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Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun – 10

「強まるのは、絆と手綱。」 (Tsuyomaru no wa, Kizuna to Tadzuna.)
“What’s Strengthened Is Our Bond and Our Reins”

Yaho! Zanibas here, subbing in for Stilts while he’s out doing dubious activities. Such a shame, since he missed out on a great showcase of all the side characters and all the bonding that comes with it. Before we dive in, quick plug for a great mashup called Walk the Dinozaki by Triple-Q. Give it a listen!

Oh Seo and Wakamatu, they are so far from a couple that it hurts, at least for now. They make a hilarious duo, but as an actual couple, they’re miles away. The saying ‘opposites attract’ is actually untrue; this episode ices the cake on how false that saying is. Seo’s own oblivious attitude towards literally everything and Wakamatsu’s distorted view of the world makes for a humorous disaster on their date (most likely not their first one), where they constantly contrast in reactions. I’d be sick too (and suffering from second-hand awkward) if I was next to Seo in that movie theater. That doesn’t take away from the comedic value though, as one is either amazed that Seo can be this oblivious and pure yet cause trouble for everyone, or amazed that Wakamatsu still puts up with her even though everything says he shouldn’t.

As the way things are panning out, Wakamatsu’s “shifting” moment will be when he finally realizes who Lorelei is. By that point though, we should also see some good qualities come from Seo as well, who perhaps may wise up and see her actions in a new light. Really, all this speculation is just a way of saying, “Get together already! You guys are such a cute couple!” It’s just so fitting, because even though they both are oblivious, they actually act in opposite ways. Seo wants to be nice but ends up causing trouble for others, whereas Wakamatsu wants to cause trouble and get back at Seo, but ends up being nice to Seo instead via shoujo. If they end up working on their problems together, it could make for an amazingly sweet team. It was nice to see this pairing come up again and I definitely want to see more of them before the series ends.

With the second half of the episode came the rest of the main side characters, illustrating a beautiful mix of misunderstandings, incapabilities, and friendly coercion. Gekkan Shoujo shows strength through its well-developed side characters, as well as its balance of screen time for each character. Consequently, this balanced screen time also connects all the characters slowly together, as evidenced by today’s second half. Seo and Kashima completely contrast with singing capabilities, while Kashima, Hori, and Mikoshiba form this weird jealousy triangle. Old characters meeting each other for the first time keeps the show fresh, all without leaving a bad taste from a clash of character personalities. Although Seo is brutal in giving the verdict for Kashima’s singing, Nozaki and Chiyo can’t help but agree. Even though Mikoshiba makes for a great dramatic sub, making Kashima a bit jealous, it all works out because Mikorin can’t be beat in fickleness. Add in a dash of Nozaki who can’t interpret his own works properly, some obligatory Chiyo blushing, and you’ve got a mess of characters on stage. A beautiful mess though. With every new character interaction comes a shift in the old ones, keeping the relationships between characters dynamic and changing. Seo and Kashima further Wakamatsu’s confusion of who Lorelei is, while Mikoshiba’s acting further highlights Kashima’s desire to be acknowledged by Hori-senpai. Thanks to this dynamic approach to character development, every episode of Gekkan has always been a fresh treat to enjoy, which is actually hard for a comedy to achieve.

Now that we’re approaching the end, I’m sad that this show will be ending soon. It’s been a dry spell for excellent romantic comedies, but with the advent of Kawaisou last season and Gekkan Shoujo and LOVE STAGE!! this season, I am quite pleased with how the genre is holding up so far. Looking forward, I don’t expect any of our couples to finalize anytime soon, but I hope to see some sweet moments that’ll tease at some hope for the future, if a second season ever comes.

 

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September 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm
31 comments »
  • September 7, 2014 at 6:09 pmlol

    Mikorinnn!!! lol

    and this ep definitely show that Kashima is a total M lol

  • September 7, 2014 at 6:56 pmtomoda

    Haha, oh Waka you lovable puppy. Too bad they cut 2 small scenes that I remember from the manga. I was waiting for Waka’s turn to fall asleep during the movie when Seo was humming. As well as, Kashima and Nozaki switch places, so Kashima can see Hori act (she even wore a sash that says “Nozaki” and Sakura giving her a look).

  • September 7, 2014 at 6:59 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    So much Yuzuki and Yu goodness!!! <3<3<3

  • September 7, 2014 at 7:30 pmLinkark07

    Even Hori-chan discovered Mamiko true identity. Mami…koshiba. Best girl… guy indeed.

  • September 7, 2014 at 7:34 pmZhinvu

    My two favorite girls being the focus of this episode makes it one of my favorite to date! At this point I can’t see anybody else to be a perfect match for Seo except Waka, since he’s the only one who can put up with her. It really mirrors what Stilts said about these two already practically dating but they never realized it yet. Also, Kashima’s singing was so bad it was distorting the screen. And let’s not count out Nozaki’s acting, Chiyo’s cuteness, and Mamikoshiba’s last minute appearance.

    • September 7, 2014 at 9:32 pmRuri Random

      IIRC, wasn’t it a comment and not Stilts that said that?

      • September 8, 2014 at 2:41 amZhinvu

        Stand corrected. Yeah it was a comment. Stilts agreed to it.

  • September 7, 2014 at 7:36 pmWanderer

    Aw man, I was sure Stilts would love this episode.

    Er… no offense, Zanibas, I was just looking forward to see what he specifically would have to say about it.

    • September 7, 2014 at 8:01 pmTechim

      Zanibas here, subbing in for Stilts while he’s out doing dubious activities.

      That reminded me of this Danny Choo & Mirai comic for some reason.
      (http://tinyurl.com/qj8vtyo)

    • September 7, 2014 at 8:05 pmZanibas

      Go yell at him next week then :P.

    • September 7, 2014 at 9:36 pmMalchus

      “Dubious activities”, huh?

      … this wouldn’t happen to involve a bear costume and a theater group, would it?

  • September 7, 2014 at 9:21 pmMalchus

  • September 7, 2014 at 9:30 pmRuri Random

    What I love about this series is that while it repeatedly sacrifices any sort of romance on the altar of the comedy gods, the force of OTP is still strong with.

    Tsubaki Izumi knows shippers and exactly what to do to keep them craving for more without actually making any pairing canon.

  • September 7, 2014 at 10:51 pmCybersteel

  • September 8, 2014 at 2:22 amlol

    Jikai! Sleepover and surprises! I’m really looking forward to next week’s episode. My 2 favorite chapters are going to be adapted! YAY!

    I hope they’ll make 2nd season or an ova adapting the beach-onsen arc from the manga

    • September 8, 2014 at 2:23 amlol

      or maybe sibling episode featuring Nozaki’s and Seo’s brothers

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:03 amJubei

      Considering that according to sales projections Nozaki-kun will be the best-selling new anime of the season (not considering the two powerhouse sequels SAO 2 and Free Eternal Summer, I mean), it’s safe to assume that a second season will indeed be made!

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:04 amazimbe

    Black and White Seo looks very beautiful.

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:31 amShootPointBlank

    What I find impressive about GSNK (apart from its sheer ROFL value) is that it actually makes me care about the romance . . . without it actually being a romance. Funny that.

    And Chiyo, Good God Chiyo. She’s like the actual successful attempt in anime to create a “cute girl” character. While other examples of her type just grate on my nerves and irritate me to no end, there’s something about the way Chiyo is written and portrayed that elevates her from “super fake lolicon bait” to “so goshdarn adorable precious dork”. I can’t even tell why! Chiyo just IS!

    • September 8, 2014 at 9:23 pmFlayvorOfEvil

      Because Chiyo learned to stop caring about Nozaki the same way Mamiko does for Suzuki. Like the episode with Nozaki being sick and the ink.

    • September 10, 2014 at 1:26 amtitus

      I think it’s how Chiyo loves Nozaki despite knowing what a dork he is. He exasperates her but she can’t help but be faithful to him. Now that’s love.

      • September 10, 2014 at 10:32 pmMincemaker

        She is so single-minded in her love that she actually terrifies me a bit.

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:53 amechykr

    Mamikoshiba best girl. Wakamatsu close second.

    But Chiyo-chan still the cutest. <3

  • September 8, 2014 at 11:44 amTassadar

    Loved the episode! The show is indeed ending soon… :(

  • September 9, 2014 at 5:07 amThe Story You Don’t Know

    Seo and Waka would be a great couple.

  • September 9, 2014 at 12:34 pmSmithCB

    I believe that, second season not withstanding, Waka HAS to find out about Seo/Lorelei or that is a big hole in the narrative for the first season. Not much time left, though.

    • September 9, 2014 at 6:01 pmMalchus

      It’s a gag manga with no actual resolution of the romance 50+ chapters in. He hasn’t found out in those chapters, and thus far the adapted chapters have only reached into the 30s.

      There is is a “hole in the narrative” only when this is a straight up romance–and it is not. If you’re looking for that, sorry, but you’ll be disappointed.

    • September 9, 2014 at 6:29 pmAdina

      The only hole I see is HOW DID CHIYO NOT KNOW ABOUT KASHIMA IF “THE PRINCE” IS THAT POPULAR?

      • September 9, 2014 at 7:00 pmGlacierfairy

        Ah, that was already explained during Kashima’s introductory episode. Basically, Sakura was so obsessed over Nozaki to the extent that she did not notice any of the popular figures in school, be they male or female.

  • September 11, 2014 at 1:29 amNagakun

    I actually amazed at the part that he starts stalking her to find her good points, and yet he unable to find out that Seo is the Lorelei that he was looking for.

  • September 11, 2014 at 3:43 pmSetsu