I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 22 months ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Skip Beat! vol. 3 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Kyoko is determined to win her way into show business, even if it means wearing embarrassing bright pink overalls and putting up with spoiled stars. But her first big assignment is proving more difficult than she imagined when Kyoko finds herself in front of the camera with an injured leg. Will she be able to ace her first attempt at acting despite the pain, or will she make an utter fool of herself in front of her sort-of nemesis, Ren Tsugura?(courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
I like Skip Beat, but I still find it frustrating. Why? I think it's mostly for two reasons. First, the series is still in the preliminary stage. Kyoko's relationship with the other characters is only beginning to develop. For example, I assume that Ren is going to be a big romantic hero for Kyoko. Kyoko can't stand him in Volume 3, but we get inklings of chemistry when even she sees slight evidence that he's not an ogre. Being Kyoko, she quickly dismisses Ren's good side. Ren's feelings for Kyoko are harder to pin down, but he does gain a great deal of respect for her when she acts in her try out despite having a painful broken ankle.
The second reason for being frustrated with this series is that I already love Kyoko. I love her focus. I love her darkness - how motivated she is by revenge and anger. It's a characteristic most of us can see in ourselves, whether we like it or not. I want to see good things happen to Kyoko. I want karma to work in her favor. I assume it will eventually, but at this point Kyoko gets kicked down and then kicked down again.
Kyoko is good at getting people to either follow her or at least pay attention to her. I love how she attracted little Maria's attention with her curse dolls. She also managed to change Ruri and convince Kanae to became a fellow Love Me member through sheer stubbornness and determination. Kyoko is the type of person who gets her claws into you and doesn't let go until you bend to her will. I like that she's not willing to change to get people to like her.
While Skip Beat doesn't have a beginning that sucks you in, I've become attached to the series. I want to see where it's going to go and when Kyoko is going to accomplish all her dark dreams.