English: Glass Mask (2005)
Japanese: ガラスの仮面 (2005)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 29, 2006
25 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.291 (scored by 3922 users)
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SynopsisTwo 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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Glass no Kamen
Alternative version: Glass no Kamen, Glass no Kamen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Shoujo
Other: Glass no Kamen Desu ga
Characters & Voice Actors
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 costs, than you will find this series empowering and crave more of seeing Maya overcome all sorts of trials. If not, you may simply enjoy it for the romance aspect which is at first subtle and grows more over time.
Even without those, I'm always fascinated by the stage plays throughout the stories.... some very well known such as Little Woman, Hellen Keller in the Miracle Worker, the Prince and the Pauper, Midsummer's Night Dream, or ones I've never heard of that make me very interested in... almost as if I'm sitting in the audience and watching Maya act this plays for real. It always feels new and fresh and I love seeing Maya when she finally discovers her role, or her perspectives of the role. It truly is like putting on a mask, she lives that character's life.
The 2005 anime has taken liberties with the art style and characters, and though I'm sad (I fell in love with the mangaka's style even though it initially turned me off in the beginning), I think it was a good call. The characters look more familiar to modern-day anime watchers and their updated looks still pleasing. There's nothing fancy or awe-inspiring about the artwork of the anime, but then it's not that kind of anime and doesn't need to be. It's the story and characters that drive the story.
We're all familiar with the clumsy girl character who isn't good at anything, but I find something especially endearing about Maya's character. From a poor background, she's been brought up being called useless even by her own mother. The dramas on TV and a glimpses at the theatre wipes everything else from her mind and she becomes quite oblivious to all else. A natural genius for acting, she can recite a 2 hour play she watched once but can't recall one rule in math. I think it's very easy to get attached to her character. She's childish but you see her mature too and her devotion to acting is wonderful if sometimes heart-breaking.
Ayumi is the princess of the story, the complete opposite of Maya and good at whatever she does... prestigious background, actress since she was five, top of school, singing, dancing... a born prodigy and utter beauty. Perhaps you want or expect to hate her at first but I grew to love her just as much as Maya. Her love of acting and recognition of Maya's talents drives her to mprove herself, no matter the hell she puts her body through. And no matter how high in the limelight she gets, or how derisive the media or people are towards Maya, she cherishes Maya as her only Rival. The bond these two form through their acting careers... not even spending all that much time together, is especially amazing to me. I love the idea of rivals that pushes each other up instead of down, who hold each other in such high regard. I love the times when Maya and Ayumi actually meet or even get to act together.
This is a story that can hook you into it. No matter how long this series is, I'm never bored. No number of episodes is ever enough. I got two friends to watch and love it with a marathon sleepover (one who didn't expect much at all and ended up squealing throughout it), and I hope others will similarly give this anime a try. It doesn't deserve being forgotten or bypassed. I've made two recommendations for other animes, and in the reverse, if you liked anime such as Hikaru no Go and Kaleido Star you will definitely like this one. read more
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.
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 roughly 13 and spans across a 5 year span (I think). taking into fact that this manga was actually written roughly 3 decades ago does prove that it is one of your classic plots. It's quite a romantic plot as well, which is quite a bonus for a someone like me.
being quite a modern perosn now, I'm always expecting the kind of anime art you see in some of CLAMP's work or looking a lot more modern than the large, starry eyed characters in the past. Again, I was pleased that the anime wasn't too old fashioned in their art approach to the anime and it was actually quite pleasing to look at. It wasn't the 'in-your-face' kinda of art, but more soft and pleasant (which I liked)
Well, the opening and ending themes were pretty cool and the pieces of music throughout the anime was pretty good. I did think that some of the music was a little but...over-the-top? I'm not sure why...but it was good all the same :)
Again, I thought this aspect was well brought out through the anime and there were times when you could really feel what the characters were going through. I found myself on serveral occassions crying along with the characters and yelling at the screen at the character's stupidity and naivety. I suppose, it's great in the sense that it can play with your emotions. However, I did think that some of the charactersation was a little cliched for example, cold and evil looking persona on the outside with a squishy kind loving heart inside. Doesn't that remind you of Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (for you Austen fans!) or Ituko from Shugo Chara!
I really enjoyed it and although it ended on a major cliffhanger (very annoyed) I thought it was a wonderful anime with emphasis on that you can do anything as long as you have passion for it and are willing to do anything to get where you want to be.
I thought that it lacked something... I'm not sure what it is. Maybe I was just a little disappointed at the end or a little disappointed at how they changed the manga a little bit more than I had anticipated. They cut out some major important bits (like a few kisses here and there, which is really annoying). But apart from that, enjoyable and well worth watching!
Both main characters go into show business and have to over come many challenges in order to act well. They both have trouble finding out how to act out characters as well.
the protagonist trying to make it as an actress + the development of the relationship with an older guy, big name of the industry
both are shoujo anime with an actress. Glass Mask is better though :D
Both anime's are about the acting industry with a powerful elusive male helping to push them to their dream. Skip Beat has more comedy while Glass Mask is more dramatic, but the story line of them trying to reach for the top and their natural talent is very similiar. If you love one, you'll probably love the other.
They both are focused around becoming famous actresses- and for the most part have similar motives for wanting to act. 1) they want to prove someone wrong and 2) because they find a passion for it. The actresses also have a 'relationship' for an older man, which in both cases the male character has conflicting emotions about how he should go about their 'relationship'. Although Glass mask is more on the dramatic theatrics where as Skip Beat! is more of a comical anime, if you like one of them, you are sure to like the other. :)
Both are about two great actors and later falls in love with one of their mentors. Maya in glass mask is a genius at acting while Kyoko from skip beat has some hidden/unknown ability to act. Ren from Skip beat and Masumi from glass mask resembles each other too xD. Glask mask is more dramatic while skip beat has more comedy.
Both female protagonists, Kyoko from Skip Beat and Maya from Glass Mask are both very similar, since they both have an extraordinary talent in acting. The male characters within the animes, Ren from Skip Beat and Masumi from Glass Mask are also similar, since they have a great influence on the female protagonists. However, I think that Glass Mask has more drama in it, whereas Skip Beat has more comedy and both do have elements of romance in them.
If i were to choose which one was the best... Skip Beat is the winner all the way ^^
Glass Mask is about a young 13-year-old girl, Maya Kitajima, who has no specific talent for anything--except acting. Once she is discovered by an old, famous actress, she is taken under her wing and trained into an amazingly talented, award-winning actress, all the while striving to beat out her rival, acting prodigy Ayumi Himekawa, for the role that made her mentor famous: the Scarlet Angel in "The Scarlet Angel".
While Glass Mask is more stage acting oriented, there are certain times where they go into acting for TV shows and movies like Kyoko does in Skip Beat. Glass Mask has a lot more drama than Skip Beat and isn't as funny, but it has about the same amount of romance, if not more, than Skip Beat does.
Glass Mask is my favorite anime of all time, to be honest, and is much, much better than Skip Beat. So, if you loved Skip Beat, I STRONGLY suggest you watch the anime that is based off of a manga that was the #1 bestselling shoujo manga in Japan for 30 years (it's #2 now, but yeah--and yes, it's an old series, but it still isn't complete yet!). Trust me, you will not regret it. :)
both girls strive to learn and survive in the world of acting. both showing amazing amounts of talents, and along the way, find love....(in the manga that is...)
Both about acting, both about Girls whose dream is to be the greatest
but it doesn't mean they're too similar! They're indeed different and alike at the same time
anyways, if you enjoyed one - you're definitely going to enjoy the other!
In both series, there is a girl who is pursuing for a career in the entertainment industry (although for different reasons). Along the way, they encounter struggles but pushes themselves to overcome any challenges they face. Additionally, they are determined to try out new ideas for their careers.
There is passion in both series with a sense of drama. Skip Beat! contains more comedy though while Glass no Kamen/Glass Mask contains more drama. The main male protagonists also plays their roles that influences the girl's decisions and career at several occasions. Additionally, there is added element of romance present that develops on and off.
The main girl tries to become an actress, and everybody is surprised at her level of skill for such a low level of experience.
Ren and Hayami are similar characters, being the older guy who likes to tease the main girl, but is actually in love with her. However, they restrain themselves because of the age difference and also partly because of their position. The main girl starts off hating them, but as she gets to know them better she respects them and looks to them as a mentor.
Both of these titles are about acting and both are in the shoujo and romance genres. The main characters are somewhat alike with their serious and surprising ways of acting. Glass mask tends to be more serious, though.
These two shows are extremely similar, both focusing on a teenage girl with a big dream and trying to make it. The only difference is that in Kaleido Star they focus more on things like gymnastics and dancing, while in Glass Mask it's about acting.
To reach one's dream, one's goal. Many obstacles stand in their way, but they forever push on.
Kaleido Star is an ever optimistic series, whose clear message is to keep trying and aim for their dreams. Sugary and upbeat, little kids will love it, but it's not too much that older people can't watch it.
Glass Mask (2005) is an adaptation of a famous (at least in Asia) 70's manga, set to a more modern setting. Less upbeat, and much more dramatic than Kaleido Star, but it's the same "reaching for their goal" genre. Probably appeal to more older fans, but most people will enjoy both.
same type of story. both are about girls trying to succeed at something and there's lots of boys around too ;)
Both of these girls are willing to follow their dreams through any obstacle!
The style and the rival are very similar.
Both are good animes with solid drama, adventures of 2 girls who tried their best to fulfill their dreams, sharing their tough and happy times.
Both girls found not only their dreams but also their precious friendships, and a bit of romance. Although they belong to shoujo in genre, it's recommended to all audience.
The concept of a dream and hoping to make themselves a superstar in the entertainment industry is a prominent theme in both Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask) and Kaleido Star.
Throughout both series, both main female protagonists strives to make their dream a reality. It's not easy and they face obstacles, rivals, and competitions. There is a sense of beauty present in both series that is artistic in the way their performances are done.
There is also solid drama in both series that often involves competing to be the best.
Both animes are about a girl who wants to accomplish he ultimate performance. In glass mask the main character grow as an actor under the guide of an former actress to accomplish and become the crimson goddess, while in Kaleido star the main character has guide from the spirit of the stage to perform the legendary stunt the Angel's Maneuver. Both main characters has challenges and a friend they compete with and support.
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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