What happens when you take a unique plot and give it super basic characters? Such is Engage Kiss, which has somehow generated more controversy than "My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex" airing in the same season.
First things first, the animation is incredible and the character designs are far from poor. On top of that, "Darekare Scramble" by Halca is a must-hear opening and is easily in contention for the best of the season. The colors pop out and you can see that with every frame and action sequence. As for the controversy, many may be put off by the MC and how he comes off;
however, if you can stick around for a bit to learn the story it's the furthest from an issue.
While most of the characters can be reduced down to a simple trope, they're unique enough to be entertaining and add to the plot. Ayano and Kisara are guaranteed to be fan-favorites, especially among those who enjoy rom-coms. Shuu, the MC, may not be enjoyable for some at first, but he is undoubtedly a good character who will likely take some time to grow onto viewers.
The show's synopsis doesn't do it enough justice, as the story behind Engage Kiss is not as simple as it sounds. It's a great mix of rom-com and fantasy with some sci-fi aspects in it as well, and a level of mystery as the show slowly teaches viewers about the past of the three main characters.
There isn't anything bad to say about the art or animation, it's incredible if you aren't the type to nitpick frames. Clearly, a lot of works goes into the show's animation, and you can see it with every action sequence.
Halca delivers an amazing opening that fits the show extremely well and is a pleasure to the ears. The ending, while not quite as engaging, is great as well. No qualms here.
Despite not having any source material to improve on, Engage Kiss offers a fun and enjoyable viewing experience for many types of fans.
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Japanese: Engage Kiss
English: Engage Kiss
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2022 to Sep 25, 2022
Premiered: Summer 2022
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Square Enix, Docomo Anime Store, Nagoya Broadcasting Network, BS11, ABC Animation, Contents Seed
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Score: 6.901 (scored by 5970359,703 users)
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