If you wonder why I haven’t been posting much, it’s because I’ve been too far immersed in watching anime, which is a welcome change. Particularly, I’ve been smashing my way through Skip Beat!
Skip Beat is a title I have heard of many times, and I tried to read the manga time and time again, but shoujo manga art pisses me off so much that I’ve dropped it every time.
But fuck me if the anime wasn’t awesome as hell.
When you build a show where revenge is the driving plotline, then I’m going to like it, even if it’s some shitty shoujo. Particularly, I don’t mind shoujo anime nearly as much as I mind manga. Anime tend to have less frilly shit and stupid background art than manga versions of the same shoujo. This was true for Skip Beat, but the men in the anime still seemed to have completely unnaturally long limbs, which kind of pissed me off. However, it still had good art, and a lot of changes in facial expressions and artistic style.
Revenge revenge revenge. I love it. I love everything about it. To me, there’s nothing better than throwing your victory in the face of someone who previously talked smack to you. It’s great to do and it’s great to watch. Why else do you think Kill Bill is my favorite movie? It’s the ultimate revenge tale as far as I’m concerned. Of course, there’s many, many other awesome revenge stories, but for now I’m going to focus on Skip Beat!
Skip Beat is…well it starts off heavily based on revenge, Kyoko, one of the most awesome female characters ever, decides to get revenge after learning her boyfriend (who is famous) pretty much just used her as a maid for her entire life. She decides the best way to do this is to become a bigger star than him.
The best part about Skip Beat is quite clearly Kyoko. She’s incredibly spiteful, and if you ever get her mad, she won’t bend over and start crying, she’ll kick your ass emotionally, physically, or in a multitude of ways. She’ll make you eat your words by stuffing them so far back down your throat that they’ll come out your ass. Tell her she’s not good at something and she’ll suddenly become better than anyone else on the planet.
The show is littered with small bits of revenge that are asides to the main revenge theme, and this makes me happy. There’s still comedy and all that shit mixed in, but to me, revenge was the main focus.
Back to Kyoko.
Marina Inoue plays a lot of bad ass roles. Besides Kyoko, she’s also Rei from HOTD, Matsurika from Maria Holic (not really bad ass, but still awesome), Yozora from Boku go Tomodachi (cruel and awesome), and of course Chiri from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Kyoko, however, is in my opinion, her best role. There were multiple times when I watched Skip Beat and thought, “Shit, she’s kicking ass voicing Kyoko.” That’s kind of all I have to say there. Marina Inoue is immediately boosted to my top 5 seiyuu list.
There was, however, one flaw with the anime series. It ended. It ended before and end.
No. That’s not it.
It ended right before the climax of a particular arc. They could have made one more episode, and it would have rounded the anime off nicely.
They elected to fuck it all up by ending with the typical main character monologue as she rides her bike and reminisces about how she’s changed. That’s like if you’re watching a New York Giants game, and the score is close, and it’s the 4th quarter, and Eli Manning is driving for what could be a game winning score. He goes back to pass, and just as he’s pulling back to throw someone changes the channel. What the fuck are you serious Skip Beat producers???
I’m dropping this show to a 5 because of that.
FINAL GRADE = 5
It was a very solid show, and I’ll probably end up checking the manga out now (unfortunetly), but the anime could’ve gotten a 5* had it ended better.