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Skip-Beat!
Skip-Beat! cover vol01.jpg
Cover of Skip Beat volume 1 as published by Hakusensha, featuring Kyoko Mogami
スキップ・ビート!
(Sukippu Bīto!)
Genre Romantic comedy
Manga
Author Yoshiki Nakamura
Publisher Hakusensha
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Hana to Yume
Original run February 15, 2002 – ongoing
Volumes 23 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Kiyoko Sayama
Writer Mayori Sekijima
Studio Hal Film Maker
Network TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Original run October 5, 2008March 29, 2009
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
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Skip-Beat! (スキップ・ビート! Sukippu Bīto!?) is a Japanese shōjo manga by Yoshiki Nakamura. It is the story of Kyoko Mogami (最上 キョーコ Mogami Kyōko?) a 16-year-old girl who discovers that her childhood friend and romantic goal, Sho Fuwa, only keeps her around to act as a maid and earn his living expenses, as he works his way to become the top pop idol in Japan. Furious and heart broken, she vows to get revenge by beating him in show business. In Japan, the manga was first published in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume in February 2002, while in the United States, it began publishing under Viz Media's Shojo Beat label in 2006. As of June 2008, nineteen volumes have been released in Japan, and as of May 2009, eighteen volumes have been released in the United States. In 2002, a drama CD adaptation was made and released by Marine Entertainment, and covers the first volume (chapters one to five) of the manga. An anime adaptation is produced by Hal Film Maker, and began airing October 5, 2008.[1] It ended airing with episode twenty-five on July 12, 2009.

Contents

Plot

Skip-Beat! is about Kyoko Mogami, a wistful yet cheery sixteen year-old girl who loves her childhood friend, Shotaro, but is cruelly betrayed and thus seeks revenge against him. She used to spend a lot of time at Shotaro's parents' inn and learned a lot about housekeeping, hostelry, and other jobs (sewing, cooking, serving tea traditionally, etc.). Shotaro, not wishing to take over his parents' inn, becomes bored of living in Kyoto and decides to move to Tokyo to pursue a career in music. Sho, as he is called by his fans, asks Kyoko to leave high school in Kyoto Prefecture and her life behind to help him. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Kyoko lives an unreasonably frugal life, spending nothing on herself and doing whatever she can for the freeloading Sho, who eventually becomes ranked seventh in the top twenty most popular entertainers of Japan. One day, however, as Kyoko brings Sho his lunch at a company building, she overhears Shotaro complaining about her to his manager, saying that she is a boring and plain girl with no sex appeal that he'd like to cast away. He then proceeds to sweet-talk and flirt with his manager, in stark contrast to the cold and demanding attitude he usually exhibits towards Kyoko. Unlike other heroines in the same situation, Kyoko doesn't shed many tears when she learns that Sho thinks she's only good for housekeeping. Instead, her "Pandora's box" opens and she vows vengeance on Sho. Enraged, Kyoko attempts to attack Sho, but is instantly carried off by security. Sho mockingly tells her that if she wants revenge, she had better become a bigger star than him. And so, Kyoko, vowing revenge, changes her appearance and enters the entertainment business, facing many challenges along the way. Skip Beat! follows Kyoko's journey to climb the showbiz ladder as she meets interesting people, in the hopes of getting revenge on Shotaro, but also in order to get back her sense of compassion that she had lost when her heart was broken by Sho. She meets different people on her journey to stardom,a few troublemakers,and friends who help her. However, she later discovers that she is acting because she wants to, not for revenge on Sho.

Characters

Kyoko Mogami (最上 キョーコ Mogami Kyōko?)
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (drama CD), Marina Inoue (anime)
Instead of staying home and attending High School in Kyoto, Kyoko travels with her childhood friend Shō Fuwa to Tokyo to help him while he makes it big as an idol. When she finds out he only invited her so she could be his maid, her heart and innocence are shattered. More vengeful than depressed, she swears to avenge herself. Shō comments the only way to do this would be to beat him in show business, so that's what she decides to do. She changes her hair style and begins the task of applying to Shō's rival company (Akatoki Agency), L.M.E. While her audition stood out, the president of the company realized that she lacked the key point needed to become an idol: love, as without genuine love for this profession and for the audience, she cannot make it far in this world. However, despite her failure, she had such an interesting and impressionable audition (she did katsura-muki as her talent portion) that Kyoko is given a second chance. The L.M.E. "Love Me" section is thus founded. Lory makes a deal with Kyoko that if she whole-heartedly completes all the jobs given to her as a Love-Me employee to the client's satisfaction (which is determined by how many points they stamp onto her record book), by the end of certain period of time, when she has accumulated enough points, she will be given a grand debut. Thus begins her journey into the show business world.
Ren Tsuruga (敦賀 蓮 Tsuruga Ren?)
Voiced by: Ken Narita (drama CD), Katsuyuki Konishi (anime)
Ren is, in outward appearances, an extremely nice and polite star. He was voted the top male celebrity in Japan, causing Sho to have feelings of distaste and rivalry towards him. While he seems perfect and wonderful on the outside, he has been known to show his true self to Kyoko, originally giving her the impression that she was hated. He was originally unhappy with Kyoko, because she joined show business for revenge. However, he gradually warms up towards her. Once realizing that she isn't just trying to become an actress for revenge, he supports her growth as a budding idol. Although at first in denial of his feelings, he eventually comes to terms with his feelings of love for Kyoko. He at many points attempts to subtlety tell Kyoko his feelings, but she tends to ignore any confession by complete accident. He tends to get jealous whenever anything happens between Sho Fuwa and Kyoko due to their former relationship, giving Sho an opening to cause him distress.
Shō Fuwa (不破 尚 Fuwa Shō?)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Kanna (drama CD), Mamoru Miyano (anime)
His real name is Shōtarō (松太郎?). He keeps it a secret because he finds it a very old-fashioned and traditional name. He is a typical stuck-up star, and is also very ruthless. Shō had no qualms about tricking Kyoko into going with him to Tokyo so she could be a free servant for him. He also had even less qualms about being extremely cruel to her when she discovered this. Shō eventually figured out that Kyoko was in L.M.E., and was surprised to see her transformation. It is also revealed that he has more feelings for her than he originally thought, such as his dislike of seeing Kyoko in tears since childhood and insisting on how he wants Kyoko to think only of himself. Shō has also disliked Ren because he is the coolest guy in Show Biz. Shō says he's going to steal all of Ren's fans and the title of "The Coolest Male Celebrity" from him.
Kanae Kotonami (琴南 奏江 Kotonami Kanae?)
Voiced by: Yukiko Tagami (drama CD), Risa Hayamizu (anime)
Kotonami's character, at first glance, looks like she was being set up to be the villain to Kyoko's heroine, but Kanae is much more sympathetic than she appears. Kanae desperately wanted to be a star and was at the same audition as Kyoko, but although she did better than Kyoko, she also failed. She became the second member of Love Me, having Kyoko starting to call her "Moko". After their tag-team effort in winning an audition for a commercial, despite some differences in their personality, both girls recognize that they are in fact very similar, leading them to become friends. Kanae puts up a strong front, but is very self-conscious and is prone to self doubt. Although her attitude towards Kyoko may seem aloof at times, it is clear that she values their friendship, as she reluctantly shares her secret with Kyoko when she fears her unwillingness to share her troubles might drive Kyoko away.
Yukihito Yashiro (社 倖一 Yashiro Yukihito?)
Voiced by: Masahito Kawanago (anime)
He is Ren's manager. When first seen he is a serious character, later on he is used largely for comic relief. We get a better understanding of Ren’s subtle emotional shifts from Yashiro’s not-so-subtle reactions to Ren’s interactions with Kyoko. He fully supports a romantic relationship between the two and often needles Ren about his lack of progress in that area. He also tends to associate anything Ren says in relation to Kyoko and his feelings for her, even before Ren himself came to terms with them.
He must use latex gloves when handling any electronics because any electronic device that he touches directly will soon be rendered broken and useless. In particular, he has mentioned that a cell phone will die after about 10 seconds of direct exposure to his skin.
Lory Takarada (ローリィ宝田 Rōri Takarada?)
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (drama CD), Kouji Ishii (anime)
Lory is the extravagantly flamboyant president of L.M.E and Maria's grandfather. He is one of the first people to recognize Kyoko's potential of being a great star, and created the "Love Me" section because of this. He seems genuinely concerned for Kyoko and wonders what could have happened in her past to cause her to lose the ability to love. He learns in Vol. 4 that Kyoko has never known her father and has a bad relationship with her mother but does not know the details. Later, when he learned that she dropped out of school he arranges for her to attend a high school that is specializes in accommodating students working in show business and their hectic schedules.
Takenori Sawara (椹 武憲 Sawara Takenori?)
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Kōno (drama CD), Kenji Hamada (anime)
He is a manager in L.M.E. and was tormented by Kyoko into getting her into an audition. Despite the initial meeting, he is actually very supportive of Kyoko, even through her penchant for tripping her own idol career up.
Maria Takarada (宝田 マリア Takarada Maria?)
Voiced by: Hiromi Konno (anime)
Maria is the granddaughter of the president of L.M.E. and used to use her cute appearance to get people's sympathy. She did so before Kyoko's audition; however Kyoko recognized this, and called her out on it. While some people would be angry at Kyoko, Maria began to idolize her, and views her as an ultimate big sister. Maria also suffered from a huge guilt complex from her believing that she is the cause of her mother's death. As a result, Maria was unable to talk or even be around her father, since she thought that he hated her. Kyoko managed to make Maria understand that her father didn't hate her, or think that Maria caused her mother's death. Maria also loves to dabble with black magic (along with Kyoko's side) and has a large crush on Ren Tsuruga.
Shoko Aki (安芸 祥子 Aki Shōko?)
Voiced by: Rio Natsuki (anime)
Shoko Aki is Sho Fuwa's manager. Since he and Kyoko split he's been living at her place. Actually he was already living at her place most of the time even when he was still living with Kyoko, though the two of them, Kyoko and Shoko, get along rather well. Shoko Aki herself wanted to become an actress (Act.85), but decided she didn't have the talent for it. But she still wanted work that was connected with Show business, and got a good job as a manager. She also is aware of Sho's feelings for Kyoko, and tries to hint at him that he should confess his feelings to her.

Media

Manga

Skip-Beat! began as a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiki Nakamura which started serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume on February 15, 2002. The first bound volume was released in Japan on July 19, 2002, and as of June 19, 2009, 24 volumes have been released in Japan. The manga was licensed by Viz Media for release in English in North America on Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint.[2] The first volume was released in English on July 5, 2006, and as of October 6, 2009 (2009 -10-06), 19 volumes have been released.[3]

Drama CD

A single drama CD entitled Skip-Beat! Drama CD was released by Marine Entertainment bearing the catalog number "MMCC-7029" on September 26, 2002[4]. The drama CD covers the first volume (chapters one to five) of the manga.

Anime

The anime adaptation was directed by Kiyoko Sayama and animated by Hal Film Maker, it began airing in Japan on October 5, 2008 and ended on March 29, 2009.[1] The first opening theme is "Dream Star" by the generous. The first ending theme is "Namida" by 2BACKKA.The second opening theme is "Renaissance" by the generous, and the second ending theme is "Eien" by Yūsaku Kiyama.[5] Popular anime streaming website Crunchyroll also officially streams the anime online with English subtitles due to an agreement with TV Tokyo.[6]

Live-action Drama

A live-action television drama version has been announced in a press conference in Japan.

Two idol stars of previous Taiwanese drama versions of shōjo manga will headline this new production. Ariel Lin, the actress who starred in the live-action It Started With a Kiss (TV series) adaptation of Kaoru Tada's Itazura na Kiss manga, will play Kyōko. Jerry Yan rose to international stardom in the Meteor Garden drama retelling of Yoko Kamio's Hana Yori Dango manga, and he will now take on the Skip Beat! role of Kyōko's acting mentor Ren Tsuruga. Production has been halted as the Japanese production group is rejudging the script.

Game

A game was released using same name at 28th May 2009 in Playstation 2 .

The opening song of this game is Blow Wind by SMILY☆SPIKY . The game was taking place after the event of animation of Skip Beat! where the main character Kyoko Mogami need to choose her next job and develop relationship with others .

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