August 10, 2015

Skip Beat! (2011)



“Based on the manga Skip Beat. High school graduate Gong Xi gives up her chances for university in order to support her childhood friend and romantic goal, Bu Po Shang, in his pop idol career. Upon arriving in Taipei, Gong Xi starts working on multiple jobs in order to support Bu Po Shang, whose popularity quickly rises, eventually becoming one of the top idols in Taiwan. One day, Gong Xi catches Bu Po Shang flirting with his manager, and learns that he only used her so she can help him with his living expenses. Heart-broken and betrayed, Gong Xi vows to get revenge by becoming a bigger star than him. Gong Xi auditions for L.M.E., Bu Po Shang’s rival talent agency, and joins L.M.E.’s new-found department “Love Me”. At L.M.E., Gong Xi meets famous actor Dun Helian, who eventually falls in love with her.”

Skip Beat!

Country: Taiwan
Type: Drama
Episodes: 15
Aired: Dec 18, 2011 to Apr 1, 2012
Aired On: Sunday
Network: GTV
Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.

I came across this drama by discovering a certain drama streaming place and looking through their popular dramas tab. I saw the cover and I was wondering how this adaptation would compare. I’ve never seen a Taiwanese drama and I must admit, it was a great experience. I was especially intrigued when I wondered how they would conclude the show since the manga has 200+ chapters, still ongoing and there is no romantic progress. The first episode was a little too silly for my taste, having our MC show off her insane biking skills by going faster than a car, a train, and superman. But my discontent completely dissipated when the two beautiful male specimens were introduced. Apparently they are both Korean had their voices dubbed. Something I was suspicious of at first but it was pretty well done so it didn’t bother me. I was surprised when I read up about it and found that there was indeed some dubbing done. I think due to having a lot of voiceovers, it kind of didn’t feel so obvious.

Setting aside the silliness, I think the characters and drama were well done. Things that seemed irrelevant in the manga actually tied in pretty well and made sense. I was actually quite pleased with how well it adapted every aspect of the story. I’ll have to check back with the manga content, but it feels like they didn’t take many liberties and followed the story to the letter. The source material is great as it is so it was nice seeing it coming to life. I was excited to see both the arc where she first takes part in the movie and shows her skills in a tea ceremony and seeing the music video arc. She was so beautiful in both and the scenes were well made. Shots

I think the acting was decent. Nothing too exceptional but it does take a sort of skill being an actor portraying an actual actor and undertaking different roles. A lot of the scenes tested their range and I think they all did pretty well, especially the actor that played Shang. Of course, if you’re just watching for bishies, this is definitely the show for you. It was very nice watching both male leads. They should be present at all times, in my opinion 😉 The other aspect of the show that I really liked was the OST. It was catchy and wasn’t out of touch with the emotions trying to be portrayed. I loved the opening song. I believe both the opening and closing songs were performed by the same group as both of the actors (k-pop group Super Junior).

In conclusion, I highly recommend this drama. I enjoyed it a lot. Each episode is around 1 hour and 10 minutes and there are 15 episodes in total. I spent this entire weekend marathoning it and my eyes are currently burning. It was a lot of fun so if you’re looking for a fun watch and can ignore the occasional silliness, then this is for you. If you are really passionate about the manga, I think you’ll be satisfied. Just be prepared for the ending since the manga hasn’t finished.

Avelys Rating: 4/5

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