Kiss Him, Not Me Review

kiss-him-not-meStory:
Kae Serinuma loves boy love! And by “love” we mean she’s “obsessed.” So when she manages to attract the attention of four very handsome young classmates, she can’t help but ship them together, much to the young men’s distress.

Violence:
Besides slap stick, comedy nose bleeds and a few flashes to the shows Serinuma likes, not too bad. This said, one episode contains some violent history on a warlord with makes the blood more serious as it’s not for comedy purposes. These flashes are brief however.

Language:
Not much here besides some sh-ts and d-mns.

Nudity:
While there’s more fanservice of males than females in this show, it’s still surprisingly tame. Heck, Yuri on Ice had more shirtless scenes and suggestive camera angles than this one. So besides some suggestive talk between anime fans on their ships, not much here.

Theology/mythology:
Remember my mention of Japanese history up top? Well, that episode contains a strange arc where the characters supposedly battle a ghost. In the end it’s heavily implied they were all accidentally high off bad mushrooms (I’m not even kidding), so theoretically it never happened. Still, there’s a decent amount of temples and such in this show so if anything like that bugs you, be warned.

Personal impression:
This title was hilarious. While it still had more than its fair share of cliches, it also had a rather unique approach to drama as the heroine in question was nearly too otaku to function. A fact the male leads not only had to come to terms with, but accept. They also had to deal with the concept of loving Serinuma regardless of what weight she was.
Oh, I didn’t mention that earlier. The series actually starts out with our lead being overweight and not really seen as a romantic option by anyone (at first). She suddenly loses weight after her favorite character in a show dies and she goes into mourning. I was afraid at first that the issue of the male leads loving her simply for her body wouldn’t be addressed. Thankfully, I was wrong and the series actually took that one on. While the result was still rough around the edges, I appreciate how this show made it clear that Serinuma was lovable and desired, regardless of what her body looked like.
As for art and music, this show had nothing new to offer. And the ending wasn’t new either. If you hate shows that pretty much end where they began, this title isn’t for you. I’m just going to warn you now that this series follows one of the biggest shojou tropes ever: keeping the reverse harem intact at all costs. Interestingly enough, this didn’t put me off the show. Considering our lead’s personality, it was oddly fitting. Even so, it’s worth noting for those out there who want more heavy duty character progression in their anime.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Romance, comedy
Production: Brain’s Base
Company: TBS
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Review

SakamotoStory:
Sakamoto is exceptional high school student. Very exceptional.

Violence:
Once or twice some characters get beat up and there are bloody noses and cuts and whatnot. While it’s not frequent, the way it’s done can be a bit violent as it is not often done for comedy, interestingly enough.

Language:
Some sh-ts and d-mns and b-words. Nothing too excessive. Typical PG14 stuff.

Nudity:
Aside from some bare chests (males only), nothing constant to note here. That said, there is one episode where Sakamoto is recruited to get a hold of porn for some friends. Nothing is shown. Also, there is a mother of one of the side characters who is very… attracted -no obsessed- with Sakamoto. It’s a very uncomfortable element so be warned on that one.

Theology/mythology:
Besides shrines seen now and then, there is an entire scene where some girls play a “summoning” game. Nothing really happens, but it’s there.

Personal impression:
Some comedies just don’t hit the funny-bone quite right. This is one of them. At first I wasn’t sure why I wasn’t laughing at this. Ever. Then I watched a few re-runs of some of my favorite comedy anime titles with a friend and it struck me. This show has no straight-man characters. None. Every extreme, over-the-top scene passes by with no comment as to the ridiculousness of the event. And while this occasionally happens in some other comedies, there are usually some moments when someone, somewhere, reacts more reasonably. A counter-point, you might say, to the zaniness of the jokes. But this show didn’t have that and it made a huge difference. Perhaps the creators thought the audience could be the straight-man? If so, I don’t think it worked. All the jokes, with punchlines waiting to hit, just…. die in midair.
Overall this was another title that I felt really underperformed this past streaming season. It was clearly a parody, yet action shows like FMA have more comedy than this.
The art was decent and the music was actually rather catchy (kinda jazzy, a pretty good choice for this sort of show). But the characters and story were dull and the jokes, which should be funny, just never landed. If you hate straight-man characters in your comedy, this is for you. But don’t underestimate the power they have. Because without them, crazy can be rather… dull.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Comedy, slice of life
Company: TBS
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior Review

kawai complexStory:
Kazunari Usa just moved into his new home where he will stay through his high school years. Full of hope that something good will happen, he is quickly reminded that he is not so blessed when all his housemates turn out to be insane creepsters. The only highlight? One fellow boardee happens to be Ritsu, his shy, bookloving crush.

Violence:
Even though a great deal of the show is slapstick comedy, some of the jokes can be violent and there is blood from time to time. It’s not supposed to be serious, but it is there nonetheless.

Language:
Aside from the usual d-mns and sh-ts, there are also b-words on occasion. This isn’t a clean show, but any accounts, though it’s not obscene about it either. At least not in this section…

Nudity:
Aside from one very busty chested character, there’s nothing too visually graphic in this show aside from the typical fanservice shots. However, it’s often what is joked about that’s the worst. One housemate is really into bondage and abuse. Against himself. This can be quite disturbing to some. Pair that with two other housemates that make a lot of sexual jokes and comments and this is the worst part of the show right here. Some comments were so bad I nearly gave this a WZ, so be warned on this front.

Theology/mythology:
Not much to put here. Besides characters bemoaning bad luck and such, there’s really nothing to note. Well. Two characters have a thing for ghosts and the supernatural. They are portrayed as kinda crazy and are only side characters, though.

Personal impression:
At first I only watched this show because I like the colors and it aired new episodes at a time when other shows did not. Aka it’s what was on. It wasn’t until the last half of the show that found myself really enjoying the episodes as they became far more about Usa and Ritsu than about their zany housemates. Don’t get me wrong. Crazy comedy can be fun at times. But that was not always the case with this show. Thus I found myself far more drawn to the romance angle, what there was of it, despite that being rather against my nature. It also took about that long for Ritsu to start showing up as more than the traditional stoic bookworm type. She began to have a personality and a strength. It was a shock, but a nice and much needed one.
As far as music goes, this show was pretty typical. And although the art was bright, it does almost go into the garish section once or twice. Oddly enough, it fits the tone of the show well as the comedy looks like that too.
If the nudity section didn’t put you off your tea, and you don’t mind the dredge through the first part of the series, this is a decent title. Especially considering the female love interest actually has a legit personality for once.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Comedy, romance
Company: TBS
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll
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