Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)
Skip Beat! (スキップ・ビート!) is a shoujo manga created by Nakamura Yoshiki-sensei (仲村佳樹). I started reading this manga way back when I was still a high school student. I was looking for a good manga to read, and an acquaintance recommended this. I wasn’t that enthusiastic when I read the synopsis. I thought that it would be another cliché shoujo manga where everything is superficial and just ridiculously unbelievable.
I was proven wrong. Yes, there are a lot of superficiality and ridiculously unbelievable aspects in this manga, but Skip Beat! is one of the best shoujo manga that I’ve ever read. It contains a lot of superficiality, but that’s understandable because it’s set in the showbiz world. What’s showbiz without superficiality, right? There are also a lot of ridiculously unbelievable stuff, especially when it comes to Kyoko’s ability to create mini-spirit versions of her, the coincidence of Ren and Kyoko’s childhood, and the Love Me project of Kyoko to act as Cain’s (Ren’s) younger sister. Hmmmm.
But the thing is, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN. My earlier reservations about the manga’s superficiality and ridiculously unbelievable elements were quashed by its great comedic sense and romantic scenes that make my heart literally “skip beat”. I like that Kyoko is not the dreaded weak protagonist who is a victim of the male protagonist(s)’ charms and advances. Kyoko, instead, is a force to be reckoned with. She takes control of her life, and is not afraid to kick others’ asses for trying to make her miserable. My perfect heroine. She is one of those rare shoujo manga protagonists that I don’t mind emulating. In fact, I want to emulate her! She’s just so bad-ass but pure at the same time. A perfect combination, in my opinion.
As for the guys, specifically Ren and Shou, they’re HOT! Just what I like in my male shoujo protagonists. I like that Shou is not entirely hate-able. He is selfish, egotistic, and arrogant; but I really don’t mind because it just fuels Kyoko’s strong and vengeful personality. And did I mention that he’s hot? Ren, on the other hand, is like a god in this manga. He is the perfect man who seems unattainable. However, he’s not the image of perfection that he is initially portrayed to be. He has a horribly dark past that only Kyoko could make him forget, even for just a moment. Hmmmm. And did I mention that he’s hot? (｡♥‿♥｡)
I like the chemistry between the love triangle of Kyoko, Ren, and Shou. This is one of those manga that I like reading again and again, just for the heck of it. Lately, however, I’m getting a little bit impatient with its pace. I can’t wait to see how it ends, which I don’t think will happen soon.
If you are looking for a great romantic-comedy manga with a kick-ass heroine and hot heroes, Skip Beat! is a must-read. I highly recommend it.
Skip Beat! on Hana to Yume (Japanese)
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