February 22, 2021

Free Talk: Skip Beat 291

 I don’t know about you guys but lately, whenever I read a new chapter of Skip Beat, I feel stupid and disoriented over what the heck are they talking about. It is like in riddles. ^^; First of all, what is a master rat? Is that a reference of Mickey Mouse? According to urban dictionary, it is this: This person like to chug splash and that is gay but he is a pimp ^^;


Well, Yashiro has progressed that he can now ‘read’ Ren. ^^ And, the love for fairy tale princesses is one similarity that Kyouko and future mother-in-law has ^^ Hm...maybe it is because of that, Ren easily knew how to tickle Kyouko’s fairy tale inclinations. ^^

゜*☆○o。..:*・(*´-ω)(ω-`*)・*:..。o○☆*゚

Hm...it turns out that the ‘route’ is a project rather than literally meaning ‘way’. But then, perhaps, it has a dual purpose/meaning. That is for the project and ‘way to the kingdom’? The project seems to be going to be done abroad...US perhaps? And, it seems to be a big hush-hush project involving big shots. Any possibilities of Kyouko joining somehow? For now, none.

I don’t know who the prince they are talking about. If it is a real person, most likely Cedric. So, Karen is a real person? For a while there, I wondered if they were talking about Kimiko in some secret code. Anyway, that is the part I don’t quite understand. I don’t know if it is literal prince and Karen...real person or the characters in that project. ^^;

゜*☆○o。..:*・(*´-ω)(ω-`*)・*:..。o○☆*゚

And, from the looks of it, Juliena went to Japan on her own. Purpose is still unknown but most likely, to meet with Kyouko. Hehe, want to meet with the future daughter-in-law? Maybe, Juliena is part of that project and she’s checking out both girls? Two birds in one stone-type?

I mean, how did she get Ogata’s help to set this up? I’m thinking that ‘business’-side was mentioned. Wait, it’s possible that she didn’t know about Kyouko’s relationship with Ren...I mean, the romantic-type. But, she knew Kyouko from what her husband told her, and about the project wherein Kanae is directly involved - check out her English? So, it’s a coincidence? Though she seems to know that picture is going to send for Ren, right? ^^ Hench, the heart hand sign?

29 comments:

  1. does anyone know why there is no update for such long time ?

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    1. What do you mean? It is usually updated every month on the same day. Unless the author takes a break.

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    2. i do not know . i felt it took longer this time

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    3. Hm...Unknown, do you mean scanlation then?

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    4. in which day does the new chapter come out ?

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    5. In Japan, it always comes out on the 20th of every month. Earlier, iirc, if 20th falls on Sat or Sun.

      Scanlation...it depends on the scanlating group.

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  2. Thank you Kat! I'm glad I'm not the only who is getting confused recently haha I have to go back several chapters to figure out what's going on.
    So why is Ren calling her (his mom) Sarah again? Ren reacted like she was supposed to be there but just not quite yet. She came early or something.

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    1. Random, I guess it is like shock from knowing that she is called 'Sarah'. Something like, 'what Sarah'?!!

      I see. Yup, sometimes they talk about something and I'm confused what they are referring to. ^^;

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  3. Hi Kat,

    Came here to read the comments before reading the chapter. Haha looks darn confusing. Maybe it's like this because we are approaching an important part in the plot.

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    1. Yes, it seems so, Crimson sky...but then, in real time, it will take some time before we get there. ^^;

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  4. Lol I see what you mean there. Instead of that though, I feel like author has let go of the idea of giving this story a proper growth and conclusion. To me it looks like the plan to milk it till it dies... Sad...

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    1. In a way, yes, MildAcid...there seems to be no flow. We'll just have to figure it out later on. ^^;

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  5. HI Kat,

    I totally forgot to check in before reading the chapter. I don't find it as confusing but maybe its because I tend to re-read the past 2-3 chapters to connect the dots. Prince is Ceddi for sure. Think Ren's mom just came because she wanted to come to Japan. Reading volume 45 which arrived a few days ago I noticed that Ren and Ceddi's grandfather (uncle tiger) was fretting when talking to Lori, I think that is when Julia was on her way to Japan and he was keeping it a secret. She might have come to see the situation in Japan to possibly come up with a different intentions as the big project. I am not sure if Ren is going to be involved with the big project, but he may get a different one through his grandfather.
    I was wondering if there would be modeling job for Kyoko coming up or hopefully a new movie/drama, since she seems to be light on projects right now with only the movie shooting and Bo.
    Looking back there were moments where we could not figure out the flow because of the way sensei has been writing the story, I suggest go back to volume 45 and start there and re-read the chapters, you will see the slow flow direction better, it is like a preparations for something big to come.

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    1. Hehe, is that so, El4n1. So, what's the master rat they are talking about? 😅

      Well, that is what I find confusing. Like, why not just mention directly about the project and the person being talked about instead of talking like in riddles/puzzles. It made me wonder if I'm talking with a person, just the two of us, I'll keep on addressing someone as 'that person' instead of naming that person.

      Oh well, maybe it is for the story and I guess I'm tired of guessing for this series like, get it on already...what's going on instead of dropping hints of this and that...then, hopefully, not just forgotten later on like Shou's parents coming, meeting the boss of Kyouko's mom, Shou, among others.

      Hehe, and yes, I'm lazy to re-read previous chapters to understand what's going on. 😅

      Ya, that's her style lately...I think I start to notice it at the start of the ninja filming. Before, I can still easily understand what's going on without having to re-read previous chapters. Oh well, I'll just go with the flow and probably reread/understand everything when the arc is over.

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    2. The mouse master in DWL is a character. Since they can't use actual Disney characters most likely it is referring to Miki Mouse. This is right before they jump to the project talk.

      The reason for not naming people is because they are working in showbiz so to my understanding to avoid scandal, because of hidden paparazzi, they usually don't name projects or people just to be safe, which is why I said reading a few chapters together helps because it will create the flow of conversation that is cut because of the monthly updates, if it was weekly it would not be this confusing since the chapters would come out fast.

      The general glow of things has not changed which makes it easy to understand the whole concept and where the story is going. I re-read since i got the new book. The official translation is much better than fan based ones, as as soon a book comes out I read it and continue the following chapters to the latest one. but then again I read the story from chapter 1 at least once a year since I love it so much. Sensei puts a lot of thought and detail in her plots and at times it feels like she is dragging her feet but I think it plays out when the arc is finished and you can see why she was dragging her feet so much.

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    3. Haha, so it is him. Lol, I was guessing but still, I don't get it. Why would Kyouko act as Master Rat? Isn't she suppose to be into princesses? Does that mean being a tour guide or something?

      Ah, true. That can be a factor. It used to be every two weeks. Haha, I guess it doesn't help that I'm watching some other series that I get disoriented. 😅 Still...talking like that while inside the car. Can paparazzi legally put bugs on celebrities these days? I guess wiretapping/bugging isn't bad in some places.

      Ah...official translation. That could be another factor. Wow, dedicated fan ^^ I used to do that...but stopped, I think around I think the arc before Saena's. But I agree, reading it all or one arc is for better enjoyment and understanding compared to reading it once a month with 20 or less pages.

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    4. Because Kyouko who loves princesses would get stuck acting out (since she is a love me member) Master Rat because of some bizarre circumstances which would result in Ren's surprised reaction (since Ren rarely shows what he is thinking) :D

      I think it is more of out of habit than worry for paparazzi in the car.

      Ah, yes. I love sensei. She is one of my first mangaka when I started switching from books and comics to manga (with TCP).

      One thing I have been wondering is if Sarah knew Kyouko would be there or not. I have this theory that she has somehow used her family influence to find out and used director Otaga to meet Kyouko on purpose. Reading the official translation of Volume 45 made me think there is a higher possibility that it happened. I think uncle tiger is actually Juliena's father and Ren's grandfather and their family (Ren's mom side) are Russian American. So there is a high possibility that Ren's dad and/or mom is part of that Line group or they know people who are aware of the group and used their influence to find out about Kyouko's schedule to create the encounter. I think if the agency and Yashiro san knew about the DWL then there are more people who knew they would be there and used it to create an encounter. There is this other part of me that is wondering if Juliena is going to take Kyouko and use (teach and introduce) her as model which might help pave the way for Kyouko to move to US too. Specially since it seems like Ren is also part of the big Route project like Kanae.

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    5. Something like she has to be a mascot because of being a love me member?

      Ah, I see.

      I think she knew. I think it is also possible that she has anticipated the selfie would be sent to Ren = announce that she's in town. It seems that she is more interested in Kyouko than Kanae during this encounter. Though, more likely two birds in one stone = help out Kanae with English especially if as you mentioned she is part of the project.

      Is it possible that it is a trade thing? Meet Kyouko and in return teach Kanae English? I'm not sure about teaching her to be a model. Well, at least for now, since she seems to be in disguise = not model like.

      As to knowing her schedule, maybe Yashiro knew if Kyouko is overly excited and mentioned the reason for the 'day off'. Ah, didn't people in LME or rather Kanae's manager knew that is why they asked for her selfie to be posted on her social media?

      The director is most likely the 'bait' for Kyouko to approach since he looks like the son. It is quite elaborate. The interesting question is, who thought of it all if it is all anticipated even to the point of the possibility of making Lory know. Ren's mom? Is that where Ren got his planning skills? 😅

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    6. Possible. The new chapter is out, even though I could not read a word I saw the pictures. It seems to be a talk between Lori and Sarah and it reveals how she ended up here. I will be looking forward to yours summary ^_^

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    7. Oh...so a whole chapter of talking.

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    8. yes, there was quite a lot of text but I can't read japanese so i have to wait for your summary and the translation to come out ^_^

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    9. Are you going to write a summary? I heard people talk about the manga sites being hacked and all of them are trying to find a way to move their data to new servers, hence the delay, so I was hoping I could read your summary

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    10. Hehe, just finished it for you 😄 Sorry, I don't know about the delay. I'm also waiting for the scanlation. Thankfully, this one is easy and there is already a Chinese release so I can quickly put it up.

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  6. Honestly, the one thing I'm feeling while I'm reading SB these days is worry because I feel like Kyouko will turn into the type of person she used to hate. The type that loses touch with reality as soon as she is in love. I'm glad that both Ren and Kyouko are aware of each others' feelings and both want to wait to start officially dating but I'm worried about Kyouko's reactions and as I said before I'm really worried about her leaving herself open, with her feelings written all over face. If the prince is Cedric and he is just like I think Ren's bully I think Kyouko might find herself in some serious trouble. Just look at how easily she got manipulated by Kimiko. And I would really hate if her feelings for Ren and knowing he feels the same will overshadow her career as an actress CAUSE a big a part of why I love Kyouko is how ambitious she is and seeing how she tackles each role. Now with her feelings written all over her face while she cotninues to dive deeper into the showbiz world I'm worried of what's to come. Again I think Cedric is Ren's bully and he is bad news. I think he might like Kanae at first but somehow someway Kyouko will end up on his radar and shit will hit the fan since he isn't exactly a prince.

    Point is I would hate for Kyouko to turn into a lovesick idiot even if she has always been the type of girl who likes to dream. If she loses sight of her goal and turns into a complete lovesick idiot then what's the point ? She needs to learn how to keep her emotions in check and focus on her goal I really hope Ren or Yashiro give her a talk, like how Yashiro did to Ren about the necklace that people do pay attention and fan get quite scary if Ren's fangirls learn about his relationship with Kyouko then it's game over for her and it would be easy to start a rumor that could blow up on social media and destroy Kyouko's carrer even before it begins since she is considered as not good enough, since people only tend to see her as plain and old fashioned which isn't a match for someone like Ren who is handsome, tall and sexy,etc.

    Either way I hope it doesn't turn into this because there are some alarming signs. As for Ren's mom I think she is here to check out Kyouko because of what her husband told her and just to see what kind of girl her son whom she last saw years ago and who left her after having a psychotic break, loves. I hope we see some more bounding time between daughter and mother in law it would be awkward if somehow someway Shou and his mother and Ren and his mother as well as Kyouko ended up in one room. Like Kyouko's future family with the one that could've been hers.

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    1. True, Yamato and since you been mentioning it, I wonder if 'shit hitting the fan' is needed for her to control her reactions outside, or well, in the end, that will be part of the story = keep on using that as Kyouko's weakness against possible opponents. Then, perhaps, an arc on how to overcome that? That would be the acting part. Wasn't her current role about the ninja about that...loving the guy but not showing it?

      Well, I think she hasn't gone to fangirl type of lovesick...yet. It seems to be the type wherein, she cannot help but show it whenever it was mentioned. Iirc, Ren was like that before, too...so Lory and Yashiro knew.

      Possible though I'm just thinking...hasn't it been such a long time already so why now? Is there something special happening that she picked the time now to go to Japan and even plotted the meeting. She was able to bear with it before but now, she has to personally go...why? Ah...does Cool/Kuu know that Ren loves Kyouko? Lory told him? Before he left, I got the impression that he didn't know or else, he would make a huge fuss about it.

      Speaking of bonding, somehow, the mother doesn't give a 'aunt' kind of feeling. Haha, it is like, they are of the same age or only slightly older. Perhaps, because of the eating a lot, and having fun. The 'auntie/older woman' only shows when she's serious.

      Anyway, let's just see how it turns out.

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  7. Yeah, I feel like Cedric the prince or whatever his name is, will be part of the lesson that Kyouko has to learn to survive in showbiz which is don't wear your feelings on your face because it will be used against you. I don't know I'm somehow annoyed by how Kyouko has been acting since she decide to accept her feelings for Ren and even more so since she knows he feels the same. I'm really scared she might be losing track of her goal because of her feelings for Ren. My point is, something just doesn't feel right since she accepted she loved Ren, she is acting way too open with her feelings and is way too easy to read and more and more people are noticing which isn't good.

    Yes, Ren does too but he knows how to fix it; like he will have one of these dazzling smiles and shut everyone up and it mostly happend with Lory and Yashiro which isn't a problem. But, Kyouko when put in a really hard spot she can't lies properly. Though she did covert it with her acting when confronted by Shou. But other people like Koga didn't buy it. So, this is an issue for Kyouko and honestly I just don't like seeing her fangirling over Ren.

    I loved that both decided to wait before dating because Kyouko said that she didn't have any experience and she would get all lovesick and lose sight of her dream but I fear this is what's happening and I hate that.

    Again, something just feels off with Kyouko she has always been a girl who lacks to dream but still...

    Yes, Kuu does know that Ren loves Kyouko that's why he decide to make her miserable at the start so Ren would come see him on his own. Even Sarah guessed that it was Ren she was sending that pic to, and that he was her boyfriend. I think she is here for her son whom she misses, to check her future daughter in law and perhaps she is part of that project ?

    Yeah, she seems more like Kyouko's age I think it's also because she loves the same stuff as Kyouko does and it must also be a bit of acting on her part so she can observe Kyouko and blend in with her and Kanae.

    I think Cedric coming into the pic will not only force Ren to finally confront his past and heal from his trauma but also be a learning lesson for Kyouko so she can understand that she needs to protect herself because things can get really dark. I feel that Ren and even Yashiro should/ might be there to give her a good talk about how messed up things can get for her if she continues to leave herself open for others to pry on her weakness. Again Kimiko easily manipulated Kyouko because she left herself open.

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