Kiss Him, Not Me
|Kiss Him, Not Me|
Cover of the first volume
(Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda)
|Genre||Romantic comedy, Reverse harem|
|Original run||October 11, 2013 – February 13, 2018|
|Released||January 13, 2015|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Ishiodori|
|Written by||Michiko Yokote|
|Music by||Ruka Kawada|
|Original network||TBS, BS-TBS|
|Original run||October 6, 2016 – December 22, 2016|
Kiss Him, Not Me, known in Japan as Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda (Japanese: 私がモテてどうすんだ Hepburn: lit. What's the Point of Me Getting Popular?), is a Japanese romantic comedy shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Junko. It is published by Kodansha since 2013 on Bessatsu Friend magazine. Fourteen volumes compiling the chapters have been released so far. It is published online in English by Crunchyroll and the volumes will be published by Kodansha USA. An audio drama adaptation of the first chapter was released on January 13, 2015. An anime adaptation by Brain's Base aired in Japan between October and December 2016. The manga won Best Shōjo Manga at the 40th Kodansha Manga Awards.
Kae Serinuma is a fujoshi, a female manga and anime geek who loves reading yaoi (boys love) material and imagining men together in romantic relationships, both fictional and real. When one of her favourite anime characters is killed off, Kae is so shocked that she locks herself in her room for a whole week. When she eventually comes out, she discovers that she has lost a lot of weight. She becomes a beautiful girl that catches the eye of four boys at her school: Yūsuke Igarashi, Nozomu Nanashima, Hayato Shinomiya, and Asuma Mutsumi. Despite learning about Kae's bizarre tendencies, the four boys, along with another fujoshi girl named Shima Nishina, all fall for Kae and begin competing with each other for her affection, much to Kae's frustration as she wants them to fall in love with each other.
- Kae Serinuma (芹沼 花依 Serinuma Kae)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (drama CD), Yū Kobayashi (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)
- A fujoshi in her second year of high school and part of the history club, who becomes excited over the sight of two boys together. Initially possessing a chubby appearance, Kae loses weight after a week of mourning over the death of her favorite anime character, becoming attractive as a result. Despite becoming the object of affection for several boys as a result, she still thoroughly enjoys her otaku hobbies and is unsure how to deal with the attention she gets from the boys.
- Yūsuke Igarashi (五十嵐 祐輔 Igarashi Yūsuke)
- Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (drama CD), Yūki Ono (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)
- One of Kae's classmates, who is part of the soccer club. He is characterized as "the boy next door" type and is the most competitive out of Kae's suitors. He was polite with Kae before losing weight but he only became interested in her because of her appearance. After spending more time with Kae, he gets to know her more as a person, making him realize how admirable and interesting Kae actually is, and causing him to truly fall in love with her.
- Nozomu Nanashima (七島 希 Nanashima Nozomu)
- Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (drama CD), Keisuke Kōmoto (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)
- One of Kae's classmates, who is categorized as a "bad boy tsundere" type. He used to be a soccer player when he was much younger, but lost confidence following an incident with Yūsuke. Although he portrays a tough exterior, he is actually quite soft-hearted and very kind when he wants to be. He has a younger sister and is good at housekeeping.
- Shima Nishina (二科 志麻 Nishina Shima)
- Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (drama CD), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese); Michelle Rojas (English)
- An androgynous first year girl who is the descendant of a rich family and is skilled in both sports and arts. According to the boys, she is "Takarazuka-like prince type". Like Kae, she is also a fujoshi and even runs her own dōjin circle. Having had trouble being respected for her art due to her family's status, Shima came to admire Kae from even before her transformation after she complimented her work thus receiving the motivation to pursue drawing. She is bisexual in the manga, but the anime portrays her as having more of a platonic friendship with Kae rather than a romantic one although her actions do hint more towards romantic feelings. Her flirtatious personality does not change thus she is still considered a member of Kae's harem, even as a girl.
- Hayato Shinomiya (四ノ宮 隼人 Shinomiya Hayato)
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (drama CD), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)
- He is a first year student and member of the health committee, who started having a crush on Kae after she lost weight. He has an effeminate appearance, prone to blushing and getting flustered, and is often characterized as a tsundere by the other boys. He owns a female iguana named Thor, whom he cares for dearly.
- Asuma Mutsumi (六見 遊馬 Mutsumi Asuma)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (drama CD), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese); David Wald (English)
- A third year student who is president of the history club and one of the few people who liked Kae before she lost her weight, but doesn't realize it until later on in the series. While more laid back and less competitive than the other boys, he can become aggressive when someone picks on Kae. He's very open minded and doesn't seem to notice nor mind any of Kae's otaku eccentricities.
- Amane Nakano (中野あまね Nakano Amane)
- Voiced by: Asami Shimoda (Japanese); Whitney Rodgers (English)
- Kae's best friend and classmate and a fellow otaku and fujoshi. She has a boyfriend who is unaware of her hobbies.
- Takurō Serinuma (芹沼 拓郎 Serinuma Takurō)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (drama CD), Takahiro Mizushima (Japanese); Cris George (English)
- Kae's older brother, who acts hostile towards Kae but generally means well.
- Kazuma Mutsumi (六見 一馬 Mutsumi Kazuma)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (drama CD), Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
- Asuma's older brother, a flirtatious character who doesn't mind flirting with other boys.
- Mitsuko Serinuma (芹沼 みつこ Serinuma Mitsuko)
- Voiced by: Yū Sugimoto (Japanese); Jessica Cavanagh (English)
- Kae's mother, who used to have her own harem of suitors back in school.
- Hideo Serinuma (芹沼 英男 Serinuma Hideo)
- Kae's father, who is very protective of her.
- Takeru Mitsuboshi (三星 建 Mitsuboshi Takeru)
- Kae's childhood friend. His parents are divorced and he lives with his father, but uses his mother's maiden name. He is later revealed to be a voice actor.
- Kirari Nanashima (七島 光 Nanashima Kirari)
- Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- Nozomu's little sister, who enjoys the magical girl anime, Puri Puri Moon.
- Shion (シオン Shion)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
- Shion is Kae's favorite character in her favorite anime, Mirage Saga. His death caused such a shock to Kae that she lost a lot of weight in just a week. His appearance bears a striking resemblance to Kae's classmate Nozomu Nanashima. Due to her anime-loving mind, she sees Nanashima as Shion himself, much to Nanashima's dismay. However after Kanchu Ranbu aired, Kae changed her obsession, stating that Shion will be always in her heart.
- Tera (テラ Terra)
- Voiced by: Kenjirō Tsuda
- A character in Mirage Saga.
- Lord (殿 Tono)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)
- A character in Kanchu Ranbu who is modeled after fictional samurai Hyakki Sametora.
- Akane (朱)
- Voiced by: Shouta Aoi (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
- A character in Kanchu Ranbu, he is a anthropomorphized version of Hyakki Sametora's iconic red armor.
The original manga by Junko began serialization in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from May 2013. The series has been compiled into fourteen tankōbon volumes as of March 13, 2018. Crunchyroll began releasing the manga online as it is published from September 5, 2014, holding a contest to determine the series' official English title. Kodansha Comics began publishing the physical edition in English from October 13, 2015.
An anime television adaptation of the manga was announced in the Bessatsu Friend magazine's April 2016 issue. Brain's Base produced the anime, with Hiroshi Ishiodori directing, Michiko Yokote handled the series composition and Kazuhiko Tamura designed the characters. The series aired in Japan between October 6, 2016 and December 22, 2016 and simulcast by Crunchyroll, and Funimation streamed an English dub. The opening theme is "Prince×Prince" by From4to7 (Yūki Ono, Keisuke Koumoto, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Nobunaga Shimazaki), while the ending theme is "Dokidoki no Kaze" (ドキドキの風 Heart-pounding Wind) by Rie Murakawa. Anime Limited has licensed the series in the UK.
|No.||Official English title[a]||Original air date|
|1||"Can She Do It? A Real Life Otome Game"|
Transcription: "Dekiru ka na? Riaru Otogē" (Japanese: できるかな？リアル乙女ゲー)
|October 6, 2016|
|Kae Serinuma is a chubby fujoshi who enjoys shipping boys together in yaoi pairings. One night, as Kae watches the latest episode of the Mirage Saga anime, she becomes horrified after her favorite character, Shion, is killed off. After spending an entire week locked up in her room due to shock, Kae emerges to find she has lost all of her weight. Kae's new-found beauty quickly attracts the attention of her male schoolmates; Yūsuke Igarashi, Nozomu Nanashima and Hayato Shinomiya who all invite her to watch a movie with them. While trying to deal with all the new attention, Kae ends up giving into her repressed urges when an anime shop has limited goods on sale, revealing to the boys that she is an otaku. Despite this, the boys decide to accept Kae as she is and spend the rest of the day doing what she wants.|
|2||"The Strange Room And The Four High School Boys"|
Transcription: "Fushigi na o Heya to Yonnin no DK" (Japanese: 不思議なお部屋と4人のDK)
|October 13, 2016|
|Kae is asked to fill in for the school's Soccer Club, only to quickly discover she has no idea how to play soccer. Irked by some of the bad words said behind her back, Nozomu decides to help Kae with her practise, and she ultimately manages to win the match by turning her flaw into an advantage. Later, the group get together at Kae's house to help her study for the exams, much to the ire of her brother, Takuro, who tries to shoo them away by revealing Kae's fujoshi hobby.|
|3||"The Clear and Blue Autumn Sky, and Passionate Otome"|
Transcription: "Tentakaku Otome Moe Yuru Aki" (Japanese: 天高く乙女萌ゆる秋)
|October 20, 2016|
|Upon the arrival of the culture festival, the boys make an agreement to each spend thirty minutes alone with Kae without interference from the others. As a result, Kae ends up having her picture taken with Nozomu, eating lunch with Asuma, watching a play with Yūsuke, and going to a haunted house with Hayato. As Kae becomes overwhelmed by everyone hitting on her, she becomes harassed by some other students, prompting the others to come to her aid. When the fight becomes violent, Kae urges them to stop, explaining that she is not used to having so much attention. As the boys agree to take things more slowly with Kae, they dance knowing that Kae will enjoy seeing them do so.|
|4||"Christmas in the Holy Land"|
Transcription: "Kurisumasu wa Seichi de" (Japanese: クリスマスは聖地で)
|October 27, 2016|
|Come Christmas Eve, the boys end up joining Kae to Comiket, unprepared for how packed the event is. While the boys are sent to buy dōjinshi, Kae is harassed by a photographer but is rescued by someone cosplaying as a butler character. Upon returning to school, Kae discovers that the cosplayer she met is actually a female underclassman named Shima Nishina. After being introduced to the boys, Shima invites everyone to her place to act as models for her dōjinshi. When Kae offers her own advice for poses, Shima suddenly takes the initiative, and Kae's first kiss.|
|5||"Back to My Original Self! What Should I Do?"|
Transcription: "Moto ni Modotte Dōsunda" (Japanese: 元に戻ってどうすんだ)
|November 3, 2016|
|When a Valentine's Day event is announced allowing fans to give chocolate to Mirage Saga characters, Kae struggles with trying to craft a 3D chocolate sculpture of Shion. Although Shima offers to let her submit the one she made, Kae realises that feelings are the most important thing and sends in her avant-garde creation, winning a special prize. However, as a result of eating all of the leftover chocolate, Kae ends up putting on all the weight she had lost. Wanting Kae to go back to her more beautiful self, Nozomu and Hayato try and get Kae to lose her weight, only to discover that their methods are doing more harm than good. As Yūsuke comes to realise that he loves Kae regardless of her weight, the boys come up with a reward system, awarding Kae with yaoi fanservice for every weight goal reached. Thanks to this, Kae quickly goes back to her normal weight and is treated to the sight of Yūsuke and Nozomu kissing.|
|6||"Let The Shipping Wars Begin!"|
Transcription: "Kappuringu Sensō Boppatsu!" (Japanese: カップリング戦争勃発！)
|November 10, 2016|
|While obsessed with a new anime titled Kanchu Ranbu, Kae and Shima fall out with each other when they get into a heated argument over which of the two male leads should be the more dominant one. After the boys fail in an attempt to get them to make up with each other, Shima challenges Kae to a fanfiction writing competition to determine which pairing is superior. Shima wins the contest in the end, but doesn't feel happy with her victory. Recalling how she came to like Kae in the first place, Shima properly apologises to Kae and the two compromise by declaring their ship to have a reversible dynamic.|
|7||"On A Journey to the Holy Land of Kachu☆Rabu"|
Transcription: "Seichi Junrei Kachu☆Rabu no Tabi" (Japanese: 聖地巡礼かちゅ☆らぶの旅)
|November 17, 2016|
|Wanting to attend a requiem mass for the samurai that Kanchu Ranbu's main character was based on, Hyakki Sametora, Kae and the others end up spending the night at an inn, where Yūsuke lands on top of Kae during a pillow fight. The next day, the gang attend the mass, look at a museum, and visit Sametora's grave. While taking swan boats to an island where Sametora's head was buried separately, the group gets swept up by a whirlpool and stranded on the island, with Kae and Asuma becoming separated from the others. As the two groups struggle to find each other due to an alleged curse surrounding the island, Asuma is forced to take drastic measures when Kae comes down with a fever. After Kae recovers, she and Asuma come up against the alleged ghost of Sametora, managing to use charms bought at the shrine to bring him to peace. Afterwards, the gang learn that the curses they saw were apparently hallucinations caused by poisonous mushrooms they had for lunch, though Asuma suspects there is some truth to what he and Kae experienced.|
|8||"I'm at a Disadvantage!"|
Transcription: "Ore wa Adobantēji Mainasu!" (Japanese: 俺はアドバンテージ・マイナス！)
|November 24, 2016|
|While Nozomu worries that everyone has been making progress with Kae except him, Kae reveals she is working part-time at an amusement park, performing as part of a Puri Puri Moon stage show. As everyone else ends up getting various roles at the park as well, Nozomu, having experience with Puri Puri Moon due to watching the TV series with his little sister Kirari, gets a part in the show alongside Kae. On the first day of practise, Nozomu comes down with a cold, so Kae comes over to his house to look after him. Delirious from the fever, Nozomu forces himself upon Kae and kisses her before Yūsuke stops him. As Kae ends up catching his cold and becoming afraid as a result, Nozomu apologises for his actions and encourages Kae to get better in time for the stage show. When rowdy otakus cause a disturbance during the show, Nozomu puts on an ad-lib performance to drive them off before filling in for one of the other girls in the dance number.|
|9||"The Beach! Bathing Suits! Time to Get Serious!"|
Transcription: "Umi da Mizugi da Honki dasu!" (Japanese: 海だ水着だ本気出す!)
|December 1, 2016|
|During a trip to the beach, Hayato's attempts to impress Kae keep either backfiring or getting upstaged by the others. After an attempt to save Kae from a snake ruins barbecue preparations, Hayato becomes depressed and runs off into the forest, prompting the others to search for him. While the others end up having to take another path after a bridge collapses, Kae catches up to Hayato and takes shelter in an abandoned hotel, which turns out to be the hideout of some delinquents that the other boys shooed away. With Kae in danger, Hayato manages to overcome his fear and deliver a swift kick to one of the delinquents, helping Kae to reunite with the others.|
Transcription: "Ani, Shūrai" (Japanese: 兄, 襲来)
|December 8, 2016|
|As the gang go on a treasure hunt near Mount Fuji after Asuma finds a map in the History Club, they become curious as to whether or not Asuma actually has any romantic feelings for Kae. After encountering a group of bats, Kae becomes separated from the others alongside Asuma, who she discovers is afraid of the dark. As Kae helps him get through the darkness and reunite with the others, Asuma starts to realise his own feelings for her before discovering the treasure to be a prank set up by his older brother, Kazuma. The next day, Kazuma begins working as the school's new student teacher, who acts flirtatious with both the boys and Kae. Later, Kazuma invites Kae to lunch to talk about Asuma, hearing about how much of an impression he has left on her. The following day, Kazuma attempts to make his own move on Kae only to be stopped by Asuma, who claims that Kae is his girlfriend.|
|11||"Forward! Guard the Castle!"|
Transcription: "Iza Shutsudō!! Shiro Gādo!" (Japanese: いざ出動!! 城ガード!)
|December 15, 2016|
|Asuma's lie fails to pass with Kazuma, who throws himself into the running for Kae's affections to the annoyance of everyone else. As everyone tries to do their part to protect Kae, Kazuma keeps hitting them back by exploiting their weaknesses. When Asuma tries to reason with him, Kazuma traps him in a locker, reminding him of when Kazuma trapped him in a storehouse when they were kids. The next day, Kazuma challenges Asuma to a duel of the Guard the Castle card game, with Kae as the prize, leading Asuma to realise this is the one thing he cannot let his brother have. With the support of his friends, Asuma manages to win the duel and realises his true feelings for Kae.|
|12||"Kiss Him, Not Me"|
Transcription: "Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda" (Japanese: 私がモテてどうすんだ)
|December 22, 2016|
|Following Asuma's declaration of his feelings, the others take extra measures to keep him from properly confessing to Kae. After Asuma makes a public broadcast asking Kae to meet him on the roof after school, he prompts the others to also come to the rooftop and properly reveal their feelings, leading to everyone confessing to Kae at the same time. Feeling she can't make a decision without knowing everyone better, Kae decides to spend each day of the holiday going on dates with each of her suitors. As such, she goes to an aquarium with Yusuke, an amusement park with Nozomu, and alpaca farm with Hayato, a trip to Okinawa with Shima, and a treasure hunt with Asuma. After remaining uncertain following the dates, Kae ends up rekindling her love for Shion upon learning that he might be revived for a second season of Mirage Saga, leaving everyone's confessions unanswered.|
- All English titles are taken from Funimation.
Volume 3 of the manga reached the 44th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of June 15, 2014, has sold 17,994 copies; volume 4 reached the 43rd place and, as of September 14, 2014, has sold 22,107 copies; volume 5 reached the 17th place and, as of January 18, 2015, has sold 41,112 copies.
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