I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 2 years 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. 4 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!
Kyoko helps the LME president's granddaughter heal from a childhood tragedy, and in return she should have earned a free ride through the LME training school. But the other students throw a fit, and now she still has to pay. In order to support the high cost of the program, Kyoko gets a job as a seat filler on a TV show. But when one of the characters gets sick, Kyoko has to fill in - in a chicken suit! To make matters worse, Sho is the guest star! Will Kyoko destroy her only chance of revenge?(courtesy of the back cover)
*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.
It's finally happened. Skip Beat hooked me in. It took four volumes, but I am now firmly entrenched in the story and love Kyoko, Sho, and Ren.
I love that nothing ever turns out the way Kyoko intends it to, but it still ends up working out in Kyoko's favor. I love that Kyoko never loses her spirit - that is, her optimistic yet crazed vengeful spirit. She learns to rely more on herself in this volume and not on the superstitious symbols of good luck that she's counted on in the past. Ren helps her get past has superstitions, although in a way that infuriates her, as Ren has the habit of doing.
I finally am seeing the reason that Ren is a romantic figure. He's shown his good side at a few points in past volumes, but it comes out more clearly here. He is kind, sensitive, smart, and thoughtful. And Kyoko briefly realizes it. Then he goes back into his shell and once again becomes cold, hard Ren that brings out all of Kyoko's anger.
The scenes with Kyoko in the chicken suit made me laugh. She will do anything to ruin Sho's life. Yet it always backfires. Sho is starting to figure out that Kyoko isn't the sweet, meek spirit he thought she was. I'm curious to see how their relationship will develop from her.
Can't wait to read the next volume!