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  • Series: Skip Beat! (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st Edition edition (July 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421505851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421505855
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This manga has great story, and each character is well designed.
Emma
I begun reading the Japanese version when volume 7 was just released in Japan, and now there are 14 volumes out so far!
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You really feel yourself getting behind Kyoko and cheering her on!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kylara on July 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emma on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Treanor on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Where to even start? How about with THIS MANGA IS AWESOME! Skip Beat! Volume 1 kicks off a great start to what promises to be an addictive series.

At first, I wasn't sure on buying this manga because of the whole "girl followed childhood friend turned star--childhood friend turned star just using girl--girl finds out and wants to now make it into show biz just to extract her revenge on him." It sounded like a typical and predictable manga plot of revenge that I really had to toy with the idea of buying it on a whim.

But boy, am I glad that I did! It may have the used and reused revenge plot line, but Yoskihi Nakamura makes this plot idea completly atypical!

This manga grabs you with its off beat style and humor, the only complaint I have about it is the way the two lead males are drawn. It's either their faces are too narrow, or that their necks are just too thick. It takes a little getting used to, but Skip Beat! is worth it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Issa Tsai on June 18, 2006
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Believe me, it's a very special comic. Why I'm so sure about this? Because this series of comic books doesn't like other comic books you have ever seen before:

1. The plot is not that easy you can imagine what will go on the next (and usually it will make a very different plot from what you imagine).

2. Girls in the story do not weak; instead, they are very resolute ("Kyoko" is the best example).

3. Instead of falling in love when the first sight, they will "use their reason" and trying to understand the person.

First and last, if you see this massage, please believe what I said. It's a series of comic books worth to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.A.L <3 on September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Where to begin with this manga, I don't quite know myself. I'll go back to the history this manga had with me. I was in 5th grade when i stumbled across manga. The very first manga volume I bought was Skip Beat in 2005. I believe that was when this manga first started being published in America. I think after reading the first volume i fell in love with manga itself. So since then, my very first volume has seen many accidents but it is still very well loved.

Now enough of me. Skip beat starts off a little slow in the first volume and i've had many of my friends drop it since they thought it was too boring. BUT!!! They were wrong! You meet Kyoko, a pure kind hearted girl you'd find in a ton of shoujo manga (a dime a dozen), she is deeply in love with her childhood friend, Shou. Shou is a famous singer who moved to tokyo with kyoko after leaving home. Shou reveals he has been using her and dumps her. (even though they have never been dating) So she seeks to get revenge by joining his business and she gets a whole new makeover. Unable to love and filled with anger, she starts running at full pace to become a star! (I won't ruin anything else but i covered a lot) This is what makes Skip beat different, Kyoko doesn't become your average heroine anymore but more of a wild animal?!?!?! If you decide to read more of skip beat, i'm sure you won't regret it. You'll be brought along to experience the KYOKO WORLDWINDDDD~ With Ren, Shou, Lory, Maria and all the rest of the fun characters.

I'm sorry i did no real justice to the manga with my review but please with all due respect, read this!!!
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