「学園の王子様(女子)の悩み」 (Gakuen no Ouji-sama (Joshi) no Nayami)
“The Prince (Girl) of the School’s Problems”
This is exquisitely excruciating. Just make Kashima x Hori official already!
The Fateful Manga of Comedic Misunderstandings
I’ve said before that one of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’s greatest strengths is using comedic misunderstandings without making them annoying, and this continued with more Kashima-kun & Hori-chan-sempai antics. Before it was really only Kashima that was subverting gender roles, while Hori-sempai was never taking the girl’s role (frequent use of “chan” with his name notwithstanding). Not anymore!
I really enjoyed how their lines of communication crossed so far that Kashima’s acts of kindness turned into bullying, and yet their relationship never soured. That’s a delicate dance, because for all of Hori-sempai’s hilarious rage, he never lost his odd admiration for Kashima, and Kashima’s admiration for her sempai never budged for even a second.
The Prince Who Became a Leaping Bull
But damn, this is shipteasing at its finest, and it’s killing me! In a good way, but gggggooooddddsss make them official already WHY! Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is one of those stories where I both want the romantic subplots to keep going as they are and be resolved. They’re funny as is, and the shipteasing is fun in its own way, but I also fear (know) that this is the kind of story which will probably never resolve any of them, because it’s a comedy. But after blushing Kashima causes Hori-sempai to ask Nozaki to make a manga out of her story, I’d be said if I never saw them being all properly lovey dovey. It’s killing me!
Nozaki-kun is a Crappy Manga-ka, Apparently
This is the first time Nozaki-kun has done something I really didn’t like. Him being crappy at backgrounds was funny, but it also seems to insinuate that he’s willing to let such a fundamental flaw in his manga skills exist when he could have been working to improve it! There’s nothing wrong with getting help from others, but some baseline competence is required, and when he can’t even give clear instructions, he begins to look lazy, and Hori-sempai looks unnecessarily put-upon. I really hope Nozaki is paying everyone to be his assistant, or at least the ones who help him a lot, which better include Hori-sempai since he’s apparently responsible for a third of his manga.
Short Girl, Tall Guy
One random thing I’m enjoying is when they poke fun at the height discrepancy between Chiyo & Nozaki-kun, something that is apparently going to continue next episode. Mainly because that’s my life. For those who don’t remember my origin story, I got the nickname Stilts because I’m 6’7″ (200cm) tall. I’ve dated a number of women who were the foot and a half shorter than me that appears to separate Chiyo & Nozaki. Too bad we’ll never get to the really fun stuff, like having to always bend down to kiss or getting odd looks when you’re holding hands. Though we got some of that back when Yuzuki called Nozaki a lolicon back in episode two. It’s not like that dammit!
The sailor uniform is baaaaaack!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Can we just make Kashima x Hori official now? Please? Pretty please? …please? #nozakikun 08
- Loved how Kashima went into prince mode on Mikorkin. Mikorin is such a Mamiko. Kashima x Mikor–NO! STAY STRONG STILTS!
- I-I didn’t expect those boxes to become plot important!