Skip Beat!

Note: This anime is rated PG-13 and is therefore only suitable for those aged 13 or older

This week we will move away from the weirder series that I enjoy (don’t worry I’ll be going back there) and onto one of my guilty pleasures… an anime/manga aimed towards young teenage girls.

This series started as a manga and was adapted into one season of anime, however, be warned that the anime finishes on a cliffhanger that will (speaking from experience) force you to read the manga to find out what happens next. With no second season in sight, you might find yourself amongst the ranks of fans rallying together to force the production companies to produce a second season.

Initially, seeing that it focussed on someone wanting to be an idol, I didn’t expect much of the series, however it has bloomed into one of my favourite anime of all time. The secret to this is the motivation of the main character, Kyouko Mogami, who is not driven by a need for fame, money or power but instead the need for revenge on her ex, the blonde haired playboy and famous singer Fuwa Shō.

The story follows Mogami’s journey from working at a fast food store to becoming a well known actress and the style of comedy, twisting plot points and love interests make it an exciting ride where you bet on what will happen next.

Most of the humour takes place in chibi form, with Kyouko’s apparent ability to summon the spirits of her anger and regret taking center stage in situations that would otherwise be boring to watch. Important decisions are made when these spirits attack her conscience and form some of the most hilarious situations I have ever seen in anime.

In order to quickly break into the entertainment industry Mogami joins the newly formed “Love Me” department, of which she is the only member, at a famous production agency. The objective of this new department? To get everyone to love you and grade you on the service that you provide, whilst all the while wearing a bright pink jumpsuit embroidered with the “Love Me” logo. There are no rules governing what this new department can do and the jobs range from cleaning and waxing a corridor to dressing up as a giant chicken on a popular talk show. As the department, and Mogami herself, become more popular there are more opportunities for her to overcome her famous ex and storm into the world of showbiz in a way no one has ever done before.

As previously stated, this series was mainly aimed at teenage girls, but if you are a man, such as myself, don’t let that put you off. The comedy sinks right down into your funny bone and once you get to the end you will be one of the people hounding the production company to begin the second season. There aren’t any sickeningly lovey dovey moments and, to be honest, there isn’t much that sets it apart from a shounen romantic comedy apart from the lack of fanservice and giant robots.

Turn your back on this anime if you dare, but be warned that you will passing up one of the funniest anime I have ever had the pleasure of watching.

Words: Christian James Dacombe
All images belong too their rightful owners and used under fair use.


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