Suga Kimio finds himself hiding in the girls locker room, unable to move or escape the situation as the girls in his school crowd in. Although he originally had no ulterior motives, he found himself panicking as he heard the girls coming in and hid in a locker. Komine Nozomi, one of the shy girls in his class finds him, but surprisingly covers for him. Perplexed but glad, Kimio goes home.
Later that night, he gets a text from Nozomi who happens to live across the way on the same floor of the complex they both live in. She blackmails him into agreeing to show each other's bodies when she texts him. Kimio has to abide by Nozomi's insane demands or risk ruining his school life so they both start their little peep show through each others windows...
* IMPORTANT *
This review doesn't include spoilers in it so be calm.
* BEFORE *
If you haven't read Nozoki Ana (which is another older manga from the same mangaka Honna Wakou) then don't care about my point.I gave it 6 points because it's the copy of Nozoki Ana. If you still want a overall point, well If I haven't read Nozoki Ana I'd give this manga 8 points out of 10.If you have read Nozoki Ana, Enjoy reading my review and I think you'll understand how I feel about this manga.
- Entrance -
Do you have any idea how I rage quited this ?! I think you
know because that Honna Wakou hasn't got any story other than peeping.
- Story - (6/10)
It really disappointed me. I couldn't find any difference between Nozomi X Kimio and Nozoki Ana. The same thing as usual, A guy called Kimio (the copy of Kido from Nozoki Ana) meets with a girl named Nozomi which is no other than Emiru from Nozoki Ana. Nozomi wants Kimio to PEEP her from a FREAKING WINDOW. (big difference between from the hole! *sarcasm*)
- Characters - (6/10)
One of our main characters Nozomi is the COPY of Emiru from Nozoki Ana and the other character Kimio basically is Kido from Nozoki Ana. I have no idea what to say. The only difference between the main characters from Nozoki Ana and Nozomi X Kimio is, in Nozomi X Kimio, Nozomi is a little bit more social than Emiru from Nozoki Ana. That's it, no more difference.
- Art - (8/10)
The art of the manga is the same as it should be.No difference in art too but I like Honna Wakou's art.
- Enjoyment - (4/10)
It felt like I'm reading Nozoki Ana again and I didn't like it at all.
- Overall - (6/10)
Even I was suprised that how did I gave this manga 6 out of 10. If you haven't read Nozoki Ana you'll enjoy this a lot.
For all intents and purposes, I'll be reviewing the first 19 chapters, or the "first season" if you will.
The premise, while similar to the plot found in [Nozoki Ana]-- is done at a more light hearted level. You aren't taken for emotional rollercoasters, you won't cry your heart out, nor will you feel empty upon finishing certain chapters. Of course after removing the aforementioned, it will definitely fall short of it's predecessor. However, let it be known that it really isn't wasn't a deal breaker for me and if you're able to remove the comparison thoughts out of your head and allow yourself to
treat this manga as a stand-alone-you might be able to enjoy it much more. Nozo x Kimi places more emphasis on comedic situations, ecchi scenes, jokes, dialogue and character interactions. Romance takes a backseat and hovers along on the sides but it is definitely present; and I'm totally fine with that.
One word- refined. I mean seriously, the art work in this manga is done very well. Panels have a distinct sharpness to them. The designs for all the characters are well drawn, easy on the eyes and were inked uniquely enough to be appealing so there shouldn't be any mix ups or confusion. However, it's pretty clear that some of the characters, the male and female leads to be exact, resemble the leads in [Nozoki Ana]. The pair in [Nozoki Ana] feels like what the main couple in this story would look like post high school and in the college setting. Putting that aside, the attention that the mangaka paid to the character expressions are easily the highlight of the manga. The background details while not breathtakingly amazing, match the high school life setting that this manga takes place in.
Despite being almost carbon copies of the protagonists in [Nozoki Ana], I do not wish to hold our characters in this story in that kind of negative light. Are our characters incorporated well into this manga? Yes they are. Is the on-screen chemistry and interactions between our main characters there? Very much so. Can the supporting characters do their jobs when required and offer more than simply making an appearance? Absolutely. They are all well rounded characters with their own strengths and weaknesses and they felt very human and relatable; for that, deserves its own merits.
Coming off reading some emotional and darker themed mangas, Nozo x Kimi was a joy to read. A breath of fresh air that cured me of minor PMDS (Post Manga Depression Syndrome). It provided laughs yet had me scratching my head at times. It made me grin and sometimes cringe at the cutesy-romancey scenes. I'm patiently waiting and extremely looking forward for the next season to be released so that should be a clear sign of my overall enjoyment. Whether you're coming off [Nozoki Ana] or a fresh reader, you should be able to enjoy reading this manga and I would recommend it to all sorts of audiences.
Many people are familiar with this series because it is by the same author of Nozoki Ana. While both series are based around the concept of "peeking" they are both very unique and are in my opinion quite different. This story is much less intense than NA by being less dark, graphic, ect. All around this manga just seemed more light hearted and fun. If you like NA then I think you will probably also like this as well. It's a good fun anime with less twisted romance. If you are scared of reading this because you think it will be the same
as NA I can promise you that they are worlds apart. (Except the female leads. I swear Nozomi is just Emiru in high school, but I'm cool with that)