Ultimate Shōjo Experience! with pictures

What is it that makes Skip Beat! the ultimate shōjo experience?

  1. Hot, tortured male protagonist;
  2. Adamant, gutsy female lead; only slightly clueless;
  3. Opportunity to act on mutual attraction without changing the underlying friendly relationship necessary to continue the story = catharsis without main conflict resolution
  4. Love triangle, sometimes square, occasionally pentagon; plenty of jealousy;
  5. Secret past, part of which is shared by protagonists;
  6. Female lead kicking ass of bitchy female characters we love to hate;
  7. Various impediments of psychological and social sort standing between protagonists;
  8. Familial relationship between characters;
  9. No character is beyond redemption (most often through interaction with female protagonist).
  10. Multiple bishies

kuon_hizuri___tsuruga_ren_by_carly4015-d73hf0m

Writing about Skip Beat! is a really arduous task, having in mind that it’s an ongoing manga (since 2002). Nonetheless, I feel that my previous mention did not do it credit.

kuon_and_kyoko_skip_beat_211__spoiler__by_carly4015-d7f2vbw (1)

In short, Mogami Kyōko is in love with Fuwa Shō and she is prepared to devote all of her being to his happiness and comfort. However, once she learns he is an exploitative asshole, Kyōko decides to lock up her feelings and exert vengeance upon Shō.Through sheer stubbornness and monomaniacal focus, Kyōko enters the world of show business. Why? Because she is determined to dethrone Shō, who is no.1 pop idol in Japan.

ren_beach_by_carly4015-d6n0pw7

Tsuruga Ren, as a more mature and experienced man is juxtaposed to Shō. And even though Kyōko is largely concentrated on her vengeance, caring very little about her acting career or anything else, in time this changes. Ren comes to the forefront, first as a role-model, and then as something more. Kyōko starts to see past her obsession, past Shō and towards a future of self-realization, instead of a future realized through someone else.cain_heel_by_carly4015-d66uqjtKyōko and Ren are both actors, members of LME agency – something Nakamura Yoshiki uses to torture you with, employing endless role-play routines in which you do not get what you want, but somehow you manage to get close enough.

kuon_by_kir_tat-d5jtu10

Delayed gratification? I dunno. I’m pretty much prepared to believe anything Tom Hiddleston says. If me wait. Me going to get cookie.

tumblr_mslvl2FpzB1rytwo9o5_250

 I keep wondering just how much of this Guilty Pleasure business is related to latent masochism? To illustrate, it took 12 years for Kyōko and Ren to kiss (although, technically, it was not a kiss between Kyōko and Ren). The greatest problem of them all is that Nakamura-sensei can keep on doing this shit until all the fans of Skip Beat! shrivel up and die of a serious case of unmet expectations. But I have learnt my lesson.

skip_beat_bishies_by_carly4015-d6d3ewq

I’m aware that, led by cookie-logic, I might sit and wait, telling myself: “If me wait. Me going to get Tom Hiddleston” which is highly unlikely and would be very inappropriate. Yet, when Skip Beat! is concerned, I’m ready to accept cookie-logic and let it guide me.

Skip-Beat-skip-beat-32445937-500-714

skip_beat_kuon_wish_by_carly4015-d73zand

What is your ultimate shōjo experience? 

A/N: Ok, so maybe I’ve exaggerated with all the pics. I pulled them from carly4015.deviantart.comkir-tat.deviantart.com, and fanpop search. When I exaggerate, i EXAGGERATE, so here’s some more.

352597352448right02tskip_beat_ch155_m7_fh_ss.skip_beat_ch155_01Skip-Beat-skip-beat-30165938-806-1000tskip_beat_ch155_m7_fh_ss.skip_beat_ch155_01Skip-Beat-skip-beat-32378393-800-1140Skip-Beat-skip-beat-32378432-800-1143Skip-Beat-skip-beat-32378433-710-1024Skip-Beat-skip-beat-32378434-690-100022619452

Advertisements

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kama says:

    I was reading that. It has great moments, but overall it’s too long, predictive and using cliche. For people who want a great, kicking plot, it’s not it. The plot is all too watered down in all these chapters… That’s my opinion.

    Like

    1. nicollzg says:

      I can totally understand your opinion. It makes sense. The plot is oractically non-existant and awfully repetitive, really. I’m fully aware of that. But for some reason, despite all that, it still works for me.

      Like

      1. Kama says:

        If it works for you, then it’s good. 🙂

        Cheers. 🙂

        Like

      2. nicollzg says:

        That’s my motto in life 😜
        Any recommendations? Something that works for you?

        Like

      3. Kama says:

        Shojo? If you mean shojo anime/manga, I’d have to dig in my memory.

        Like

      4. nicollzg says:

        Any manga really. Something good (I defined that nicely, didn’t I)

        Like

      5. Kama says:

        Yup, you wrote it really well. 😀
        Ok, I’ll write a post with several manga/anime soon. From the anime I wrote about on my blog, I’d definitely recommend Serial Experiments Lain (science-fiction) and Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san (fantasy, demons).

        Like

      6. nicollzg says:

        I’ll keep a watchful eye on your blog. I’ve seen Lain ages ago and loved it. Not a fan of fantasy, but I’ll check it out

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s