RogerBW's Blog

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 24 October 2014

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB; also known as Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.

Parody series about young girls' (shōjo) manga. Chiyo has a crush on fellow high school student Nozaki, but through comical misunderstanding discovers he's a manga writer and artist – but this has to be kept a secret from the rest of the school.

The general premise here is the reflection of high school events in the format demanded by a girls' manga series, and particularly the way Nozaki draws inspiration for his strip from the people and things around him (casually gender-swapping roles and changing details to fit the stereotypes). But this feeds the other way too: all the principal cast are manga readers, and this influences the way they think about things in real life, especially Chiyo's ongoing crush on Nozaki.

It's not the most appealing of premises, but a distinctive cast and lively writing style manage to keep things going surprisingly well; as someone mostly unfamilar with the source genre, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this anything like as much as I did, and in fact I'd regard it as one of my favourites of the 2014 summer season. A particularly pleasing short sequence dealt with the stereotype of the hero going off into probably-fatal battle and his girlfriend promising to wait for him… which was done as a girl dumping her luggage on Nozaki so that she could run away from a teacher more effectively.

The first few episodes deal with introducing the cast, but after that there's little progression; it's mostly a series of one-shot jokes without much connectivity between them. If you can put up with that, and with the inevitable lack of conclusion to any of the storylines, I'd definitely recommend this as a light-hearted palate cleanser.

Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one.

Search
Archive
Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio tech base commerce battletech beer boardgaming bookmonth chain of command children chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 existential risk falklands war fandom fantasy film firefly first world war flash point food garmin drive gazebo geodata gin gurps gurps 101 harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life kickstarter learn to play leaving earth linux mecha museum mystery naval non-fiction one for the brow opera perl photography podcast politics powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha quantum rail ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1