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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?
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?
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.
I can't say that these stories really have much in common, beyond both having really interesting characters and stories. If you're reading one and want something equally fun to read, I'd recommend checking the other out. Uru and Kyoko are both really fun, quirky main characters, and Shindou, Ichirou, Ren and Shou are all attractive male leads as well. Neither of these mangas ever get overly sappy or trite either, which is something that not many shoujo mangas can claim.
Haruna has never been feminine; she was the star pitcher of the softball team in middle school and didn't focus on relationship, but now that she's in high school she has a new goal: to have a shoujo manga-style relationship. While Haruna tries to be attractive and get a boyfriend, she has no idea how to accomplish her goal; and thus, she recruits the reluctant Yoh as her coach. Yoh is very attractive and dislikes women and the problems they cause, but is impressed by Haruna's determination and agrees upon one condition: she promises not to fall in love with him. Thus begins the crazy relationships of Haruna, Yoh and their friends as they all struggle to find themselves and their true loves.
Both mangas feature a strong, optimistic female character, that's really unexperienced in matters of love. Both heroines give it all they've got to achieve their goals (getting boyfriend in High school debut, and becoming Idol in Skip Beat). Their simple minded logic, and lack of experience often brings suprising results.
All her life, Yura has lived in the shadow of her famous parents; though while the world thinks they are the perfect family, in reality they hardly ever see each other. Everything changes when Yura’s parents suddenly announce they are getting a divorce, leading her to decide that the only way to get back at them is to become a star herself. As she works her way up in the show business world, Yura meets the world famous musician Q-ta, but she’s bothered that Q-ta is only interested in her famous father. She also meets Q-ta’s twin brother Haruka, who is in a popular boy band called Knights. He’s always making rude comments, but could it be that he’s only trying to hide his real feelings for her? Yura struggles to make it in the cutthroat entertainment industry while simultaneously trying to sort out her complicated love life…
Both series are about a girl trying to make it in show biz to get back at someone. She finds her own identity through enjoying the art of acting. There are also plenty of cute boys who cause her many distractions, but she continues to try and get her revenge through an acting career.
President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...
The female characters in Skip Beat! and Maid-sama! are hard working girls that are a little down on their luck. They are extremely determined and will do whatever they have to do to succeed and obtain their goal. Each involves a little bit of romance and some comedy thrown in.