Glass no Kamen

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Synonyms: Glass Mask
Japanese: ガラスの仮面


Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 1984 to Sep 24, 1984
Premiered: Spring 1984
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Studio Jack
Licensors: Maiden Japan
Studios: Eiken
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.331 (scored by 20672,067 users)
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Ranked: #22132
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Popularity: #5739
Members: 7,493
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Kitajima Maya, a 13-year old girl with a talent for acting, was discovered by the reclusive actress Tsukikage. The story follows Maya's growing up, intense training, overcoming challenges, and evolving into the foremost actress of her generation (she is about 20 so far). Maya's greatest rival is Himekawa Ayumi, the beautiful daughter of a famous movie couple. They ultimately vied for the most sought-after role - the "Crimson Goddess". An equally important subplot Maya's relationship with the handsome and ruthless entertainment mogul Hayami Masumi, who secretly became her number one fan, but misunderstandings and bad-timing obstructed their romance...

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sugii, Gisaburou
Director, Episode Director
Tsunoda, Toshitaka
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

"Glass no Kamen (ガラスの仮面)" by Mariko Ashibe

Ending Theme

"Purple Light (パープル・ライト)" by Mariko Ashibe (eps 1-23)

Sep 27, 2008
Whoomp (All reviews)
Glass Mask is an interesting piece of animation. It all begins with Mayas will to fulfill her dreams but quickly turns so a story filled with angst and hurt feelings. This is the kind of series you watch when you are tired of the old "everything will turn out ok"-stereotype.

The story is quite good and the pacing is excellent. It is basically about Maya who would like to be an actor someday. One day she is promised to get a chance to se a play if she delivers all the orders for a resturant she works at before midnight. Her entusiasm is discovered by the read more
Jul 28, 2011
movoning (All reviews)
If the art is in the way, get over it.

now moving on to the story itself. I'm a Glass Mask fanatic. I've watched both this and the 2005 version, plus the tv drama and ova, and I've read the manga, which is still continuing for those who don't know.

You have to watch the story, especially this older version, with an open heart, not as a critic prepared to voice your opinions.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. In fact, there isn't another story that I enjoyed as much as this one. Skip Beat comes next.
I'm not someone who's into showbiz, so the showbiz factor is read more
Feb 12, 2019
ggultra2764 (All reviews)
I've heard of Glass Mask being one of the more popular long-running titles of the shoujo demographic thanks to its focus on Maya's budding acting career, thus had interest in wanting to see how this adaptation fares and must say this got rather frustrating to watch.

A major barrier to this adaptation of Glass Mask for me was the heavy dependence on melodrama to add conflict into the series. There were a few ways that this 1984 adaptation of the series does this. One way consists of Maya being encouraged by her mentor, Chigusa Tsukikage, to adhere to understanding her role to a rather extreme degree. read more
Dec 1, 2019
Magnord (All reviews)
I review this without having watched the 2005 version or having read the manga.

Glass no Kamen tells the story of a 13 years old girl Maya who is very interested in theatrical plays.
She dreams to be an actress some day and she would do everything to accomplish that dream.
She attracts the attention of the famous and strict Tsukikage and she becomes one of her student at her acting school.
From there she has to endure many hardships and the way she surpasses all of them with her willingness never ceased to amaze me.
I was enthralled by all of her theatrical interpretations that I feel to be read more

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