Skip Beat 25

October 13, 2011

Yoshiki Nakamura – Viz – 2011 – 28+ volumes

This book was so good that I went back and re-read the series from the beginning in two days. Skip Beat is a force to be reckoned with.

But really, this one is probably the best volume yet. And it’s going to be hard for me to talk about, because I really don’t want to spoil it. But the volume opens with a confrontation with Sho, and ends with Ren getting jealous and taking action. Kyoko is, of course, in the middle. Misunderstandings get sorted out. New misunderstandings are created.

Only Skip Beat can take what is usually a sweet, but noteworthy moment in any shoujo series and make it happen twice in one volume, and somehow humiliate all parties involved both times. And really, it’s Nakamura’s ability to completely shame her characters, to make fun of them relentlessly and exploit their quirks, that makes Skip Beat so much fun to read.

There’s still plenty of funny mixed in here, but both events are… almost no laughing matter. And even with all the humor mixed in with the drama and romance and ridiculous rage, the volume still ends on a really sweet, positive note that almost makes you think “welllllll… maybe Kyoko is starting to come around.”

Because seriously, Ren is too cool a guy to keep humiliating again and again like this. Of course, that’s part of the fun. But still.

And if my hints aren’t vague enough for you, here’s a concrete plot point: Kyoko finally explains what her Valentine’s Day intentions towards Ren are. It’s, unusually, a little more than you could hope for in this series.

But every single page of this volume was delightful. I can’t stress how much fun this series is every single time. I have yet to be disappointed by anything, really.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

2 Responses to “Skip Beat 25”


  1. I loved the perfect balance between rage/wackiness and actual real feelings. Favorite line from your review: “Only Skip Beat can take what is usually a sweet, but noteworthy moment in any shoujo series and make it happen twice in one volume, and somehow humiliate all parties involved both times.” It was great.

    I’m jealous that you marathoned the whole series. That sounds like a great idea . . .

  2. becomingbitter Says:

    Agreed. Skip Beat is one of the mangas that I have read without wanting to punch the girl if she was real person. The problem with most shojo/josei mangas is that the girl is too meek or just plain stupid. I loved how the mangaka characterized Kyoko and her demons. Each character had a surprising level of depth and connection to other characters. Like Sho for instance. He isn’t a total @ss. Even Ren. There is more to Ren than meets the eye for sure. I love this series. Just love it. Have you tried watching the anime? I loved the anime as well. I wish that they would make a second season. There is also a live drama adaptation of Skip Beat being made. It is called Extravagant Challenge. The drama will be released in December I believe.


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