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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-1022-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Skip Beat! Vol. #05

By Danielle Van Gorder     April 18, 2007
Release Date: March 06, 2007


Skip Beat! Vol.#05
© Viz Media


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yoshiki Nakamura
Translated by:Tomo Kimura
Adapted by:Tomo Kimura

What They Say
Kyoko lands a regular role on a TV show... as a giant chicken. Not content to settle for poultry recognition, Kyoko tries out for a big commercial. At the audition she runs into her Love Me rival Moko, who's having rival woes of her own. With a jealous rich girl out to bring them down, can Kyoko and Moko overcome their difficulties and act as a team to trounce the competition?

The Review
Kyoko has landed a regular TV gig (despite the producer's concerns), but that's not enough stardom for her yet. She's lined up a commercial audition without the agency's help, but it's not going to be easy. Not only is her rival Moko there, but a supremely confident girl named Kanae is as well. Kanae and Moko have quite the history together, and not one that fills Moko with confidence. In fact, she seems to want to do nothing more than to run away. Kyoko tries her best to renew Moko's confidence, but it doesn't seem to be working.

The first round of auditions is a fiasco, and both Moko and Kyoko fail to make much of an impression on the judges. But they have a plan to stand out in the second round, which intrigues the director. Kanae, meanwhile, tries to bribe the director with some of her family's vast wealth, which doesn't go as planned. Despite a random drawing, Kyoko and Moko are paired together for the second round of the audition, which causes a stir. The girls will be acting in pairs, and since Kyoko and Moko are from the same agency, there's some concern that they'll have had more experience acting together. The way the girls play off each other as they act out the scenes with no discussion beforehand ends up working really well, and the tension is great.

There's some really great material here as Kyoko shows off how much she's grown as a person and an actress as the series has progressed. Her hatred and the anger that made her such an unusual shoujo heroine is still there, but it's being turned into a core of strength and determination as she focuses on her dreams. Moko reveals quite a bit of depth as well as we learn more about her past and the things she fears. The men are almost entirely absent from this volume, with the exception of a few scenes with Ren. The volume ends with an unexpected hook that will probably leave you wanting the next volume, just to see how things play out. There's drama, but the humor is still here as well, proving that this is one series that knows it shouldn't be taking itself too seriously.

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