If this does not remind you of the late 90s shoujo anime, nothing does really…
This fourth edition of the Fall Impressions 08 should have included Class 5-2 the series but the fact that Xebec royally screwed up with the cast and the graphics meant that this will become a solo entry all about my beloved Kyoko-sama. Anyway, as you all would know, Skip Beat is the anime that I have been going crazy ever since it is slated for release during the Fall season.
Despite operating on a slightly low graphical platform, will Skip Beat still impress? Or will it break the fragile heart of Impz when he realizes his beloved Kyoko-sama has been woefully misrepresented? Anyway, I did ramble on a lot in the entry.
Do tell me if you prefer a standard review rather than my unstructured ramblings.
The goddess before her transformation.
Kyoko Mogami is a simple and polite girl who works shifts in many part-time jobs. It turns out that her boyfriend is actually Shotaro Fuwa, an up and coming singer at the tender age of 16. In the changing room of her part-time shift, she found other colleagues discussing about her boyfriend.
You know, Kyoko, you deserve better. Much better than this blonde wannabe.
They said that they will switch from Ren (a very famous actor) to Shotaro, and talked about the posters she received by buying his CD. Being the completely submissive and fangirling girlfriend, she realizes she did not get the posters after buying it. Going into panic mode, she rushes out with the receipt. Her colleagues are surprised how crazed she is over an idol.
Personally, I remember how I didn’t like Kyoko-sama for the first impression because I felt that she was spineless. At the start of the series, she is just the type of girl that I will never date in my life. I like my girl to be spunky, to be strong, to be able to fight back. I do not want someone who is submissive. That is why Kyoko-sama’s eventual transformation works for me so much. What is the joy of life with that kind of wife? Maybe some alpha males will prefer the original Kyoko but not me.
The eyes of evilness have not completely appeared as yet, but it is soon for its birth! Go, Evil Kyoko!
If I have to admit something about the start, I really do not like Kyoko here. She represents everything that a shoujo female character is stereotyped to be: weak, needy, submissive and a total pushover. However, without this typical representation, her transformation into the goddess known as Kyoko-sama will never be that impressive. I also have to add that the first few minutes of the series really made me feel that I was back in the 1990s watching Kare Kano.
I know Hal Maker Studios is not that rich of an animation company, but this feels dated. My poor Kyoko-sama has to suffer from seemingly below-par graphics.
Are you also awed by the sparkling and shocking appearance of my Kyoko-sama?
Anyway, enough complaining. She rushes off to get that poster and got it since she is the most awesome woman around. No, not kidding there. After getting the poster, she realized she is late for the next job.
When a desperate Kyoko-sama is just so darn hot.
How dare you make my Kyoko-sama look so haggard, Shotaro!
At the next job, her employers said that she looked so haggard and wondered about her future considering that she should be in school enjoying herself. She just smiled and said that she has a reason for working so hard, and giving up on her studies.
I really find that part of the blind devotion by Kyoko is one that believes in princess and dreams. Being a girl who has always done things for Shotaro, it is but expected. Nonetheless, the setting of Skip Beat represents a very modern society still steeped in the world of machismo. Her devotion to a guy seems like an ironic representation of women. Despite modernity, it’s still traditional.
This is all your fault, Shotaro! Soon, Shotaro will get a new name from me.
A happy Kyoko is good. A happy Kyoko
After her job, she returned home to find the lights on. Shotaro is back but he is in a particularly foul mood. He, being the Dicktaro, wanted to leave almost immediately but Kyoko held him back with his favorite pudding.
But the dicktaro does not seem to appreciate our heroine too much. You gay prick.
Honestly, if there is a positive out of this anime compared to the manga, it is that they manage to make Dicktaro a much bigger dick compared to the manga. I have lost count on my burning desire to punch the hell crap of this person during this episode’s viewing and I was worried that the readers will consider my insane fascination to bash up this sorry asshole a bit extreme. Oops, did I say that loud? Dicktaro is definitely one of the characters you love to hate, and he’s good looking to boot. Hell yea to kickbutting this dick.
You think you are cool? Ya, you are cool in the head. Aka you have nothing in there.
After chatting about his ego-filled life that is generally empty, he saw a popularity contest where Ren (the famous actor that eclipsed Dicktaro’s popularity) was considered to be the man most girls at the age of 25 wanted to kiss. Dicktaro, as expected, only placed a lowly 7th. With that, he got pissed since his good looks are nothing and left our poor Kyoko.
Kyoko, you don’t have to prostate for this dicktaro! I will worship you instead, my goddess!
The way that Kyoko is way so submissive sometimes make me wonder about her naivety. No matter how much she transformed, her naivety still shows. No matter how much she hates Shotaro, she still trusts people way too easily once they get into her good books. I guess that is the part that I like about Kyoko. She has this friendly appeal that will get to you. It’s infectious.
Now is the time to add that this episode actually did a faithful transition from manga to anime. To manga fans, this might be a good thing because the only thing that all of us will complain is about the slightly low quality animation. Other than that, the story plot is kept as it is. There is perhaps little surprise about it, but being able to imagine and visualize and vocalize the characters does make a manga reader like me happy. The voice actors and actresses are fitting for their role, as I can actually imagine Kyoko having that kind of voice.
Sad Kyoko makes Impz a sad boy.
Very sad indeed. She called that Dicktaro the next day, and left a voice message to comfort him.
Parents? Remember that blonde characters with asshole-like properties deserved to be on the stake. In addition, keep them away from sweet wonderful spunky girls like Kyoko-sama. They do not deserve her.
Later in the day, she tries to deliver some snacks for Dicktaro. However, she overheard the conversation between him and his manager. He has never treated her like a girlfriend, and only tricked her to Tokyo to make her a slave. Now that he is famous, his manager told him to let Kyoko go back to Kyoto.
All of this is heard by Kyoko. This results in the goddess’s transformation…
To uber awesomeness…
Well, until the security arrived.
Kyoko-sama was dragged off by security, and Dicktaro told her that it is a joke that someone so plain like her can get revenge. He also told her that she can try to beat him in popularity, but being such an useless woman, she has no chance at all.
Of course, this is the time for hot Kyoko-sama!Kyoko-sama decided to have a makeover, to be the Kyoko-sama that I worship. All hail the goddess of Skip beat, Kyoko-sama!
All in all, this is a solid first episode. I cannot wait for Moko to appear (sorry for spoilers). She is my second favorite character and I really wonder how much they will cover for this series since Skip Beat is a long running shoujo series that is still undergoing. Any chance they will hit Dark Moon? I hope so, because that is when my Kyoko-sama becomes so fricking awesome that I have a severe case of nosebleeding.
Anyway, sorry for the excessive rant on Dicktaro. I think I will stick to my normal format for next episode.