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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun.jpg
Cover of the first volume featuring Umetarō Nozaki
月刊少女野崎くん
(Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun)
Genre Romantic comedy
Manga
Written by Izumi Tsubaki
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Magazine Gangan Online
Original run August 25, 2011 – present
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Audio drama
Produced by Frontier Works
Released June 26, 2013
Episodes 1
Anime television series
Directed by Mitsue Yamazaki
Produced by Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun Production Committee
Written by Yoshiko Nakamura
Music by Yukari Hashimoto
Media Factory
Studio Doga Kobo
Licensed by
Hanabee
Original network TV Tokyo, TVO, TVA, TSC, TVh, TVQ, AT-X
Original run July 7, 2014 September 22, 2014
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed by Mitsue Yamazaki
Studio Doga Kobo
Licensed by
Hanabee
Released September 24, 2014 February 25, 2015
Runtime 3 minutes (per episode)
Episodes 6
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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Japanese: 月刊少女野崎くん, Hepburn: Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun) is an ongoing Japanese four-panel romantic comedy webcomic written and illustrated by Izumi Tsubaki. Its chapters are serialized in Gangan Online, and have been published in both physical and digital releases of Shoujo Romance Girly[1] and tankōbon volumes by Square Enix.[2] An anime television series adaptation by Doga Kobo aired in July 2014.[3]

Plot[edit]

High school student Chiyo Sakura has a crush on schoolmate Umetarō Nozaki. When she confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. When she says she wants to be with him, he invites her to his house and has her help on some drawings. Sakura discovers that Nozaki is actually a renowned shōjo manga artist working under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno. She agrees to be his assistant in order to get closer to him. As they work on his manga Let's Fall in Love (恋しよっ, Koi Shiyo, Let's Have a Romance),[4][5] they encounter other schoolmates who assist them and/or serve as inspirations for his stories.

Characters[edit]

The major characters of the series. From left to right: Wakamatsu, Seo, Sakura, Nozaki, Mikoshiba, Kashima, and Hori.

Main characters[edit]

Umetarō Nozaki (野崎 梅太郎, Nozaki Umetarō)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[3][6] (Japanese); Ty Mahany[7] (English)
Nozaki is a tall, deadpan high school student and the object of Sakura's affection.[8] Using the pen name Sakiko Yumeno (夢野咲子, Yumeno Sakiko), he is secretly the creator of the shōjo manga Let's Fall in Love published in the magazine Monthly Girls' Romance (月刊少女ロマンス, Gekkan Shōjo Romansu). Despite making a romance manga, he has no personal experience in love and seems unromantic in real life.[ch. 1,2] He appreciates Sakura's friendship and drawing ability but is oblivious to her feelings. He lives on his own, having convinced his father that he can cover expenses with his manga royalties.[ch. 33] In middle school, he was captain of the school basketball team but stopped playing to focus on making manga.[ch. 11] He is in class 2-B. He has two younger siblings, Mayu and Yumeko.
Chiyo Sakura (佐倉 千代, Sakura Chiyo)
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa[3] (Japanese); Juliet Simmons[9] (English)
A cheerful high school girl with a crush on Nozaki. When she confesses to him by saying she's a "fan", she gets Nozaki's autograph and becomes his inker assistant instead. She is part of the school's art club, shown to be skilled at drawing still life and using watercolours. She is petite and notably wears two large hair ribbons with a polka dot pattern. Sakura first met Nozaki at their school entrance ceremony; her hairstyle and ribbons back then were used subconsciously by Nozaki when designing his manga's heroine Mamiko.[ch. 50] Due to her intense enthusiasm about Nozaki, almost all of her peers are aware of her crush. She is in class 2-A and shares a class with Seo. She has a younger brother named Towa.[ch. 84.5]
Mikoto Mikoshiba (御子柴 実琴, Mikoshiba Mikoto)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[3] (Japanese); Scott Gibbs[10] (English)
Mikoshiba, nicknamed Mikorin (みこりん), is one of Nozaki's assistants. Despite being popular and flirtatious with girls, he is very shy and gets embarrassed shortly after making bold statements. Sakura learns that he is the inspiration for Nozaki's heroine character Mamiko, unbeknownst to Mikoshiba. He assists Nozaki in filling backgrounds with flowers and other embellishments to bring out a character's charms.[ch. 3] He is in class 2-G and shares a class with Kashima. His hobbies include collecting bishōjo figurines[ch. 11,19] and playing dating simulation games[ch. 8], though he tries to hide his otaku interests from others. Mikoshiba admires a blog which features suggestive art by Nozaki's brother Mayu, under the assumption that it is run by a girl.
Yuzuki Seo (瀬尾 結月, Seo Yuzuki)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro[6] (Japanese); Joanne Bonasso[11] (English)
Sakura's athletic friend and classmate. Often unintentionally, Seo offends her peers with her brash personality. Nozaki classifies her as "KY" (空気を読まない, Kūki o yomanai, oblivious, thick-skinned): she cannot read the mood of a situation. She also has zero sportsmanship, which allows her to practice with the school basketball teams so they can learn how to deal with difficult players. Despite her rude and tomboyish demeanor, she has an angelic singing voice and is nicknamed the "Choir Club's Lorelei" (声楽部のローレライ, Seigaku-bu no Rorerai).[ch. 4] She enjoys pestering Wakamatsu, whom she calls "Waka".[ch. 14] Inspired by their relationship, Nozaki makes a male character based off her named Oze.[ch. 13] Her older brother is Ryōsuke.
Yū Kashima (鹿島 遊, Kashima Yū)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara[6] (Japanese); Monica Rial[12] (English)
Mikoshiba's best friend and classmate. She is an extroverted, tall and androgynous girl who has a "princely" personality that makes girls fawn over her. In their first year, Mikoshiba and Kashima considered each other rivals but Kashima beat Mikoshiba in all aspects.[ch. 5] She is openly fond of Hori and wants him to consider her his favourite "cute kōhai".[ch. 10] She is the star member of the school drama club and acts as every lead male role. However, she often skips club activities and creates bizarre ideas or comments regarding Hori, making her the target of his anger. Kashima is tone deaf and has Seo as her singing coach.[ch. 25] She has a younger sister named Rei.[ch. 99]
Masayuki Hori (堀 政行, Hori Masayuki)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono[6] (Japanese); Adam Noble[11] (English)
President of the school drama club and Nozaki's assistant for background work, in exchange for Nozaki writing scripts for the drama club. Despite having incredible acting talent, Hori is conscious of his own short height and prefers to work on directing plays and building sets instead. He has a short temper, triggered mostly by Kashima, and reacts violently towards her whenever she does anything inappropriate.[ch. 6] Despite this, he still dotes on Kashima like a parent for her handsome appearance and acting ability.[ch. 20] He is in class 3-C.[ch. 6]
Hirotaka Wakamatsu (若松 博隆, Wakamatsu Hirotaka)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura[6] (Japanese); Cameron Bautsch[11] (English)
Wakamatsu is Nozaki's junior from their basketball team in middle school.[ch. 15] He joins Nozaki's staff to do screentones. He can be too forgiving and naive, making him the main target of Seo's harassment. Due to stress caused by Seo during and outside of basketball practice, he suffers from insomnia. Ironically, Wakamatsu immediately falls asleep whenever he hears Lorelei sing. He develops an infatuation with Lorelei, unaware of her true identity as Seo. Inspired by their relationship, Nozaki makes a female character based off him named Waka. He is in class 1-D.[ch. 15]

Supporting characters[edit]

Ken Miyamae (宮前 剣, Miyamae Ken)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake[13] (Japanese); Luis Galindo[11] (English)
Nozaki's current editor. Although Ken appears as a grumpy overweight man, Nozaki admires him because he is competent in comparison to his previous editor.[ch. 7] Ken is 28 years old (27 in the anime)[ep 11], and although he is the same age as Maeno, he had to retake college entrance exams and ended up being two years behind Maeno.[ch. 21] It is revealed that his body became overweight due to stress caused by Maeno.
Mitsuya Maeno (前野 蜜也, Maeno Mitsuya)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[13] (Japanese); Ned Gayle[11] (English)
Nozaki's former editor, Maeno is currently in charge of Miyako Yukari. He is a narcissist who is fond of cute characters such as tanukis.[ch. 7,9] He and Ken have known each other since high school. He regularly posts on the Monthly Girls' Romance editor's blog. He is careless in his actions; for example, he casually loses Yukari's manuscript and spills curry on another one.[ch. 9]
Yukari Miyako (都 ゆかり, Miyako Yukari)
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi[13] (Japanese); Brittany Djie[11] (English)
Nozaki's upstairs neighbour. Miyako is a college student who is also a shōjo manga artist going by her real name. Her manga works feature a tanuki, mainly because her editor Maeno suggests it.[ch. 9] She keeps her identity as a manga artist a secret from her schoolmates, who are regularly concerned about her unknown job and relationships.[ch. 26,53]
Mayu Nozaki (野崎 真由, Nozaki Mayu)
Nozaki's overly lazy younger brother. Because he was bullied when he was young, he rarely talks. He sometimes writes abbreviated phrases on what he wants to say, but will talk if it is quicker.[ch. 33,37] The rare time when he puts in effort is when he captains his school's judo club.[ch. 49] In order to teach his club members floor grappling techniques, he learned to draw cute girls in the various positions and holds. His friend posts the art to a blog titled 'MayuMayu', which Mikoshiba follows. In an earlier draft, Mayu was drawn as a girl but the idea was scrapped due to reasons like her incompatibility with other male characters.[14]
Ryōsuke Seo (瀬尾 遼介, Seo Ryōsuke)
Seo's older brother is a college student who has a crush on Miyako, his classmate. Ryosuke works part-time in a cafe. His efforts to be closer to Miyako usually fail, and he once ends up mistaking Nozaki as her boyfriend.[ch. 53] He knows that his younger sister is attracted to Wakamatsu, and assumes the love is mutual when Wakamatsu states he is in love with Lorelei.[ch. 74]
Yumeko Nozaki (野崎 夢子, Nozaki Yumeko)
The younger sister to the Nozaki brothers. She is bad at drawing, and is the only one in her family who refuses to believe her oldest brother is a manga artist. She loves the character Suzuki and her ideal guy is a transfer student.[ch. 72.5] Yumeko was originally drafted as the main character of the series, with her brother Umetarō as a support character. This idea was scrapped and her and Umetarō's roles were reversed.[15]
Towa Sakura (佐倉 十和, Sakura Towa)
Sakura's younger brother, Towa is a second year in junior high. He is a member of the tennis club. Sakura often annoys him with biased love talk about Nozaki. As a result, Towa's first impression of Nozaki is that he is a popular model.[ch. 84.5]

Let's Fall in Love characters[edit]

Mamiko (マミコ)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake[4][16] (Japanese); Melissa Molano[11] (English)
Heroine of Nozaki's ongoing manga. Much of the manga surrounds Mamiko and her various attempts to win over Suzuki's affections. Her personality is modeled after Mikoshiba[ch. 3], while her appearance is based on Nozaki's first meeting with Sakura, when she gave one of her white-coloured ribbons to him and walked away with the other one in her hair.[ch. 48] In the anime, Sakura wears a single white-coloured ribbon, styled just like Mamiko's.
Saburo Suzuki (鈴木 三郎, Suzuki Saburō)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano[4][16] (Japanese); Chris Patton[11] (English)
Hero of Nozaki's ongoing manga. He is Mamiko's love interest. Suzuki's appearance is Nozaki's easiest and favourite face to draw. As a result, Suzuki and his friend and rival initially all looked the same, so Nozaki had Sakura scout for other character designs.[ch. 4]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Izumi Tsubaki began serializing the manga in Square Enix's online magazine Gangan Online on August 25, 2011.[17][18] As of August 2018, the series has been collected into ten tankōbon volumes. Apart from the comics, an official fanbook and an anthology manga (containing stories by Satsuki Yoshino (Barakamon), Yasunobu Yamauchi (Daily Lives of High School Boys), Tachibana Higuchi (Gakuen Alice), Shigeru Takao, and Dan Ichikawa) have also been published, both on August 22, 2014.[19] North American publisher Yen Press announced their license to the series at Sakura-Con in April 2015.[18]

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 20, 2012[20]ISBN 978-4-7575-3566-4November 17, 2015[21]ISBN 978-0-31630947-9
2 November 22, 2012[22]ISBN 978-4-7575-3777-4February 23, 2016[23]ISBN 978-0-31639157-3
3 June 22, 2013[24]ISBN 978-4-7575-3985-3May 24, 2016[25]ISBN 978-0-31639158-0
4 January 22, 2014[26]ISBN 978-4-7575-4203-7August 30, 2016[27]ISBN 978-0-31639160-3
5 July 22, 2014[28]ISBN 978-4-7575-4353-9November 22, 2016[29]ISBN 978-0-31639161-0
6 February 21, 2015[30]ISBN 978-4-7575-4378-2February 21, 2017[31]ISBN 978-0-31639162-7
7 December 22, 2015[32]ISBN 978-4-7575-4830-5May 23, 2017[33]ISBN 978-0-31650271-9
8 August 22, 2016[34]ISBN 978-4-7575-4870-1 (regular ed.)[35]
ISBN 978-4-7575-4871-8 (limited ed.)[36]
July 18, 2017[37]ISBN 978-0-31643999-2
9 August 22, 2017[38]ISBN 978-4-7575-5442-9April 24, 2018[39]ISBN 978-1-975300-09-8
10 August 21, 2018[40]ISBN 978-4-7575-5782-6January 22, 2019[41]ISBN 978-1-97538364-0

Drama CD[edit]

Frontier Works released a drama CD on June 26, 2013 featuring the casts below which differ from the later produced anime.[42] It reached number 32 on Oricon's CD Album rankings.

Anime[edit]

Media Factory announced an anime adaptation on March 21, 2014 and the anime's official website posted several videos, revealing key cast and staff members, which differ from the drama CD.[16] The anime is produced by Doga Kobo and directed by Mitsue Yamazaki, who had worked on Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East and Durarara. Series composition is handled by Yoshiko Nakamura. Junichirō Taniguchi, who did the second season of Genshiken and the Puella Magi Madoka Magica film, is in charge of character design.[4] It premiered on July 7, 2014 in TV Tokyo, followed by TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TSC, TV Hokkaido, TVQ, AT-X over the rest of the week.[43] The opening theme, titled "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai" (君じゃなきゃダメみたい, lit. "Seems It Can't Be Anyone Other Than You") is composed and performed by Masayoshi Ōishi, and the ending theme "Uraomote Fortune" (ウラオモテ・フォーチュン) is performed by Ari Ozawa under her character name, Chiyo Sakura.

On July 25, 2014, Sentai Filmworks announced it has licensed the series for home video release.[13] Media Factory released it on Blu-ray and DVD formats in Japan starting on September 24, 2014 across six volumes. Mini-OVA specials were bundled with each Blu-ray/DVD volume.[44]

Episode list[edit]

All episodes were written by Yoshiko Nakamura.

No. Title Storyboarder Episode director(s) Animation director(s) Original airdate[45][46][47]
1"This Love is Being Turned Into a Shojo Manga"
"Sono Koi wa, Shōjo Mangaka Sarete yuku" (その恋は、少女漫画化されてゆく。)
Mitsue YamazakiMitsue YamazakiMiki TakiharaJuly 7, 2014
Chiyo Sakura confesses to her crush Umetaro Nozaki by saying she is his fan, but he responds by giving her his autograph. She then says she wants to be with him, so Nozaki invites her to his apartment and makes her do "beta work". After several hours, she realizes Nozaki is the shōjo manga artist Sakiko Yumeno, who is published in the popular magazine Monthly Girls' Romance. Together they attempt to think of romantic scenarios for his work, such as taking a girl home on a bicycle. But because two people riding a bicycle is against the law, Nozaki and Sakura ride a tandem bicycle instead for inspiration. Finding none, Nozaki writes a scenario where his main characters Suzuki and Mamiko walk home. Sakura tries to confess her love again but gets another autograph.
2"Say Hello to the New Heroine"
"Nyū Hiroin o Yoroshiku ne" ( (ニュー)ヒロインをよろしくね♪)
Tetsuto SaitōOdahiro WatanabeChieko MiyakawaJuly 14, 2014
Nozaki introduces Sakura to his friend and assistant Mikoto Mikoshiba, a popular and flirtatious guy who Sakura soon learns is painfully shy and easily embarrassed. He spends a session at Nozaki's place pretending to be aloof, but in reality is waiting for Sakura to ask for his help. Sakura learns that Mikoshiba's artistic specialty is adding background decorations such as flowers. She also discovers Mikoshiba is Nozaki's secret model for the heroine of his manga, Mamiko. Later, Nozaki asks Sakura if she has any friends who might fit in a shōjo manga. She introduces him to Yuzuki Seo, an athletic girl who has the habit of being obliviously insensitive to others. However, secretly she has an angelic singing voice, earning her the nickname the "Choir Club's Lorelei."
3"Violence vs. the Prince"
"Baiorensu bāsasu Purinsu" (バイオレンスVSプリンス)
Ryōhei TakeshitaRyōhei TakeshitaYuka KudōJuly 21, 2014
Mikoshiba introduces Sakura and Nozaki to his best friend Yū Kashima, known as the prince of the school. Kashima turns out to be a girl with an androgynous appearance and is incredibly popular among other girls. Her carefree attitude towards her drama club irritates the club's president Masayuki Hori, who often scolds and physically beats her. After helping Hori paint some sets, Sakura discovers that he is the one who does backgrounds for Nozaki's manga, in exchange for screenplays. However, Nozaki has trouble creating a new script after meeting Kashima in person. He has Hori and Sakura role-play his script, during which Mikoshiba also gets involved. Inspired by their acting, Nozaki finally writes a decent script but realizes he based the female lead off of Mikoshiba again.
4"There are Times When Men Must Fight"
"Otoko ni wa, Tatakawaneba Naranai, Toki ga Aru." (男には、戦わねばならない、時がある。)
Hiroaki YoshikawaTatsuya NokimoriChisato KikunagaJuly 28, 2014
Mikoshiba asks Nozaki if he can stay the night for advice regarding girls in his dating simulation game. Mikoshiba initially played dating simulations to learn to talk to real girls, but he developed a love for 2D girls instead. As they play through the game, they realize that the protagonist's best friend Tomoda supported the protagonist every step of the way. Touched by Tomoda's selfless love, Nozaki and Mikoshiba make a comic about the two characters, later discovered by Sakura, in a Boy's Love story. Later, Mikoshiba is invited to attend a mixer, but he is too shy to know what to do there. Nozaki and Sakura unsuccessfully practice with him, since they also have no experience with mixers. In the end, Kashima takes Mikoshiba's place at the event and succeeds as the only one to attract girls.
5"The Man Who Envisions Love"
"Koi o Omoi Egaku Danshi." (恋を「思い」「描く」男子。)
Osamu YamazakiGeisei MoritaManamu AmazakiAugust 4, 2014
Nozaki cleans his apartment for his editor Ken Miyamae, who appears so distant that Sakura thinks he and Ken's friendship is one-sided. However, Nozaki praises him in comparison to his previous editor Mitsuya Maeno. Sakura meets Nozaki's neighbour and manga artist Yukari Miyako, whose current editor is Maeno. Sakura learns of his narcissism and incompetence as an editor, such as pressuring Miyako to add tanukis in her manga and physically losing Miyako's manuscript. After reviewing a draft, Ken criticizes Nozaki's heroine for her lack of complicated feelings. Nozaki pretends to be Mamiko for a day in order to understand her character. Realizing Mamiko spends too much time thinking about love, Nozaki concludes to Ken that Mamiko should study for school more.
6"I'll Cast a Spell on You"
"Mahō o Kakete Ageru" (魔法をかけて、あ・げ・る♡)
Tetsuto SaitōMitsue YamazakiAtsuko NakajimaAugust 11, 2014
Nozaki runs into Hirotaka Wakamatsu, his junior from their middle school basketball team. Wakamatsu tells Nozaki how Seo harasses him, making him unable to sleep. Ironically, when Wakamatsu hears a song by Lorelei at Nozaki's house, he immediately falls asleep. Nozaki creates two side characters based on Seo and Wakamatsu's relationship named Oze and Waka. Wakamatsu uses shōjo manga as reference to express his anger at Seo, but she interprets his actions as a love confession. Later on, Nozaki gets a fever and sends the text message "SOS" to Hori, Sakura and Wakamatsu. The three team up to help Nozaki with his manga and discover Wakamatsu is skilled at applying screentones. However, without Nozaki's direction, they add mismatched screentones to every page.
7"The Manga Artist’s Brain, Nozaki-kun"
"Mangaka Nō Nozaki-kun" (漫画家脳野崎くん)
Odahiro WatanabeOdahiro WatanabeMiki Takihara, Yuka Kudō, Kanako YoshidaAugust 18, 2014
Sakura takes Nozaki to the mall on his day off so he can take a break from his manga. However, they spend the time watching a movie for background references, shopping for a sailor uniform, and browsing a figurine store for poses. There they encounter Mikoshiba looking at bishōjo figurines who, embarrassed, kicks them out. Nozaki invites Sakura to his house afterwards, hoping she can wear his newly bought sailor uniform for photo references. Later, Mikoshiba volunteers to model for the art club. Though he feels reluctant at first, Sakura and the art club help him feel comfortable by directing his poses. Mikoshiba becomes too comfortable and careless with his words that, when asked if he would model again, he promises to do it nude.
8"The Prince (Girl) of the School's Problems"
"Gakuen no Ōji-sama (Joshi) no Nayami" (学園の王子様(女子)の悩み)
Ryōhei TakeshitaRyōhei TakeshitaKyōko Kotani, Satonobu Kikuchi, Manamu AmazakiAugust 25, 2014
Inside Hori's bag, Kashima finds a copy of Nozaki's manga with detailed notes, leading her to believe Hori secretly wants to be a girl. Wishing to help, she replaces his clothes with feminine clothes. While driven crazy by her antics, he is also impressed by how coordinated the feminine clothes are. Later, Hori urges Nozaki to practice drawing backgrounds, a skill the latter is bad at. Much to Hori's frustration, Nozaki places boxes under his characters to compensate for bad art perspective. Hori collapses at school, tired from drawing for Nozaki all night, so Kashima carries him like a horse to the nurse’s office while wearing a bull mask. Enchanted when Kashima reveals her face, Hori agrees to draw all of Nozaki's backgrounds as long as Nozaki writes a play about a prince who turns into a bull.
9"Do You Have Enough Excitement?"
"Dokidoki, Tariteru?" (ドキドキ、たりてる?)
Osamu YamazakiMasaya Ōbayashi, Hisayuki Seki, Ryōhei Takeshita, Mitsue YamazakiChisato Kikunaga, Masayoshi Kikuchi, Hitomi KaihoSeptember 1, 2014
When Sakura and Nozaki forget to bring umbrellas for a rainy day, Nozaki brainstorms manga ideas involving umbrellas. After Seo throws them her umbrella and runs away, Sakura walks home sharing the umbrella with Nozaki. She hopes their walk inspires Nozaki's next issue, only to find just Seo's moment was added. Later, the two observe how Miyako deals with her editor Maeno’s crazy recommendations. Miyako struggles to confront Maeno, so she passive-aggressively draws a male character in a gaudy tanuki costume to make a statement. However, Maeno loves the character; even Sakura adores the character once Miyako redraws him to resemble Nozaki. Bothered, Nozaki attempts to draw his own characters in tanuki costumes but Sakura tells him to respect his manga.
10"What's Strengthened is Our Bond and Our Reins"
"Tsuyomaru no wa, Kizuna to Tazuna" (強まるのは、絆と手綱)
Tetsuto SaitōGeisei MoritaManamu Amazaki, Tsubasa Itō, Keiko IchiharaSeptember 8, 2014
Hoping to write a story for his side characters Oze and Waka, Nozaki has Wakamatsu accept a movie date with Seo. The date ends up one-sided, as Wakamatsu is appalled by Seo's tastes in movies. Offended, she decides to invite other boys to the amusement park, but Wakamatsu offers to go in their place so they don't suffer. When Hori suggests doing a musical production, Kashima requests singing lessons with Seo, as the former is tone-deaf and cannot sing. Later, the drama club is in need of a substitute actor so Hori, Nozaki and then Mikoshiba are volunteered to join. During Mikoshiba's turn, Hori realizes Mikoshiba's shy but determined personality resembles Mamiko. Hori can't help but root for Mikoshiba knowing he is Mamiko, to Kashima's jealousy.
11"Let's Rice"
"Kome Shiyo" (米しよっ♡)
Ryōhei TakeshitaRyōhei TakeshitaKanako Yoshida, Mina Ōtaka, Yumiko Komiyama, Yuka Kudō, Manamu AmazakiSeptember 15, 2014
Nozaki describes to Sakura how his first impression of Ken was cynical; Nozaki only warmed up to Ken once the latter proved he thoroughly read Nozaki's manga. Later, Nozaki wants to create more excitement within his manga. For reference he pranks Sakura in various ways to surprise her, one of which he hides curry under a bento of rice, to Sakura's delight. In comic form, Ken states the curry idea reminds him of a gourmet manga. Later, Mikoshiba, Hori and Wakamatsu get caught in the rain and stay over at Nozaki's place for shelter. The three awkwardly spend time together without revealing they work for Nozaki's manga. Hori discovers Nozaki is using their interactions as reference for a story about slumber parties. Nozaki persuades them to gossip but he falls asleep right as their conversation becomes interesting.
12"If This Feeling Isn’t Love, Then There Is No Love At All"
"Kono Kimochi ga Koi Janai Nara, Kitto Sekai ni Koi wa Nai." (この気持ちが恋じゃないなら、きっと世界に恋はない。)
Mitsue YamazakiMitsue YamazakiMiki Takihara, Yuka Kudō, Atsuko Nakajima, Mitsue Mori, Junichirō TaniguchiSeptember 22, 2014
In the summertime, Sakura finds her abandoned Valentine’s Day chocolates for Nozaki in the fridge. Seo and Kashima urge her to give Nozaki the chocolates to eat, however he of all people accidentally spills her chocolates on the ground. Nozaki promises to treat her with candy, to which Sakura happily pretends the candy is a White Day gift. Sakura, Nozaki and their friends attend a summer festival where Sakura reminisces of the time she and Nozaki first met, when he lifted her up and over their school gate on the first day of school. During the fireworks display, Sakura quietly confesses her love to Nozaki. Thinking he heard her, he leans in to Sakura and replies that he loves fireworks too. Sakura laughs off his misleading response, knowing she is happy just staying by his side.

Reception[edit]

The manga's second volume reached number 18 on Oricon's weekly manga chart,[48] its third volume reached number 11,[49] and its fourth volume debuted at number 5 with 117,310 copies.[50] The fifth manga volume debuted at number 4, selling 185,392 copies.[51] The series placed at number 3 on a list of top 15 manga recommended by bookstores in 2013,[52] and ranked number 11 in the list of top 20 manga for female readers of the 2014 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook, which surveys manga industry professionals.[53] It was a nominee for the 8th Manga Taishō.[54]

The official fan book reached number 14, and the anthology book reached number 17 on Oricon's weekly best-sellers chart.[55]

Greg Smith of The Fandom Post found the anime adaptation to be a "both a celebration and a send-up of shoujo manga at the same time". He found it to have a natural flow and enjoyed the emotions and expressions presented by the characters.[56] He gave the series an A, noting it was one of the two consistently funny comedies of the season. He liked that "there was in general a lack of meanness or malice (except towards Maeno, which was quite well deserved)," and that it effectively showcased the absurdity of shojo tropes.[57] Andy Hanley of UK Anime Network gave the series 7 out of 10, highlighting its charming and lovable cast as well as the show’s visuals, although he would not call it a comedy classic.[58] Dee Hogan, in an article for The Mary Sue, found the show to be "simultaneously very funny and sneakily brilliant" and wrote about how the show "manages the rare feat of a triple-reversal, and all three deal with our understanding of gender roles in fiction."[59]

The reviewers at Anime News Network listed the anime as one of the best of the year for 2014,[60][61][62] with Amy McNulty[63] and Theron Martin naming it their top pick.[64] Kelly Quinn of Tor.com also listed it among her top 10 best shows of 2014.[65]

Works cited[edit]

Manga volumes[edit]

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun manga volumes by Izumi Tsubaki. Published by Square Enix.

  1. Vol. 1 (ch. 1–10):  月刊少女野崎くん (1) [Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (1)] (in Japanese). April 2012. ISBN 978-4-7575-3566-4.
  2. Vol. 2 (ch. 11–20):  月刊少女野崎くん (2) [Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (2)] (in Japanese). November 2012. ISBN 978-4-7575-3777-4.
  3. Vol. 3 (ch. 21–30):  月刊少女野崎くん (3) [Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (3)] (in Japanese). June 2013. ISBN 978-4-7575-3985-3.
  4. Vol. 4 (ch. 31–40):  月刊少女野崎くん (4) [Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (4)] (in Japanese). January 2014. ISBN 978-4-7575-4203-7.
  5. Vol. 5 (ch. 41–50):  月刊少女野崎くん (5) [Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (5)] (in Japanese). July 2014. ISBN 978-4-7575-4353-9.

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