Synonyms: Kimi-kiss pure rouge
Japanese: キミキス pure rouge
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2007 to Mar 23, 2008
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.611 (scored by 18385 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy romance school slice of life
Mar 24, 2008
The story is so simple ... it's about true love. We all chase it, but not all catch it. And that's what our two main guys are doing as well. Revolving around the typical high-school environment, two events of the first episode put a whole romance story in motion, a romance story you probably won't forget that easy. It seems so simple and human that you easy forget about this world and live the feelings of the characters involved in this story. As in all romance animes, the drama can't miss out, and you'll find many moments when you'll actually feel like crying if you put yourself in a certain character's situation (like I do, usually). One thing I didn't like was the ending, since I hoped I could see a bit of a "1 year later" story but it ended kind of abruptly. Well, nevertheless, the story is probably the greatest thing about Kimikiss.
I've heard some people don't like the artwork from Kimikiss and I certainly don't know why, because I consider it pretty good. The characters are drawn good (even though it has a different style than other animes), the background scenery is pretty good as well so I see no reason why I shouldn't give it an 8. Plus, in episode 20, when they changed the art for the Kazuki-Eriko scene, it was very interesting to see that depth in the eyes, that facial expression that few animations can give, even for one episode.
Not much to say about this part. The OST is very good and the background music fits the anime like a glove. Not to mention the great OP/ED songs that can really make you sing along with 'em. "Aozora Loop" is one of my top 5 songs since the anime started airing due to the exciting feeling it gives you if you're actually in love. It's one of those songs that make being in love a happy, cheerful and awesome thing, like you forget all the bad parts.
Character was one of the things that caught me from the first episode. The variety of girls fits a harem anime, yet one of the main elements here are the guys. It's the first romance shows I've seen that actually has 2 main guys, so two main stories at the same time. You can see them throughout the anime how they become from the inexperienced, lonely bums to guys that know how to face the facts and have the guts to get past the obstacles in their way. They fall in love, and that's what makes them stronger. I really think the characters made this show more worthwhile.
I loved it. From the first episode that aired in the autumn of 2007 to the last episode in spring 2008, I loved this anime. Back then, when I saw the first episode, it captured me and didn't let me go. I still love it even now and I'll keep it because I'll surely watch it again someday, probably when love strikes me. Here's one anime that deserves a hats off. Good job, Lantis, Bandai, J.C. ... good job.
Final Overall Grade: 8.6, rounded up to 9 read more
Feb 11, 2008
KimiKiss ~ Pure Rouge is a Slice of Life, Romance anime about the daily lives of high school students. Unlike most of the “visual novels” – to – “anime adaptations”, this one does not carry an overall theme or concept but it’s just about normal daily lives of the characters. The story itself is very casual so some may get bored of it but as a person who’s seen numerous romance anime, I enjoyed the lack of comedy and intense drama. Seeing how there’s not too many relationship dilemmas that make it feel overbearing, all that is left to do is relax and enjoy the flow of the steadily paced story.
With no real emphasis put on the story, it's the characters that bring it all to life. Instead of being focused on the protagonist and heroine(s), like most shows tend to do, we get a bunch of teenage boys and girls that get a fair bit of time and development each. Of course there will be certain characters you’ll favor over others; it just feels good to have a choice.
The animation both had its good and bad points. The environments and backgrounds had a painted watercolor look, which made the superbly drawn characters stand out. Yet due to the lack of detail in the backgrounds, the bits of CG used really stood out but these are only minimal issues. The music was alright, I guess, but it felt uninspiring and the OP or ED themes aren’t something you’d really want to listen to either, until we get to the 2nd ED.
Overall KimiKiss ~ Pure Rouge is a surprisingly enjoyable Rom/Com to watch with its best merit being that it develops each of the different characters well and also their different relationships are also quite refreshing to watch. Being a Rom/Com there are bound to be some typical clichés but it still manages to do a good job in focusing on the various romances without getting too dramatic. So in the end this series has enough for romance lovers enjoy or feel content with but it isn’t good enough to convert non-romance anime fans.
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Nov 14, 2007
Well, the ones with brains already saw that this is a romantic gerne. If you don't like romance at all then I think that this anime is nothing for you. I'm really the romance type so of course I like the story from Kimi-Kiss ~Pure Rouge~. So for the ones that also are into romance, you should really watch this. I give the story a 9! <3
Mmm.. what can I say about the art. Well, you can see that this anime is kinda new but it isn't the best art that I've seen so far for a 2007 anime. Let's be honest, there are better ones. But the colors and stuff are good and it's about the story, isn't it? Don't get me wrong now, I don't say that the art is bad, I say that it isn't the best that I've seen.
With animes from 2006/2007 you mostly just don't have something to complain. I give it a 9 as always.
Yes, we coming to the good part! I JUST LOVE THE CHARACTERS! My favorite is Mao, but I like everyone from Kimi-Kiss ~Pure Rouge~. We have her (Mao) to start with, she moved to France and suddenly came back. She's like a big sister for the rest who seem to have a crush on Kai. She's telling everyone what to do, lol! Yuumi, the innocent who loves books and has a crush on Kouichi (he also has a crush on her!). Eriko, the genius who does very weird expiriments. Watch it yourself if you wanna find out. Let's see, Asuka the soccer-girl. Nana, the little childish sister from Kazuki and her friend Narumi. And last Kazuki and Kouichi, the male leads. I'm sure you gonna love all of them because they really have their own personality.
You could really enjoy this! At least, I do! There are some very very funny moments and it's just the romance where I was looking for. Like I said already, if you don't like romance I won't think that you would really enjoy this so I won't try to watch it in the first place. But romance-lovers you're really gonna enjoy this!
Well, I have only one 7 so I'm just gonna give this anime a 9! =D All the romance-lovers, I wish you a great time watching this series!
Thanks for reading my review! read more
Apr 29, 2011
Story - 7
While the story is fine, I found that it kind of lacked a defined direction. It really was 100% about relationships and love. I shouldn't really criticize it for this, because that's the point of this anime. However, I think I would have enjoyed it more if there had been something else than just the romance storylines. I really appreciated that the ending of the story wasn't at all rushed, it takes a few episodes to conclude. All of the loose ends are tied up and I think this part of the story was done especially well.
Art - 8, Sound - 7
The art is well done, although it's nothing special. The characters are cute and their appearances suit their personalities. The facial expressions are all well-done and all background art looks very nice! As for the sound, I didn't especially notice it, it didn't wow me or anything. However, it must have worked very well with the anime, since I hardly noticed it all!
Character - 7
The characters are very well defined. While the majority of the characters are very likeable, others are frustratingly shy and boring. Overall, I think they're well done though. It's the characters that really make this anime, since it's all based on their relationships!
Enjoyment & Overall - 7
Overall, I enjoyed this anime, it was very pleasent and relaxing. I think I may have chuckled a couple of times, but it is by no means a comedy. I think they could have picked up the pace in some parts, but that's okay because none of the important stuff got rushed that way!
I 100% recommend this anime to romance-lovers! read more
Apr 2, 2008
Almost immediately Kimikiss reminded me of Boys Be, another ensemble style HS romance with a slice of life feel. This can be attributed to Kasai splitting the main character from the game into 2. Because of this he was able to follow multiple stories lines and cause controversy with game fans. However, I applaud his gutsy move as it solves the problems with the narrative structure associated with typical visual novel conversions (ie episode 1 girl 1, episode 2 girl 2, etc). The story follows a more realistic slice of life path where we see the life of these high schooler’s and their romances. In addition, the story is very much character driven and fairly typical of the romance genre. So if you don’t like romance stories then you won’t like this and why the hell are you reading this anyway?
As I said, Kimikiss is purely character driven; here is where the meat of this anime lays. I found all the characters very likable and charming. Most of the fun of Kimikiss comes from watching these characters interact and watch their lives unfold. Also, due to the story structure all the characters get plenty of screen time and development. I’ll have to admit most the characters aren’t exactly the deepest or most complex. In addition, many of the characters feel a bit too idealized. However, Kimikiss is a light romance/drama so I can forgive this aspect, as I don’t think Kimikiss was ever meant to be very complex. Kimikiss also lacks the extremes in terms of drama and comedy. It stays at a very comfortable level between those 2 things, neither extremely dramatic nor extremely comedic. Ok it does get a bit dramatic in the end but that’s to be expected.
Kimikiss features a soft, water color like animation/art, similar to Kasai previous works and the original game art. For the most part the animation/art was fairly consistent however, there were a few episodes where there were noticeable differences in characters faces. Its not on the same level as their previous works in terms of animation quality nevertheless above average.
In terms of sound there isn’t anything to really note. The OP gave me a bad impression the first time I heard it however, it did grow on me. I particularly liked how they changed the ED theme in the 2nd half to represent the more dramatic tone. Once again nothing really note worthy.
For a show that took several risks the ending felt too conventional. I was in a bit of shock as I watched one of the most clique endings I seen in anime. In addition, the ending felt a bit off in terms of overall consistency. They seem to be going in one direction and ignore that go in another at the very end. No, this isn’t necessary a related to who the main character picks. However, I’m only talking about one of the love triangles, the other was very consistent and focused.
Kimikiss is a charming and enjoyable character driven romance anime. It is strongly character driven and takes a slice of life approach. Hell most of what they do is walk to school, come back from school, and various other ‘normal’ things. However, for a series that took chances and very slice of life, I was let down by the extremely conventional romantic ending. Also, I was annoyed by the slight inconsistency in one of the love triangles. read more
May 4, 2009
However, recently I have been watching an anime strikingly similar to Kimikiss’s style called Hatsukoi Limited and when I realized how utterly pale it was in comparison to Kimikiss Pure Rouge, I had to try to realize why. Hatsukoi is a 13 episode disaster waiting to happen and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t end in a burning crash. There’s almost two dozen characters, nearly all of whom have a crush on someone who likes someone else. It’s littered with pointless dialogue and fanservice. Now, don’t get me wrong – I enjoy my share of fanservice, but it doesn’t belong in an anime with a complex story crippled by a 13 episode timeframe.
And so Hatsukoi shows just what it was that Kimikiss did to get it right. Essentially the story surrounds the love stories of two friends, Kouichi and Kazuki. Kazuki is an outgoing boy who happens to fall for the perfectionist, seemingly emotionless deredere queen (you know… a total hottie with a broken heart underneathe her tough 180 IQ exterior.) and Kouichi is a shy boy with an old childhood friend who happens to come stay with him after being “overseas” for the last few years. It’s A-standard stuff, but Kimikiss takes these typical plot-lines with a potential for disaster and turns it into megawatt, emotional stuff simply by sticking to what Hatsukoi and many other anime refuse to do: make sense. For example in “Anime A” when a boy trips over something… usually air… what happens? He does a face plant into his love interest’s chest right? Well, let’s just say that in Kimikiss Pure Rouge, if a character trips… he just takes an extra half-step and continues on as if nothing happened. So in the same breath, when a typical plot device we all know comes along in Kimikiss, the most common thing that should happen actually happens, and it’s amazing, because it’s a totally new experience! Everything makes sense and it allows the watcher to both sympathize with the characters while predicting what’s eventually going to happen. And it makes it that much better when it takes a turn and surprises you, because you can’t help but want more.
It’s surprising how much you’ll end up rooting for all of these characters. The creators of this anime get romance right in so many ways (including the ending – by far the best I’ve ever experienced in any romance anime.) that every episode is an experience that ramps you up and calms you down at the same time. And it doesn’t hurt that Futami Eriko is one of the greatest characters ever conceived. (Once you watch episode 20, you’ll sneer at other characters in different anime that are similar to her simply because they can’t compete.)
Watch this anime if you like romance in any form. I won’t say it’s the absolute best there is (for me that’s Nodame) but it definitely gets things right. And when you’re looking for something new to watch, isn’t that the first true requisite?
May 14, 2011
KimiKiss Pure Rouge was originally a dating simulation game for the PS2. Released by Enterbrain in 2006. It quickly gained popularity and become a media franchise which turned it into a light novel as well as a manga series. Then in 2007-2008 this anime adaptation was relased.
If your into the stereotypical romance, drama, school life genres, then KimiKiss Pure Rouge is a must watch. Its an anime full of love triangles, a hint of drama, & beautiful girls, all within a school setting. This series was great anime, comparable to the Amagami SS series which was later relased in 2009.
Story: I decided to give the story a 7/10 because of its commonness. Its basically your typical love story, not much true story to it, just mostly romance between many main male characters and female characters. The story generally confuses you and provides a lot of love triangles and confusion. It typically keeps you guessing on who will end up with who. By the end it just kinda get a little repetitive, but overall it was okay.
Art: The art in this anime was fairly well done. Cute characters, a variety of locations to see, nice scenery's, etc. Pretty good overall, nothing else to add i gave the art a 8/10
Sound: Well in this anime the Opening is the same for the whole 24 episodes, it changes a little bit about halfway through i'd say around ep 13, I found it fairly appealing no complaints, it fits the story well. As for the ending themes, they were split into two separate themes which divided the anime in half, 12 eps each theme. The first ending IMO was much better done than the 2nd one and fit the ending scenes much better. The soundtrack was alright. nothing extravagant so i decided to give the soundtrack a 7/10
Character: Well.... most of the characters were very much enjoyable throughout the series, only a few of them really ticked me off by the end.
Most were very stereotypical however: you got the assertive and playful older female Childhood friend, the two other average male childhood friends that she hung around with, a rich girl, a shy girl, a quiet guy, the tomboyl female lead, and two really annoying brats. You'll see them if you ever watch this.
As for the character development, i found it pretty good. One second you'd think that one character had an edge over another for getting with a guy, but another second everything would change, the character pairing always keeps you guessing throughout the show. so i gave characters a 8/10
Enjoyment: I enjoyed the series very much overall, spend most of my free time watching it over the span of 2 weeks and i'd even consider re-watching it, maybe in a few years. A very entertaining series that had the perfect romance story that i was looking for. For Enjoyment i gave it a 9/10
Overall: All and all, I really liked this anime and i'm sure its future viewers would enjoy it as well, If your looking for a romance plot, look no further! just watch KimiKiss Pure Rouge ! :D Overall since i can't give decimal ratings i'll just type it out. I'd give KimiKiss Pure Rouge a 8.5/10
Hope my review was helpful.
Jun 26, 2009
First thoughts on the series even before watching it: typical harem, ecchi type of anime. So I started watching it only after I really ran out of options for anime to watch. Man, I was blown away.
The story of Kimi-kiss is very simple and short. Spreading the short story over 24-episodes, it would make the series feel that it is moving at a rather slow pace, which could put some viewers off. I personally enjoyed the slow pacing of the story, it helped to build the tension up slowly, slowly drawing the viewer into the drama. But probably because the story was build up over that many episodes, the end felt sudden and made me desperately want to know how the relationship with the characters went, with their friends or their 'other half'.
The art in Kimi-kiss is also very nice. I loved the way the characters looked and move, seeing little bits of detail they put into the movement that you would not often see in anime of this genre. The frogs, Iwao and Juliet, were very detailed as well. Being frogs, and stuffed, I was surprised that they put that much detail into them, instead of making them into a ball and calling them frogs. Overall the art was very consistent, except for once or twice, when they inject a bit of humour into the story and chibi appears. This happens very rarely in the series, so it is still OK.
The sound is one of the strong points of Kimi-kiss. The music and sound used in the series did not distract the viewer from the anime. They fit into the anime very well and they all sounded great. I did not like the Opening song as much compared to the two Ending songs. The two Ending songs were basically part of the BGM for when each episode ends. I loved the way it when something happens and the music plays 'kowaresou de...' , then the episode ends into somewhat like a fade away. It further builds the drama and emotions in the anime if you understand the lyrics when it plays. It made me feel a little 'teary eyed' when it plays like that then listening to the meaningful lyrics of both Ending songs, it's almost perfect.
Character development is the main thing they want to highlight in the series. As the simple story of the series is spread out over 24-episodes, it was made possible for very detailed and beautiful character development. How the characters changed and grows or how their feelings change, it is as though you could connect personally with the characters throughout the series.
Overall, I enjoyed the series a lot. The story used in Kimi-kiss was one of the more fequently used scenarios but the people who worked on the series managed to make it different and a level that many of the other romance anime failed to achieve. read more
Jan 12, 2008
Hmm? another harem anime nuuuuu! but wait!
pure romance of high schoolers, light and warm hearted scenes, various lovable characters, music with the right mood
Reason(s) of liking the anime:
Most of the time i would skip this sort of anime, but then i found out it wasnt another harem anime. It is so pure and lovely . What's rare is that, the anime doesnt have one of those used-and-used-all over again ecchiness, not to mention it has 0 playboys - it's just so plain and simple , but yet the romance scenes will not stop from making you heart throbbing! ( even i , as a male ^^). Nice and soothing music copped well with every pace of the anime. With that, i decided to have a go for this anime and yes it was definitely a worthy one.
What I Dislike:
Story might be weak for it's slice of life.
1) For all ages of viewers, for those who still love pure romance w/o exaggerated ecchi scenes or playboy-type mainchars. read more
Jan 13, 2013
But Kimikiss Pure Rouge proved that romance alone is able to be as interesting and fun to watch as romance/comedy.
So you have the mixture of a typical high school setting, a few decent-looking boys, and a group of cute girls. The typical formula for a romance series.
With that said, the focus is placed on the characters and the plot.
For the characters, there is quite a number of characters who has a fair portion of development, it isn’t a series that only follows the daily life of an individual, but of several characters. You won’t be overwhelmed by infomations of the characters, but they characterize them bit by bit as the story progresses.
As for the plot, predictable. Just like any other romance anime. Be prepared for some triangle love, romance angst, etc.
The music is far from good, in fact, there wasn’t much background music. The Op and the ED isn’t anything unique or worth remembering. The voice actors were mediocre, but there were a few that had a sharp voice, which really irritated me.
The art is mediocre at it’s best. As for characters the facial proportion is slightly off( I do draw abit so I noticed ). The sceneries lack detail. Nothing unique or impressive.
Everything sounds so uninteresting, doesn’t it? The main attraction for this anime would be the attempt for defining love. Love is something unexplainable, there is no reason for someone to be in love with someone else. Its all about this feeling you have, and sometimes you aren’t sure about your feelings, which might result in hurting others.
Once in awhile is nice to watch a show like this, but the more you watch this type of anime, you’ll find it repetitive.
Aug 29, 2009
Kimikiss is a very well scripted high school romance i believe. In this the romance is between not the main character's mao and kouichi but there's still romance between them, anyways Futami and Aihara really did the job for me. The love between the two makes you angry and sad and happy and in love at the same time. It was really frustrating to watch them, but its all worth it. This high school romance shows really strong passion between the pairs a bit like romeo and juliet if you have seen it. The art in kimikiss really helps bring out the emotion from the characters. This is one of the very few high school romance that i've seen that has made me believe in love. This is quite heavily packed there a really great episode, this doesn't mean that the other ones are crap because each episode leaves you hanging. i've seen this a lot of time and i mean a lot and each time it gets me. read more
Feb 27, 2012
BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER, KNOW THERE ARE MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS ON HERE SO DON'T READ UNLESS YOU EITHER HAVE SEEN THIS OR DON'T MIND BEING SPOILED!
I watched this series over the last couple of days and my initial thought was "this is Amagami SS without the arcs," and even by the end I still thought the same. I scored Amagami higher than this as it allowed everyone to be happy as this anime seems to be notorious for disappointing people with how the pairings worked out by the end.
This is the biggest flaw in the whole anime if you ask me. The plot starts out quite nicely as many anime of this genre do. You have three main characters all starting out in relationships with various degrees of success. However over the course of the series, instead of things being all sunshine and rainbows which I can accept wouldnt be realistic. Things take a turn for the worse where it feels like no one is happy with their partner. Characters evolve throughout the series and I accept that. However the final pairing with Mao and Kouichi is predictable but for most people who watched this, you will be facepalming when it happens. The story pretty much shows Kouichi happy with his girlfriend Yuumi for most of the series...even in the second last episode, he is still smiling and laughing with her even though things are happening round him. The other main relationship in this is unusual, but not worthy of some of the praise it seems to receive. For most of the series we see Kazuki running about chasing after what seems to be an unrequited love and spending most of his time moping about it. It's not entertaining to watch and the fact he hurts a clearly nicer and better matched girl in Sakino really made me wonder what the writers were thinking when they wrote it. Could they make a plot more ignorant to what real highschoolers would be thinking?
As I have stated in the story section, this is like Amagami minus the arcs. Even the art style is very reminiscent of it. The fact that there are two characters in this which later appeared in Amagami SS alone tells that story. The backgrounds were nothing special but then this is more of a character driven anime so more basis was put on expressions and emotions depicted by them rather than on the town and school they were in.
The sound was ok, the opening theme had a catchy beat to it which though not an uplifting track, was nice enough to listen to. The Ending themes were not memorable at all and I found myself simply skipping to the next episode as soon as the episode ended rather than listen to it. Character themes, specifically for Futami were appropriate but then considering this anime came from a Visual Novel, I would expect nothing less.
The characters are the main point of this anime and I would like to say they were great. However for the most part, they were notably average. The male leads (Kouichi and Kazuki) were as clueless as could be, but then I expect that from an anime of this type. However both are terrible people generally. I'll start with Kouichi who I think is one of the worst characters of the genre since Makoto of School Days infamy. Minus the sexual encounters Makoto has, Kouichi is exactly the same in my eyes. I cannot stand an indecisive male lead, especially one who KNOWS he is being indecisive and seems oblivious to the people he is hurting throughout the course of the series. Kazuki is guilty of this as well but in his defence at least he doesnt lead anyone on and doesnt harbor thoughts of cheating on his love.
Coming onto the women (Ooo..er) we start with Mao who has to be one of the most selfish characters ever devised. She starts out by seeing a classmate named Kai and spends alot of her time with him. This is all fine and good until she sees Kouichi with Yuumi...all of a sudden she changes from a caring big sister figure to a jealous love rival with no real lead up. It made no sense for her suddenly to stop caring for her boyfriend just because her childhood friend suddenly got a girlfriend. It seemed eventually that she was going out of her way to break them up by continually trying to "support" their relationship as it drove the wedge between them further. It confuses me how she somehow won Kouichi over in the end as there was no personality match or real chemistry between them at all.
Yuumi was a character I quite liked and I dont normally like that type of character, (She reminded me of Kotonoha Katsura quite alot) but she was quite nice throughout the course of the series. My one grievance I had with her character is instead of speaking her problems, she would simply hide away and say nothing was wrong which probably caused the ending indirectly.
Futami is a character that seems to have a fair bit of love on these forums, however from what I saw, all I saw was a character that was simply toying with people's emotions to see what would happen. I felt for the first 20 or so episodes, she was an absolutely despicable character. Admittedly I kind of warmed up to her after that but it took so long that I still dont really like her as a character.
Finally we have Sakino, who is "clearly" in love with Kazuki (See Clueless Male Leads) and was always helping him with advice and how to improve his Soccer game. As characters went, I felt she was the most real and certainly the strongest of all the heroines throughout.
This anime was nice and laid back to me, at least for the first 10 or so episodes. The drama was then laid on a bit thick and I found it quite hard not to facepalm as the ending became more and more predictable. This is a rare anime where I don't like the canon pairing (Ok well that isnt true) and ALOT of others share the same thought as me. Because of the last few episodes, I simply didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. It felt like a very weak ending as well which didnt help.
A 7 is as generous as I can be with this, with only a couple of characters worth the time of day, average art and sound (For it's type) and a mediocre poorly written story, I simply cant rate it higher. I went into this hopeful to watch something to maybe the standard of Amagami or maybe even Toradora(Fat Chance) but I was left disappointed.
Essentially if you want something where you dont have to think whilst watching then this would be fine for you else I would suggest you dont bother. There are far better Rom/Com/Harems out there than this. read more
Aug 17, 2011
The show's biggest problem is that the characters have no personality or any likability. The characters have bland interactions that are devoid of anything you can latch on to. Some may say it's a realistic show with realistic interactions but that's not the case at all. A good show with realistic interactions with some realistic flare is Amagami which is related to this show. In that show the characters after initially not knowing each other will begin to flirt and banter and expose more of themselves to each other after some time spent together. Their walls come down and their interactions have that tension building until the eventual release. In this show none of that ever happens. The development of relationships is subpar at best. Some of the relationships just happen just so we have something to occupy us. There's no reason for these characters to like each other and their interactions are so painfully boring and shallow that you want to drop the show.
In this show archetypes and tropes are downplayed which is a good start, but from that point they don't write any character or any scenario well or in an interesting manner which just makes the show bland. I am a big supporter of abolishing archetypes in favor of trying to write original characters with complexities that go beyond what we expect from typical Anime characters, but this show does it in such a forgettable way that I can't say that any character has a personality. Even worse, I can't remember any of the music from this show except the OP which is generic and boring. The character designs are all run of the mill from the medium length haired MC to the high forehead of his best friend. This show has no personality whatsoever. It's a frustrating mess from beginning to end. read more
Mar 24, 2008
I say fairly good since while it started off strong with excellent episodes I do feel the series had a significant dip in the middle, luckily the final episodes picked up the pace again in a positive direction.
What I enjoyed most was although the series had comedic elements and is based on an eroge, it's not a real harem series as most harem series go, since the "Kimikiss ~Pure Rouge~" anime series focused on multiple males, females and their different pairings (not all the female characters are pursuing the same male character).
The most interesting characters in the series were undoubtably the supporting characters. While the main characters Kouichi, Mao and Yuumi were nice and likeable, especially Kouichi and Mao got stuck in stereotype character writing and didn't see much significant development.
I can fathom it's possible -perhaps likely- for people to be in a more retracted, nearly depressed state for quite some time while in a relationship, it didn't help the overall plot arc that both Mao and Kouichi were in this state for nearly 10 episodes, just so they could resolve their story arc in the final episode. It felt as if it dragged on too long.
By far the most interesting characters and pairing for me in "Kimikiss ~Pure Rouge~" were Kazuki and Futami, their characterizations seemed more realistic and their development, both individually and as a couple was more involving. I quickly developed a personal preference for their plot arc and pairing and was glad to see it come to fruition.
I thoroughly enjoyed many scenes involving Kazuki and Futami, especially the one where Kazuki showed up at Futami's door, her reactions were so endearing. Not only was it a good scene but several such scenes between them showed how they both changed throughout the series, how they grew as individuals and also grew towards each other.
Futami may certainly be a genius with a very high IQ, even though she's highly intelligent, she hardly knows herself and her own emotions, seeing her discovering them, acknowledging them and finally accept them was nice. Kazuki often said he's just dumb but he was mostly half-hearted, not really motivated or focused, realizing his feelings and what Futami meant for him caused him to change in a positive way.
The other girl vying for Kazuki's affection, Asuka, didn't get to be with him but at least her character did see some development as she was able to move on and grow from the experience, the same goes for Yuumi, who seems to be the only one who really evolved from the plot arc with Kouichi and Mao.
Megumi and Hiiragi's final episode pairing did seem a bit thrown in and sudden, with the 24 episode run of "Kimikiss ~Pure Rouge~" I'm sure there was time to introduce that plot arc earlier and flesh it out a bit more.
A few characters ended up not involved in any romantic or other significant plot arc so one could wonder why they were introduced and given so much screen time, since for some their impact on the main plot arcs was insignificant. This goes especially for Narumi and Nana, who seemed to only provide the cast with another location through the udon restaurant run by Narumi's uncle and as comedic relief with their mascot frogs (which should really have been scratched as they got annoying quite fast).
Throughout the series the animation by JC Staff was good (it suffered here and there but this happens with most series), all the characters were well rendered, recognizable and realistically drawn, especially the hairstyles and -colours were well done (realistic shades of brown, black, red ).
Striking for "Kimikiss ~Pure Rouge~" was how feminine all the girls looked, whether the more attractive, cute or sensual type, they always looked very feminine without the designers resorting to impossibly proportioned character artistry.
I'm glad I picked up this series, it quickly grew on me and was a welcome change from the more generic harem comedies we see each season (which can still be enjoyable as well).
To people looking for a more serious romantic series that isn't too stereotypical nor overly dramatic, I will certainly recommend they watch "Kimikiss ~Pure Rouge~". read more
Aug 26, 2010
That being said, let's get onto the review, shall we?
"it seemed like it would break, & it was so precious i couldn't touch it.
but i won't ever forget the wish i made upon that star." < I got drawn in.
Overall: Overall I would recommend this anime to anyone who is into the whole, Rom/com genre. It actually made me tear up a few times and smile other times, so I really got into it! If you're not into love stories, I guess keep looking because that's mainly what this anime is. That being said, I would watch it again. And I would rec. it to my rl friends & my sissy.
xD now go ahead and click the 'This review was: NOT USEFUL' button :P..
kidddddddin ;) read more
Aug 3, 2010
Mar 25, 2013
What a great and emotional anime to justify your "first love".
This show grabs you immediately with questions and every episode ends with either a surprise or warm feeling.
Most people won't enjoy anime's that have a one way setting with no change. We're so use to changes in the story plot like going from average school life to battling demons or shop keeper to ghost specialist.
However, Kimikiss has proven to the world that an anime can be build and performed solely on nothing but romance, and what a great job J.C. Staff has done this.
In my book, this anime should be the gateway to romance animes everywhere.
What a better example for a great love story than the expression of young kids first falling in love. Given, this story of "first love" can be played out by earlier characters than high school student, I feel that the animators did a great job going around that and expressing more the innocence of the kids themselves rather than their age. The art and everything else, pulls you away from it being a serious anime and makes you more interested in "who" the character is.
I was in constant interest through the whole show. I won't say much about how things resolve, but I will say that this anime will give you a reason to remember it. It was so compelling, because this show gets you right in the feels of your heart and makes you remember how much of a sensitive thing it is to love someone. Four girls, three guys, you do the math. There's many happy and sad moments as well as a great story development. Novelas everywhere, take notes! By far, this anime always has something new to teach us about the innocence of love, that is why I give it a high 8 in my book. read more
Jun 14, 2011
~Possible Spoiler Alert~
Story: The story is all about love and nothing else. It had very little story to it... it had 2 guys and 2 girls each that liked the guys... yet ALL the girls got along perfectly fine. There was no drama... they were all just fine with liking the same guys... in real life.. we all know its not like that. So in a way it was alittle too fake for my liking.
Art: The art was fair... i am not a fan of the round eyed anime drawings.. i suppose to backgrounds were okay. All the students wore their hair the same way in every episode. I like a variety of looks to come from each character.. i like to see them express themselves.. i didnt get that in this anime.
Sound: Sound was okay... not alot of sound in this show.. maybe 1 or 2 songs at the most. Both songs were peaceful and "romantic" i guess you would say.
Character: All the characters seemed alittle robotic to me.. like i said earlier, they were all alittle too cheeky for having their hearts broken.. Mao was the closest that anyone could get to how a girl really might feel when she knows she isnt his girl. But in the end she was still hoping for the guy she likes to be with a different girl... (not real life at all)
Enjoyment: The enjoyment was fair. Not alot to this show.. mostly talking.. and its all the same thing. There is nothing really surprising about this show, its pretty predictable.
Overall: i was pleased with how it ended.. it did end the way i thought it should but again the reality of it was very meek. read more
Jan 4, 2010
If you're not to reluctant about triangular relationships which don't end the way you would like to see them, this Anime will be really worth your time. Unfortunately I am! read more
Mar 4, 2012