Posted 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 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 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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  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:20 AM)
    @Nyan yes! What Im doing is a solo project, so while I do respect other opinions, I would go with my gut feeling.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:12 AM)
    Before the internet, critics filled the role of reviewer for both the medium and for the layman. Now, the layman are given equal opportunity to play the role of “critic” to those of their own sensibilities. In a sense, because the layman may not be so interested in the depth of more critical analysis, the traditional critic is rendered merely another voice among a myriad of other, less-knowledgeable voices.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:10 AM)
    I rather like the idea that there’s a way to distinguish a critic from the average person with an opinion. Usually, to me, it seems to come from the person’s wealth of knowledge about the subject, leading them to better understand a piece on multiple levels. That being said, for the layman audience, a layman interpretation may be all they need.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:05 AM)
    Course, reviewer is synonymous to critic nowadays, but that’s what I understand as separating a critic from the layman.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:04 AM)
    I’ve been told that you can’t just be a critic by having seen a lot of the medium. You have to dig into its history and understand the work’s place in the whole of the medium. Because then you’re getting as comprehensive a view of the work itself as you could reasonably get.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:03 AM)
    To distinguish a critic from the average person now who can just pawn info from the Internet, it’s someone whose views are consistent because they’re grounded in a certain foundation of knowledge and understanding. Now, those foundations can certainly change over time, so maybe consistent is the wrong word. But to put it simply, they can put reason to views rather than just echoing others. Of course, there are plenty with flimsy reasoning, but yeah.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:01 AM)
    They’re exposed to information, but for a good part, the general audience might not understand what information to be looking for. They’ll certainly pick up patterns and they’ll expect to see that in quality works. But that’s also where you get that discrepancy with evaluations. Since if a set pattern could automatically pump out a high-quality work, we’d have machines do all of that.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:57 AM)
    Good answer =)
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:50 AM)
    I think that the internet has, to an extent, weakened the influence of critics. Now, everyone with enough spare time can be a critic. In this deluge of people with their own opinions, it’s hard to figure out who’s opinion is, for lack of a better word, better. Rather than look at any one critic, they may look at a conglomeration of critics. Even still, with the wealth of info about any given thing, they may just decide to see it for themselves.
  • Emma
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    I guess I’m curious as to how effected people are by the professionals reviews when they decide to see a film.

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