Skip Beat Manga Volumes List by Yoshiki Nakamura, Published by Viz Media

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Skip Beat! Vol. 1

When Kyoko’s heart is broken, she decides that revenge is a dish best served in the spotlight!

Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he’s casting her out now that he’s famous! Kyoko won’t suffer in silence—she’s going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Kyoko knows she’s not plain and uninteresting, no matter what Sho says. With the help of a little makeover, Kyoko’s ready to exact her revenge. But first she needs to land an audition, and she sets her sights on the agency where Sho’s lead rival works. Her persistence pays off, but her broken heart turns out to be a disadvantage. Kyoko has lost the will to love anybody, let alone fans she’s never met. Can the agency see past this problem to Kyoko’s true star potential?

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Skip Beat! Vol. 2

After failing her audition, Kyoko has just about given up on her revenge–until Sho shows up at the gas station where she works and doesn’t even recognize her! With her desire for vengeance rekindled, Kyoko goes back to the talent agency and gets assigned to the new “Love Me Section.” There, she can earn points for good behavior, and if she earns enough, the agency will back her debut! The only problem is that she has to do whatever they tell her to! Will her first assignment be her last?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 3 (3)

Kyoko is determined to win her way into show business, even if it means wearing embarrassing bright pink overalls and putting up with spoiled stars. But her first big assignment proves more difficult than she imagined when she finds herself in front of the camera with an injured leg. Will she be able to ace her first attempt at acting despite the pain, or will she make an utter fool of herself in front of her sort-of nemesis, Ren Tsuruga?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 4 (4)

Kyoko helps the LME president’s granddaughter heal from a childhood tragedy, and in return she should have earned a free ride through the LME training school. But the other students throw a fit, and now she still has to pay. In order to support the high cost of the program, Kyoko gets a job as a seat filler on a TV show. But when one of the characters gets sick, Kyoko has to fill in–in a chicken suit! To make matters worse, Sho is the guest star! Will Kyoko destroy her only chance of revenge?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 5 (5)

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 commercial. At the audition she runs into her Love Me-rival Moko, who’s having rival woes of her own. With a jealous rich girl out to bring them down, can Kyoko and Moko overcome their differences and act as a team to trounce the competition?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 6 (6)

Ren’s manager Yashiro comes down with a nasty cold in the middle of an important shoot, and dares Kyoko to take over his job! Of course Kyoko accepts, but she’s in way over her head with a pack of new responsibilities and the scorn of everyone who thinks she’s doing a bad job. But the more time Ren spends with Kyoko the more he sees her kind and gentle side. Will all her hassles be worth his change of heart?

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Skip・Beat!, Vol. 7 (7)

All Kyoko’s dreams are coming true! She’s got a best friend (okay, so Moko still needs to come to terms with their bosom-buddyhood, but she’s learning). She’s finally going to high school (so what if a mean girl is picking on her–Kyoko knows how to deal with bullies). And she’s landed a spot in Sho’s new video (Yes! Revenge! Bwa ha ha ha!). Life doesn’t get any better than this.

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 8 (8)

Kyoko’s perfect chance to wreak her revenge on Sho isn’t going as well as she’d hoped. In fact, her rage is so consuming that she forgets she’s supposed to be acting and tries to throttle Sho for real. That’s not her only problem. Sho still thinks he owns Kyoko body and soul, but his manager is worried that Kyoko might be stealing his heart!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 9 (9)

Kyoko’s big chance is finally here! Her performance in Sho’s promo clip impressed some important people, and now she’s been asked to act in the year’s most anticipated drama! But Ren is the leading man and the character Kyoko is supposed to play is damaged and scary! Can Kyoko overcome her fear of Ren and her shame about her demons, or will this chance of a lifetime slip through her fingers?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 10 (10)

Kyoko’s been scouted for a role in this year’s most anticipated drama, a remake of the classic Tsukimori. But shades of the past threaten to stifle the production as Kyoko struggles to get into the character of Mio, a young woman with a severely scarred face. Ms. Iizuka, the actress who played the original Mio, is now playing Kyoko’s mother, and has 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!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 11 (11)

There’s trouble on the Tsukimori set, and surprisingly it’s not Kyoko’s fault. Ren is having difficulty acting the part of a love-struck suitor since he’s never really been in love before. Stressed by his sudden acting impotence, Ren goes MIA. Kyoko is determined to help her friend, and joins forces with Ren’s manager. But as Ren sees the two of them getting close, he realizes he might know more about serious emotion than he thought!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 12 (12)

Kyoko’s determination to help Ren continues as she lends a friendly ear–in her chicken suit. Ren opens up and confides in Chicken Bo, but is Kyoko really ready to deal with his lovelorn confession? To make matters worse, Ren’s been given an ultimatum by the LME president, and if he can’t act right by the end of the week, he’s out on his ear!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 13 (13)

Ren’s acting test is about to begin, with his entire future hanging in the balance, and he’s managed to make his leading lady Itsumi mad at him. Rather than confront him directly, Itsumi decides to hit him where it hurts. Will she sabotage his test, or will Ren be able to get it together and use his legendary acting ability to lead her through the scene?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 14 (14)

Vie Ghoul is the new band burning up the charts by stealing Sho’s moves, and Kyoko’s hopping mad on his behalf. Kyoko’s confrontation with Sho about his lack of action doesn’t go as well as she hoped–Sho gets violent, and the frontman for Vie Ghoul gets a good look at Kyoko’s demons. And both men seem a little more interested in Kyoko than Ren would like…

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 15 (15)

Sho decides to take the high road rather than confront Vie Ghoul about their theft of his song. But VG frontman Reino doesn’t take kindly to being ignored and devises a devious plan to get Sho’s attention–he’s going after Kyoko! Normally, Kyoko’s not the type of girl that needs rescuing. But for some reason, Reino’s presence petrifies her. Will Reino’s evil scheme work better than anyone imagined?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 16 (16)

Saving Kyoko from Reino’s attack has finally knocked some sense into Sho’s head, and he realizes how much he cares for her. But before he can declare his devotion, Ren shows up to ruin the moment. Both men realize that Kyoko has no idea of their true feelings for her and begin a secret battle for her affections!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 17 (17)

Dark Moon is getting excellent ratings, and Kyoko is getting tons of offers for more acting jobs! But all the offers are for twisted, damaged characters like Mio. Kyoko doesn’t want to get stuck as a character actor, and she certainly doesn’t want to play freaks for the rest of her career. But if she refuses all these jobs, will she even have a career left?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 18 (18)

Kyoko hasn’t had a Love Me Section job in a while, and this newest assignment is pushing her limits. She’s now the personal assistant to Koo Hizuri, a Japanese actor turned Hollywood star, and everyone knows how assistants are treated in Hollywood! Can Kyoko see past Koo’s meanness, or will his nastiness just make her demons worse?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 19 (19)

Koo and Lory can’t stop meddling in Kyoko’s and Ren’s lives. Because while Koo is impressed with Kyoko’s talent, he knows that she will never be a great actress unless she can overcome her fatal weakness. And Lory knows that Ren’s acting is likewise affected by his refusal to face his past. Can the two old-timers give their young protégés a much-needed kick in the pants, or will their plans blow up in their faces?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 20 (20)

It’s the season of giving in Tokyo, but Lory’s granddaughter Maria is in no mood to celebrate. Kyoko, never one to sit out a challenge, finally gets Maria to admit what has her so soured on the holidays. It turns out December 24 is Maria’s birthday–and the anniversary of her mother’s death! Can Kyoko work a Christmas miracle and give this little girl a happy birthday?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 21 (21)

Kyoko is basking in the glow of working a Christmas miracle and getting some birthday booty of her own. But she’s so unused to this kind of joy that she ends up late to the script reading for her new drama. Now her whole day is a mess and Ren is mad at her! Can Kyoko balance revenge, a career and her own happiness?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 22 (22)

Is there such a thing as being too good? With Ren’s help, Kyoko finally gets into her new character. But when she shows up on set and wows the crew with her new spin on the old bully role, it sends some of her costars over the edge! Kyoko’s used to dealing with her own demons, but can she stand up to someone else’s?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 23 (23)

Chiori’s rage threatens the whole production when she lashes out and hurts Kyoko. Kyoko is used to overcoming obstacles, and she uses her injury as an excuse to push Chiori into exploring her acting. But Chiori has a traumatic past. Will focusing on the dark side of her character bring it all rushing back?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 24 (24)

Valentine’s Day is on its way, but Kyoko won’t be able to celebrate love and friendship the normal way. She’s getting blackmailed into giving chocolate to guys she hates, she has her ongoing revenge to oblige, and to top it all off, it’s Ren’s birthday! How can Kyoko give him a meaningful present when she’s slinging meaningless chocolate left and right?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 25 (25)

Kyoko’s Valentine’s battle with Reino has finally gained her Sho’s attention—but now it’s the last thing she wants! Sho is determined to make her obsessed with him, and shows up on set with an over-the-top gift to taunt her. But when Kyoko explains her true relationship with Reino, Sho makes an inexcusable move. Has he undone her years of healing in one fell swoop?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 26 (26)

Kyoko thinks she’s survived Valentine’s Day, but that’s just the kind of attitude that gets her in trouble with the president of LME. Lory is very disappointed in the girls of the Love Me Section and sets up special new assignments to teach them the power of love. But will the president’s strange methods have any affect on the troubled souls of Chiori, Moko and Kyoko?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 27 (27)

Kyoko’s having trouble getting into the role of Cain’s sister. But is it because she can’t relate to a spoiled punk princess, or because she can’t let go of the fact that Ren is playing Cain? And Ren faces his own challenge with the situation. Can he stand to have the woman he loves treat him like a brother?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 28 (28)

Ren’s new roles are dredging up old memories best left buried, and he’s having trouble dealing with the emotional turmoil. But the President was right when he claimed Kyoko was Ren’s good luck charm. Will her strange but good-natured ways be enough to keep him from his own darkness?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 29 (29)

On the way to the Dark Moon wrap party Kyoko bumps into her cast mate Kijima. He’s never paid her any attention before, but he heard that people called her beautiful when they saw her in her Natsu role. Kijima can’t contain his curiosity and buys Kyoko a total makeover for the party. But is his interest innocent, or does he have wicked plans in store?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 30 (30)

Ren’s new cast mate Taira Murasame used to be a biker, and he sees show biz as just another gang to get to the top of. Normally Ren would have no problem dealing with a punk, but his role as BJ requires him to tap his darkest depths. When Murasame and Ren have to fight on camera, can Ren remember that it’s only acting?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 31 (31)

Ren is fighting to keep himself under control, but living as Cain Heel and simultaneously building the character BJ are really wearing him down. Kyoko is getting really worried, but even President Lory can’t do more than encourage her to support Ren. Can Kyoko’s own dark side give her the insight to help her friend, or will she be forced to watch as he self-destructs?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 32 (32)

Ren’s trademark cool is beginning to crumble under the strain of maintaining his various personas. And the sudden manly attention being directed at Kyoko from fellow actor Kijima and a newly determined Sho aren’t helping matters. Will Kyoko’s good luck charm keep him in check, or will the beast chained inside him destroy them all?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 33 (33)

Kyoko’s twin tasks of keeping Ren from breaking under the strain of his characters and playing Setsuka are starting to take their toll on her. But the real danger is revealed when the desires of Setsuka and Kyoko merge. Can Kyoko stay in character and protect her heart with a half-naked Ren in her bed?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 34 (34)

The President of LME has called Kyoko in for a special meeting, and she is all set for Judgment Day. Especially when Ren shows up too! But to her complete shock, Lory doesn’t reveal that she has feelings for Ren. In fact, he’s giving “Setsuka” some time off so Kyoko can study for finals. It seems like her secret is safe from Ren, but there’s no hiding from her own feelings. How will she cope with a heart that’s slipped its bonds?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 35 (35)

Kyoko is on the tropical paradise of Guam, and in true fairy-tale fashion, she encounters a magical creature emerging from the sea! She even recognizes him as Corn, a beloved friend from her childhood whose gift of an enchanted stone has helped her deal with the trauma in her life. But Corn is actually Kuon, who is actually Ren Tsuruga! And it’s only a matter of time before Kyoko’s brilliant ability to see through Ren’s disguises breaks his cover…for good!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 36 (36)

Kyoko’s time in Guam is coming to an end, and with it her role as Setsu. She’s sad that she won’t have an excuse to be near Ren anymore, but unbeknownst to her, Ren is even more affected by their parting than she is! Facing his demons finally let him believe in the bright future Kyoko represents. But back in Japan, her dark past is rearing its ugly head. Will it get in the way of Kyoko’s hopes of a happily ever after?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 37 (37)

The president of LME created the Love Me Section for Kyoko because he could sense her great potential, but he knew she’d never be a true star until she could make her wounded heart whole. And Kyoko has made amazing strides toward healing since she first declared vengeance on Sho. But how will her hard-won strength withstand coming face-to-face with the person who cut her the deepest—her mother?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 38 (38)

After years of no contact, Kyoko finally has the chance to confront the mother who abandoned her. Her friends are worried that the meeting will break her, but Kyoko’s time with Ren and the Love Me section has toned down her rage and given her an impressive inner strength. Kyoko may be ready to face her past, but is she strong enough to face her mother’s too?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 39 (39)

Kyoko finally knows why her mother treated her so coldly when she was a child, and the story is more tragic and full of betrayal than she could have guessed. But hearing the painful truth isn’t a new wound on Kyoko’s fragile soul. In fact, it actually releases her from some of the ghosts of her past. She might never have a loving relationship with Saena, but she’s more determined than ever to become an actress to make them both proud!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 40 (40)

Kyoko desperately wants to be cast in a new samurai drama so that she can work opposite her best friend in the entire world, Kanae “Moko” Kotonami. But there are plenty of hurdles between her and her dream role, including another actress who might be willing to do anything to take out the competition!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 41 (41)

Kyoko has trained hard to be the perfect ninja, and now the day of the Momiji audition has dawned. But the producer in charge of the acting test kicks Kyoko out for having hair unbecoming of a ninja, without even letting her perform! Kyoko’s temporary manager Yashiro isn’t worried, though. He knows a little adversity isn’t enough to stand in the way of Kyoko’s ninja dreams. But are grit and determination really enough to break through the producer’s professional skepticism?

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 42 (42)

Kyoko has sailed through the first two audition tests for the role of Momiji, impressing even the people who are rooting against her. But her competition isn’t known for playing fair, and the more Kyoko shines, the dirtier Kimiko is willing to get. When Kimiko’s scheming scores a direct hit, Kyoko’s professionalism is blasted away by waves of doubt and grudge demons. Her only way to stay in the running is to channel her dark emotions into her acting, but how can she hope to control her feelings about her special weakness—Ren Tsuruga?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 43 (43)

Kyoko’s intense audition finally wins over the producer and secures her role of Momiji, but she’s hardly in the mood to celebrate. Moko hasn’t been cast as Chidori, and Kyoko’s cherished dreams of playing opposite her BFF have been dashed. Her internal conflict will have to wait though, because her opponent in the Momiji trials has another nasty trick up her sleeve. Will Kimi’s devious scheming cost Kyoko more than just a coveted role?!

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Skip·Beat!, Vol. 44 (44)

Kyoko thought she’d be able to relax now that she’s secured the role of Momiji, but various romantic misunderstandings are making her life more stressful than ever. How can she focus on being an amazing actress when a photo of Ren kissing a famous actress just leaked!

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