The latest anime Joe picked out for our Bad Anime Date Night turned out to be Mostly Good Anime Date Night: Kiss Him, Not Me
. There are parts of the premise that I was not thrilled with, but you can go in with a summary and skip episodes one, two, and four and you're good to go for the rest. There are twelve episodes in total; we watched on Crunchyroll.
So, the premise: Serinuma is a fat high school girl and fujoshi (a female fan of m/m relationships in media). Her current anime crush is the character Shion from the Mirage Saga
. When Shion dies in the season finale of Mirage Saga
, she is thrown into a week-long funk in which she doesn't eat. This causes her to lose weight and become conventionally really, really hot
. At this point, three hot guys who she used to, uh, perv on with her friend, another fujoshi, start hitting on her; fourth hot guy also goes along because he likes people but is kind of oblivious as to the situation. And a few episodes in, a hot, rich
, doujinshi-drawing lesbian also falls for Serinuma--she was actually looking for Serinuma at their school earlier, because Serinuma sent her fanmail about one of her doujinshi, and they are basically kindred spirits, but she had first met Serinuma when she was fat and didn't recognize thin!Serinuma. The anime follows the shenanigans that happen as the four hot guys + Shima (the lesbian) attempt to court Serinuma without letting anyone else "gain an advantage."
What I'm not thrilled with: I have the first volume of the manga, which felt like it treated the weight issue a little better. In the anime, Serinuma's seiyuu voices Serinuma in a more parodic manner when she's fat vs. when she's thin. I also think three of the four hot guys are assholes for basically ignoring Serinuma before she becomes hot and therefore "worthy" of their attention, although there is some character growth later on. Episode 1 introduces Serinuma-as-fat, episode 2 briefly has some fat jokes so your choice as to whether you want to deal with that or just skip the episode (it's not crucial and is not one of the funnier ones), and episode
5 [thanks to actiaslunaris
for the correction] features a brief subplot in which Serinuma temporarily gains her weight back and then loses it again, and how the guys react to that.
What I loved: Serinuma is a sweetheart, and I really liked her a lot. The mangaka apparently is/was a fujoshi, so the viewpoint is sympathetic toward fans of BL (boys' love). Serinuma and Shima are hilariously enthusiastic in all sorts of recognizably fannish ways, most notably during the shipping war episode in which one of them ships AxB and the other ships BxA . And of course there's a lot of meta humor referring to otome games and so on.
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And, best of all? The anime sticks the landing
in a way that is completely supported structurally by the opening. I'll put spoilers in ROT13:
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There are other fun bits, like parody references to popular anime/manga (Grey Butler
, Attack on
something-that-wasn't-Titan, Prince of Badminton
), the obligatory ghost episode...man, I hope there's fic for this show. Especially if it goes to the parody place, the harem place, or the meta place (or all three!).