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She's Given a Mask
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Character/s in the cover Kyoko Mogami
Volume 18
Arc Kuu's arc
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She's Given a Mask is the 104th chapter of the Skip Beat! manga series.


Shaken by Sho's current success, Kyoko begins to fear her own growth as an actress is stagnating, which leads to her gaining a new mentor in Kuu.

Chapter Summary

The TV details just how successful Sho has been, which is close to record-breaking. Kyoko stares, thinking how he fulfilled his parting promise to her in Karuizawa. Kuu tries to shake her out of the trance she seems to have gone into, but it doesn't quite work, though he gets his breakfast.

Kyoko notices Sho's singing has his emotions in it now, and she also puts together what Moko meant the other day about Kyoko "losing." Kyoko is despairing. Her only offers are for the same type of characters as Mio. She decides to refuse all the offers so that she can improve her acting with different style roles. Kuu overhears her phone call telling Sawara this, and he grabs the phone from her.

"Excuse me for cutting in. This is Hizuri. Please ignore what she just said. She just doesn't understand her situation. Please wait. She's simply lost her head for now."

The subsequent argument between Kuu and Kyoko extends over several hours. Kuu attempts to persuade Kyoko to believe that she has to use the roles offered to expose more diversity in her acting by playing each bully differently. Kyoko hasn't a clue how to do that and her entire history of being bullied as a young girl comes spilling out. While it was enough, it's too cliché to draw from. She can't make bullies more intense than Mio.

"No one's telling you to be more intense than Mio." Kuu also points out that just because she doesn't have personal experience, she shouldn't do something unprofessional like say she can't do it. She created her own character for Mio, and if she can do it once she can do it again. Kuu decides to give her an assignment to train her imagination and polish her acting skills. Kyoko is assigned to play Kuu's son.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Characters in Order of Appearance
  1. Sho Fuwa (Kyoko's flashback/TV)
  2. Kyoko Mogami
  3. Ren Tsuruga (Kyoko's flashback)
  4. Talkshow Announcer (describes Sho's Oricon ranking)
  5. Talkshow Announcer (lady at desk)
  6. Talkshow Announcer (man at desk)
  7. Kuu Hizuri
  8. Lady from a morning news program (music industry representative)
  9. Kanae Kotonami (Kyoko's recollection)
  10. Unnamed man on talkshow
  11. Unnamed lady on talkshow
  12. Kuu Hizuri's bodyguard #1
  13. Member of Kuu Hizuri's entourage
  14. Kuu Hizuri's bodyguard #2
  15. Kuu Hizuri's bodyguard #3
  16. Takenori Sawara (phonecall)


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