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Skip Beat! Vol. 1 Paperback – July 5, 2006

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Book 1 of 33 in the Skip Beat! Series

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About the Author

Yoshiko Nakamura is originally from Tokushima prefecture. Her birthday is June 17 and she has type B blood. She started drawing manga in elementary school, which eventually led to her 1993 debut of Yume de Au yori Seteki - Better than Seeing in a Dream - in Hana to Yume magazine. Her other works include the basketball series Saint Love, MVP wa Yuzurenai - Can't Give Up MVP and Blue Wars, Tokyo Crazy Paradise, a series about a female bodyguard in 2020 Tokyo.
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  • Series: Skip Beat! (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st edition (July 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421505851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421505855
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Please note that this review is about this particular edition, not the series itself. I adore Skip Beat, but I did not adore this edition. I was really excited for this item to come out. I've been meaning to collect the series volume by volume, but I have limited space on my bookshelf as well as limited funds. For the price listed on Amazon, this is a good purchase, but I wouldn't pay the list price. We don't have any bookstores nearby, so I was pretty unfamiliar with the 3-in-1 Editions from Viz, but figured they might be like the Ultimate Editions from Tokyopop in paperback format. However, this book feels very flimsy and the paper feels like newsprint. The first three volumes are reprinted faithfully in this one, but without the single volume covers. It reads like one continuous volume, which I guess isn't so bad, but I was expecting a little more out of the 3-in-1 Edition. If you're on a budget and without a lot of space to hold your manga, then this volume might be for you, but I think I'll just save up and buy each volume individually.
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I actually watched the anime before reading the manga and I have to say, the anime doesn't do it justice. Even in the first three volumes, it has me sucked into the story. Kyoko is easy to relate to and would be a great friend in reality. She always keeps you guessing and you can't help but smile and hold the grudge she has with Sho along with her.
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Skip Beat! is a wonderful, hilarious manga about fifteen-year old Mogami Kyoko, who is initially a sweet, devoted young girl who, upon his request, comes to Tokyo with her childhood friend, Fuwa Shou, to support him as he pursues his musical career. Kyoko has dreamed since she was a little girl that Shou was her prince, and that one day, he would marry her and she would be like a princess...

Until the day that Kyoko overhears him complaining about her - how boring, naive, and ugly she is, and a complete drag on his time. Rather than breaking into tears, Kyoko is disgusted and enraged, and declares that she'll have her revenge - and since by now, Shou really is a very popular star, she'll enact this vengeance by becoming a bigger star than *him*.

Kyoko is the reason this manga is so great: she's determined (she gives new meaning to the word), a hard worker, ambitious, and constantly trying to find out who she really is and who she wants to be. Plus, she makes and utilizes voodoo dolls - how can you not love her?

This volume covers Kyoko's very beginnings into the world of showbiz, and introduces Kyoko's likely love interest, the very popular (and wonderfully evil and yet so perfect) actor, Tsuruga Ren.

Nakamura Yoshiki (NOT Yoshiko, Amazon) is a great manga artist who won my heart with Tokyo Crazy Paradise, the series with which she really refined her drawing style. In any case, Skip Beat! is fully of great drawings, fantastic paneling, and the most hilarious dialogue. It's fresh, unique, and given to few of the typical shoujo cliches; I'd agree with another reviewer and state that Nakamura really raises the bar for shoujo.
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The 3 in 1 edition is great, especially with the price that Amazon is offering for it. The book is light weight and the pages also feel light which is good because it's easy to flip through. That was one of my concerns because I've read other 3 in 1 books that were hard to read because the pages weren't very flexible. I definitely recommend buying this edition especially if you are looking to collect the whole series (like me) but don't want to pay 10 dollars for each volume.
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Kyoko Mogami is a modest and diligent girl. After graduating from middle school, she followed her childhood friend Sho Fuwa to Tokyo to help him with his pop star career in the hope that they have a joint future. She is working hard to support Sho's super star dream. But by accident she learns that Sho only brought her along because he didn't want to do any strenuous work and therefore needed a "servant". Kyoko decided to start her revenge project by joining the Show Biz. Hoping one day she will beat him in his own field.

I have read manga for so many years (over 10 years...), this is my favorite now. I have read the Chinese edition to Vol 12, and it's getting better and better. I wasn't that interested in the "super star love story" at the beginning. But, I was very curious why Skip Beat is so popular in Asia. So, I give it a try. It turned out to be a warm, loving story. Oh, and it's very funny. This manga has great story, and each character is well designed. Skip Beat trully raised my expectation for Shojo manga.
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So, at this point I have read up to the current chapter that's been put out for Skip Beat. I've been reading this series and watching it for about six years now, I think, and I've enjoyed every moment of it. The thing about Skip Beat is that in some ways its a really different kind of shojo manga. A lot of shojos spend all their energy focusing on trying to force these two people together, or make a character choose between two guys or two girls... and yes, Skip Beat has some of that, but there is so much more in it too. You see, there's a real substance to both of the characters who are involved in the relationship. It takes a couple people who have a mutual hate for each other upon meeting, and as we see them both grow into better people, we also see their relationship grow and change as well. We also see their careers change and grow. Over time, they become real friends and really fall for each other actually. The more time that passes, the more they learn about each other, the more cemented that bond becomes. And what's great about this series is that it doesn't just focus on the problems of the main character or the male lead, it focuses on both of their problems (and they are very real issues, not just teenage worries blown out of proportion). They give each other the strength to overcome their demons.

Another thing that makes this manga/anime series great is the fact that they don't only rely on each other. It shows that each of them have a network of friends that they are close to and can confide in. Each of these friends has a unique personality, and we understand them all. They even have their own issues, which can become minor details driving the story forward.
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