Tuesday, December 02, 2008

What We're Reading Now

Skip Beat by Yoshiki Nakamura

Kyoko leaves her hometown to follow her childhood crush to Tokyo, where he plans on becoming a singing superstar. While she works several jobs to pay for the apartment and living expenses, Shoutaro (now Shou), with his good looks and voice, steadily rises in popularity. Now, one day, while Kyoko decides to suprise him with lunch at work, she overhears a conversation between him and his lovely manager. He smugly announces that now that he's famous, he's ready to move out and dump Kyoko. Instead of bawling her eyes out, Kyoko decides on sweet revenge, to crush him in the world of show business.

Reasons for Awesomeness:
  • Kyoko is spunky, quirky, smart, and can be dark and menacing in one frame, and watery-eyed, innocent in another.

  • This manga has just the right touch of comedy to offset the angst and pain of personal discovery.

  • Though it's more of a shoujo manga (heavy on the relationships), it has enough action going on to feed the need for those high-speed chases and adrenaline pumping fights and such.

  • It's also been made into an anime.

Check it out some time and tell us what you think.