Skip Beat! Vol 16 by Yoshiki Nakamura Manga Review

Title: Skip Beat! Vol 16

Author: Yoshiki Nakamura

Publisher: Viz

ISBN:  9781421520407

May Contain Spoilers

Yoshiki Nakamura is so cruel!  How can you play with our emotions so ruthlessly, and then end this volume with such a deep longing for more pages??  This was one of the best installments of Skip Beat! to date, and the last page came far too soon.  My feelings were toyed with from the start of this book, and it’s going to seem like a long wait until March, when the next volume will be released.

Ren’s feelings were really the focus here, and he has to face the fact that Kyoko and Sho have a long history that he’ll never be a part of.  Sho still has a tight grip on Kyoko’s heart and she just can’t let go of her feelings for him.  She may think that she hates him, but Ren sees her reactions to her foe as deep and genuine emotions that he can never hope to understand.  He begins to fear that their fate is to be reunited, and he can’t just stand by and let that happen. 

Though Ren is terrified that he will lose Kyoko before he ever wins her over, he won’t be content to let Sho just walk away with her.  Sho understands a challenge when it’s presented to him, but Kyoko is totally oblivious.  What a dense girl she can be!  She is still so consumed with Sho and achieving her revenge against him that she can’t even entertain the thought that someone else might be interested in her.  She had truly walled off her heart, and it frustrates Ren to no end that she can’t see what’s in front of her.   Will he ever be able to pull the blinders from her eyes?

The illustrations of Ren were drool worthy in this volume.  He is put through the ringer here, and there is never a doubt as to how he’s feeling.  Angry, betrayed, hopeful, his emotions are reflected on his face for everyone but Kyoko to understand – why can’t she see him??  OMG!  Kyoko, you are killing me!  When will you be able to see what’s in front of you, instead of what’s behind you?

Grade: A

Rated for Teen

One thought on “Skip Beat! Vol 16 by Yoshiki Nakamura Manga Review

  • January 1, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I agree with you too about the illustrations…many images of Ren were just too flawless.

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