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Kyouko Mogami lived solely for her childhood friend Shoutaro "Shou" Fuwa. She follows Shou to Tokyo so that he may realize his dream of becoming a famous singer. When his dream is realized, Kyouko overhears the truth behind his decision to bringing her with him: he was using her as a maid.
Shocked and enraged, Kyouko swears to take revenge by outdoing him in show business. With a new look and a new attitude, she joins LME, the agency where Ren Tsuruga (Shou's rival and the #1 actor of LME) works, in the hopes of achieving her goal of destroying Shou's pride.
Along the way, she discovers her true self, makes new friends (and enemies), and finds herself at the heart of some interesting situations that will change her life, and the lives of all others involved, forever.


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Associated Names
!تخطي العثرات
!سكيب بيت
Не сдавайся!
스킵 비트!
Skip Beat

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
40 Volumes + Fanbook (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 11, Chap 66

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (3430 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 10th 2017, 11:05pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (38 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #14 increased(+24)
Monthly Pos #64 decreased(-30)
3 Month Pos #24 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #19 decreased(-2)

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No real justification why it dragged out this long   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
January 3rd, 2017, 7:02am
I stopped reading at chapter 155 many years ago. Checking back now, it's at 240+? There's no good justification why a shoujo should be this long. And I really dislike harem/reverse-harem.
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Not as reverse-haremy as Tokyo Crazy Paradise   
Rating: N/A
by Rozzak
September 19th, 2016, 6:46am
But still pretty reverse-haremy. Like a lot of slow romances, male chars be falling for her and getting infinitely closer to her romantically than her established love interest.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The guy from the beginning who couldn't care less about her, falls for her too of course.

At least in TCP you had this sense of security accompanying the obvious fact that the 2 leads were destined to be together, from a narrative sense, and within the plot itself.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The male lead in Skip Beat is literally creating a love triangle with himself, as he seduces the heroine with his weird and autistic alter ego, making for further emotional turmoil and uncertainty in her feelings.
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Lost and found again   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Miri-Chan
August 8th, 2016, 3:05am
This is one of the first manga I read. I always loved the humor in it and also the theme about a girl, which choose her own way and fight for her goal.
Recently I remembered it and I started reading it again. Also I watched the anime, really lovely.
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A Japanese Bildungsroman   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
August 3rd, 2016, 6:36pm
    From what I can tell, Skip Beat! seems to be a manga that is either hated or loved with nothing in between. As with many slow romances, quite a few individuals love it at first and then begin to hate its pacing. Rather than general shoujo, I'd say that Skip Beat! is a Bildungsroman -- i.e. a work (especially a long one) which is centred around character growth. One of the manga's best features is that this growth may be spurred on by love but is not done by means of love. The character growth seen in both leads is honestly wonderful and heartwarming,
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and for anyone who's wondering why it has been so long and the protagonists are still not an item: both have to resolve their personal issues first (else, the result would be ugly).
The romantic aspect is too central to be a subplot yet is not the factor around which the plot revolves. It is probably for this reason that the manga avoids the "oh no, life isn't ideal, I must make mountains of molehills" with only a few brief exceptions (remember, the lead characters are sixteen and twenty when the manga starts). Please also keep in mind that by chapter two-hundred-thirty only a little over a year has passed in the characters' lives, as such the pace makes tons of sense with this type of story.
    As for the story's foundation: "Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd," (William Congreve, The Mourning Bride). It's hard to summarize the ball that gets the story rolling any better than that, and this element does not disappear, rather it becomes more complex and gains unexpected nuances. Skip Beat! has also been addressing such issues as self-hatred, handling one's past, and identity in an interesting manner using acting and taking on various personae. This is done seamlessly, without disturbing the overall integrity of the work.
    Another excellent aspect of this manga is the characters themselves. The character interactions range from charming to hilarious, and the characters themselves, even the side characters, are likewise. It is also great to see main characters who are primarily motived by their own personal goals (e.g. revenge, a career, a dream, etc.) and protagonists who are achievement-oriented. Kyouko is an especially wonderful character: she's not some complex-filled mass of female stereotypes, but an interesting and engaging character whom one can genuinely route for, and Tsuruga-shi is equally interesting and unusual. Skip Beat! is NOT a manga where you're left wondering why character A falls for character B nor where the protagonists are completely obnoxious. Rather than characters who take being dense to professional levels (to despite often being love-oriented), the main characters have actual sources of love-avoidance or lack of interest or recognition thereof. The resulting character relationships are far from frivolous. Several individuals have complained about there being a reverse harem, which I find bizarre. Yes, Kyouko is considered attractive when she dresses up -- she is an actress -- however, there is a difference between finding someone attractive and loving someone.
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Moreover, the three individuals, apart from Tsuruga-shi, who appear to be attracted to Kyouko are not so simple: the creep finds her unusual and amusing (the most you can consider it is a crush), the co-star isn't serious, while the childhood friend is (I find) possessive rather than in love (he's actually maturing but I still can't see he feelings as love). As for the persona "Corn," there are no real indications of Kyouko having romantic feelings toward him (and to be fair, there's Bo on Kyouko's end).

    The only persistent issue I found was the artwork. It isn't exactly bad and it definitely improves over the course of the manga, but the anatomical oddities often feel slightly more than stylized, especially in the beginning. That said, it doesn't feel like the characters are only differentiated by their hair styles, and there are some discernible family resemblances for many of the related characters. The mangaka's humour, expressions, phrasing, use of chibi, and so on are perfect. Overall, I'd recommend this manga to anyone (even general shoujo-haters) who's willing to read a long story about character growth and is not opposed to a slow pace as far as romance is concerned.

... Last updated on February 19th, 2017, 7:42pm
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The manga which started it all. (For me)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Darthchu10045
May 27th, 2016, 12:29am
The manga which made me interested in japanese mangas and the starting point of my addiction. Any words i would use to describe it would fall short. All the characters are so well thought out and each and every single one of them has some kind of development or attribute. Even some of the more shallow characters will show personality.
While other mangaka choose to stick to stereotypes I truly appreciate the effort this mangaka makes into this manga's plot and characters.

... Last updated on May 27th, 2016, 12:29am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wansmor
March 3rd, 2016, 1:29am
Skip beat started as a really funny comedy, but as the story goes on the romance side begin to grow, and more and more characters are poured on to it. Despite the slow development (not mentioning the rate new chapter comes out), the author stays true to the root of Kyouko's character.

I love this series, but as much as I want it to end, I find myself still enjoying each and every chapters. I'm normally a shonen reader, but Skip Beat being a shoujo series has been an exception on my reading list. There's so much fun in it, and although I tend to avoid romantic scenes, those are so well depicted here because it's presented from the artistic point of view of Kyouko's.

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2016, 1:30am
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skip beat   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Gwen-chan
March 2nd, 2016, 3:06pm
Let's give Skip Beat! the best possible DVD/Blu-ray release for North America! Indiegogo project going on this month to help pay for the dubbing process. Check it out and if you can support.
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Slow updates, but still the best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by firewolf19
February 22nd, 2016, 8:44am
As many other reviewers have stated, Skip Beat has very slow updates (new chapter once a month). But I will be seeing this one through till the very end because I know it's worth it.

I have been following Skip Beat for a very long time now and have yet to come across another shojo that grabs at me like this one does. The characters have developed so nicely over time that they have become almost "real" to me. And I think what makes it this way is the ever-developing romance between Kyoko and Ren. Yes, it can be painstakingly slow at times, but their relationship is so special that I don't care.
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You get to see, as the audience, their relationship develop from sort-of enemies, to kouhai-senpai, to friends, to the gray area between friends and lovers that they are in now. I love that their relationship has reached a level where they unthinkingly turn to one another in their times of need and don't question how much the other one means to them...all the while keeping their feelings secret from one another.
The depth of their relationship is a rare breed, in my opinion.

The mangaka is very skilled at balancing drama with comedy and creating a perfectly entertaining blend! This manga is FUNNY, especially at the first half of the series. All the characters, especially Kyoko, have great personalities and make for a very entertaining bunch. Paired right alongside with the comedy are some moments of a much more serious nature (sadness, suspense, angst, and even some sexy times!) that make this series so engaging and exciting. In example,
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the Setsuka/Cain scene in the hotel room with Kyoko straddling Ren was enough to give me a heart attack! The juxtaposition of normal innocent/pure Kyoko and this new bold/confident Setsu was so titillatingly unexpected...I was definitely freaking out over that scene!!

Great characters, great plot, great mix of comedy/drama/romance/etc...I think this manga has something for everyone. I would suggest waiting to start this manga however until it's closer to completion so that way you won't have to suffer through the slow updates like the rest of us!
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Pretty Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dridia
January 26th, 2016, 6:08pm
After guzzling down this series over the last week, I'm quite surprised how much I enjoyed it. The manga has an incredible energy to it (particularly in the first few years) where almost every panel is used to tell a joke or entertain the audience. Although Kyouko can be quite over the top, I was quite impressed with how well she was handled. Instead of turning into the self insert actor love cliche I was expecting, we see the gradual change of her hatred finally opening up. There are many heartwarming scenes worth reading for.

That said, this manga does have quite a few faults. There are two large droughts in quality (Ren's arc in Dark Moon and Ren's movie arc) that really are drudges to read through. These droughts mostly coincided with a focus on the romance. Really, this series is best when focusing on Kyouko (specifically her turning into her roles) and the supporting cast, which oddly gets very little screentime in a 14 year series.

That said, this manga is worth its faults. Kyouko is a very entertaining and heartfelt character that you don't see enough in shoujo.
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Went from a 10 to a 6 when the chapters got to three digits   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by eternalight
October 31st, 2015, 12:11am
Disclaimer: I've read this 100% through scanlation so I regret it's a completely different and bias experience compared to reading the professional translations by VIZ, which I recommend you do.

If you've never read this before, judge whether you want to continue or not by reading till the Devil vs. Angel Music Video arc (forgot whether it was chapter ~40 or ~60). That was the point of no return for me i'm right now suffering RIghT nOW.

I went through much fantastic emotion with the very earlier part of the series but I'm currently on ch229 and every other chapter has been so thick with close up reactions, choppy pretense, and sitting-around-a-table for exposition that i don't even know what's happening anymore because i don't. care. about 97% of what is going on.

I just want my main couple SHIPPED and DONE already and it still hasn't happened yet.

May kami save us all.

/sinks back into the oblivion

... Last updated on October 31st, 2015, 11:27am
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