Skip Beat Anime Review
Okay, this is a waaay overdue review.
Kyoko followed her true love and childhood friend Sho to Tokyo so she could help him reach his dream of becoming an idol. She cleans, cooks, works three jobs and does nothing for herself because she loves him so much, but gets nothing in return. Still, she remains by his side. But then one day she goes unannounced to his agency with a delivery, and overhears him talking about her; he reveals to his manager that he only took her with him as a maid, and that he doesn’t care for her at all. Upon hearing this, Kyoko doesn’t just sit around and cry. She cuts and dyes her hair, changes her clothes and attitude and thus begins her journey to join showbiz and have her revenge against Sho. -ANN
To watch the Anime or read the Manga first?
Firstly, if you have not read the manga for Skip Beat and have seen the anime, I highly urge you to read the manga after watching the anime. And those of you who have not seen/read any forms of Skip Beat and have no idea what it is about, I suggest that you watch the anime before reading the manga. And here is why…
The character design for the anime is crap. It is not that it is bad, but more towards the fact that the characters in the manga just look so beautiful/hot that the anime just does not do it justice. Take this for instance…
We can tell that the manga and game character design looks so much better than the anime’s character design.
Now that I have gotten that out of my system, here is point number 2 that I find highly unsatisfying about the anime and why you should read the manga only after watching the anime, the anime follows the script and storyline of the manga, exactly the same except for a few minor exceptions that has no effect whatsoever. This is not a bad thing since seeing as to how I love the manga’s plot. The abrupt ending in the anime was my issue, it did not even wrap the plot up. They should have either stopped before they had gotten to that arc of the story or at the very least complete it. I understand the need for fitting the story into the season and allocated episodes for the project, but this is just painful. Plus, the “the next stage is…” thing at the end of the final episode suggests that there would be more episodes, and keep in mind that this is a 2008/2009 anime. It’s 2011. Still no season 2.
Now that I have gotten that part out of my system, I shall start on the actual plot review.
I want to start of by saying, I love this anime. And now here is why…
This is a shoujo anime, but if you are looking for a romance comedy anime, you might be disappointed. There is romance and there is comedy in this anime, but this is more of a (in order of strongest elements first) comedy, drama and then romance anime. We have a love triangle in this show, we have revenge against a childhood friend who dumped the main character, we have the secretly-in-love element with the bishounens and adorable female lead in this anime. But this is more about the development of Kyouko as a person after being spurned by love.
Having being called plain and being used as a maid by her childhood prince, Kyouko swears revenge on the childhood prince/superstar, and her first step towards accomplishing this goal is to go for a makeover and join the entertainment industry. This is where she meets her real childhood fairy prince Ren. We see Kyouko struggling to find herself as a person after having a horrible childhood, we see how hard she tries to accomplish the goal that she sets for herself. We get to see her grow as an actress and also slowly open herself up to people (very slowly) after having sworn off love for eternity. But love is really a far away goal, so this is why the romance bug, though always in the air, never really comes to anything of substance by the end of the anime.
This anime really made me think about how actors create characters and how things work behind the scenes. The characters are all very entertaining and charming, so much so that you cant help falling in love with each of them. The chemistry between the characters just flies off the screen and I ended up laughing with the characters when they do funny things or are put in hilarious situations and feeling pride as the characters grow and overcome their problems. The reactions of each of the characters are highly entertaining and never fails to keep me laughing.
There are also alot of hidden secrets in this anime which have yet to be revealed to the related characters, and this only adds to the fact that you can’t help but cheer these characters on and be enchanted by this anime.
Filled with Comedy, Romance, Drama, and highly entertaining. What’s not to love about it? If you can’t wait for the next season when it does finally come out (hopefully it is not going to end up like NANA) then you can read the manga.
This is definitely a highly recommended anime for both guys and girls. Girls will love it, and I know guys who have read the manga and love it.
I own the manga in mandarin and in english, I spend days stalking the skip beat fanfiction page for stories on the characters. That should be enough to show my love for this series.
While it this anime is light and slow on the romance side, there is enough romantic elements left behind by Nakamura Sensei in the plot that it will allow your imagination to go wild. But if romance is not your thing, and you are looking for a good anime to watch, this is it. It might not be the newest of anime, but it is definitely worth watching. And if you don’t like it after watching it, then feel free to come back here and warn people to stay away from this anime by leaving a comment behind.
After writing this, I want to go back to watching this anime again… I will be reviewing the drama version of this anime when it starts to air. =D For more details and the trailer of the live drama you can find it here.
-ra out! (leave a comment about how you feel about this anime or review or any thoughts you may have at all, it always help motivate me to review!)
Posted on June 25, 2011, in Anime, Skip Beat! and tagged Anime, Comedy, Drama, fuwa shoutaro, mogami kyouko, review, Romance, Shoujo, skip beat, skip beat anime review, Skip beat review, tsuruga ren. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.