English: My Little Monster
Synonyms: Tonari no Kaibutsukun, The Monster Next Door, My Neighbor Monster-kun
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2012 to Dec 25, 2012
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.931 (scored by 79994 users)
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SynopsisMizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, he becomes convinced they are friends.
Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would've thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku?
A cold-hearted girl and super-troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Side story: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun: Tonari no Gokudou-kun
Characters & Voice Actors
It is a shame that rom-coms today are completely infested with harems, where an ordinary guy pimps multiple beautifully-pixelated girls. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, my friends, is how a romantic comedy should strive to be. First of all, there are two key elements that make up for a successful romantic comedy: romance and comedy. I don’t consider romance to be: “I love you because you are the main character of this story, and there is no particular reason why.” I also don’t consider comedy to be constant sexual innuendos and sexual harassment. It is not funny, not to mention overdone.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is an feel good love story. Amazingly, the appeal does not depend on the size of one’s breasts. The two main characters, Shizuku and Haru, make up a hilarious dynamic duo. They are both socially awkward, combined with the fact that they have no earthly idea of how a relationship works. This is actually a big positive, because the story avoids all the generics in your typical relationship cycle. Skip the “fated encounter”, the “commonalities”, the “date”, the “predicament”, the “make up”, and the “confession”. Haru and Shizuku are simply oblivious to the norm, which allows them to clearly speak their minds. Imagine blurting out everything you think and how ridiculously entertaining that would be. This is one of the primary reasons why the characters in Tonari are so lovable and funny.
Brains Base did a spectacular job in producing this anime. The art is marvelous in all respects. The scenery, the character designs, and the animations makes Tonari quite a relaxing spectacle. The character designs are flawless. My heart often skips a beat when I see the characters blush or smile. It’s so cute and heart-warming. Seriously. Who needs moe? The voice actors, particularly Haruka Tomatsu, did a masterful job in portraying their respective characters. The script flowed perfectly with the characters, and came off as “incredibly natural”.
This review is relatively short and to the point, because the goal is to spread the word about this show. For those of you who haven't done so, add Tonari to your plan-to-watch list! I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a rom-com to this magnitude. Toradora! and School Rumble comes to mind, and ironically, the stories are awfully relatable.
It's hard to find a romance/comedy/slice of life that really leaves a good impression. Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun does exactly that and for those of you who have already seen Lovely Complex and/or Honey and Clover it gives you some traits from each of those shows and adds it's own flavor into the mix as well.
Story- This is the weakest point of the series, however it's not so weak that it provides no interest or doesn't evoke any emotion from you. It's simple and laid out right in front of your eyes within the first two episodes essentially. That being said though, there are a few kinks in the story along the way that give you something to think about. So while it is the weakest point of the series, it also has it's strong point, and does enough with the core plot to move things along nicely at a solid pace.
Art- The art was a hair away from a ten, but I just couldn't do it so it wasn't meant to be i guess. Anyway, it really was my favorite part of the show and I've only thought this about maybe three anime I've ever watched. For the art to really have such an impact on the characters and story is really special I think. The pleasant background ambiance and bright, sometimes exotic colors give the scenery personality and a location as simple as their popular spot "the batting cages" suddenly becomes unique and colorful because of it.
Sounds- The OP is one of my favorites and the full length version of it is an extremely catchy song, not to mention a solid ED. There's a somewhat surreal feel to the background sounds i only mentioned in the "art" section of the review and immediately provide you with an engrossing feel that sucks you into what's going on. Every sounds seems to fit just right and because of this it all flows so naturally. Finally, the voice actors (or seiyuu) do a fantastic job portraying their character's attitude and feeling in various situation be it good or bad ones.
Character- At first they may seem like typical rom/com cookie cutter type characters but you'll be quickly proven wrong in that regard. It's not as though we haven't ever seen these characters before in this genre, but the way they're executed is what makes them so enthralling to watch. Haru is best compared to a wilder Morita (if that's believable for those who've watched Honey and Clover) he's more violent and protective you could say. That said, he's extremely passionate in everything he does as well as having nothing but pure intentions. He's very funny and extremely intelligent, and just an overall interesting character that is well designed based on who he is as well. Shizuku is a character that takes a little bit of developing for her to break out of her shell, and it works for the setting and story. You really get to see her grow with Haru and the other supporting characters slowly but it never truly gets tiresome as it's not your typical whiny self-conscious high school girl questioning her life/love every few minutes.
Enjoyment- Needless to say I rather enjoyed this, and I'll be sure to re-watch it eventually. I higly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the anime I mentioned above, as well as anyone interested in a good romance told in a slightly different yet charming way.
Overall- It's a 9/10 like above the only reason it doesn't get 10/10 is because I believe you need to really go far above and beyond your genre and all other genres for that matter. This is definitely one of the best rom/com/slice of life iIve seen. This is also a perfect type of anime to get those who are just starting to pique their interest in this genre. At only 13 episodes it progresses nicely, and it doesn't have those cringe-worthy overly dramatic moments some romances have, so it's easier for someone new to the genre to dived in without worries.
Both are shoujo anime, feature a love build up between characters and lots of comedy in between.
The heroine in both dont have any friends, and seem a bit off and normal people avoid them. Both the main guy in both anime see her differently than others do and confess they like her
The resemblance between these two are amazingly high:
- Guy and a Girl
- The girl doesn't have friends because of something that happened in the past
- The guy falls for the girl and wants to protect her
and so on.. just watch the first episode of both
The female character equally new experience first kiss and i think they have same characteristic
In both shoujos the main female character doesn't really have a strong social life or any friends, but everything changes after a certain guy comes into their life. Both are very enjoyable.
•both are the usual shoujo, romance, school life, comedy genre......
•both have a main protagonist girl that chooses not to have friends
•both have a well handsome/good looking/cute male that falls head over heels for them
•both girls slowly develop feelings for them, and address by confessing the issue in the first couple of episodes
•both males want to protect the girl
•both gain friends/rivals
•similar in the typical school life romance.
The main girl is shy in both shows but slowly get comfy in their relationship
Both anime have a cold girl who changes a boy. . .
Both female protagonists have basically the same views before they meet a boy who changes them. To me, these anime are very similar! Am I the only one that sees it!?!?
Both main characters don't have any friends at the beginning and avoid other people. Both come in touch with a boy who sees them differently
- Both Shizuku and Mei don't care about socializing, but that changes after they meet Haru and Yamato.
- Both Haru and Yamato are insecure about their relationship with their girlfriend. Haru dislikes Shizuku spending time with Yamaken, while Yamato dislikes Mei getting closer to Kai.
• Both main protagonist girl chose not to have friends.
• Both girls slowly develop feelings for them.
• Both males want to protect the girl.
Both have a female lead that doesn't think they need friends or anyone for that matter. And both have a male lead that sees her differently than everyone else. And the male leads make the female question her own values.
Both are about love overpowering everything, and watching people's attitudes on life change.
Both also include a very small, but notable love triangle.
It is definitly a quick romance that displays a girl who learns lessons on life while liking a cool, most popular, good looking guy in the school. This anime does have a cute, and sweet atmosphere when watching the 2 mains
Both are touching stories about unlikely high school couples. Both have similar reclusive female protagonists
They both show the development of awkward characters as they begin to realize (slowly) a sweet love.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My little monster-English name) and Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say "I love you") both start the same. There is a unpopular girl, and a boy who's not like her... In My little Monster, the boy (Haru) is misunderstood for being a delinquent type character after spilling blood on the first day. In Say I love you, Yamato is the most popular guy in school and seemingly out of reach. In both anime, there is a confession in the first episode. They both have manga that continue the story. So really, they both are fast-moving romance anime with a lot of comedy.
Both made from the same creator and have a cute love story. As they both have some hilarious side characters and adorable side romances. Both girls have that 2nd boy that are head over heals for them, but can't except there love. I promise you that neither of them will disappoint you!
To start of both shows have same genres (shoujo,slice of life,romance,school..etc.)
The main Character of Sukitte ii na yo is similair to Shizuku (the MC of TnKk) ,at the start both of them don't have friends and obviously no love experience and are saying to them selfs stuff like ''I don't need friends they only use each other'',''I don't have time for that'',and then you have Yamato and Haru (The male MCs of the show) that both pick an intrest to these ''anti-social'' girls and so love slowly starts blooming (lol)
-Sorry for the sucky description,but you should give them a try, i guarantee that you will like both of them :)
They are both romantic comedy series with funny peculiar characters.
- Both have a main boy that everyone is afraid of but in reality he is very sweet and misunderstood.
- Both are shoujo with comedy.
-Both animes are centered around comedy/romance
-Both are shoujo anime
-Both are school life
These shows highly imply romance and humor. While Toradora obviously has a slower pace compared to Tonari no Kaibutsukun, both of these shows love in a peculiar way. One of the character is ecstatic while the other one aims for a "normal" life. It doesn't only revolve around the main characters though. The supporting cast also share the spotlight and have their own storyline that may affect the main characters' attitude towards them or even towards themselves.
-Characters in both series don't have many friends
-Shizuku and Haru became friends so they made many friends with other characters, and the same is with Taiga and Ryuuji
-Comedy style is very similar
Although Toradora have a slower pace than Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, they're both humorous and romantic. They're great anime to watch if you're looking for romance.
Both are great romantic comedies that will surely leave a smile on your face. Toradora has more drama and is the more serious show out of the two.
Both series are considered romantic comedies that has both of the elements:
Romance & comedy.
Additionally, both series has a strange female protagonist who falls for the main male protagonist. And speaking of which, both the male protagonist in the series are also strange but has a kinda heart.
Both series takes place at a school setting where all the drama takes place.
Both series also has some action that is employed in a comedic way.
Both romance between a delinquent and cold hearted girl
To me these 2 are similar in a sorta opposite way. In Toradora! Taiga is as adorable as a girl can be, yet she's the most short-tempered person in school, while Ryuuji looks like a yankee(apparently),but is one of the nicest guys you can find,with an extreme passion for cleaning. Meanwhile in Kaibutsu-kun, Haru is the kind looking short-tempered character, while Shizuku is the tough looking(she looks tough to me) girl, but its easily scared and has an extreme passion for studying(though she is a bit cold). Both of the girls are tsunderes.
Both are romantic comedies with reluctant protagonists and really cute side characters
Both are great romantic comedies. Toradora! gets more serious at the end but it still bring lots of laughs, even if it's laugh through tears :) Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is opposite, I maen there's more comedy but still it left this heartwarming feeling after you watch it. I recommend to check out both of them :)
I has a similar air about it, it's shorter and I know that when I finished Toradora and wanted something similar I found this to be a great follow up!
Similar main character feel with the girl but a spectacular show none the less. If you liked Toradora then you should at least give this a shot but really you should love this.
Opening Theme"Q&A Recital! (Q&A リサイタル!)" by Haruka Tomatsu
Ending Theme"White Wishes" by 9nine
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