Review #42 – Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, better known as “Kiss Him, Not Me” is a comedy series aired between the 7th of October and the 23rd of December, in the year of 2016 . I saw screenshots of the anime on my Instagram, so I was interested to check it out. Little did I know that I had already previously added the series into my watch list  😆 .

What It’s About

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda revolves around a fujoshi, known as Kae Serinuma. In the beginning of the series, she was a large, bespectacled girl with a low voice. The girl was an otaku, a huge fan of an anime known as Mirage Saga and often shipped the boys at her school with each other. However, when her favourite character died, Serinuma went into a spiral of depression and kept herself in her room, without eating anything, for one, whole week. Because of that, Serinuma ended up losing a lot of her weight and transformed into this skinny, beautiful girl, discarding her glasses to reveal a pair of astonishingly large eyes. For some reason, she also acquired an incredibly high-pitched voice, compared to her usual, low and muffled voice.

Of course, once she started going to school again, everyone started to have crushes on her. Fast forward a couple of scenes and soon, Serinuma finds herself surrounded by a group of boys who hung out with her, in an attempt to win her heart. Serinuma, however, was clueless to this fact but it was pretty much paradise for her because she was able to ship these gorgeous boys up-close, and drool over their every contact with each other.

My Thoughts on Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

My initial thoughts on Watashi ga Motete Dousunda was mostly about the comedy of the show. I loved how Serinuma behaved when she was watching the boys play at the beginning of the anime. Then, after she transformed into this amazing beauty, I was mostly thinking, “What the actual heck?” but because it was an anime – and anything is possible in animes – I just went along with it. Besides, it was pretty funny.

I really found the anime to be really funny at times, even in situations where the atmosphere was supposedly tense and serious. I did think that it was a little offensive towards large people, though. In fact, I can already imagine many watchers calling out this anime for “fat-shaming”, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. At one point during the anime, Serinuma somehow went back to her original, large shape and the boys were obviously disgusted. So, they came up with workout routines to try and get her back to her skinny, beautiful form. That, in my opinion, was pretty offensive, but I started seeing it as a joke – a derogatory joke, but a joke nonetheless – and I realized that it was actually pretty funny. Offensive, but funny.

The characters of Watashi ga Motete Dousunda are pretty general, in my opinion, although each of them have a story of their own. However, they uncovered each boys’ feelings and stories in a very general, on-the-surface kind of manner, so the characters did not really draw me in. As for the plot, it is not anything special. It is composed of just what you would expect from a story of five boys (and one girl) trying to win the beautiful girl’s heart. The animation, though, is a different story. I thought the animation was really well done, since each character was made to be incredibly beautiful in their own way (although Serinuma’s large eyes are a little unnatural but I could go with it). The colours used in this anime were bright, and there were a lot of those sparkly scenes which accentuated each character’s gorgeousness.

Overall Score

I do not think that Watashi ga Motete Dousunda is a bad anime. In fact, I would recommend it to people, as a way to while away their time and have a good laugh. However, some people may not find the “fat-shaming” part of the anime amusing, and besides, there is not much to the plot, other than the development between the characters’ relationships with each other. With that said, I give Watashi ga Motete Dousunda an overall score of six out of ten (6/10).

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