I honestly love this anime. I’m still trying to find the time to get started on the manga. I cannot fathom how much I love this anime. It has amazing plot, the characters are so real, and the character growth is strong. I watched this anime 4 times.
It’s starts off with a plain old girl who just wants to love. All she ever did was love Fuwa shotaro (her childhood friend). She loved him so much that she gave her life to him. She dropped out of high school just to move in with him to take care of things. She was such a fan of him too. She would literally work so hard to support him. She got all his records, all his posters, and all his merchandise. Sho was aspiring to be a pop star/actor. Sho was actually a good man at first but later on things changed. In my opinion, I think the fame got to him. Especially when he started treating the main character like she’s nothing. He started giving her less attention, communicating less, giving her orders/commanding her, not caring about her. It started to get sad really fast.
One day, main character was bringing a takeout from her job as an excuse to go see him at his office, and that’s where main character found out that Sho doesn’t like her anymore. In fact, not all. While eavesdropping Sho’s conversation with his manager in his office, he mentioned something about using her, that she wasn’t anything to him, and that she is flat chested so there is no possible way he could like her anyways. This struck a nerve in the main character. She sacrificed so much just to be with him. And all she get is dirt? At last, she got fed up and declared her revenge to this man and was kicked out of his office shortly after.
Kyoko is just a hardworking adult teenager who started off giving her life to the man she loved, Fuwa Shotaro. She works multiple jobs just to make a living; cooks, and clean for Sho just to stay by his side. She was so sensitive and cries a lot. When she was younger, she dealt with a narcissistic mother who only cared about perfect results. That really messed up her childhood. I don’t know perhaps that is why she is very sensitive but all she ever did was obey orders and do as she was told. After Sho’s betrayal, Kyoko changes her look and begins her new life with aspiring to enter the showbiz to actually pursue her revenge towards Sho just as she promised. Kyoko is my favorite character. She is very strong, hardworking, pretty, nice, also mean, and caring. In the first episode, it shows that a chests is being opened after Sho starts going hard on his opinion of her which ends up unlocking all keys that were locked. I believe what this is trying to portray is that Sho has unlocked her other side. Perhaps crazy side. After this transformation, she has become way more hardworking, a lot more vigilant, less sensitive, goal orientated, and tough. I love her new side. Her previous self was a lot more babyish and easy to be manipulated.
I hate this character the most. He is a self-absorbed, self-entitled, narcissistic, rude bastard. So much synonyms I could name this guy. The only thing he’s got going for him is his looks because his attitude and personality is trash. Girls love him because he’s a rock(/pop star?) star and pretends to be really nice. He started off being Kyoko’s childhood friend who offered kyoko to come with him to Tokyo so he could pursue his dreams. He later on betrays kyoko saying that all she is was a maid to him. He uses others as a stepping stone for his success. His rival is Ren Tsuruga. He tries everything in his power to surpass him.
As usual, Kyoko works many jobs to keep herself going and earn money. She moved out of the apartment that she used to live in with Sho and moved in to a room at noodle shop she works at. She begins by getting herself familiar with an opposing company to Sho’s to get started with her career. She works endlessly trying to persuade people to get an audition so people can see her act. She joins the love me section to work her way up from the bottom. After all, if she cant get exactly what she wants, so she might as well get get something. And that’s one of the reasons I liked about this anime. It didn’t just let her get what she wanted. It was so realistic. They showed how hard she had to work and how good her talent can get her. It even showed people who lost, people who had connections with others to get what they want, and people who trample over others to get what they want. It’s basically real life. If you wont push hard, then you can’t do it. If you live a life of luxury with lot of connections, there is a high chance you will get somewhere. And if you are nothing with hardly any skill, then you wont get anything.
This anime gives lessons. It kind of gives a glimpse on what it’s like to have a manipulative boyfriend, what it is like to be in the showbiz, and what it is like to grieve over someone. Also, what it is like to work hard and push forward to achieve success without trampling over others.
When kyoko got to audition to LME, she was rivaled against so many girls for one part of a commercial or some sort. It some short clip, I’m not really sure if it was some show. But she landed an audition. She ended up loosing but she is met with this other women she had to compete with where they later became friends. This other women ended up losing the audition as well and had to work at the Love me section to bring herself up.
It was so funny because Kyoko wanted her to be there with her so bad. She was so happy to finally have a friend who would be working with her. It didn’t matter that they were a little bit rivals, what matter was that someone else was in her position and that this someone else became her true friend.
I love Kanae too. She isn’t really like Kyoko but she is very truthful and honest. She is blunt and has a sharp tongue. Later on after losing LME audition, she and kyoko worked together at love me section to do minor jobs as a starting point for their career. Kanae didn’t really like Kyoko at first. I suppose it was because of her bubbly personality and her naivety that turned her away, but Kanae wasn’t for her. She tried avoiding her and kind of ignoring her so she can work on her own life. She later became fascinated with Kyoko’s skill and ambition and softened on her becoming good friends with her. It was very hard for Kanae to make friends too because of her blunt personality and sharp verbal expressions. She, too, found Kyoko to be a gem of a friend.
You know, I am definitely forgetting an important character in this anime. There is someone else who needs recognition. And that person is Ren. Kyoko had many reasons to not like Ren. Nothing that had to do with his personality or anything *cough* *cough*. Honestly Kyoko cannot keep guard down around Ren. He’s really nice but he has this fierce tiger personality that kind of messes with people. He isn’t self-centered or narcissistic or anything. He’s just kind of two faced sometimes. Not in a bad way, more like a bi-polar way. He is always teasing Kyoko, and he is in charge of giving Kyoko points for her progress in the Love Me Section.
Ren is a nice character. He is just as hardworking as Kyoko. He doesn’t really look or act the part, but he loves acting. He takes it very seriously and he devotes his all to his work. He has trouble finding partners and he has never been in love before. In fact, he has never had a kiss before either. He doesn’t understand love so when he started to develop feelings for Kyoko, he couldn’t understand it. It wasn’t just the age difference that confused him, it was also his heart and mentality that played a bigger role in that aspect. He enjoys teasing Kyoko and giving her low points for her remarks. He also was in charge of forming Kyoko into a good actor. He would give her advice sometimes and get disappointed when he hears how ambitious Kyoko is in acting just so she can get her revenge. He also has this lovely manager who is very nice; who tends to look after Ren when Ren is too busy to look after himself. Lot of people feel very conflicted about Ren because Ren does not trust people. He tends to be a bit hard on people in a nice way. He says something so hurtful in the most nicest and sweetest way possible. Basically he smiles and acts like what he is saying is coming out nice. Yet, what he says be dreadful if he said it exactly how really he felt. He’s very popular for his acting though. Girls like him not only for his looks but his personality. He acts like Shotaro except his isn’t an act. Ren IS nice. I feel like Sho copies Ren so he can try to surpass him.
Overall, this anime has a good ring too. I really loved Ren’s manager too. He was very nice. He was way more nice than Ren. He did everything as a manager to get Ren going everyday. He even entrusted some management to Kyoko. Where she worked hard to get everything Ren needs and look after him. I also think that Ren’s manager is his best friend. He’s probably the only person he could trust. Not fully of course, but more than anyone else. Manager is very professional with his words and tries to get Ren to push a little foward with Kyoko. Deep inside, you can tell that manager ships him and Kyoko together.
There was also this girl in the anime that I have completely forgotten. She was actually really important to the Kyoko’s character plot. She was honestly such a bully. I found her cute but very annoying sometimes. She would mess with people and she was very dark at first. She ended up loving Kyoko after Kyoko read a script during some class thing (I don’t really remember much what it was) which made her kind of understand the girls feelings towards her father. It was like she hated him and stuff but that wasn’t the case. Still though, the girl was very cute. She was just masking her personality under a dark presence. Also, I believe Kyoko could kind of relate to the little girl with her past. Kyoko grieves her mother even though she really loves her. I can see that Kyoko has a peculiar relationship with her mother.
Fast forwarding far into the anime, there is this episode (which is my favorite episode) where Kyoko kind of gets to avenge against Sho in his commercial. That episode had me on edge because Sho started become skeptical about Kyoko’s appearance. It was infuriating to know that Sho couldn’t even recognize her at first. I understand that Kyoko changed her hair and acts completely different than she used to, but that doesn’t mean her face changed. I was also a bit revealed to know that Kyoko could keep this act for a bit longer. She needed to achieve what she came for, so it’s best for her to be completely different than what Sho is used to.
Anyways, she volunteered to be the villain against Sho in the commercial. I loved it. She showed him that she can act way better than he thinks she can. She, along with this other girl, were supposed to be angels while Sho is the devil. So, one of the angels have to attack the devil. Right when Kyoko stepped out of her dressing room with full makeup and costume on, Shotaro’s mouth dropped. He has never seen Kyoko so beautiful. I just loved how she could rub it all in his face.
Kyoko was never able to wear makeup before and she never prettied her self up either. So anytime she chance she gets to make herself look nice, she takes it. And when she does, she looks absolutely amazing.
As good as Kyoko could act in the rest of the commercial, the particular part where Kyoko had to attack Sho was challenging. She had choked him once, almost hurt him another time, she couldn’t do it right. She just enjoyed having the upper hand. Luckily she was able to call her only friend, Kanae, to kind of give her some advice on how to get her act right. Her acting then flourished into something so beautiful that Sho couldn’t even think.
In conclusion, I love this anime and I hope a second season comes out. I will forward myself to the manga and expand my interest there.
I give this anime a 9.8.
9/10 characters (Sho kinda ruined it lel.)
10/10 character growth
Hopefully you’ll find this anime good too.