Skip Beat 34
June 28, 2015
Yoshiki Nakamura – Viz – 2015 – 34+ volumes
I got this in the mail yesterday (4/7, because I’m posting this, like, 3 months later) and read it immediately.
I’m pretty sure everyone in the surrounding three midwestern states heard me shriek during one of the key scenes. That’s Skip Beat’s power. It makes even old ladies like me squeal with joy.
Seriously, this volume is something else. There’s an excruciating scene at the beginning where both the reader and Kyoko think that Lory will drop the hammer down on her. Which, admittedly, isn’t really Lory’s style, but it’s hard to predict him. It turns absolutely wretched and heartbreaking just as everything clears up, and then gets a little creepy as Lory tells Kyoko to “use everything for acting.” Ugh.
Later, there’s Corn. We haven’t really seen him yet. This scene is amazing, and makes you realize that he may be more like Kyoko than it seems.
I’m not saying much about this scene so as not to spoil it, but I was actually laughing and yelling out loud while I was reading this. I don’t do that. It’s pretty much the best thing the series has offered us so far, and there are a lot of good things in this series.
Anyway. This is a perfect opportunity for the two of them to come clean with one another. If this doesn’t lead to heartfelt confession and romance, I’m going to lose faith in shoujo manga.
I see that there are two (!!!) volumes out in Japan. I’ll wait patiently.