Monday, August 20, 2012

Manga Mondays #116: Skip Beat! vol. 17 by Yoshiki Nakamura

*I'm still making my move from California to Montana, so I won't be able to comment back right now. I'll try to get back to everyone when I'm done with my traveling in mid September!

Manga Mondays Meme!

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. 17 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!

Sho decides to take the high road rather than confront Vie Ghoul about their theft of his song. But VG frontman Reino doesn't take kindly to being ignored and devises a devious plan to get Sho's attention he's going after Kyoko! Normally, Kyoko's not the type of girl that needs rescuing. But for some reason, Reino's presence petrifies her. Will Reino's evil scheme work better than anyone imagined? (courtesy of the back cover and 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.

Volume 16 finished off with a syrupy sweet moment where Kyoko holds Ren's head in her lap while he tries to rest. Ren is in lover-boy heaven while Kyoko is totally clueless - thinks she's doing Ren a favor to help him sleep - although I think her subconscious clearly is attracted to him too. Volume 17 starts off with a funny scene where Mr. Yashiro (Ren's manager) is giving him relationship advice. Ren needs to be a man and go after her. Ren responds, "She'd kill me on the spot."

I think the story arc with Reino and Kyoko is just about over. Thank goodness. It becomes clear in this volume that Reino isn't just a normal guy. He's a psychic - as the mangaka puts it - but I think of him more as a psychic vampire. Able to sense and manipulate emotions and presence. Reino gets in Kyoko's face again, but this time Ren is here to save her. Although not before Kyoko tries to ward off Reino's power with her enchanted stone Corn (insert massive eye roll here).

Reino is able to sense that Ren gave Corn to Kyoko long ago and that Ren is not the guy he pretends to be as a celebrity. So now we do know that Ren was the one who gave Corn to Kyoko. We've seen hints of that before. Kyoko sincerely believes that a fairy prince came down to give it to her. How a 16 year old girl believes this is beyond me. It's one of the sillier plot lines.

The volume ends with a new Love Me assignment. Kyoko has to assist Koo, the actor who played the original Katsuki (the role Ren now plays in the remake). Despite being a grown man, he is a total brat. The volume ends with his treating Kyoko like a slave and rejecting everything she does. Interesting to see where this goes.

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  1. I think its a great idea to turn it into a meme!

  2. I really enjoyed the arc with Reino and Kyoko (now I feel like reading it again)! The new arc with Koo is pretty good, especially when you figure out his relation to Ren! :)

  3. I love Skip Beat! I actually jsut started reading Vol 28. It doesn't come out fast enough though and I'm always disappointed when I get to the end.
    Tammy @


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