Skip Beat!, Vol. 01

Skip Beat!, Vol. 01

Kyoko always thought that Sho, whose family took her in when she was small, was her prince charming. However, when Sho heads for Tokyo to make it big as a musician, Kyoko goes with him and has to quit high school to support his dream. But soon, being in the big city makes Kyoko realize that she has show business ambitions of her own!...

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Title:Skip Beat!, Vol. 01
Author:Yoshiki Nakamura
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ISBN:1421505851
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:184 pages

Skip Beat!, Vol. 01 Reviews

  • Jaclyn
    Mar 25, 2009

    Ok, about Skip Beat. I must say that I truly enjoy this particular manga. The heroin, at the beginning, is every run of the mill shojo character. However, after she realizes that the one she loves does not love her, and in fact has been purposely using her for his own gain, she shows her darker side that is both scary and comedic. She vows her revenge on him in the only way that she can hurt him, to be a bigger star in show biz. Through out her trails she shows unbelievable feats of physical str

    Ok, about Skip Beat. I must say that I truly enjoy this particular manga. The heroin, at the beginning, is every run of the mill shojo character. However, after she realizes that the one she loves does not love her, and in fact has been purposely using her for his own gain, she shows her darker side that is both scary and comedic. She vows her revenge on him in the only way that she can hurt him, to be a bigger star in show biz. Through out her trails she shows unbelievable feats of physical strength in a comedic way and her devil “helpers” often come out in her anger. Also she does not break into showbiz right away, which is a reality relief for shojo manga. I know that I find it slightly laughable that when ever a girl wants to break into showbiz in a manga, suddenly in the second book she’s on her way to be a star. Also when she meets her other love interest in the story she hates him. Not only that but she has sworn to never love again, so I can be happy to know that I won’t be seeing any sappy love parts in the middle of her trying to get revenge. Also because she has sworn to never love again any love that she does feel will have to take it’s time and develop. It won’t be they see each other and fall in love.

  • The Crimson Fucker
    Jan 10, 2011

    WOW! You know those little books that end up surprising you…? when after a few pages you think you know where that shit is going? And then BANG you get a 180 no scope right in your face! That’s what this little manga did to me! it all start with this girl Kyoko, you get drop in what you think is going to be a romance story. She left school, she abandoned her life, she gave up everything in life for her boyfriend… the only problem is that her boyfriend is one of those Diva dudes who only care abo

    WOW! You know those little books that end up surprising you…? when after a few pages you think you know where that shit is going? And then BANG you get a 180 no scope right in your face! That’s what this little manga did to me! it all start with this girl Kyoko, you get drop in what you think is going to be a romance story. She left school, she abandoned her life, she gave up everything in life for her boyfriend… the only problem is that her boyfriend is one of those Diva dudes who only care about themselves… and there was I thinking that this shit was going to be about the power of love over coming everyting! And making her boyfriend realize what an ass he was… but then one day she walks into her boyfriend while he is having a conversation with his agent… and he is bragging on how he used her to pay for all his expensive taste… how all he had to do to get himself a slave was ask her to come with her, how she have to have 2 jobs to pay for his fancy apartment and his food!! What an ass!!!!! Then right there… something beautiful happened… Kyoko heard everything!!!! And that’s when that little manga turned into something beautiful!! It was not the romantic crap I thought It was going to be… oh hell no! this is a psycho bitch revenge story!!! Like Kill Bill! Kyoko goes into a rampage trying to get him and fuck him up…. But she can’t touch him cuz he is a famous Pop star and has security around him… so what she does? She decides to become a pop star herself in order to get her revenge!!! (I know it don’t make sense! But since when what psycho bitches do makes sense?) and its just mad fun for there on! She does voodoo, she stalks talent scouts, she shows amazing knife skills! Hell she even out runs a taxi in a bike while chasing one scout! Bitch is crazy! Maybe I’m reading between the lines… or reading more than what there actually is to it… but this is one sick little manga! I’m seriously looking forward to read the rest of this series! I’m impressed with it!!! highly impressed!

  • Steph Sinclair
    Apr 08, 2011

    I haven't finished this series completely yet. But I am thinking of going back to re-read this one.

  • Meridith
    Oct 26, 2011

    Manga is something that I like reading again and again; Skip Beat! is my favorite series in the world. Why, might you ask? I would be glad to explain it. The story is great, the artwork is great, it's never a chore to push through chapters; the story is slow, as is the romance, and the two main characters love each other because they love each other, not because they're randomly attracted to one another. If you read manga a lot, you know what I'm talking about. It happens in literature, too, but

    Manga is something that I like reading again and again; Skip Beat! is my favorite series in the world. Why, might you ask? I would be glad to explain it. The story is great, the artwork is great, it's never a chore to push through chapters; the story is slow, as is the romance, and the two main characters love each other because they love each other, not because they're randomly attracted to one another. If you read manga a lot, you know what I'm talking about. It happens in literature, too, but it's just so........... I don't even know how to explain. A lot of the time, there is no growth in the relationship. It starts out as a the girl and the guy having some sort of weird obsession with the other that they call 'love'. In Skip Beat, there is serious progress, starting with both of the characters hating each other down to their cores. Then it turns into respect, and even when Tsuruga realizes that the two have a very significant past together, he doesn't suddenly go, "Aha! I love this girl!" No. He says to himself, "I shouldn't like her just because of my memories with her." It's only when he starts getting to know her as the person that she is now that he lets himself treasure her. As for the main character (spoiler), Kyoko, she doesn't even know she likes him yet—yes, not even in the currently-being-released Japanese chapters. It's because of how nastily she was treated by her childhood friend, Sho. She loved Sho and he broke her heart. Now she's vowed never to love again, et cetera. Just because Tsuruga and Kyoko haven't sworn eternal love yet doesn't mean it doesn't have its intense moments, though. It's not like a super-prudish series that you shouldn't read because there's absolutely no romance. Quite the contrary, there are a lot of moments that make your skip a beat or two (pun completely intended). Though, seriously, after twenty-nine-ish volumes, if Nakamura-sensei doesn't progress their romance further sometime soon, I am flying to Japan to file a formal complaint—not really, because I think she's doing it perfectly as is.

    Basically, this series has something special about it that I think makes it more than worth reading.

  • Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
    Jun 20, 2012

    I have a proper review somewhere. I absolutely love this series. One of my favourite shoujo mangas ever! Kyoko is awesome in her wacky intense yet likable way. Ren is curiously interesting and dedicated to his work. And Sho, he is the villain who very villain -like, but yet, as the series goes on, proves that he is capable of feeling human. Actually I find his character intensely interesting just like Kyoko's and Ren's. I guess they are just one of the reasons why I'm so drawn into this series.

    I have a proper review somewhere. I absolutely love this series. One of my favourite shoujo mangas ever! Kyoko is awesome in her wacky intense yet likable way. Ren is curiously interesting and dedicated to his work. And Sho, he is the villain who very villain -like, but yet, as the series goes on, proves that he is capable of feeling human. Actually I find his character intensely interesting just like Kyoko's and Ren's. I guess they are just one of the reasons why I'm so drawn into this series.

    The other reasons include, one, the plot and the insight I get into Kyoko's journey through showbiz. I think it's amazing watching her transform and grow each time. Two, the other characters. Three, Kyoko. Four, Ren. Five, what else? Everything else!

    Anyway, I'm writing this particular review (since I've done one already on another of the volumes) is because recently I just started watching the live action Taiwanese adaption. And normally I'd hate it, but I needed to practice listening to Mandarin. I have to say I'm actually kinda really, super dooperly impressed with the adaption. I think (with the exception of the CGI) it's done really well. I like how it is and I can't seem to get enough of it. I think as an avid fan of Skip Beat! this does justice to the series (or at least after the first episode and up to where I am now. I've also heard some not so good things about the last ep) - though of course, this probably can't match up to the anime, much less than the original manga.

    For a more in-depth review which I wrote at some point in August in 2012, please click

    . I also realised I don't have a proper review on Goodreads somewhere, but I felt if I copied and pasted my old review here, it probably won't make much sense since it has spoilers and scenes from other volumes!

  • Courtney
    Jul 18, 2012

    Kyoko, our main character is a sweet, hard working young girl at the start of the story. She and Sho, her childhood friend (and crush) have been living in the city for a few months while he works towards his goal of becoming a famous musician, while she works two jobs to support him.

    Her happy existence comes to an end, however, when she overhears Sho talking about the real reasons he brought her to Tokyo with him. Now Kyoko is out for revenge, and won't stop until she manages to make it in th

    Kyoko, our main character is a sweet, hard working young girl at the start of the story. She and Sho, her childhood friend (and crush) have been living in the city for a few months while he works towards his goal of becoming a famous musician, while she works two jobs to support him.

    Her happy existence comes to an end, however, when she overhears Sho talking about the real reasons he brought her to Tokyo with him. Now Kyoko is out for revenge, and won't stop until she manages to make it in the entertainment world herself... and surpass Sho!

    ~*~*~*~*~*~

    I grabbed the second volume on my last run to the comic store, so I've been picking this up and reading a few chapters a bit at a time over the last few days, working towards book 2. It's still quite entertaining upon a re-read. The plot is interesting, and it should be interesting to see if and how Kyoko manages to achieve her goals. (You can't just go up to a director and demand they put you into a movie, after all.)

    Cons to the manga... I'm not a huge fan of the art. It's early in the series, so it might improve later - right now the character designs seem a little odd, though. Very pointed chins on the faces, giving the characters a rather alien appearance.

    Some people might not like the characters, either - the manga is more humorous in nature, and Kyoko's behavior is quite exaggerated to accent/create this. It's over-the-top and a little ridiculous at times, but still entertaining.

  • Mary
    May 27, 2013

    Don't be put off by the length of this series. You will regret it. And there is a VALID REASON WHY THIS SERIES IS SO POPULAR.

    Don't like shojo? That's fine, because Skip Beat makes fun of it.

    I was worried to pick this up because I tend to not love the popular series. I want my romance done right, with tension, and a good female lead. I want comedy, a swoon-worthy male lead. And I want a girl who isn't afraid to stick up for herself, and to go for what she wants: a career.

    Kyoko Mogami was a naive

    Don't be put off by the length of this series. You will regret it. And there is a VALID REASON WHY THIS SERIES IS SO POPULAR.

    Don't like shojo? That's fine, because Skip Beat makes fun of it.

    I was worried to pick this up because I tend to not love the popular series. I want my romance done right, with tension, and a good female lead. I want comedy, a swoon-worthy male lead. And I want a girl who isn't afraid to stick up for herself, and to go for what she wants: a career.

    Kyoko Mogami was a naive and romantic girl who let a man named Sho break her heart. She vows revenge, enters showbiz through hilarious means, and runs into the sexiest man in showbiz, Ren Tsuruga. They instantly hate each other. He doesn't like that she's only here for revenge and believes acting should be cherished. She can't believe that he judges her for this, and constantly is criticized by him.

    It gives us a story where the heroine doesn't fall into cliches that most others do. She gets violent, she envisions strangling her enemies, she badmouths the love interests, and she barricades her heart so she doesn't fall in love. The main love interest, Ren, makes fun of his cliche as the childhood friend that Kyoko doesn't realize he is. We see him fall in love with her first. We see his thoughts and we watch as he goes from hating her, to respecting her, to finally falling for her.

    I dislike showbiz but omg this is entertaining. It's hilarious, it's gripping, and the romance isn't in your face! The heroine guards herself but she's not an annoying dunce. She's oblivious about Ren's feelings but it isn't annoying. Because the way it's set up is so that Kyoko has to grow into a stronger woman before she loves again. And Ren needs to earn her love and respect 100x over and that means revealing dark secrets.

    The romance is tension filled and slow burning and there's great female friendships. No pointless girl hate! XD

    I can't recommend this enough and I'm mad at myself for not picking this up sooner. If you're tight on cash the omnibus is the best way to go. Support manga, guys.

  • Megan
    Aug 11, 2013

    Don't judge a book by it's cover. The cover of this book looks all girly right? Wrong. Maybe guys don't like these kind of books, but some girls look at the cover and go, "urgh". I love this series. Th girl on the cover is named Kyoko. She's a sweet, naive and funny character. She's clueless about love, but still awesome. I couldn't stop reading and the artwork is great. It's one of my favorite manga series. I would recommend it to everyone!

  • Lynne King
    Oct 18, 2013

    The attention to detail in this Japanese comic book is quite remarkable, both in the exceptional artwork and in the text itself, especially the asides that are thrown in that give the idea of a play, and yet the story is relatively simple in concept.

    Briefly, Kyoko is interested in pop star Sho, who abandons her in Tokyo, and Kyoko wanting revenge and bearing a grudge (this is the theme in the book), is determined to join a talent agency and the LME Talent Agency is her target.

    With sheer persever

    The attention to detail in this Japanese comic book is quite remarkable, both in the exceptional artwork and in the text itself, especially the asides that are thrown in that give the idea of a play, and yet the story is relatively simple in concept.

    Briefly, Kyoko is interested in pop star Sho, who abandons her in Tokyo, and Kyoko wanting revenge and bearing a grudge (this is the theme in the book), is determined to join a talent agency and the LME Talent Agency is her target.

    With sheer perseverance (I always admire that in an individual when they know what they want, be it for whatever reason, apart from wanting to kill someone, of course), she doggedly pursues and manages to persuade “L.M.E. Talent Agency, Talento Section Supervisor, Takenori Sawara, age 41, born March 10, Blood type AB…” to consider her for an audition and would you believe that Sho’s rival Ren Tsuruga belongs to this agency. And what is the end result? Well that’s for you to find out.

    I’m not too sure of the exact meaning of Manga – does it mean comic books or cartoonish art? Either way, the book states that it is for thirteen year olds and upwards, and so that includes me.

    I’ve always had a great admiration for the Japanese. Their history, their age-old customs and traditions, their stoicism in times of disaster (I still shudder when I think of that shameful episode in 1945 with such a tremendous loss of life), their inventiveness and advances in technology over the last few decades and now I see that Manga is now another string to their bow.

    What I particularly liked were the comments made by the author on the left of the page, and studded from time to time throughout the book, as to how the book came to fruition. Her editor appears to be quite a demanding individual too, what with four different attempts at Kyoko’s hairstyle, questioning the title of the book, etc. Also there are end notes at the beginning (I mean the end as you have to read the book Japanese style from the right to the left) giving short meanings of some of the terms used.

    Here are a few of them:

    “The big sneeze: In Japan sneezing is a sign that people are talking about you. Sneeze once and you are being praised, twice and you are being criticized, three times and you are being laughed at (or admired or scolded), and four times means you will catch a cold.”

    Also, “Straw doll: In Japan straw dolls can be used, much like voodoo dolls, to put a curse on someone”,

    And, “The hand coming from Kyoko’s throat: In Japanese, there’s an expression ‘to want so much that a hand comes out of the throat.’ This is a visual representation of that expression”

    I came across this book by chance as a recent Goodreads’ friend had this as his favourite book. And when there’s one favourite book (not many) involved, I always like to check it out as it gives me more of a clue about the personality of the friend concerned.

    All in all this is a super little gem of a book and highly recommended to arty farty types like myself.

  • Cath
    Jul 01, 2015

    3/5 stars.

    I've seen a few episodes of the anime so this volume wasn't anything special, I knew what was going to happen.

    I've heard this manga series is one of the best, so I'm going to read more soon!