Monday, September 17, 2012

Manga Mondays #120: Skip Beat vol. 21 by Yoshiki Nakamura

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. 21 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 is basking in the glow of working a Christmas miracle and getting some birthday booty of her own. But she's so unused to this kind of joy that she ends up late to the script reading for her new drama. Now her whole day is a mess and Ren is mad at her! Can Kyoko balance revenge, a career and her own happiness? (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.

We finally see Kyoko screwing something up. She oversleeps and shows up late to work. The girl is human after all! She feels terribly guilty. And being Kyoko, she is not so much afraid of being scolded. Instead, she's upset that she wasn't scolded enough and that she didn't have time to properly apologize to her co-stars.

The synopsis makes it sound like Ren is furious at her for being late. That's not accurate. Kyoko is so upset over her mistake that it effects her acting. Ren doesn't care that she was late. It happens and he knows she won't do it again. What he is upset by is that she's let her emotions effect her performance. He calls her on it. Not so much in anger, but more in tough love - correcting her, because he knows she'll learn.

Kyoko moves on to her new role as the bully Natsu. Nothing is going right. Kyoko can't create the right Natsu. She's not feeling it. And it shows. Her co-stars are mad at her for being late. Mostly though, they're jealous that she has become such a prominent player so quickly and think she's getting special treatment. One costar in particular, Chiori is set to wreak havoc on Kyoko's performance. Chiori convinces Kyoko that she should interpret Natsu however she sees fit and fight the director to agree with her point of view. Chiori is smug, because she knows that the director will definitely not agree with Kyoko's interpretation.

What will happen? Will Kyoko succeed in her new role as Natsu? We shall see...

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  1. This arc was really good, you can really see Kyoko developing as an actress!

  2. I don't like the sound of this Chiori chick. Sounds like she has a thing for Ren. By the way, how many volumes are there in this series?

    1. P.S. Welcome back! Hope you had a great and safe moving/traveling trip. :)

      There are 21 volumes of Nana. I had to rush out to the library to grab the remaining volumes.

  3. This sounds like one of the funner ones in a weird way of Skip Beat and just about where I think I should start picking up the manga again! I love when Kyoko is genuinely challenged because the product that comes out of it always feels so much better.

  4. YAAAAAAAAAY ALISON!!! You're back! I hope you had an amazing trip, and that you'll post some pictures so I can be jealous and fawn all over them.

  5. WELCOME BACK! Definitely do as Jenny says and post pictures. I want to live vicariously through you and your travels. Oh, and how's the new home? Lots going on with you!

    And go Kyoko, you bad girl!


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