I guess this is cue: MOE KYOKO-SAMA!
It’s finally time for us to admire the Kyoko in action! Sweet, nice and evil Kyoko are all in display.
Moko was annoyed at Kyoko because she thought that Kyoko was simply a housewife. Moko completely underestimated her ability and considered her a rival. Maria asked Kyoko how she talked to her father (Kyoko said she had no father) and her mother (total fear). Maria thought that Kyoko’s mother was dead, but Kyoko was around. Kyoko stepped past the minefield by whispering how to chat with father. Kyoko reminded Maria that she has the human candle charm to protect her father when he comes over to see Maria. Lory asked Kyoko that she had the approval of her parents to enter LME and questioned the authencity. Lory told Kyoko that she needed her mother’s approval before allowing her for a debut. Kyoko asked Lory if she had to get her approval even if her mother did not care. Lory said it was fine.
After that incident, Lory thought to himself that he could not bear to ask Kyoko any more because it seemed like he was merely stabbing onto an open wound, and Kyoko was close to tears. On the other hand, Kyoko was praying to the stone at a staircase to make herself feel better. Sawada appeared and Kyoko replied. However, she accidentally dropped the stone down the stairs. Ren passed by and picked up the stone. Kyoko immediately rushed down the stairs frenetically for the stone. She started crying loudly since she felt that she has broken the stone given by Corn. She started screaming out for Corn. Sawada asked why she actually named a stone, but Kyoko explained that the stone was given by a boy named Corn. She said that the person was important to her, and gave a present to make her feel better.
Sawada apologized for calling her suddenly. Ren showed her the stone, and Kyoko was glad that the stone was undamaged. Kyoko smiled happily, shocking both Ren and Sawada. Kyoko thanked Ren. Ren asked whether Kyoko came from Kyoto. He explained that the stone was localized in Kyoto. She did not know this at all. Ren started laughing at her, and said that she was gullible. She would probably have her heart broken by some flirtatious guy (totally right), and wondered if it was for the guy she wanted revenge against. In her mind, she continued to simulate the evil Ren’s speech that the man was Shotaro and she was a naive dumbass that was cheated of her teenage life. She knew that she should not say anything since Ren is an asshole (to her), so she simply acted nonchalant and bid goodbye.
Her attempt to sneak away was obviously noted by Ren, and he said, “So I was right.” He warned Kyoko that she should never let anyone know in the media circle, and told her to reject any rumors strongly so that she could protect herself. However, that would only be useful if she could ever debut. That obviously pissed off Kyoko and she was keen to avoid Ren at all costs. Ren looked a little distracted, and he seemed to comment how people changed so much. However, he said that he was the one who changed much more. Kyoko was practicing annunciation, and she was ignored completely by Moko. Sawada then informed that LOVE me has a TV job. Kyoko rushed into the Love me changing room and surprised Moko who spitted out water. Kyoko apologized as she wanted to have a female friend to talk. It was all Dicktaro’s fault, and Moko tried to remove the depressing aura by asking what happened.
When they arrived, it turned out that it was a chicken mascot for a show. At the show, it turned out that Dicktaro was the special guest. Dicktaro was clearly more popular than the hosts. The host asked Dicktaro whether he watched television. He said he seldom did when he actually loved to watch the crappy television shows. He was clearly lying with strength. The show had a special segment where questions were placed in egg-like containers. Then, the host would choose an egg from the basket Bo held. Kyoko had an evil plan, and decided to place a few questions of her own.
When the host picked it out, it was a question about Dicktaro’s real name. “Taro” was a joke surname, but he managed to sneak out of it by saying that the only time that people would know his real name is the time when his artist name disappeared (aka he retired). His fangirls clearly wanted no part of it, and he managed to escape. However, Kyoko laughed evilly within and said that the worst was yet to come for him.
The first major sob-sob scene of the series is done in a rather low-key manner, so it did not carry the impact that much. I personally loved the scene where Lory questioned Kyoko about the authenticity of her parents’ approval. We all know that Kyoko is hot-headed and rush into things like a raging bull, but this is a reality check that Kyoko is still haunted by the past. This is a past that dominates her life during her formation years, and it is a rather dark scene where we see the fragility of Kyoko’s heart. I think that part of her would be developed more when she fears losing the love and respect of a certain person.
Ok, since it is rather clear, let me say this. I love this scene of Kyoko x Ren aka Corn. It’s obvious from the episode that Ren is Corn, so I feel how powerful this scene is. Ren clearly remembers Kyoko a lot, even though he seems to mock himself at being changed. It seems like Kyoko hardly recognized Ren at all, which meant that Ren probably changed himself quite a bit. That said, Kyoko is quite changed physically, so it is nothing surprising that Ren could not recognize the girl at first glance. I am just glad nonetheless the first seeds of “love” is planted between these two characters.
I so love MOKO! She is probably the best tsundere ever in shoujo history because she is such a competitive girl. I would be surprised as well since Kyoko has hardly exhibited any true talent in acting up to this stage for Moko. Moko, considering the appearance of Kyoko in LOVE ME, probably thinks that it is a loser section for people who cannot act to save their lives. The performance of Kyoko realizes that Kyoko is not someone who can be taken lightly, and the world of acting is not so rosy that you can be friends with anyone. It’s a competitive world out there.
Obviously, I left the most exciting stuff of the episode to the very last. Dicktaro appears once again and Kyoko has the perfect chance to torture the shit out of this asshole. Asking him about his name is just a total pain, and I am surprised that pea brain of a man could sneak out of it easily. I guess his professional skills at being an artist saves his wriggly ass this time, but I hope that he will choke when he gets the terrible questions from our Kyoko-sama.
It might sound really strange but I actually like the heart warming scenes/sob-sob scenes in Skip Beat rather than the vindictive scenes of Kyoko-sama. I think part of the reason is because all that evil scenes of Kyoko is generally caused by Dicktaro. She really needs to let go of that asshole and concentrate her life on Ren. Honestly, woman, for all your goddess-like behavior, you are still fixated at a jerk. That’s like telling all the people out there that women just cannot get enough of bad boys.
So, do you like the heart warming scenes or the evil scenes of Kyoko more?