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Kiss Him, Not Me Vol. #05 Manga Review

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Kiss Him Not Me Volume 5 CoverLove is a battlefield, even if it’s won through a card game.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Junko
Translation/Adaptation: David Rhie

What They Say
Kae here! Summer vacation is over, but back at school, even cool gentlemanly Mutsumi-senpai is turning up the heat around me, so I guess even he has an intense side? I’m seeing his passion even more than his older brother, Mr. Mutsumi, has become a student-teacher at our school and wants to whisk me away from all four boys! It’s brother vs. brother as the Mutsumi men both try to win my affections, but I’m enjoying this action! A fiery battle between two gorgeous brothers and a teacher-student set up?! I never thought I’d get to see so much taboo in the flesh! I wonder if the boys can outwit such a mischievous older man…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
When Mutsumi suggests the group goes on a treasure hunt, the only one who initially is interested is Serinuma. The other boys can’t let anyone get ahead of them in their fight for winning Serinuma’s affections and trail along reluctantly.

While on the treasure hunt, the boys and Nishina mull over the idea of how much Mutsumi really likes Serinuma. When confronted, Mutsumi initially and bluntly states he likes Serinuma, but that he also likes everyone a lot too including the other boys. A mishap on the hunt causes Mutsumi to rethink his feelings for Serinuma.

Then along comes, Mutsumi’s older brother and surprises him as the school’s new student teacher. Gorgeous like his younger brother, he is open about his feelings for equal love for both and girls. However, Serinuma catches his eyes and he decides to pursue her as well, even though Serinuma makes it clear that her 2D loves are more important.

Mutsumi, who always gave into his older brother, realizes he can’t hand over Serinuma as his feelings are deeper than he first thought. The brothers decide to battle over a game of “Castle Cards” with Mutsumi the victor. His brother recognizes Mutsumi and concedes in his pursuit of Serinuma. Mutsimi then confidently tells Serinuma he likes her.

In Summary
This story is full of comedy and fujoshi (and fudanshi) humor, which personally I love. Junko also draws beautifully both boys and girls. It’s a feast for the eyes when I read any work of Junko’s.

While overall, I love this story a lot, I still have a hard time accepting the premise that Serinuma only gained so much attention after she lost a lot of weight. However, I did like that Serinuma doesn’t bend when it comes to her love of boys love (BL). It’s a fantasy for every lover of BL to find someone else who accepts your passion and not think you’re crazy.

This story is a lot of fun with tons of laughs, and I look forward to anime this fall as well.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen 13+
Released By: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: June 7, 2016
MSRP: $10.99

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