Similar to how Naruto is called THE shounen anime, Skip Beat! is frequently referred to AS THE shoujo anime. Many of us were introduced to the respective genres through these anime and now use them as a rite of passage for our friends who are new to anime. They aren’t necessarily the best or most representative of their respective genres.
When the lover she worked so hard for betrays her, Skip Beat tells the revenge story of Kyouko Mogami. She enters the entertainment industry in a move reminiscent of every chick flick ever made in order to step on his dreams. This anime has a lot of shoujo-style elements, but it also does something new. There isn’t a horde of men swarming around her. She isn’t a helpless princess in need of a prince charming either.
Kyouko insists on doing things his way, and she’ll see to it that he doesn’t get caught. In spite of the fact that she receives assistance along the way, it is her own hard work and determination that ultimately gets her to the point where she ends up in the anime. Only anime with a strong female role model will be considered for inclusion on this list.
How can something like Skip Beat possibly compete with such a legendary show? So, fingers crossed for these six! We’re counting down the 6 Anime That Look Like Skip Beat, so join us!
1. Kaichou wa Maid-sama (Maid Sama)
There are a total of 26 episodes.
aired from April to September of last year
President Misaki Ayuzawa is a first-generation college student who attended a co-ed school after graduating from an all boys school. Having to deal with a predominantly male clientele isn’t the most enjoyable of jobs, especially when they try to trample you under their testosterone. The Demon President, on the other hand, uses Akido techniques to keep the demons under her control. Misaki, on the other hand, is hiding something. She has to work part-time at a maid cafe to help support her family’s low income. When cute-boy Takumi Usui walks in on her while she’s working, her double life is quickly shattered. Instead of telling her the truth, he decides to blackmail her in order to gain her trust and be more intimate with him.
Both Kyouko and Misaki are strong female protagonists who take charge most of the time, but both also have weak points. They also have a tendency to get into mischief with a specific guy simply because they despise him. There are also two dullards who have no idea that the person they’ve been waiting for is standing right next to them.
There have been 25 episodes released so far.
Broadcast from October 2008 to March 2009
If you ask around, Ryuuji Takasu is a troublemaker who goes around scaring people with his ghastly visage, while Taiga Aisaka is the school’s adorable mascot. Ryuuji is a kind soul who helps around the house and looks after his single mother when she’s overworked, while Taiga is a feisty hot-head who goes around attacking people with his wooden katana, despite their similar looks and personalities. There’s a pact formed when they learn that the other person has a crush on one of their best friends. Is there anything that could possibly go wrong?
Even though Toradora! and Skip Beat aren’t thematically similar, they are of a rare romance anime genre. Both portray romance in real life as closely as possible, and most of the time, you can tell that the characters would act the same way if put in the same situation. Though there will be bumps in the road, it will all work out in the end.
3. Nodame Cantabile
In total, there are 23 episodes.
shown between January and June of this year
Japanese musician Shinichi Chiaki is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming artists in the country. He’s a world-class musician who strives for perfection every day. He hopes to perform on European stages someday and show the world what he’s got. Because he’s terrified of flying, he’s currently stranded in Japan.
Megumi Noda is a hapless piano student who fails miserably in every attempt to manage her life’s affairs. Most of the time, she has no idea what she wants to do and ends up performing the theme song to a children’s television show instead. The first time they meet, he’s irritated by her behavior. However, as soon as he hears her perform, he is smitten by her talent. This does not alter the fact that Chiaki does not wish to have her as a neighbor or to have her fall in love with him!
Megumi and Shinichi have a chemistry that is strikingly similar to that of Kyouko and Ren. The airheads Megumi and Kyouko are have a scatterbrained sense of direction. Ren and Shinichi are talented artists who have the misfortune of being saddled with their respective girlfriends who make their lives miserable. But what could be more effective at thawing a frozen heart?
4. Kimi ni Todoke (Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You)
There have been 25 episodes released so far.
Broadcast from October 2009 until March 2010 on NBC.
What are your thoughts on the film “The Ring”? You know that creepy central character who crawled out of the well and scared the crap out of everyone who saw it back then? Kuronuma Sawako’s classmates do remember her, which is a problem. In spite of her best efforts, she is frequently mistaken for a serial killer due to her similarity to the girl from “The Ring,” prompting her classmates to nick name her Sadako.
Sawako, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up. Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular student in the class, is well-known for being both friendly and charming, and she makes an effort to befriend him. When he starts responding to her advances, she thinks she might have a chance at friendship and even more.
This is the show for you if you liked Skip Beat’s Shoujo-ness and want more of it. There aren’t many elements that are the same, just the obvious ones like romance and a likeable male and female lead in a romantic relationship. If you liked Skip Beat, you won’t want to miss this because of how realistic the romance is in both shows and how Shoujo they are in their execution.
5. Special A
There are a total of 24 episodes.
From April to September 2008, the show was on the air.
It was through their fathers in pro wrestling that Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takishima first came face to face at the tender age of six. She thought she was the best, so she challenged Kei to a fight, which he easily won. As a result, she hasn’t been able to beat him in anything since, including academics and seemingly unrelated sports like pole vaulting and fishing. She’s enrolled in the same prestigious school he did in an attempt to gain an advantage over him.
Hakusenkan takes its students’ rankings very seriously, awarding the Special A designation to a select few of the top achievers in the school. If they keep up their grades, this gives them advantages and benefits that other students do not have. Hikari, who is currently ranked second, is determined to overtake Kei, who currently holds the top spot. She’ll keep trying despite his feelings for her, because she doesn’t know he likes her.
If Kyouko’s boyish, dense, and stubborn personality appealed to you, you’ll enjoy Hikari because she shares many of the same traits. In the same way that Kyouko doesn’t realize Ren loves her, she does everything in her power to excel and finally defeat him. Even though Ren and Kei will do everything in their power to look after their daughters, it isn’t an easy task…
6. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
There are a total of 24 episodes.
Shown from October 2014 until March 2015 on the following channels:
When it comes to princess life, Princess Yona has it pretty good. She’s enthroned in a decadent palace and enjoys luxury the likes of which most of us will never know in our lifetime. When her cousin Su-Won betrays her family by stabbing the King, everything comes crashing down.
While on the run from the castle with her childhood friend Son Hak, Yona discovers that her homeland isn’t as idyllic as she had hoped it would be. Kouka paints a bleak picture of her life, rife with poverty and corruption, one that she almost seems unwilling to acknowledge. With only a childhood friend by her side, she has no choice but to put everything she has into reestablishing her country, or risk her life doing so.
Despite their apparent differences, the two shows have a lot in common. Both Yona and Kyouko begin their stories with a romantic interest they adore who betrays them in the most heinous way. They are then compelled to evolve from obnoxious snobs to fully developed women. They’ll also run into someone else’s love interest, who they don’t like at first but end up liking.
So, with that in mind, sit back and enjoy the show.
For many years to come, Skip Beat! will be remembered as a classic of the anime and shounen genres. Because of how well-known Skip Beat! is in the Shoujo genre, when someone is first introduced to it, he or she is likely to watch that series first. Now is a good time to start watching something similar if you’ve watched Skip Beat! but haven’t done so in the past. There’s a long list waiting for you.