- Skip Beat Live Action? - Thursday, February 3, 2011

So I know that probably many of you have heard of this but actually a few of my friends have NOT heard about this. I remember there was a rumor circulating that there was going to be a Skip Beat live action but it was scrapped after a while. However, it seems the interest has been renewed and the two male leads have been changed. This was what actually surprised me however since the new actors were Korean! Please note that the live action is being created by a Taiwanese crew. However, it seems that the female lead, Lin Yichen has already worked with the two! So what's the suspense? 

For all the SuJu fans out there, the two leads for Shou and Ren are in fact Super Junior's Siwon and Donghae! Another thing that should be mentioned is that the name is not going to be Skip Beat like the manga and anime, but Glamorous Hearts. For those wondering who has what role, Lin is of course our favored and wonderful girl Kyoko. Siwon in fact is going to be playing the part that would be Shou and Donghae as Ren. I have to admit that the two do look quite the part if Siwon were to dye his hair blond like Shou but since it's an adaptation, I wonder if it'll be true haha.

But now I wonder how far they're going to go with this. Either be like the Wallflower live action in which they make their own ending or stray a bit from the path. If it were to happen however, straying from the path that is, I would love for the female lead to go towards Donghae. I shamelessly admit that I am a RenxKyoko lover haha. Or KuonxKyoko lover in this case. However, I feel that this is a drama worth waiting for for any Skip Beat lovers!

What I can't wait for is how this drama is going to go. After all, everyone's view on it is different and the director can have a different view then everyone else. What I hope is it doesn't end as an open ending without Kyoko falling in love with anyone. Rather prefer that she does go with Ren however. Haha. Now I'm rambling but I do hope that the production goes well and they can come out with this soon.

Skip Beat (Manga)

 Skip Beat! follows the story of Kyoko Mogami, a sixteen year-old girl who loves her childhood friend, Sho Fuwa (Shotaro), but is betrayed by him. Having spent a large part of her childhood at Shotaro's parents' inn, she learned a great deal about hostelry and other such jobs. Shotaro, not wishing to take over his parents' business, moves to Tokyo to pursue a career in music. Sho, as he is called by his fans, asks Kyoko to leave high school and her life in Kyoto Prefecture behind to help him. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Kyoko lives an unreasonably frugal life, spending nothing on herself and doing whatever she can for Sho, who eventually becomes ranked seventh of the top twenty most popular entertainers of Japan. One day, she overhears Shotaro complaining about her to his manager, saying that she is a boring and plain girl. He proceeds to sweet-talk and flirt with his manager, in stark contrast to the cold and demanding attitude he usually exhibits towards Kyoko. Kyoko doesn't shed many tears when she learns that Sho thinks she's only good for housekeeping. Instead, her "Pandora's box" opens and she vows vengeance on Sho. As she is carried away by security, Sho mockingly tells her that if she wants revenge, she had better become a bigger star than him. And so, Kyoko changes her appearance and enters the entertainment industry, facing many challenges along the way. Skip Beat! follows Kyoko's journey to climb the showbiz ladder as she meets interesting people, troublemakers and friends alike, with hopes of getting revenge on Shotaro, as well as regaining the sense of compassion that she had lost when her heart was broken by him. As Kyoko cultivates her acting and friendships, she soon discovers a sense of self separate from her initial plans for revenge.

Mogami Kyōko

Kyoko is a bright, intelligent girl bent on revenge against the boy that used her feelings of love and devotion for his own selfish gain. More vengeful than depressed, she swears to get even. Shōtaro, the one who used her, tells her that the only way to do this would be to beat him in show business. She changes her hair style and her attitude and begins the task of applying to Shō's rival company, L.M.E. While her audition stood out, the president of the company realized that she lacked the key component needed to become an idol: love, as without genuine love for this profession and for the audience, she could not succeed. However, despite her failure, she had such an interesting audition (she did katsuramuki as her talent portion) that Kyoko was given a second chance. Thus, L.M.E.'s "Love Me" section was founded. Lory made a deal with Kyoko that if she completed all the jobs given to her as a Love-Me employee to the client's satisfaction (determined by points stamped into her record book), by the end of a certain period of time, having accumulated enough points, she would be given a grand debut. Having entered show business, Kyoko found a genuine love for acting and a rare talent for performing a great range of emotions and characters. Her professionalism, raw talent and willingness to give her all for her act eventually earn her the respect of those around her, including Tsuruga Ren and Kotonami Kanae. As a result of her box being opened, her personality is slightly twisted and it is a recurring joke during the series that she uses voodoo dolls of Ren and Sho, though less for actual harm and more for purposes of impersonating what they would say in a situation.

 Tsuruga Ren

Ren has an extremely kind and gentle persona. He takes his acting very seriously and expects professionalism from those around him. While he maintains a perfect public image, he has frequently shown his true face to Kyoko, failing to keep his polite facade in front of her. He was originally unhappy with Kyoko, and frequently found ways to annoy and tease her because of her impure reasons for joining show business. However, once he realized that her acting was more than a tool for revenge, he began to support her growth as a budding idol. Although at first in denial, he eventually came to terms with his love for Kyoko and grew as an actor as a result of the realization. He makes many attempts to express his love, but Kyoko is continuously blind to all romantic overtures. Ren was voted top male celebrity in Japan on the same poll ranking Shotaro seventh, causing the latter to have strong feelings of jealousy and rivalry towards him. Ren tends to become jealous whenever anything happens between Sho Fuwa and Kyoko due to their former relationship and now their frequent coincidental, and un-coincidental meetings, giving Sho multiple openings to cause him emotional distress. Despite the obvious obstruction of Sho's closeness to her, Ren has no intention of giving Kyoko over to him. Ren's hidden past is another obstruction to his romantic feelings towards Kyoko yet to be fully explored in the manga.

Fuwa Shō  

His real name is Shōtarō. He keeps it a secret because he finds it very old-fashioned. He is an extremely egotistical, extremely talented music star. Shō had no qualms about asking Kyoko to give up her life in Kyoto to become his unpaid servant, fully cognizant of her misconceptions of the nature of their relationship. After Kyoko's transformation, he is shocked and soon discovers he had more feelings for her than he originally thought. He has disliked seeing Kyoko's tears since childhood, knows her preferences in food, and of her love for fairy tales and things romantic in nature (even buying her an ornate, whimsical bouquet of blossoms and pearls to her specific tastes). Shō holds a great animosity towards Ren because he is hailed as the coolest, number one guy in Show Biz. Shō declared that he'd steal all of Ren's fans and the title of "The Coolest Male Celebrity" from him. He does not like Ren's closeness to Kyoko and he challenges Ren as he makes it known that he would not willingly give up his place in Kyoko's heart as the one she thinks of the most.

 Back to self

Now you're probably wondering what I mean by this haha. It means I'm going back to speaking after I'm done with something that I might have forgotten to say or maybe something to say afterwards. 

Anyways, so that's how it's going to be. I think it suits them a bit to be these characters but that's my opinion. I wonder how they are going to portray the characters. Hopefully they are done justice. Haha. What are your thoughts on this whole production and ordeal? Are the characters up to your standards? Well, I mean the people that are portraying them haha. Everyone has their own opinion and are welcome to it really.


At February 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Blogger Celcia said...

Didn't know about a Skip Beat LA, but I think I'll give it a watch. XD


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