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Recap / Skip Beat Volume 5

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They'll stop at nothing to achieve their dreams!

Kyoko lands a regular role on a TV show... as a giant chicken. Not content to settle for poultry recognition, Kyoko tries out for a big soft drink commercial. At the audition she runs into her Love Me-rival Moko, who's having rival woes of her own. A certain Erika Koenji made it her job to make Moko miserable in elementary school, and it seems she's not content to let her favorite prey go so now that they're both teenagers. But the commercial's director is an unpredictable man, and rules of the game are changing fast. With a jealous rich girl out the bring them down, can Kyoko and Moko overcome their differences and act as a team to trounce the competition?


This volume contains the chapters:

  • Act 24. "The Other Side of Impact" note 
  • Act 25. "Her Open Wound" note 
  • Act 26. "Ready for Battle" note 
  • Act 27. "The Battle Girls" note 
  • Advertisement:
  • Act 28. "A Desperate Situation" note 
  • Act 29. "The Reason for Her Smile" note 

Chapters in this volume provide examples of:

  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Again, the Love-Me Section jumpsuits. During a conversation with Ren, Kyoko admits that she hates wearing it because it draws too much attention. He chastises her for this attitude, telling her that in show business she'll need to use every tool at her disposal to stand out. She takes this advice to heart, and even convinces Moko (who hates the uniform even more than Kyoko does) to wear her Love-Me Section jumpsuit when they return for the second day of commercial auditions.
  • Flower Motifs: It's a shoujo managa after all - most chapters have a few instances of panel backgrounds filling with unexplained flowers.
  • Food Porn: As part of her introduction, Rich Bitch Erika is shown eating "beautiful sweets" with gold leaf on them.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Moko has lost the will to stand up to Erika, Kyoko slaps her and delivers a Rousing Speech to fire her up again.
  • Rich Bitch: Erika Koenji in a nutshell. She throws her father's money around when she doesn't get what she wants, and expects everyone she meets to fall in line when she barks orders.
  • Rock Theme Naming: The three mooks that Erika keeps around are nicknamed Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby, and each has an earring that corresponds to the gemstone they're named after. The author affectionately calls them "The Jewel Squad."
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Erika's modus operandi - she tries to bribe the director of the commercial to get the acting role that Moko and Kyoko were auditioning for.
    Erika: No. 1, Erika Koenji! My hobbies are horseback riding and traveling overseas. I'm good at elegant classical ballet, as you can see, which I dance like a pro!
    Top Manager of Kaindo Dorinko: Koenji! You're—
    Erika: The daughter of the head of the Koenji Group? My dream has always been to become a star and represent Japan. I have the confidence to become one! If you use me, the Koenji Group will do everything in our power to make this new product a hit!
  • Spoiled Brat: Also Erika - she's so used to getting what she wants by throwing money at it, she's willing to resort to putting Moko in the hospital when Moko gets the role they both auditioned for.
  • Sweetheart Sipping: The title page for Act 29 shows Moko and Kyoko sharing an over-the-top ice cream sundae Umbrella Drink with heart-shaped straws. Moko looks a little nervous, but Kyoko is playfully winking at the reader.


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