It’s clear by now we have several independent relationships going on, so instead of trying to work them together in one narrative, I’ll just give the update on each. The show has made very little effort to try to connect them, so either it’s not happening at all, or it’s choosing to let the relationships develop more before some actual crossing goes on.
Kazuki / Nana – Kazuki is still thinking about that kiss from yesterday, and his imouto is trying to get his attention as she’s showcasing her new
motteke sailor fuku. The two seem pretty close – like, physically close – as she’s constantly rubbing her face up on his and all that juicy stuff. Let me reiterate that only guys who don’t have a younger sister will find this hot. Which is most of us. Huzzah!
Romantic Outlook: Mild, with a slight chance of foggy jealousy
Kouichi / Mao – Still playing video games at night. “Mao-oneechan, you should go to sleep.” “Ohh, you worried about me?” Eventually, she worms out some info about his romantic interest at school, but he’s not giving any details – so she gets pretty close – like, physically close – and attacks him, doing all that older sisterly bully stuff. Let me reiterate that only guys who don’t have a one-san will find this hot. Which is most of us. Huzzah!
Romantic Outlook: 6 out of 10, which gets bumped to 12 out of 10 as soon as Eiji and that chick that digs Kouichi hook up
On the way to school, the Kazuki / Nana pair meet up with Hiiragi (greasy film club prez, no relation to any miko twins), and scope out this real hot rich chick (Shijou Mitsuki), who seems to be a magnet for falling sakura petals as there’s always something pink floating around her.
Three steps past the school gate, a twin-tailed tsundere with an arm-band (see Haruhi, Mawari) stops Nana for having an ugly-ass frog as a backpack decoration. I like tsunderes. They typically have the twin-tailed hairstyle. Why is that? Anyways, her name is Kuryuu Megumi, voiced by the same chick that did Mai in Mai Hime. Hot.
Three seconds after being taihou shichauzo’d by Megumi, a chick with the female version of that ugly ass frog thing shows up. Narumi Satonaka, which I think is the last chick in our lineup of six main girls. But who knows. I should also mention that Nana isn’t in the lineup (those six that show up in the beginning of the OP), so anyone honestly hoping for some imouto lovin’ will have to go back to watching that unbelievably bad Choco show.
Kazuki / Asuka – Geez, the supposed B-male got way more girls to deal with. Asuka is that genki chick that fits the Hashiba (Suzuka) / Satsuki (Ichigo 100%) mold with the athletic build and big ass ponytail. She’s trying to promote the soccer club and bumps into Kazuki.
Romantic Outlook: Slim to none, until Asuka kicks a soccer ball straight into Kazuki’s crotch and has to rub him down in the nurse’s office. But that’s probably material for another show.
Nana / Narumi – Wait, what? From frogs to fornication? One can only hope. Let me reiterate that only guys… and some girls will find this hot. Which is most of us. Huzzah!
Romantic Outlook: Don’t get your hopes up 🙁
Eiji / Mao – Eiji has asshole written all over him, but Mao’s got this thing where everybody has to be her friend. So, being the asshole that he is, he’s playing saxophone in some not-so-secluded place on the school grounds, then when Mao goes up to him and does her “haaayyy that’s pretty cool” routine, he packs up and walks away. Except this time, Mao talks her way into his not-so-thick-but-still-makes-him-a-huge-dick shell, and eventually the two seem to become friends.
Romantic Outlook: A Kenny G song away from switching late-night video game partners. And this time they won’t be playing racing games.
Kazuki / Eriko – Turns out Eriko is some 190 IQ super genius that doesn’t give a rat’s behind about school. So, bored as hell, she thought she could play with this dorky Kazuki kid who picked up one of her paper airplanes, and kissed him. Except Kazuki, being the dork that he is, took it seriously and wanted to “talk about it.” Wait, isn’t this like, role reversal? Anyways, she gets pissed off and says goodbye. Dork.
Romantic Outlook: Only a matter of time before she gets bored again and tries another “experiment,” surely to be slightly more… I dunno, naked?
Kouichi / Yuumi – So apparently the two have never talked to each other, even though they’ve been in the same class since last year. So why does she get so deredere whenever he talks to her? Hell, why does Kouichi go all red-faced too? Mao sees the two talking and attacks Kouichi some more that night. Huzzah!
Romantic Outlook: Not so much a matter of time as it is a matter of order, who’s gonna get to Kouichi first?
Yea, so the characters are generic as hell and it’s totally not what I expected from the people that brought us H&C and Nodame, but to pass judgment based on previous successes (or failures) goes against my principles, so I’ll spare the unpleasantries and hope for a non-generic story. It’s doing an ok job of that with allll the different things going on (which I’m not convinced is that good of an idea), but as long as they stay consistent with the concept and pull some twists and turns along the way, it should work out fine. Besides, I’ve been so starved for a decent non-harem romance series that I’m willing to look past a few transgressions (Suzuka manga is ending… noooooo).
So in the meantime, the characters are taking their time to get acquainted with each other, which is to be expected, considering the semester just started. Well, all the boring intro stuff is moving along quite quickly, which is a good sign of things to come – less intro, more time for some OMGDRAMA to happen later on.
Which makes me believe that ultimately, Kimikiss is one of those anime you just gotta watch till the end before deciding whether it was a good show or not – so I guess I’ll keep following it. After all, as someone stated in the comments, the romance show that sucks the least out of all the other ones, and that’s gotta count for something!
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