I took pleasure in Kiss Him, Not Me! volume 2 a lot more than the first book, considering that the harem of people are developing distinct, recognizable personalities.
Fangirl Kae has four admirers, and here, they go on a series of dates in expected manga situations. First, there’s the school festival, and due to the cosplay theme, Kae gets to make outfits for several of the people (including one who’s playing princess). They get upset at spending all their time with her in a group, though, so they draw up an individual dating schedule.
That, and the way they all work together in preparation for the event, gave me a lot more insight into how to distinguish the guys, which was a big help. Shinomiya is the young blond, aching to be seen as a lot more mature, a real man. Igarashi is the caring, thoughtful great person who also wants to tell the truth. Nanashima is the pushy, flirty other blond. Mutsumi is the older, sensible one, a comforting presence.
Kiss Him, Not Me! is a light, breezy read that doesn’t make fun of its lead for her fannish interests. She doesn’t want to make a choice yet, enjoying finding out a lot more about what she wants. Her nervousness in taking care of attractive men is both amusing and sympathetic, making for a dating manga I enjoy. Plus, whenever she gets the courage to say what she really wants, everyone says, “ok, sounds good”, a great bit of validation. In a later Christmas story, she actually takes them all to Comiket, and they get doujinshi for her. They know what she likes!
Kiss Him, Not Me! volume 3The new character briefly introduced at the end of volume 2 becomes a new pal in Kiss Him, Not Me! volume 3, and her presence is a welcome addition for shaking up the relationships with a bit a lot more conflict. Although Kae first met Shima at a comic convention where Shima…
Kiss Him, Not Me! volume 5As if having four people and a girl after Kae wasn’t enough, in Kiss Him, Not Me! volume 5, we meet the older brother of strong-and-silent Mutsumi. He’s a student teacher in the kids’ school, and he makes a decision he’s interested in Kae as well, although there’s a strong implication that…
Kiss Him, Not Me volume 13As I pointed out in my review of the previous volume, Kae is now dating. However, this installment gets back to wacky fan behavior, as she keeps forgetting about her partner when used amazing events to go to featuring her favorite anime. That’s a challenge lots of people have, learning how to…