Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.
After a three-month long break (which ended up being pointless since I didn’t use it for the expressed purpose of catching up on the anime I’d talked about last year), I’m finally back to making these. I sincerely apologise for the extended break, but hopefully someone missed them in their absence. But if not, oh well. I do these for fun more than anything, so it’s all good.
As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it.
Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
I will freely admit that before this anime was requested prior to my hiatus, I had honestly never heard about it before. Thankfully it’s available on Crunchyroll though, so I could add it to the list. I never really thought about it all that much afterwards. However, the internet Gods determined it was about damn time I got around to watching this, as after putting my current list through a randomiser a few times (to determine a watching order), this landed on the first spot. So here we are.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun follows the daily life of Chiyo Sakura (gee, those two names sound familiar), a high school student with a massive crush on fellow classmate Nozaki Umetarō. A misunderstanding in the opening minutes of the show leads to Chiyo getting an autograph from Nozaki, and then a following misunderstanding leads to her helping him out with a weekly shōjo manga he turns out to be the creator of.
So basically, Chiyo has a massive crush on Nozaki and he’s completely oblivious to her feelings. Not the most original thing in anime ever, but always a fun thing to see play out when done right. Honestly the whole dynamic reminds me a lot of the relationship between Tenma Tsukamoto and
Oji Karasuma. Especially since Karasuma also turns out to be a well-known manga artist, though it’s another character that interacts with him in that narrative. Although there is a “girl helps guy with a manga” arc in School Rumble in any case…so…take that how you want.
To clarify I’m not trying to say this anime is “ripping off” School Rumble. Hell, this anime reminding me of School Rumble can only be a positive as far as I’m concerned. Especially since it didn’t remind me of it in a “I could be watching a better anime right now” way. But you get my point. There are some similarities in the two anime, but it doesn’t hinder my opinion of this one.
I must admit Chiyo’s thirst for Nozaki was easily the biggest source of laughs for me, but Nozaki’s general ignorance of her feelings also got plenty of laughs. I must admit when she attempts, once again, to convey her feelings properly, I found myself cheering her on…in my own way…Though I don’t think she’d take to kindly to hearing “Oh just tell him you bitch”. Understandably so, of course. Though I do genuinely hope they end up together. Going by the anime’s length though I highly doubt they will.
Now, will I keep watching Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun? Definitely. The characters, the whole scenario and the fact the comedy is genuinely funny is enough to make me want to keep watching. I would definitely recommend this anime to anyone who likes rom-com stuff of this nature.
For those who are interested, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun consists of 12 episodes and an OVA series consisting of six episodes (all of which are three minutes in length). While I’m not sure about the OVAs, the series itself is available in both dubbed and subbed formats. For clarification, though, I watched it subbed due to having to watch it on Crunchyroll.
Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However, if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.