Unmei ni KISS Manga Review

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Lulz, two boys tied together by the red string of fate.

Unmei ni KISS contains three different stories, the main of which is the title story and concerns Fumiya and Fumioto, two boys whose mothers were best friends back in the day, and who agreed to have their kids marry when they grew up. For some reason, despite the fact that the two didn’t part until their kids were three years old, both thought the other had a daughter… but they’re both guys. Oops! Fumiya is a bit disappointed, but Fumioto always gets what he wants. So, clearly, the gender thing is a minor setback.

Unmei ni KISS is pretty silly, containing such original plot points as an angry, meddling twin sister, fan clubs, spies, cross-dressing, and accidental kisses. There’s also some roofie’ing involved for extra measure, which leads to the wedding in chapter three, which just caps off the entire absurdity of the story. But it is a bit fun, if you don’t mind some fairly brain-dead BL (albeit, somewhat self-aware brain-dead BL, as one character remarks at one point that what is going is like a gag manga). There’s only one boy-boy kiss, so it might leave a bit to be desired from many BL fans, but its a decent diversion.

Too bad the next story, Graduation, is so repulsive.

Graduation concerns Fumiya’s classmate Chika, and her friend Ayaka. They’ve gotten pretty close, and don’t like to include others in their time spent together! But then Ayaka gets a boyfriend, and spends less and less time with Chika. Chika is, understandably, upset. Thank goodness Takagishi, who has a crush on Chika, is there to remind her that girls are only lesbian until graduation!

No, really, legit – in parting with Ayaka, Chika says to herself that she has to graduate from her since Ayaka has already graduated from her. What the fuck?

Although the good-bye kiss between Ayaka and Chika is sweet, the entire story is so horrendously regressive that one can’t even applaud that one moment. Basically, this story would have you believe all those stories about homosexuality being just a phase for girls, one from which they transition once they find a good man (the lesbians who’re adults? just haven’t found the right man yet!). Chika is shown as being unreasonable because she’s upset over her friend ditching her completely for a boyfriend, something that is entirely reasonable even if one were not attracted to their friend (and its unclear if she ever was, since she then thinks to herself at the end of the story that she probably just thought she liked Ayaka, a fun common trope from old lesbian pulp fiction – think 1950’s and prior). But this story reinforces the obsolete myth that, when a girl gets a boyfriend, she is completely and totally beholden to him. Friends? Yeah, girls who have guys don’t need those. And its perfectly acceptable to cancel plans with your friend to chill with your boyfriend. Also, ladies? If you have a boyfriend? That’s all you should ever talk about, ok?

Blech.

The final story is Ordinary Happiness, and I didn’t read the entire thing because it was about Chika and Takagishi. From what I did read, Takagishi is upset because Chika isn’t going out with him, as she clearly owes him since he let her lean against him after she parted with Ayaka. But she’s dating all these other guys! What a bitch! They probably get together at the end, but I felt no desire to discover whether this was right or not.

So, read Unmei ni KISS, skip the last two stories – they’re utter crap, and the Chika-Ayaka kiss is not nearly enough to make it worth perusing.

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