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Glass no Kamen  
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Chigusa Tsukikage holds the rights to the play "The Crimson Goddess," a lost masterpiece that many would love to see brought back to the stage. Tsukikage, however, won't allow the cherished work to be diminished by an actress who isn't worthy of playing the title role. Fortunately, she has found two young actresses that just might be worthy: Maya Kitajima and Ayumi Himekawa. Though both actresses are exceptionally talented, only one can win the coveted role.


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Associated Names
Garasu no Kamen
Glass Mask
Il Grande Sogno di Maya
Mặt Nạ Thủy Tinh
Topeng Kaca

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Latest Release(s)
v.39 c.2 by Shoujo Manga Maniac (1d ago)
v.39 c.1 by Shoujo Manga Maniac (141d ago)
v.38 c.5-6 by Shoujo Manga Maniac (434d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
49 Volumes (Ongoing)
25 Volumes Bunko (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 41

User Reviews
Glass Mask by Alissa

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (440 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 1st 2013, 12:59am PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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Weekly Pos #129 increased(+239)
Monthly Pos #332 decreased(-62)
3 Month Pos #262 (No change)
6 Month Pos #252 decreased(-25)

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Is this still updating? 304 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes ago
Ending 434 days, 2 hours, 11 minutes ago
Do the end up together anytime soon? 593 days, 14 hours, 30 minutes ago
Anime (2005) 886 days, 5 hours, 29 minutes ago
Glass Mask Special: where does it come in? 959 days, 11 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Bah, Classics   
Rating: N/A
by Sphear
September 8th, 2013, 3:04pm
One, the art. I love the classic art as much as I like contemporary designs; and the art was definitely no downer for me. But really, it's always that narration. The thought processes. They're so blatant and contrived. I didn't feel that the plot was too great. I'm in 15 volumes- not even half way there. To be honest, despite all the flaws I might have found in the series, it's been OK - an average read. And wha- it's still ongoing? I usually complete what I've started but investing time on 38+ volumes of this mediocrity is even a little extreme on my case.

I don't got the hots for Skip Beat and this manga is like its predecessor. That could explain my distaste for it.

... Last updated on September 8th, 2013, 3:07pm
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Don't be fooled   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PumpkinIsMyName
May 1st, 2013, 4:36pm
Glass Mask is one of my all-time favourites. Surprisingly stupid I was to keep it at distance at first. With the plot, drawing style and long run I thought it would be a ginormous drag, but the contrast couldn't be much greater. From the first volume I was hooked. Somehow this manga claws itself onto you and doesn't let go.
The synopsis doesn't even slightly grasp the epic story Glass Mask is. It's all about dreams, love, talent, hope, friendship, family, tragedy and the ability to fight for what you want and never give up. Here we see a girl with no credit on whatever subject besides acting, in acting her soul lives and thrives. You get pulled in, rooting for Maya's dreams, Hayami's love, Ayumi's ambitions, Tsukikage's blissful afterlife. The never-ending plot-twists, plays, adventures, hurdles and accomplishments keep you interested and not once did I lose my patience (which for me is rare).
I still prefer modern-drawings more, but so far I haven't been truly bothered by it. The catch is that the artist doesn't really improve with time, in my humble opinion.
This story never bores me and despite running for so long it still feels so short. I can't wait till they bring out some more scanlations (I'm at vol. 38)
For other matters such as character development and story development, I can say they are prominent, Maya grows stronger and stronger, and not only in her acting skills.

To conclude: Glass no Kamen is a classic and must-read for shoujo fans, it manages to stay fresh and exciting even after 38 volumes.

(ps. For those who have read Ashita no Ousama, Skip Beat!, The One, Ingenuo and Paradise City, I highly recommend this. It has somewhat the same feeling at points, plus it revolves around a career/talented orientated (showbiz) plot too.)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hamaiasa
March 21st, 2013, 10:34am
This is a fantastic, gorgeous, well structured, simply stunning manga. Melodramatic/warped at times, but I love it.
I was referred here after SWAN was dropped by CMX.. I had heard lots of people comparing it to this "Glass Mask" thing, and I kind of just shelved it somewhere in my brain, until I *being unproductive and terribly depressed at school at that point* decided to read it. It was as amazing as it promised, and truly comparable to SWAN by Kyoko Ariyoshi ! (psst, go check that out if you haven't already. Scans are slow but its on the rise. It was my first shoujo love~!) in its scope and beauty. I enjoy the plays-within-mangas, the hilarious chibis, and the realistic romance. The painful romance between two main characters is one of the best you will ever encounter, and the parallels to Tsukikage's own past are wonderfully portrayed. The art is a bit old and odd at first, certainly, but give it a try. It's certainly inspiring and ridiculously motivating <3 I love it so much I can't bear the wait till 211... =) there I go sounding sappy! I've probably used the word "beautiful" way more times than usual, but it's true. Glass Mask is beautiful~

... Last updated on March 21st, 2013, 10:34am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Nirachu
January 9th, 2013, 6:11am
Welp, my first classic shoujo. The characters did appear to conform to cliche tropes initially: the clumsy, happy-go-lucky, rags-to-riches heroine, the talented, indifferent rival etc. However, Maya (the main protagonist) has particularly good character development throughout the course of the story, maturing into quite a likeable character unlike some of the more shallow shoujo heroines.

Another aspect I particularly enjoyed was the acting/drama stuff. Unlike a few other manga which use showbiz as a pretext to romance, I found it the opposite in Glass Mask, which is very centred around the character development and storyline. The romance is there too, but it's quite subtle and progresses extremely slowly in comparison. The classic art style did take me a while to get used to though, although it's not an overly big distraction, and you do tend to get used to it after a couple of volumes.

Actually, to be honest I'm still surprised at how good this series is even compared to more modern shoujo manga. Despite the cliches present, it has surprising depth.

... Last updated on October 19th, 2013, 11:33pm
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Pure Essence of Awesomeness   
Rating: N/A
by Nemurenaiyo
December 5th, 2012, 10:57pm
Glass Mask is truly an enjoyable read. I would have never imagine myself to read such manga with girly art, but upon having to start with the first chapter, I was truly absorbed by both art and the characters. For those of you who have ever read 'Daddy-Long-Legs' (literature novel by Jean Webster), you would find a slight resemblance to 'Mr. Fan'. I love this tiny detail since I am a fan of 'Daddy-Long-Legs' but the affection displayed by 'Mr. Fan' in Glass Mask was refreshing. Instead of having the female protagonist to be the one who writes to the unknown male protagonist and display innocent honesty to highlight her feelings, 'Mr. Fan' shows HIS affection by consistently giving her roses and short messages as a form of motivation. In return, Maya brings about great effort in honing her skills as an actress. Oh my god *fans self* But putting all of that aside, I do find it horrifying how the Mangaka loves to exaggerate the facial expressions of 'stunned' characters. They looked terrified instead of being 'amazed'. However that didn't stop me reading this series. The story is well balanced and it is getting even more interesting as Maya progresses and advances her skills in drama.

Glass Mask deserves a round of applause.
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Glass Mask FTW   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForteAtrox
October 4th, 2012, 12:10pm
Holy shmucks this manga is an enjoyable mess. Glass Mask, how I regret not reading you earlier!
Glass Mask is about an extremely talented young girl who starts discovering her abilities on the stage. It's funny, dramatic, and at times heart breakingly romantic. It's a lot of fun watching Maya realize her talent and learning her character in every role she plays. She's a naive character but her pure love and enthusiasm for acting makes her a great character to read about.
Sometimes I felt like there was quite a bit of rinse and repeat and some of the training she went through me go through made my eye twitch because it was just so ridiculous, but reading on the story plays out quite nicely without too many bumps in the road. Some people are put-off by the old drawing style, but there's nothing wrong with the art itself so I don't mind at all, heck, I've seen some really bad art drawn in the present time. The romance is slow and daddy long leg style, which I can live with because it adds so much suspense to this series that makes you want to find out what happens next.
Someone who commented below complained about Maya saying she's not a prodigy, saying "every one goes either "Scary!!" or "she's different, not maya anymore". Gimme a break.". That's something we call 'getting into character'. Some actors are better at it than others, Maya is gifted for understanding and creating a character so realistic that you almost forget that Maya is acting. Maya can bring the audience from a stage into a whole new world with her acting and if that's not talent, then I don't know what is.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
She even performed a solo in a old rundown supply shed with makeshift props and costumes and still had the audience intrigued.

When you first start the series, you might think wow, the character is a bit... much and things might feel exaggerated but keep on reading dang nabit, soon the story will pull you in and hold you in a choke hold so strong you'll not be able to escape- in a good way. Happy reading~
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Rating: N/A
by tende_frezze
May 23rd, 2012, 6:39pm
This manga has been there for as long as I can remember.
Like Doraemon this manga is something legendary some 20 years ago biggrin and btw the artwork is a lot better after a few vol so do not drop it after reading a few pages.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Krimson
September 23rd, 2011, 11:06am
What's with her maniacal expression? She crossed the line of being passionate and is in the region of craziness. Is the 1st vol. s'posed to show her passion? She came off as a loon with no common sense. Dumb droolin' expressions whenever she watches a drama, idiotic thinkin' pattern, repetitive expression and dialogues..there is no end to it! And she deserves half the bullyin she got for actin like a dumass. Ayumi was comparitively SO much better. A strong spirit and competitive. Now that is the kinda gal I wanna see, someone like kyouko. Maya is lame! An acting prodigy?? Puhleez! Spare me! Every time she acts, every one goes either "Scary!!" or "she's different, not maya anymore". Gimme a break. How many timesconfused

All in all, you can read the manga if your manga supply is exhausted but you'll end up killin Maya in your mind a hundred times, especially if you like girls like tsukasa (TCP), Sunako (Wallflower) and Kyouko
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Personally, being a theatre geek and all   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by skawaii
August 10th, 2011, 8:59pm
I highly highly recommend this. I love it very much. I am becoming some blundering, ineloquent idiot just trying to find words to describe this masterpiece. I love classic mangas that withstand the test of time. This one has definitely proved its worth. The art is a bit of a turn-off (to me, too). I even put it off for several years because Skip Beat! was out and it had nice art, fantastic, and an acting-oriented manga nevertheless. I thought Skip Beat! was the worthier choice. Was I wrong. The two are so different. It's as if I saw some Glass Mask in Skip Beat!
The romance is so heart-warming. As an age gap romance fanatic I definitely would give this a two thumbs up. The emotions are quite realistic, but what is keeping me from taking off 0.03 points off the rating from a 10 is because I feel like it gets dragged out with drama (not fully theatre) of misunderstandings and such. But it all proves to such a wonderful ending, or near to it, at least.
Not many mangas could move me to the point where I am lifted up into the clouds of cloud nine, or sunken so low into the pits of darkness.

(I also truly love Ayumi, also. She's one of the biggest reasons why I didn't give this a straight out 9)
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Im going to disagree   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by cobalt_rain
June 30th, 2011, 1:39am
I understand this is a classic and all but still.... I got through about 23 volumes so you can't say i didnt try. My main problem is that i skipped to read the latest chapter and i knew excatly what was going on. I dont feel that their is any significant development or plot twists during the course of this story. It is like the glass mask is frozen in time. And there is so much melodrama its hard to stoumach.

I am also saying this as a huge fan of skip beat. Breaking the stigma that a fan of one will love the other. I find kyoko a much more likeable character than maya, and i find the roles she plays more interesting, mostly because her characters like mio and natsu never disapear and she continues to develop them and use them to help her with diffrent potrayals. The romance in skip beat is also more fun. I dont even see the point of having romance in the glass mask. I didnt gind it sad and beautiful i just thaught it seemed overdramatic boring and forced. I can also never even imagine maya jumping into daitos arms. I cant see the two leads together i feel like thats a problem.

*** edit so i picked it back up and i am reading the newer chapters, i completely left out the middle of the manga haha. and now that spoiler alert!!

maya knows hayami's identity and everything. it is a lot more interesting. plus now the whole crimson goddess thing is beginning and i like that.
i am even enjoying the romance smile

... Last updated on December 17th, 2011, 8:48pm
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