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Violence Mission, Phase 9.5
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Character/s in the cover Ren Tsuruga and 16 year-old Kuon Hizuri
Volume 28
Arc Violence Mission arc
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Violence Mission, Phase 9.5 is the 166th chapter of the Skip Beat! manga series.


Ren is locked in the traumatic memory of his worst day as Kuon. Frozen and welcoming death, only one person has the warmth to bring him out of it.

Chapter Summary

Kazutoyo gets Kyoko to let him in past the crowd barrier. She apologizes for leaving theBox "R" set, but he's all understanding and eager curiosity.

Ogata is calling for an ambulance and canceling the rest of the day's filming. Kyoko rushes back to Ogata, and is allowed to crouch next to the car and try to interact with Ren, who remains unresponsive. Ogata wants to get him to a hospital.

In Ren's mind we return to the flashback with Kuon standing over the body of the bloody Rick. He is being cradled in the blonde woman's arms and she is telling Kuon that she'll never forgive him. She claims Rick wouldn't have been hurt if Kuon hadn't been there, if Rick hasn't gotten involved with him.

"If he'd never met you, Rick wouldn't have died. You murderer! Why don't you die instead of Rick? Murderer!"[1]

Grief-stricken and in shock, Kuon agrees with the deal. He'll gladly die if it means Rick will be alive again, if it's what Rick wants. He becomes surrounded by Rick's blood again and everything is dark as it covers Kuon's entire body.

Unexpectedly, Kuon's right hand becomes lighter. The blood drips off of it. Kuon's mouth opens in surprise and the blood continues to drip off from his right arm, all beginning with his hand. Mental angusih and the past blend with the present and Kuon's non-bloody hand is clasped in two feminine ones. Kuon's arm is completely without blood, and the arms on the person holding his hand look like a familiar school uniform. In fact, Kuon can see the whole uniform and above the button collar, resting against the collarbone, is the Princess Rosa necklace.

Kuon can see Kyoko clearly now, her expression sad and looking down at their hands. She looks up and her mouth drops open in surprise. She calls Ren's name. "Are you alright?!"

There's a murmur of voices. Behind Kyoko, Yashiro and two Dark Moon crew members are staring at Ren. He's turned his head and is clearly focused on Kyoko.

"Can you hear me?" Kyoko asks.[2]

For a moment there's nothing, and then Ren smiles. "Mmm... I can hear you just fine." [3]

More crew are rushing over, one with a first aid kit.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Characters in Order of Appearance
  1. Kyoko Mogami
  2. Kazutoyo Anna
  3. civilian crowd
  4. Hiroaki Ogata
  5. Dark Moon crew
  6. Ren Tsuruga / Kuon Hizuri
  7. Tina (flashback only)
  8. Rick (flashback only)
  9. Yukihito Yashiro


  1. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 edition)" Volume 28, Chapter 166, Pages 62-23
  2. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 edition)" Volume 28, Chapter 166, Page 75
  3. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 edition)" Volume 28, Chapter 166, Pages 77-78


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