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Serinuma Kae is a chubby second-year high schooler and an avid fujoshi who secretly ships her classmates, Igarashi-kun and Nanashima-kun. The death of her favorite anime character causes her to become stressed and lose weight rapidly. Now that Serinuma has become an attractive girl to her classmates, her snarky kouhai Shinomiya-kun, and her senpai Mutsumi-senpai. How is she going to deal with them...with her constant BL-filled, fujoshi mind?!

Won the 40th Kodansha Manga Award for Shoujo in 2016.

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Associated Names
Boys, Please Kiss Him Instead of Me
Kiss Him, Not Me
Küss ihn, nicht mich! (German)
Pocałuj jego, kolego! (Polish)
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda
私がモテてどうすんだ
내가 인기 있어서 어쩌자는 거야

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.9 by 4eyes & Miss Mystery over 2 years ago
c.37 by Crunchyroll over 4 years ago
c.36 by Crunchyroll over 4 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 29

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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (346 votes)
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Year
2013

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Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (14 Volumes - Complete)

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Overall Enjoyable and Huge Kudos to Junko  
by SmexyBL
October 13th, 2018, 2:13pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
A few problems kept this series from being perfect, but from my perspective of being a fan of both shoujo, yaoi, and josei, I rather enjoyed this series. It starts you out with some wonderful comedy that goes off the deep end in ridiculing genres and character tropes. It gives some real back and forth and comes off as unique for a shoujo manga where the final guy is not perfect. It sends the message that both individuals in a relationship are more than their looks and shouldn't expect "perfection" in themselves or in their partners. As Kae progresses through the book, I do get disappointed by her reversion into a typical shoujo protagonist trope near the end instead of keeping her up as an object of the parody of fujoshi she was originally written as. However, each of these otome-game styled love interests are very much holding on to their own tropes with just enough backstory for you to care about them.

Pros:
1. The female protagonist doesn't simply go for the "sporty-bro" type.
2. Ultimatums are not portrayed as effective or healthy in relationships (friends or romantic)
3. Love really doesn't take into account gender or appearance, regardless of if they're the main character or not.

But as it goes towards the end, here are some issues I have:
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1. The use of being fat as a plot device instead of a reality
-Kae lived much of her life dealing with her weight. Though at the beginning, the plot device is used for comedic purposes, it moves into really sketchy territory as it keeps coming back and leaving again just to prove who can "love" her more. Especially in the romance scenes, Junko-sensei is not the only artist who has shied away from drawing a romantic scene with one person being overweight or of a different body type, but I was disappointed that it happened here too.
2. The almost immediate brush off for the lesbian love interest
-It was good to have her around seeing as she was not only a friend but wanted more, but it didn't seem like Kae even took her seriously. That's pretty harsh. She faded really quickly as even being portrayed as a love interest, unless she was crossdressing. I almost wish they dealt with female homosexuality more as a concept instead of writing it off as another thing that really doesn't bother anyone. I am glad there wasn't explicit homophobic scenes about her, but sometimes that's not enough representation-wise.


Overall I still recommend this. It's a good read, but in my opinion not the best plot development. I'm also a just a tiny bit salty this was the only work by Junko-sensei that I've seen animated, since it's probably because it's shojou and not a yaoi like most of her other works.
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Like the Hook movie, it started off great & fell apart after the climax.  
by likalaruku1
May 29th, 2017, 1:28am
Rating: N/A
For some reason, I can't log into my old account & edit my review from 2015.

The comedy was good after all, & the concept was a unique twist, but no matter how much I enjoy the ride, sometimes the destination ruins the whole trip.

But much like Ouran High School Host Club, I only liked this up to a point until the comedy was put on hold for relationship drama. When I heard a yaoi mangaka was making a SPOOF of Otome with a fujoshi & a lesbian option, I was hoping she'd break otome cliches by having the girl pick the lesbian (whom she has the most in common with) & pair off all the guys with eachother. In the end, this SPOOF just became the very thing it was making fun of. Even worse, you could tell really early on which guy she was going to pick, like how in Ouran it was obvious she'd pick the guy who was most like her father. & Shinomiya was immediately written off as the least likely, never developing any real chemistry with anyone other than Nanashima.

After she finally chooses a guy, you expect the series to just end, or for spinoffs of all the rejected characters to find their own romance, but instead, it becomes a series of issues where things keep tearing them apart & making it hard for them to maintain their relationship. This is often depicted as a romantic series of trials by the young & naive. In reality, problems only escalate with time & having this many issues early in the relationship is just a series of red flags. At this point, continuing the series became an endurance test, but since I've been reading it for 3 years, I felt I should finish it.

In one arc, the now established couple have a falling out that is completely Serinuma's fault & something the readers completely expected of her, something you wonder why the rest of the guys she rejected can't see would have happened to them had they been in his place. A new character is introduced who should have created a huge conflict of interest for her; "do you love BL so much that you would push your boyfriend into another man's arms?" Instead, the author goes with a much dumber crisis where she has to decide if she's more dedicated to her real boyfriend or her 2D Husbando. This & her panic of trying to patch things up make Serinuma unbearably annoying. Couple this with the fact that the two of them were a poor match with zero common interests, & you find yourself hoping they never get back together & annoyed when they do.

The fluffy romantic moments made me downright queasy & the sexual tension gave me the crawls. At first I debated if I was just that uncomfortable with Het, but then I remembered that Gokusen also had a pure-hearted boy chasing after an oblivious hyperactive eccentric woman that didn't annoy the crap out of me. I believe it might be because the series was devoid of any ecchi up until this point & just lost it's PG rating.

The next relationship dip is one you normally get in Korean webtoons; Going to college in different counties.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2018, 4:33am
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A delight to read...  
by yuri_shibuya
March 16th, 2017, 7:53pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga is not for everyone and not everyone has the same taste
But I'm quite happy and amused whenever I read a new chapter of this manga.
Some may say that it was a bait for the fujoshi but why not??
The author understands the feelings and exact habit of a fujoshi and i find it interesting.

What I like really like about this manga is not about the BL subplot but the character developments.
Each of the characters had flaws of their own and I'm happy that they change for the better.
Kae the heroine is not your typical shoujo heroine, so don't impose your shoujo standards..
I quite like her to be honest.. Love is hard especially if your inexperienced and I quite get that as the same late bloomer as Kae...

This manga is great and there is never a dull moment...
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Trashy, guilt read.  
by Baniita
March 14th, 2017, 5:25am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Endgame was a bit.... :T
The best possible guy, I guess. But my salty queer ass won't have this. :'(
That aside, I really was not satisfied with the way Junko wrote her romance with the guy. It was like Katniss choosing Peeta just because he was suffering, kinda like
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Jen Lawrence: "I only love you when you're dying!"
So in my opinion the writing for that was not the best. Honestly it wasn't very romantic. It was... very watered down. The only thing worse is when Keima ended up with plainy in TWGOK.
Well.. not that Junko manga ever had good writing lol.
I'll impossibly vote for my best girl. T _T

Now back to the series overall: Kae is a m/m fetishizer who ships even people IRL (in her world) and is the typical fujoshi who must have a ship with firm top/bottom roles (which is usually based on heteronormative values) and will fight over oppo-pairs.
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This later changes but not because she realizes that only one person ever topping is unrealistic and not reflective of how real gay relationships usually are, but for other reasons.
She likes to voyeur while m/m get it on. She and Nishina kinda make the boys do fanservicey things which can get rather gross sometimes... Overall, this manga can get pretty cringey.
As a fujoshi, I think she gives us a bad name.... but also, many fujoshi are like that, which is really freakin' sad.
The fatphobia is a bit... of a more difficult subject to touch on, but...
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Most characters do move past it, but at times it feels like the narrative itself is a bit problematic in that aspect too...
Nishina and idol boy remain to be the only ones who liked Kae romantically before she got thin. But apparently Nishina still doesn't have a chance because she's a girl and this is a shoujo manga. *salty*

That said, the manga does have its enjoyable moments. I read this far because of Nishina. And admittedly, the
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idol guy
was pretty interesting there for a while.

And I'm not deluded enough to have thought that Nishina ever had a chance to be endgame, as this is a shoujo manga. But man, I feel slighted, because she was often pushed to the side or just made to "not count" because she's a girl. Sigh... I guess it's for the best if she never had a chance anyway.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2017, 5:57am
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not very entertaining  
by maidenrose
November 27th, 2016, 1:30am
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
Well, first off this was nothing like i expected it to be. It was much, much worse. It's supposed to be a parody but there's no hint of that because all the typical as hell shoujo tropes are played straight. The plot is stereotypical in every sense (and reminiscent of this other one i encountered recently called Mairunovich)- even the female characters are absurd caricatures of high school girls. Besides disliking how the girls are represented, the art is just awful. Gangly, noodle-esque people with those ugly par-for-the-course face types that I assume are the very first things taught to an apprentice. Stuff that ideally, should be a springboard into developing a more personal, uniquer style. There's very little background art, and far too much space occupied by screentones. For something that was published in a magazine, the art should have been of higher quality. As a final note, I've only read 2 chapters thus far. I might begrudgingly read a few more and see if my mind's changed at all but I sincerely doubt it will.

... Last updated on November 27th, 2016, 1:33am
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A funny (and unpredictable) parody  
by firewolf19
July 14th, 2016, 9:54am
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
I think it's really important to go into this series knowing what you're gonna get:

This is a PARODY of reverse harem shoujos and pokes fun at lots of typical things you find in shoujo. The boys all (minus Mustumi) start off as shallow and superficial, but we gradually get to see them change bit by bit. I like to think that the author is making a point that you can't be in love with looks alone...you have to love who a person is on the inside as well. As the story progresses, you see these boys go from infatuation, to puppy love, and then start finally grasping what it might mean to actually love someone.

As another reviewer mentioned, I find the outcome of this series to be completely unpredictable. The heroine obviously has no clue what love feels like and just seems to want to continue having fun with everyone as a group. The only "men" she's ever fawned over have all been anime characters. Which actually I see as another commentary on indecisive shoujo heroines, especially in reverse harems. I always find those heroines annoying; those who can't seem to pinpoint exactly who makes their heart go "doki doki". But I think the author does it purposefully here to poke fun and say "Just because all these guys like her doesn't mean she's going to like them back (immediately)."

All that being said, the comedy in this series is great. There are a lot of hilarious fujoshi jokes that any fan of shonen-ai/yaoi will be sure to appreciate. Even if that's not your cup of tea, it's still a very enjoyable and hilarious read, as long as you don't expect it to be something it's not.
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Finally, a romance with an unpredictable ending.  
by spritle101
February 21st, 2016, 2:29am
Rating: N/A
I know who the most POPULAR guys are, but I sure as hell don;t know who she's going to end up with. Since it's by a yaoi mangaka & is making fun of harem series, she could end up with the lesbian & all the guys will get paired off with each other, or maybe it will have no romantic resolution at all. Honestly, I would be okay with that too. If she actually does pick one of the guys, it's not going to be blatantly obvious who it's going to be, like how it is in just about every reverse harem series I've ever read. Maybe it will take a realistic route & have all of the guys give up trying to get out of the friend zone & learn to just be satisfied being a group of friends & not trying to ruin the whole thing by being territorial, eventually finding their own special fish in the sea instead of hunting the same one.
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Cute and funny  
by Poemi
December 13th, 2015, 10:18pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
A lot of funny otaku/fujoshi moments (even a little yuri), but slow-going with the relationships. It took a long time for the mangaka to show how each guy's feelings for Kae get deeper as they get to know her better, and how she gets to know them better. Every time some sort of typical shoujo manga mishap happens, it's reinforced that they are actually decent guys, not just chasing after a pretty face...anymore, at least. ;P
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I...I WANT it to be BL!!!  
by piranha
August 10th, 2015, 1:39pm
Rating: N/A
This is hilarious. I actually WANT it to be BL for real! Why does the author know the spirit of a fujoshi so well confused Why are all the characters (even the girls) so easily slashable? (Give us more kissing dammit!)

... Last updated on August 10th, 2015, 1:42pm
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A total comedy  
by RedxYami
July 22nd, 2015, 2:21am
Rating: N/A
After reading 27 chapters of this manga, I must say that I totally agree with what BlondieOtaku said. My opinion does not only come from reading this manga, but also most of Junko-sensei's work.
She's really capable of writing amazing stories, and she actually has wrote about bullying, the deepness of love, appearances and love at first sight because of them, so I can say with confidence that this is a very good COMEDY/PARODY OF SHOUJO MANGA. It makes me remember sometimes Horimiya, a shounen manga which main themes are love and appearances.
If you're up to a more serius story, this is definitively not for you. This is a really light story full of humor and maybe it will be easier to understand if you know lots of anime and the 'fujoshi culture' in Japan, because lets face it, the main audiences for this manga are japanese people and not foreigners and thats maybe a reason why is difficult to understand for some people.
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