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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1

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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1

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The boy of her dreams...is a girl's manga artist?!

To the eyes of high school student Chiyo Sakura, classmate Umetarou Nozaki--brawny of build and brusque of tongue--is a dreamboat! When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table...but getting recruited as a manga-ka's assistant?! Never in a million years!

But for someone who makes a living drawing sweet girly romances, Nozaki-kun is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to matters of the heart in reality. And so Chiyo's daily life of manga making and heartache begins!

Specifications

Series Title
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Publisher
Yen Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
144
Author
Izumi Tsubaki
ISBN-13
9780316309479
Publication Date
November, 2015
ISBN-10
0316309478
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Whatever you do, do not t

Whatever you do, do not try to read this on the bus. ^^;;

A good, low-key, pretty s

A good, low-key, pretty straight school comedy. The storyline is mostly more of a setting: the protagonist discovers her crush is a writer & illustrator of girls' manga and ends up helping him, with various other characters slowly introduced. The comedy comes from two main sources. First, the interplay of the characters; titular Nozaki-kun is (counter to expectations) very bad at understanding other people, and entirely oblivious of this. People being oblivious to their faults and quirks is a core part of the humour. Secondly, the cast's tendency to view everything through the lens of girls' manga, which proves predictably ineffecual. Tsubaki balances the humour well for me; nothing is allowed to get stale or overexposed, and she mixes different elements, characters and comedy all the time to keep things fresh. The art is solid. The characters are naturally a bit thin for the most part - it's manga (which takes more page-time than writing), it's only the first volume, and it's the kind of somewhat slapstick comedy where deep characterisation isn't a priority. This isn't really something I consider a failing, and they all seem entertaining enough that I feel engaged by them.

This is a very funny comi

This is a very funny comic with lots of visual jokes and puns. It's formatted in the 4-panel strip style, where each set of 4 panels (1 set per page) is its own lead-up to a joke, but with an over-arching plot and sometimes jokes that get built up over several pages. It's probably not surprising - since the title explicitly refers to a type of manga magazine and uses a Japanese honorific - that it is distinctly Japanese in some ways and most appealing/accessible to those who are at least a little bit familiar with the Japanese comics/animation industry, tropes, and clichés. Chiyo Sakura is our high school student main character. She is in the art club and catches schoolmate Nozaki's eye with a poster she makes to recruit new members. When she finally gets up the nerve to confess her crush to him, it comes out all wrong and he thinks she's confessing that she's a fan of his work. He is, after all, a famous girls' manga creator, even if no one at school believed him when he said so. Without knowing quite how she got there, Chiyo finds herself as Nozaki's assistant, filling in the black parts of his drawings. She still can't tell him of her crush, but now she gets to spend a lot more time with him, and even in his apartment while they work...along with other friends who help out or provide inspiration in other ways. Since it's volume one, we mostly are spending time establishing the different characters who populate Chiyo and Nozaki's world - and the ones Nozaki puts into his story ("Let's Love!" - hearts and frills romance that is completely at odds with his own image). To be honest, one of the problems with gag manga like this is I don't find a lot of rereadability in them. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is incredibly funny and I don't regret buying a copy of the first volume or anything, but I wish it were omnibus style instead of volume by volume. The gags just move too quickly and then the book is done, and the simplicity of the style means there isn't a lot to go back and discover on a reread (though it's still funny!). There was an anime based on this series last summer, which I'm told is hilarious, though I've not seen it yet.

I got the first four volu

I got the first four volumes of this from the local library and banged through them pretty quickly. Each chapter is a series of four-panel gag strips, which is a little off-putting, but the humor is pretty consistent and had me laughing out loud at least once per volume. I'll pick up future volumes.
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