KimiKiss: Volume 1
TOKYOPOP, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
have heard of dating sims, but I have never played one. Therefore, I knew nothing of
, the PS2 dating sim on which this manga series is based. However, this did not stop me from eventually enjoying this cute romantic comedy.
ouchi, who has never had a girlfriend, wants to be popular with the girls, so he jumps at the chance to learn from his old childhood friend Mao. Mao is pretty, with a great personality and some feminine wiles, so Kouchi is delighted when he finally gets to kiss her. Kouchi is hoping to learn how to be a great boyfriend so he can please the girl on whom he has a crush. But when he tell Mao who that is, will her heart be crushed?
he problem I had getting into this first volume of
was the mild fanservice in the first chapter and then some more in the next three. If not for this,
would be a lovely romantic tale that would appeal more to females – in fact, Shinonome's art seems closer to typical
. However, the fanservice is aimed at guys, who, admittedly, would be the ones for whom the dating sim was created, and this just had a jarring effect on the story.
nce I got over this, the story was very sweet – well, at least until the bonus story where there was once again some mild fanservice. The thing I liked best about
is that each volume will focus on a different girl. Even though Kouchi and Mao's story ended when this volume did, it was nice to know that there would be more tales of love to follow.
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