Mangaka: Nakamura Yoshiki Title: Hero’s High Rating: 8/10
Synopsis: We continue from where we left off 5 months ago (exaggeration) when Kyoko, in full Setsu mode is approached by a rather intrigued Murasame Taira. They have a glaring competition for a few panels then Taira questions her about Ren’s (who is currently acting as Cain Heel) acting past, pointing out that he has never heard of or seen him perform in any big time productions, leading Taira to assume that “Cain” is a theatre actor and thus “second-rate”. The infuriated Setsu smacks Taira with a water bottle for insulting her “brother”. At this point, Taira is confused, as he didn’t realise Cain and Setsu were siblings, pointing out that they looked more like a matching couple. Given Setsu’s brother complex, she blushes at the thought and starts to walk away. Taira tries to chase after her but Cain (Ren!) strolls up to them glaring at Taira and scolding Setsu for taking too long. When Setsu complains that “this annoying guy” held her back, Cain’s glare deepens and, threatened Taira in Japanese saying “Piece of shit. Get too close and I’ll rip you to pieces” (KYAA!!) Now, remember that Cain Heel is only supposed to know English, but, at that point Ren-chan ACTUALLY forgot himself. So naturally, Taira who didn’t know what was going on was utterly surprised and pissed by the sudden death threat in fluent Japanese.
Kyoko and Ren go back to their room where we go through a flashback sequence, finding out why Cain was pretending not to know Japanese. We also see the director’s anticipation for the film due to both Ren and Kyoko’s impressive acting abilities, way above and beyond what he expected. We return to the present where Kyoko questions Ren’s character lapse. We then go into more chit chat with Kyoko asking Ren whether or not her English is weird. Ren tells her she speaks fine, albeit too “f*cking politely”. Just when Kyoko finds herself in an awkward position trapped under Ren’s unrelenting stare (READ FOR DETAILS), they are interrupted by Taira who tells them it’s time to start warming up. Somewhere in the midst of this, Taira issues a challenge to Ren demanding that he speaks in Japanese since he knows how to, in order to promote a good work environment. Ren, the devil creeping up into him in the form of Cain, asks what will happen if he refuses. Sparks begin to fly between the boys (figuratively) and Taira finally pronounces that if he doesn’t willingly speak Japanese, he will MAKE Cain do so. With a scarily evil grin on his face, Cain accepts the challenge…
Likes: Ren/Cain is just soo bloody delicious. I love his expressions, that death glare he gave Taira add the threat and you get an orgasm basically. I also LOVE Kyoko as Setsu, that little blush she threw in at the thought of being a couple with her “brother” was just too CUTE. I am madly in love with this plot/arc. I worship the chairman for making them do these roles together and have such an interesting brother/sister complex going on. It’s almost like he’s making them confront their true feelings with each other and their delicious discomfort with certain things and the surprising little reactions that slip out (like when Ren accidently spoke Japanese) is just….**sigh** delightful. Or how about like a chapter or so back when Kyoko accidently walked in on Ren in the shower 😐 My life was complete at that moment.
Dislikes: I don’t like Taira. Sorry, he seems like a douchebag and has certain Sho-like qualities that I don’t appreciate. Death to them both! Also, there seemed to be some unnecessary stuff in the chap…I mean, we didn’t to go over “is it okay that Ren spoke English?” thing so many times or that it needed to take up so much space…but that’s because I want more room for my Ren X Kyoko development, I confess.
Random Rant Time: KYOKO AND REN FOREVAAA!! But you already know I think that. However, how HOT is that coverpage and the quote that goes with it? I opened the manga and my heart stopped for 5 minutes, I swear. Nakamura-sensei-sama!! Stop messing with my heart!! If you’re not gonna make em get with the kissy lips already, don’t TEASE me like this. My heart can’t take it!
Other than that, I’m really interested in seeing what Ren will do in the next chapter and how Kyoko will act up, I’m looking forward to seeing her be really Setsu-like, like she was in a few chapters back when Ren-chan/Cain accidentally got into that huge fight? Ughh…that was such a good chapter! Cain makes me jizz in my pants…Together acting all dark and sexy, they just blow my mind…and my pants :p The picture below yields the same results 😐
If you haven’t read Skip Beat! for some insane reason, and have no idea what I’m talking about (you sad soul), read the overall manga recommendation that I did: Skip Beat! Manga Recommendation and THEN get to reading!