What is there to say about “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun”? First of all, it is a very special show filled with a very bold and wonderful cast of characters. Adapted from a 4-koma style manga, I would not be surprised if people wondered how the adaptation would translate fluidly into 30 minute anime episodes. Well Sentai Filmworks pulled it off with style and sparkly pizazz, characteristic of many beloved shoujo series. This romantic school comedy was certainly a hilarious and gorgeous jewel in the crown that is the summer anime season.
The story is heavily character driven, focusing on the main character Umetaro Nozaki and his friend and classmate Chiyo Sakura’s adventures into producing Nozaki’s highly popular girls romantic manga. She’s hired onto his rag tag production team of misfits after a wildly misunderstood and highly hilarious love confession. From then on we meet the ensemble cast featuring very likeable and individual characters that play on popular character and romance tropes seen in shoujo manga.
The story is set at a snappy pace, littered with joke after joke and gag after gag, the laughs simply do not let up. There was not an episode that I did not laugh at and at a few moments I had to pause the episode because of hysterics. All of the main cast are given good development for a 12 episode anime. When you are introduced to each character you expect them to fall into a certain stereotype, only to have the rug pulled from under your feet, leaving you to tumble to the floor in fits of the giggles. Each subversion is done with such love and a gentle nod and a wink at those who love the shoujo genre that it does not feel disrespectful. I think that’s what makes the show so special. It acknowledges what is silly about the genre but it does not do so in a snide way, but in a way that will only make you love it more.
Watching each episode was a joy with the beautiful animation which really lent itself wonderfully to the visual gags, such as the flowers appearing around Mikorin and Kashima, the more princely types. The romantic expectations of Sakura would be surrounded in a bundle of sparkles before being flipped right over to reveal her disappointment, this kind of gag is common but each time it is executed so perfectly, it is hard to get tired of.
The music throughout was really lovely and subtle. I found that it perfectly set the atmosphere at the school to show the progression of the day. Very subtle, but a nice touch. The music grew to play a larger part especially surrounding the character Yuzuki, known as the Lorelai of the school. The choice of song for her was well picked and beautifully performed. Out of all the pieces, I especially loved the ending theme “Uramote Fortune” sung by the voice actress for Sakura herself, Ari Ozawa. It’s sweet cute and terribly catchy. I found myself singing it to myself a lot.
So to finish, if you’re looking for a great comedy which is different in a school atmosphere, I recommend this. If you’re a big fan of shoujo manga, I’d recommend this. If you’re just looking for a really well done comedy with a big heart, I’d recommend this. It was one of my top favourites of the season. You should definitely give it a watch!
Please let me know what you think! I’m really interested and excited to hear your thoughts!
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