Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Manga Review: Kiss Him, Not Me!, Volume 9, by Junko

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: February 2017
Volumes: 14.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Once again, it's me, Kae! It's so great that the whole group is staying together, and even Shinomiya-kun is opening up more.

These friend are more than I could ask for, but if I had to say what I want for my birthday...I'm sure there's plenty of exclusive anime merch worth wishing for. It looks like the whole gang is fired up to throw the otaku party of my dreams! But the birthday festivities lead to a heartfelt confession from Igarashi-kun, and it's too big to ignore! Things are also spurred on by the arrival of a gorgeous senpai from the boys' past...

...This cool beauty, Kotoha-senpai, has some blunt words for me about dealing with everyone's feelings. Everyone puts their heart into making me feel special, so I can't leave them hanging. But can I figure out how to deal with 3D love?!


At first, we get some fun episodic chapters. Shinomiya is living alone and being stalked, then afterward, it's Serinuma's birthday and everyone is working hard to find the perfect presents. Of course, Igarashi wins, in my opinion.
Afterward, Igarashi's possible-ex shows up. She's a nice girl, and she gives Serinuma a reality check. It's a much needed reminder for her, but it ends in a battle that doesn't really solve anything. It gives me possible hope that something might be decided soon? But it might be misguided, if that cliffhanger just leads to another harem member.
This series is fun, and I do enjoy it. But, to be honest, I don't love all of the characters, and sometime the focus on certain ones makes me disinterested. I would also like to see a conclusion at some point, which I didn't see coming any time soon--but after checking that it has, I might have to catch up with this series.

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