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Skip Beat!  
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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
!تخطي العثرات
!سكيب بيت
Skip Beat
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!

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Latest Release(s)
c.268 by Impatient Scans & MangaStream about 1 month ago
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c.266.5 by Impatient Scans & MangaStream 2 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
43 Volumes + Fanbook (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

User Reviews
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Forum
58 topics, 651 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (3508 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 7th 2019, 7:32am 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 (42 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #92 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #88 decreased(-21)
3 Month Pos #54 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #49 decreased(-12)
Year Pos #35 decreased(-18)

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It started all with skip beat  
by yazzi
March 21st, 2019, 6:15pm
Rating: N/A
This is the First Manga. To tell the truth I wasn‘t interessted in Manga, I was an Anime Fan since elementary School. After watching skip Beat i was curious what happens after the Open end of the Anime. I started reading the Manga in 2009 and fell in Love with it. Since then I have read more then 500 Manga. I‘ m glad that skip Beat showed me a world that I didn‘t know before.
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Best!!  
by Gingeh
October 14th, 2018, 11:48am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I've been reading Skip Beat since 2009, and it remains one of my very favorite manga of all time. I love Kyoko as a main character, I love Ren as the love interest - I love every character to be honest. I love how they grow. I love the way we get backstories, with hints of things dropped early on that build slowly to a big reveal. I (desperately) want answers, but I don't mind waiting because I know eventually I will get them - and, whenever it happens, it will be at the right time and it will be worth it because it'll be done so well.

I love the plot; I love how a job Kyoko starts for pretty terrible reasons slowly morphs into something she loves for herself, something that defines her. I love how Kyoko's progression in the field seems believable, how she has to slowly work her way up from a talent where she is literally just a character in a costume with no lines, to a real actress with important roles that she learns to understand. So often showbiz manga end up being completely about the characters and them being famous and not really about the industry at all, and that is definitely not the case here.

My only real complaint is how hard it is to read as an ongoing series. It only releases one chapter a month, and while at least it is 30 pages instead of, say, 15, if you aren't at a point where the plot is moving quickly, it's easy to forget exactly what is going on. (Or if a big event is in progress, each chapter inevitably ends on a cliffhanger that makes waiting a month for the continuation feel impossible.) If I had any strength of will, I would hold off for several months and try to read whole arcs at a time. I HAVE gone back and re-read the whole series five or six times, and every time I love it more - it's so much more enjoyable in binge form, when you can really see the whole story.

tl;dr: Great character development, awesome plot, agonizing updates. Read it. Then watch the anime. Then read it again. 😀
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it just keeps getting better  
by ReiAlice
July 3rd, 2018, 10:19pm
Rating: N/A
I've been reading patiently for every chapter. Watched the series and live action. I absolutely look forward to mogami-san's growth but, I feel that there should be more revelations about tsuruga-san and their families. I mean, where the hell is Shotaro nowadays?
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Where will it go from here???  
by Cinnaraffle
January 10th, 2018, 10:47am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Its honestly crazy how long I've been sticking to this manga! With every other one I've read, if they take THIS long to update, then I would've dropped it already - but the story of Skip Beat is just too good to let be.


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I don't think the end is too near, since right now Kyoko is about to get that ninja role and I get the feeling that her jealous streak might be able to be embraced soon too, but since she just misunderstood that Tsuruga is into that other girl (who isn't interested in him because she's apparently set her goals on a new guy? I think it might be Cain Heel.... wouldn't that be funny? Maybe Setsu could be more assertive in claiming him as her own that way!) this is gonna take a while. I just hope that misunderstanding doesn't last too long or else there really isn't much hope of a fast progress even though she FINALLY acknowledged her feelings for him.


I also agree on that point about the potential ending. I hope it doesn't get "axed" despite the fact that its slightly starting to drag its feet, and that the confessions and reactions aren't rushed. Here's what I'm hoping for:

- Kyoko gathers the guts to confess and learns the truth about Tsuruga, and reveals maybe after the fact that she was Bo too
- Sho and Kyoko end up agreeing that rather than being complete enemies, they just remain rivals and Sho gives up on Kyoko. (that second bit might be difficult though - so maybe some kind of realization that he actually had a crush on her (?) would need to go first)
- There could be a flash forward to Kyoko as a successful actress at the pinnacle, and sharing her happiness with everyone (past enemies as well as friends)

Anyways - I hope this all works out in the end :/

... Last updated on January 10th, 2018, 10:48am
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The Best *SPOILER ALERT*  
by assejsolliuge
May 4th, 2017, 12:09am
Rating: N/A
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I am so hooked to this manga. I mean it's a story that you surprises you at every turn. I have currently read the 247th chapter last April.. and I'm dying to see her new character and her meeting with Corn or Ren..WAAAAAA.... I was glad that she realized that she was already in love with Ren. Goshhhh was she sooo dense and in denial. I have read a few mangas but she still stands out.. She is the strongest female lead I have encountered and I love how Ren loves her.. It's to sweet and pure that you want their love story to progress.. For me, there was never a boring part in this manga.. Mangaka, please put an end to our misery..I want it to end but don't want it to end. hihi
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No real justification why it dragged out this long  
by Pacific.Mint
January 3rd, 2017, 7:02am
Rating: N/A
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  
by Rozzak
September 19th, 2016, 6:46am
Rating: N/A
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.
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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.
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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  
by Miri-Chan
August 8th, 2016, 3:05am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by blackluna
August 3rd, 2016, 6:36pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
    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 only 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 October 26th, 2017, 2:27am
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The manga which started it all. (For me)  
by Darthchu10045
May 27th, 2016, 12:29am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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