Posted by psgels on 24 March 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


The past Autumn- and Winter-season came with an interesting trend: actually good visual novel adaptations. Not just one, but four series (Clanad, ef, this one and True Tears) came from nowhere and shattered the stereotypes I had about the genre. These four series showed that good writing can even turn such a boring–sounding premise as a high-school romance interesting. Kimikiss may not have been as refreshing as Clannad, it may not have had the well-written dialogue of ef, and it neither has characters with the depth of True Tears, but still it’s a worthy series to watch.

Kimikiss is one of these series that plays it safe. The first half is very slow, and basically just serves to flesh out the characters, and set up their personalities and hobbies. Then it starts developing its romances. There are basically three main couples to start with, all with their own problems. While they’re a bit clichéd at times, the character-development is definitely the highlight for this series.

This series doesn’t really have any obvious flaws. There are no errors in the storytelling, the main-characters and side-characters may not be ground-breaking, but they’re all well-fleshed out and developed. The graphics look okay, and so does the music. I do have one complaint with this series, though: it tends to lose itself in its love-triangles at times. Love-triangles are a nasty double-edged sword, and more often than not only distract from what’s really important in a series, where two characters could be advancing the plot but instead are too busy whining about who loves who. Only series as True Tears, that have basically been built around these love-triangles have made them work for me.

Kimikiss at times can’t seem to decide whether it wants to go for straight romance, or love-triangles. The result is that every time two characters are having a bit of time together, a third one pops up to try and take one of them away. In this series, it’s much more fun to just simply watch the couples develop.

I admire the guts of the director to basically split the main character of the game that this series was originally based upon, up in three different ones. The transition has really been seamless, and it shows that the director can do more than just copy and paste well. Kimikiss won’t rock your soul, but it’ll at least keep it a bit entertained.

8 Responses

  1. Windspirit says:

    Clannad isn’t hentai.
    Kimikiss isn’t hentai.
    True Tears has nothing to do with the visual novel called “True Tears”, which isn’t even hentai.

    Seriously, where do you get your info, psgels ? -___-

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ack, my mistake. I could have sworn that at least some of them were hentai-game adaptations. Ah well, it’s fixed now.

  3. Westlo says:

    I told you that it would end like this, I still can’t believe you thought Mao was going to lose during your last monthly update!

  4. Windspirit says:

    Better. ;)

    I’ve never seen Kimikiss past the first four episodes : it’s so dull I wanted to puke. The characters looked generic and immature, and the romance was typical high-school platonic shy-boy-plus-shy-girl-being-shy romance…

    I then jumped on Übel Blatt, where the protagonist, a pubescent adolescent, makes love to the female lead in the first volume. Teenage serious sex is so refreshing compared to these pseudo-romantic animes…

  5. omo says:

    Well, that’s Japan for ya.

    I thought this was great warm fuzzies lite drama. Definitely worth watching if just for the hawt chara art.

  6. Papilo says:

    I also believe that I dont waste my time watching kimikiss. Of course, There’s a bunch of small fails here and there, but even if Kimikiss really could do better than this, I dont care. I really liked it. But i know one thing for sure, True tears is a lot better than kimikiss, considering love triangle.

    btw, What anime is ef? ^^;

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Westlo: yeah, you were right. Now tht I look back, it was indeed obvious that Mao would end up with Kouichi.

    Papilo: ef = ef – a tale of memories, a production by shaft that aired in the Autumn-season.

  8. Madoka says:

    This series was crap….. I’m really shock you gave it a 81…..

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  • ;(
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 03:31 PM)
    Thanks Em though I haven’t joined anything yet!!
    And yeah your first animes will always make you feel warm and nostalgic!!!
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:57 AM)
    Or more accurately the feeling that I’d watched a grown up anime for the first time.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:57 AM)
    The feeling at the time of “This is my first “REAL” anime.
    And I was a cyberpunk nut ever since.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:56 AM)
    Call it nostalgic nonsense, but randomly video hopping on youtube, I find myself listening to the bubblegum crisis soundtrack, laughably dated yes but its taken me back to that moment when I was 11 and those ovas were the first thing I saw that wasn’t pokemon and how blown away/emotional I got and felt.
  • MCAL
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:47 AM)
    Seems like they’ve licensed Umineko.
  • MCAL
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:46 AM)
    @Emma Well they are the kind of company who will license those kinds of titles.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:16 AM)
    Honestly, I’m a bit concerned about Mangagamer licensing euphoria and some lolicon game I can’t remember the name of, it might be sending a bad message of VNs in the west.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:14 AM)
    I really, really want to see Aiyoku no eustia licensed as far as visual novels are concerned and I’m willing to give comyu another shot if it gets fully translated.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:12 AM)
    Not sure if I like what they’re doing with Charlottes protaganist, fair enough he’s a badass, he may become funny/entertaining, but he also kind of comes off as a loser/gary-stu/forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:09 AM)
    Yeah, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to kids targetted stuff I guess, but I found the first witch academia thing kind of endearing.

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