Posts Tagged Skip Beat!

Anime/Manga Wishes on a Star

It seems like in this hobby I’m never fully satisfied. I always want more, once one wish is granted I’m incredibly excited at the good news and then I start thinking about my other wishes. Most of my wishes have to do with the way series are brought over from Japan to where I am. So most would be solved if I could speak Japanese and read hiragana/katakana/kanji. However others would be unfullfilled even if I could read/speak Japanese like I was born in Japan.

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Tokyo Crazy Paradise Manga Review

I‘m a huge fan of this mangaka! I’ve worshipped Skip Beat! (Nakamura’s other manga series) for the past 3 years! I’ve re-read Skip Beat! so many times that I’ve completely lost count. But, I read Tokyo Crazy Paradise for the first time just this month. Why did I wait so long? I AVOIDED this series, I ADMIT IT! Why? Well…I’ve been reading manga for many years now, and I’ve often found that when I love one series, and go to read another series by that same mangaka, I end up feeling disappointed by it. Nakamura and Skip Beat! meant so much to me that I couldn’t bear the thought of being completely disappointed with her other series. Most of the time when I’m disappointed by how similar the characters/plot are to the original story I loved, it’s like the same main characters have been copied and pasted into a different environment with different hair styles.When I see that I allow it to affect my image of the characters from that first series, they suddenly seem a lot less unique and it lessens my love of the series. Plus…why isn’t Tokyo Crazy Paradise being released officially in the US? That particular detail nagged at me the most, it seemed like it was almost saying…this series isn’t so great.

I’ll be making many comparisons to Skip Beat! throughout this review, I’m sorry if this is bothersome to the readers who haven’t read Skip Beat! but this is how I wanted to write the review. Especially since I feel that those most curious about this series will be those that are fans of Skip Beat!

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Series That Have Consumed Me

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What are your anime and manga series that have completely consumed your attention and thoughts? When a series takes me over I can’t help but think of it at least several times a day. I’m the type that easily gets lost in my imagination so I can spend a long time thinking about lots of different scenarios in a series. Maybe even imagine myself as a badass character in that series if it’s a Shonen. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to figure out what kind of a pirate I would be on One Piece! Although when you’re as weak as myself, it’s hard to even imagine yourself being of any use when in reality you need to use the leg of your pants just to open twistable beer/soda bottles! Oddly enough I never imagine myself as being part of any shoujo series I like, I’m romantic enough to thoroughly enjoy these series watching other people. But not nearly romantic enough to place myself in the heroine’s shoes, or even sneaking away with the heroine’s good looking leftover men.

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Skip Beat! Anime Review

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Since I’ve already done a review of Skip Beat! the manga I’m just going to talk about how the anime compares to the manga in this review. If you’d like the plot summary and character descriptions go here for my manga review. I’d feel too cheap copying the same summary and such in the anime review too. But I would like to mention how Skip Beat! is often called the anti-shoujo because when the heroine (Kyoko) was betrayed by the boy/man (Sho) she dedicated her life to, rather then get sad she laughed in his face and swore revenge! She is going to dedicate her life to Sho in a completely different way! To become a star and overtake him in the entertainment industry. I love a good tale of female vengeance!

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Skip Beat! Manga Review

Title: Skip Beat!
Japanese Title: Skip Beat!
Author: Yoshiki Nakamura
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Licensed: Yes (Viz Media, Shojo Beat)
Release Date: July 5th, 2006 (U.S.)
Volumes: 19+ volumes

Quick Summary

This plot is about Kyoko Mogami, a 16 year old girl who fell madly in love with her best friend Shotaro when they were children. Since then she has done everything in her power to ensure his happiness. Sho is the heir to his family’s inn but decides he wants nothing to do with such a boring life and decides to pursue a music career in Tokyo. Sho asks Kyoko to abandon high school and her hometown to join him in achieving his goal. Kyoko agrees and lives a hectic life working multiple jobs and spending nothing on herself so that Sho may live comfortably. Eventually, Sho is considered to be in the top twenty most popular entertainers in Japan. One day, Kyoko brings Sho his lunch at a company building and overhears Sho complaining about her to his manager, saying that she is a boring and plain girl that he’d like to be rid of. Kyoko then unleashes a torment of vengeful demons (literally) from deep within herself and swears revenge into Sho’s mocking face.

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