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.
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.
BL author Junko tries out shoujo. As of now only 2 english chapters are out (3rd is in chinese), so there's not much, but I still want to review it.
Story (6) - The story is about an overweight fujoshi (BL lover) who one day loses all her weight by not eating while grieving over her favorite character's death. Not very realistic, but hey it's shoujo. Now that she's pretty every hot boy in school comes out of the woodwork to try and get in her pants; except for one, who is my favorite, and was her friend from the start. Ensue reverse harem with BL
undertones. The message that only skinny girls are attractive kind of pisses me off; it's not a very positive message for young girls, which shoujo often targets, other than that I have no problems. It's sort of like Fujoshi Rumi except more shoujo geared and less mature.
Art (9) - Adorable!! Everything about the art is so wonderful and fluffy. All the guys and girls are cute. However, you don't really see any backgrounds it's mainly the characters faces.
Characters (6) - All the characters are feeling like shoujo archetypes so far. Hopefully they will get a little more development, but I doubt it.
Enjoyment (8) - I really like the story other than the whole she's only worth any attention when she's skinny thing. I also really like Junko so maybe I'm a little biased.
Overall (7) - Better than normal shoujo, but you know it's still shoujo so don't expect too much. It's fun and if you're into BL you'll get a kick out of it. The story is kind of like soda it's not beneficial in any way, but it's bubbly, light and fun.
Ok so this is a review so there's gonna be some good and bad and its one of my first so.. you know go easy on me plus this is only based off the first two chapters which says a lot as a whole
well Im mostly summarizing since I noticed there aren't any reviews and I usually hate when there aren't any because I want to hear how the story is from another viewpoint before I waste my time with something I don't really like so Im not going into great detail.
So the story is and isn't a cliche and I'll explain why. Our mc
(main character) in the very beginning was over weight and not all that attractive although she still had a lot of guy friends, but miraculously she sheds all her weight within one week of depression over one of her favorite characters dying in a manga that she loves (oh and did I forget to mention she's an otaku). The whole becoming more beautiful thing isn't at all unique in its aspect, but the fact that she did it in one week is and along with being different its really unrealistic so if you're looking into a nonshoujo characteristic manga you're at loss. Anyways so of course as expected every male that had been presented previously falls for her new beautiful look and there was really only one who feels the same whether Shes fat or skinny, so undoubtedly its who pull want to root for. So that's the beginning of the harem aspect and superficial aspect as well which is something that I do not enjoy whatsoever because all the guys but one only liked her after she became beautiful and it really makes you hope for some odd twist where she gains weight again just to see what happens.
Anyways the art is really beautiful and I think it's what I like the most out of it all. It's used often I must say but I still really like it and I think it fits its story well.
The characters are nothing special but your usual cliche characters to be honest with no three dimensional aspects. The main character is your usual dense, hard working, common senseless, kind hearted otaku with no real depth while the males are trundere, normal, nonchalant, etc characters and one word is really all you need to explain them and there's three characters in itself that I just named.
I think the enjoyment is based on the reader to be honest so I don't have much to say. It passed time for me and that's good enough.
overall I give it a 7 or a 6.5 for you pessimistic ones. It's something that passes your time and if you keep a good outlook you'll enjoy yourself and hopefully the story will get more interesting from here on.