Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo's confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki's manga assistants.
Throughout the hilarious events that ensue, she befriends many of her quirky schoolmates, including her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, and the "Prince of the School," Yuu Kashima. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun follows Chiyo as she strives to help Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.
If you're looking for an anime with romance and relationships, this isn't what you're looking for. If you're looking for an anime with endless hilarity and gags that runs off love and romance, this is what you're looking for. This anime thrives off misjudgments and the characters.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is an anime thats been the laughing central of this summer. With the theme of manga-artists becoming more popular lately such as, Manga-ka to assistant-san or mangirl ,it's becoming much more attractive and interesting to watch. This is a gem that's becoming popular due to its laughable characters and misinterpretations that occur all the time.
The story follows Sakura, a girl who tries to tell her crush that she likes him, but gets misinterpreted and ends up becoming his assistant. She often tries to get closer to him, but always gets misjudged and makes for some hilarious comedy. The story follows their life at school along with some other cast members to make the show enjoyable and a lot more entertaining to watch as a whole. With the running gag of it being comedy, some things may seem predictable, but it still stays original and has comedy in every episoded.
The characters are all really unique in their own way and is the strongest part of the show. With all the different characters you get hilarious situations that really makes the show stand out from the rest that's airing and one that takes comedy to the next level with their personalities.
You have Sakura, a girl who tries often to get close to her crush, but is always misinterpreted. She's a great person who makes the show better with her retorts and delusions that she thinks is going to happen, but the exact opposite happens. Over time she develops a bond with Nozaki and really makes for some friendship and gave a light feeling to make you smile at every scene.
Second you have Nozaki, a manga artist and one that people often misjudge. Since he stays up to draw and produce manga, he looks like he gets into fights, but really is only just aches and pains from the constant drawing and late nights. He's oblivious to Sakura's feelings and really makes up for some hilarious reactions that he gives to what he thinks she's doing.
The art style is nothing new to the 2014 style, yet brings out details that makes it better than some of the anime airing. With all the details in the characters clothes, to the beautiful scenery that they go through in their situations, it brings out a sense of comedy to support the bickering and the interactions between all the characters. With the art being one of the strong points, you have beautiful details in every aspect that they bring to the table. The characters all have unique features and traits that belong to them and wonderful backdrops such as the school, or just at their house.
The opening is nothing to be praised for, but is super catchy. The background music for this anime is one that supports the mood that the anime gives off perfectly. The opening and ending gives off the perfect feeling to start every episode and is one that I never skip. The voice actors are all really well and give the characters life to make the anime as enjoyable as possible. The voice actor for Sakura is relatively new to voice acting, but does a wonderful job portraying her character and is one of the best in the show.
Overall this anime is one of the best of Summer 2014 line up and is definitely worth watching. With it's wonderful characters and hilarious situations they get themselves into, this is one that brings out the comedy in the simplest things. You have the standard 2014 art style, yet it makes it better by adding details to make every quality shine and make it so everything stands out to the fullest. The OST is wonderful and support each scene perfectly and the opening is so catchy that you just can't help but enjoy listening to. I recommend anyone who didn't check this out yet to start watching it. read more
It's a rare thing to find a romance anime that appeals to both a male and female audience. It is even rarer to find one that does so without sexualising its characters.
Gekkan Shoujo gives us hope for the stagnant, often juvenile climate of the romance genre. It doesn't rely on obnoxious misunderstandings to keep the two main characters from joining together (although misunderstandings do still exist with a sense of self-aware humour), nor does it need onsen scenes, pantyshots and implied homolust to keep the audience's attention towards its characters. All it's interested in doing is giving the audience a good laugh while nudging a few heartstrings along the way, and it does so with its head held high.
A quick glance at the synopsis would be enough for some to roll their eyes and dismiss the show as 'Yet Another Shoujo Anime'. An innocent girl attempts to confess to the boy she likes in an empty classroom room dyed of scarlet (the setting of seemingly every confession scene in anime), only to find out that he is actually a famous shoujo mangaka. And one of her favourites, no less. Uh-huh. Right.
But Gekkan Shoujo knows better. It is aware of its absurd premise and the clichés inherent to the genre. It embraces them, plays with them with a clever sort of irony, never taking itself too seriously nor forcing its viewers to feel a certain way. At its core it is certainly your typical shoujo anime, but the way it handles itself is quite the opposite.
The story primarily follows the events of Chiyo and the titled Nozaki. Chiyo, perhaps reluctantly, but nonetheless willing to follow the company of the boy she likes, assists Nozaki in his daily tasks as a mangaka, hoping one day he might realise and respond to Chiyo's feelings. Gradually she begins to understand that Nozaki doesn't quite live up to the 'cool, handsome and composed' image she had of him, and that in reality, he is so lacking in common sense that it is a mystery how he was even serialised in the first place.
Nozaki's obliviousness is undoubtedly the show's main source of laughter. In one scene, Nozaki accidentally draws one of his characters above the ground and, having the issue pointed out to him, draws a random box underneath the character, nodding his head and acting like everything is now right with the world. He then starts drawing boxes underneath the character in every scene afterwards, which understandably results in one of Nozaki's friends yelling to him how it makes no sense for the character to be carrying around and standing on random boxes all the time. Nozaki's response? "Right. I have to add an explanation."
The comedy works so well because Nozaki's train of thought always makes, at least in his own little world, a slight fraction of sense. He just has no idea how people actually behave and ends up misinterpreting the actions of others in a completely asinine, facepalm-inducing and yet hilarious manner. That's not to say that each joke is masterful and clever, or even that all of them work (because a few certainly do fall utterly flat), but the simple manzai format works in perfect harmony with the ridiculous premise of the story. It knows how to make fun of itself while still holding onto a semblance of sincerity.
One of the more respectable aspects of Gekkan Shoujo is how it also focuses on its side characters beyond the usual 'idiot friend', 'strict class president' and 'arrogant love rival' archetypes. Hori and Wakamutsu in particular are two characters who would normally be treated as nothing more than background fodder in the average anime for not having a colourful character design or 'wacky' personality. But in Gekkan Shoujo they are given important roles and treated with about as much attention and respect as Nozaki and Chiyo. They even have their own love interests who play relevant roles on their own (as opposed to simply being a plot device, as many often are in anime). There's a surprising amount of complexity to the character dynamic despite the general simplicity of the show's format.
I suppose if there was one thing to criticise about the characterisation, it would be the inconsistency of Mikoshiba. He's handsome, eloquent-- so much so that virtually every girl in the school is head-over-heels for him-- but at the same time he is portrayed as introverted, socially awkward and obsessed with otaku hobbies, to the point where he uses eroge to study real-world interaction. The latter aspect of his personality does not feel convincing in the slightest, so his comedic scenes often fall pretty flat. To feel comedy is to empathise with the characters, and there was little to no empathy between me and Mikoshiba.
Those watching strictly for the romance will likely find themselves disappointed, because, really, aside from a small handful of scenes, maybe three or four, it is virtually non-existent. The most heartwarming thing about the show is not the idea of the two slowly becoming a couple, but that Chiyo still loves Nozaki from the bottom of her heart despite finding out about his glaring flaws. The love here feels genuine, far more so than most 'serious' romance anime where the girl screams at the guy when he stops acting like a prince. Progression itself isn't what makes or breaks the romance in a story.
Gekkan Shoujo is visually pleasant. The characters (particularly the males) are drawn realistically, and while it does still portray them all as idealised and attractive, it never goes overboard by drawing them in lewd or excessively 'moe' scenarios. The sound on the other hand is nothing special aside from the opening track, although, to be fair, it is a pretty great OP. It captures the silly yet relaxed nature of the show exceptionally well, and by the final episodes I found myself thinking it sacrilege to skip it.
Sure, while it may not be doing anything outstanding enough to be remembered decades in the future, Gekkan Shoujo is still an excellent experience for anyone who simply wants to relax and have a few laughs. It doesn't bombard the viewer with melodrama or degrade its characters through fanservice, and what little romance there is is handled with care and sincerity. That it also happens to appeal to so many people at once without leaving anyone uncomfortable is perhaps just a bonus.
Oh, and Chiyo is possibly the cutest thing ever. read more
"Comedy is surprise. Comedy is not something that you can, necessarily, do twice."
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is about a girl named Chiyo who tries to confess to her crush. He misunderstands her confession and decides to take her as his assistant, because, as it turns out, he is a shoujo manga author, and he seeks inspiration from the people he knows to create his characters. Hilarity presumably ensues.
Despite premises like that having been done before, I thought that was an interesting idea. However, at the same time, I was also cautiously optimistic because a lot of comedy anime tends to get stale before long, because they reuse the same jokes over and over again for the characters. And that's the case with this show.
The show has the same problem as a lot of anime comedies seem to have these days: it gives the characters one or two personality traits and bases all of its jokes around them. I certainly don't watch comedy shows expecting deep, three-dimensional characterization, but come on. If you make the same jokes over and over for each character, without adding any variety or giving them any other traits, it gets stale quick.
At first, the show is serviceable enough at what it does. A somewhat average character-driven comedy. They have an okay rythm going, introducing the characters and establishing their personality. At this point, in any other show, I'd expect them to step up their game and add more variety. But this is where it remains for the entire duration. It remains perpetually in its safe spot, never attempting anything new or put any new twists on anything. Same static characters, same changeless interactions, same unvarying punchlines. That is just lazy, lazy writing.
Every single joke that ever gets made in this show always boils down to the exact same punchlines: Nozaki is oblivious; Chiyo thinks a moment with Nozaki is going to turn out romantic, and then it turns out the opposite; Mikoshiba gets embarassed; Seo is rude without realizing it; Kashima is flirtatious towards other girls, which Hori beats her up for; Wakamatsu dislikes Seo but loves someone called Lorelei, whom he doesn't realize is the same person; etc.
In other words, they're not so much characters as much as they are running gags. But even running gags require variations in order to stay fresh, which doesn't happen with the characters in this show.
To put the character's lack of dynamism into perspective, half of the characters don't even have any personality of their own, and instead their personality is entirely dictated by their relation to another character. Chiyo's personality is dictated by her fangirling over Nozaki, Wakamatsu's personality is dictated by his dislike of Seo and Hori's personality is dictated by him beating up Kashima. But is there anything else to these characters? If so, what? That level of shallowness in regards to personality is the sort of thing that I would expect from secondary characters, not from the (ostensibly) main ones.
The show is supposedly a parody of shoujo romance manga, which is part of what got me interested in watching in the first place. I've read a decent amount of shoujo romance manga out of curiosity, so I know how retarded they can be. The characters are one-dimensional, the romance is forced, they're all just variations on the same story, etc. If you've read one, you've read them all. So when I heard this was a parody of that, I was looking forward to it.
As it turns out, it doesn't really parody shoujo romance manga that much. It makes a few (rather easy) jokes about that, while the rest of it is spent parodying (I guess?) what it's like working as a mangaka. Along with that comes jokes about being a mangaka that I've already seen in plenty of other shows where characters are mangakas.
Most of the parody just boils down to taking shoujo character stereotypes, changing the gender... and that's it. There isn't anything to the parody beyond that, especially pointless since the same character types had already been gender-reversed in quite a few shoujo mangas to begin with. Very rarely does the show ever actually do anything of actual substance with the parody aspect, which is a shame, since the show is at its best whenever it does that.
The parody aspect is also lost when the show's final scene is exactly the same thing as a shoujo manga, without even attempting to parody it or do anything with it.
Also ironic (hypocritical?) is that the aspects of shoujo manga that get parodied, such as being formulaic, or the characters lacking substance, also apply to this show, and this tends to make a lot of these jokes lose their intended punch. If all a character has to them is that they subvert a stereotype and has nothing else to their personality apart from that, that really doesn't make them any better than the one-dimensional stereotype that they're supposed to be parodying.
This isn't a bad show, but it's very samey. I've already seen enough anime at this point that I could see the jokes coming from a mile away. I already saw it coming what jokes they're going to make in any given situation, how the characters are going to react and what the punchline is going to be. It's hard for me to laugh at something if it got stale for me because I've already seen the same exact thing in 100 other shows.
Another thing about the show is that, like most other anime comedies, it frequently explains what the punchline of the joke is, also known as punchline reinforcement, one of my biggest pet peeves. "That's not gonna work!" exclaims Chiyo, after seeing a manga manuscript with a premise that the audience can see is indeed not going to work.
Admittedly, there were a couple of moments I thought were pretty funny. One of which was when Nozaki and Mikoshiba were playing the dating sim in episode 4, as well as the inconsistency in terms of manga character heights being explained by them standing on boxes in episode 8. However, in both of those cases, I thought the rest of the episode was mediocre, for reasons which I already outlined earlier. And even then, while these two scenes were funny, I didn't feel like it was worth watching the whole show just to laugh at only two scenes. I could have dropped the show earlier than that and wouldn't have missed out on anything.
All-in-all, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun isn't a bad show, but it's one of the weaker comedy animes I've seen. It's too formulaic, the characters are all one-note, the parody is very lazy and there isn't anything here that hasn't already been done (and in some cases, better) in hundreds of other shows. The characters are mildly funny at first, but their lack of personality beyond one singular character trait, as well as the lack of variability in terms of humor leads to the show running out of steam long before it ideally would have.
While there's decent material that could potentially be taken made with the premise, the show itself doesn't bring any novelty or versatility, it's just mindless repetition of the exact same concepts over and over. I don't hate it, but it's disappointing in the same way as an underachieving student. It has a lot of good ideas, but it never does anything with them and remains perpetually at a state of mediocrity, without ever evolving. The show ends up being just as bland and forgettable as the very same shoujo mangas that it parodies.
If you're fine with repetitive humor, then watch this if you like. Otherwise, if you're looking for something original in terms of characters and humor, look for something else instead. There's certainly worse shows out there in regards to this, but there's also far better ones as well.read more
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is about a high school girl, Sakura Chiyo, who has a crush on her schoolmate, Nozaki Umetarou, a shoujo manga artist. She tried to confess to him but was mistaken as a fan of his manga and ended up as one of his assistants. Then, revolving around these two, the story goes on.
Sounds a lot like a typical shoujo, right? Let me correct that, GSNK is all about comedy, categorized as a shounen no less. Bits of cute moments here and there but mainly comedy and it's done right.
While the plot is simple enough to be summed up in mere sentences, character is definitely the strongest point of this anime. The main cast consist of seven. There are four guys — the mangaka, the self-proclaimed playboy, the drama club senpai plus the basketball kouhai. And three girls — the heroine, the oblivious Lorelei and the prince of the school. Yes, prince. You read it right. Individually, they have their quirks and are so likable you'll have a hard time picking a favorite. (In case you happen to hate all of them, fear not, there are also lots of tanukis)
The best parts, however, are their relationships and their interactions. Thanks to the creativeness of the author, this group of characters plays off of each other so well you can randomly throw any two or more of them in a normal high school life situation, add some shoujo manga related topic, think from their perspectives, let them converse for a while and get a laugh or two out of it.
Basically, that's what GSNK is all about.
The animation is what you would expect from a 2014 anime and the art style is faithful to the original manga. OP and ED songs are very catchy and fit for the light-hearted atmosphere of the anime. I actually like the opening song a lot. As for other OSTs, I honestly couldn't catch it because I was busy laughing. The VAs are great. There're many famous names in the cast (Miyano Mamoru is the protagonist of Nozaki's manga, mind you) but my favorite is Ozawa Ari. She portrayed Sakura perfectly.
For enjoyment, I didn't read the manga before and I enjoyed it very much. I also prefer the anime version even after reading.
Overall, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is fun, refreshing and very easy to get into. Personally, I love it so if you're looking for something different, if you like comedy or if you want a shoujo version of gintama, I highly recommend this anime.read more
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