Kimikiss pretty much runs all the typical cliches and character archetypes you can expect from a dating sim. Character archetypes offered include the childhood friend/ upperclassman, the timid and shy bookworm, the tomboy athlete and the introverted, quiet brainy gal. Some of the plot scenarios setup for this series also follow things to a tee with typical setups like love triangles, characters sacrificing their personal feelings to make their loved one happy with the other boy/ gal and wondering how one falls in love. The series is pretty much focused on two love triangles with slow developments and build up to an eventual pairing once all parties come to terms with their feelings for one another. The build up was solid for the most part, though the resolutions for the relationships felt a bit contrived as characters seemed to unnaturally be accepting of the developments that occur with them without any buildup towards it. Not to mention that my caring for the characters was rather limited considering the archetypes each one were fulfilling without doing much to break the mold. That isn't to say this series is bad since the game source material for it is quite clean with its content compared to many dating sims being set up for eroge games. But at the same time, the standard setup of Kimikiss greatly limits any chance I would rewatch this as the characters are quite bland and the plot developments are quite predictable.
On the visual end, it seemed like Kimikiss was made on a limited budget considering scenery designs were drawn with pastel-like color and limited details and there were a nice number of animation shortcuts used such as still shots and cuts to facial shots to replace any sudden movements from characters. The only high point with visuals came from character designs as the characters were given vivid color and had decent details drawn on them for clothing and body dimensions.
Overall, Kimikiss is as formulaic as you can get for a dating sim spinoff anime with its standard character archetypes and plot formulas. While not exactly bad by following convention, it does limit rewatch value and the type of audience the series could appeal to.
Last updated Wednesday, January 16 2013. Created Wednesday, January 16 2013.
Boys Be, Hatsukoi Gentei]
[Score: 79% = minimum "Rent+"; other recommended parallel non-fantasy romance:
Why do people's feelings change?Three parallel high school romances in a Ichigo 100% TV scenario with a group of friends (two 2nd year boys and their childhood friend 3rd year onee-san who just returned from overseas and lives with the family of one of these boys, plus classmates, siblings and one surprising outsider) forming around a movie club - but with a very different style: Where Ichigo 100% had Slapstick, Ecchi and Harem, this show has Romance, Slice of life, and a bit Coming of Age.Because they found someone else they like, or they think their feelings were wrong.If so, they should have stayed alone right from the start.
Cute character designs, nothing to complain about Art and Animation; the first ED song is nice while I began to skip the OP song around episode 8. The Characters aren't acting more mature than in Hatsukoi Gentei despite supposedly being three years older here; the two youngest girls with their froggies are annoying (but have less airtime in later episodes), and Kai-san was hard getting used to but improves significantly during the course of events. The stars are the soccer triangle who go through a roller-coaster ride in this series and even steal the show from the leads whose love polygon is less exciting.
All three leads get potential love interests by the end of the first episode, with one surprising kick-start, one shy blush, and one unreachable target giving three very different starting positions. All of them make progress in small steps until halfway in this series the first challenges arise and the relations are put to the test. The movie club serves not only as background story to keep this group of friends together, the love movie production even pushes a certain development forward. With Hoshino's secret uncovered the story gets more intense and a tear-jerker at times, and in the end we get a plausible and well-prepared solution (with even the movie club president experiencing a nice surprise in the end).
Being derived from a dating-sim, this story works well and most of the characters make the audience care for them. Unfortunately this show has little rewatchability value once you know the development, so "Rent" must be the appropriate rating for it.
Last updated Wednesday, August 10 2011. Created Sunday, September 05 2010.
I thought this one was great. I'm not a big fan of romance but I do watch them from time to time... and only If I think it may be a good one. This one was a perfect choice. Even though it was a "traditional" romance theme, most everything was done above and beyond your clones. For starters, there were more than enough characters as one would expect however, each character (at least the important ones) were developed enough to keep you content. The best part of this series is the fact that there are 3 main characters. As the series progress, each character (Koichi, Kazuki & Mao) have an equal amount of screen time and each of their stories development fully by the last episode.
I loved the animation. One of the best I've seen... or rather it's my fav style of art where the hair isn't over-exagerated & face doesn't end with sharp chins. The music wasn't anything special but it wasn't horrible either. And of course, some parts of the story was immediately obvious... at least I already know Koichi was going to end up with. The story overall however good.
Above all, it was a great anime and would recommend as a high rent.
Last updated Monday, May 19 2008. Created Monday, May 19 2008.
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My first impressions were that KPR looked like it would be my believable, slice-of-life school romance series of the season; it seemed to near the Honey & Clover end of the school romance spectrum. It definitely had a large cast of characters, too--would I be able to keep track of them all? Nothing makes the task easier than the characters being part of a good show, and for the most part it was. The character I found most interesting in KPR has to be Futami, the cold genius girl who seems to have only a scientific curiousity about romance, and is willing to "experiment" on the subject; a tsundere character with a bit of originality to her. I think her romance with Kazuki was meant to be subordinate to the main story between Mao and Koichi, but they stole the show. The problem with romantic triangles is that if the "winner" is too obvious the intrigue and tension are spoiled, and if they aren't apparent enough (or if the choice doesn't make enough sense), half of the viewers are disappointed with the way things turn out. I think KPR did a pretty good job of maintaining the balance; Koichi's choice was pretty clear well before the final episode, but I felt that Kazuki might still go either way, which was exciting and had me sitting with my fingers crossed. At the end, the thought occured to me that if I was to summarize the conclusion (and perhaps the series as a whole) in one word, that word would be "satisfying". I'm not altogether certain that KPR was different enough from the pack that a person would be willing to Rent it (and I doubt if it will be R1 licensed anyhow), but I can't resist giving it a just barely earned Rent rating.
Last updated Saturday, March 29 2008. Created Saturday, October 13 2007.
Analysis: 1 Fansub Watched
BTW : It's JC Staff so MAISM!
Last updated Thursday, October 11 2007. Created Thursday, October 11 2007.
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