「新(ニュー)ヒロインをよろしくね♪」 (Shin (Nyuu) Hiroin o Yoroshiku ne ♪)
“Say Hello to the New Heroine”
Mikorin is the true heroine, and Yuzuki isn’t shoujo manga-like at all, but they’re both laugh out loud funny, and that’s what I like to see!
The True Heroine, Mikorin
Mikoshiba-kun – who will hereafter be referred to exclusively as Mikorin – is one of the most hilarious characters I’ve ever seen! But that doesn’t do him justice. What’s so frightening about Mikorin is that he’s so adorable despite remaining a totally male character. That’s an impressive trick, because it means taking a guy who by every appearance an irritating pretty boy, and making him completely adorable by force of character alone. Usually anime fall back on the ubiquitous trap or shouta to accomplish this, but not here. Mikorin does it by embarrassing himself, being tsundere about helping Chiyo, loving his new sempai role, and being the master of shoujo flowers and bishie sparkles. And to find out that he’s the inspiration for Koi Shiyo’s (that’s the name of Nozaki-kun’s manga) heroine, Mamiko (Miyake Marie)? HAH! Poor Chiyo. Nozaki-kun’s manga is officially ruined for her.
The Oblivious Lorelei, Seo Yuzuki
Following Mikorin is no easy feat, but Seo Yuzuki (Sawashiro Miyuki)…well, she wasn’t as hilarious as Mikorin, but who is? Her ability to accidentally infuriate people and her complete obliviousness to everything around her were solid – and uncommon – comedic character traits, but what broke it open for me was the sudden tonal shift to serious town. What was that, a period piece? A war-is-hell manga? I don’t know, but her personality was enough to sweep Nozaki-kun along, which was great! And then the zinger – Lorelei! Comedy thrives on unpredictability and absurdity – or at least, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’s comedy seems to – and Yuzuki hits those notes, even if she doesn’t hit them quite as well as Mikorin can.
Com with a Dash of Rom
Last episode I called this a romcom, and several manga readers said that it’s really not. This episode backed up their claims. Rather than a series like Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, where romance was an important part of every episode, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is more like Acchi Kocchi, a comedy with a dash of romance. Emphasis on “dash” – while Acchi Kocchi tickled us with Tsumiki x Io at least once an episode, this week we only saw one Chiyo blush, and that was it. But it was laugh out loud funny, and as long as it keeps that up, I’ll be as happy as a clam.
Looking Ahead – The Cast Grows
I feel like we’ve seen the real Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun this time, and it is good. Next time we’ll add more characters, and I already like the dynamic between two of them.
We’ll make a decision about whether this show will be blogged by next week. Thanks for your patience. Series picked up.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Mikorin is the true heroine, & so adorable! As for Yuzuki-chan, she is a crappy shoujo heroine, but a great comedy one #nozakikun 02
- I can understand Nozaki-kun plundering his acquaintances for character ideas; I do that all the time. It also explains why he seems to understand Mikorin & Yuzuki, but hasn’t caught onto Chiyo’s crush yet. When he’s in character analysis mode, he’s perceptive, but when he’s not (or when it comes to himself), he’s dense. We all have a blind spot for ourselves, alas.
- Wait, so being interested in Chiyo would make Nozaki-kun a lolicon? Well then I guess I’m a lolicon, because that kind of height difference is at least 50% of my dating life! Orz
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