Skip Beat (1/ongoing)
Shojo Beat – Viz
Skip Beat. Seriously I already checked this series before and I remember that I didn’t liked it. But again I gave it one more chance hoping that I find it much interesting this time around.. Unfortunately I felt the same as I did the first time. I more so end up feeling less invested after I finished its first volume.
Kyoko is a hard working girl that is living with his childhood friend Ren who is a promising rising star! She is head over heel in love with him that she’ll do everything for him. She even pay all the bills to their expensive flat! But one day she learns the truth about her purpose for Ren. She is just a tool he uses to ensure his survivality ever since he decided to pursue his celebrity dream in Tokyo. She decides to get her sweet revenge by beating him to his game. Kyoko plans to enter the crazy world of showbiz!
Skip Beat is rather a popular manga series as I have read such glowing reviews about it hardly negative ones. Unfortunately I am on the minority here. I didn’t find anything that is interesting nor did I find it generally terrible. Judging by the first volume its an average series. It lacks everything I look for a manga; characters that I would want to read about. I don’t hate Kyoko but I don’t like her either. She seems shallow minded but then she displays perseverance and strong will. I hate the fact that of all the years, she hasn’t taken any sort of hint that she is merely being used. I won’t even talk about Ren. He’s a pampered brat, he thinks only of himself he doesn’t have any redeeming factor but then again its only by the first volume. He is set to be like that for revenge purposes..
I find the comical side of this series lackluster. I don’t find any of it amusing. I was wishing that it takes itself much seriously in some part of the volume. I find the goofs of the series a huge hindrance. I also have problem with some of the pages, it gets really busy as the author tend to overly exaggerate Kyoko’s reactions. I find it distracting, there is a whole lot of excessive mess thrown in some pages. The art is weird, most of the characters have long limbs and have this alienesque face shapes. I love model features but in manga it looks weird. lol.
It could have been better if the series tone down its comical side, but then again I think I am the only beneficiary if that happened. It felt draggish, I almost couldn’t finish the first volume. I had to force myself to finish it hoping that I’d like it. But it never did. Don’t get me wrong revenge plot is one of my guilty pleasures. I once got addicted to ABC’s drama series “Revenge”..
I still have a slight hope left for this series. I still wish I’ll warm up to this in the next volume. I freaking have 12 volumes, but then again I am not that fond of the first volume. I don’t get the love but maybe it does get better.
Ugghh I have problem getting into mainstream series as I often find them overrated TBH.
Skip Beat – I almost Skip its Beat.