I started reading this mainly because I needed to balance out all of the drama and shounen mangas I read with some comedy, and this DEFINITELY did the trick!
Story: It begins as a revenge story and develops into so much more. Even though it still is about getting back at a guy, it also incorporates finding one's true identity after being dependent for so long. It discusses vulnerability and how pain, although no one likes it, is necessary for growth. It is heartwarming and also hilariously comedic. I cannot count how many times I have literally laughed out loud or had to take a moment to recollect myself while reading this. It may not be COMPLETELY realistic, but the emotions behind it are real enough to make a believer out of anyone.
Art: The artwork is really good for the most part. The flaws only really occur in the males of the serious; sometimes they are drawn disproportionally tall and broad. However, besides that the art is great, ESPECIALLY when Kyouko goes through her "transformations". The clothing and the facial expressions are drawn well and realy capture the essence of each role she takes.
Characters: So good!!! You will be rooting for the main character the entire way. She isn't perfect either. Most of this manga is about her finding a way to accept love back into her heart, however she is fiery, energetic, strong, and most importantly, the kind of heroine that someone can relate to. The supporting characters are well defined as well, each with their own set of personality quirks that make them fun and refreshing. There may sometimes be a lot of characters and it does sometimes get hard to keep track of, but they are all so fun that this doesn't become an issue.
Overall: A great manga that is doing things right. It is fun and entertaining. It also does go into deeper topics without losing the levity that the story relies on. It is a great read for all times. Definitely one to read!
I went into this manga thinking it would be a good laugh, something surprisingly shallow... But it was the complete opposite. The more I read, the more engrossed I became. Skip Beat! pulls you in and under. The beginning is a bit slow, but once you get past the initial catalyst for the story everything get much more interesting very quickly.
The protagonist is fabulous and I fell in love with her by the end of chapter two. Her development is very interesting but there are a couple of aspects to her that never change. Her determination and self-worth. She isn't your typical heroine. She doesn't fawn over her love interest (in fact there isn't one for quite some time!). Kyoko is still working out her place in the world, but she is still sure of herself. Whenever she starts to doubt, Kyoko usually can set herself straight (or one of her friends does). She's funny and idealistic but cynical about love. She is a woman scorned but that doesn't take away from her character. Instead that fuels her until she realises that her goal isn't to beat Sho, she's doing it for herself because she loves acting.
Complex. So so complex. His background is shrouded in mystery. Ren is not all that he appears to be. In fact, Kyoko is one of the few people who can see through his shining face to the underlying feelings beneath (honestly it's one of the funniest parts of the. story) Kyoko is one of the few people he can connect with. He likes her as a person and is willing to help her in any way he can. Kyoko sees him as her superior and treats him as such, later on it pains him. Ren's feelings are conflicted and sometimes he has to figure out whether or not he's being selfish with Kyoko. What is interesting is that he never really has the cliche "what is this feeling". When he develops feelings for her, he knows he does. And it makes his heart sink. Truly, his backstory is one of the most complicated and interesting I've seen.
The two together:
Kyoko and Ren's interactions range from hilarious to heartbreaking. Both struggle with their feelings for the other. However what is interesting is that to both of them, the job comes first. The two refuse to let their work suffer because of feelings. It's admirable and I enjoy seeing their work ethic.
The other characters are compelling and could be the protagonist of this story easily. Each character has their own backstory and enjoyable to watch. I find myself looking forward to seeing Yashiro, Maria and the President. This is a very good story with a compelling plot. If this genre of manga doesn't appeal to you, I urge to read it anyway. Once the ball gets rolling, you'll be invested in Kyoko's story.
Skip Beat! Is a manga that I did not expect much from. The summary given did not give a very interesting inlook on the story, but once I began reading it, I couldn't stop. I'm on my fourth, (yes, fourth,) run of re-reading it, and the humor of it still makes me literally laugh and giggle at nearly every page of the adorable, quirky, hilarious spaz that Kyoko, the main character, brings into the story, as well as all the other characters.
The characterization of every character in the story is amazing. Kyoko's character is so complex and yet relatable that she is quite unlike any character from an anime or manga that I've seen. She is so crazy, and wise and mature and naive all at the same time that it's hard to pinpoint exactly what she is, because she is in fact all of these things. Ren, the love interest, is at first cold and sarcastic towards her, which isn't rare at all to see in a manga. What's different with Ren is that he doesn't get caught up instantly in love with Kyoko, he battles with himself, and is his own character, rather than a generic sarcastic-bad-boy love interest.
The characters in Skip Beat! (and there's a plethora of them) are all so wonderfully made that they make the story interesting when the romance in the story develops slowly. Unlike most, Skip Beat!'s man protagonist is not ultimately focused on love. I fact, she refuses to allow herself to be in love until about 120+ chapters in. Instead she focuses on her revenge of her childhood friend, Sho, and creating her career as an actress to achieve her revenge. The manga is so long, that you become attached to every character and when the romance does start, you are completely and 100% intrigued and hooked.
The only bummer, is that the chapters are so slow to be released, that once you get to the newest release point, you have to wait agonizingly long to know what happens next. But it's worth it, and I HIGHLY suggest reading this manga!
When I was first getting into manga, I came across this by accident. I was kinda a loner and hung out in the library a lot. So, I have immense curiosity, but for me to be curious about something, I need to be aware of it. This manga, as well as having an amazing storyline, made me aware of acting as a career, as a thing that existed. Because of this manga, I joined drama in 7th grade, simply because this manga made me curious to see if I would enjoy acting just as much. Then I joined in 8th grade. Then in 9th, and all throughout high school. Because of this manga, I found friends, I found an activity I enjoy, and I found an amazing community that accepted me for who I am. I now own the entire series so far and reread it constantly. I don't think that this is the type of thing I am supposed to put in a review, but I don't know how to send fanmail. So this is as close as I'm gonna get. Thank you, Yoshiki Nakamura, for creating this masterpiece.
To Long, Didn't Read: This manga changed my life. It's amazing. Read it.
I really Liked this story. I found volume 1 at a library. It's fun and the characters are good! I can't figure out how to read it on this website though...