May 28, 2022
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Triple Kiss is a 2 volume love-triangle shoujo manga that is so baffling and absurd it actually made me go through all the stages of grief. If you plan to read this manga then take my advice and don't.
Nice and clean with simple backgrounds. The guys are good looking ikemen who always have their shirts unbuttoned and all characters have accurate bodily proportions. No scary dorito-chin yaoi hands art to be found here.
Every single character is a mess of a human and the one good interesting character is so undeveloped and boring that he is a half-baked tray of soggy loaf.
The FL (female lead) is a horrible person with 2 brain cells rattling around in her monkey brain. The second male lead (2ML) in the love triangle is actually such an evil morally bankrupt insane lunatic that he needed to be jailed immediately but was instead actively loved by every other character.
If there is a plot or any sense or meaning to this manga it flew over my head like a bird about to drop a steaming diarrhoea. The FL meets the male lead (ML) who is a perfect man- humble and respectful and dreamy and black-haired and kind- and starts dating him. Then she meets 2ML who is his best friend/lifelong bully who is such an emotionally constipated abusive villain that he makes war criminals look like fluffy dog walkers.
2ML admits he purposely ruined the ML's life by forcing him to grow long hair so everyone would bully him for being gross/creepy, thus giving the ML such low self-esteem that he could abuse him forever. When the FL hears this she says 'AW HOW ROMANTIC! KEEP IT UP!' and starts having feelings for 2ML while she is dating ML. All of this occurs after 2ML kisses her against her will in a place where he knows the ML will see and get jealous. WHAT.
This man is so evil and insane that he needs to be sprayed like a cockroach and dropped to the bottom of the ocean. However, because he is rich and handsome, everyone loves him and he continues to get away with the most inane reprehensible shenanigans that anyone has ever seen. OH! HOW! I! SWOON!
The rest of the story is so incomprehensible and psychotic that I actually laughed, I really did. This manga pulled a few belly laughs out of me every time something freshly insane happened. In only 8 chapters there were people: getting violently bullied, almost dying in snow-storms (self-inflicted btw), finding dog faeces on their shoes, falling out of trees onto other people, getting amnesia, having weddings, being locked and deadbolted in sheds, and getting professionally kidnapped by men in sunglasses and black suits. Then there were more kidnappings, a dude pulling a knife out and chopping off all his hair at school, a guy calling another guy his slave after his parents died, and then making him do slave things for the next decade. Halfway through it turned into a BL drama between ML and 2ML which is what it should've been in the first place. I wish I was making all this up it was so fkn crazy.
I actually kind of enjoyed this manga as soon as I changed my mindset to 'this is a comedy'. It helped that there was really good humour and funny gag scenes throughout. This manga also had amazing and though-provoking lines that upped the enjoyment factor like 'hey! what are you doing! let go of me! you violent fella!' and 'finally he is asleep as if he's dead'. God I wish that were me.
If you don't laugh at this manga the only alternative is to throw your phone in the toilet because it is that infuriating and bad for your blood pressure. If you read this in the physical Spanish paperback then unlearn Spanish right now because being multilingual is a curse not a blessing.
This manga can only be enjoyed on 2 hours of sleep and Adderall. I rated it a 3- 1 point for genuinely funny humour, 1 for art, and 1 for the broad-shouldered ikemen ML who was done dirty.
People who were Team Jacob in 2011, dads who are tired of mowing lawns, people who feel smug and superior about reading obscure trash shoujos.
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