Rating: 😀 😀 😀 (3 out of 5 grins)
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (月刊少女野崎くん / Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) by Tsubaki Izumi (椿 いづみ) was recommended to me many times before by various fabulous people. I added it to my ultra-long “to-watch” list, but wasn’t really that enthusiastic about actually watching it. Then about 3 months ago, I finally rolled my sleeves and decided to watch it. It’s a short series anyway, so it’s not that big of a time investment. I didn’t expect much, so I was pleasantly surprised when I finally watched it.
Based on the series’ blurb, I had the impression that it was going to be another one of those cheesy romantic-comedy shows that make me want to gag. I was mistaken. Yes, it’s cheesy but a good kind of cheesy. There is very minimal romance, at least in my opinion, and the comedy is just laugh out loud. I thoroughly enjoyed this anime.
I think that its strongest point is the exaggerated emphasis on the misunderstandings between the characters. It seems like every second or so of each episode, there is someone misunderstanding another character. This series of incorrect first impressions is so well-executed that you get used to it fairly quickly, and you begin to expect it to happen again and again. I don’t think that you’ll get tired of it—at least I didn’t. The series is so short that by the time you’re thinking that you’re beginning to tire of these running gags, it’s already over.
When I read the synopsis, I thought that it would be similar to Bakuman because it features the struggles of a young mangaka, namely Nozaki. Unlike Bakuman, however, it is more light-hearted and deliberately unrealistic. It doesn’t focus on the manga industry as intensely as Bakuman does.
Another aspect of this series that I like is the reversal of expected gender roles. Mikorin is your typical hot bishounen, but then it’s revealed that he’s the model of the heroine from Nozaki’s manga. He’s super adorable.
Similarly, Mikorin’s best friend, Kashima, is a very handsome girl. She is extremely popular with all the girls in the school and they call her “prince”. She is also skillful with flirting with girls.
Although I admire this blatant role reversal, I’m not too impressed with the overall development of the characters. The characters are flat, and they remain flat with little to no character development at all by the end of the anime. However, the manga is still ongoing and it’s wrong to say that the characters will remain flat forever. I’m only judging based on the anime. But now that I think about it, perhaps these flat characters are part of the series’ charm. What do I know? Maybe if the characters start to change, then the degree of comedy will start to decline. Hmmm. Maybe.
As for the ending, it’s satisfying in its own way. It may be a little disappointing that there’s no romantic progression between Nozaki and Sakura, but the misunderstanding until the end reminds us that this show is not a love story. You feel bad for Sakura, but not completely because you’re still chuckling at her yet another botched confession.
Overall, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is entertaining. If you’re looking for something fun and quick to watch, I recommend that you watch this anime. It doesn’t have the best nor the most original story out there, but it won’t disappoint especially if you’re looking for something that will make you laugh.
Have you watched Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun? If so, what did you think about it? If not, I recommend that you watch it.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Official Anime Website (Japanese)
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Official Manga at Gangan Online via Square Enix (Japanese)
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