Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Review

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Review

"I'm not dead yet!", is what I want to yell at the top of my lungs right now and I also want to apologize for the inactivity on all my social media over the past couple of months. I was going through some stuff and now all of a sudden, I have a job now (yay me! I can finally get that grown up badge now!).
After deducting the time for some beauty sleep and gym from my schedule, I have like 2-3 hours left to watch/write about anime. I know this does sound like I am making excuses but I will find a way to efficiently juggle all of this and somehow not end up burning myself out (already have a cold) or wake up to a wife and three kids and realise I had a dream of being an anime blogger once upon a time. But that's enough about my life, let's talk about a high-school guy who loves drawing shoujo manga and a thirsty fangirl. And no, this is not a romance anime.

Watching Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun was like watching an american sitcom without all the canned laughter and overused jokes. The setup of the show is indeed very similar to that of sitcom with the out of the ordinary characters with their distinct characteristics but at the same time some out of character perks thrown into the mix. Now, just pick one guy/girl and base an episode around him/her with a circumstance, and the chemistry he/she shares with the rest of the characters will do the job of entertaining the audience. Not only that, there's the whole romantic interest between the main characters which is used at the beginning to pull the viewers in, but then later it is just there for the sake of gags and is almost never ever taken seriously up until the very end of the anime. The good thing is, here, the comedy is very very entertaining and for the most part, original. Now, the anime does have the usual character stereotypes but each of them has a little twist added to them, which makes the comedy really funny.

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Let's start with the main character then. Nozaki looks like a calm, cool and collected guy on the outside who might be some kind of a delinquent and rebellious teenager, but the guy actually loves drawing romantic shoujo manga and that's all he cares about most of the time which leads to him acting pretty spooky at times. And his love for manga always throws a wrench in the female lead's plans of making him notice her feelings for him. This little quirk in his character makes for some very hilarious situations throughout the anime, especially when he uses the people around him as references for his manga. The other characters surrounding him aren't any different, they all have their unique quirks which make them likeable in a certain way. There's a guy who looks like the usual playboy character from a shoujo manga and often spouts some cheesy lines but he often regrets saying those things because he is a shy person but can't help showing off like that. And then there's the girl with short hair who looks and acts like a prince from a shoujo manga (calling other girls princesses and stuff) 90% of the time but she just wants her senpai to notice her.

Even though the female lead Chiyo mostly plays the straight man, her 'thirst' for Nozaki sometimes makes her do some dumb things, which is pretty entertaining to watch. In short, the characters in this show are one of the most unique ones I have seen in a comedy anime. My favourite among this bunch would be Yuzuki Seo aka Lorelei. For some reason, I loved her awkward character and her character design (especially the hair).

The only thing that I disliked about the anime was the way it ended. I'm not saying I wanted a conclusive ending with the romance finally going somewhere, it's just the way they used the whole cliche festival setting with the fireworks is what pissed me off. Maybe I was kinda rooting for them to go on and be a couple but I guess it was a smart move overall in the name of fanservice. It isn't that big of a deal because romance was never the focus of the anime. It's a laughter ride through and through.

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The animation of the show is top notch for a comedy anime. It is very colourful, bright and lovely. The character designs could have used a little more diversity but I am fine with the way they are. The opening sequence is pretty catchy and the ending isn't half bad either. As for the soundtrack, it was there for me, though nothing out of the ordinary, at least I didn't notice anything like that (probably because the comedy had my attention all the time, which is a good thing).

Overall, this is an excellent pick for a comedy anime and a crappy pick for a romance anime. So, be careful with what mindset you choose to go in with and you will have either an amazing or a distasteful experience depending on that. I absolutely loved this, thanks to the number of funny situations that presented themselves in the anime, and because of Seo Yuzuki. The comedy is original and really funny and the characters are awesome. And in case it isn't clear enough, this is not a romance anime and "I'm not dead yet!" So, go watch this thing already!


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November 9, 2015 at 1:34 AM delete

oh my god , i really like this anime, hope seasson 2 really come.

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January 5, 2016 at 7:55 PM delete

I know right?
Yeah, I do hope they do a season 2. Sadly, there's no buzz about an S2 right now.