Despite the depressing title, Kill Me Baby
(or Baby, please kill me
depending on the translator, though the anime adaptation uses the former as the main title, and both in the eyecatches), is a Yonkoma
gag strip serialized in Manga Time Kirara
revolving mostly around slapstick humor.
Yasuna Oribe is an airheaded high school girl who tries to greet a new student one day, only to discover that she's brutally efficient at twisting her arm, putting her in a chokehold, and using other painful methods of submission. She later learns that the girl's name is Sonya, and she works for an unnamed organization as an assassin. As the manga continues, Yasuna fluctuates between trying to warm Sonya up to living the life of a normal schoolgirl and occasionally trying to one-up her in various tests of skill. Both methods often end in failure, but it doesn't stop Yasuna from trying.
An anime adaptation was green-lit for the Winter 2012 Anime
season. It started airing on January 5, 2012.
Everybody who is a fan of dark slapstick comedy should check this out.Sentai Filmworks
acquired the licensing rights for the show and released an English dub.
Tropes presented by the series:
- Action Girl: Sonya, though it would make sense since she's an assassin.
- Amusing Injuries: A LOT. 99% of them fall on Yasuna. The few times Sonya does get hurt though, Yasuna tends to laugh. Which then gets Sonya mad, and she further punishes Yasuna for it.
- Instant Bandages: And as a result she usually is found with these by the next panel, or even during a punch. They are also seen falling off as if they are just oversized pieces of paper.
- Assassin Out Classin:
- Sonya and Yasuna escape from an assassin in episode 4. The assassin is then stopped with the help of Agiri.
- They run into another one in episode 9, while looking for a "hammer spawn", a type of legendary snake. Yasuna then accidentally trips and hits a camouflaged man, who happens to be using said name. Sonya however manages to stop him after he chases after Yasuna for being annoying and falling into one of the latter's traps.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Huge versions of Yasuna and Sonya appear in episode 4 as eyecatches.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sonya and Yasuna have a few moments like these (like in the last episode of the anime), and their rarity only adds to their sweetness.
- Badass Adorable / Cute Bruiser: Sonya definitely qualifies as this.
- Batman Gambit: In episode 8 Yasuna actually manages to pull one on Sonya when she convinces her to play darts by making hitting the inner circle a failure.
- Yasuna also tricked Sonya at one point into dodging a shot from a water gun...because she was intentionally aiming for Sonya's lunch.
- Beach Episode: Chapter 10, absent fanservice.
- Bears Are Bad News: Chapter 9 (Episode 2 in the anime).
- Black Comedy: The show runs on this, as any violence depicted is Played for Laughs.
- Blank White Eyes: Displayed on Sonya and Yasuna from time to time.
- Blue with Shock: Both Sonya and Yasuna have this look occasionally.
- Brain Bleach: Sonya and Yasuna's expressions after opening Agiri's boxes in the wrong order in the last episode. Agiri is shown to have recovered the end of the last segment.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Most of the chapters involving Sonya and Yasuna usually play out like this.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Upon hearing a bear has escaped from the zoo and may be lurking nearby:
: Ah!! I just had a really bad feeling! Some idiot just activated some really bad flags
- Butt Monkey:
- Yasuna thanks to her stupid antics which irritate Sonya to no end, and promptly gets hit for it.
- The unused character, who complains she doesn't even have a name, vows revenge on Sonya and Yasuna, then keeps missing the two when she tries to approach them at school in episode 3.
- Cat Girl: The second Yasuna puppet in episode 5.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Yasuna (see above). Agiri, oh is she ever.
- Cluster F-Bomb: A somewhat mild form happens when Yasuna gets frustrated.
Yasuna: "Kuso! Kuso!"
- Color Failure: Yasuna and Sonya in the first episode after they look at a picture taken in the abandoned classroom, and spot some ghosts in the picture.
- The Comically Serious: Sonya tends to sound this way when talking to Yasuna.
- Cranial Eruption: Comes with a majority of Yasuna's Amusing Injuries.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Displayed from time to time, mostly on Sonya when reacting to something idiotic Yasuna says or does.
- Dancing Theme: The anime ending theme. It actually comes straight out of the manga!
- Delayed Reaction: One occurs in episode 9 while looking for a legendary snake known as the "Hammer Spawn". Yasuna instead finds a pit viper, and it takes her and Sonya a few seconds to realize it's a dangerous snake and run off.
- Demoted to Extra: At the end of the first volume, the manga's creator mentioned that Yasuna was initially supposed to play the "straight" girl to contrast with Sonya's insanity, and a third unnamed child assassin with braided hair and a Chinese fighting style was going to play The Ditz. However, Yasuna eventually absorbed the third girl's personality and became the crazy girl to Sonya's relatively "straight" role, while the other girl was relegated to the extra material outside of the story.
- Dissonant Serenity: Agiri never changes the sleepy, cheerful tone of her voice regardless of whether she's eating, buying a new phone, fighting a rival assassin from an enemy organization or standing inches away from an escaped zoo bear.
- Except in the dub, where Agiri will occasionally ditch the voice either to snark or say a one liner.
- The Ditz: Again, Yasuna. She thinks she's in High School. Maybe.
- Dual Wielding: The Volume 1 cover shows Sonya wielding pistols and Yasuna wielding an eggplant and a banana.
- Enfant Terrible: Sonya.
- Epic Fail:
- In episode 2, Sonya tosses a volleyball at Yasuna after the latter laughs at her when some crows steal their lunch. However, the latter dodges it, and the ball bounces off the wall, smacking Sonya in the head. Yasuna then accidentally trips on the nunchuks she brought to school.
- And in a later skit in the same episode, Sonya throws some small knives at a baseball, although it doesn't stop it from hitting her. As Yasuna laughs at her and saying she would've just dodged it, a soccer ball hits her in the head.
- Eyes Always Shut: Zigzagged with Agiri. She does open them from time to time, though her default expression is the closed eyes look.
- Festival Episode: Chapter 24.
- Fiery Redhead: The unused character, partially.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Yasuna has a tendency to go and buy the latest thing she sees on tv, or the latest fads she sees, such as attempting to perform psychic acts after watching one on tv.
- The Gadfly: Agiri, who tends to have Yasuna do or buy silly things whenever she shows up.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sonya.
- Giving Up the Ghost: Yasuna in episode 2 after Sonya puts her to sleep to help her get rid of her hiccups.
- Gratuitous English: Kill Me Baby and Baby, please kill me, of course. The anime has many other instances too.
- In fact, the actual title of the series is Kirumi-BeiBii, the phonetic approximation of "Kill Me Baby."
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Yasuna, in the anime, particularly in the opening scene as a form of Couch Gag.
- Hand Puppet: Yasuna makes some for chapter 25/episode 5.
- Hates Being Touched: Sonya. Yasuna repeatedly fails to remember this.
- Helium Speech: One of the gifts Sonya and Agiri give Sonya at her party. They use it to do tongue twisters. The Unused Character finds it later and does the same.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Ridiculed. During Sonya's not-birthday, Agiri (a genuine ninja) gives her a present of a very stereotypical ninja outfit (think Final Fantasy Tactics Ninja class). Yasuna then mocks and laughs at Sonya's so-stereotype The Theme Park Version appearance. Things obviously end painfully for Yasuna.
- Idiot Crows: The crows that steal Yasuna's lunch. One says Baka and the other says Aho as they swoop in.
- Instant Bandages: Yasuna often has these on after getting hit by Sonya. Sometimes the bandages fall right off in the next scene after she gets over whatever injury she just suffered.
- Iron Buttmonkey: Nothing ever stops Yasuna for long. Submission moves, limb fractures, punches to the face, she just keeps doing whatever she was doing.
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Sonya. Yasuna can be quite a passive-aggressive jerk too.
- Other than the knee-jerk reactions to being touched, most of Sonya's asskickings are warranted.
- Kick the Dog: Yasuna left her stuffed rabbit on Sonya's desk to teach her to be nicer. When she returned, Sonya had it twisted into a ball.
- Klingon Promotion: Yasuna suggests that Sonya kill her superiors in order to escape from her life of being an assassin. Sonya calls her out before she finishes the thought.
- Little Miss Badass: Sonya. Simply trying to touch her will result in losing the use of your arm.
- Little Miss Snarker: Sonya ends up doing this a lot towards Yasuna.
- Magic Skirt: It's actually one of Agiri's ninja techniques. It applies to her hair, toonote .
- Magical Girl: Yasuna (Cute Witch variant) in the Volume 2 omake (Episode 11 in the anime).
- Masochism Tango: Sonya and Yasuna. They seem to be the only people willing to put up with each other, not counting Agiri.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Agiri. Maybe the greatest ninja ever to walk the Earth... or just a good con artist. Most definitely The Gadfly.
- Minimalist Cast: Sonya, Yasuna, Agiri and the Unused Character make for a very small cast that never expands. Even the latter two don't appear that much.
- In the anime, any walk-on roles are played by the same old man and woman, and even those are few in number. Two other schoolgirls have been shown onscreen but their appearances are very brief.
- Mood Whiplash: The last third of the Season Finale - What starts out as a regular gag sketch of Yasuna trying to disrupt one of Sonya's assassination assignments ends with her stuck in a pit tearfully begging Sonya not to leave, because she's terrified for the safety of one of her only friends. Cue Sonya helping her out of the pit and claiming her mission was cancelled due to a "change of plans".
- Mundane Utility: Sonya's killer reflexes are great for opening bottles.
- New Year Has Come: Yasuna, Sonya and Agiri use the first school day after New Year to hold a combined New Year, Christmas and Halloween Party.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Yasuna throws a stick at a balloon stuck in a tree in episode 2 in an attempt to bring it down. Unfortunately it just causes the balloon to fly into the sky.
- Ninja: Agiri Goshiki, the only other named character so far in the story.
- No Name Given: The "unused character".
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "Now what will you do, Yasuna Oribe?"
- Paper Fan of Doom: Yasuna gives Sonya one in episode 2, expecting her to use it. Instead Sonya just punches her.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Sonya has blonde hair and blue eyes, signaling that she's from... wherever she's from.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Yasuna begs Sonya not to go on her latest mission in episode 13 after being left in the big hole trap they were stuck in. Sonya doesn't seem to care at first, until Yasuna starts saying she may get killed on the job, and then she'd be really lonely without her. Sonya ends up bringing a rope to bring her out, then says her mission was postponed.
- Puni Plush
- Rapunzel Hair: Agiri
- Right Behind Me: After Yasuna tells Sonya about an escaped bear, the latter freaks out as said bear is standing right behind the former.
- Schmuck Bait: Agiri tends to make Yasuna buy or do silly things, such as telling her she caught freshwater clams in the ocean, while hiding a grocery bag behind her in episode 5. The narrator then points out that said clams actually live in rivers and lakes as Yasuna attempts to find some by the beach.
- Is that Kyubey in Episode 1 of the anime?
- Also, let's not forget a certain well-dressed gentleman from everyone's favorite war-themed hat simulator in episode 4.
- In Episode 3, Yasuna (using two spoons) and Sonya (imitating the transformation pose) give one to Ultraman. Yasuna does it again (with a mask) in Episode 5.
- Single Malt Vision: How Agiri's "clone jutsu" actually works.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: The premise of the show is slapstick, and poor Yasuna tends to be the one who receives it.
- Status Quo Is God: Yasuna can be rendered unconscious, be buried alive, have her wrist broken, and smash her head into ice causing her to bleed, and you can bet your socks off she'll be back in the next chapter!
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Agiri has a tendency to pop up out of nowhere.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Agiri averts this in chapter 12, much to her target's distress.
- Tareme Eyes: Yasuna.
- Tempting Fate: Yasuna is constantly doing this. In one example, during episode 2, she sees a newspaper article about an escaped bear from the zoo. Naturally she tells Sonya about it, and sure enough the bear shows up behind her.
- Teru Teru Bozu: Yasuna attempts to end a typhoon by stringing a chain of these together. The wind snaps it off the line and the old man mistakes it for a dragon god flying in the sky.
- Three Shorts: Similar to the Shinryaku! Ika Musume anime.
- Title Theme Tune
- Tsundere: Sonya.
- Tsurime Eyes: Sonya again.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one at school aside from Yasuna seems to bat an eye that Sonya is bringing knives to school. Nor do they seem to care that she casually tosses them at Yasuna from time to time.
- Vague Age: They're probably in high school.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- Despite being a supposed hardcore assassin, Sonya seems to be afraid of some things, like roaches, stray dogs (she's not good with animals in general) and ghosts.
- They run into a literal one during episode 9. Yasuna says that it's just a pit viper, instead of the "Hammer Spawn" legendary snake she was attempting to catch. After a beat, they then realize the danger that creature poses, and promptly run off.
- With Friends Like These...: Yasuna would have to be very lonely to keep coming back to Sonya, who in turn would have to be likewise to put up with her for so long.
- Working Through The Cold: Played for Laughs in chapter 32 (episode 10 in the anime).
- Yandere: Although not in-universe, the ending song has the line "I love you so much so that I want to kill you".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Yasuna has normal brown hair, while Sonya, an assumed foreigner, is blonde. Then Agiri's hair is a deep purple.