This is probably one of the funniest 4-komas I've read in a LONG LONG LONG while, especially since a lot of popular gag 4-komas and manga are echii.
But THIS is an absolutely hilarious read.
Story: (7): There is a plot. It does exist. But it's not really something that needs expanding upon. Initially, the plot is that Chiyo has a crush on Nozaki-kun, and wants to be closer to him. But in the end, she ends up being his mangaka assistant. She keeps trying, but always returns to square one due to a mutual obliviousness. Don't expect too much romance development, as this manga's main
purpose is to produce laughs. So don't expect sudden plot twists regarding romance. But, all the same, it's fun to see how everything develops, so this still gets a decent score.
Art: (9): I love the art in this, the emphasis on tones, inking, and using different styles in order to convey the different mangaka's styles inside of the manga universe. It's good.
Characters: (10): The highlight of the entire series. Each and every single character is enjoyable, relatable, and hilarious in their own unique way. I have not encountered a single character I would not want to see more of. Even the side characters are amazing. As more and more characters are introduced, the story continues to improve.
Enjoyment: (10): I re-read this whenever I'm a bit down. I then leave my laptop giggling like a maniac. Nuff' said.
Overall: (9): A good read if you're interested in comedy, some romance, and 4-komas. If you're serious about romance, then I'd be a bit vary about this one, because the romance seems to get nowhere. At. All. But it's still an absolutely fabulous read, and I'd recommend to it to everyone who's just itching to get a good laugh.
If you ever feeling down or sad, try to read Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Believe me, this manga will make you laughed the hell out of it.
Story : It has a pretty nice start. A girl confessed to a boy she likes. Turns out, the boy mistook her as one of his 'fans' and ended up giving his autograph. Well, who knows. The boy was a professional shoujo-mangaka. As the story progress, you can see that Chiyo had to struggle to caught Nozaki's attention but Nozaki is not seemingly aware with Chiyo's feeling towards him. The manga consisted with 90% comedy and 10% romance, so you
can't expect any significant romance development between Nozaki and Chiyo in here. It's an 8/10.
Art : The art was great itself. It was well drawn! The mangaka pointed some of the tools they usually used when making manga and it was a new information for me. Also, the manga uses a different art style for every manga they drew in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, so it won't confused you. It's a 9/10.
Character : The character were superb. You have the dense shoujo mangaka, his assistants (which consist with : the one who he mistook as a fan that's in charge of inking, the playboy yet shy who's in charge of effects, the tired reliable senpai who's in charge of background and the first year athlete who's in charge of screen tone), the school prince and the 'wild' Lorelei, the editors etc. The characters were all unique to begin with, and sometimes their interactions were just pure hilarious. It was a 9/10 from me.
Enjoyment : As I said, whenever I feel down or sad or maybe just bored, I immediately read this manga from chapter 1 again. I could never got bored with the story because every page was just pure hilarious and has it own greatness. It was a perfect score from me for the enjoyment.
Overall : A great 9/10. You're looking for a hilarious 4-koma manga? Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is your answer. Each page will make you laugh and you'll want to read some more. You won't regret reading this.
What is this? Are you in need of a good time? Does it requires comedy? Do you want it in 1 minute or less? My oh my, do I have the right thing for you!
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is the thing for you.
Each person out there has different kind of comedy they like, but even so! Try reading this a bit will ya?
If I have to describe Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun's story, I would say that rather than a story it has an outline. Izumi Tsubaki, the mangaka, knows that this manga setting is in school between this set of characters. Nozaki, a mangaka, misunderstood our
heroine, Sakura, feelings and then that's it. There is no specific goal like One Piece where the goal there is obtain one piece, but that's what makes this manga amazing because anything can happen. There is not a lot of restrictions.
What the makes the story gold is the comedy itself obviously. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun uses the traditional Japanese comedy style, the manzai. It involves two people, one the straight man and the other being the funny man and it involves mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags. But what makes this comedy gold are obviously the....
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This is a big one so hold on tight!
Every comedy out there includes the so normal characters (the straight man) and the weird characters (the funny man) and when they meet, ta-dah! comedy happen!
What makes Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun so good are probably because you don't know who's going to be the normal one and who's gong to be the weird one.
Each character are very much normal, that's why they could live in school so peacefully but they are added a little bit of a hidden personality that only comes out when the characters we are given talk to each other. If it's anyone else, they will be most likely conceive as normal.
We have our main heroine, Sakura Chiyo! Who confesses to our other main character, Nozaki, but uses the wrong phrase and founds out her crush secret. That is, him being a shoujo mangaka! That itself is a gag, a big burly man writing a girly love story when he, himself, has yet know love. Sakura is most of the time the normal one, the straight man, the one that calls out on the weirdness that the other characters are doing. But she too can be the funny man, for her crush on Nozaki can't really be called a crush but an obsession.
Our other main character, Nozaki Umetarou, a shoujo mangaka, who misunderstood Sakura's confession and somehow got her to be his assistant. Oblivious to Sakura's feeling, he lives his days trying to make his manga better and trying to get more materials for it.
Our other recurring characters too are what you can call reverses. Think of many tropes that our manga/anime are using right now and I can assure you that our recurring characters are the opposite of it. I don't want to give any spoilers so go read it right now!
I am an artist myself so art it a big thing for me. The art itself is nothing big and fancy, nothing like the art of Yusuke Murata, but it is the right art for this story. The faces and reactions and how our mangaka presents the jokes are what makes this manga comes alive.
Big thumb up! No no! TWO big thumbs out! With people clapping and fireworks in the air.
Once again, comedy are different for each person but Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun will most likely appeal to many. It's easy and fast to read and the the variety of the characters also helps.
Caution: the romance tag is a sham. If you're attracted to deep, provocative and intimate romance manga, this is not for you. However, considering that those said attractions end up being repetitive or disappointing (not that I have read even at least five titles to say that), why not give this one your precious time? After all, it might be just the one to ease your stress from all those never-ending, chock-full tropes in a story.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (I'll refer to it as GSNK onward) is a 4-koma manga that features our tragic (?) heroine Chiyo Sakura on a struggle to let her true feelings
be known to our resident normal student/secret mangaka Umetarou Nozaki, only to be mistaken as one of his fans and ultimately made as one of his assistants in his currently running shoujo manga series (which is downright awful, in my opinion). Can Sakura get out of this predicament?
Honestly, there is no way out.
In its truest form, GSNK is an episodic parody series that mainly references many shoujo manga archetypes and somehow turns it around to create funny situations by blending in many of the series' running gags. Like I said, romance is almost non-existent and it's mostly laughs and giggles you'll get. The plot develops in an odd way, but worry not because the manga never presses on that matter so much. Have the right mindset in approaching this and surely you won’t be disappointed.
If you've come to known the series' running gags, sometimes you can see the punch line miles away. That is not to say it ends up dull and corny, but rather emphasizes its consistency with the jokes it has for the characters, since most running gags are some of the characters' stupidity. Honestly, the sheer amount of entertainment you get from this series is vast it makes up for that minor problem.
Being a 4-koma, the art comes out very limited and simple. Rarely do we get to see well-drawn scenery and instead only characters talking about random things. Then again, it's not very dialogue heavy unlike what you would normally expect from something with a comedy tag. Each page provides a very light reading experience as their jokes come off usually straight to the point. And you have to thank our wonderful cast for providing hilarious exchanges that just can't help but to tickle our sides.
Every character here is an oddball and a dense, dumb idiot, literally. In other series those are enough reasons to hate them, but in GSNK you need to be like those to be the most appealing. Not to say they're the most original, but they follow archetypes you commonly see in shoujo manga (with a twist) that enhance and highlight the hilarity it tries to achieve. If you've come to know them, just seeing their faces are enough to know that they're up to something not good again. Oh, and the mangaka likes to ship tease its characters a lot.
I think the benefit of being a comedy series, when done correctly, is that it can become timeless; while GSNK does not try to be one, it unconsciously develops into one. What I'm trying to say is there is nothing that this manga is trying to prove. It's not thematic, sensational or intelligent/witty. If anything, it sticks to the idea of what reading should be first: entertaining. Thankful I am that there is a manga that's just chilling the heck out and still providing us a great time to spend. I don't mind if this publication goes on forever; actually I'll be so glad if it ever does.
Now, if you're looking for some light, innocent comedy series kindly check this one out. I won't guarantee it will hook you in an instant, but give the series your time and a proper approach and surely this will be a worthwhile sidetrack reading.
Thank you for reading this review. Now hurry up, lock yourself in a room, read the manga and let it fix that frown on your face.
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