「魔法をかけて、あ・げ・る♡」 (Mahouwokakete, Ageru ♡)
“I’ll Cast a Spell on You”
Yuzuki is the cause of, and solution to, all of Wakamatsu’s problems. Poor guy.
Yuzuki Works Better With Wakamatsu
So far, Yuzuki has been a relatively underutilized character. Partially this is because she doesn’t help Nozaki-kun with his manga, cutting her out of those scenes by default, but even Kashima has wormed her way into the story after her introduction, whereas Yuzuki has been largely absent. No more! What she needed was a comic foil, because while Nozaki-kun has proven himself willing to react to her shenanigans, he hasn’t been willing to interact with her directly. With the introduction of Wakamatsu Hirotaka (Kimura Ryouhei), Yuzuki finally has the comic foil she needs.
Seo Yuzuki: The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Wakamatsu’s Problems
I haven’t seen this insomnia angle explored before. Like many elements in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, it’s fresh without being mind-blowingly unique. That plus Yuzuki’s normal attitude set up the delicious conceit: that Yuzuki is the cause of, and solution to, all of Wakamatsu’s problems. That this would appear in Nozaki-kun’s manga was no surprise. Such a delicious setup is too good to waste!
But the real reason the Yuzuki versus Wakamatsu bit worked so well was communication, or the complete lack thereof. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is good at using comedic miscommunication without it becoming tiresome. The ur-example would Chiyo’s crush on Nozaki-kun, which has avoided being aggravating because this isn’t a romcom and it isn’t dwelt on. This it was the constant talking past each other – an utter lack of meaningful communication, i.e. the exchange of mutually understood meaning – that worked so well, and I don’t expect it to get tiresome anytime soon. Not when Wakamatsu is writing rabu-rabu challenge letters and Yuzuki flies right past any semi-logical assumption and lands on “He must want a nickname”!
Gender Flipped Couple
It’s gender flip time again! This time Yuzuki was playing the male role while Wakamatsu took the female role of writing love letters and giving presents. What I wonder is, does Yuzuki actually like Wakamatsu? I know this is going to be like Hori-sempai and Kashima all over again, and we’ll never really know because the best comedy is in toying with the audience, but there’s a compelling argument to be made that she does. Targeting him with the ball, treating him at family restaurants, and buying him presents… It could easily be that she’s just being nice, or her misunderstanding his actions, or she has a crush even she doesn’t know about, or Yuzuki has a secret sensitive side we don’t know about.
Okay, maybe not that last one. But the others are possible! We’ll see…but wait, we probably won’t. They’re just going to ship tease us. How mean!
Liberal Arts Club Pride
I’m not as interested in the intricacies of how manga is made, so the second half was interesting if not as funny as the first. Two things stuck out. First is the futility of trying to anticipate this show. I first assumed Nozaki-kun wasn’t sick, and they played it well, because by the time Chiyo showed up at his place and it became clear he was sick, it was already too late and I was laughing from a joke well done. Subversion of expectations is huge, and Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun knows what we’re going to expect, how to play with our expectations, and then turn it into a joke.
Second is how warped everyone’s view of the opposite sex is. Wakamatsu and Chiyo trying to pattern Mamiko’s actions after Yuzuki was bad, but Hori-sempai doing the same with Kashima didn’t work any better. Every character is just a little broken, and that’s why this show is so much fun!
What I’m really looking forward to is seeing all of the cast interact now that they’re all here, mixing and matching all these different elements to pull different jokes out of the comedy hate. Next episode looks like it’ll be a lot of Mikorin though, and to be honest, I’m not going to complain. I felt the lack of Mikorin this episode, especially when Chiyo should have been thinking of him rather than Yuzuki for Mamiko’s lines. I know using Yuzuki there was funnier, but come on Chiyo! You know Mikorin is the eternal heroine. Not that Wakamatsu isn’t making a play for the throne.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Yuzuki & Wakamatsu, sitting in a tree, m-i-s-c-o-m-municating. Does she like him or not? Just go back to bed, Nozaki #nozakikun 06
- I figured out why I like the OP so much; it’s like the Space Dandy OP, full of swing, life, hip, and hop, and sex appeal. I still listen to it every time. Single please!
- I think Yuzuki is breaking the boys basketball team. They’re going to be a wreck! Soon they’ll be a total mess, planting flowers and wanting to be nice to each other, and we’ll have to bring in a certain sergeant to rehabilitate the club… (Name that reference, people)
- Yuzuki’s reactions never cease to make me laugh. I don’t know why. She’s just so chill.
- Remember kids, don’t search for life advice in shoujo manga. Or if you do, make sure to tell me how it goes. I love me some hilarious failure!