“Kiss Him, Not Me,” a reverse-harem anime and romantic comedy, follows a young “fujoshi,” or female anime and manga enthusiast, who is drawn to close male relationships. Then her favourite anime character dies on television one day, and she falls into a severe funk for a week, leading her to lose a lot of weight. When she finally emerges from her chamber, she has transformed into a conventionally lovely woman, capable of attracting the attention of lads she had previously ignored (except to ship them with each other). Relationships are crucial to this anime.
The one-season series is a Brain’s Base production, and Crunchyroll distributes it in the United States. It’s been about five years since the final episode of “Watashi ga Motete Dsunda” (“What’s the Use of Me Being Popular” or “Boys, Please Kiss Him Instead of Me”) aired in Japanese, and there hasn’t been an official announcement of a Season 2 yet, so its probably one will never materialise. Here’s what we know about this shoujo anime series’s likely return.
Kiss Him, Not Me – Official Trailer
When is Kiss Him, Not Me Season 2 going to be released?
“Kiss Him, Not Me” has yet to be renewed. Unfortunately, the longer the series goes without being renewed, the less likely it is to be renewed, especially with the same voice cast and art director. Between 2013 and 2018, Kodansha in Japan (through Anime News Network) and Crunchyroll Manga in digital versions published 14 volumes of Junko’s manga source material. Since Season 1 covered around eight volumes of the manga, this indicates there’s enough for at least one more season.
The manga has sold 3 million copies and will be adapted into a live-action film in 2020. (via Japanese publication Natalie). That does not, however, imply that you will be successful. Even if the show is renewed, fans are unlikely to see Season 2 until at least 2022. After all, it takes a long time to complete the production of an animated show. So, if you’re searching for more of this charming anime, you’ll have to wait a while.
In Kiss Him, Not Me Season 2, who are the characters?
“Kiss Him, Not Me” is about Kae Serinuma, a sweet high school junior and female otaku who is infatuated with BL (Boy Love), as well as the anime “Mirage Saga” and its protagonist Shion. She is unsure how to handle her newfound fame after becoming slim and attractive as a result of not eating for a week while grieving his on-screen death.
Ysuke Igarashi (Alejandro Saab in the well-received English dub), bad boy Shion-lookalike Nozomu Nanashima (Orion Pitts), smart and effeminate tsundere Hayato Shinomiya (Justin Briner), and laid-back and accepting Asuma Mutsuma (Justin Briner) are the four boys who unexpectedly become a big part of her life (David Wald). Shima Nishina (Michelle Rojas) is another female otaku who is vying for Kae’s affections.
Kae hasn’t decided which of these characters she likes most, so most of them are likely to return for Season 2. In addition, there are a couple of characters from the manga who has yet to appear in the anime but could play a significant role in her future.
What does Kiss Him, Not Me Season 2 have in store for us?
The plot of “Kiss Him, Not Me” is lighthearted and pleasant, with some of the lads taking longer than others to recognise their affections for Kae and coming to understand her compulsive behaviour. She learns more about her suitors, gains and loses weight, works part-time at an amusement park, eats hallucogenic mushrooms, and participates in a treasure hunt, among other things, in the first season episodes. She is occasionally put in perilous situations.
In the Season 1 conclusion, all of her crushes follow Asuma’s lead and profess their feelings for her, prompting her to go out on dates with them all. She’s undecided after all the quality time she spends with them, and it appears that they may have a new challenger for her heart when it’s announced that Shion, her favourite anime, will return for another season.
If the anime follows the manga’s storyline, Season 2 promises to be a little more terrifying.
According to a website maintained by fans, Takeru Mitsuboshi, Kae’s childhood pal who also happens to voice one of her favourite anime characters, turns out to be a dangerous stalker. And, yes, Kae does select amongst her many suitors at some point — which, considering the manga’s length, may very well occur at Season 2’s end. To find out who it is, you’ll just have to stay tuned. If a second season isn’t made, you could read the manga (or if you get impatient).