Episode 1 Impressions: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

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A crush is a difficult thing to deal with, especially when it comes to expressing those feelings.  For Chiyo Sakura, the issue with expressing her feelings leads to a host of issues that ultimately means laughter for the viewer.

e1monthlygirlsnozakikun12Synopsis
Chiyo Sakura has a crush on a fellow classmate named Umetaro Nozaki and after mustering the courage to confess to him, things don’t go so well. She blurts out that she’s a big fan to which Nozaki earnestly signs her an autograph. She brushes his response to the side and blurts out that she wants to be with him forever, to which Nozaki responds by inviting her to come to his house.

Sakura follows Nozaki to his place before finally realizing what she was doing. Once there, Sakura becomes increasingly nervous as to what she has walked into. However Nozaki offers her some tea and then asks her to beta a manga sketch. Turns out, Nozaki is actually a manga artist.

e1monthlygirlsnozakikun9After a night of blackening lines and aiding Nozaki with his work, Sakura heads home to finally realize the autograph she received from Nozaki read “Yumeno Sakiko,” the name of a famous shojo manga artist. While this puzzles Sakura as to why no one knows his identity, Nozaki admits that he’s told his friends but they never believed him.

Nozaki also reveals to Sakura that the reason he brought her to his house was because he seen some fill-in work that she had done for a school poster.  In a sense, Nozaki was scouting her to be an assistant.  Though it seems Sakura isn’t opposed to this idea as it means she gets to spend more time with her crush.

Thoughts
It’s been some time since I’ve had a romance comedy really catch my interest. To be honest, Sakura is an absolutely adorable character and I really enjoy her design. She’s like a cute and not obnoxious Asuka Langley Soryu (even though I loved Asuka in an odd way).

e1monthlygirlsnozakikun11I mentioned to my brother while watching this show that it was hitting all the key points that I was expecting out of Engaged To The Unidentified. A cute female protagonist that was dealing with emotions while being paired with a tall and expressionless male. It’s an odd chemistry that creates some entertaining occurrences.

Without a doubt, the humor here is well done. It’s witty and well written. I found myself laughing for most of the show and at the same time I was rooting for Sakura to get her feelings across. Often the skits seem to involve Nozaki trying to create a love scenario for his manga while Sakura fights to make him understand what two lovers should do. Which is completely opposite to the idea of Nozaki’s work being such a huge hit with the girls.

It’s really hard to put this show into words. From start to end I loved the characters and the humor. If you’re looking for a laugh or like romance comedies, definitely check it out.

Episode 1: This Love… Is Being Turned Into a Shojo Manga

THUMBS UP!

THUMBS UP!

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Amazing!

Pros:

  • Hilarious comedy
  • Cute characters
  • Good romance tension
  • Fun concept

Cons:

  • None

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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