Welcome to the Kiss Him, Not Me review, and there won't be any spoilers since it's not a show of drama or anything.
The story follows Kae who loves anime and manga, and she loves to read BL (boy's love) as her most favorite genre. Kae was overweight until one day she lost all that weight and become a beautiful girl, getting the attention of her friends who pursue Kae romantically.
Before I go into the review, I must share quick thoughts on my experiences with Reverse Harem shows since I have watched a lot lately.
Being a reverse harem series based on a manga, it was a fresh thing for me personally since the newer anime series that pop up this year were mostly on otome games. Most Otome based anime adaptations usually follow a trend where they introduce all the love interests in the first episode and then subsequent episodes focus on a love interest. Because they are otome, it's mostly character driven and more focused on those love interests than the heroine which is normal since visual novel based harem shows behave the same way.
For Kiss Him, Not Me, it's a manga, so it's not as formulaic and it focuses on the heroine more if not equal to the love interests.
For the review:
While there is no emphasis on fluid animation, the art style is pretty and vibrant which helps make characters expressive, and the music is charming. The biggest strength of the show is how it makes it comedy from Kae's fujoshi obsessions and character interactions. For anime fans, you will get fan service in the form of references and easter eggs.
For the cons, the reverse harem has a female love interest which is rare in reverse harem shows. I have seen a love interest in Alice in the Country of Hearts and Dance with Devils. I really like reverse harem shows doing something different. However, there is a flaw for poor Shima, her appearance in the opening song. If you notice the opening song closely, you will see every guy featured in their own scene, embracing the heroine but not Shima. Shima has a big role in the anime as she and Kae are soulmates and fellow fujoshis. She is also part of the finale date in which Kae is asked to choose from her harem.
Lastly, this one I never saw until I look into the fandom. There was some controversy regarding Kae in her appearance as she was overweight. She was still loved by her friends as a nice girl in a platonic sense. It was only until she lost weight, that guys started to notice her. I never saw this as something to get angry at or something controversy. If you are someone who is sensitive about that, it might be hard to enjoy the show. I promise you the show doesn't do anything negative about appearances because later in the anime, Kae gains back weight and the guys and gal accept her for who she is.
In conclusion, I love this show and look forward to laughing with her each week during the fall. If you love shoujo and reverse harem, I highly recommend the anime series.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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