April 24, 2016

Skip Beat [Chapter 235]


[Free talk: This summary is made possible by MioAVANT’s translation + raws posted by 祁幽希 in baidu. EDIT: By the way, for those who read Akatsuki no Yona, fyi I just found out that it is on a hiatus because the mangaka is living in Kumamoto where a major earthquake happened. She is fine but I guess she is shaken by the incident. For those who can read Japanese, this is the note about it.]

Smiling Ren happily greets Kyouko good evening. Kyouko darkly scowls and asks what’s with that smile which is bright as a clear day in May. She doesn’t need that and please, stop that kind of totally no reason to have a favorable smile, okay!!

“This face!! I’m referring to that face!! When I was basically worried whether or not you’ll be engulfed by your negative energy.” Removing his mask and putting another one on Ren, she angrily shouts that he is fine, then, she can at least be at ease and no need to worry about him. And, all that was just Kyouko’s imagination.

She calmly tells Ren that she is startled and what’s up that he came to look for her at this time. She says that didn’t he tell her that except for last night, he doesn’t have any more free time. Ren tells Yashiro if he heard what Kyouko said, her heartless argument [/excuse].
Yashiro says that he heard. This puzzles Kyouko. Holding up his cellphone to Kyouko, he says that she answered him with that kind of mail that is entirely made of dots [/periods], 3 dots ellipsis yet she’ll ask him ‘what’s up?’ [<- the message wasn’t translated but there are a lot of ‘...’]

Basically, it is saying ‘you’re quite worried about me’, and he can almost feel her nagging. Kyouko denies it though she admits that indeed it feels like that and she used too many dots. She nervously says that when she sent the message, her mood is very relaxed.

Kyouko thinks that she is actually making use of Ren’s tendency to make a ‘situation wherein he is incapable of escaping that he’ll loathe himself’ so she unconsciously put in too many ellipsis. [<- I guess she is probing for his mood?]
Ren asks, feeling relaxed? Then, why didn’t she use an emoticon to express that feeling. He asks if she can be called an actress who can act other people’s lives. After all, she doesn’t know the meaning of the emoticon’s existence. Kyouko goes into shock that he is angry and would even demand that.

She thinks that isn’t it common sense not to send one’s boss or senpai any mails that has emoticons. Kyouko asks Ren in this industry, isn’t it very rude to send an emoticon to a senpai. Ren says that he means, it depends on who the other party is and it is based on the situation.

So, this time, it is her fault that she didn’t use an emoticon that caused him to misunderstand. Kyouko says, yes. She thinks that it is because he is Ren that she won’t dare send an emoticon. She tells him that she’ll pay attention to it next time. Ren says that’s good.
Yashiro wonders why it became about being insistent on Kyouko’s need to put emoticons in mail. He assumes that Ren is still furious about Kyouko sending an emoticon to Kijima yet Ren won’t directly say ‘send me one every time’ and he would resort to this petty trick.

Even if he is stubborn but Kyouko can only agree to Ren. Yashiro wonders if he is once again taken advantage of for Ren’s goal. A strategy of pretending to be a good person. Ren says that it’s great that the situation isn’t like how he misunderstood it to be.

After a pause, Kyouko says that sure enough, he has seen through her. She is feeling gloomy because of her mother so he specially came to see her, right? Ren says, yes, it is more or less that.
At that time when she acted as his manager, seeing her like that when she is studying for the entrance exam, it gave him a deep impression that her parents are very strict towards her. Kyouko says that she doesn’t have ‘parents’, she doesn’t have a father and the one who is strict with her is her mother.

When she was a child, she couldn’t have a harmonious relationship with her. On top of that, after a long time, they have no communication. Yesterday, she got a [psychological] shock so on that night, she cried loudly and caused him trouble. Ren says that her mood is better now so could it be that something happened that caused their relationship to ease up.

Kyouko recalls putting her head on Saena’s shoulder. She looks at Ren and happily says, “Yes.” Kyouko informs him about joining the second audition for a period drama. She also tells him that Kanae will also be there to play the female lead of a samurai ojousama.
Having a ninja pose, Kyouko says that she will play a female ninja protecting that ojousama, Momiji. The two guys look surprised. Ren says that actually, he would think that she would want to play the ojousama compared to the ninja. Kyouko exclaims no for Chidori has to be played by Kanae.

She starts raving about Kanae being an ojousama whom she’ll bet her life on to protect. Yashiro asks if it is ‘Lotus in the Mud’. She says that it is. Yashiro says as expected for he felt that he heard the names of those roles before. Kyouko asks if he already read the original novel [/work].

Yashiro says that he had more or less seen it when it was given to him as material to be skimmed through. It was asked whether or not Ren can play that ronin [wandering masterless samurai] role. This surprises both Ren and Kyouko.
Kyouko mentally doesn’t want that to happen for Ren doesn’t suit playing a ronin. Yashiro says that was a long time ago. At that time, Ren has decided to play crazy actor X. The schedule is earlier and Ren won’t have the energy to accept it anymore.

That is because the schedule is compact and there will be an overseas shooting. Imagining a Japanese style Cain as the ronin, Kyouko scowls that preferred image totally crashes [/matches?]. Yashiro thinks that it is still in audition stage, in other words, the shooting has not yet started, right.

Kyouko thinks that’s right, perhaps, they can still barely able to catch up and persuade [/mention it]. “Why did you have to refuse in place of Ren, Yashiro-san!! Aren’t you a capable manager who has good taste?”
Yashiro notices that Kyouko is scowling at him -> appears to be an expression of ‘blaming you’. Yashiro glances at Ren who has a disappointed expression <- Yashiro’s imagination since Ren has a neutral expression. Yashiro gloomily says that he feels so useless, sorry.

Ren asks what he is saying, what he is referring to. Yashiro says that as the manager, he declined that period drama because there is no energy to accept it. Shocked Kyouko immediately says that Momiji’s audition has already been decided yet suddenly, they are going to re-do it. So, she’ll be able to join the audition.

She tells them that she also didn’t know clearly what happened and it is possible that this is the reason why the filming hasn’t started yet. Ren says that it is rare to have another audition and something big ought to have happened.
Thinking that there ought to be a very bad side to it, sparkling Kyouko says, but whatever happened has nothing to do with her and she must get this Momiji role to protect Kanae’s Chidori. Yashiro says speaking of that, he wants to spoil it to her just now, Momiji won’t go protect Chidori.

This made Kyouko’s smile freeze. She looks at Yashiro and asks why, she has fallen in love with her? Yashiro says no, and it isn’t about love. “The one whom Momiji will protect is the male lead’s ‘ronin’ and her relationship towards Chidori is hatred.

It is because Momiji and Chidori are rivals in love with the male lead. And, Kyouko becomes petrified. The Daruma couple comes out and wonders what happened. In the car, Yashiro asks if Kyouko will back out from the audition. He wonders out loud if he has such a big mouth.
It feels like he saw with his very own eyes the instant on how a girl’s dream can become a pottery figure [/usually put with the dead]. Ren says that Kyouko borrowed the original work from Kanae so sooner or later, she’ll know the truth.

And besides, in order to be able to act together in a series with Kanae, Kyouko definitely won’t back out from the audition. Yashiro says that it is good if it is like that and by the way, if Kyouko can really grab this Momiji role, it will be her first public performance in a role of falling in love with someone.

Ren keeps on smiling. Yashiro starts to look aghast. Yashiro apologizes for his incompetence. Ren acts dumb by saying what is Yashiro referring to, and really, there’s no need to apologize for he is actually not angry at all.
Yashiro mentally calls Ren a liar for he won’t be deceived by him since he can see what is Ren’s real mood behind that smile. It is the fake gentleman smile that Kyouko mentioned. That night, looking like an Arahabaki [<- in the Persona games/anime], Kyouko lies in her bed.

She has totally become a pottery figurine. She thinks that it is very difficult to [have a chance and] act together with Kanae that she became overly happy about it. She had already roughly flipped through all of the books. Momiji -> for generations, she waited upon the lead’s clan but she is simply treated as the younger sister of the lead.

Chidori -> an ojousama who was born in a noble aristocratic family, protected, and she’s the type of sparkling girl whom people couldn’t bring themselves to hate. Momiji -> hates # Chidori.
Kyouko groans how come it is like this??? Why is she playing this kind of oppressive female lead role again. She can already imagine that woman’s [Saena] grudging expression. She imagines Saena scowling while saying that Kyouko is playing another disagreeable role and that’s the result of her talking big?

Kyouko thinks that she’ll be well known in whole Japan as the one who specialize in that kind of disagreeable roles. She also doesn’t feel that it will make her [mother] be proud of her. She recalls talking with Ren. She loosens her grip on the pillow and sits up.

She seems to have realized something. [Mangaka’s note: I wasn’t able to go on a hanami [/watch cherry blossoms] but I was able to go and look at tulips with friends. Even if it is very late but I can feel spring’s air yet I’m still be very happy.]
At TBS TV station, wearing her Love Me uniform, Kyouko is helping someone carry some sakura [/cherry blossoms] and other props. Shoko notices the pink colored uniform that she calls out to Kyouko and asks what she is doing. Kyouko greets Shoko back and says that after her work is done, she is asked by the staff to help in some odd jobs.

The cart couldn’t carry so many things so she is carrying this one. <- huge bouquet of sakura blossoms. Shoko protests that Kyouko is already an actress. Kyouko says that she is probably considered as helper [/doing odd jobs by the staff member] somewhere and this always happens.

Shoko says that even if Kyouko said that but she came here also for work.Kyouko says that her job is to open a brief meeting but it is immediately over. And her work is just to bring the flowers to its designated studio, that’s all. She’ll only walk a bit for a while.
Noticing the sakura, Shoko says that they are really beautiful when open but Tokyo’s sakura has already started to wither. Kyouko says that these are specially brought from the Northeast so they are just opening. Shoko says that seeing sakura, one will think of that.

Unconsciously think of the lively hanami and drinking beer by mouthfuls. Kyouko says that she won’t for she is a minor so she cannot feel it happening to her as Shoko imagined. Shoko exclaims that is true. She tells Kyouko that when she was a student, she is quite carefree and normally, she won’t naturally talk about this topic with a minor.

Kyouko thinks that it is because she is living together with that person all year round so she has gotten used to it. She has totally forgotten about the scale of integrity.
She imagines Shou saying that he was once again informed that there is a cute girl so he went [to see?]. Kyouko thinks that with Shoko, he has become more stylish, right. He’ll make the mistake of only eating what seems to be cool. For pride, he won’t even dare to eat his beloved pudding.

Kyouko recalls Shou telling her that because right now is hanami season, the inn is very busy. Then, he also tells her that his parents will personally come in a while and she doesn’t have to think too much. And, he tells her that it is fine for her to just go towards the future that she wants. Kyouko seems to have realized something.

Shoko thinks that it has been a long time since she went to hanami and she would want to relax and quietly go to that. As the staff member goes to studio B5, Kyouko says that it seems her work is over there. Shoko says then, she’ll go over here. As the staff member goes to Kyouko [to get the bouquet], she says that for Shoko to be in TBS, that means that guy is also here.
After looking puzzled, Shoko says of course, he is. Kyouko says that if it is possible, there is something that she wants to ask of her. Shoko asks what it is. At a lounge, Shou lazily lies down on the coach. He complains about not being used to an early morning broadcast so he’s so sleepy and hungry.

He wants to eat TBS TV’s famous anpan [bread with sweetened bean paste]. He wonders if Shoko hasn’t bought the spicy chicken sandwich yet. There’s a knock on the door. Shou immediately sits up. He says, welcome back, and sorry for returning to the lounge first. He asks if the next work is also in TBS. He is surprised to see Kyouko with Shoko.

Recalling Kyouko’s aghast expression when he last met her, Shou worriedly calls out to Kyouko and asks how she is afterwards. Shoko thinks that something happened between them. Flashback: Kyouko asked Shoko to let her see Shou for a while. “Anyway, I want to thank him.” End flashback.

Shoko thinks that Kyouko would unexpectedly say those words. Klok. Kyouko looks cold as Shoko and Shou looks stunned. Kyouko has just kicked Shou’s shin really hard. I think Shou is screaming. Shoko is freaking out.
Comment: Ah, the mangaka is so mean to tease us like this. It is Kyouko’s first romance drama and it is a role that Yashiro on behalf of Ren has turned down. Can’t they use Lory’s powers to get that role for Ren?! Actually, I’m thinking that if Ren cannot be in this drama, it will take another year or so for us to finally see them together in a drama. ;_; Oh well, as long as the shooting hasn’t started, there is still hope.

Anyway, Ren has secured an agreement that Kyouko will also send some emoticons to his mail. ^^ He also got Kyouko to tell him more about her family without revealing how much he actually knows. It seems that Ren’s cunning/acting is really rubbing on to Kyouko. She managed to fool Shoko to bring him to Shou on the pretext that she wants to thank him. Then, the surprise attack =P Is that payback for the stolen kiss?

I wonder what Kyouko thought that made her want to go and see him. I’m thinking that she might be also be angry at Shou for being pretentious and bothering his parents during the peak season for inns/hotels. Anyway, we’ll know in the next chapter.

On a side note, the title is Sakura-something. Sakura is the symbolism for spring. And spring = start of love. So once again, hopefully, something big is going to happen in this arc regarding that side of the story aside from the acting department. ^^

Oh ya, Shou seems to have gotten a haircut ^^; Or, the mangaka forgot how to draw him since it has been a long time since he made his appearance. And, Kyouko no longer needs her demons to make Shou scream. =P 

Word of the day:
Just as the winter turns to spring, our lives have changing seasons too; So when a gloomy [/disappointing] forecast comes, Remember— God has plans for you. ~ Sper from Our Daily Bread

64 comments:

  1. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much!

    Oh, and I really like it, that you're adding christian quotes.
    I'm thankful for the gift of faith in Jesus Christ! ;-)

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      =)

      Yes ^^

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    2. I love the quotes also. Seeing that there are other believers in Christ out there. Blessings :)

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    3. I always appreciate your quotes too Kat! Thanks so much for sharing. God bless! :)
      ~Michelle

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    4. Glad to hear that, krissi783 ^-^

      Same to you ^^

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    5. Glad to hear that, Michelle ^-^

      You're welcome and God bless, too ^^

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    6. Agreed with above! God bless!

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    7. =)

      Same with you, Skysamurai ^-^

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  2. Thank you for the summary.

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  3. Thanks for all the translations!
    It'll be good if Ren can accept the role as people r auditioning again anyway.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Fierwind ^-^

      Ya..though it depends if the role for the male lead has already been decided. It wasn't mentioned if there is also an audition for that role. If it is already taken, Ren couldn't get it anymore. Unless the actor backs out.

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  4. How fun would it be if the role of the ronin went to Sho! ( his acting debut, perhaps?) That should really test Kyouko's acting and make her grow as an actress. Plus, I wanna see jealous Ren!

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    1. It would be, ACWC but I thought this is a drama that would prefer to cast talented people like Ren and hold auditions for the lead stars. Why cast a newbie?

      We'll probably have to think of the other actors perhaps like Kijima or Murasame. Even if it isn't Shou, I think Ren will be jealous and Kyouko's acting will be tested since we all know who she really likes/loves ^^

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  5. Thank you. I really like the way you summarise.
    It would be interesting if the role of the ronin went to someone other than ren. Maybe kyoko at first wouldn't be able to act out her role because she has to show that she loves the ronin and then ren would help her the same way she helped him for his katsuki role in dark moon.

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for the comment, Roop ^-^

      It's possible. Perhaps, something like how Ren tackled the romance part of Dark Moon. He just think of his 'partner' as Kyouko. ^^

      Hmm..if that happens, maybe Ren will be curious whom Kyouko is projecting as her partner. <- is she in love with someone? ^^



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  6. Thank yoo. I want Ren to get the ronin role I want to see them falling in love

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      Ya..if it doesn't happen, then that means, it will be another long wait for it to finally happen.

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  7. I'm 50-50 of Ren getting the Ronin role. Well, they can't be always together in a drama. This is a good arc to show Mogami-san's emotions and further her skills as an actress then... they'll be good to pair up together. Waaah. Exciting! The more this manga moves on, the more I can't predict what's gonna happen.. but I'm definitely enjoying every bit of it.

    (the monthly release is a struggle, though)

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    1. True, moxdee but it is a rare opportunity for them to act as love interest. Their last drama together, iirc, is Dark Moon and I don't think that they have that many scenes together. But then, as love interest, I guess we already in some way, got it with the Heel siblings. ^^;

      Yup ^^

      True..

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  8. Thank you, I look forward to reading your SB summaries every month. Please oh please let Ren be casted in the role.

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      Thank you for the support ^^

      Ya..

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  9. Thank you so much! A part of me wants the role to go to ren but I also wanna see shou as ronin! Will kyoko still accept the role if she learns that the man she falls in love with and fights her best friend for is shoutaro? Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnnn~ CAN'T WAIT!

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    1. You're welcome, Paweensuda ^-^

      Hehe, is that so ^^

      I think she will. After all, it seems to be Kanae > Ren > Shou for Kyouko. ^^

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  10. Thanks for the summary, Kat!

    Hmm... I don't regret that Ren's not playing in this one. I feel that Kyoko needs some more growth and just having a love role with Ren just seems too rushed right after she met her mother but for the next one I'm all for it, preferably where the characters have mutual feelings. Right now, she needs to face the possibility of a friend who she cares about also falls in love with the same guy, although this one is where her character hates the other with a passion. Also Kyoko was on the phone, I wonder with who? With Sho's parents? Though that seems a bit far fetched, I was only suggesting because of the direction of her thoughts and why is there a scene with her on the phone that we haven't seen yet. However, it could be sawara-san. Maybe once they start filming this uh... movie? The Fuwas would appear. Well, can't wait for the next chapter. What would Kyoko do and wjat's the reason behind her expression? :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Hm..but don't they already have mutual feelings? They just don't know it. I guess I want this to happen so that things will finally have a push forward or else, it might be another year wait for it to happen -> in the next arc, if ever.

      I think her character hates that person with a passion. I'm wondering if it is like her role in Dark Moon. Envious of the 'bright girl everyone likes' who is also kind of a stalker while chasing the ronin. =P

      Ah..so that wasn't shown before. I was thinking that it was a flashback that I forgot ^^;

      I don't think it is about starting to film the movie since the audition isn't over.

      Yup..another month's wait.





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    2. Yes, Kyoko and Ren have mutual feelings but I mean I prefer that their roles would have mutual feelings for each other.

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    3. Oh, I see. I thought you meant 'characters' for the series. ^^;;

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  11. thanks so much kat.
    i really like your summary.
    :D

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  12. Dear Kat,

    I've been checking your site time to time to check for summaries, especially Skip Beat.

    Thank you for all your hard work and time, really really appreciate it.

    And i love your quote too :)

    Regards,
    Annisa

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    1. Thanks for reading and the comment, Annisa ^-^

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  13. Thankkkkkkkkkkk you Kat! I hope in the upcoming manga, ren and kyouko will act as lovers..then we'll get to the their romance scene..kyaaaa!Can't wait to read the next manga chapter!

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    1. You're welcome, hazellhasan ^-^

      Yup ^^

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  14. Finally!!! the past recalling arc is over at last.
    And yeah, I too am really worried about Kyouko only getting villain roles so far, is this some sort of flag-in-making by our dear author???
    Anyway as for Shoutaro, I think Kyouko really did want to thank him for being concerned about her before, but when she finally got to see his face…
    *swish*
    *sudden flashback of the second forceful kiss*
    *swish*
    *gratitude fell past point minus*
    and then, "I really can't forgive this bastard after all" after that ~~~RIP Shoutaro~~~
    Thanks you for the summary Kat~

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    1. Hehe..Yuzamy99, yup, it was over.

      True..she'll be typecast for those roles. I wonder if the mangaka is thinking of something about it or it is a 'joke'.

      Lol..possible since he mentioned THAT.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  15. Hi Kat! It's great to come here to understand the chapter better and read comments. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these summaries!

    I'm so excited to see Kyoko actively cast for a new role, especially a ninja! In a way I think it's good that Ren isn't the ronin. Yes I would have loved to see them together but I think it's too soon (and obvious); they need some time away from each other.

    I wonder who the ronin is...maybe Kijima or Murasame or someone else entirely. Whoever it is I have a feeling Kyoko's love acting will get to them xD
    I think maybe she will surprise everyone (except the president) in her ability to do a romantic role and do it well because of her complicated feelings with Ren. It would be a shock to Ren because he may think she had to bring back her past feelings of Sho or current feelings of someone else.

    Then again I could be wrong but regardless I want to see ninja Kyoko play opposite of upper class woman Kanae! <3 speaking of which Moko-san will definitely notice a change in Kyoko.

    Also, Kyoko's form of a "thank you" to Sho was hilarious! I think she really does appreciate his concern and she's finally overcoming her hatred of him but he deserved that for kissing her. It's amazing to see her become stronger after talking with Sanae.

    This monthly wait is torture ;-;

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    1. Thanks for reading them, Jade ^-^

      Yup ^^ Is that so. Well, it is just that time away from Ren can seem like 'eternity' for us. I mean, the last arc seemed like they haven't seen each other for a long time. ^^;

      Hm..do you mean, fall for her? It depends on whom the ronin will be with in the end. I get a feeling that it is Kanae's stalker role. =P

      I agree. It will make one think whom she is projecting those feelings to. Ren will be curious. It would indeed be like how he dealt with his role in Dark Moon ^^

      Yup..unless Kyouko successfully covered it up.

      Ya..^^

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  16. Hi Kat. Thanks so much for your summary every month. I love your comments and thank you for the quote :)

    I kinda understand that you hope that the Ronin will be Ren and I think there is a high possibility for the manga to go that way but -

    I would like to see Kyoko learn something about love this time and to see her realize something about life is always awesome. I would appreciate it if she would stand up herself and be honest with her feelings towards Ren - like a confession or giving him a hint or something like that. I like it when my characters don't get pushed into a situation and happen to spill their feelings in a fleeing moment but rather to decide for themselves to express their heart in front of their loved ones, even if its weird. And the way I see Kyoko, I think it would fit her better that way, or - thats how I like her better. If she sees and feels how painful it is for that ninja to see someone else with her loved one, if she really gets into character she might not want that ending for herself.
    She is already in love anyways so she might as well risk it to say the truth, even if it is only for herself. Even if that means she said it and then its over, like its out there and then she can easily forget about it and let it go...though I don't think Ren is going to let her forget it ...kkk

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    1. I agree full-heartedly with you Moko! I would rather they not be pushed into a situation but decide for themselves. Well said. I can see how this role could act as a catalyst for her to open her feelings to Ren. I wish it was already May 20th...*sigh*

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    2. Thanks for reading, Moko ^_^

      True but unless something happens, I don't think Kyouko will take the initiative to confess or even give him a hint since she is deliberately hiding her feelings for him.

      Ya, though I assumed that she can already imagine that when Lory confronted her and asked would she be happy if Ren is with someone else. The drama is also 'not real'. Ren is showing almost zero interest towards other girls except for being polite and the usual. So, I don't think it will make Kyouko nervous or anything either.

      I do get what you mean and it would be better if it happens naturally rather than being forced to.

      Aside from that bet with Shou, I forgot if there is any other reason for her to hide her feelings. ^^;;

      I think for that to happen, she would have to be 'forced' to. For now, she seems satisfied with their current relationship.

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  17. So wait this arc which was like more then 10 chapters took place within two days???!!!! Why can't the mangaka release two chapters a month. LOL. Anyway, it would be funny if Sho somehow got cast for the male lead. You never know! There always seems to be plot twists going on. But I prefer that a new love rival would appear in the manga. It'll be funny to see both Ren and Sho jealous at this one guy.

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    1. lol. I like the idea but seriously, Sho better sticks to music or Ren will turn into a green eyed monster ;) If there is a new love rival, the Ren x Kyouko romance will lose a precious chance to get closer don't u think? I agree the releases are a bit slow but skip beat is worth the wait

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    2. Yes, Diana.

      I would really want to know, too. It used to be two chapters per month then some years ago, it suddenly became once a month.

      Hm..thinking of it, I would be interested to know how Kanae will react towards Sho since she also knows what he did to Kyouko.

      I would think that it depends. Will the Ronin fall for the ninja or the ojousama? If it is unrequited, I think there will be less jealousy. It would be easy to think that it is 'acting', have to be professional.. But if it is mutual, things will be different.

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  18. Hi Kat,

    Thanks a lot for the summary, and your hard work. It was such a light and refreshing bed time read for me :-) I do realise that I am getting older and older over the years following Skip Beat, so I do hope for more Ren Kyouko development, and that Ren rethinks the role provided his unhappy fake gentleman smile.

    Quynh

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    1. Thanks for reading, Quynh ^-^

      True.

      As for getting the role, it will depend if the actor has already been chosen.

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  19. Hurray for a chapter of Ren! Lol.

    I will be happy either way if Ren ends up getting the part or not. If he's not in the drama, I agree with a lot of comments that Ren could get jealous/concerned and push forward more in the love dept, or do a reversal of the Dark Moon where he helps her.

    If he does get the role, it would be fun to see. Based on the story given so far, maybe it doesn't involve intense love scenes but rather more yearning/young love scenes. And maybe if their chemistry together is amazing enough the viewers will end up "shipping" their characters even if that's not the expectation. That way Momiji might not be so detestable in the viewers' eyes after all and then Kyouko's mom might approve. That might even allow the Ren fans to accept him having a real relationship if the perfect on-screen couple becomes a real couple. A lot of "ifs" involved in that though, lol.

    Well, no matter what, thanks for your summary!!!! :) :) Always look forward to it. :)

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    1. ^^

      True, squeaker. But in the long run, if he's not in the drama, we might not see him after a lot of chapters especially if Ren isn't going to help her with the role. Also, it is interesting to note that it wasn't yet mentioned what drama/movie he'll do after the BJ movie.

      Yup ^^ And since it is a drama, they can revise the script midway. =P

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  20. It would be interesting to have a new male actor introduced for the samurai... I feel like Murasame and Kijima have already had that scenario with Kyoko (developing an interest in her) so the impact would be less if one of them got the role (it would skip the actor being surprised by her, then interested and drawn to her).

    It would also be interesting if Cain Heel got the role. After all, it might be weird for Ren to 'change his mind' about accepting (he can't exactly say he was filming overseas, given I got the impression they were going to permanently keep it a secret that he's Cain? Or were they going to announce it once the movie is released?) but the film industry probably talks a lot and someone might mention to the Sacred Lotus crew about Cain's dark intensity. That way instead of Ren being jealous in the background (but also helping Kyoko through the acting) it would be a bit messier with Kyoko having to overcome her reluctance to express her love for him in front of others, while also having to watch him be loving towards Chidori, while he has to make sure he isn't too loving towards Kyoko (as he's in love with Chidori), while they also have weird sideline interactions between the two given he'll be Cain rather than Tsuraga between takes. I'd love to see them navigate through all that :P

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    1. Hm..but with that, after the drama, he might be in the same stage as 'Murasame and Kijima' - they were surprised and got interested in her. These two especially Kijima already has a 'history' so if the purpose is to make Ren jealous, I think it should be Kijima. Murasame might find out she was Setsuka and change his impression?

      Iirc, they are going to announce later on who Cain Heel is. It is a 'surprise'. I think that is how Ren convinced Yashiro to agree to the project.

      That would be fun. On contrary, Kyouko might actually express her love and dismiss it as 'acting' Something like an outlet to show it? Just like how Ren did it in Dark Moon. Also, earlier, this love triangle is hinted on but of course, it is Kanae and Ren for Kyouko's attention =P It will be interesting how Kanae will do it.

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  21. Noooo.this was such a good opportunity for both ren and kyouko.hoping that the lead some how goes to ren.he will look perfect in that role.and yup he is angry behind that smile:):):) poor yashiro thas done his biggest mistake in an entirely innocent way����
    Wonder how long we will wait for them to know they like each other.2 yrs....or maybe more.dont know how i will be patient:(
    Hitting the shin is not entirely enough.kyouko has to do something more

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    1. Ya, spears.

      It makes me wonder if Yashiro will try to do something about it.

      Well, that depends..if it isn't in this arc, it will be indeed two years.

      Hehe..like what? I'm thinking that is just for the stolen kiss. =P

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    2. Yeah its for that stolen one.but only a kick no no.that dude needs to get something more so that he never repeats it

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  22. Hi Kat, thanks for the summary. I just read the manga and thought i'll check your insights too :) As much as i want to see Ren in the casting, isn't it too soon for kyouko to have a 'love' act especially with Ren? (It has to be Ren as the ronin. Ren is popular so he should be able to get any role that he wants right? xd) It will be great to see how far Kyouko has progressed in terms of her feelings: a lot has happened since her debut. I wonder if she still hates the idea of love. I'm so looking forward to this new arc!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Crimson sky ^-^

      Ah, I assumed that this will be an unrequited love on the ninja's part. Since they call the ojousama as stalker, I really wonder if the ronin actually liked either one or he is currently preoccupied with something and didn't notice the drama between the two ^^;

      Depends. If the actor isn't decided then yes, he might be able to pull some strings. If it has been decided, I think he won't try to get it due to ethics.

      True. I think she doesn't anymore..but she is still hiding it.

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  23. Hate to say it, but as much as I like Ren, if he doesn't at least look into getting the part and/or thinks he can get by acting like it doesn't bother him... It serves him right whatever happen. That would be acting as idiotic as Shou. Seriously, he knows how deep she plays the roles - someone is bound to get too caught up in it, while the director milks it for all the drama it's worth. Even if he says, well she seemed to play Setsu great without it actually touching her heart (overestimating her skills), it's not like he's been all that stable as of late. And as mentioned, even if she pulls it off, the other guy may get to interested in her and he's never done well with that scenario. Whether or not he gets the part may be out of his hands, but surely he'll take some sort of action.

    I don't think Ren is that reckless, arrogant or foolhardy, but if he truly decides to play cool and passive, then he deserves the nerve wracking dramatics that the writer will surely bring upon him.

    Note: Thanks for the summary and comments, I don't say much on-line, but I do enjoy and appreciate.

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    1. True, I get your point. It is to at least try.

      Hm..true, that is how love teams are made. Of course, Ren doesn't know that she likes him so being jealous might lead to something.

      Based on his personality, Ren tend to be active in making things happen if it is something that he wants to do but of course, he won't be that truthful yet about his motives =P I don't quite see him reckless since he tends to 'think too much'. =P

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  24. Ren and Kyoko together again? That would be great! But with the opposite cast. Kanae as Momiji, and Kyoko as Chidori. It could happen sometimes. Have you ever watch Star Trek? I was a huge fan of them in my childhood :). Nothing compares to Spock's ears... But there was an issue with the Next Generation cast. Two female lead were swapped on the first filming day! Tasha Yar and Counsellor Troi. This fact is not widely known nowadays, but the mangaka is old enough to know.
    Maybe...
    Thanks for the summary!

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    1. Hehe, I actually only watch a few episodes..the newer tv series before..long time ago. I'm not into that genre. ^^;

      Is that so. Even if that is an interesting scenario, Judit. The thing is, Kanae has to be Chidori because it is her Love Me assignment.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  25. I'm really hyped up for this next arc. I know I've been a silent reader from the past few months, but thank you so much for all of your summaries Kat. I frequently check in to see what's up. I'm so glad you do this. Anyways, I really feel Skip Beat explores the nature of love, and how love shouldn't define a person, but unite two defined people. Since we got a lot of development in terms of the love component, I'm glad we're getting back to Kyoko's acting skills because I think the only way Kyoko will act on her love is if she loves herself. I'm excited to see more of her brilliant acting, and I think we're going to see a reappearance of her emotions / expression from chapters 202-203. I'm glad (as painful as it is to admit it) that their relationship is taking a back seat so Kyoko can further her career. It would be overall detrimental to the progress she has made if the center of her world becomes love again.

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    1. Thanks for reading them, Meghana ^-^

      True..and I think that just like how this series is set-up..it is a balance of love/romance and career. It shouldn't focus only on one.

      Of course, if it focus on career again, those who read this solely for the love story will get impatient.

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  26. I HAVE MISSED THIS! Ren, Kyouko and Yashiro having these chats. Can't wait for the next chapter! thank you for your hard work! And great quote of the day! Loved it. I would love it if Ren got the main part and then Kyouko also got that role where she would have to act jealous over the lead guy, and I say 'act' loosely, as I think it'll help her come to terms with her own feelings towards him. I wonder what the author has in stall for us :D

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Indeed...we'll know for sure in the coming chapters ^^

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