Glass Mask (ガラスの仮面, Garasu no Kamen) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Suzue Miuchi, serialized in Hana to Yume from January 1976, and collected in 49 tankōbon volumes as of October 2012. The story has also been adapted into anime and a live-action television series. As of 2006, the collected volumes had 50 million copies in Japan, making it the second best-selling shōjo manga ever.
After not publishing a new chapter in the story for more than two years, Miuchi re-launched the series in Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume (別冊花とゆめ) magazine in July 2008. The story continues from where it left off in volume 42, while Miuchi announced that she intends to end the series soon.
Two girls, one dream, and the entire world for a stage.
Kitajima Maya, a 13-year-old girl with a talent for acting, was discovered by the reclusive actress Tsukikage. Growing up to become the greatest actress, the story follows Maya's growing up through intense training and overcoming challenges. Her greatest rival is Himekawa Ayumi, the beautiful daughter of a famous movie couple. They ultimately vied for the most sought-after role—the "Crimson Goddess." An equally important subplot is Maya's relationship with the handsome and ruthless entertainment mogul Hayami Masumi, who secretly became her number one fan, but misunderstandings and bad-timings have obstructed their romance.