Ranked #259

Glass no Kamen (2005)

Alternative Titles

English: Glass Mask (2005)
Japanese: ガラスの仮面 (2005)


Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 29, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Unknown
Genres: Drama, Shoujo
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.241 (scored by 5,186 users)
Ranked: #2592
Popularity: #2157
Members: 14,174
Favorites: 259
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Two Girls. One Dream. And the entire world for a stage.

At 13 years old, Maya Kitajima seems destined to spend the rest of her life toiling in a crowded restaurant alongside her bitter and unstable mother. But when her incredible acting talent is discovered by the legendary diva Chigusa Tsukikage, Maya finds a new future filled with both golden opportunities and terrifying risks.

For Ayumi Himekawa, success has always been assured, yet she longs to be recognized for her own talents and skills, not her famous parents' connections.

For both, the ultimate prize is the role of The Crimson Goddess in the play of the same name, a part created by Chigusa. To achieve this goal, both Maya and Ayumi must seek out and conquer every acting challenge, pushing the limits of their talent and endurance to the utmost, until they are worthy of the part…

But for one to win, the other must fail!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kitajima, Maya
Kitajima, Maya
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Hayami, Masumi
Hayami, Masumi
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Himekawa, Ayumi
Himekawa, Ayumi
Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko
Tsukikage, Chigusa
Tsukikage, Chigusa
Fujita, Toshiko
Fujita, Toshiko


Hamatsu, Mamoru
Hamatsu, Mamoru
Miuchi, Suzue
Miuchi, Suzue
Original Creator
Terashima, Tamiya
Terashima, Tamiya
Hirayama, Satoshi
Hirayama, Satoshi
Character Design

More episodes Episodes(0/51)

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Opening Theme

#1: "Promise" by Candy (eps 1-26)
#2: "zero" by Ikuta Aiko (eps 27-51)

Ending Theme

#1: "Yasashii Sayonara" by Aina (eps 1-13)
#2: "Step One" by Sister Q (eps 14-26)
#3: "Sunao ni Narenakute (I Couldn't Become True)" by Splash Candy (eps 27-39)
#4: "Hello Hello ~another star~" by CORE OF SOUL (eps 40-51)

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Aug 23, 2008
Glass Mask doesn't have the following it deserves (which is a shame, it's practically an icon in Japan, older than Sailor Moon and even references to "Mr. Purple Rose" or characters can be found in newer material such as Skip Beat). Started in the 70s or 80s, the manga after a hiatus is only just nearing completion at over 40 volumes. It's an epic romance with the drive of a young girl, starting at the age of 12 as she embarks on the journey to become an actress and grows up over the y...ears. If you like characters who follow after a dream at all read more
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Apr 18, 2008
I know this is grave digging, but After having discovered the Glass Mask manga, and then this anime, I was suprised how superb they were. The newest version updates the style of the characters, but it still follows the manga fairley closely.

THIS is the kind of shoujo I want to watch, much, much better than the typical shoujo we get these days. The characters are all engrossing and interesting, even all the supporting characters are well fleshed out and with an interesting and realistic story. If anyone hasn't seen this I strongly reccomend watching the manga, and then watching the anime.
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Jun 24, 2015
Glass no Kamen is a shoujo manga written by Miuchi Suzue starting in the mid 70s and still going. The series has had two anime adaptations. The first was done by Eiken in 1984 the second was done by TMS Entertainment and ran from April of 2005 to March of 2006. We're going to be looking at the TMS Entertainment version because I was specifically asked to look at that one. The Gent in question provided a link and everything.


Kitajima Maya has always been a normal girl. She works after school to help pay for her and her mother's room and board. She read more
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Oct 30, 2009
This is my first review, so I hope it's helpful!

Anway, I was expecting this anime to be really rubbish at first and I was pleasantly surprised at how addicting it was.

Story 9/10

To be honest, I thought this was a good exmaple of your run-of-the-mill reaching for your dream scenarios. I thought that watching Maya start off from the very beginning give you this warm fuzzy feeling when you watch her do so well. You follow her journey from the complete beginning and so you gradually begin to know her character a lot better as you progress through the story. the story starts when she's read more
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In both the main characters are teenage girls who work hard in order to make their dreams come true. In "Glass Mask" Maya wants to be an actress and in "Full Moon" Mitsuki wants to be a singer. Both are Shoujo and also contain romance (of course) 
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Both are about girls who have a hidden talent(Maya's acting talent in Glass Mask and Judy's writing). Both have a benifactor looking out for them(Masumi Hayami in Glass Mask and Jervis Pendleton in Daddy Long Legs). Both captivate the heart. 
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