Chubby Kae Serinuma is an avid fujoshi who secretly ships her male classmates. However, after her favorite anime character dies, she becomes so stressed that she loses weight rapidly. Upon returning to school, her classmates, including the attractive men she ships, realize how attractive she really is. There’s only one problem, while the boys vie for her affections, she just wants them to turn those affections towards each other.
Fujoshi may be the enemy of many, but if you want a fun parody of the reverse harem, Kiss Him, Not Me is a fun little romp. If you want to continue the ship wars, then try these anime recommendations.
For Fans of Filthy Female Otakus
Four beautiful boys are offered a chance to rent a fabulous mansion completely for free, but there is a catch. They must turn the lady of the house into a actual lady. For you see, Nakahara Sunako isn’t your typical girl. She is gloomy, she likes horror movies, the occult, and is all around strange. Due to the trauma of being called ugly when she was younger, she doesn’t go out much and beautiful things hurt her eyes.
Sunako and Kae are similar in the respect that they are both below average looking girls that find themselves surrounded by gorgeous boys. While Kae is an actual otaku, Sunako fan girls over horror movies and macabre things. However, both shows are about rehabilitating a girl so that she is hot, but the guys end up falling in love with the girl inside.
Kurashita Tsukimi loves jellyfish, to the point of obsession. One day, when she sees a jellyfish being mistreated in a pet store, she tries to stick up for it, but her social awkwardness gets in the way. Thankfully, a sparklingly beautiful woman steps in and sparks the beginning of an unlikely friendship. While Tsukimi’s new friend charms her and her roommates, what they don’t know is that this princess is also a man.
Both Princess Jellyfish and Kiss Him, Not Me are about female otakus that prefer BL to actual love. While romance is a large part of the plot in Kiss Him, it is more of a subplot in Princess Jellyfish. It is also worth noting that while both series deal with personal appearance, Princess Jellyfish is more serious about it.
Tomoko Kuroki is an expert dating sim player and avid fan of anime, but no slice of life game could prepare her for her biggest challenge – high school. As a budding hikikomori, Tomoko must overcome her anxiety and social awkwardness in order to navigate normal life.
Both series tell the story of a female otaku and her… Passions. While WataMote is more about a girl and her passion for gal games, Kiss Him is the opposite with Kae being obsesses with Boy Love. While Kiss Him, Not Me is about the girl getting pretty and attracting a harem, WataMote has no such drastic changes.
For Fans of Reverse Harems
After being an only child her whole life, Emi Hinata’s life takes a dramatic turn when her father remarries and she suddenly has 13 new stepbrothers. Moving in with them, she is now surrounded by a whole lot of unique personalities.
Both shows are about average girls managing their ridiculously beautiful harems even if they don’t really deserve them. Of course, a number of unique personalities come together and clash to give the show some sort of substance.
After fainting at work, a young lady awakens in the back room of the café she works at with no memory of her life or those around her. Two of her friends, whom she soon learns are named Shin and Toma, are called to help her get home safely. Once she is alone, she meets a spectral boy named Orion that only she can see and hear. He explains that she lost her memories because of his chance visit to her world, so he vows to help her remember who she is.
This might be what Kiss Him, Not Me might be if you took out the fujoshi and all the parody. Both Amnesia and Kiss Him are ultimately about a lot of different dudes all trying to date one girl, occasionally fighting it out over her.
First Love Monster
As the daughter of a wealthy family, Nikaido Kaho is used to everyone being nice to her. However, on the way to move into her high school dorm, she is saved from almost getting hit by a truck by a handsome, but mean man. It is love at first sight, she even discovers he lives in the dorms too. Mustering her courage, she asks him out, to which he accepts. Only later does she discover that he is actually a 5th grader.
At first, First Love Monster presented the same kind of romance reverse harem parody that Kiss Him, Not Me presented, but later it actually got serious about the romance and weirded a lot of people out. Anyway, essentially the reverse harem in First Love Monster is a less mature harem while Kiss Him features mature boys dealing with an immature fan girl.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Chiyo Sakura has fallen head over heels for the handsome and oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. However, when she confesses her love, he gives her an autograph. It turns out this stoic boy is actually a respected shoujo manga artist. After a series of misunderstandings, Chiyo winds up not as his girlfriend, but as his manga assistant.
Not only do you have a somewhat otaku-ish comedy in both series, but in Nozaki-Kun and Kiss Him you also have two leading ladies that obsess over something and are oblivious to what is happening around them. In Nozaki-kun, Chiyo is chasing after Nozaki even though a whole little harem of other boys are showing her affection. In Kiss Him, Not Me, Kae is a little less dense towards the affections coming at her, but she is still dead set on the yaoi of it all.
For Fans of Fringe Oddballs
The High School Life of a Fudanshi
This is the tale of Sakaguchi, a fudanshi, and his group of yaoi-loving friends.
Fujoshi aren’t rare, but fudanshi are a little more of a treasure, and an anime about fudanshi? Well, that is the rarest treasure of all. If you like rabid fan boys and fans girls, then that is basically what these two series are about.
As a fat child, Masamune Makabe was ridiculed by wealthy girl Aki Adagaki. Throughout the years leading up to high school, Masamune worked hard to improve himself so that in high school he can get close to Aki and break her heart.
The only thing that these two series have in common is a once-fat character gets skinny. However, while Masamune is narcissistic and out for revenge, Kae acts no different whether she is skinny or not. However, you do get to see that same shallow view come out in some of the guys that surround her.
Any of you man-hungry fan girls got anymore good recommendations for Kiss Him, Not Me? Let us know in the comments section below.