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Description
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!
スキップ・ビート!
下一站巨星
华丽的挑战
華麗的挑戰
스킵 비트!
Skip Beat

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

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

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57 topics, 645 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (3435 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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April 10th 2017, 11:05pm PST


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Year
2002

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Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (38 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #16 increased(+2)
Monthly Pos #31 decreased(-5)
3 Month Pos #28 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #16 increased(+1)

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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) more possessive 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. Although the faces are overly similar, 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 (mostly in manner and mentality). 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 April 28th, 2017, 6:22am
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Honestly, stick with it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by heisrisen01
October 18th, 2013, 10:00pm
This manga is pretty slow in its releases and if you've been following it for a long time, you can lose some of your momentum. I recently read the latest chapter and I wasn't as excited as I normally was. Because of this, I went back and re-read it from the beginning. HONESTLY! This is one of the few stories that I could read over and over again and never tire of it. I had forgotten a lot and by re-reading it, I found a new love and appreciation for this story when I got to the end again. This story is worth the wait though sometimes you need to go back and be reminded of it. ^-^'
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HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForteAtrox
March 12th, 2013, 11:37pm
So normally I find shoujo that's been going on for over several years to be just plain bad. Usually the story becomes boring and draggy, the art decline, characters get irritating... and yet... and yet... SKIP BEAT HAS MANAGED TO KEEP MY ATTENTION!

Despite how long it has been going on, it doesn't feel like it's been dragging, I feel like there's so much potential in the story even after 100 chapters. I also don't feel like the mangaka has given up on her own manga, it seems as if she still enjoys it after working on it for over ten years. I'm thoroughly impressed by this manga.
The characters are great, they're all fun and consistent. They remain themselves and it's great to watch them grow. The story? The story is still fabulous, I especially love the comedy that is provided in this series, keeps me laughing all the time. Though some people may complain the romance is a bit slow, for some odd reason I don't mind it! I accepted that romance isn't the central focus of this manga, it has more to do with the characters and their dilemmas. Romance is just the extra sweet glaze over what is already good, and eventually the romance will happen, but before then the mangaka has shown us that the characters still have lots of room to grow to be able to fully develop their love. I for one, will continue to support this series and I recommend it to anyone who wants a great read.
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cannot get enough of this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nomsthaluv
November 5th, 2010, 1:19pm
Wow.... To say one of the best mangas out there is not a lie. l'm reading a romantic shoujo manga but l'm in no rush to see who gets who. The plot, characters and everything is soooo much more involving that l can wait for the kind of development patiently. Never have l been more captivated by a story. l love that you can relate to some aspects of Kyoko, though she has a positive outlook, her childhood and broken heart make her much more than most of the female leads in these mangas. She is so real, even the way she convinces herself she is never going to fall in love is believable. Most of the time the females or males just change after a few chapters but her growth is going to make the falling completely and deeply in love again that much sweeter..... the mangaka cannot write/draw fast enough for me......And l really hope that there will be another season of skip beat anime because they stick so close to the manga it's fun to see the characters come alive....Especially her curse spirits..... lol

... Last updated on November 5th, 2010, 1:19pm
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Funny, untypical Shoujo   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by goldshep
April 10th, 2010, 11:59pm
When I picked up this series I expected it to run slow. Though the jokes are quick and fast, the character arcs will be slow. Can a girl who goes from utter revenge learn to love again? Can a man who has been set back and never allowed himself to love any girl really love a girl? And can a man who has seen women as trash to use and kick around for amusement go from jerk to seeing the errors of his ways? The series is fittingly slow in development. I think it would be a lot more unbelievable if Kyouko were to rehabilitate in a few chapters and get the career she wants by the end of what? 3 productions? Most actors don't really make it until 5 or 6 in Japan, no matter how brilliant they are. (She had one television productions, two CF, one feature production and she hasn't even made it to the leading actress position.)

What this manga offers in exchange for really slow character development is careful planning and layout to hit the right points so that the character changes are believable. It also makes fun of the shoujo tropes and often turns them on their heads, such as "follow perfect man to help him in career" trope. or the "I love you" after kiss trope or rival kisses main girl (usually complete with main guy rescues main girl). Or slam against the wall "Why is my heart beating so wildly" trope. If you read enough crappy shoujo you can see all of the major plotlines in shoujo being cleverly made fun of. It's not your typical shoujo manga because the advancements in the plotline doesn't come from typical shoujo plots. It comes more from the characters being pushed against each other over time.

There are places where Skip Beat does suffer from the level of production that Nakahara-sensei is pushed against--but this is to be expected somewhat since she has a family and running a manga every two weeks is not typical of a Shoujo (which usually runs monthly--this was Shueisha's idea since the manga was popular). The places the manga suffers the most are pretty much places where she is trying to come up with a whole new plotline for the next acting gig. (It's a little worse on her 2-week schedule smoother on her monthly schedule) Then it tends to pick up speed. But I'd prefer the lag in art, knowing her hectic schedule, rather than have a sudden non-ending because she's been hospitalized for a few weeks.

But overall, the panel layouts and some of her work on basic panel flow are some of the best in the industry. (I'm a design student--so I recognize things like her making your eye float backwards on the page with utter ease.) So some of the art is really stunning when she is at the top of her game. Even on her bad days she doesn't seem to do badly. So between the art and the storyline I would give it a major plus. I expect that the story will end with Kyouko at around age 18 unless the fanship dies or Nakahara-sensei gets exhausted before then, it should have a solid ending like all her other manga. (I wish Shueisha would put her back on a monthly schedule though--her art from back then was stunning and she seems better accustomed to that schedule/pacing.)
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The Best Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dgoiko
June 14th, 2013, 4:32pm
This is, so far, the best manga I've ever read. Yes, this is a shoujo, but not a silly one in the least. It has romance, but it's not focused on telling how she falls in love, but in how she, who has been deeply hurt by her first love, tries to run away from it and how she deals with the fear of trusting someone again. It is sad, dramatic, funny and deep.
The way the characters react is amazing, the expressions on their faces are extremely fun. The art is great.
So... overcome her fears or run away from love forever, what will it be?
Can't wait for more!
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Too long   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Vanadie
December 14th, 2012, 12:05pm
This story is honestly getting on my nerves.
I have been a fan of it since the first time it was published in my country, but it's just so hard to keep up with it. I honestly love the characters and I even feel that the plot is finally going in the right direction, but for someone like me who has been reading every monthly update it's unbelievably tiring.
I just recently decided to decrease my rating.

To anybody out there interested in the manga. It is indeed incredibly funny and beautiful. However do yourself a favour and wait till the manga is finished (if it ever will be). I can already see this being the companion piece to the everlasting story of Detective Conan/Case Closed. Just in case the mangaka tries to make it into a second never-ending story amuse yourself with a different manga before starting this one. Otherwise you will be dragged into this painful stagnation relying on monthly updates that wont keep you satisfied in the least!

As I mentioned before. I strongly believe that this manga has great potential at becoming an all-time shojo favorite. It has already been said how original the plot is and I can definitely vouch for that being the case. The art might need some getting used to what with all the weird proportions, but even manga like Dragon Ball and One Piece have an artstyle that might not strike everyones fancy and have become popular to boot!

To sum this up.
For those of you interested in starting this manga: Wait a while. It looks indeed as though we wont have to wait long for it to reach its climax and then it will be an absolutely enjoyable read.
For those who already started and are stuck in limbo: I'm with you all the way
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Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rel-chan(orSama!)
May 9th, 2009, 12:20pm
This manga at first seems like any other shojo manga. At first glance, I definitely thought that within 5 books she'd get her revenge, find this amazing guy, and live happily ever after, blah, blah, etc.
I was so wrong! I started to read this at first because a friend of mine kept pushing me, but once I got on the ride I didn't want to get off!
This series is unique. Instead of focusing on the stereotyped romantic interest, this focuses on all relationships. Skip Beat! isn't just another romantic comedy, it's about real life and the challenges and people in it.
Kyoko, our heroine, isn't perfect, she and the rest of the characters have their flaws, but that makes it more relatable. Each character isn't a complete villian either, they have goals and dreams just like the protagonist. Kyoko works extremely hard for everything.
Romance is in the back seat for this one but even I don't mind it. Like I said earlier, it's more than just getting the guy, it's about finding yourself in the end. That's all Kyoko is trying to do since she's lost her will to love anybody. You watch her grow and pass her obstacles (sometimes, she fails, but always gets right back and tries again) as well as those of other characters. Each arc has a certain meaning, even if it's little progress, it's a giant leap in another way. Throughout the story, she gains friends and support. She develops new views of the world and people around her.
I truly love this story because it feels like the life of an everyday teen. We all want to find ourselves in the end of it but what also matters is how you get there.

... Last updated on June 13th, 2009, 3:27pm
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addicted   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elle14
November 7th, 2007, 9:42am
I gave this series a high rating for the way the story is laid out and how it progresses. Although the theme is not that unique, the plot and character development is very good. The author really thought well of each of the characters' personalities, emotions and actions, creating a very rich and dynamic set of players in the story. The mangaka reveals bits and pieces of the mystery surrounding each character as the chapters increase which makes it all the more intriguing and addicting.. haha Even though the plot is unrealistic (and a bit slow in pace), it doesn't matter. For me, the ridiculousness of it all has its own charm.

Anyway, this series is definitely for shoujo fans. It's one that should not be missed.
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REALLY LOVE IT. <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hinakimichan
June 11th, 2013, 8:17pm
I like the way how it is now. The pacing may be slow (but I think for this kind, it's the best), but all of it is not unnecessary. Each events contribute to the character development of the main characters. This manga isn't mainly about romance, it's more on Kyouko's struggles into becoming a top actress, and also her revenge for Shoutaro. LOL. In short, the focus is not just shallow 'hey-i-like-you-lets-date', but also a lot of things. This shoujo manga is closer to reality.

I recommend this to those who appreciates reading deep stories. If you just want plenty of romance, sorry, this manga won't cater to your likes. I suggest you read L-DK instead. LOL.
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