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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 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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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 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?!

30 review for Skip Beat!, Vol. 36

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    Loved it, but I was left wondering where things were going, and not feeling like some parts were properly tied up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marguerite

    4 Stars. Hmmmm, Ren being a little mean to Kyoko about all the stuff that happened in the last volume. The dinner scene was hilarious though!

  3. 5 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    Kyoko tells Ren that she and Corn kissed. Setsu's time with her “brother” is up (Kyoko has to go back to filming her show), so she heads out. Unfortunately, Kyoko's show has been getting bad initial ratings. (view spoiler)[She isn't too upset, but Ms. Amamiya (another person in the show, whose given name I've completely forgotten) is very disappointed. A big accident tempts her to bow out of acting entirely, but Kyoko convinces her to stick with it. The volume ends with a visit from Sho. It turn Kyoko tells Ren that she and Corn kissed. Setsu's time with her “brother” is up (Kyoko has to go back to filming her show), so she heads out. Unfortunately, Kyoko's show has been getting bad initial ratings. (view spoiler)[She isn't too upset, but Ms. Amamiya (another person in the show, whose given name I've completely forgotten) is very disappointed. A big accident tempts her to bow out of acting entirely, but Kyoko convinces her to stick with it. The volume ends with a visit from Sho. It turns out that Kyoko's mom has been asking about her but doesn't seem inclined to actually visit her. Sho was worried about how Kyoko would react to this. (hide spoiler)] When Kyoko finally learns that Ren is Corn, she's probably going to blow up, and I wouldn't blame her for it. Or she'll be hideously embarrassed, which would make me cringe in sympathy. I loved Ren's reaction to Kyoko telling him about having kissed Corn, but I hated that the scene was based on her still not knowing the truth about Ren/Corn. Although I really enjoyed the direction the series seemed to be taking (which maybe factored into my final rating a bit too much – I'm not sure this volume deserved what I gave it), this volume felt like a very abrupt switch of storytelling gears. And no wonder – I just looked at my volume summaries, and I think the last time Kyoko worked on her current show much was maybe volume 28, almost 10 volumes ago. I had forgotten she even had any other work besides being Setsu. But, like I said, I'm really looking forward to what might be coming up next. I want to see if Kyoko's show recovers from its low initial ratings, and I want to see what happens with (view spoiler)[Kyoko's mom. (hide spoiler)] And whoa, Sho was actually a pretty decent guy in this volume. And of course I'm still looking forward to seeing where things go with Ren and Kyoko. I'm glad that Kyoko's at a point where she can be in love with Ren (albeit semi-secretly) and yet not be so consumed by her feelings that she abandons her acting career for him. (Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Safa

    end of the heel siblings. good stuff about kyoko's relationships with other people. she's able to deal with her feelings for ren without being consumed by them. i love her and sho's dynamic, he is concerned for her but is trying so hard to still be a jerk and she is so unamused. also kyoko and chiorin's dynamic is really interesting too. finally, we get some hints about kyoko's mom ooo end of the heel siblings. good stuff about kyoko's relationships with other people. she's able to deal with her feelings for ren without being consumed by them. i love her and sho's dynamic, he is concerned for her but is trying so hard to still be a jerk and she is so unamused. also kyoko and chiorin's dynamic is really interesting too. finally, we get some hints about kyoko's mom ooo

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really love how in this we get to see just how much of a positive effect that Kyouko can have on others - even when she's not in the role of "therapy rooster" (who has been absent from this series for WAY too long :P). First, when we saw the effects of her conversation with Corn in Ren's new outlook on life, and then when she was able to give Chiori the kick-up-the-butt she needed to do the shoot after the accident (which was literally a "if it's because of the accident it's fine, but if you'r I really love how in this we get to see just how much of a positive effect that Kyouko can have on others - even when she's not in the role of "therapy rooster" (who has been absent from this series for WAY too long :P). First, when we saw the effects of her conversation with Corn in Ren's new outlook on life, and then when she was able to give Chiori the kick-up-the-butt she needed to do the shoot after the accident (which was literally a "if it's because of the accident it's fine, but if you're just using the accident as an excuse to get out of doing something you don't want to do then it's NOT fine") and then go on the variety show. We also seem to FINALLY be getting glimpses of Kyouko's mother, and we might actually get to see her FACE soon! She's "lawyer supervision" on a drama that it appears Moko will be performing in, which might mean that she's going to come face-to-face with Kyouko soon. AND she appears to be reading articles about her daughter's performances o.O

  6. 4 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh no! I don’t want the series to end yet! I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to the final available volume 😰😭

  7. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    Reading this and then afterwards being like... Reading this and then afterwards being like...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reader17 Der

    Loved this volume. Kyoko tells Ren about her encounter with her childhood friend. It surprises me how well he can pretend he doesn't know what happened when she was with Korn. She is heading back to Japan while Ren is finishing up and she is so cute worrying about him eating. She has a surprise visitor when she gets back to Japan. Sparks fly between her and her visitor. Also her mother is brought up in this volume. I am looking forward to reading the next volume! Loved this volume. Kyoko tells Ren about her encounter with her childhood friend. It surprises me how well he can pretend he doesn't know what happened when she was with Korn. She is heading back to Japan while Ren is finishing up and she is so cute worrying about him eating. She has a surprise visitor when she gets back to Japan. Sparks fly between her and her visitor. Also her mother is brought up in this volume. I am looking forward to reading the next volume!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Moriah Venable

    With her time in Guam coming to an end, Kyoko is going to miss playing Setsu and being around Ren but she is happy to be back in Tokyo. On a new drama, Kyoko’s mom is the lawyer consultant. This is the drama that Kanae is starring in. I hope we see some interaction between Kyoko and her mother. Maybe they can finally talk. Sho pays Kyoko a visit to talk about her mother and her passport. This was such an exciting volume. I was hoping to be caught up before volume 43 arrived but that’s okay. It wa With her time in Guam coming to an end, Kyoko is going to miss playing Setsu and being around Ren but she is happy to be back in Tokyo. On a new drama, Kyoko’s mom is the lawyer consultant. This is the drama that Kanae is starring in. I hope we see some interaction between Kyoko and her mother. Maybe they can finally talk. Sho pays Kyoko a visit to talk about her mother and her passport. This was such an exciting volume. I was hoping to be caught up before volume 43 arrived but that’s okay. It was so funny when Kyoko conscience made her blurt out the kiss with Corn because she didn’t want to keep secrets from Ren. Hearing girls in the van talk about her who was at the hotel, made her remember that Ren is not his real name and she wonders what his real name is. Will she ever find out who Ren really is? I really hope so.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Kyoko returns from Guam as she has to return to work on her own project, Box R. But ratings (unknown to Kyoko) have not been great, and the person she least wants to see is waiting for her when she gets back. A significant improvement from the previous volume that still features a male semi-love interest acting like a jerk, but acting like a jerk with underlying good reasons, who does not want to take advantage of Kyoko's trust. The rest of the story is generally pretty good, with further complic Kyoko returns from Guam as she has to return to work on her own project, Box R. But ratings (unknown to Kyoko) have not been great, and the person she least wants to see is waiting for her when she gets back. A significant improvement from the previous volume that still features a male semi-love interest acting like a jerk, but acting like a jerk with underlying good reasons, who does not want to take advantage of Kyoko's trust. The rest of the story is generally pretty good, with further complications to her Box R work and potential future plot threads handled well. The only real negative is the carry-over from the previous volume, which still taints the work, to be honest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Like always, I Love it. I started this series when I was in the 7th or 8th grade, one of my friends at the time let me borrow the 1st book and I fell in love with it. Kyoko Mogami never fails to make me smile. She's loud, has a lot of personality, but most of all kind. The secondary characters are equally amazing. Especially Ren...he's such an amazing guy. Like always, I Love it. I started this series when I was in the 7th or 8th grade, one of my friends at the time let me borrow the 1st book and I fell in love with it. Kyoko Mogami never fails to make me smile. She's loud, has a lot of personality, but most of all kind. The secondary characters are equally amazing. Especially Ren...he's such an amazing guy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Contains Acts 213- 218

  13. 4 out of 5

    Glaiza

    I don't even want to meet Kyoko's mother because she seems like a terrible person. I don't even want to meet Kyoko's mother because she seems like a terrible person.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Rajab

    Blame me ‘cause I did not know exactly why did I keep giving this series five stars even the two female-male’s love story’s sooo freaking slow.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gideon

    I feel like this series is just using side arcs so they never have to finish the series. There is such a thing as too long. Get on with it already.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sammie

    Loved this volume , can't wait to see where Ren and Kyoko will go from here ! Loved this volume , can't wait to see where Ren and Kyoko will go from here !

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    So happy to be past the creepy siblings and the fairy stuff.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erika Radabah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holy smokes this another moment I found the need to celebrate! and things are getting good!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Sho is the worst but I can't hate him for some reason. I hope he can redeem himself somehow. Sho is the worst but I can't hate him for some reason. I hope he can redeem himself somehow.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kastie Pavlik

    The story was a bit disjointed in some ways, but overall another good volume.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ With Volume 36, we draw the Cain siblings arc to a conclusion. Nakamura clearly had fun putting the two together in a 'cosplay' situation (echoing what she did in previous series Tokyo Crazy Paradise when Tsukasa had a personality change after being hit in the head). This volume features a lot of introspection by Kyoko - about the kiss with "corn", her future as an actress, her family frustrations, and more. It marks More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ With Volume 36, we draw the Cain siblings arc to a conclusion. Nakamura clearly had fun putting the two together in a 'cosplay' situation (echoing what she did in previous series Tokyo Crazy Paradise when Tsukasa had a personality change after being hit in the head). This volume features a lot of introspection by Kyoko - about the kiss with "corn", her future as an actress, her family frustrations, and more. It marks this as a transition volume as things begin to move forward for both Kyoko and Ren. Story: Kyouko is feeling guilty about kissing Corn - and decides to confess to Ren to get it off her chest and defend her actions. Upon hearing her version of their time together, Ren comes to some startling realizations about himself - that his future is no longer 'stopped' and he can begin to move forward with his life thanks to Kyouko. With the shoot wrapped up, Kyouko returns to Tokyo - only to find Sho hanging out at her restaurant home. Sho has a few pithy things to say about Kyoko "tripping" over Ren and ending up back working for his parents as a waitress. Meanwhile, an accident on the way to a shoot has shaken up Amemiya and she needs Kyouko's support - a support that may mean having to confront Kyouko's mother once again. There were several very cute moments at the beginning of the volume with Kyouko's boundless fantasies about Corn and Ren trying in vain to not say anything about Kyouko's confessions. His amused patience over her defense of the Corn kiss was priceless. But there are also several important plot realizations: Ren's recognition of how Kyouko has helped him move on from his past, Kyouko wondering what "Ren's" real name is, and especially the great moment where 'Setsuna' very physically stakes her claim on her 'brother'. The second half was a bit slow - setting up a confrontation for poor Kyouko with both Sho and then what will be her mother later. Sho is happy to drive stakes into the heart of any relationship Kyouko could have with Ren - as revenge against both of them. Hopefully, Ren makes an entrance, as promised, soon. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    Ren and Kyoko finish their time as the Heel siblings (and Kyoko tells Ren about kissing Kuon, aka himself). It really seems like Ren made a breakthrough in his whole Kuon mental block violence issue, and his conversation with Kyoko about her day with Corn helped solidify that feeling inside him. Instead of seeing himself as light and dark, constantly in battle, he sees for himself a more brilliant future, one of his unified self, together with Kyoko. The next question is, what's up with Kyoko? S Ren and Kyoko finish their time as the Heel siblings (and Kyoko tells Ren about kissing Kuon, aka himself). It really seems like Ren made a breakthrough in his whole Kuon mental block violence issue, and his conversation with Kyoko about her day with Corn helped solidify that feeling inside him. Instead of seeing himself as light and dark, constantly in battle, he sees for himself a more brilliant future, one of his unified self, together with Kyoko. The next question is, what's up with Kyoko? She has acknowledged to herself her feelings for Ren, but is that what changed in her acting of Setsu, the way she was being more overprotective of Cain? Or was it evidence that she was really taking her acting seriously, as she was reminded by what Muramame said about wanting to improve and get better than Cain? Regardless, I love it, and I love how much Ren is baffled by her behavior. Sho is back, to see if Kyoko's ok after maybe/maybe not seeing her mother. He actually does seem to care, which is completely shocking to Kyoko. I really need to go back and read the early bmooks again, because I don't actually remember what's up with her mother, other than she left her with Sho's family. It definitely seems like she about to have a run-in with her mom, and her mom seems to at least be curious about what she's been up to. Hopefully it doesn't completely derail the progress she's made.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    Being relatively new to the Skip Beat series, I am still trying to get a feel for the drama and characters. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 36th volume. My approach to the entire series is a little unusual; because not every volume is available at my library and I'm avoiding scanlations, I've only read the first 17 volumes and volumes 35 and 36. Thirty-six made me realize why readers love this series so much. After the character development with Kuon/Corn in the previous volume, Being relatively new to the Skip Beat series, I am still trying to get a feel for the drama and characters. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 36th volume. My approach to the entire series is a little unusual; because not every volume is available at my library and I'm avoiding scanlations, I've only read the first 17 volumes and volumes 35 and 36. Thirty-six made me realize why readers love this series so much. After the character development with Kuon/Corn in the previous volume, Kyoko is super awkward around Ren. Ren, on the other hand, plays it cool the entire time. While the baring of her soul was different in front of Kuon/Corn, she expresses the same (albeit different) level of intimacy with Ren. The webs these characters weave around each other are great, and the dramatic pacing of the 36th volume offers some respite after the craziness of the previous volume. However, it looks as if Nakamura is ready to amp it up again with the involvement of another character, one who could have a major impact on Kyoko.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I definitely enjoyed this volume more than the previous volume - I'm glad to finally see the Cain/Setsu arc finishing, and see Kyoko back in Japan filming her tv series (and seeing Kanae again!). I liked that this volume is moving the story along well, particularly with Ren and Kyoko's romance, so I was shocked to see a new story come in - Kyokos estranged mother. I was hoping that this series would start wrapping up, so it could finish for volume 40, but whilst many of the storylines are starti I definitely enjoyed this volume more than the previous volume - I'm glad to finally see the Cain/Setsu arc finishing, and see Kyoko back in Japan filming her tv series (and seeing Kanae again!). I liked that this volume is moving the story along well, particularly with Ren and Kyoko's romance, so I was shocked to see a new story come in - Kyokos estranged mother. I was hoping that this series would start wrapping up, so it could finish for volume 40, but whilst many of the storylines are starting to be resolved, or reaching their climax, adding in this new storyline makes me questions whether this series will end anytime soon. I really love this manga, and was glad that this volume had the same tone as many of the earliest volumes. Looking forward to the next volume!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    This series is the best! The plot is so intricate and interesting and so so full mystery. In Volume 36, we're finally getting more info about Kyouko-chan's perfectionist mother whose half face we have only seen before in flashbacks. (view spoiler)[She actually looks like an older Mio! The resemblance is so easily seen! We also see that she is either a lawyer or a news reporter of some kind (I'm only saying this because she appeared on TV but she was talking about legalities and stuff). And she lo This series is the best! The plot is so intricate and interesting and so so full mystery. In Volume 36, we're finally getting more info about Kyouko-chan's perfectionist mother whose half face we have only seen before in flashbacks. (view spoiler)[She actually looks like an older Mio! The resemblance is so easily seen! We also see that she is either a lawyer or a news reporter of some kind (I'm only saying this because she appeared on TV but she was talking about legalities and stuff). And she looks mean as heck. (hide spoiler)] This series's character development and the timing for revelations are so so perfect. I love it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I continue to love Skip Beat! as a story. I am disappointed in the publisher. Not enough end notes to explain the choices they make in the translation and on the whole there are too many typos, including a character's name being misspelled in this volume. Next day: Wow! I just noticed that they misspelled one of the chapter titles as well. There's no such word (in French or English) as l'encrate. The title of Chapter 202 should be L'entracte, and with reason. It's one thing to have a typo buried I continue to love Skip Beat! as a story. I am disappointed in the publisher. Not enough end notes to explain the choices they make in the translation and on the whole there are too many typos, including a character's name being misspelled in this volume. Next day: Wow! I just noticed that they misspelled one of the chapter titles as well. There's no such word (in French or English) as l'encrate. The title of Chapter 202 should be L'entracte, and with reason. It's one thing to have a typo buried in the text of the page, but to get both a character name wrong and the title of a chapter wrong both in the same volume shows a lack of professionalism. Shame on you, VizMedia.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    What is this? The Cain Heel arc is over?! Hallelujah! I thought it would never end. I don't even know how many volumes this angsty emo arc has consumed in this series, but at last - long last - it's over. Hurrah! And...still, nothing happens. Why do I keep reading this series, you may ask. Well, simply put: Kyoko is still hilarious 36 volumes in. Character growth is as slow as molasses (oh yay, Ren can now wear his watch on his other arm...I'm...overjoyed for him...I guess), but it's okay as long What is this? The Cain Heel arc is over?! Hallelujah! I thought it would never end. I don't even know how many volumes this angsty emo arc has consumed in this series, but at last - long last - it's over. Hurrah! And...still, nothing happens. Why do I keep reading this series, you may ask. Well, simply put: Kyoko is still hilarious 36 volumes in. Character growth is as slow as molasses (oh yay, Ren can now wear his watch on his other arm...I'm...overjoyed for him...I guess), but it's okay as long as Kyoko continues her hijinks of silliness mixed with sincerity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Kyoko will be leaving Guam soon, and she's not going to be with Ren much anymore, since their roles will be over soon. She's sad about this, but not nearly as sad as Ren is. These two need to admit their feelings to each other, I can't wait till that happens. Not too much happened in this one, but it left us hanging that's for sure. I can't wait for more in this series. It makes me laugh, sometimes cry, and always hoping for a romantic moment between Kyoko and Ren. Kyoko will be leaving Guam soon, and she's not going to be with Ren much anymore, since their roles will be over soon. She's sad about this, but not nearly as sad as Ren is. These two need to admit their feelings to each other, I can't wait till that happens. Not too much happened in this one, but it left us hanging that's for sure. I can't wait for more in this series. It makes me laugh, sometimes cry, and always hoping for a romantic moment between Kyoko and Ren.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Most of this was decent, but plot-wise, I don't think much happened. The end was boring, so I skipped it. This series is starting to drag, and the translations are being released so slowly. I don't know how much of the original has been released, but I don't really remember what's going on with some of the characters. Most of this was decent, but plot-wise, I don't think much happened. The end was boring, so I skipped it. This series is starting to drag, and the translations are being released so slowly. I don't know how much of the original has been released, but I don't really remember what's going on with some of the characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was such a hilarious series! Kyoko was such a quirky character and was always doing stuff to get into trouble. I liked the transformation of her character throughout the series and how she found out that instead of having to rely on a boy she could make it on her own. There was a love triangle that I also enjoyed very much.

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