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It's not all sunshine and daisies on the set of Dark Moon - there's a storm brewing!

There's trouble on the Dark Moon set, and for once Kyoko's not at the center of it. Superstar Ren is having difficulty acting the part of a love-struck suitor caught in a blossoming forbidden romance since he's never really been in love before. Unnerved by his sudden acting impotence, Ren takes the director's advice to "take some time off" to "figure things out" a little to literally and goes completely MIA from filming.

Kyoko is determined to help her friend and colleague, so she busts out her two biggest weapons: Bo the Chicken, and joining forces with Ren's manager Yashiro. But as Ren sees Kyoko and Yashiro getting close, he realizes he might know more about serious emotion than he thought!


This volume contains the chapters:

  • Act 61. "And the Trigger Was Pulled" note 
  • Act 62. "Lunar Eclipse" note 
  • Act 63. "The Permissible Encounter" note 
  • Act 64. "The Spell at Dawn" note 
  • Act 65. "The Silent Siren" note 
  • Act 66. "Unbalanced Lock" note 

Chapters in this volume provide examples of:

  • Age-Gap Algebra: Discussed and conversed. As Kyoko and Ren watch TV over dinner in Ren's apartment, the program they're watching features a couple with a 19 year age gap who met when the woman was in high school and the man was her teacher. Kyoko is surprised to find that Ren is happy for the couple, having no qualms with that large of an age gap — he had previously said that he couldn't pursue a relationship with the object of his affections because of a 4 year age gap: she is 16 and in high school, while he is 20. Kyoko wants to confront Ren about his double standards but she can't, as Ren had only admitted that information to her while she was disguised as Bo the Chicken. Kyoko doesn't want him to find out it's her in the bird suit.
  • Embarrassing Animal Suit: The return of Kyoko's Bo the Chicken suit. Kyoko still has the reoccurring bit part on Yappa Kimagure Rock, and she manages to smuggle part of the chicken suit into the studio where Ren is moping because he can't get into character as Katsuki. She figures that if he was willing to open up to "Bo the Chicken" the last time he had trouble with his acting, he'd be willing to do it again.
  • Flower Motifs: It's a shoujo managa after all - the cover shows Kyoko in her role as Mio against a backdrop of oriental lilies, and most chapters have a few instances of panel backgrounds filling with unexplained flowers.
  • Large Ham: Lory Takarada shows up to the set of Dark Moon for a causal visit... with an entire masquerade ball in tow. This doesn't even rate in his top 5 most outlandish entourages.
  • Noodle People: Most characters in the series are drawn with excessively long arms and legs, but especially the prettyboys like Ren and Sho, who are actors/ models/ pop idols.
  • Shipper on Deck: While disguised as Bo the Chicken, Kyoko tries to get Ren to open up about his love life, asking if there's anyone he's currently got feelings for. He admits that there is a certain high school girl he's been thinking about, but that she's too young for him. Kyoko objects to this, telling him that he's only twenty and that an age gap of four years shouldn't put him off — he should pursue this girl with all his heart, and use the emotions that he feels to help him craft his performance of Katsuki. She starts to wonder if the girl is one of her co-workers, but never suspects that Ren's feelings are for her.
  • Show Within a Show: Dark Moon is a type 1 example, where "characters are involved in the production of the show." Yappa Kimagure Rock also counts.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Ren has had plenty of girlfriends, but he's never been "in love" before. It's causing him to have difficulties portraying Katsuki as a love-struck suitor in a forbidden romance.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The cover illustration shows Kyoko in her role as Mio Hongo with bright blue hair. There's absolutely no indication that Mio has blue hair in the series.


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