Volume 1 of Kill Me Baby/ Baby, please kill me (キルミーベイベー) is a 4-koma comic with an exceeding simple premise: School student Sonia is a professional assassin, and her classmate Yasuna wants to be her friend. This leads to 14 million ways in which Yasuna almost gets killed by Sonia. For instance, Yasuna touches Sonia on the shoulder, and has her arm broken by Sonia. Or Yasuna throws an eraser at Sonia, and has knives thrown back at her.
They are joined periodically, and for no particular reason, by Agiri, who is a ninja. She is frequently drawn appearing hanging from the ceiling, also for no reason.
Anyone who is a fan of Noir will probably instantly liken Yasuna’s basic character design to Kirika and therefore Sonia’s to Mirielle, but personality-wise, they couldn’t be more different. Sonia is taciturn and humorless, Yasuna is goofy and endlessly incompetent.
Kill Me Baby is about to become an anime. I hope they consider doing the super-short Morita-san ha Mukuchi treatment on it, because seriously, there’s one joke here. It’s a mildly amusing joke – you keep hoping that Yasuna will break through Sonia’s seriousness and maybe they can become friends…but, by the end of Volume 1 they don’t. I’m reading Volume 2 and basically nothing has changed. It’s fun for a few pages, then it gets repetitive and I stop. Then I pick it up again in a few days. Personally, I can’t imagine 22 minutes of this one joke staying “heh”-worthy in anime form.
The one joke is the only joke, so there’s really no storyline to speak of, and the characters don’t develop or change – with one exception. Yasuna begins to study self-defense. It doesn’t help her, but now she can at least *try* to fight back.
There is no Yuri, either real or imagined. One might, if one were truly desperate, concoct a story about why Yasuna is so determined to be Sonia’s friend, but one would be working way too hard. It’s a mildly amusing story idea, good for a “heh” or two, then a few days off.
Art – 4
Story – There isn’t any, but the Setup is a 5
Characters – 5
Yuri – 0
Overall – 5