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
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Hana to Yume
Authors: Miuchi, Suzue (Story & Art)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 22542,254 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1632
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1616
Members: 8,981
Favorites: 343

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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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May 8, 2008
nosfertauman (All reviews)
Glass mask is one of the best shoujo manga out there. Despite having a common enough shoujo setting, the plot hardly ever falls into any of the comon cliches that shoujo manga often times fall into. The artwork is in a classic 80s style, nothing outstanding, but the mangaka does not skimp on the minor details, and her understanding of common facial expressions is top notch.
Where Glass Mask really stands out is in the main characters and in the story. We are presented with a main character that is hard not to sympathize with and all the supporting characters and antagonists are really well read more
Mar 3, 2010
DdDCcC (All reviews)
This manga had me absolutely hooked. I started reading it and simply couldn't stop. I sat in my chair for about 24 hours and ended up finishing the 169 chapters in one go.

The story is an interesting one as we follow a young girl who dreams to become an actress. She has an abundance of raw talent and passion and then continues to develop her techniques and skills throughout the story. The manga introduces a wealth of different characters who are not always what they seem to be but are ultimately human. They have their own pasts that have shaped their decisions and actions read more
Jan 15, 2010
Rampant (All reviews)
Do the petty bickering and shoddy attempts at "comedy" in Skip Beat annoy you? Does the angular, ugly art annoy you? Well, here is a much more coherent, fun to look at alternative!

So what exactly does this manga offer? In terms of story, it offers something fairly unique in terms of a manga about actors and actresses, which is a fairly complete walkthrough of several stories. Others all offer summaries, or perhaps a bit more, but nothing like this. This is bad in one way, which is that the story drags on forever (decades, in this case!), but is great in that you get to read more
Dec 2, 2010
Maz-Maz (All reviews)
Kitajima Maya has a 'pathological obsession' as one character put it, with acting. Poor, doggedly-stubborn Kitajima loves anything theater; movies, series, operas, anything you can watch and has actors: you get the picture.

Poor (ofcourse, she's poor!) and lives with her mother (she lives with her mother!? How come she's not dead yet so Kitajima can move into her late-grandmother-whom-she-didn't-know-existed-until-her-inheritance's estate! Sheesh! People who try to be creative!) who works and lives in a store and has to support seemingly almost mentally-handicapped Kitajima.

And then the key scene, like in Romeo and Juliet when Tybalt watches Romeo watching Juliet...

*Building suspense...*

Is when a bat-shit crazy old hag from read more


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