Monday, December 3, 2012

Manga Mondays #131: Skip Beat vol. 28 by Yoshiki Nakamura

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I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 2 and a half 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.

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Skip Beat vol. 28 by Yoshiki Nakamura


Summary

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’ s having trouble getting into the role of Cain’ s sister. But is it because she can’ t relate to a spoiled punk princess, or because she can’ t let go of the fact that Ren is playing Cain? And Ren faces his own challenge with the situation. Can he stand to have the woman he loves treat him like a brother?(courtesy of Goodreads)

Review

*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.

How refreshing to get back to Skip Beat. I just picked up volumes 28 and 29 at the library. I've finished 28 and can't wait to start 29. Finally something happens in this volume to move the plot forward, but we don't realize it until the end.


Much of the volume is full of the melodramatic silliness I've come to love/hate in this series. Ren is doing a car stunt during a shoot and nearly hits a little boy. This brings back some painful memories of his youth - when he was a teenager. It's a little confusing, but it seems like he had a very good friend named Rick. Rick was killed in what I assume was a car accident. Ren must have been driving and he blames himself.

For years, Ren has blocked off the darkness of his guilt and anger as Kuon. To survive, he completely abandoned both the name and the mindset of Kuon. When everything comes rushing back after the almost-accident, he's trapped in a dark place. It's only the touch of Kyoko's hand that brings him back.

There's a really cute scene where Kyoko and Ren go grocery shopping and then Ren cooks dinner for Kyoko. It's not the romantic scene that you'd imagine it to be, but really funny. Poor Ren is a terrible cook. The two bond over the battle to eat the awful meal.

The volume ends with a pivotal scene. Kyoko sees the light!!

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7 comments:

  1. <3 This series. It's so very funny and sweet. Nice review!

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  2. Glad there is some movement in the plot. Sounds like a very cute and sweet story compared to wild rollercoaster of Nana. :)

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  3. Haven't read this series yet. Where I'm behind on books, I'm even farther behind on manga! Skip Beat is near the top of my list, though. Great review!

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  4. Hmmm. Ren and I would likely starve if we were a couple as I'm a terrible cook as well. So, so bad. Luckily, the hubs is a solid cook and actually enjoys it, so I don't live on carryout:)

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  5. The plot is moving, huh? I've gotten a bit behind in this series, but I'll have to catch up next time I'm at the library.

    Hey, have you read Keiko Suenobu's The Limit? Thoughts?

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  6. Ah I totally haven't been keeping up with this one! I stopped at 22 and then forgot to check for the next volumes. I'm going to have to catch up.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  7. I'm really enjoying this arc so far! By the way have you ever watched the Skip Beat anime? You can watch it here for free (legally) if you're interested or ever get too impatient while waiting for the next volume.

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