Monday, October 20, 2014

Manga Mondays: Skip Beat vol. 33 by Yoshiki Nakamura

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Skip Beat vol. 33 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’s twin tasks of keeping Ren from breaking under the strain of his characters and playing Setsuka are starting to take their toll on her. But the real danger is revealed when the desires of Setsuka and Kyoko merge. Can Kyoko stay in character and protect her heart with a half-naked Ren in her bed?! (courtesy of Goodreads)


Kind of an odd volume. Basically Kyoko and Ren spent the whole time coming on to each other in the roles of their characters. But not while they were filming. The whole idea is that they are trying to immerse themselves into the characters at all times. What's weirdest is that the characters are brother and sister. Quite the incestuous relationship.

The whole brother/sister incest thing is nothing new. It's been going on for a few volumes. But I felt like I was hit over the head with it especially hard in this volume. The whole point of this seemed to be the extreme tension between Kyoko and Ren, supposedly in character but everyone knows not entirely. Definitely a sexy volume. Nakamura draws the scenes so perfectly to evoke emotion in the reader and lead you hanging on every page. But it still lacks in substance.

Not surprisingly, Kyoko is still completely in the dark that her love for Ren is mutual. At this point, it may take them until volume 50 to consummate their relationship in any fashion. There was a particularly heartbreaking scene where Kyoko imagines being humiliated if her feelings for Ren are revealed. It shows just how severely Sho damaged her psyche and makes me dislike him even more.

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  3. I am currently reading Skip-Beat after re-watching its anime. I liked this series so much <3

  4. Err...sorry if I've already commented or this is all you see, I'm just not positive my previous comment actually posted, so I'm testing haha

    1. Well boo! I'd written a really long one too!

      1. That is the longest spam comment I have EVER seen hahahaha

      2. A really long comment about how I love Skip Beat, but am totally not into the Setsu/Cain arc. Something about being bothered by the dichotomy between Kyoko's innocence and Setsu's....not. And the brother thing...*shudders*. Somehow it didn't bother me as much with Natsu? (I mean the sexiness, not the brother thing obviously haha).

      But Skip Beat is still my one true love as far as manga goes :)

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