While the rest of our fellow anime enthusiasts peruse selections from upcoming fall shows, this sporadic-anime-watcher-cum-blogger focuses her energy on a single title. Yes, one. It’s sad, but true.
source: Sweet Revenge
Skip Beat!, a Yoshiki Nakamura creation, centers on Kyoko Mogami, an average girl with average looks, timid personality, and low ambition. That is, until Shou Fuwa, a rising J-Pop artist and her bosom buddy, betrayed her. The horrendous circumstance unlocked her Pandora’s box, unleashing all the negative vibe repressed from childhood. Kyoko sought immediate transformation. A bleached-out and made-up wanna-be actress replace the frumpy looks. She peels off timidity and showcases her true self. Revenge becomes her middle name.
Set amidst a surreal and unlikely showbiz backdrop, Ms. Nakamura surrounds Kyoko with indelible characters. A Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde love interest, an egotistical third party, a uber-flamboyant studio president, a tsundere potential-best friend (it makes sense when you’ve read the manga), a romance-angling lackey, a demon kid, and I can go on and on and on. But, you know, spoiler-y stuff.
Of course. all this is done in awesomely typical Nakamura-styling, outrageous humor, loads of dialogue, and lots of satisfyingly gooey romance.
More SB pimping after the jump:
My favorite Skip Beat! cover art evah!
Skip Beat! has been a staple to my manga diet for years now. I love, love, love this manga. I mean, really. And to the chagrin of my readers from my previous incarnation as a blogger, I pimped the series every chance I got. Fast forward 2008, an announcement was posted online: An animated Skip Beat will be aired on October.
Gasp! Could it be a hoax? Further reading proved it to be true. Awesome, I said. But at the back of my mind is the question, “Will they get it right??“.
Let’s see. Here are a few specs out:
Studio: Hal Film Maker.
Ten’s Response: One word: Aria.
Director: Kiyoko Sayama. Street cred: Vampire Knight.
T: She often works under Junichi Sato. Very promising.
Voice Actors: Marina Inoue (as Kyoko), Mamoru Miyano (as Shou), and Katsuyuki Konishi (as Ren).
T: That’s a Yay!, double Yay!, and Frakin’ awesome!, respectively.
Character Design: TBA
T: Being a manga fan first before an anime fan, it is difficult for me to disregard original artwork. So please, please, please, anime-gods, give us some who shall remain true to Ms. Nakamura’s character designs. I mean, take a look at the fate of the designs of my favorite manga-turned-anime titles; It’s hit-or-miss kind of deal. Ouran and LoveCom were purty, but Perfect Girl Evolution and ItaKiss turned to shit. Again, please. As long as Ms. Nakamura’s artwork is recognizable, I’ll play nice.
OP theme: the generous
T: Um, who?
ED theme: 2BACKKA
T: A pun for Chewbacca?
Musical Director: TBA
T: As far music goes, I’m crossing my fingers for a wonderful musical director. Music adds an intangible layer and sets the tone of the entire show. Will we be given the standard BGM and jpop romp? Or will we be treated to optimal entertainment? Are we in for a treat? Or should I run for cover?
As always, I turn anxious whenever a manga close to my heart jumps into another medium. I rejoice at the potential increase of popularity of the title, but angst at a potential horrendous adapatation. What if my beloved manga transforms into shit?
Ah, well. My usual wait-and-see policy is on standby.