The Endless Misunderstandings in “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun”

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.

gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun

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.

mikorin-shy-gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun

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.

kashima seducing girl-gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun

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.

Links:
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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14 thoughts on “The Endless Misunderstandings in “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun””

    1. I like “Oresama Teacher”, too. It’s so funny, although there are so many times that I wish there’s more romance aspect in it. But I guess it’s to be expected since Nozaki-kun doesn’t have serious romance, either. But the comedy, just like you said, is a strong point on both series. I wish for an anime for “Oresame Teacher”.

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  1. I like the series. I think the anime was a little more romance focused than I thought it would be. I was expecting it to focus more on quick, snappy comedy. But I can’t wait for the manga from Yen Press.

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      1. It’s not really different from the manga but more like different from how I imagined / pictured it in my head while I was reading. In my head there’s more like “gaaaan” sound effects and cricket sounds and those exaggerated faces of depression. It’s like how two play directors can take the same script and put on slightly different productions. Neither is wrong; they just put different spins on things.

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      2. I see. I understand. There are also instances that I felt like that. An example is “Kimi ni Todoke”. I have a different image in my head while reading the manga, and it was different from anime adaptation. Anyway, so would you say that you’re disappointed about the anime adaptation of “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun”?

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  2. I don’t think an anime has ever given me physical feelings of anxiety before, but that last scene in this series did.

    And then Nozaki just turned out to be big dope again. Like why was I surprised.

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    1. I know, right? But it was so funny and very predictable in an unpredictable way. It was a bit disappointing, and I had an urge to hit Nozaki’s head—poor Sakura—but it was very entertaining.

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  3. This show has many shippable ships, but it doesn’t go full throttle on the romance aspect, as you said, and this is probably why a lot of people like it. Despite its title, it’s actually a shounen–but I still think of it as a shoujo because of how it tries hard to appear like one. And the result is fantastic. It certainly doesn’t end up looking like the usual shoujo. Hence it appealed to a wider audience. People call it the “deconstruction of shoujo genre”. But it isn’t even shoujo to begin with. The comedy revolving around the characters is its main selling point.

    I still think fondly of it, though. I follow people on twitter who draw fanarts which all look fabulous. Yeah, I guess I love it for the fanarts. Hahaha

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    1. Well said. I agree that perhaps one of the reasons that many people like it is because it doesn’t go “full throttle” on the romance aspect. It certainly appeals to a wider audience because of this. Indeed, as I was watching it, I quickly knew noticed that it’s not shoujo and when I looked closer, it’s actually shounen just like you said. There are some cheesy shoujo moments, but they’re too exaggerated and that’s when you notice that it’s shounen.

      Hmm. I don’t think I’ve seen any fanarts of this anime yet. Might as well check some out. I’m not too fond of the character designs of Sakura and Nozaki, but both of them are funny characters.

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      1. Yeah, it was like a shounen heartily making fun of shoujo by trying to become shoujo. So yeah, it was a mockful gimmick without really offending shoujo fans.

        I only follow two artists who were really active in making Nozakikun fanarts, but it seems they’ve moved on to other series as well. Let me redirect you to mery and kanapy.

        I actually like the art style of Nozakikun, and the two artists above were so good at adopting that style to their own output.

        My favorite character, I guess, is Kashima. Not because I identify with her the most, but because she stole my heart. Hahaha

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      2. Thanks for sharing these two artists’ Twitter? These are fanartists? Wow. They’re good. And kanapy does some other anime series, too, it seems. A hot Gintoki! Ahaha. This is great.

        Me, too! I like Kashima. She’s definitely a prince. 😉

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