When it comes to the genre of Comedy, a sucker for laughter like me could simply never get enough. My endless pursuit of comedic anime has led me to binge countless anime that has had me grinning till my cheeks hurt. So of course, I would’ve already stumbled upon this anime title.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun is one of the most common titles to appear when searching for “funny anime”, and that’s a huge compliment considering how one of the other mainstays of the “funny anime” search results is the unrivalled epic comedy Gintama. Any version of myself from the past 6 years would never have been able to understand why an anime like this kept appearing in lists of funny anime. I mean, how could I? I hadn’t even been able to get through the first few minutes of the very first episode.
It wasn’t until recently that I was finally convinced to sit through an entire episode of the show. Much to my amazement, the anime was everything I would’ve wanted and more.
- Title: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (月刊少女野崎くん)
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
- Studios: Doga Kobo
- Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 7 July 2014 — 22 September 2014
- Source: 4-Koma Manga
Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo’s confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki’s manga assistants.
Throughout the hilarious events that ensue, she befriends many of her quirky schoolmates, including her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, and the “Prince of the School,” Yuu Kashima. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun follows Chiyo as she strives to help Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.
Never judge a book by its cover, they say.
My initial impressions of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun were definitely not favourable. Considering how I was never really interested in the anime’s plot summary or the images I see online, it isn’t really much of a surprise that I was never able to watch past the halfway point of the first episode.
I was somehow led to believe that it would be an unfunny slapstick filled with tons of dull scenarios and forced misunderstandings that just wouldn’t be very convincing. After all, panicking and confessing your love for someone with an “I’m your fan!” without even knowing they were a writer, and then suddenly receiving an autograph from them, sounds rather forced and uninteresting. It felt slapstick, unnatural and unexciting.
But much to my delight, I was wrong.
The story of a group of students from different classes, clubs and cohorts who unconventionally come together to create manga turned out to be well-written. It was not at all forced, unnatural or boring. Instead, I was presented with a well-written story that brought so much life to the personalities of the characters and created an environment filled with constant light-hearted comedy.
I think it goes without saying that the strongest aspect of the show is its cast (as with most slice of life anime). Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun offers a set of captivating characters that are every bit as charming as they are amusing. From their dialogue to their chemistry, the frequent displays of personality in the anime were vibrant, refreshing and funny. But most importantly, the humour did not go overboard. Even the few characters that played minor roles were brilliant. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I loved every single one of the characters in the anime. Yes, even Maeno-san.
But amusing characters would (probably) be far from enough to give someone like me a good chuckle. The anime complemented its vibrant cast of characters with really good writing of the various scenarios that managed to accentuate the many colours of its wonderful cast and seamlessly link them all together. I especially liked how the story presented the perspective of a writer through Nozaki and how he takes inspiration from his surroundings to use in his Manga. Being reasonably ridiculous and mildly hilarious, it was never a dull moment watching how Nozaki’s school life experiences would lead to the discovery of new friends that he would laughably use as archetypes of the characters in his Manga.
That’s what the show is all about really, just your typical slice-of-life, filled with teenage interactions, youthful romance and light-hearted comedy. Except it’s written and executed much better than most others.
Thanks for reading!
What were your thoughts? Are you as desperate as me for a second season? Or perhaps you disapprove of my appreciation for the tanuki loving Maeno-san? He’s not that bad…