Monday, December 28, 2015

Manga Review: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Volume 1, by Izumi Tsubaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Volumes: 6+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

To the eyes of classmate Chiyo Sakura, high school student Umetarou Nozaki--brawny of build and brusque of tongue--is a dreamboat! When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table...but getting recruited as a mangaka's assistant?! Never in a million years! As Chiyo quickly discovers, Nozaki-kun, the boy of Chiyo's dreams, is a manga artist...a hugely popular shoujo manga artist, that is! But for someone who makes a living drawing sweet girly romances, Nozaki-kun is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to matters of the heart in reality. And so Chiyo's daily life of manga making and heartache begins!


I’ve heard so much hype for this series, that of course I had to pick it up. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ve enjoyed other Tsubaki series, and this sounded interesting. I didn’t know that it was going to be all 4-koma comic-strip-based, though.
This is definitely more comedy-based than I realized, but it is enjoyable. Chiyo tries to confess her love to Nozaki, only to find out that he’s a mangaka when he mistakes her for wanting to be his assistant. She gets roped into helping him with his manga, and meets new friends by other classmates who know Nozaki.
Nozaki is pretty straight-faced, oblivious, not expected to write shojo manga. Chiyo is a somewhat average girl. Mikorin is Nozaki’s friend, who tries to be cool but freaks out when being nice to people. We meet a couple other classmates, all of whom are odd and hilarious in their own ways. There are definitely a lot of antics going on, and a lot of jokes about each other.
This was a fun volume to read, funny and cute, and I do look forward to picking up the next one. I was expecting more of a shojo, but I’m happy with the comedy of it instead.

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