Rather than a prince and a princess living happily ever after together, it is much more appealing to see a prince and a prince fall in love.
Believing in this wholeheartedly, Kae Serinuma is an overweight second-year high school girl who spends her days obsessing over fictional boys and fantasizing about men being in love with each other. In particular, she ships her male classmates Nozomu Nanashima and Yuusuke Igarashi—in her mind, every interaction they have hints at their romance. However, Kae's entire world is turned upside down when her favorite anime character dies. Heartbroken, she locks herself in her room and cuts off all contact from society. When she finally emerges a week later, she has slimmed down to have become a radiant beauty!
Now, all the boys that Kae was content with watching from afar are suddenly pursuing her—the only problem is, Kae wants no part in it! She would much rather they kiss each other, not her. In the battle for her heart, Kae ensnares the boys in her wild fantasies and exposes them to the true nature of a fujoshi's world.
I think this manga balanced romance, and drama really well. Characters were generally well developed, with a light touch. The cast mostly focuses on our protagonist Serinuma Kae, and her suitors. Each of them had interesting backstories, hobbies, and approaches to romance.
It read like a standard shoujo romance, and asked why characters love, or appreciate each other. Is it appearance, or something else? This manga takes the time to explore it. The use of an otaku leading character was also useful, as the author made use of her hobbies and Kae's obsession with her favourite character to explore the dynamics between fiction, and reality.
was good, and it was an overall fun read. It was 60 full-length shoujo manga chapters, but flew by very quickly. The story arcs were well paced and minor characters stayed as minor characters, being developed without taking the spotlight from the main cast.
– That's what I thought after finishing the last chapter.
I’m a shipper alright. On top of that, I’m also a simple person, so I usually ship the girl with the first guy to appear. This manga, however, despite providing five possible love interests for the main heroin, didn’t make me ship, strangely enough.
I liked all the boyfriend/girlfriend candidates, they were all unique and all funny in their way. Sure, when Kae had moments with Igarashi, it felt wrong (i'm sorry, Yuusuke). I immediately fell in love with Mutsumi-senpai, because he always cared for Kae, always put her first and didn’t care,
whether she was Fae (Fat Kae) or Sae (Skinny Kae).
The beginning, where Fae turns into Sae and looks like a completely different person, was quite unrealistic, but I didn’t question it. In my interpretation, Sae is so beautiful, because she’s the mirror of Kae’s personality.
The manga was hilarious, I haven’t laughed so much since FMA. The faithful portrait of an otaku, her obsession, her mind set, her priorities, everything – it was like a documentary. Amazing. The picture of the annoying couple each of us knows – unbelievably realistic. Characters development on spot. Also references to other mangas – purely great. Kae drawing a human transmutation circle under senpai's hospital bed will stay with me forever.
As far as the ending goes – the name. It was SO OBVIOUS, yet I would have never thought of it. It perfectly linked the beginning of the story with its end, and it also linked Kae’s hobby with her ability to manage a “real” life.
Let me start this review with the problematics: As a fat person, I often search for things with my representation. Unironically, it's hard to find a piece of media that focuses on an overweight female, but occasionally I come across stuff like Kiss Him, Not Me. At first, I was very excited to begin reading, this seemed right up my alley! But...
The beginning of the story is pretty fatphobic.
Let me introduce you to the characters:
- **Serinuma**, the MC, who actually doesn't give 2 SHITS about her own appearance so that's REALLY COOL. She's a fujoshi, so all that she cares about (REALLY) is... two guys
doing it. Preferably if it's her otp (understandably), but if it's ANY two guys, that's super fine too.
- **Nanashima**, the Douche. You know the type: blonde, looks kinda mean but is actually a softie, usually is the one who gets the girl? Yeah. Is he the one who ends up with her? lol, I'll never tell. But he DOES look like Shion (Serinuma's favorite character).
- **Igarashi**, the Leader. I... don't know how to describe him? He's a decent guy, one of the most decent out of them, and his character growth is a nice surprise. He's not exactly a douchebag like Nana but he's not as nice as Mutsumi. So he's like... a "middle ground" between them.
- **Shinomiya**, the Shota, who is basically Nanashima but small-sized. I don't even know how much of this is a joke and how much of this is the truth lmao I SWEAR they're very much alike.
- **Mutsumi**, the Nice Guy. He's literally the NICEST guy. Top notch Gentleman with a capital G. He's just a little... oblivious.
- **Nishina**, the Lesbian, and yes! It's a girl! Who wants to date Serinuma!! She loves "beautiful things", she's also a doujinshi artist and becomes one of Serinuma's best friends. Unsurprisingly enough, she'd be one of the best options for her to end with :P
Sounds like a fun and different cast, right? It is! Except some of them are fatphobic. That is: when Serinuma was fat, they paid her no mind and some of them even treat her badly, but when she got thin ALL OF THEM *suddenly* became interested. Huh. *How strange*.
There are some moments in the story when she gets back to being fat (for whatever reason) and these same characters are the first ones to find a way to make her thin again as if she's only attractive when she's in a fitting form. This happens at the beginning of the manga and it was such a turn-off to me that I went MONTHS without reading it until I finally had the courage to pick it back up.
But once the fatphobia part wasn't so prominent... it was a breeze to read through. It's usually filled with light humor and cute "shippy" moments, they all have their one shot with Serinuma before she realizes who she really likes. And here's a surprise: there's actually some ~serious~ moments between the middle to the end of the story! Junko puts the humor and light moments in the back burner and decides to go for the drama and gooey shoujo romance (that we all secretly love).
It's very satisfying to see all these characters grow, both as individuals and together as a group of friends. It's especially cute how even after Serinuma "chose" one of them, the rest of them still stuck around and kept being friends with everybody. It stopped being a rivalry and it became friendship, even though they sometimes like to snap at one another haha
This manga is worth at least a shot, even though it doesn't get close to what Ouran is (one of my favorite mangas and, in my opinion, the best reverse harem), it is still pretty nice. And if you don't care about the fat issue, I suppose you'll have an easier time getting through the beginning.
I thought the characters were all funny and endearing. What drew me into this manga was I guess all the fangirling the main character did in the first chapter. I found it relatable and so funny. The love interests are adorable and all the banter between the characters I thought were so sweet and cute. It made me go "awwww "in sincerity. Plot wise. I enjoyed it there were times where I was wondering who will she really end up with wth is she thinking. I got angry and sad. Luckily she chose my fave. The ending felt rushed or else I would of
rated it a 10. I most likely will re read as I sped through this in one day. This is a new favorite.