Friday, November 28, 2008

Skip Beat: A Blend of Many Things

Currently finished: Episode 8

You may call it unique (in fact, I did in my previous post about this anime), but if you look at it from a different angle, it's actually a blend of many other well made animes. I pointed out in the initial post, it definitely has some similarity with Nana. As the story slowly unravel itself, you also find many borrowed elements from Glass Mask, Full Moon, and Kaleidostar.

While I'm not against stories borrowing elements from other stories, I'm not a big fan of it either. Skip Beat, however, did it in a very interesting way. It is like a big blender, that grabs many good things from many good show-biz animes, then makes them into a somewhat unique style of its own. Then throw in the occasion comedies and deformation scenes very much like Perfect Girl Evolution (a.k.a. The Wallflower, or Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge) to make it even more unique.

New Rating (out of 5): 4.25 (net gain: +0.25) ~ A Blend of Good Things

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