Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun)

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is an odd name but once you start watching, you’ll see the meaning behind it. It’s a school based, romantic comedy anime.

Chiyo is your typical high school girl who falls for a guy. That guy is Nozaki, who she tries to tell her feelings to but instead ends up becoming his assistant. Nozaki is actually a mangaka and now little Chiyo is his beta help. While it helps her to get close to him, they encounter many different situations and classmates who become part of the circle and also inspirations for the manga.

The main protagonist Chiyo is a short, sweet teenage girl who has a crush on the guy who seems to be the tallest and assumed coolest in the school. She tries to tell him how she feels all the time and ends up interpreting things the wrong way. Nozaki is the target of her affection but he’s pretty clueless when it comes to love. It seems that he has never been in love but he interprets love from situations that he sees. This comes into play a lot since he is actually a shojo mangaka. Even though she becomes his assistant, Chiyo and Nozaki do end up doing things together like a couple but not in the way you’re thinking. You’ll have to watch to find out. The rest of the characters are a bunch of glitter boys and a girl who happens to be mistaken for a guy. They make for a cast of entertaining side characters.

When you make a show about manga it has to be on point. They did a pretty good job with everything regarding the show. There isn’t too much of a plot since it’s really about the relationship but at least they didn’t try to make the show more than what it is. The specials included with the DVD are also nicely done and use the same art and style. While it’s a beach trip, they don’t stray from the character interaction.

It’s a nice little show. If you’re looking for a romantic comedy based around school and manga then this is the show for you. I’m not going to say it’s a recommendation but it’s a pretty good show.

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