Skip Beat 28

June 21, 2012

Yoshiki Nakamura – Viz – 2012 – 30+ volumes

Again, this series doesn’t even make it out of the box before I’ve read it cover-to-cover. This is my absolute favorite shoujo series running in English at the moment. Aside from some wonky art composition, there’s very little to dislike about this series, and if you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, I highly recommend the new 3-in-1 volumes that are being reissued. 3 volumes still isn’t a big enough chunk of Skip Beat to satisfy, and you’ll want all 28 once you start. Then again, you may be disappointed when you get this far and realize that the main couple still isn’t together, but that is the blessing and the curse of Skip Beat. It’s still good, despite all that.

This is a more serious volume, with an accident for Ren at the beginning triggering more serious thoughts for both Ren and Kyoko. Ren has to deal with and conquer his past, which is still up in the air as of the end of the volume. And Kyoko has to ask herself what’s the matter with Ren, that he’s taking all of this so hard. Plus… she admits to herself that the locks are falling off the box. I’m sure this isn’t going anywhere in a hurry, it being Skip Beat and all, but I’m looking forward to the next volume like nobody’s business all the same.

This one is slow, and there’s a lot about Ren’s past here. Incredibly, it goes on for a whole volume without telling us a whole lot about the people in Ren’s life, or how he got to be a delinquent. Annoying.

But there are a lot of sweet scenes between Ren and Kyoko. It’s Kyoko that helps Ren after the accident, and Kyoko that helps him through the tough mental blocks. Again, it’s not nearly as funny as some of the best parts of the series, but this is a relatively serious bit of story, so it’s appropriate the humor has been toned down. There’s still some choice moments, though. Ren still teases Kyoko quite a bit, and there’s a great scene in a supermarket where (I think) he feigns ignorance at the quality of chicken and decides a super-expensive brand is better based on price. There’s stuff like that slipped in there, and even some cute stuff in Ren’s flashbacks (I was fond of the rooster named Brian), but mostly it’s very serious and sad.

But it’s still Skip Beat, and I still loved every page. The last few pages are cruel, and make me want the next volume badly. But I would have wanted it anyway. I know they still aren’t going to get together, but I want to be lead on, and mostly, I want to laugh at Kyoko and Ren’s mutual humiliation at the hands of Yoshiki Nakamura. That is the beauty of Skip Beat.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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