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Skip Beat!, Vol. 01

(Skip Beat! #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  52,171 ratings  ·  601 reviews
Kyoko always thought that Sho, whose family took her in when she was small, was her prince charming. However, when Sho heads for Tokyo to make it big as a musician, Kyoko goes with him and has to quit high school to support his dream. But soon, being in the big city makes Kyoko realize that she has show business ambitions of her own!
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 5th 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 19th 2002)
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Don't be put off by the length of this series. You will regret it. And there is a VALID REASON WHY THIS SERIES IS SO POPULAR.

Don't like shojo? That's fine, because Skip Beat makes fun of it.

I was worried to pick this up because I tend to not love the popular series. I want my romance done right, with tension, and a good female lead. I want comedy, a swoon-worthy male lead. And I want a girl who isn't afraid to stick up for herself, and to go for what she wants: a career.

Kyoko Mogami was a naive
Lynne King
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The attention to detail in this Japanese comic book is quite remarkable, both in the exceptional artwork and in the text itself, especially the asides that are thrown in that give the idea of a play, and yet the story is relatively simple in concept.

Briefly, Kyoko is interested in pop star Sho, who abandons her in Tokyo, and Kyoko wanting revenge and bearing a grudge (this is the theme in the book), is determined to join a talent agency and the LME Talent Agency is her target.

With sheer
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-books
Manga is something that I like reading again and again; Skip Beat! is my favorite series in the world. Why, might you ask? I would be glad to explain it. The story is great, the artwork is great, it's never a chore to push through chapters; the story is slow, as is the romance, and the two main characters love each other because they love each other, not because they're randomly attracted to one another. If you read manga a lot, you know what I'm talking about. It happens in literature, too, but ...more
The Crimson Fucker
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW! You know those little books that end up surprising you…? when after a few pages you think you know where that shit is going? And then BANG you get a 180 no scope right in your face! That’s what this little manga did to me! it all start with this girl Kyoko, you get drop in what you think is going to be a romance story. She left school, she abandoned her life, she gave up everything in life for her boyfriend… the only problem is that her boyfriend is one of those Diva dudes who only care ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: manga, favorites
Don't judge a book by it's cover. The cover of this book looks all girly right? Wrong. Maybe guys don't like these kind of books, but some girls look at the cover and go, "urgh". I love this series. Th girl on the cover is named Kyoko. She's a sweet, naive and funny character. She's clueless about love, but still awesome. I couldn't stop reading and the artwork is great. It's one of my favorite manga series. I would recommend it to everyone!
Steph Sinclair
I haven't finished this series completely yet. But I am thinking of going back to re-read this one.
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I have a proper review somewhere. I absolutely love this series. One of my favourite shoujo mangas ever! Kyoko is awesome in her wacky intense yet likable way. Ren is curiously interesting and dedicated to his work. And Sho, he is the villain who very villain -like, but yet, as the series goes on, proves that he is capable of feeling human. Actually I find his character intensely interesting just like Kyoko's and Ren's. I guess they are just one of the reasons why I'm so drawn into this series. ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kyoko, our main character is a sweet, hard working young girl at the start of the story. She and Sho, her childhood friend (and crush) have been living in the city for a few months while he works towards his goal of becoming a famous musician, while she works two jobs to support him.

Her happy existence comes to an end, however, when she overhears Sho talking about the real reasons he brought her to Tokyo with him. Now Kyoko is out for revenge, and won't stop until she manages to make it in
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
My guilty pleasure. Do I have to give up my man club card now?
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Ok, about Skip Beat. I must say that I truly enjoy this particular manga. The heroin, at the beginning, is every run of the mill shojo character. However, after she realizes that the one she loves does not love her, and in fact has been purposely using her for his own gain, she shows her darker side that is both scary and comedic. She vows her revenge on him in the only way that she can hurt him, to be a bigger star in show biz. Through out her trails she shows unbelievable feats of physical ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-manwha
Great manga! Fun, playful, with humor and a twisted edge! Kyoko is a fun protagonist as she sets down a path of revenge against a guy who took advantage of her. Sho (the aforementioned jerk) is such a loser! But I love Kyoko's determination and spirit. However the weird hand wisps out of the mouth and even (on a smaller scale) the little grudges are a bit annoying. They almost cost this a star. But I cannot help but love the story more. The characters are rich, original and well portrayed. I ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3/5 stars.
I've seen a few episodes of the anime so this volume wasn't anything special, I knew what was going to happen.
I've heard this manga series is one of the best, so I'm going to read more soon!
Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
Going into this manga, I had no idea what it was about. I just knew that I had seen it a few times before and that the Goodreads recommendations recommended it to me (which usually I don't think they get my literary tastes, but this time they did pretty good). Skip Beat! is about a girl who moves away to Tokyo with her childhood friend who wants to become a celebrity. Now that he has become famous however, Kyoko is learning some new things about their relationship and soon has a strong ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, manga
I watched the anime and i loved it! so I'm gonna read the manga. I love kyoko ...more
Rachel's Book Reviews

Story was interesting, but art wasn't my style.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

After devoting your whole life to your so-called boyfriend, leaving everything you knew behind to follow him to an unknown city,living in an expensive apartment and having to work two to three jobs just to pay the rent when he’s never even home or care about your existence, who wouldn’t want to have a little bit of revenge?

I remember my first time hearing about this manga a couple years ago from a couple AMVs and websites. There was such huge hype surrounding the anime/manga and I
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I picked up Skip Beat, because it is a massively popular series. The first volume was interesting, but didn't establish itself in my mind as anything spectacular. However, it has piqued my interest enough that I want to continue with the series. I assume it becomes more interesting.

Kyoko starts out as your stereotypical shoujo manga girl. Quiet, kind, sacrificing. She dropped everything - including school - to run off to Tokyo with childhood friend Sho to help him on his path to stardom. Once
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

Sacrificed your life to support your so-called boyfriend, but it turned out that he wasn’t your prince charming after all. Who doesn't love a little sweet revenge for that?

Not really fan of the cover. Hope they make it more eye catching.

The major part of the story is Kyoko's efforts to become a big star in order to beat Sho. Strange and funny way of revenge as it is but still, it caught my attention.

Undecided . . .

Average and neat but overcrowded per page.

Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story follows a girl named Kyoko Mogami, who works her butt off for her childhood friend, and famous superstar, Shotaro, so he can live the life of a rockstar. She finds out that he's just using her, and she swears that she'll have revenge on him one day; and that she'll crush his hopes and dreams like he did to her.

Kyoko Mogami is a strong country girl trying to make her way in the big city- while holding up a superstar- her childhood friend. I love how instead of crying and being weak,
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, to-sort, own-manga
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Jul 16, 2012 added it
Literally every time I pick up this manga, it makes me want to meet a perfect (beautiful) stranger, have him rip my heart out of my chest and crush me utterly before I go an audition for the movies in Hollywood and miraculously become the best actress of my generation and get involved with a more stoic and kind hearted Christian bale who I met when I was a child and just never reveals the deep love he has for me. And then it ends. And it doesn't get translated for 5 months. Awesome
Silvia  Gutierrez
I need another 200 more chapters of this (Currently 221 chapters are out).

The best thing of this IS NOT A HIGH SCHOOL ROMANCE.


I'm re reading because the last chapter is too much. This manga is so damn good. And it feels it will go on for a long time, it's a complete torture to wait for a chapter every month. TORTURE.
Currently on chapter 224.
John Egbert
So. Shouju.

Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, eh?



Oh gosh, I don't think I'm going to actually finish this. It's not that it's boring, it's just not really interesting either.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I read this once before and wasn't very into it...for some reason this time it was super hilarious and upsetting! I would like to read more!

You can also read the same review on my blog

From Left to Right: Ren, Kyoko (the main character)and Sho

Once upon a time, there was a innocent girl who love her childhood friend so much that she left her dream (being a normal high school student) behind and went to Tokyo support his dream (of being a musician)

One day, her life changed completely.

One day, she overheard her childhood friend telling his manager that he saw her nothing
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Manga lovers
Recommended to Joyzi by: Recyl
Book Review

So okay I think this will be my first time to review a manga by volume and not by a whole. So yeah here's my review:

>it was cute and it was not crappy, very clean and I love it

>it was okay, it was funny and heart breaking at the same time

>I think I like the girl heroine a lot and I think I'm Team Ren atm

>the translation was really bad, there are so many grammatical mistakes, but it was okay for me and it was still tolerable

Here's the link
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Update: So, having finally read the newest chapter (207), I have to admit that I kinda like Skip Beat now. It has improved IMMENSELY, and continues to break the standard shoujo manga mold. And despite the long time it has been going, the author doesn't feel the need to recycle any of the humour, which I appreciate. As a result, I think I should improve the rating I gave it. Four stars it is. And those of you who are thrown off by the cover, don't be. Gold awaits you if you stick it out long ...more
Cecilia H.
I used to read a lot of manga in my early teens, and this was one series I read. My favorites back then were Nana (Ai Yazawa) and Emma (Kaoru Mori). I seriously couldn't get enough of Nana and was devastated when my library didn't have the whole series SO I NEVER FINISHED IT AHHH. But now I've decided to revisit these mangas and try a few new as well, they're easy and really cozy reads + I need some help with that reading goal HEHE.

So the first volume of Skip Beat! is alright. It has quite a lot
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an amazing read. I think the manga is the best version of the story, but I want to give the anime and tv series based on the manga a chance as well. In this volume, we are introduced to the beloved heroine, Kyoko. I thought Shou was a pig, and I did not like how he treated Kyoko. I thought the revenge aspect of the story was interesting. Also, I thought it was fantastic to see Kyoko in a vulnerable state, as it shows that she has depth as a character. Also, I love the characters besides ...more
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Yoshiki Nakamura (仲村佳樹) is a Japanese mangaka. She was born June 17. Nakamura made her manga debut with "Yume de Auyori Suteki" in the manga magazine Hana to Yume in 1993.

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