Well yeah Skip Beat. *cough* I think I mentioned somewhere I’ve read manga where pretty much nothing happens. Skip Beat is such a manga. I don’t think it’s bad, it’s just incredible boring to wait for new chapters, because nothing really happens in one chapter. If you read everything in a row, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be that bad, but to wait 2 weeks for every chapter… that’s … bleh.
What about chapter 171? Well, actually I wanted to write something about chapter 170, but it seems like I was too slow and chapter 171 is better to talk about anyway. While I was reading 170, I thought: “Woah, finally! She’s falling in love with Ren!” It’s actually pretty interesting many fans thought she was realizing she’s in love with Ren, while she’s not – she’s only falling in love with him at this point. Yes, this manga needed 170 chapters for it’s main character to make it’s female protagonist fall in love with the male lead. Considering it was pretty much doomed to happen since chapter 1… that was pretty slow. At least Ren has fallen in love with her much earlier and realized it ealier, too. Thanks Ren.
So, back to Kyoko, let me explain why she doesn’t just realize she’s in love with him: In the second box, that has never been mentioned until now (thanks Yakamura Yoshiki, great storytelling here…) btw, is her locked up love. Meaning: the more locks are removed, the closer she comes to open up her heart for the feeling of love again, or in other words, the closer she comes to fall in love. And this means, she’s not in love yet. The box needs to be opened for her to fall in love and Ren is pretty close to opening it, the last lock has already been unlocked, but not removed yet, so from my point of view, she’s not in love with Ren yet. She only noticed she’s really close to falling in love, because she likes him a lot and he managed to gain a very special place in her heart.
Now to chapter 171… yeah… so he alread did managed to open up the second box once, but she just closed it up again, because she was afraid to fall in love. Again: great storytelling here. Thanks Yakamura Yoshiki for not telling us anything back then. I hate stuff like this, it seems to come out of nowhere and really gives the impression that the manga-ka just had the idea like… last night and squeezed it into the story while trying to make it seem it belonged there all the time. Arg. -_- Well, whatever, so what’s happening now?
I’m actually impressed. She doesn’t seem to deny the fact that she’s falling in love with Ren. Looking back at chapter 170 and the beginning of chapter 171 I would’ve bet we’ll have to go throught the denial-phase before she completely falls in love with Ren and realizes it, only to try to push it off of her again after the realization. No, we’re skipping the denial- and realization-phase and move on to “push it away” right away! The manga is moving foward faster than I expected here. Nevertheless, I think this phase can be streched from Earth to Venus and back, so I don’t expect anything romantic to happen anytime soon. Probably next year or so. If we’re fast.
I mean: she’s trying to hate Ren, doesn’t she? At least this is what it looks to me and violent phase it over, too…? Probably. While realization is a step foward (I’m so proud Kyoko), the method she wants to use now is a huge step backwards. Thinking back to Sho, this is exactly what she did with him: she started to hate him in order to be able to lock away her love for him. Well, to me it looks like she wants to repeat the same thing with Ren and this could turn into something very tiresome for us readers. *facepalm* Really, Ren, she doesn’t deserve you. I can already see the poor guy suffering again because of Kyoko. I actually feel seriously sorry for him, because he fell in love with Kyoko. If she really wants to turn her feeling of love into hatred… well, let’s just say this is evil, heartless and cruel and Ren will have to go through a lot of pain again and we will see him act overly careful again. Damn it. >.<
As for the rest of the chapter… the transformation into a beauty was to be expected. No surprises here, really. Kyoko shows her beautiful side and everyone it totally in awe, altough her natural look actually suits her much better and the hairstyle makes her look like some sort of second rate diva. She’s naturally so beautiful, why did you have to destory this to show us a “mature” Kyoko? Her Natsu-character is really awesome and beautiful without looking totally ugly. Spare me, just give me back the natural beauty Kyoko has. D:
Just a note while we’re at it: It’s quite impressive after so many chapters our dear manga-ka still has no clue about human anatomy. Good Lord, get a doll to help you or something, but the drawings are still ugly from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, it was much worse in the early chapters, but I can’t believe the anatomy is still messed up after so many years of drawing this manga.