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Maya is obsessed with acting; she overworks herself so that she can attend plays and watch dramas, but she doesn't have the money to pursue her dreams. One day, retired actress Tsukigake encounters Maya while she is mimicking a play, word for word, that she has only seen once. Astounded by her raw talent, the actress gives Maya a scholarship to study in her acting school, for Tsukigake wants Maya to become good enough to be her successor as the Crimson Goddess. Maya has to become the best actress in Japan first, but between the competing leaders Tsukigake, who holds the rights to the Crimson Goddess; and a business man named Masumi who wants those rights, what will happen to Maya?
Yuu Sasaya is a naïve, unfashionable girl from a small town and is living in Tokyo for college. She becomes fascinated by the theater after watching a play for the first time and declares that she will become an actor. Yuu manages to join a small theater troupe, but due to her lack of skills and experience she is only allowed to handle odd jobs. Her first chance to perform comes when she is given a small guest part in a play with another troupe. However, when Yuu makes a critical mistake, she is forced to face the harsh reality that even with determination she cannot become an actor without talent. She considers abandoning her theatrical dreams, but with some encouragement, she decides to change her goals and become a writer and director. Yuu must now find her own unique voice and showcase it for everyone to see while overcoming the many difficulties that lay ahead.
Glass Mask and Ashita no Ousama both have to do with life on the stage - just from different perspectives. While Glass Mask focuses on the actor, Ashita no Ousama focuses on the scriptwriter, Sasaya Yuu. They both have a touch of romance, but it's much stronger in Ashita no Ousama. I seriously reccomend Ashita no Ousama to anyone who enjoyed Glass Mask.
Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge - she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?
Skip Beat and Glass Mask both heroines are trying to make it in the world of theater and the manga goes through all of the struggles that they are having trying to obtain their goals and succeed at becoming a successful actress. In each there are also various complications with certain love interests that span all different types of emotions for the heroine.