I first heard about this show during its time of its kick starter. Anime News Network had a podcast about it and Crunchyroll had an article about it. Unfortunately, I did not end up watching the show before it’s kick starter was over and I am more upset with myself then I have ever been. This show is great and I am sad that I might have missed out on the chance to own the series. It’s probably one of my favorite shojo series that I’ve ever watched.
Skip Beat stars the main character Kyoko Mogami. She spent much of her life being around and supporting the idol to be, Shotaro Fuwa. While she works impossibly hard in a Cinderella fashion for her prince to be, one day she discovers that Shotaro has no feelings for her and everything he has told her is a lie. Thus begins Kyoko’s beginning of her quest for revenge and her raise to star hood. Well, the revenge thing is just the spark that starts a journey for self-discovery, even though it is something that weighs her character throughout the series.
Kyoko is an incredibly relatable character. To me at least. (This is coming from somebody who tries to act like and write random Facebook posts like a villain’s perspective from time to time). Having been through a rough life, she mentally acts like a villain with other character’s feeling her aura from time to time. She also creates voodoo dolls and keeps posters of her enemies in her room so she can sneer at them. This isn’t the only way she acts though. She is still an emotionally vulnerable character that breaks down from time to time and needs guidance from friends and others that she picks up on her way. Since she hasn’t had a classic background like everybody else, Kyoko has a very unique perspective from the standard on how she plays parts and how she creates characters.
This isn’t to say that the other characters aren’t layered either. Characters that you think are originally shown as jerks are more complex and relatable as characters then you thought. Other characters who seem to be one note and perfect have some faults to them that make them vulnerable and relatable. Meanwhile, other characters who have been jerks at the beginning of the series remain jerks at the end of the series. I will let you find out who that person is. *cough* Aside from that, I really like how they have each character’s thoughts muffled a little from their usual voices so you know when a character is thinking something. Just a great touch to throw into the series.
The comedy is another major factor of this series. I would dare to say that this series could be considered a female version of JoJos. There are a lot of over the top scenes with characters spewing emotion and lots of ridiculous moments brought on by Kyoko’s character and the way she thinks of certain scenes. There is a scene when a character just smiles at her while working toward her and in Kyoko’s world that is deemed threatening, so she backs away like this character is a serial killer. This is the kind of comedy that you can expect from this series, but it’s done in a way that only anime can do it. Fortunately, the series is also emotionally grounded and makes each comedy scene feel earned. It’s what makes the show so fantastic.
So yeah, I highly recommend this series. The character’s, the story, the story from each play Kyoko is played in that exemplifies something going on with her character’s or somebody else’s life, and the comedy are just what make the sure stand out. If I had to say what was my favorite idol show, this would be it. No question at all.