「ドキドキ、たりてる？」 (Dokidoki, Tari Teru?)
“Do You Have Enough Excitement?”
Maeno really is the worst character in the cast. Fortunately plenty of kawaii Chiyo-chan saves the episode.
Doki Doki in the Rain
Undoubtedly the best part was the first third in the rain, where Nozaki-kun and Chiyo experimented with different ways to stay dry. So much blushing Chiyo! I live for the comedy here, but especially the comedy born from character eccentricities, and whether that be Chiyo & Nozaki’is or Hori-sempai & Kashima’s, I loved those scenes. Plus some adorable Chiyo reactions, HNG~! It does my romantic soul good.
Maeno-san is the Worst
Editor Maeno is, without a doubt, the worst character in the cast. Notice how he only received one cap this week? That’s because he doesn’t deserve any more. Down with Maeno! Maeno sucks!
There are two facets to Maeno. First is why he’s not a funny character. His actions are so egregious that they don’t make me laugh, they make me cringe…and they’re not so off-the-wall as to make me laugh anyway. I’m only cringing! They would work if he was more zany, but he’s not. They would work if his suggestions were more wild, but they’re not. As is, he inhabits a negative zone too close to reality to be funny. He’s just uncomfortable.
But as a lesson in what a bad editor can do… I’m reminded of that one episode in the first season of OreImo, where the story takes the piss out of the anime industry even though it’s an anime. The anime producers are trying to meddle with Kirino’s anime even though there was (presumably) a reason why it was popular. I talked about this the last time Maeno appeared, but as someone who is fanatical about retaining control and appropriate compromise, Maeno strikes at the worst an editor (or publisher) can do. When they become overlords who can tell you what you can (and cannot) do, a bad one can warp your work into something you come to despise. As a cautionary tale, Maeno boils my blood, but appropriately so. He’s not funny though, and that’s an argument for reducing him to a rare appearance, not having two-thirds of an episode dedicated to him.
Treating Your Characters With Respect
Fortune favors us, because I may be the best (and/or only) writer at RandomC who can speak to some of the themes in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Take the passing comment from Chiyo to Nozaki after she gushed over the signed picture she got from Miyako-san:
Please treat your characters with more care.
I don’t know if I can adequately describe how crucial this is. Nozaki tried to basically whore his characters out to give a fan (Chiyo) what (he thought) she wanted, and that’s something the conscientious storyteller should never do. Fanservice is a delicate thing, because when it does harm to your characters, you do irreparable harm to your story – and that’s why I, though I’m known as the ecchi writer around here (I’m not the ecchi writer! I’m the fantasy writer *tsun*), rarely indulge in fanservice in my own work. To pervert your characters into something they wouldn’t be in pursuit of the love of shallow fans is just…wrong.
Like I said, I don’t know if I can adequately explain this. Without having those characters in your head, and being the sole steward of their lives, it’s hard to imagine. Tsubaki Izumi-sensei is speaking from personal experience though, and it shows.
Looking Ahead – The Beta Couples
Next week it looks like we’ll get more from Yuzuki x Waka and Hori-sempai x Kashima. And I’m fine with that! I feel like there’s more of a chance of actual development between them than there is for Chiyo x Nozaki. Plus they’re all funny to me, as long as they’re not Maeno. That bastard.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Chiyo x Nozaki in the rain is good. Maeno, not so much. Less Maeno & less tanukis make for a better #nozakikun 09
- Nozaki is a good artist. Even if he can’t deal with Yuzuki, he knows a good idea when he sees it.
- Honestly, I identify with Nozaki. He’s just not thinking about romance in regards to himself. If he was, I think he’d recognize Chiyo’s feelings quickly, or even be interested in her…or so I hope. He’s just focused on his work. I can understand that. Also, the sailor uniform. I understand, Nozaki-kun!
- They’re patting Chiyo! So kawaiiii~!