Monday, December 10, 2012

Manga Mondays #132: Skip Beat vol. 29 by Yoshiki Nakamura

Manga Mondays Meme!

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.

The linky will be below my review.

Skip Beat vol. 29 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!

On the way to the Dark Moon wrap party Kyoko bumps into her cast mate Kijima. He’s never paid her any attention before, but he heard that people called her beautiful when they saw her in her Natsu role. Kijima can’t contain his curiosity and buys Kyoko a total makeover for the party. But is his interest innocent, or does he have wicked plans in store?! (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.

Volume 29 of Skip Beat is a scattered addition to the series. Well, I suppose the whole series is scattered, but this is particularly so. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it is one of numerous reasons that - especially when I step away from it for awhile - it's hard to take it seriously.

Kyoko has finally - finally - realized that she likes Ren. And this terrifies her. All the emotions she locked up in an unbreakable box have shaken out. Of course, she doesn't think that Ren could possibly like her that way. And Ren still thinks she's not interested in him that way. The tension between them is higher than ever, although both try to deflect it with humor.

The plot moves through several different events. They start out at a cast wrap party. A male co-star is interested in Kyoko so dresses her up like a doll. Ren is furious. She looks gorgeous, but being tarted up by a man has consequences that Kyoko is too naive to realize. I love seeing Ren's protective side. Then it moves on to Ren and Kyoko's new roles, playing the black clothed, pierced Heel siblings. The last portion of the book is a set up for what I assume will be a long plot arc.

There's a brief moment with Sho. Sho's manager/girlfriend (I'm not sure which she is) sees Kyoko on TV dressed up beautifully. She is desperate to keep Sho away from the screen knowing that he'll freak out if he sees Kyoko. I miss Sho. I hope he plays a bigger role in future volumes.

The soap opera continues. And like all good soap operas, I can't tear my eyes away from the craziness.

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