Having lost a lot of weight after becoming depressed at her favourite fictional character dying, Kiss Him, Not Me! follows Kae Serinuma as she unexpectedly finds herself to be the center of attention from a group of the school’s most popular boys.
She has a thing for boy love and, as the title suggests, she wants to see the boys get together rather than get with her. They soon find out that she’s a hardcore otaku and with her secret revealed, Kae is stunned when each boy decides to pursue her still. Now they’re dragged along on all of her otaku-related adventures including buying the latest volumes of her yaoi series’, dressing up and avoid her mother’s affection for them.
Kiss Him, Not Me! is a funny anime, and it puts its comedy above all else.
Kiss Him, Not Me! is a funny anime, and it puts its comedy above all else. Those hoping to see the boys take interest in Kae as an overweight girl with niche interests may be disheartened, but Kae very much proves that she’s still that same person, regardless of shape and size. Instead, many of the laughs are thanks to Kae’s undying passion for anime and boys love, and how each boy reacts to Kae’s seemingly never-ending pool of surprises.
Animated by Brain’s Base, it’s no wonder that the anime looks as nice as it does. You may know them from their work on Durarara!!, Oregairu and Kawai Complex, and Kiss Him, Not Me! has a pleasingly soft colour palette and many visually humourous moments.
Kae’s voice-actress, Jeannie Tirado, does a great job at capturing the passion and quirkiness in the character too. The actual comedy can sometimes be a bit over-the-top for my liking, but the voice cast certainly don’t hold back.
It feels like a missed opportunity to delve into something important.
Kiss Him, Not Me! has a lot of humour but not quite so much heart, and it’s hard to really root for any of the boys considering that they only take interest in Kae because she’s now considered attractive to them. It feels like a missed opportunity to delve into something important, but author Junko decided to make a comedy and she’s done a great job in achieving that. Kiss Him, Not Me! is worth a watch, but don’t expect more than consistent humour.
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