Kae is a self-proclaimed fujoshi who spends most of her days watching anime and dreaming of BL. But when her favorite character dies, she is so grief-stricken that she ends up losing a lot of weight. The once-heavy Kae is now a beauty! Her sudden transformation intrigues four boys, but she can't get rid of her BL fantasies. Kiss Him, Not Me is a strange manga. When I think it takes itself too seriously, it then becomes a parody, but when I begin to think it's a parody, the series spends too much time on romance. The series makes more sense when you consider the author is a BL manga author. She has written both doujinshi and professional shounen-ai and yaoi titles. So I wonder if part of the weird feeling I had when reading is some of the author projecting onto the heroine. Let's face it, even without the BL elements, almost any girl would dream to have guys who are her slaves willing to accept her as she is and do almost anything for her.
I think a big problem is that the characters are almost too pure. Kae's obsession with BL and her admirers' affections are genuine. Does this make them terrible? Not at all. But is it hard to enjoy the comedy when the story spends chapters on discovering or reaffirming their deep feelings?. Kae, in some aspects, doesn't deserve some of the praise her admirers give her. She says she is going to consider their feelings, and then she promptly strikes them. I think the author was going for the comedic aspect, but it just makes Kae look like a terrible person (at the very least, inconsiderate). Her harem views her as some kind of angel, but she's actually pretty normal (minus her fujoshi tendencies). I don't think not laughing at someone in a haunted house makes her great, but at least one guy does. To me, it makes her nice. Nice, but not amazing.
It plays out like a typical shoujo scenario.
"Methinks the lady doth protest too much." Well, in this case, I think the boys protest too little. The guys don't understand Kae's obsession, but they quickly throw away their pride to make her happy. The guys are initially attracted to Kae's beauty, but they later affirm their feelings are not just skin-deep. I will also give the author credit for maintaining their individual personalities even though they tend to operate as a group and individually on the same wavelength. One of Kae's admirers is rather unusual for a member of a reverse harem, and this is, uniquely, not a major comedic point. Another character could have been the perfect troll. I liked him better when he was messing with the others and they had no idea if he was being serious or not. Unfortunately, the author decides to devote a whole arc to him realizing his feelings. It plays out like a typical shoujo scenario. Why, if this is a parody, do these chapters seem so uninspiring and feel like they just drag?
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The artwork is shounen-ai fare. Eyes are sharp, and the guys are nice-looking without being bishounen. Kae is generally drawn as a bishoujo. Her heavy-set self does not resemble her skinny self in any way, a fact often brought up by the characters. Comedic moments are often drawn with the modern "gah! " expressions with oversized white pupils or eyebrows, but I actually prefer Kae's "moe!" face with her pupils going in opposite directions. Panels are easy to follow. The author uses a lot of greytones to stand out against the white pages. She also uses a lot of screentones and manga effects. Honorifics are typically used. One noticeable aspect is that "senpai" and "kohai" are used, but not "sensei"? Really weird. A few (unusual) Japanese terms are kept with translator's notes. The speech is more casual than many other Kodansha USA / Crunchyroll titles, but this helps keep the speech sounding natural without deviating from the original Japanese text. I wonder if the print versions will include some notes on all the manga references Kae and her friends make. And there is a lot, from current manga hits to old classics. I really don't know how I feel about this manga. I think it might be worth reading on Crunchyroll, but I doubt I'll be investing in Kodansha USA's upcoming physical volumes. And if it were pulled from Crunchyroll's lineup, I wouldn't really be upset. It just takes itself too seriously at times to be considered a satire of typical shoujo and otome game elements. I will say I don't think I've ever read a manga where a date consists of a visit to an alpaca farm. How do you rate this title? This post may contain reviews of free products. I may earn compensation if you use my links or referral codes. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Please read my disclosure policy here.
The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.
The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge.
Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of "a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.
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Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.
The hair color of the Nakano quintuplets is different when being colored, which was suggested by Haruba himself, such that they are more distinguishable from each other. The hair color of the bride in the flashforward is, therefore, a colour-in-between. The flashforward showing that Futaro will eventually marry only one of the Nakano quintuplets was added in order to eliminate the possibility of Futaro marrying all five of them. It was also decided that all quintuplets would have negative feelings towards Futaro from the beginning, because Haruba wanted to write how their relationships improved from hate to love in the story, except Yotsuba, who acts as Futaro's guide for the development of the story. While it is often the norm for harem romantic comedy manga to have sexualized depictions of characters, Haruba has said that he tried to avoid this to some extent after Vol. In his opinion, showing panties which are being worn, ie To keep the characters interesting, the sexy scenes were intended by him to be ambiguous but not straightforward, leading to readers' imagination. The swimsuit appearance of the Nakanos was finally revealed in Ep.
92 as Haruba thought an episode of swimsuits should exist before finishing the story. The Quintessential Quintuplets is written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. Before the serialization, a one-shot manga of the same name had been published in 2017 issue 8 of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2017, and received positive comments. On December 4, 2019, Haruba announced that the series would end on its 14th tankōbon volume. The series finished on February 19, 2020, with a total of 122 chapters. The series has been published in English by Kodansha USA under their Kodansha Comics imprint digitally since June 28, 2018, with a line of physical releases beginning publication on January 1, 2019. By August 2020 and July 2021 respectively, all fourteen volumes have been published digitally and physically. In October 2017, a television commercial for the manga was released where Ayane Sakura voiced all five girls. The series is directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and written by Keiichirō chi, featuring animation by Tezuka Productions, character designs by Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga, and music by Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai. The series aired from January 10 to March 28, 2019 on the TBS, SUN, and BS-TBS channels. The series ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series with Funimation providing the English dub as it airs. Although Tezuka Productions was the main animation studio behind the series, TBS producer Junichirou Tanaka stated that he asked for help from Shaft president Mitsutoshi Kubota for assistance in producing the series' 11th episode. It was ultimately decided that the studio would be outsourced to for the entire episode save for the episode's storyboards, which were drawn by series director Satoshi Kuwabara; however, all other animation, coloring, and compositing aspects of the episode were produced entirely at Shaft.