Skip Beat: Anime vs. Drama

Skip Beat: Anime vs. Drama

I wanted to write about one of my favourites, both as an anime and as a drama. Before writing this I took some time to refresh my memory by re-watching the anime for the 3rd time and the drama for the 2nd time as it has been a while. Ok, Ok. Who am I kidding? I may have taken notes, but re-watching was pure enjoyment for me. In fact, I often had to make myself stop and write something down so I could at least call it work. I hope you all enjoy and find some useful information. MDL/compair_zps9a7b5097.png

Skip Beat is based on a manga by Yoshiki Nakamura and is about a girl who has spent her whole life doing things for others, never giving a thought to herself and what she wants. She ran away from home with the boy she loved and worked to support him so that he could become a music star. However, she was betrayed by him and vows to get revenge by becoming a star in the show biz industry. As she works her way up through the industry she meets and befriends many people, finds herself, and realises her new found love of acting may be worth more to her than getting revenge. She finds that it just may be possible for her broken heart to heal and that she could love again. 

The drama went a little further in the story line and I wish the anime had too. The anime really left me hanging, more so than the drama. There are also a lot of little extra scenes in the drama, but I felt they really gave new life to the story. Skip Beat is filled with a lot of comedy and a little bit of romance. No matter how many times I watch, I get sucked in and find myself laughing, crying and yelling with anger. Though I would have liked to see more focus on romance, both the anime and drama were lacking for me on that front. There are rumours of a second season coming in 2014, but I don’t really have high hopes for it actually happening. 

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Kyoko and Gong Xi (Ivy Chen) are almost exactly alike. Both are full of energy, rage, loneliness and resentment, but with a hidden bit of kindness. The character often reminds me of a puppy, seeking love and attention, even if she doesn't like it. After the betrayal she decides to join LME, begging her way into getting an audition. She fails after the second round becomes the first member of the new Love Me Section.

The differences I found most noticeable would have to be in appearance. In the Anime, she cuts and dyes her hair very short and is pretty unrecognisable. In the drama, there is no colour change and its chin length. To be honest, she doesn't look much different from her ponytailed long brown hair. I felt like they could have done a little more to make her look slightly different. I found that Kyoko seemed a little sadder and angry, while I felt Gong Xi more outgoing and happy at times. MDL/randlcomp_zpsa169774b.png

Ren/Lian (Siwon) is LME’s top actor. He is known for being gentle and kind and is very professional when it comes to acting. Meeting Kyoko/Gong Xi brings out his true self, though he keeps his fake polite persona in front of everyone else and is very cold and rude to her. As the story goes on he finds his coldness letting go and he falls in love with her. Of course, though, he denies the feelings, not only to his manager but to himself. Towards the end, he does admit it to himself, which helps him overcome his problems getting into his Dark Moon character.

The anime is very closed off about Ren’s past and very little is revealed. My favourite part in the whole drama so happens to be a part with Lian in it. All you girls who have seen the drama, you know what I am talking about ;)  Siwon in a swimsuit is to die for! KYAAA! Ok, ok crazy fangirl mode: off. While Ren seemed more stone-faced, Lian's emotions seemed to show even though he tried to hide it and I thought this version was cuter. MDL/sandscomp_zpsb3976d3b.png

Sho/ Shang (Donghae) is K/G’s childhood friend. He is a selfish, egotistical playboy. He tricked K/G into running away with him so that he could pursue his dream, using her as a housekeeper and nothing more. After he finds out K/G has entered show biz though, you see a different side of him. He is very jealous and claims that she is still his and will always be his. Sho/Shang is very jealous of R/L and considers him his biggest rival.

There really isn't much difference between S/S in the anime or in the drama. I felt like Donghae performed his role perfectly though he seemed more charming, and I would have even liked a couple more scenes with him in it. In the anime, however, I could have done with less Sho scenes. His arrogance and selfishness got on my nerves and I absolutely hated the character there. MDL/restcomp_zpsfbb7e95e.png

Kanae/ Qin (Bianca Bai) is an extremely talented actress but was also missing love. She is the second member of the Love Me Section. When we first meet her, she is selfish and at first look, seemingly a villain in the story. We know next to nothing about her in the anime, but the drama brings out more character development with Qin. After K/Q and K/G work together in the audition for a soda commercial they become best friends. I felt like their relationship was so much deeper in the drama, and I never hated Qin, though I hated Kanae in the beginning.

Yashiro/ Du Jin (King Chin) is R/L’s manager and he is first seen as a serious character in the beginning of the anime, but very quickly turns into a comedic character, as without gloves on, anything electronic breaks within ten seconds. This isn’t the case In the drama, however, his phone case is yellow with a corded phone handset. Because of this phone, he carries around, I feel like he is one of the cutest characters I’ve ever seen, making him one of my top favourite characters of all the dramas I have seen. I would love at least 10 of him!

President Lory/Lou Li is the President of LME and is very much the Father Figure of the story. He is Flamboyant, and is well known for being flashy and can be somewhat childlike at times. In the anime, he was always dressed in Arabic clothing. The drama showed a wider variety of clothes during his scenes. Not much is really known about the president other than he is Marie’s grandfather. A couple of years ago, when I watched the anime for the first time, I did a facepalm at Lory’s opening scene: his flashy clothing made me think he was a little crazy.

Maria/Maria (Frances Wu) is the granddaughter of President L, who has lost her mother due to a plane crash at a young age, and believes it is her fault her mother died. She also believes her father hates her because of it. K/G though manages to convince Maria that it was not her fault and that she should reconcile with her father. She is the only character to have the same name in both the drama and the anime. I would have loved more of Maria in the story because she was so adorable. Frances did a wonderful job acting her part. Children in dramas always amaze me and I hope to see more of her in future dramas.

Director Ogata/Xu Fang (Chang Shao-Huai) is the director of the remake of Dark Moon, the drama that both R/L and K/G star in. In the anime, he is a cry baby and is seen as a very weak character. In the drama, Xu Fang frequently suffers from panic attacks because of the pressure he is under as his father is the original Dark Moon’s director. His wish is to create a Dark Moon that is greater than his father's. Though he does not appear until the last few episodes of both, I felt like he was a very important character that really helped wrap up the show.

Both the anime and the drama make it into my top ten list for anime and drama, but if I had to choose one over the other I would have to go with the drama. It is a close call but I feel like the drama was slightly better, possibly because it is just easier for me to relate to live action than it is to relate to an anime. The anime was slightly more over dramatic as most animes usually are, while I felt the drama was more on the crazy comical side. I would have loved a little more romance in the anime/drama, but as both are open ended there is a possibility of another season. Until then, I will have to be satisfied with the manga.

I really loved all the music in the drama and a few songs that stuck out to me were: Solo - Super Junior, Wait - A-Lin and the Soda Commercial song, if anyone knows what it is called, please let me know. The music in the anime is also good, though I don't feel like it stuck with me.

The drama was supposed to start in 2008 starring Jerry Yan (Meteor Garden) and Ariel Lin (It Started With a Kiss) and Joe Chang (The Rose) but due to a script re-write and a change in production, the project was put off indefinitely. It resumed filming in 2011 with Super Junior members Siwon and Donghae. Ivy Chen (The Family) was cast only a month before filming began.

Siwon and Donghae filmed most of their scenes in Korean. Their voices were dubbed for the show. Siwon's lines were dubbed by Xie Kun Da on episodes 1 and 2 and Nylon Chen for the rest. Donghae's lines were dubbed by Darren, an ex-member of Energy.

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    101Rubellite May 9, 2015

    This was my very first drama! I love love love the Manga, i thought the drama was ok. have not watched the anime yet.

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    SHINeeShawol711 Nov 25, 2014

    the anime is unfinished and the manga is still ongoing but either way the manga is my favorite

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    Miya Jan 18, 2014

    The original story is Japanese,the drama is made in Taiwan,and there are two Korean actors in lead roles...

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    yoyarin Dec 28, 2013

    i loved both of them and the manga more

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    AmyLovesDramas Dec 1, 2013

    I definitely liked the anime better :)

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    bikeleeu Oct 15, 2013

    Thanks a lot, I have watched the anime and was dissapointed with the ending so I have no conf?dence to start the drama if they were exactly the same. Now it is more clear. Keep up the work ;)

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    Dudalc Sep 6, 2013

    Oh My, I just loved this drama! I read the manga (it's one of my favorites), so when I heard they would do a drama I went crazy. And I wasn't disappointed at all (except for the fact there is no season 2!), all the characters matched, even though they weren't "the same". Gong Xi and the President were my favorites, never laughed so much. :3

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    Wendox Aug 29, 2013

    But I don't understand, WHY put korean actors (that has to be dubbed) instead of Taiwan actors? I'm not saying that it wasn't good, because it was SUPER JUNIOR and their acting was fine, but they made it more difficult for them... no?

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    ISIS22 Jul 19, 2013

    God, I really, really love this anime ....
    Ren so handsome!!!!
    I did not watch the drama yet but it is on my watching list.

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    steph_ravita Jun 23, 2013

    Just out of curiosity, what was your top 10 list for anime and drama? I'm desperately searching for more dramas/animes like these. I love them so much!
    I loved the anime. The drama was my first A-drama ever so I liked it a lot. I actually didn't notice the whole dub thing going on with Si Won. I think this was partially due to his beautiful face. I would have loved to see more Donghae scenes in the drama like how there were a lot of Sho scenes in the anime. Personally, my favourite part of the drama was when Lian and Gong Xi walked into the lobby together and passed Shang. His thoughts telling Gong Xi to wait on him to win her back has me desperately hoping for more episodes!
    I'd really love if the drama or anime continued with the other chapters in the manga. The whole Valentine day fiasco and the Reino/Beagle character would be marvelous to watch :3

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    Kalahara May 30, 2013

    On Dramawiki it says there will be Skip Beat part II in 2014. Anyone else heard anything about this? The manga is currently on chapter 200 and really the Koyoko / Ren story is really heatig up and has to be closing in on its ending soon. I really hope they do the second half / ending to this drama.

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    aikia May 24, 2013

    For me ,i love the Anime morrrrrrrre

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    Ceinwyn Mar 5, 2013

    I loved both anime and drama :D It's on my top 5 list, and will watch it again soon :D I am still hoping for anime sequel and so for a drama sequel too :D Who knows, mabye some day ^^
    I think that Ariel Lin and Joe Chang, are great actors, and I loved them in It started with a kiss, but Ivy Chen is perfect for this roll, and so is Shiwon, and Donghae. I wouldn't change them for the world!

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    TsuyuSama Feb 27, 2013

    I HATED the drama :/ i found it too...i dont know exagerated in a exagerated way? xD i hated the main actress she's so annoying >< maybe it's because i'm not used to taiwanese dramas (it was my first tw drama ^^') thats why i felt that way ^^' but anyways gotta say the acting was bad but the silliness was funny sometimes ^^ I prefer the ANIME honestly :D

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    whatteverr Feb 22, 2013

    I wish they would have stayed with the original cast and the drama wasnt dubbed.. For me it was the only reason why I couldnt watch past the second episode... I both read the manga and the anime,for me the plot was a bit boring and definitely lacked the romance that the love triangle needed.So as this is like the only manga turned to drama that I didnt watch,I have my reasons :D

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