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Skip Beat! Vol. 2
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I bought "Skip Beat" after reading a preview chapter in Shojo Beat magazine. I liked the plot and the humor, so I bought it when it came out.

I was expecting plenty of humor, but I got a lot more than that. Kyoko's quest for vengence is hilarious indeed, but the best thing about it is how easy it is to relate. In fact, this is probably why the humor is so good in the first place. It's great to watch Kyoko obsess over getting even because we've all been there. Who hasn't ever wanted to prove her worth to some stupid jerk? And Kyoko's moments of glory are extrememly satisfying. It's like when you argue with someone and can't think of anything brilliant to say until much later. Well, Kyoko gets some really killer lines in at just the right moment. I often find myself laughing maniacally right along with her while I'm reading (which earns me some curious glances from my roommate).

The characters make this manga, especially Kyoko. You can admire her devotion to Sho in the beginning, misguided though it is, and you really sympathize with her anger after she finds out she's been duped. She's strong-willed. She's not perfect and forgiving, and she doesn't go around feeling sorry for herself either. And I also like Ren Tsugara, the biggest celebrity around who has a secret mean streak.

The art is nothing special, but it's appropriate somehow. Kyoko's not especially glamorous, and the guys, though not pretty like in most shojo manga, are tall and dark. I thought the characters' designs all fit their personalities very well.

"Skip Beat" has become one of my favorite manga. A must-read for anyone who has ever been put down, made a fool of, or just wanted to get even.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
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If you're looking for a long-standing shojo manga series to become truly invested in, I would like to recommend Yoshiki Nakamura's series Skip Beat! This series has it all: a scrappy protagonist, dual love interests, emotional depth, and pop-culture madness.

I am probably one of a very small group of people who started reading Skip Beat! after reading Miki Aihara's Honey Hunt; most people I know read Honey Hunt almost as an afterthought. These titles are constantly compared, and indeed, they are on the surface very similar. Both feature teenage girls betrayed by loved ones (who are incidentally famous), who are determined to deal with these betrayals by also joining show business. Thematically, the works both deal with the exploration of a growing personality through acting and stardom.

However, for me, this is where the similarities end. While I truly enjoyed Honey Hunt, Kyoko Mogami, the protagonist of Skip Beat!, is inherently different from Honey Hunt's Yura. After Kyoko's childhood friend, the pop idol Sho, reveals that he has brought her to Tokyo merely as a `servant,' Kyoko's nice girl image suddenly changes. She does not meekly cry and slowly start her progression to stardom. Rather, Kyoko becomes furious and promises revenge. Her path to self-discovery does not start subtly: it starts with a bang.

This feature of the series--a female protagonist who deals with problems through anger and not through self-doubt--is incredibly unique for this genre. While Kyoko obviously has problems to work through, her starting point feels more optimistic than the protagonists of other titles.

Even in the first volume, the characters of Skip Beat! show a great emotional range. It is this feature that will be attractive to many teen readers. Not only is the main character on the path to self-discovery, but the male teen idols Sho and Ren show great promise to be true emotional characters.

The art of Skip Beat! also seems a little more detailed and realistic than many shojo manga titles. This awareness of detail heightens the different emotional states of Kyoko, lending to the intriguing emotional truth of the work.

-- Kyla Hunt
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on May 22, 2013
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Skip Beat is a great manga and I would recommend it to anyone who likes an awesome story! I'm ADDICTED to it! It makes me laugh and it's so well written that you get a really good grasp of the characters. I can't wait until the next one comes out!!! Another manga that is kind of similar to Skip Beat! is The One, which is another addictive manga. Tokyo Crazy Paradise is another work by Yoshiki Nakamura that is completed and it is EXCELLENT!!! If you can find it translated, read it-you won't regret it!
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on January 4, 2014
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What It’s About: After rejecting her at the audition, L.M.E. president, Lory Takarada, invites Kyoko to join the newly created Love Me section. The idea is that by helping established celebrities, Kyoko will regain the ability to love. However, how will she deal L.M.E.’s spoiled pop princess, Ruriko Matsunai?

The Good: This volume was even better than the last. Nakamura seems to have become fully comfortable with the series at this point. Yes, it is still quite ridiculous, but I don’t think that should really matter to a series like this. I like the way that Kyoko’s skills that she learned at the inn continue to help her in the world of show business. I just love Kyoko as a character so much. It’s very nice to have a “Strong Female Character” who is also quite girly and weird. Kyoko is truly unique and reading about her adventures is a real joy. I've noticed some improvement with the art from the last volume. The panels aren't as cluttered and everything has a cleaner feel to it.

The Bad: I still am not really at all interested in any of the other characters. Sho is still spoiled, selfish and doesn’t care about Kyoko. Ren is rude and serious, yet also kind of noble. Lory has strange business practices etc. I would really like more scenes of Sho and Ren together.
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on May 13, 2013
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My favorite book, wish I can buy more books, but dont have the money. Awesome book. Really funny manga, you will fall laughing.
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on December 12, 2014
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Good book but it came with a sticky residue on it.
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on March 5, 2015
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It was in very good condition
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on February 14, 2015
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she loves it
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excellent
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2010
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The book arrived to me just fine and within a decent amount of time. I love the series so no complaints there.
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