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Mogami Kyoko is the childhood friend of superstar singer Fuwa Sho. Kyoko was so deeply in love with Sho that she followed him to the city on his quest to become a famous singer, abandoning her own life for his. But she soon realizes Sho was only using her as his personal maid to take care of household chores and pay for rent. Heart-broken, Kyoko won`t suffer in silence--she`s going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

After getting into LME talent agency, and meeting Tsuruga Ren, the most famous acting star in the country, as well as Sho`s rival, Kyoko soon finds her own passion for acting. But, what will Sho think when he sees her again? And what of Ren, who starts to develop intimate feelings for Kyoko...?

A funny and entertaining story of an absolutely clueless girl trying to make it in showbiz, and the mysterious pasts of the people around her.

By Yoshiki Nakamura (Skip Beat)

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Kyoko Mogami
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (drama CD), Marina Inoue (anime)
Rather than stay home and attend High School is Kyoto, Kyoko travels with her childhood friend Sho Fuwa to Tokyo to help him become a pop star. When she finds he only invited her so she could keep house her heart and innocence is shattered. Seemingly more vengeful than depressed, she swears to avenge herself. Sho comments the only way to do this would be to beat him in show business, so that's what she decides to do. She changes her clothes and hair style and begins the task of applying to Sho's rival company, L.M.E, but while her audition stood out, the president of the company realized that she lacked the key point needed to become an idol: love, as without genuine love for this profession and for the audience, she cannot make it far in this world. However, despite her failure, she had such an interesting and impressionable audition (she did katsura-muki as her talent portion) that Kyoko is given a second chance. The L.M.E. "Love Me" section is thus founded. Lory makes a deal with Kyoko that if she whole-heartedly completes all the jobs given to her as a love-me employee to the client's satisfaction (which is determined by how many points they stamp onto her record book), by the end of certain period of time, when she has accumulated enough points, she will be given a grand debut. Thus begins her journey into the show business world.

As an actress, Kyoko is unrefined but creative and spontaneous, able to impress talent scouts with her unique talents and improvisations. In her earlier jobs, she utilizes the skills she learned from working in an inn in Kyoto Prefecture (like cooking, walking "properly," and performing a traditional tea ceremony) to act the part of a wealthy, cultured lady. Though passionate and hot-tempered, Kyoko is able to show an impressive professionalism and discipline when it comes to acting, even to the point of putting the job before injury. When forced to perform a tea ceremony in a movie scene with Ren, she is able to keep a serene face and act her part while kneeling on a badly sprained ankle. Yet despite the pain, she refuses to get up or stop until she has completed her job. Because of this, the director and everyone else was incredibly awed by her determination and strength. Later on, Shuuhei (Kuu), Ren's father, referred to her as the "scary kind of actress," meaning no one knows her true potential or the limit of what she can achieve in the future. Her debut was for a soft drink commercial and her first major role was as Mio, the antagonist in the television drama Dark Moon.

When she is in her room in "Darumaya" she is often seen explaining how she would exact revenge on the two men that make her life miserable to a large poster of Shotaro and a small photo of Ren, the latter of which increasingly becomes larger as the story progresses (the size of the picture reflects her level of hatred towards the person on it). She also carries with her various voodoo dolls of Ren and Sho, which she uses to vent her anger and perform curses. The dolls, incredible in the attention to detail, are handmade by Kyoko. They feature Sho and Ren in various state of fear, distress and submission.

She becomes a regular in a show wearing a chicken suit for the character "Bo". She assumes this character on serveral occasions to bond with Ren, because he is too scary to approach in person, or to find out why he is distressed. She likes to cling to Kanae and calls her "Moko" (it is seen in volume four of the manga that every girl hated Kyoko for her familiarity with Shou). Kyoko never liked to drink soda (even as a child) but she made herself drink it for an important commercial audition. Kyoko seems to have a bad relationship with her parents. Her mother, Saena, was a strict and emotionally distant parent who eventually left her with the Fuwa family when Kyoko was still very young. The effects of Kyoko's difficult childhood can be seen throughout the series, particularly in her acting. For example, when Kyoko was acting with Maria, she stated that parents that despise their children really do exist. Kyoko's father is presumed dead.

Kyoko might have a slight crush on Ren, but she mistakes it for admiration sometimes and even denies it since she "couldn't possibly let herself fall in love again". After seeing the certain scene where "Katsuki" (played by Ren) is looking at the girl he loves in the play, Kyoko remembers the smile (he has shown it for her a couple of times before) and comes to the conclusion that Ren might not hate her or dislike her, as she thought before. She shows deep respect for Ren and admires him a lot, and even denies that she is not at the same level as him, when two girls is discussing it. It is shown that Kyoko does not know that Ren might be "corn" her "fairy-prince" like guy. Recently, she was the caretaker for Kuu (aka Shuhei), an actor who played in the previous version of the drama "Dark Moon". He is also Ren's father, although Kyoko does not know this.

Kyoko has a particular fondness for cosmetics, fairy tales and anything magical. However being betrayed by Sho has left her cynical, especially about love. It seems that Kyoko's birthday is on December 25, as Ren gave Kyoko a rose saying "Happy Birthday" as the clock struck 12:00 a.m. at Maria's birthday party (whose birthday is the 24th).

Ren Tsuruga
Voiced by: Ken Narita (drama CD), Katsuyuki Konishi (anime)
Ren is, in outward appearances, an extremely nice and polite star. However, he shows his true self whenever he deals with Kyoko. Although at times teasing, he harbors a love for Kyoko. For example, he does not allow himself to be near her alone sometimes, because the urge to hold her is increasing. (in volume twelve, when Kyoko falls, after trying to get a pot from the cabinet, and instead of getting her head and butt hurt, Ren puts his hand in front of both parts, and hugs her despite himself). He has also hugged her after that (act 98-99 Reino, Kyoko's stalker, tells her that "Corn" might be dead and she starts crying; not wanting to see Kyoko cry and as a result of another one of his urges he holds her tight and tells her that Corn is fine.He tells her this because he is infact "Corn", but Kyoko does not know this.) He also hates Sho Fuwa, because of his jealousy. (Note:If you refer to vol.14 act.82 he also doesn't like to hear Sho Fuwa's name.) As the story progresses, flashbacks reveal a past with Kyoko, however, she is still unaware of this. She cannot reconcile the sweet "fairy-prince Corn" with Ren's current personality. Ren is deeply in love with Kyoko, and more people know about it now, including his father, because President Takarada told him.

(Note* Kuon, or "Corn's," name seems to be similar to the fairy-prince Cornelius from Thumbelina. This speculation has yet to be confirmed to be on purpose or to be completely coincidental.)

Interestingly, at the age of twenty, Ren has lived a large portion of his life in America. In fact, he began his acting career in the United States albeit disastrously. Although he gained experience, he was fired so often that he has lost count in contrast to the staunch and disciplined actor he is today. Fortunately, his past in America is unknown to the public as Ren Tsuruga is only a stage name. He is the son of a famous actor named Kuu and his mother's name is Julie. Although there are hints of a dark past, his earlier years are shrouded in mystery. However, recent chapters show that his name is really Kuon Hizuri.

Shotaro Fuwa
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Kanna (drama CD), Mamoru Miyano (anime)
He is a typical stuck-up star, and is also very ruthless. Sho had no qualms about tricking Kyoko into going with him to Tokyo so she could be a free servant for him. He also had even less qualms about being extremely cruel to her when she discovered this. Sho eventually figured out that Kyoko was in L.M.E., and was surprised to see her transformation. It is also revealed that he has more feelings for her than he originally thought, though most of these lean toward a general possessiveness for Kyoko, who had been his constant companion and servant since childhood. Further on in the series though, we see Sho beginning to show a kinder side to her and hints at him having real feelings as opposed to just possessive feelings. Sho thinks of Ren as his rival and is extremely petty at times when they meet, even going as far as to pick a fight with him. Sho is a big flirt and at the same time he can also be very shallow. Sho likes women with big breasts and oozing pheromones, but he prefers older women. Once Sho has fallen for Kyoko he gets very angry in act. 91 after realizing something. Sho Fuwa has hated Ren Tsuruga for a long time since he is the coolest guy in Show Biz, and wants to steal all his fans and "The Coolest Male Celebrity" title from him. If you refer to act.62 you see that Sho Fuwa thought that there was no way Ren Tsuruga would take Kyoko seriously, even though that's not true. So once he finds out that Ren Tsuruga is actually in love with Kyoko(act.91 and confirmed in act.94.) he gets really mad.

Kanae Kotonami
Voiced by: Yukiko Tagami (drama CD), Risa Hayamizu (anime)
Kotonami's character, at first glance, looks like she was being set up to be the villain to Kyoko's angel, but as with all of the female characters in this series, Kanae is much nicer than she appears. While there was fur flying about at the beginning, both girls have a need for a true friend, and ultimately find that in each other (albeit reluctantly on Kanae's part and too willingly on Kyoko's part. After their tag-team effort in winning an audition for a commercial, the two becomes best friends. Kyoko likes to call her "Moko"). Despite some differences in their personality, both girls recognize that they are in fact very similar, most notably their desperate determination to reach the top of the show-biz pyramid. Both coming from a poor family, they both strive endlessly to achieve their dreams. This, they recognize in each other, thus leading them to become friends. They are both incredible actresses with a great deal of respect for each other's talents. Kanae desperately wanted to be a star and was at the same audition as Kyoko, but although she did better than Kyoko, she also failed. She became the second member of Love Me, and has used that to her advantage. Kanae puts up a strong front, but is very self-conscious and is prone to self doubt. It is later revealed that Kotonami has problem dealing with kids, stemming from the fact that she comes from a large family with an obscenely large amount of younger nieces, nephews, and siblings. Although her attitude towards Kyoko may seem aloof at times, it is clear that she values their friendship, as she reluctantly shares her secret with Kyoko when she fears her unwillingness to share her troubles might drive Kyoko away.

Yukihito Yashiro
Voiced by: Masahito Kawanago (anime)
He is Ren's persistent manager. When first seen he is serious and all about work, later on we see that he is actually not that serious and is used for comic relef. At first when he met Kyoko, he noticed Ren didn't seem to like her much. However as he begins to see Ren's love for her, Yashiro shows his support. He even goes to the extent as to try to get Ren and Kyoko alone together so Ren can make a move. And telling Kyoko the truth(Act.57, during the acting test when Kyoko got stuck,Yashiro tells Kyoko how Ren is in love with her. But Kyoko was lost in thought when he said it and didn't hear him.) He must use latex gloves when handling any electronics, including his own cell phone, because any electronic device that he touches directly will soon be rendered broken and useless. In particular, he has mentioned that a cell phone will die after about 10 seconds of direct exposure to his skin. (On at least one occasion, Yashiro attempted to coerce Ren into telling him a secret of sorts by holding Ren's own cell phone, which contains many online dictionaries that Ren uses to understand some less familiar words in scripts, in his bare hand.) Kyoko has theorized that Yashiro naturally transmits strong electric waves. He seems to be an extremely dedicated manager, as he has much, if not all, of Ren's schedule planned out about one year in advance. (Kyoko learns this when she briefly took over for him as Ren's manager when he was too ill to work.) In an extra strip in volume 11, it is revealed that the main reason Ren has never been late to a job, despite the crowds of fans that appear nearly everywhere he goes and clearly wish to mob him, is that Yashiro can be pretty dang scary when it comes to his charge, and can stop even the most fervid fans in their tracks with a mere cold glance. He also doesn't know how to drive, which is why Ren is always seen doing the driving.

Lory Takarada (Rori Takarada)
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (drama CD)
He is the president of L.M.E, and is very showy. He is one of the first people to recognize Kyoko's promise of being a great star, and created the "Love Me" section because of this. Lory has a very deep voice, and often has a huge entourage with him to create the world's greatest and sometimes strangest entrances. He also has a granddaughter, Maria, who idolizes Kyoko. He also knows that Ren is really Kuon Hizuri, a secret everyone else doesn't know about except for himself, Ren, and Ren's family. If you refer to act.78, you see that President Takarada now knows that Ren is in love with Kyoko.

Takenori Sawara
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Kono (drama CD)
He's a part of L.M.E. and was tormented by Kyoko into getting her into an audition. He's actually very supportive, despite Kyoko's penchant for tripping her own idol career up.

Maria Takarada
Maria is the granddaughter of the president of L.M.E. and used to use her cute appearance to get people's sympathy. She did so before Kyoko's audition, however Kyoko recognized this, and called her out on it. While some people would be angry at Kyoko, Maria began to idolize her, and views her as an ultimate big sister. Maria also suffered from a huge guilt complex from her believing that she is the cause of her mother's death. As a result, Maria was unable to talk or even be around her father, since she thought that he hated her. Kyoko managed to make Maria understand that her father didn't hate her, or think that Maria caused her mother's death. Maria also loves to dabble with black magic (along with Kyoko's side) and also has a large crush on Ren Tsuruga.

Kyoko's Demons
Kyoko's demons were always with her, however they were kept at bay by her extreme love and devotion to Sho. When Sho's true impression of her comes to light, so do her demons. The demons often scare everyone around her, which Kyoko uses to her benefit. They also help keep Kyoko's drive going, as she sometimes questions her motives for stardom. Most of the time, the demons are held back by Kyoko's remaining pure feelings whenever the "pure Kyoko" feels that the anger is getting out of line. The demons give Kyoko a dark aura that is frightening to passersby. She has also used them as kanashibari to trap Kanae Kotonami.

Shoko Aki
Shoko Aki is Sho Fuwa's manager. Since he and Kyoko spilt he's been living at her place. Actually he was already living at her place most of the time even when he was still living with Kyoko. Though Shoko and Kyoko actually get along okay. He also constantly flirts with her. Shoko Aki herself wanted to become an actress, but decided she didn't have the talent for it.(act.85.) But she still wanted work that was connected with Show Biz, and got a good job as a manager. She also notices that Sho has fallen for Kyoko.


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