue, screaming, sound effects, and background commentary fill every page. But the storyline is interesting; I really want to see Kyoko as a star and their inescapable love triangle. I seldom finish mangas as whole; sometimes after a handful of volumes I get bored then drop it or I just stop reading them because the story arcs are getting more far-fetched. I wish this is not one of them. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    This story follows a girl named Kyoko Mogami, who works her butt off for her childhood friend, and famous superstar, Shotaro, so he can live the life of a rockstar. She finds out that he's just using her, and she swears that she'll have revenge on him one day; and that she'll crush his hopes and dreams like he did to her. Kyoko Mogami is a strong country girl trying to make her way in the big city- while holding up a superstar- her childhood friend. I love how instead of crying and being weak, s This story follows a girl named Kyoko Mogami, who works her butt off for her childhood friend, and famous superstar, Shotaro, so he can live the life of a rockstar. She finds out that he's just using her, and she swears that she'll have revenge on him one day; and that she'll crush his hopes and dreams like he did to her. Kyoko Mogami is a strong country girl trying to make her way in the big city- while holding up a superstar- her childhood friend. I love how instead of crying and being weak, she plots revenge against him! She's hilarious, caring, and an easy character to fall in love with! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this series, and I wish the anime continued! I will continue reading this series to the end!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Literally every time I pick up this manga, it makes me want to meet a perfect (beautiful) stranger, have him rip my heart out of my chest and crush me utterly before I go an audition for the movies in Hollywood and miraculously become the best actress of my generation and get involved with a more stoic and kind hearted Christian bale who I met when I was a child and just never reveals the deep love he has for me. And then it ends. And it doesn't get translated for 5 months. Awesome Literally every time I pick up this manga, it makes me want to meet a perfect (beautiful) stranger, have him rip my heart out of my chest and crush me utterly before I go an audition for the movies in Hollywood and miraculously become the best actress of my generation and get involved with a more stoic and kind hearted Christian bale who I met when I was a child and just never reveals the deep love he has for me. And then it ends. And it doesn't get translated for 5 months. Awesome

  24. 4 out of 5

    Silvia Gutierrez

    I need another 200 more chapters of this (Currently 221 chapters are out). The best thing of this IS NOT A HIGH SCHOOL ROMANCE. Edit I'm re reading because the last chapter is too much. This manga is so damn good. And it feels it will go on for a long time, it's a complete torture to wait for a chapter every month. TORTURE. Currently on chapter 224. I need another 200 more chapters of this (Currently 221 chapters are out). The best thing of this IS NOT A HIGH SCHOOL ROMANCE. Edit I'm re reading because the last chapter is too much. This manga is so damn good. And it feels it will go on for a long time, it's a complete torture to wait for a chapter every month. TORTURE. Currently on chapter 224.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Egbert

    So. Shouju. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, eh? --- 4/11/2012 Oh gosh, I don't think I'm going to actually finish this. It's not that it's boring, it's just not really interesting either. So. Shouju. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, eh? --- 4/11/2012 Oh gosh, I don't think I'm going to actually finish this. It's not that it's boring, it's just not really interesting either.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I read this once before and wasn't very into it...for some reason this time it was super hilarious and upsetting! I would like to read more! I read this once before and wasn't very into it...for some reason this time it was super hilarious and upsetting! I would like to read more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I admire Kyoko's strength, but Sho, Sho's a bastard. I admire Kyoko's strength, but Sho, Sho's a bastard.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Icy

    THIS IS A SERIES REVIEW PLZ DON'T KICK THE SPOILERS BOTTOM UNLESS YOU'VE READ UP TO CHAPTER 231 I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL YOU You can also read the same review on my blog Once upon a time, there was a innocent girl who love her childhood friend so much that she left her dream (being a normal high school student) behind and went to Tokyo support his dream (of being a musician) One day, her life changed completely. One day, she overheard her childhood friend telling his manager that he saw her nothing mo THIS IS A SERIES REVIEW PLZ DON'T KICK THE SPOILERS BOTTOM UNLESS YOU'VE READ UP TO CHAPTER 231 I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL YOU You can also read the same review on my blog Once upon a time, there was a innocent girl who love her childhood friend so much that she left her dream (being a normal high school student) behind and went to Tokyo support his dream (of being a musician) One day, her life changed completely. One day, she overheard her childhood friend telling his manager that he saw her nothing more than a maid. Realizing being used by her childhood friend, she decided to take her revenge. The story begins now... Skip Beat is a shojo manga by Yoshiki Nakamura. It follows Kyoko, the main character, who decided join the show business because she found out that her childhood friend (whom she was in love with since she was young) only kept her around to act as a maid and saw her a plain woman. Deeply hurt by his betrayal, Kyoko joined the company of his rival (LME) and planned to take revenge by beating him. In the process, she went through a lot of tasks and made friends. okay before I start my review let me explain my history with Skip Beat: I started this manga about 5 or 6 years ago, after I watched the whole anime adaptation ( i think it is around 2008 or 2009, I can't remember the exact year). I loved both the anime and manga: the anime is great but the manga is better. But my love faded by the slow progress of the romance and stopped reading it as the site I used to read it did not update it anymore ( I stopped at 221) In June last year (2015), I was having my exams and I had the urge to know how the story goes on. I went to the internet, read the latest chapters, and re-read almost the whole series again (remember, I'm still having my exam!) It made me realise that it still hold a special place in my heart. It was only few days later chapter 224 got released. Chapter 224 ->BOOM! It left us with a rather serious cliffhanger and gave me the worst hangover EVER. I have never been so obsessed with something before and Skip Beat was ALL OVER MY MIND (luckily i nearly finished my exam back in that time) I could not help but re-read the whole manga again and again. It even made me start to read fanfiction, which I used to find it gross. BTW, Skip beat fan fiction are the best thing ever, the authors are so gifted and made the fanfiction feel like canon. I was so occupied by the manga and fan fic that I could not read a single book in July and barely manage to read a novella. You see, TRUE LOVE NEVER FADE. Sorry, back into the actual review. ELEMENTS THAT I LOVE: #1: CHARACTERS Kyoko is MY FAVOURITE character. Believe me, Nakamura san is really good at characterization. I admire Kyoko. She is a strong-willed young girl and she always put others before herself. I like that she is innocent yet dark(?) at the same time. I know. These adjectives are opposite. But way I describe her is true: she is innocent enough to believe fairy tales and the existence of faeries! At the same time, she is kind of dark when it comes to love and family due to her family issue and her childhood friend's betrayal. If I were her, I won't be brave enough to join the showbie after being dumped by my childhood friend. She is a smart girl and I think she deserve to have a happy life more than most people. To me it seems that she is able to give love to others but not able to get the concept of love. She love her friends yet she thinks that no one will love her romantically. Her character development is super amazing: her acting skills and relationships developed as the story goes on. In the recent chapters she also start to overcome a bit of her family issue I hope it won't be a long way that she would become the public sweetheart. My feeling for Kyoko's love interests is completely opposite (I tried not to spoil you by not mentioning their names...): One of them is a BASTARD You only need to know this. I don't even think that he is a love interest but otherwise I don't know how I should call him. He is too important to be a side character. He is a self-centered and childish jerk with a touch of talent. He takes many things for granted and never learn his mistakes. At some point of the story, he did matured a bit, but his character development is one step forward, two steps backward to me... especially after the Valentine Arc and the latter arc. (view spoiler)[ Sho is a idiot for dumping Kyoko. I really love to hate him. But thanks to his betrayal, Kyoko is having a better life. If he never dump her, she will not go to Tokyo with him and meet her fairy prince again. He is SUPER CHILDISH to think that he is better than Ren and Kyoko still belong to him. The effect of his kiss dissolve right after Ren kiss her on cheek in chapter 149. See? Ren is way more influential to Kyoko than him. Just imagine if Ren had kissed Kyoko on month instead *wink* He better give up this idea and live his own life rather than affecting Kyoko's one. Besides, how DARE him make Kyoko swear that she would give up her dream of being an actress and return to their hometown and become a waitress in his parents' inn for life! That is NOT A FAIR DEAL. YOU BETTER GO TO HELL! (hide spoiler)] On the other hand, another male lead is a BAE I am not sure how we should call him due to his identity. But I LOVE him. I LOVE how the relationship of him and Kyoko developed ♥ At first they dislike each other for some reasons, but then they learn to respect and help each other to be a better person: he help her to become a better actress and overcome her love issue while she help him to get over his troubled past. I'm sure Kyoko will end up with him. MUST BE. If not I would cry to the end of the worldヽ(゚´Д`)ノ゚ all the years I anticipated their wedding would be a waste... Here are some of my theories regarding Kyoto's love life: (view spoiler)[ I think the sheep pillow will be the clue for Ren/Kyoko realising their love somehow. Maybe Ren will find out the picture of him sleeping with that sheep pillow on Kyoko's phone? (it would know what i mean if you have read chapter 203.5) XD I'm dying to read a extra chapter of that... I think Rose is a symbol for Ren and Kyoko's relationship. Remember Queen Rosa, Princess Rosa and the crystal glass decorated with roses on vines? Also, I think that Kyoko will eventually give up the idea of taking revenge on Sho. I am not saying that she will forget how much he hurt her , but she will move on from taking revenge and focusing more on her acting. She might become a friend of Sho again (I emphasis on the word MIGHT), but they would NOT be in a romantic relationship. NOT IN MY LIFE. I WOULD NOT ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. And Sho has to realise how much of his betrayal hurt Kyoko and apologize to Kyoko. After all, his betrayal had hurt her emtionally and led her to lost faith in romantic love. He better apologize to her, otherwise I will kill him. (hide spoiler)] And the supporting characters are three-dimensional & funny too. I love all of them. For example, Yashiro is the representative of the fans and I always fangirl with him ξ( ✿>◡❛) President Lory is awesome. Maria is a cute little demon. Kuu is the BEST FATHER EVER. I used to find his arc a bit out of the main story but when I re-read itfor some time I realise how important he is to Kyoko. I LOVE HIM AND MISS HIM SO MUCH HE SHOULD APPEAR AGAIN. And Moko san! At first I didn't like her very much but I changed my opinion over time. She is a awesome friend to Kyoko and she gives good advice to Kyoko. #2: The Plot The plot mainly follows Kyoko's transformation ( if you're not fond of lovey-dovey manga then this manga is for you!) Here's some of my fav arc (according to timeline): (view spoiler)[ 1) Manager arc --- where Ren's feeling for Kyoko developed 2) Prisoner Arc --- I just love the interaction between Kyoko and Sho in this arc. Their argument made the arc humorous and I love their chemistry (beware I did not like Sho as a character) 3) Dark moon arc ---- how could I not LOVE this arc?! It is the arc that Ren realised his feeling for Kyoko! THE EMPEROR OF THE NIGHT FOREVER HE MADE ME SWOON 4) Kuu Arc ---- Because of KUU. That all I need to say. 5) Guam Arc --- THAT KISS.AFTER YEARS LATER FINALLY A KISS BETWEEN KYOKO AND CORN. STILL NO KISS BETWEEN KYOKO AND REN (technologically) BUT I DON'T CARE I like the Suddenly, A Love Story arc and Heel siblings arc. The Suddenly, A Love Story arc is humorous and contain some Ren & Kyoko scene that I really love... Heel Siblings arc also contains some hot scene that I love... But the Suddenly, A Love Story contain too many jealous Ren and Heel siblings arc is way too long... That's why they can't make it to my favourite (hide spoiler)] Some of my theories regarding the recent chapter (231) & the possible development of the manga: (view spoiler)[ I'm hoping that 231 is last chapter of the Saena arc. In 231 we have got a cemo of Ren and Moko, I'm guessing that somehow Moko will find out that Kyoko's in love with Ren? Or Moko will somehow help Ren and Kyoko to further develop their relationship? So many possibilities! i don't want 231 will be back to the conversation between Kyoko and Saena again.... After the Saena Arc, I'm hoping Skip Beat might... A) focusing more on Kyoko's current drama Box R. At this moment Box R did not receive high rating from the public, but I think it might change in the future and Box R will end up being one of the job that Kyoko is most famous of. B) starting a new arc about a love drama lead by Ren and Kyoko as main character. It would give them a fabulous chance to develop their relationship. I would love this ^z^.// C) introducing the faerie queen Julie!! I have been waiting for ages for Kuu and Julie meeting Ren and Kyoko together! I can imagine they threaten Kuon to marry Kyoko or they would adopt her XD (hide spoiler)] ELEMENTS THAT I WANT MORE: #1: ROMANCE The romance is SUPER SLOW due to the fact that the plot mainly follows Kyoko's transformation There are only 3 (or 4?) kisses even after 225 chapters were released... you see. I can’t get enough of romance! (view spoiler)[ Can someone tell me when will Ren and Kyoko confess to each other? He better take some actions and realise that Kyoko fall for him too. These two are too inexperienced when it come to love *shrug* KISS, MARRY and MAKE BABIES please!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] #2: Faster Pace The pace is SUPER SLOW too I want Kyoko graduate from Love Me section and be with (view spoiler)[Kuon (hide spoiler)] together right now(>﹏<) My Rating: Plot: 4.5 out of 5 Characters: 5 out of 5 (All of them are very funny and well-developed) Romance: 4 out of 5 (a bit too slow for me... ) Overall comment: 4.8! (out of 5) IN LOVE WITH THIS MANGA AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!! Old review Let me declare something important first: THIS is not a review This is a story of a girl Once upon a time, a girl watched an anime/read a manga series and it changed her life (?) She watched the anime version of Skip Beat in a summer holiday. She could remember all the dialog between Sho and Kyoko in the 8th episode back in that time (she ship Ren and Kyoko! she only memorized them because the dialog is funny). Then she read all of the manga and loved them. After she have read all of them, she kept re-reading some of her favourite parts like 30+ time. When the girl grew up and read other manga, she started to complain that the pace is too slow: for example Kyoko still haven't realise that Corn (her fairy prince) is Ren. When she was having her final exam (secondary 4), she suddenly felt like she wanted to know how Skip Beat goes on. She read the latest 20+ chapters again and she FELL IN LOVE AGAIN. She forgot her maths exam and re-read her favourite parts again and just can't stop thinking about the latest chapter (chapter 224) And now she hopes that the author won't die until the manga series is completed...

  29. 5 out of 5

    beth {hiatus} F.

    (°_°) um... what is this??? I’m not exactly sure the whole reasons why people push this on the internet so much. Everywhere I go in search of shojo, I see “Skip Beat” in ‘One of the Top 5 Best Shojo!’ articles. It’s not quite that good. The first thing you do when you want to enter a talent company is to find a trait that you know they hire (singing, dancing, etc) and refine that skill. You don’t stalk the hiring manager. You don’t threaten them. You don’t randomly show off your cooking skills in (°_°) um... what is this??? I’m not exactly sure the whole reasons why people push this on the internet so much. Everywhere I go in search of shojo, I see “Skip Beat” in ‘One of the Top 5 Best Shojo!’ articles. It’s not quite that good. The first thing you do when you want to enter a talent company is to find a trait that you know they hire (singing, dancing, etc) and refine that skill. You don’t stalk the hiring manager. You don’t threaten them. You don’t randomly show off your cooking skills in auditions. Just... no. I respected that Kyoko wanted to be better than Sho just for revenge. Cool. But the way she does it is just so aggravating. The art style is not my favorite. The male faces are drawn so poorly I thought they were photoshopped like that as a joke. Some scenes (without faces/heads most of the time) were drawn very well. Those most often were the backgrounds. It’s a problem when the assistant’s work is better than the lead mangaka. Otherwise those issues, it’s pretty much a stereotypical late ‘90s to early ‘00s manga art style. It’s over 45 volumes and STILL being produced, which is quite a feat for shojo manga. I’m definitely not going to continue this series since I have little to no motivation to push myself through that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    (Buddy read with Bookbuyer) It's been a LONG time since I last read this series, and I'm glad that I decided to try reading it again c: Not sure how far I got last time and it would be nice to be able to actually catch up with the series XD;; The first volume basically just introduces our main characters (Kyouko, Shou and Ren) and just starts of the major plot - that is, Shou being a d*ck and Kyouko deciding to become a superstar to get back at him (...which I don't really get myself, but it's fun (Buddy read with Bookbuyer) It's been a LONG time since I last read this series, and I'm glad that I decided to try reading it again c: Not sure how far I got last time and it would be nice to be able to actually catch up with the series XD;; The first volume basically just introduces our main characters (Kyouko, Shou and Ren) and just starts of the major plot - that is, Shou being a d*ck and Kyouko deciding to become a superstar to get back at him (...which I don't really get myself, but it's funny so who cares :P) despite not really having any prior aspirations to be a star, nor really having tried with any potentially "marketable talents". The change in Kyouko from the initial innocent and naive girl in love with her best friend... to vengeful demon out to destroy everyone was great, and I loved just seeing the effects of her "demonic personality" on those around her (whether they were on her bad side at the time or not). Looking forward to seeing her start out in the company from the bottom - and work her way up to super stardom! ;D

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