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NCG Watches: Kiss Him, Not Me

Last night I finally decided to check out Kiss Him, Not Me on Funimation.  It looked like a cheesy enough Shoujo series that might be ok.

The plot of the series is Kae Serinuma is a huge fujoshi and otaku who loves picturing men in romantic relationships.  She is a chubby girl who somehow manages to gain the attentions of all the hot guys in school (in a non-romantic way).  When she locks herself in her room for a week after her favorite character dies, she somehow loses all that weight and becomes… pretty?  Her new look captures the hearts of four guys in her school who all begin to compete for her affections.

I lost complete interest in the series after the first episode.  Maybe it gets better but I am not too interested to find out.  Why not continue? Because of how shallow the characters and story is.

What really irks is me is why did Kae need to lose weight in order to become attractive?  I think she could have been an attractive character even if she was drawn larger.  The whole concept of the series is being beautiful based on your personality and interests, so why did this beauty have to physically manifest?  I think it continues to convey that beauty comes from being thin and your odd interests can only be accepted by others if you are still ok to look at.  This is a terrible message, particularly for younger girls who might pick up the series.

The attraction the boys feel toward Kae is shallow.  They didn’t pay romantic attention to her until AFTER she became “pretty” making their interest just as petty as the unintended transformation.  Their dialogue is shallow with no real depth to their characters other than an arch-type.   It works in the way that it plays off of Kae’s boys-love fantasies, however, it does not make for a compelling story.

I would not recommend this series to anyone who likes shoujo or shounen-ai/yaoi manga.

Did you have a chance to check out this series? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Coming Next Spring

The next installment of the Hakuoki is coming next spring to the PS Vita; prepare yourself for more romance with 12 handsome men!

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will follow Chizuru back in her home town, Edo, and the next chapter of the fallen Shinsengumi.  Who will Chizuru fall in love with next?

Key Features

  • 12 Charming Bachelors – Start by choosing from one of 12 handsome bachelors and fall in love with Japanese history’s most famous warriors.
  • Multiple Endings, One True Love – Explore the gorgeous world of Hakuoki through narrative choices that unlock branching storylines and up to 30 different endings.
  • Beautiful History Comes Alive – The dramatic romance, friendship, and betrayal unfolds on your screen through fluid animation, vibrant art, and detailed CGs.

Will you be looking forward to this title? Do you already have an idea of who you want a romance with? Let us know in the comments!

Some exciting new screenshots from Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

It’s almost spring time- the season of love!  What better way to prepare yourself for your hot new romance with sexy 2D men than to check out the first batch of screen shots from Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds.  Idea Factory is giving us a look at some of the main characters and a glimpse of what the game play will look like.

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Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds follows Chizuru Yukimura who is searching for her missing father.  She’s traveled all the way from Edo to Kyoto, but has a run in with a gang of samurai!  Will she be saved? Will she find her father or love first?

Some awesome features to the game:

  • 12 Handsome Bachelors – Fall in love as these 12 bachelors battle for your heart in this historical fantasy!
  • Over 80 Hours of Romance – With over 30 different endings, immerse yourself in the world of Hakuoki through its compelling tale of romance, friendship, and betrayal!
  • Beauty at Your Fingertips – Fluid animation and vibrant art breathes life into this climatic era in Japan’s history! Then, view all of the art in a gorgeous photo gallery.

Are you drooling yet?  Are you a fan of otome visual novel games? Are you looking forward to this title? Have you played a Hakuoki game before? Let me know in the comments!