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Cover art of the PlayStation 2 game featuring Yūmi Hoshino, one of its heroines
|Genre||Drama, School Life, Romance|
|Released||May 25, 2006|
|Written by||Masashi Kokura|
|Original run||June 30, 2006 – ongoing|
|KimiKiss: Lyrical contact|
|Written by||Mimei Kuroi|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||June 2006 – February 2007|
|KimiKiss: After days|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||December 2007 – April 2008|
|KimiKiss: Various heroines|
|Written by||Tarō Shinonome|
|Original run||August 25, 2006 – March 27, 2009|
|KimiKiss: Sweet lips|
|Written by||Masahiro Itosugi|
|Published by||Akita Shoten|
|Magazine||Champion Red ichigo|
|Original run||December 2006 – ongoing|
|Written by||Chabō Higurashi|
|Illustrated by||Kisai Takayama
|Original run||July 2006 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|KimiKiss: Pure Rouge|
|Directed by||Kenichi Kasai|
|Licensed by||Sentai Filmworks|
|Original run||October 6, 2007 – March 24, 2008|
|Episodes||24 + special|
KimiKiss (キミキス KimiKisu?, lit. "First Kiss") is a dating simulation game for the PlayStation 2. Released by Enterbrain in 2006, KimiKiss has become a media franchise, including manga, light novel, and has been made into an anime as of 2007-2008.
Kouichi Aihara's (in the anime this character was split into two characters: Sanada Kouichi and Kazuki Aihara) childhood friend Mao Mizusawa has returned after living in France for two years. Kouichi is surprised to learn that, since her parents are remaining overseas for the time being, his mother has agreed to let Mao stay with them. They help each other deal with the ups and downs of high school romance.
- Kōichi Aihara (相原 光一 Aihara Kōichi?)
- Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
- The main protagonist in the game and anime (his name can be changed by player) and also in Various Heroines manga. Student of class 2A and older brother of Nana. In the anime this character was split in two - Kouichi Sanada (he received original Kōichi's looks and given name.) and Kazuki Aihara (he received Kōichi's soccer skills and surname and Nana becomes his sister). In the anime, Kōichi's first love interest was initially Yūmi Hoshino, until he gradually develops feelings for his childhood friend, Mao. In the end of the anime, the two become a couple.
- Mao Mizusawa (水澤 摩央 Mizusawa Mao?)
- Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa
- Mao is very active, energetic, and cheerful student of older class 3-A. In anime after moving back to Japan from Paris, she lived with Kouichi and his mom but moves due to her feelings for Kouichi, although the two go to the same school. Mao's first love interest in the anime was a quiet, tough looking boy named Eiji Kai. At first, the two disliked each other, but soon developed feelings as they both opened up. Not long after that, Mao and Eiji began to date. The relationship did not last long due to Mao realizing her feelings for Kouichi. She breaks up with Eiji later in the anime.
- Yūmi Hoshino (星乃 結美 Hoshino Yūmi?)
- Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu
- Kouichi's classmate, who works in school library. In anime she is Kouichi's love interest. She is always shy but from the help of Mao and the others, she began to speak up a little. She also has feelings for Kouichi and throughout the story they began to date, but began to realize Kouichi has feelings for Mao.
- Asuka Sakino (咲野 明日夏 Sakino Asuka?)
- Voiced by: Ryou Hirohashi
- A girl from parallel class 2-С (in anime she is in Kouichi's and Kazuki's class 2-A), who loves to play soccer. In anime she starts to have feelings for Kazuki after he had helped her. Sakino discovers that Eriko and Kazuki were conducting 'experiments' together which angered her, wanting to stop the experiments. She soon realizes that Kazuki was in love with Eriko, despite the fact she always pushed him away. Edging towards the end of the anime, Sakino confesses her feelings to Kazuki, but is turned down. She gives him a kiss as a goodbye to her feelings for him.
- Eriko Futami (二見 瑛理子 Futami Eriko?)
- Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
- An extremely introvert girl from parallel class 2С, who is always cold to others and has an IQ score of 190. She usually loiters in the science lab. In anime she starts performing experiments with Kazuki by doing romantic actions (such as kissing him) when he stumbled upon her to find out why people fall in love. Gradually she opens up to others and develops feelings for Kazuki. In the last episode, Eriko pronounces her love for Kazuki and the two kiss.
- Mitsuki Shijō (祇条 深月 Shijō Mitsuki?)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
- A wealthy girl from parallel class 2-С, who can play the piano. She has had an arranged engagement most of her life yet never met the man. In the anime she begins having feelings for Hiiragi.
- Nana Aihara (相原 菜々 Aihara Nana?)
- Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa
- She is the younger sister of Aihara (Kouichi in the game, Kazuki in the anime). She carries an accessory depicting a green frog called Iwao.
- Narumi Satonaka (里仲 なるみ Satonaka Narumi?)
- Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi
- Good friend and classmate of Nana. Expert at cooking udon and has a strong interest of creating new varieties of udon. Like Nana, she also carries an accessory depicting a frog called Juliet.
- Akira Hiiragi (柊 明良 Hiiragi Akira?)
- Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
- President of the Movie Research Club. He always forces Kouichi and Kazuki into helping him with the movie films. He has a mental list of trivia about almost every girl in the school even though he is "dating" someone from another school, "Male Prudence" he calls it.
- Megumi Kuryū (栗生 恵 Kuryū Megumi?)
- Voiced by: Mai Nakahara
- Member of disciplinary group. She is high strung and the self-appointed head of the school morals enforcement agency. In anime her love interest is Hiiragi.
- Tomoko Kawada (川田 知子 Kawada Tomoko?)
- Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
- School's teacher for modern Japanese language and adviser of swimming club. She is Mao Mizusawa's home room teacher.
- Kōichi Sanada (真田 光一 Sanada Kōichi?)
- Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
- The main protagonist in the anime. He, Kazuki, and Mao are childhood friends. Initially, he has feelings for Yuumi Hoshino but began to realize his feelings for Mao.
- Kazuki Aihara (相原 一輝 Aihara Kazuki?)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima
- An anime only character and the second protagonist, he is Kouichi's classmate and good friend. Kazuki enjoys playing soccer and his love interest is Eriko. Kazuki met Eriko in a classroom and experienced his first kiss when she suddenly began an 'experiment' with him. Kazuki eventually found out that he had fallen for Eriko, and chased after her all throughout the anime. The two finally became a couple near the end of the anime.
- Eiji Kai (甲斐 栄二 Kai Eiji?)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
- An anime only character. Mao's classmate, who plays the saxophone and works in a jazz bar. Initially, he did not want to get along with Mao but gradually opens up to her. He and Mao date for a while but she breaks up with him after she admits her feelings for Kouichi to him, although they remain friends.
Several manga adaptations have been made.
- KimiKiss: Lyrical contact (キミキス 〜lyrical contact〜 KimiKisu ~lyrical content~?), in Gangan Powered, and tankōbon form, five volumes have been made so far, from 2006 to 2007. Focuses on Yuumi's route.
- KimiKiss: After days (キミキス after days KimiKisu after days?), in Gangan Powered, published from December 2007 to April 2008. Focuses on Eriko's route.
- KimiKiss: Various heroines (キミキス -various heroines- KimiKisu -various heroines-?), in Young Animal and tankōbon form (five volumes: #1 Mao Mizusawa, #2 Asuka Sakino, #3 Mitsuki Shijyo, #4 Eriko Futami, and #5 Yuumi Hoshino) Adapts all the heroines routes, one for each volume.
- KimiKiss: Sweet lips (キミキス 〜スウィートリップス〜 KimiKisu ~Suwitō Rippusu?), in Champion RED Ichigo, and in tankōban form, volumes 1-8 from December 2006 to June 2008.
The anime, titled KimiKiss: Pure Rouge, began airing in Japan on October 6, 2007. The series is produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Ken'ichi Kasai. The series focused more on the girls and their daily lives with a more romantic genre. North American anime distributor Section23 Films released KimiKiss: Pure Rouge on DVD, October 5, 2010.
Kouichi Sanada wakes from a dream where his younger self was crying. When he goes to answer the door, he finds a beautiful woman standing in front of him. She quickly enters while reacquainting herself with things in the house, and even enters the shower. A confused Kouichi tries to remember if he knew a girl like this in the past, while trying to remember his friend Kazuki Aihara comes in. A misunderstanding is caused when the girl comes out of the bathroom, but she suddenly realizes who Kazuki is. Kazuki also realizes who the girl is: his childhood friend Mao Mizusawa. Finally realizing this, Kouichi welcomes Mao back. When Kouichi’s mother begins talking to Mao about her living in France, Kouichi notices how much Mao has changed. The story then continues with them going to the same school. Many relationships are formed with different people during their school years but always thought to be a mistake as Mao realizes her true feelings toward Kouichi while Sakino and Futami develops feelings for Kazuki.
- Opening Theme
- "Aozora loop" (青空loop lit. Blue Sky loop?) by Marble. Composed by Micco.
- Ending Themes
- "Negaiboshi" (願い星 lit. Wishing Star?) by Snow* (episodes 1 - 12)
"Wasurenaide" (忘れないで lit. I won't forget?) by Suara (episodes 13 - 24). Composed by Shilo.
- (Japanese) Enterbrain's KimiKiss official website
- (Japanese) KimiKiss pure rouge official website
- KimiKiss at National Console Support
- KimiKiss pure rouge (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- KimiKiss manga official TOKYOPOP website