Skip Beat! Vol. 19

SKIPBEAT19What’s on the back: Koo and Lory can’t stop meddling in Kyoko’s and Ren’s lives. Because while Koo is impressed with Kyoko’s talent he knows that she will never be a great actress unless she can overcome her fatal weakness. And Lory knows that Ren’s acting is likewise affected by his refusal to face his past. Can the two old-timers give their young proteges a much needed kick in the pants , or will their plans blow up in their faces?!

Review: Three months is too long of a wait for Skip Beat. Especially since it reigns as one of my all time favourites in terms of shoujo manga. We don’t get to see much of a development between Ren and Kyoko, but, we do get to see a lot of Ren’s past and an improvement in Kyoko’s acting career.

First off, I was shocked that Ren is not Japanese. Maybe it’s because I have forgotten or I missed it in the past volumes. But it was quite interesting why Ren chose Japan as a place to develop his acting and career. At first I thought that Ren’s father was probably a bad guy, since, it was hinted in earlier volumes that Ren disliked his father. But in reality, Ren doesn’t dislike his father. He only wanted to reach his goals without the help of his father’s career in showbiz. I applaud Ren’s determination, since it takes a lot of willpower and effort to leave your parents for the past five years and not speak to them once. With his video letter that he has sent to his mother, Ren let go of his past, and is able to preform to his full potential.

I got to admit, I liked the relationship that Kyoko had with her sensei, Koo. Koo saw that Kyoko has a problem, that would probably hinder her rise to stardom. She is way too picky with what kind of roles she wants to protray. A successful actress would take on all roles, and make it her own. Koo was trying to let her know her potential and that if she become less fickle with her choices of roles, she would definitely shine. I felt something special between Koo and Kyoko’s relationship. Koo saw his long lost son in Kyoko, and Kyoko saw a father figure she never had. It was quite touching at the end when Kyoko called Koo her father in the airport.

The only thing I have to complain about this volume is where the heck is Sho? lol, I thought he was suppose to be a contender in the game to win Kyoko’s heart. I guess it doesn’t really matter since, this volume was not set on Kyoko’s relationships. I also love Kyoko’s reacting to Ren when she knows she disobeys him. Ren is a nice guy, but Kyoko thinks that Ren is evil behind that smile of his.

Final Thoughts: What I’m expecting next volume is more Ren x Kyoko x Sho conflicts. I would also like to see Ren and Kyoko utilizing the advices that were given to them. This volume met my demands, and delivered quite an entertaining read.

Overall Grade: A


Skip Beat Vol. 18

42014-sb18_superSummary: Kyoko hasn’t had a Love Me Section job in a while, and this newest assignment is pushing her limits. She’s now the personal assistant to Koo Hizuri, a Japanese actor turned Hollywood star, and everyone knows how assistants are treated in hollywood! Can Kyoko see past Koo’s meanness, or will he just make her demons worse?!

Review: As I’ve stated in my last post, Skip Beat! is my favourite shoujo right now. I can’t tell you how excited I get when a new volume of Skip Beat comes out! Thank God, it comes out every two months, because I don’t think I can deal with the wait and probably I will result to reading scans.

In this volume, Kyoko becomes an assistant to Koo Hizuri, a Japanese actor turned Hollywood star. At first Koo seems to be one of those snotty celebrities that treats their assistants like crap. But in reality he’s just a doting father.

Koo gives Kyoko an assignment to honed her acting skills. She must act as his son for a day. After a very long list of personality traits that describes Koo’s son, Kyoko finds it almost impossible to protray him. She gave up in trying to personate him, and decides to act as the most perfect person she knows, Corn.

Not to be mean, but I somehow find Kyok to be an idiot. Koo tells her that his son’s name is Kuon. Kyoko being the idiot that she is, does not link that Corn and and Kuon is the same person! Even their names are pronounce the same. Another thing that bothers me about Kyoko is that she is oblivious to Ren’s love for her. How can she not tell? How often does a top star calls someone, unless he/she must like them? Oh Kyoko, if it wasn’t for the plot, I would¬†have smack some sense into her head already. lol.

Anyways, it turns out that Kyoko protrays Koo’s son perfectly. The only problem was that she protrayed him as a ten year old, instead of a 15 year old, which is the age that Koo last saw his son. As for who Koo’s soon is, I will not spoil it for you guys. But you should already know who it is by now. lol

Conclusion: The only thing that was bad about this volume (it wasn’t that bad actually) was the lack of Ren and Kyoko scenes. There relationship doesn’t seem to be moving yet, partially due to Kyoko’s lact of attention of the people who’s around her. Sho, on the other hand, is taking Kyoko’s challenge seriously. He consistantly release number one hits, one right after another. Kyoko hasn’t realize that Sho probably still likes her. It’s quite obvious. But will Sho win her heart back? Who knows? Kind of feel bad for the guy, because he has some tough competition in winning Kyoko’s heart back.¬† Hopefully, next volume would provide me with more Ren x Kyoko scenes.

Overall Grade: A