Skip Beat! Episode One “And Then the Box was Opened” --Recap
Skip Beat! is an anime and manga about a girl named Kyoko Mogami who decides to get revenge against her boyfriend when she finally discovers that he has been using her. The first episode opens with a story about a "locked box" full of potential that every person receives when they are born. From there, we are introduced to our heroine, Kyoko. She is sixteen and working to support her boyfriend Shotaro, a musician who is rising in popularity. Kyoko is sweet, cheerful and a bit of a doormat. As a child, she spent a lot of time at Shotaro's home and helped at the family business, a prominent inn in Kyoto. She and Shotaro grew up together and were childhood friends.
We learn that Shotaro had no interest in inheriting the family business and opted to go into show business instead. For his own reasons, most of them manipulative and abusive, he takes Kyoko with him. Kyoko is working two jobs to pay the rent for a very expensive apartment. She is such a sad sack that the supervisor at her second job is extremely worried for her.