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
Theme: Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.351 (scored by 27282,728 users)
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Ranked: #25152
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Popularity: #6563
Members: 9,343
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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
Kase, Mitsuko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Tsunoda, Toshitaka
Episode Director, Storyboard
Sakata, Junichi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"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)


Jul 28, 2011
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 ...
Aug 30, 2022
Mixed Feelings
1) considering this anime aired originally in 1984, the art style is very classic. Personally I don't mind it at all.
2) the animation is obviously dated but it never interfered with the enjoyment that the anime gave me
3) unfortunately I noticed several occasions where animation mistakes were made. As simple and spoiler-free example, I can mention that on the 18th episode, a green haired character had for 5 seconds black hair.

1) all the seiyuus cast in this anime are now considered genuine legends in the industry so expect top notch performances. Also, most of the cast had participated in other animes ...
Feb 12, 2019
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. ...

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