Synonyms: Tonari no Kaibutsukun, The Monster Next Door, My Neighbor Monster-kun
Published: Aug 23, 2008 to Jun 24, 2013
Authors: Robico (Story & Art)
Score: 8.381 (scored by 6115 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
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Feb 3, 2012
I gotta admit that the characters in this story are the strongest point of this manga. Shizuku, Haru, Natsume, Sasayan, Yamaken and his trio gang, Ooshima, Micchan, Yuuzan and their familis; They’re all awesome and special in their own ways well… except for few ones but they’re still lovable and adorable XD Every each of them especially the main characters get great character development, something that hardly exists in typical shojo manga ( I don’t read that much or it’s just I always end up picking wrong mangas with shitty characters =,=) but at the same time, the progress didn’t ruin their original self or turning them into someone else instead they just become a better person with the same old personality and attitude (Gawd, just how many shojo heroines who are strong-willed at the first part of the manga becoming annoying, whining, indecisive girls as the story goes on esp when they finally realize their feelings. But I'm yet to see this in Shizuku) Well, this part is hardly shown now but in few more chapters, we’ll see it especially with Haru’s character and with Shizuku in dealing with her very first love relationship in the future.
Since Tonari no Kaibutsu -kun is a character driven story so automatically the story is moved by its characters development and actions. But with Haru’s family issues, Shizuku’s mother and Micchan/Natsume/Sasayan relationship, at least we can anticipate something for the plot and story.Plus, this manga is only on its early stage so it’s too early to say that this manga is slow and the author has more room for the story development. I hope it wont be too long or dragging or dramatic wtv. Just sweet and cute, the way it is. Not to mention, it is a slice of life manga which is targeted to younger audiences too, so the story is just involved in everyday of teenage student’s life, no need for intense or twisted storyline, I think.
Okay, I like the theme that the author plays out in Tonari; romance, friendship, family, and individual theme, they’re just balanced and mixed so well and appropriate for girls teen-targeted manga. They’re not too simple or too complicated for weak teenage brain like mine to receive XD The physiological theme involving characters development also can be seen through Haru’s character, an abandoned child, wild, uses violent and fists to solve problem, unsocial boy that slowly changing into better, stable emotional person with the help of his friends and Shizuku of course. Yeah, it’s quite usual and ordinary in most of shojo story but Robiko sensei managed to display Haru’s mental growth distinctly throughout the story. Same applied to other characters too but Haru is the most interesting IMO.
Cute and pretty art. With Tonari I don’t get dizzy or blind by reading too much panels and dialogues. Art is important to attract new readers, it’s sad when a manga with good story didn’t get more attention than it should because of the art. I’m glad that Tonari get beautiful and cute art to attract the audiences. Reminds me of Ouran, as much as I love it, I got pretty hard time to read and nearly put me off because of its drawing. I’m relieved that I got the patience and kept reading because Ouran is awesome^^
so, if you're searching for a warm, light love story but at the same time, you want the enjoyment from its story, I highly recommend this.
*As I'm very lazy this is just my review from another forum so some might have read this.
Jan 7, 2012
Well, first, I'm delighted with the drawing of the author. The drawing is very nice and the characters are drawed very atractive and some of them cool and others, very cute. Even though is a shoujo, doesn't have that flashy and awfully cute, the characters don't have those annoying shiny eyes (Usually shoujo manga has them) and the females characters don't have those puppy dog eyes that I'm tired to see. The scenes of this manga are not annoyingly decorated either.
Another thing I like is the story. As I said before, this manga mix comedy and romance very well, situations develop very smoothly and lightly, and you can't get tired of this. Each character has a personality that make them unique in the story, and sometimes, the characters react in funny way when a problem appears, being stubborn and childish, but they aren't crybabies (Usually you see that in shoujo manga female characters, ALWAYS CRYING) and they solve their problems and differences in a very sensitive way, with comedy scenes in there too. The plot is not very complicated and easy to understand. Even though some things are a little cliche, the story avoids becoming dull, boring, annoying as it happens with many mangas.
To conclude, I could say that if you want to read something light, you want romance but you want to laugh a lot too, this manga is the perfect election for you. read more
Aug 30, 2013
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. Actually, I just read this manga after I watched the anime adaptation because I was really hooked by it. My otaku friend was the one who introduced me to its anime adaptation, and I really am grateful he did introduce me because I really enjoyed watching and reading Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun.
Why? First of all, its very funny. Every chapter makes my stomach hurt, but the romance element of the manga never fails to make my heart clench a little. There isn't any chapter that is dull, nor annoying, and that's also one of my reasons why I really think that this is a great manga and I really wish that it had more than 49 chapters to offer.
The story is very good, not as cliched as those love stories I've watched/read before. Their first meeting was hilarious, but kinda sweet at the same time. The comedy of the manga isn't too much nor goes overboard, and it mixes well with the romance going on between the two main characters.
The art is great. As you can see, Haru is really handsome. Yuuzan and Yamaken, too. What wonderful creatures. >//< Natsume-chan and Shizuku were also drawn very well, they're so cute and really adorable.
The characters are also one of the reasons why this manga is great. There's an idiot, a rich kid, a study bug, and a childish one. Haru may act like an idiot a lot, but he's really intelligent (way more intelligent than Shizuku) and his childish acts are just so cute you can't hate him. The way he likes Shizuku a lot is really something. >////< On the other hand, Yamaken is the genius, playboy type; he has a lot of girls who likes him, he's rich, and he's smart. Like Haru, he's handsome too, and really passionate and patient when in love. Shizuku, the study bug, even she's at first unsociable, her honest personality and how she always expresses what she really feels is admirable.
I really enjoyed this manga, and believe me, if you're a fan of rom-coms and hates stereotype shoujo, I believe this is something you should give a shot.
Overall, this manga deserves more than an average score of 8.39, for me. For readers who likes the shoujo genre, or rom-coms, this is a must read manga for you guys. Don't even think twice on reading it, for I assure you you will never regret giving it a chance. read more
Sep 20, 2012
This series uses a very cliche trope: 'opposites attract'. We have Shizu (I don't want to write out her full name) who is very uptight, serious and know-it-all type of girl. And then Haru, the 'delinquent' who is misunderstood and generally has a very good heart and always intends the best. By chance, Shizu and Haru become intertwined and thus the story begins!
But do not be fooled~!
The story is very good! It is not one of those shoujo series that spends the whole time focusing on the hero and heroine's relationship. It deals with the entire cast, all of whom was likable and entertaining. I give it a 9; the story is not over yet and sometimes it will pass over issues that would've been more of a deal.
The art is fantastic. It's top of the line and greatly designed. I give it a 10, because honestly, the author did a great job at designing them to look Japanese and the backgrounds in this story are beautiful.
The character is awesome! Everyone, in someway, will find its way into your heart. Even the 'antagonists' will. They all have their own personal issues that you will explore somewhere in the story. 9, without a doubt.
The enjoyment was super. Every ending to a chapter kept me wanting more. I couldn't wait for a new chapter. Everyday, I'd check up to see if a new chapter has been released. Then I found out it was going to become a series and I absolutely jumped for joy! I couldn't be more excited. 10 for sure.
Overall, I think you should give this a chance! You will surely like it if you enjoy shoujo manga mixed with school life. It is very sweet (think Ouran HC, or Special A) but this series has a very different kick off to it.
I surely hope I helped you. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did :)
Nov 3, 2012
At first, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun seems to be the kind of a typical love story where opposites attract each other, but it soon can be seen that this is not the case. It may not appeal very interesting at first, but already in the first chapter it holds your attention and makes you want more. The story is not really predictable but easily to understand and it doesn't move too fast, even though I have to say that it could move a little bit faster.
I really like Robiko's style. Usually, shoujo artists focus on the cute and big eyes, but Robiko gives the characters with her drawings a more mature aura. Each of the characters look really good, but they are also a little bit plain. It often happens in shoujo manga that you can barely seperate the characters from each other, but in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, every character has its own style. Also, every scene is not decorated too much that makes it looks very nice.
The characters make the series so unique and adorable. Each of them have a personality that makes you root for them. Even though the main characters are Shizuku and Haru, the people around them are also getting in the spotlight. I just love how everyone has their very own unique personality that you can barely see in other shoujo manga. You actually have to discover them and you can feel with each of the characters.
(I actually wonder what this category is especially about haha.) I've enjoyed every chapter so far and I'm always excited when a new one is released and translated. Although there are a few scenes where I think that they are not really that necessary since they gave me a ltitle bit of a boring feeling. But any other scene were really lovely and cosy, if I can describe them like this haha.
I really recommend this manga to everyone who likes romance without much drama. Anyone who is bored of the usual shoujo story line will be pleased with Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun and their characters.
(A little note, on my profile I gave it 10 out of 10 points, since Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is one of my favorite manga series and I gave my other favorites also 10 haha.)
Thanks for reading! There are probably little mistakes in my English, but I hope everything was understandable. read more
Jul 6, 2013
That's exactly how this manga starts out.
Characters: Haru is a new high school student that has never been understood by others. He is always getting into fights because its the only way that he knows how to handle things. He doesn't understand emotions very well. Haru doesn't attend school very often...due to how he handles 'problems'. Though, he is very kind and most of the time a pure goofy idiot. He just tends to scare people because of his rumors or accidental glares.
Shizuku's only goal in life is to make 10 million yen a year. She has always isolated herself away from others. Studying always comes first for Shizuku, therefore she has never had any time to make friends or enjoy life. Though, she is very stubborn and very strong-willed.
Story: When Haru and Shizuku meet....Haru thinks that they are friends. He only thinks this because Shizuku dropped off his homework at his house. He thinks..."Friends drop off homework to friends when they miss school!" A whole round of events come about and soon they both begin to understand new emotions and become friends with others.
The story is truly amazing and not cliché. The love in this story is like no other. There is only one manga that comes to mind when I think of the type of love: Beast Master. I've been reading this manga like crazy and have never been bored by it. It is a must read!
Apr 7, 2012
It starts off with a pretty simple story line, but unique at the same time. The guy is a trouble maker that everyone thinks is scary and the girl basically only likes to study and is not social but somehow they click. They have that chemistry and it is shown very well in the way it is displayed. This is a balanced amount of comedy, and the good kind at that, with romance, it is not rushed but doesn't wait forever making you pissed off. The story line has mysteries still unsolved about people's past meaning no, it doesn't get boring if they get together. Along the way in their relationship they make friends that are there for them and the story goes into those friends relationship and point of views as well. This story line is well written and developed at a good pace.
The art is pretty. It really appealed to me when i first read it. My first impression was that it was different than other arts I've seen but has that classic shojo art. Sometimes there's too much writing on a page but it doesn't happen too often.
The characters are very original and make you root for them. The male protagonist isn't perfect, which to me makes me like them more because the guys arent suppose to be perfect. The girl is strong, I love strong girls in manga because they aren't confused all the time and crying every chapter, yes I've actually read a manga where they cried every chapter... it was painful. The guy and girl slowly open up to each other because they've never had real friends, so after they met it was like their whole worlds opened up for them. the chemistry is what really got to me. Not with just them two but their friends. The manga switches perspectives now and then and shows the insecurities of those seemingly happy that changes your perspectives as well.
Well it depends on you i guess. I personally enjoyed it a lot with it's comedy and all and the romantic moments. If you do like romantic comedy mangas then I really think you'll like this one, it's one of the good ones and I'm really picky with my manga.
So overall you should give this a chance. Read at least past chapter five or something because i dropped it at three but ended up picking it up again and loved it. I think it's a bit underrated, i was surprised there were only two reviews because it's really one of my favorites. It's funny and romantic and still has alot to unfold to the readers. It gives you that feeling like they need each other and if they never met, their lives would be so different. It actually reminds me of Kimi Ni Todoke, so if you like that one, you should try this one. read more