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Crunchyroll Adds 2005 Glass Mask Shōjo TV Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Second television anime adaptation of classic manga about aspiring actress

The Crunchyroll website has announced that it is streaming TV Tokyo and TMS Entertainment's 2005 television series adaptation of Suzue Miuchi's Glass Mask shōjo manga classic. The story follows the aspiring stage actress Maya Kitajima from her childhood days in a Chinese restaurant to her rise to stardom under the tutelage of a reclusive actress. Along the way, she deals with two suitors for her affections — Yū Sakurakōji and Masumi Hayami — as well as her unrelenting acting rival, Ayumi Himekawa.

The original manga relaunched in Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine last July after a 12-year hiatus. It had been running in the main Hana to Yume magazine since 1976. Besides an earlier 1984 television anime series and a 1998 video anime series, the manga has inspired a live-action television drama, stage plays and even a classical Japanese Noh play.

Image © Suzue Miuchi • Hakusensha/MASK OF GLASS Project

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