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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.

Note: Volume 50 seems to be indefinitely postponed.


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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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Shoujo Manga Maniac
Stage Storm

Latest Release(s)
v.39 c.5-6 by Shoujo Manga Maniac (222d ago)
v.39 c.3-4 by Shoujo Manga Maniac (277d ago)
v.39 c.2 by Shoujo Manga Maniac (586d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
49 Volumes (Ongoing, V. 50 postponed)
26 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 / 10.0 (474 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 8th 2015, 3:47am PST



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Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #412 increased(+53)
Monthly Pos #500 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #459 (No change)
6 Month Pos #429 decreased(-55)

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Glass Mask's Miuchi: Manga is Moving Along Toward End 183 days, 16 hours, 1 minutes ago
Is this still updating? 890 days, 1 hours, 57 minutes ago
Ending 1019 days, 8 hours, 47 minutes ago
Do the end up together anytime soon? 1178 days, 21 hours, 6 minutes ago
Anime (2005) 1471 days, 12 hours, 5 minutes ago

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mecopoly
February 4th, 2011, 12:03pm
Seriously, Just Keep Reading this manga. At first the art is a little funky (because of the old drawing style) but after a few chapters I hardly noticed. As far as Maya's journey goes, the story does get kind of repetitive. It's also fairly wordy if you don't care for the plays. Honestly after a while I just stopped reading the text and read the pictures during the 10+ chapters it took to go through a play.

The Romance is slow, frustrating, hilarious, awkward, sad, adorable, and beautiful. Hands down the only manga I've read that has tugged at my heart the way it does. You can feel the character's emotions so deeply. I've laughed, I've cried, and a variety of emotions in between, in a way that only this manga can do.
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"That girl has her own destiny, she is a storm on the stage"   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AFierceCreature
October 1st, 2010, 7:35am
This manga is delightfully pleasing. In one instance you are holding you breath in anticipation and in the next you are breathless for laughter. This is truly mangaka Muichi Suzue's classic masterpiece! There is intrigue, mystery and thrilling rivalry. It takes you through a full spectrum of emotions and leaves you always wanting more!
The main characters have a relationship with a special dimension to it that only Muichi Suzue can achieve. Kitajima Maya has an extraordinary on stage charisma but is otherwise quite an ordinary girl. Masumi Hayami, 'the cold blooded workaholic President from Daito' is a contradictory man. He has much admiration for Maya's fiery passion for the stage yet seems to take sadistic pleasure is teasing her mercilessly! He says every thing he does is for Daito, yet all his actions are seemingly all for Maya's sake. He disrespectfully calls her Chibi-chan and allows her to speak rudely to him but lecture her on manners with for everyone else.
This is not a ordinary shoujo manga the acting and theatre aspects entertain members of both genders and are interesting and charming and touch upon a broad span of genres. You can see Maya developing certain skills and getting increasingly closer to her goal playing the Crimson Goddess as she takes in various roles in these dramas.
The art is old school style but isn't terrible, the story is simply overwhelming and this leaves you wih the art might be perfect. After reading the first chapter you won't notice anyway.
If you have read Skip Beat you will love this, there are a lot of parallels.

Overall this is a FANTASTIC MANGA, that everybody MUST READ. DON"T BE PUT OFF BY THE ART. Muichi Suzue is a GODDESS amongst Mangaka and this is a BRILLIANT AND SHINING example of her work!!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gwen-chan
September 20th, 2010, 7:42pm
I do not know why but I just love it! I've read a lot of shoujo manga and I have to say that this is one(if not) is the best manga I have ever read. I stated with the 1984 anime and started reading the manga on manga fox when I had to wait to watch more on megavideo. At first I was like this might be as good as Ouran or Skip Beat but no way would I say that now. This is better by far!
When I find out what I love about this I will update my comment. It has been so long seen I have found a long manga witch I don't want to put down till then end. And I am only on v2.

I'm on chapter 186 and I still love this. I won't claim that this is the bast shoujo manga anymore it is in my top three favorite shoujo manga. I love the art! I had not read any manga form the 70s before and I was worried that I would not like the art but after starting this I have fallen in love with the art stile of that time.
maya ticks me off a one or two time this the first couple of volumes but her character develops. and I love to watch Masumi suffer because of his feeling (what can I say I'm a bit of a sadist when it come to guys digging their one grave like that). I really like how they include the plays in the manga, I only get bored on one play... I just throw all my random thoughts glass mask out there. but really glass mask is a classic and it surprises me that is does not have a bigger following.
even if you chose not to read the manga keep the frays "purple rose" in mind, you are likely to see references in both manga and anime.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2011, 9:41pm
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Must Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angelhalo224
May 14th, 2010, 11:53pm
The manga is amazing! READ IT ... or at least try.

And, if you are going to watch the anime of it READ THE MANGA FIRST. Also, if you are going to watch the anime, watch the on on and NOT THE OVA one ... that one is horrible. The OVA one does not follow the manga exactly and it jumps around. However, the one on follows the manga almost exactly.
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by zeusosphere
April 11th, 2010, 8:07am
... but not one of the best. It feels rather like how Slam Dunk!, but in the drama + shoujo + romance genre with a focus on acting, rather than a comedy + shonen. The fact that I like Slam Dunk! better probably has to do with 1) the art style, and 2) the genre.
It reads like a classic, and it certainly looks like the older type of shoujo. And the art does get better, though not so much as you'd notice the shift without direct comparison. However, it does get incredibly repetitive and predictable. Eg,
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Masumi's BOUND to think "Maya...!" several times over the course of the play. And it was obvious that she's going to hate him then fall in love with him from the moment she learns he's supposed to be cold-blooded. Etc.

Also, people's attitudes don't change realistically.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Maya manages to get the audience choice award on a solo play in a national competition, and then wins 2 of the most prestigious awards (on a national scale), was EXTREMELY popular in a popular TV show, had her face plastered all over the place in advertisements for a huge company... etc, etc, etc. And YET! Other actors, producers, directors, etc, (not even counting the general public), STILL don't know her face or her talent! She's the only rival a renowned genius actress acknowledges, they've always had a pretty good relationship in public, and still people try to kiss up to said actress by dissing her acting. What the hell?

There's also a LOT of dialogue/narrative/conversation.... whatever you call it. In other words, it's text-heavy. I don't know about everyone else, but I expect more pictures than text in my manga. If I wanted text, I'd go for a book instead.
For those who would compare this to Skip Beat!... there's a lot more focus on the actual plays she does - you get the entire play, with most of the dialogue, when they perform. Which could be nice, for those who're interested in the content of the play, but personally I think it breaks up the flow of the story too much. It's not like the actual story is going to affect Maya's growth as an actress that much. Kyouko's growth as an actress is also more obvious - in Glass Mask, you get told again and again that Maya's acting isn't polished enough, but is strangely attractive... and that never changes. She learns how to portray each character, but there's no sign that she applies whatever she has learnt to new characters.
By the way, the romance in this one... is the frustrating type. You'd just wish they'd get together ALREADY and save everyone (including the readers) a lot of pain. (In contrast... Kyouko's reactions makes the Skip Beat! situation a lot more fun.)
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