Kyoko's been scouted for a role in this year's most anticipated drama, a remake of the classic Tsukigomori. But shades of the past threaten to stifle the production. Director Ogata, the driving force behind the remake, turns out to be the son of the director of Tsukigomori. He's got some serious baggage about distinguishing himself from his father's achievements, and all that anxiety is threatening to boil over.
For her part, Kyoko is struggling to get into the character of Mio Hongo, a troubled young woman with a severely scarred face. Hiroko Iizuka, the actress who played the original Mio, has returned to play Mio's mother, and she's got grave doubts about Kyoko's ability to do justice to the role. She demands that Kyoko pass an acting test, and quit the production if she fails!
This volume contains the chapters:
- Act 55. "Tsukigomori" note
- Act 56. "Qualified People" note
- Act 57. "Memory of the Heart" note
- Act 58. "Unexpected Wind" note
- Act 59. "The Day the World Broke" note
- Act 60. "Each Person's Shadow" note
Chapters in this volume provide examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: Kyoko does an In-Universe example when she figures out how she wants to update the role of "Mio." At her core, Mio is a Rich Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who harbors some major resentment towards her sister Misaso, their mother Mrs. Hongo, and their cousin Mizuki. Mio uses the facial scar from an incident where Misao pushed her into a pile of glass to emotionally blackmail both Misao and their Mrs. Hongo, who has always looked down on her youngest daughter. Hiroko Iizuka interpreted the character as an apparently timid girl who was not ashamed to make use of the Wounded Gazelle Gambit, using Peek-a-Bangs to conceal her Evil Scars. Kyoko's version of Mio is a bitter, resentful teen in perpetual Passive-Aggressive Kombat mode, openly showing her scar and having a more defiant attitude. Kyoko's justification is that while the original interpretation was valid twenty years ago, she couldn't see the daughter of a rich family sporting such a large facial scar in the present day. If Mio had gotten such a scar twenty years ago, she would have had to live with it, but nowadays she could have easily found a plastic surgeon to erase or minimize it. Since the scar is fundamental to the blackmailing subplot, and the blackmailing subplot is fundamental to Mio's character and the overarching plot of the series, Kyoko decided to play Mio as the kind of person that would have kept the scar on purpose.
- Flower Motifs: It's a shoujo managa after all - most chapters have a few instances of panel backgrounds filling with unexplained flowers.
- Important Haircut: In order to get into character for the role of Mio, Kyoko runs out on the filming to dye her hair and get it cut to show off the scar makeup she's wearing. She wanted to differentiate herself from Ms. Iizuka's portrayal of Mio, who kept her scar covered with long hair.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Hiroko Iizuka's portrayal of Mio in Tsukigomori utilized these to hide her facial scarring. This also meant that the makeup department didn't have to do 2 hours of work applying her scar makeup every time she was needed on set — only for the instances where her scar was supposed to be visible.
- The Remake: Dark Moon is a remake of Tsukigomori, a highly acclaimed romance/ drama from two decades ago. The director of the remake, Hiroaki Ogata (originally "Date"), is the son of the director of the original, Hirotaka Date. And Ren Tsuruga, who stars in Dark Moon as Katsuki, is the son of the actor who played Katsuki in Tsukigomori.
- Remake Cameo: Hiroko Iizuka played Mio Hongo in the original Tsukigomori. Twenty years later, she's playing the role of Mio's mother. "Mio" is the role that launched her career, so Ms. Iizuka wants to make sure that Kyoko can do the role justice - she even demanded the right to veto Director Ogata's choice of actress if Kyoko's portrayal of Mio isn't up to her standards.
- Shed the Family Name: Hiroaki, the director of the remake of Tsukigomori, had used his family name "Date" on all other projects, but changed it to "Ogata" before he started work on Dark Moon. His father Hirotaka Date directed the original, but Hiroaki was tired of always having his work compared to his father's and tried to distance himself from his father's legacy.
- Show Within a Show: Dark Moon is a type 1 variety, where "characters are involved in the production of the show." Kyoko and Ren are actors after all.
- Star-Making Role: "Mio" was the first big role for actress Hiroko Iizuka. She's fiercely protective of the character, and refuses to accept Kyoko in the role unless Kyoko can perform to her standards.Hiroko Iizuka: Mio is always mentioned first in my profile. Mio is mine!