Kimikiss: Pure Rogue
Title: Kimikiss: Pure Rogue
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Summary: Kouichi Sanada and Kazuki Aihara’s childhood friend Mao Mizusawa has returned after living in France for several years. Kouichi is surprised to learn that his mother has agreed to let Mao stay with them, since her parents are remaining overseas for the time being. The three friends help each other deal with the ups and downs of high school romance. (ANN)
Review: Kimikiss: Pure Rogue ended up to be a lot better than I initially thought. The comedy seemed pretty solid, and it looked like it would have some mildly ecchi moments. I was fine with that since they seemed to do it a tasteful manner. As the series progressed it started to look more like a drama than comedy. Actually I barely remember any comedy past the first couple episodes. A lot of it turned out to be emotional struggles and finding out what liking someone actually means. The producers did do a good job in keeping the anime from becoming completely depressing, it had quite a few shining moments where you have the “fight on [name of character here]!” attitude. The ending itself was rather warming too. The entire anime didn’t just focus on two main characters like most romance comedies. The support characters played a large role, and had their own side stories as well. I may even go as far as saying that there were no main and support characters, that everyone was equally important. I did find it strange that everyone’s parents conveniently had business trips at the same time. The fact that the everyone had their own love story made me like this anime quite a bit more than other romance comedies. This did bring the issue of not getting into details or having a very deep relationship between the characters, but it was well done none the less. The art style was basic. The scenery was generally very bright even during the night scenes. I felt like I was watching a very pretty anime. The soundtrack wasn’t that great either. It was very cute and slow, and I rarely bothered listening to the opening and ending theme song. The background music was well done. It helped create very intense, romantic atmospheres. The highlight were the multiple storylines as mentioned above. The character development was well done, and they for the most part changed for the better. The creators seemed to try too hard for a happy ending. It was nice that no one was left without a conclusion, but I think a little bit of conflict is always a good thing. Other than that this anime was mediocre. There were no other areas of above average quality.
Final statements: The story was promising, and the character development was better than most. However, other than that the anime didn’t stand out too much. It seemed more of a drama romance than comedy as the story progressed, so I wouldn’t really suggest it for anyone who enjoys a lot of comedy. I was happy with it overall and for that I give it a preferred watch.