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: #1602
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1714
Members: 11,430
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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May 8, 2008
Preliminary (Unknown/? eps)
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 ...
Mar 3, 2010
Preliminary (169/? eps)
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 ...
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?
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Maya and Ayumi’s rivalry
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End is Near
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