The Skip Beat! Appreciation Post

FIRST OFF! Check out my two good friends’ blogs: Jerich my registered nurse, glittering Little Monster friend and Nicole/Shuboshba my sabog sheep-tending friend away from home. Give them my absolute love!

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I had too much time on my hands this week and I have to admit I slightly miss the routine that the review classes provided as well as the daily baon, which is what I miss more. To say the least, I’ve been a couch potato the past few days and I did absolutely nothing but catch up on my anime, write (online and paper) and watch more movies.

But this post… My blog had it coming I’m sure.

It’s about my rave for the weekbut I’ve been raving about this for SEVERAL WEEKS now and this post just had to happen.

 Skip BeatI AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS MANGA! Most people would initially think I’m not that kind of person given how sullen and detached I usually seem but I’m a huge fan of shoujo manga ever since and it just makes me go ballistic and all gooey and… noodle-y. Yes, I can’t believe I just said that but it’s the truth! I am a sucker of those moments of giddiness and absolutely go spazz.

Before I read the manga, I got to watch the anime first since a good friend strongly recommended it. I was really skeptical at first because initially I thought it was something… light hearted and all fluffy and random like Special A (no offense). But I got hooked and it was so unexpected and I even managed to finish the 24 episode series in 2 days. I laughed, got teary eyed and got insanely giddy for the characters! The plot was good too! But seriously the anime’s ending was terrible and I was not a satisfied fan girl. Since I couldn’t quell my anger over the how “THAT’S IT?!” was the ending, I scoured the interwebs for the manga and BOOM! That did it.

My heart ! For those who’ve read the manga or watched the anime, know that I am a Ren x Kyoko shipper! Tsuruga Ren is my current 2D dreamboat and it’s been too long since I liked 2 main characters all at once. I love Kyoko and her personality and I just think she may be the Greatest Shoujo Heroine Ever! Here I am blabbering about this and I still haven’t given you guys an idea what the manga is all about! Excuse me so here’s the short synopsis of what Skip Beat is:

Skip Beat! follows the story of Kyoko Mogami, a sixteen year-old girl who’s in love with her childhood friend, Shotaro Fuwa. Sho asks Kyoko to leave high school and her life in Kyoto behind to help him pursue a music career in Tokyo.  Sho eventually debuts as a successful young musician and one of the biggest celebrities in Japan while Kyoko was working hard to support Sho and their living expenses. However Kyoko soon learns that Sho only wanted to take her not because he reciprocates her love but only to serve as his “maid” and assistant. Heartbroken, Kyoko vows to take revenge on Sho by doing something that she knows would hurt his competitiveness and ego best: entering the entertainment industry and beat his popularity.

At this point, the manga follows Kyoko’s journey to climb the showbiz ladder and making a way for herself when she discovers she has a talent for acting. As Kyoko cultivates her acting and friendships, she soon discovers a sense of self separate from her initial plans for revenge.

Every time I finish a chapter of the manga (which comes out at an indefinite time) my heart just bleeds and I’m like:

(Note: This is actually Kyoko in the anime)

But then I’m like:

(Note: This is actually Kyoko in the manga haha!)

It happens. If you’re looking for an interesting shoujo manga that has a bit of everything in it (well except horror?) Skip Beat is the way to go. I’d go for this one given any day and seriously, bookmark those websites with available scans of the manga yes, yes?

/fangirl mode

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