Glass no Kamen
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Glass no Kamen

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Glass Mask
Japanese: ガラスの仮面


Type: Manga
Volumes: 49
Chapters: Unknown
Status: On Hiatus
Published: Jan 1976 to May 26, 2012
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: Performing Arts Performing Arts, Showbiz Showbiz
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Hana to Yume
Authors: Miuchi, Suzue (Story & Art)


Score: 8.481 (scored by 26882,688 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1582
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1713
Members: 11,425
Favorites: 396

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Maya Kitajima is a good-for-nothing girl with a passion and talent for acting. After watching a play only once, Maya can immediately perfectly imitate the performance word-by-word. This talent leads her to one day be discovered by Chigusa Tsukikage, a once-famous actress who performed and owned the rights to the play called "The Crimson Goddess."

Considered to be a legendary play, The Crimson Goddess attracts the attention of many, including Masumi Hayami, a wealthy businessman who is also a secret admirer of Maya. Another one interested in the play is Maya's rival, Ayumi Himekawa, a gifted individual whose veteran parents trained her in acting since childhood.

Glass no Kamen follows Maya and Ayumi as they climb their way through the relentless world of entertainment, overcoming intense training and challenges to become actresses worthy of playing the role of The Crimson Goddess.

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Glass no Kamen has sold around 50 million copies in Japan, the second-highest selling Shoujo manga of all time.

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Mar 20, 2023
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Glass Mask is a classic Manga with an engaging, romantic yet deep and emotional storyline. It’s a world of people who have a strong passion for acting and are constantly striving to fulfill their own dreams. Behind those masks that the actors wear on stage are heart-touching stories about friendship, love and the everlasting passion for performing arts of characters whose fates are tied up with the work “Crimson Goddess”.

Have you ever wondered why acting, stage, role are so enchanting to artists? They can even give up their precious life for some brief moments to reverently live up to their characters on stage in front ...
Jul 25, 2016
Preliminary (Unknown/? eps)
Ok so after much contemplation on whether or not I should read this, I gave it a shot. Honestly my first impression was "holy crap this manga is over 50 years old and its still ongoing! And dam this art style is old and not really my cup of tea." Despite that I swallowed my doubts and read on.

This manga is actually really captivating. The storyline keeps you on edge and it didn't take me long for me to get over the fact that I thought the characters were ugly. If you enjoyed skip beat, this is a more serious version. Skip beat is ...
Mar 14, 2012
Preliminary (Unknown/? eps)
[edited review to make it more professional-ish, that's what I thought]

Glass Mask a.k.a Garasu no Kamen is definitely one of the oldest manga that is still running on serialization until now. Celebrating its 36th anniversary this January 2012 -- yes it was first serialized on 1976 -- this manga continues on growing even after it's this old, and we still can't guess how is the ending going to be like.

The story revolves around an almost good-for-nothing Maya Kitajima, but has a really great passion for anything about dramas and acting. Once her buried talent is discovered by one of the most renowned actress that had ...

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When will it end?
Raegal1 - Apr 6, 2021
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Maya and Ayumi’s rivalry
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End is Near
valoon - Sep 10, 2016
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Jun 9, 2020 7:58 PM
Licensed in North America?
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