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「バイオレンスVSプリンス」 (Baiorensu VS Purinsu)
“Violence vs. the Prince”

The baka female prince and her angry but reliable sempai join Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’s colorful cast of characters.

Twists On Common Character Subversions

Take a standard trope. Let’s say the pretty boy. Now subvert it. It turns into the pretty boy who is actually a girl. But if you subvert that trope often enough, it becomes a new in and of itself trope. So how do you keep it fresh?

You tweak it slightly again, and that’s what Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is good at doing. We saw it last week with Mikorin (sensitive pretty boy…in a girly way) and Seo (sporty girl who’s oblivious but also a great singer), and here we see it again with Kashima Yuu (Nakahara Mai), the rare female prince who isn’t doing anything to hide the fact that she’s a girl. No pants for this prince! It’s not that she’s acting like a guy, it’s that everyone else treats her like a guy, even the boys. She also avoids the trap of being “perfect”; yes, she can throw out embarrassing lines better than anyone – take note, Mikorin – but her common sense is at near-Yuzuki levels. Where other shows are content to start with cliches, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun differentiates its characters in interesting ways immediately.

Hilarious Violence

Let’s see how much trouble I can get into here. You know how most of the time with slapstick comedy it’s the guys who are taking the damage? Especially in anime, where it’s almost always girls metting it out after some (usually accidental) perverted act? I like seeing the shoe on the other foot. Not because I like seeing girls kicked in places untoward, but because it’s another example of how Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun does things – slightly tweaking the standard formula to produce laughs. And it works! Yuu is exactly the kind of character who needs to be belted upside the head once in a while, and Hori Masayuki (Ono Yuuki) is perfect for the job. Gender equality means everyone gets to be on the receiving end of comedic violence once in a while.

Rich Characters

What I’m perhaps enjoying more than anything else is how rich Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’s characters are. Comedies can risk making their characters two-dimensional when everything is played for laughs, but Nozaki-kun doesn’t fall for that trap. Yuu may be a baka prince, but she’s a great actor, and while Hori-sempai’s height was the butt of jokes, the truth is that he’s decided to watch and nurture Yuu’s acting abilities rather than take the spotlight himself. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun respects its characters, making them more than just an assembly of interesting personality traits that can be harvested for jokes, until they feel like, well, people. And that’s a lot more interesting because, as outlandish as they can, I feel like I know them.

Looking Ahead – Usamimi Nozaki-kun?

I’m not sure what to think about the preview, save for the notable dearth of Chiyo. Is it going to be a Nozaki & Mikorin episode? No Chiyo or Yuzuki? Am I okay with that? Yeah, I’m okay with that. Viva la Mikorin! (And Nozaki-kun, I guess.)

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The baka female prince & her angry sempai join the cast. I would never let Yuu meet any of my girlfriends either #nozakikun 03

Random thoughts:

  • Yup, Nozaki-kun’s manga is definitely ruined for Chiyo. She’s getting Mamiko and Mikorin completely confused with each other. That cheater!
  • I was waiting to see what Yuu would have until she forgot that one girl’s name and glossed over it by calling her Hime. It’s the little things that help us relate to her.
  • Mikorin ended up as the heroine again. Mikorin is Nozaki-kun’s eternal heroine. Oh noes!

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July 21, 2014 at 9:12 am
40 comments »
  • July 21, 2014 at 9:15 amCybersteel

    I like the extra anime original bits they add to enhance the scenes very cool.
    I’m not a lolicon but Chiyo so cute :3 <3
    http://randomc.net/image/Gekkan%20Shoujo%20Nozaki-kun/Gekkan%20Shoujo%20Nozaki-kun%20-%2003%20-%2011.jpg

  • July 21, 2014 at 9:18 amtitus

    Manga-reader here: I love the baka prince and shorty sempai pairing. Such crack and such fun.

  • July 21, 2014 at 9:23 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    This anime is so full of lolz.

  • July 21, 2014 at 9:34 amlol

    This show is like SYD minus the dirty jokes

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:03 amigriega

    Next episode is going to make me cry from laughter, I can feel it. Two of my favorite chapters!

    Anyway, I wasn’t expecting the post-credits scene. It felt incredibly… sincere. I like the depth they added to Kashima and Hori’s relationship. Under all of the jokes and violence, there’s an implicit, indefatigable sense of trust and loyalty.

    I dunno, I guess I’m weak towards that kind of thing.

    • July 21, 2014 at 11:50 amStilts

      Sincere is a good way to put it. These characters are more than just walking joke factories.

      • July 21, 2014 at 11:53 amwhemleh

        Well Mikorin sort of is a walking joke factory.. Just a very fleshed out one…

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:16 amCatsrofl

    I hope I can continue saying this…I just love this show. The characters are all very funny and quirky, yet never feel like cardboard cut outs. I’m just loving the Com with a dash of Rom.All we need now is an emulator! Very bad jokes aside. To me, that tip in the scale is also what’s great about the show to me, we laugh allot with the great comedic aspect of this show and we then look forward to and appreciate the “romantic” moments (blushing and what have you) that much more since they aren’t prominently abused and displayed every moment of every episode. (Yes, they could give us one or two more moments like that but hey, nothing’s perfect)

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:16 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Man, it’s impossible NOT to love each new character that shows up.

    Also gotta love the myriad of facial expressions, lol.

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:24 amZhinvu

    Kashima is pretty. May need correction on this one but usually in these kind of shows, the prince type character is usually an unapproachable snob to the main character, or would be sometimes hostile. It was nice to see Kashima get along with Chiyo that Kashima could casually approach her for help, or a shoulder to cry on. Hori saying Nozaki is cuter than Kashima came outta nowhere. Also, I pictured Kobayashi Yuu or Romi Park to voice Kashima but Mai Nakahara pulled it off well.

    • July 21, 2014 at 12:11 pmStilts

      Nakahara Mai actually isn’t my favorite choice here, but she did fine. Here voice is spot-on for the role, she just wasn’t selling it as much as Sawashiro Miyuki was last episode.

      • July 21, 2014 at 5:51 pmZhinvu

        Sawashiro-san as Yuzuki really did leave an impression last episode didn’t she? Though Nakahara-san’s debut wasn’t as strong, it left a bit of impression on me because it felt different from her past roles. Clannad’s Nagisa and Ladies vs. Butlers’s Selnia Iori Flameheart were the ones I remembered. I’m not sure if Nakahara-san had similar roles before where she used the same voice and style as Kashima. She’s pretty versatile.

      • July 21, 2014 at 7:44 pmStilts

        She’s very versatile. I always remember Nanami of Katanagatari and Musashi of Kyoukaisen as well. Oh, and Teru from Saki. Actually there are a bunch of them. I like her a lot :3

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:31 amJubei

    Next episode will adapt one of the best chapters of the manga by far.
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Also, I’ve noticed that both in the opening video and in the first episode there’s a clever little spoiler hidden in plain sight! That’s a great touch, I wonder how many people noticed that there’s something slightly different than the usual…

    • July 21, 2014 at 10:45 amprojectnoa

      What what???

      • July 21, 2014 at 10:58 amJubei

        Well, look at
        Show Spoiler ▼

      • July 21, 2014 at 12:13 pmGoXDS

        *mindblown* does this mean what I think it means!?

    • July 27, 2014 at 4:53 pmMonimonika

      Great find! As for my thoughts on that bit of info:

      Show Spoiler ▼

      Thank you! :-D

  • July 21, 2014 at 11:04 amTechim

    I thought I found comedy of the season with Barakamon, but this, this, takes the cake.
    It’s like I’m laughing every two minutes of this show.
    Barakamon still has its charm of imparting moral lessons in each episode though.

    • July 21, 2014 at 1:15 pmHunter-Wolf

      Barakamon and Gekkan Shoujo are both indeed fantastic comedies that really avoid countless pitfalls of modern anime comedy, it’s a great season for comedy really .. even Sabagebu (a hilarious show that a lot of people might overlook) is a very good comedy, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea as it is too random and breaks the 4th wall all the time (not to mention has numerous cultural references) but it’s hilarious and zany and the main character’s unpredictability makes me crack a laugh every time she does something so outrageous and hilarious (it’s more like Excel Sage or Lucky Star)… 3 great comedies in one season is more than i could have ever asked for.

      • July 21, 2014 at 10:23 pmleatherhead333

        If there is one problem i have with Barakamon it is that it gets somewhat repetitive. Usually starts with our protagonist having a problem and gets cheered up by the nice folks around him. It’s consistently heart warming and humorous but i feel the formula does get a bit stale after a while. Gekkan manages to keep the things fresh with it’s original character tropes and unpredictable humor. While i would like more development on the romantic front I’m content with what I’ve gotten so far =)

  • July 21, 2014 at 11:25 amwhemleh

    Best OP of the season.

    DakadakadakadakaSHOUJOMANGAdakadaaa!

    • July 22, 2014 at 6:16 pmNaweG

      Agree that I love the OP (I usually skip them after the first episode but this one I watch every time) and I also love the way they play against tropes with the tropes themselves. Nice to occasionally find a diamond in the rough.

  • July 21, 2014 at 3:43 pmlorenzo

    The 7 Dwarfs line. THAT LINE! I was laughing so hard

    • July 22, 2014 at 7:53 amreeeee

      Seven dwarfs line? Which one?

  • July 21, 2014 at 4:58 pmOcculon

    I thought this show would just be seasonal filler but so far it’s quite a gem. The comedy violence in this ep took me by surprise and cracked me up. Kashima’s obliviousness to the world (and especially to Hori) is great and I like how she just bounces back after every wallop, even believing Hori hits her because he thinks she’s his adorable junior.

  • July 21, 2014 at 5:34 pmMalchus

    Heh heh, Kashima is the living embodiment of “notice me, senpai” … turned completely on its head.

    • July 21, 2014 at 7:35 pmLOL

      we have “please notice me, senpai” character and “please notice senpai” character. Kashima and Mikorin :’)

      • July 21, 2014 at 7:39 pmStilts

        Hah! That’s good, nicely said! :D

      • July 21, 2014 at 11:56 pmMalchus

        Genius!

      • July 22, 2014 at 1:38 amRandom Comment

        No wonder they’re chums! =D

  • July 21, 2014 at 7:59 pmcutemi2

    PEDOBEAR BRIEF

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:33 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

    I’m only watching 3 shows this season, Tokyo Ghoul, SAO 2, and this one. I have to say this is the show I’m looking forward the most every single week.

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:44 pmbelatkuro

    To those wondering about Hori’s height, the characters’ heights are in the official website: http://nozakikun.tv/chara.html

    I’ll just list them for convenience:
    Nozaki: 190cm
    Chiyo: 145cm
    Mikoshiba: 177cm
    Hori: 164cm
    Kashima: 176cm
    Seo: 163cm
    Wakamatsu: 185cm

  • July 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm.Mero

    Loving the series, Chiyo’s VA is growing on me.

    Show Spoiler ▼

    • July 22, 2014 at 12:01 amMalchus

      Manga spoilers, be warned.

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 22, 2014 at 1:30 amRandom Comment

    I can’t dispel the image Kashima = Crossdressing Prince. The skirt looks so unnatural on her /coverface

    And I wonder if I’m the only one who thought the only time she looked more or less like a highschool girl was when she was lying face-down after Hori-chan’s kick in the ass ^^;;;;

  • July 22, 2014 at 11:48 pmrufe

    Hori-chan-sempai has a hilariously nice voice. “Would it be acceptable for me to have both of you?” lol

  • July 23, 2014 at 9:28 pmWhat?

    >Sempai

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