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New Arrivals 12.22.17

Gundam

MS07B-3 Gouf Custom “Gundam 08th MS Team”, Bandai MG

Gundam Fenice Rinascita “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai MG

EW-04 Gundam Heavyarms Custom (EW), “Gundam Wing Endless Waltz”, Bandai HG-EW 1/100

EW-03 Gundam Heavyarms Custom (EW), “Gundam Wing Endless Waltz”, Bandai HG-EW 1/144

RX-77-2 GUNCANNON, Bandai MG

Crossbone Gundam X1 (Ver.Ka) “Crossbone Gundam, Bandai MG

#01 Nivashi Type Zero “Eureka Seven”, Bandai Mechanic Collection

#4 Nirvash spec 2 “Eureka Seven”, Bandai Mechanic Collection

EX-34 Hidolfir, “MS Igloo”, Bandai EX Model

#59 Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina “Gundam SEED Astray”, Bandai HG SEED

#64 Cherudim Gundam Saga Type. GBF “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

Shinanju (Animation Color) “Gundam UC”, Bandai MG

04 Gundam Bael “Gundam IBO”, Bandai IBO Full Mechanics 1/100

Mobile Sumo (Gold Type) “Turn A Gundam”, Bandai 1/100 Turn A

#19 Gundam Astray Red Frame “Gundam SEED Astray”, Bandai RG

57 Ninpulse Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

Petit’gguy Setsuna F Seiei Blue & Placard “Gundam 00”, Bandai HGPG

#8 MSN–03 GOGG, Bandai HGUC

BB#203 Wing Gundam Zero (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai SD

BB#239 Shining Gundam “G Gundam”, Bandai SD

BB#242 God Gundam “G Gundam”, Bandai SD

#04 Meteor Hopper “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBC

#12 Miss Sazabi “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

#176 Strike Rouge “Gundam SEED”, Bandai HGCENN

New Arrivals 12.21.17

 

Books

Art Book: Soul Eater – Soul Art Vol. 2

Art Book: Chi’s Sweet Home- Coloring Book

Attack on Titan vol. 23 (manga)

Bingo Stray Dogs vol. 5 (Manga)

Devil is a Part-Timer Novel Vol. 9

Flying Witch vol. 4 (Manga)

Graineliers Vol. 1 (Manga)

High School DXD vol. 10 (Manga)

Irregular at Magic High School Novel Vol. 6

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel Vol. 10

Kagerou Daze Vol. 8 (Manga)

RE:Zero Chapter 2 Vol. 4: A Week at the Mansion (Manga) (Starting Life in Another World)

Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set (Manga)

So I’m a Spider, So What? Vol. 1 (Manga)

Sword Art Online Novel Vol. 12: Alicization Rising

Sword Art Online Caliber (Manga)

 

Figures

Star Wars: Ronin Jango Fett Meisho Movie Realization Action Figure

Key Chains

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – 4-Star Dragon Ball

New Arrivals 12.13.17

Here is a list of the items that just arrived:

Gundam Perfect Grade Exia Lighting

Gundam Perfect Grade Exia Standard

Parfom Saber

Nendoroid Aqua (Re-run)

Nendoroid Darkness

Nendoroid Avenger/Jeanne d`Arc Nendoroid Mami Tomoe: Maiko ver Nendoroid Kanan Matsuura

Nendoroid Daichi Sawamura

Nendoroid Suntanned Cirno

Revoltech EVANGELION EVOLUTION EV-001 EVANGELION Unit01

Revoltech EVANGELION EVOLUTION EV-002 EVANGELION Unit03

figma Ryuko Matoi

Attack on Titan BE@RBRICK with ball keychain Blind Box

 

New Items Just Arrived 12.12.17

Here is a list of items we just got in.

Re: Zero Nurse Rem Angel in White PM Figure 21cm

Neko Atsume Osamurai-san DX Plush

Kuruneko 4 inch Plush Keychain

Hatsune Miku Fluffy KCM Rin & Len & Luca Plush

Hatsune Miku Mascot Spring Clothing Ver, Plush

Love Live! School Idol Project Honoka Kousaka After School Moments Figure

Kantai Collection – Kancolle – Hokuhouseiki Damage ver. Figure

One Piece – Perona – Jeans Freak Vol. 5 White Shirt

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!: Kaleid Figure Illyasviel von Einzbern

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vignetteum Cute Figure – Emiri Kimidori

Free! Eternal Summer Matsuoka Rin “Childhood Version” Figure

Love Live! School Idol Project Hoshizora Rin After School Moments Figure

One Piece SCultures Banpresto Figure Colosseum III Franky Shogun

Attack on Titan DXF Cleaning Eren Figure

Lucky Star Plush keychain

Fate Grand Order Mash Killier Light PVC Figure

Hatsune Miku Fuwafuwa Plush

Love Live! School Idol Project Eri Ayase – A Moment after School – SQ Figure

Love Live! School Idol Project Snow Halation Premium Figure Minami Kotori

Kantai Collection KanColle Urakaze Day Off Ver.Figure

Love Live! Sunshine!! School Idol Project You Watanabe SSS Figure 21cm

One Piece Roronoa Zoro Swordsman Moment Vol.1 16cm Figure

Love Live Sunshine EXQ Figure -RIKO SAKURAUCHI- 22cm

Love Live Sunshine Takami Chika EXQ Figure 22cm

Fate Grand Order Archer Artoria Pendragon Servant Figure 18cm

Kantai Collection EXQ Figure YAMATO Classical Style Orchestra Mode

Re: Zero Starting Life in Another World Emilia Figure 20cm

Accessories

Button: Dragon Ball Z – Android 19 & Goku Glitter 1.25”

Button: Dragon Ball Z – Goku & Vegeta Glitter 1.25”

Lanyard: Sword Art Online II – Kirito Portrait

Phone Charm: Soul Eater – Maka and Soul Kishin (Soul)

Phone Charm: Sword Art Online – Asuna Potrait Metal

Pins: Seven Deadly Sins – King & Diane (Set of 2)

Books

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon – The Complete Missions (Manga)

Art Book: Sword Art Online – abec Art Works

Assassination Classroom Vol. 19 (Manga)

Attack on Titan Vol. 1 (Manga)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 2 (Manga)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 4 (Manga)

Btooom! Vol. 19 (Manga)

Dragon Ball Super Vol. 2 (Manga)

Food Wars! Vol. 21 (Manga)

Haikyu!! Vol. 18 (Manga)

Hatsune Miku Future Delivery Vol. 1 (Manga)

Helvetica Standard e Manga (Nichijou)

Magi The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 27 (Manga)

Promised Neverland Vol. 1 (Manga)

Tales of Zestiria Vol. 3 (Manga)

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 9 (Manga)

Zelda Legendary Edition Vol. 4 (Manga)

Character Goods

Blanket: Seven Deadly Sins – Group Sublimation Throw

Mug: Haikyu!! – Shoyo & Tobio Tumbler

Sticker: Soul Eater – Blair

Sticker: Soul Eater – Excalibur

Key Chains

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – 4-Star Dragon Ball

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – Metal Goku Vegeta Piccolo

Key Chain: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – Ed and Al Sitting

Key Chain: Haikyu!! – Group 1 Metal

Key Chain: Soul Eater – Chibi Soul

Key Chain: Soul Eater – Chibi Stein

Key Chain: Soul Eater NOT! – SD Kana

Key Chain: Sword Art Online – Chibi Asuna Smile

Plush

Haikyu!!: Shoyo 8” Plush

Flying Witch Anime Review

Title: Flying Witch Anime Review on Blu-ray

Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

U. S. Release Date: 10-24-17

Format: Blu-ray / 1-12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genere: Slice of Life (magical)

Age Rating: 13+

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

Makoto is a teen witch who goes to live with her relatives, the Kuramoto family, as part of her training. They aren’t a magical family, but they really welcome her and treat her like one of their own. Her parents still want her to finish school, so she begins attending the local high school with her cousin Kei. His little sister, Chinatsu, takes some time to warm up to Makoto, but soon admires her and also wants to become a witch too.

True, the magical world is supposed to be kept secret, but Makoto is pretty open about it. When she makes a friend, the “secret” is out. Soon, her sister Akane comes by for a visit and lingers on and on. Mostly she sleeps, but she offers a lesson now and then for Makoto and even Cinatsu.

The supernatural is hidden all around, and we tag along as Makoto and her family discover the wonders and beauty. There are non magical things to discover for her as well, especially as Kei shows her the ways of living with the seasons and finding food in nature and growing things on the farm.

Commentary:

An easy way to describe to Flying Witch is Kiki’s Delivery Service expanded and updated. Makoto leaves her family to set off on her own as part of her witch’s training, working towards her own independence. This time however, her parents expect her to finish high school, so she moves in with relatives and attends school instead of working. Both young witches are kind, happy, and motivated. They really embrace this part of their lives. They both have a cat companion who she communicates with and acts sometimes like a guide.

I like the look of Flying Witch. I enjoyed the backgrounds, the attentions to details, even making them look just a bit more interesting than reality. Composition and design were actively employed. So, visually there is an extra story to be appreciated. Just looking at the case cover can illustrate what I mean. Instead of a straight shot image, there are intersecting planes, angels and layers that really enrich the whole anime. Often with an emphasis on nature, it was beautifully portrayed, better than a camera could ever do. It is a modern look heavy in realism which I like. The characters had a nice look also. I really appreciate when an anime has easily identifiable characters. The only minor complaint I have, and I’m mentioning it because, well, I don’t want to imply perfection, was a weird shadowing on the folds of peoples clothes. Seems like a odd thing to be weak on. Like I said, minor.

There were several aspects in addition to the overall look which I enjoyed or thought particularly clever. The food hunting and preparation was really enjoyable to watch, I don’t know if it is true or acurate, but it was interesting. There are really cool effects like “ground fish”, basically they are magical fish that swim in the earth. The mixing of the two was well done. I also like the way the magical side of the world seemed so natural, like it really could be a part of the world. Sometimes, the story wasn’t about magic at all, and just about ordinary life, and how interesting that alone can be.

The characters are easy to connect with and and pleasant to be around. Makoto is learning and discovering the world in her new home. She is a really sweet and confidant young lady. She is directionally challenged for comedy’s sake (in other words, she easily gets lost) but she is aware of the issue and works to overcome it. Even when others keep trying to help her, she insists to do it and learn. The Kumamoto family is also wonderful to be around. I always find it uncomfortable, when in English, the character, in this case, the dad, has a southern accent. The only wild character is Makoto’s sister, as she drinks a lot. That got a bit old towards the end. I didn’t want to see her drunk again, and don’t see how it benefited the story.

There is a soft ending, and by this I mean there wasn’t any build up to a climax of the completion of a goal. It just sort of pleasantly ends as life continues to roll on. I enjoyed the series and feel that they can add on to the series successfully if they want. Every thing was still fresh and I’m left hoping the characters continue to do well.

Extras include “petite” episodes, where SD forms of the characters sort of do silly little short skits.

Overall grade: B+    Definitely a pleasant way to spend your time. Beautifully depicted world, nicely animated, and characters we’d want to be friends with.

 

 

New Arrivals 11.28.17

Here is a list of the new items we just received:

Monogatari Hachikuji Mayoi Figure 20cm

Madoka Magika – Tamika Iroha 16cm Figure

Love Live Sunshine EXQ Figure -RIKO SAKURAUCHI- 22cm

Re: Zero Starting Life in Another World Emilia Figure 20cm

Fate Grand Order Archer Artoria Pendragon Servant Figure 18cm

Fleet Collection EXQ Figure YAMATO Classical Style Orchestra Mode

Mobile Suit Gundam EXCEED MODEL ZAKU HEAD Capsule Toys [3 Variants]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Gallery 4 Dio Brando 20cm Special Chase Figure Version

Danganronpa 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

Black Butler 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

The World is Still Beautiful 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

The Fruit of Grisaia 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 2 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 1 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Gingitsune Messenger Fox of The Gods 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Akame Ga Kill 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Rin-Ne 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Gate 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Black Bullet 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Llama Cowboy Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 7″ Prime Plush white

Llama Cowboy Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Black)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Purple)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 4.5″ Prime Plush Keychain Assortment

Natsume’s Book of Friends Nyanko Sensei Big Plush

Arakawa Under The Bridge: Season 1 (Blu-Ray)

Arakawa Under The Bridge: Season 2 (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

Full Metal Panic: Complete Series (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo) (Classic)

Arakawa Under the Bridge Vol. 1 (Manga)

Forbidden Scrollery Vol. 1 (Manga)

Full Metal Alchemist Vol. 26 (Manga)

Polar Bear in Love Vol. 1 (Manga)

RE:Zero Ex Novel Vol. 1

Silent Voice, A Vol. 1 (Manga)

Silent Voice, A Vol. 2 (Manga)

Silent Voice, A Vol. 3 (Manga)

So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel Vol. 1

Body Pillow: Ah! My Goddess – Belldandy and Peorth Pool (Dakimakura Hugging Pillow)

Body Pillow: Bleach – Ichigo Body Pillow: Free! – Nagisa

Body Pillow: One Piece – Sanji New World

Body Pillow: Psycho-Pass – Kogami & Makishima

Body Pillow: Street Fighter – Cammy Bikini

Body Pillow: Street Fighter – Ryu Beach

Fairy Tail: Happy 8” Ball Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy Sitting 7″ Plush

New Arrivals 11.21.17

Figures and Other:

Haikyuu!! DXF Figure Manager Special Shimizu Kiyoko & Yachi Hitoka Figure

Charlotte PM Figure Nishimori Yusa

Neon Genesis Evangelion Revoltech Movie Ed. Rifle/Shield SetThe Clamp No Kiseki Magazine Collectible Vol. 11 with Figures Set

The Clamp No Kiseki Magazine Collectible Vol. 08 with Figures SetThe Clamp No Kiseki Magazine Collectible Vol. 06 with Figures Set

Rei Ayanami 2007 SDCC Race Queen PVC (Limited 1250 pcs)

Dragon Ball Z Ohzaru Vegeta CreatorxCreator 13cm

Love Live! Sunshine!! Riko Sakurauchi SSS 21cm Figure

Touhou Project – Remilia Scarlet 18cm Figure

Touhou Project Premium Figure: Kirisame Marisa 17cm figure

Kirisame Marisa 17cm figure

Haikyuu!! Haikyu DXF Figure

Love Live! Sunshine Kurosawa Ruby Aozora Jumping Heart Premium 21cm figure

Cibo Blame! 21cm Special Figure

Love Live Sunshine SSS Figure Tsushima Yoshiko 21cm

Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- Sinon PVC Figure 17cm

Sword Art Online Asuna Loading Figure

Sword Art Online “Fencer Version” Asuna Figure

Banpresto Tomoe Mami Relaxation Time from Puella Magi Madoka Magica Figure 12cm

Banpresto Relaxation Time Kyoko Sakura and Miki Sayaka from Puella Magi Madoka The Movie 14cm Sleeping Version

Banpresto Gundam Mikazuki Augus Iron-Blooded Orphans DXF Figure 16cm

LUPIN THE THIRD MASTER STARS PIECE Fujiko Mine II Figure

Lupin Figure The Third World Collectable Figure WCF (Set/6)

Kizumonogatari Tekketsu Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade

Evangelion racing Makinami Mari Illustrious PM figure

Evangelion Figure Asuka Langley Vol. 2.5

Monogatari Series – Hachikuji Mayoi – PM Figure

Love Live! School Idol Project Eri Ayase – A Moment after School – SQ Figure

Love Live! School Idol Project Niko Yazawa – A Moment after School – SQ Figure

Heavy Object Milinda Brantini PM Figure

Free! Eternal Summer Matsuoka Rin “Childhood Version” Figure

Free! Eternal Summer Tachibana Makoto 5.8 Inches Figure Childhood Version

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax High-grade figure Shiba Miyuki

Kantai Collection – Kancolle – Hokuhouseiki Damage ver. Figure

Fruits Basket Rice Ball Messenger Bag

Paranoia Agent Maromi Messenger Bag

Fruits Basket Yuki Pouch Bag

Fullmetal Alchemist Al Handbag Pouch Bag

Monogatari Kiss Shot Acerola Orion Kiss Shot 10yo Wounded Story 15 cm figure

Taito Monogatari Series: Shinobu Oshino Figure Ver.4

Monogatari Yotugi Ononoki Premium Figure

Gundam,

Sinanju (Ver Ka.) “Gundam UC”, Bandai MG

#58 Star Burning Gundam, “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

00 Raiser “Gundam 00”, Bandai PG

Duel Gundam Assault Shroud “Gundam SEED”, Bandai MG

Gundam Sandrock (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai MG

Tallgeese (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai MG

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky

Title: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky on Blu-ray

Director: Kō Matsuo

Writer: Kō Matsuo

Music by: Naruyoshi Kikuchi

U. S. Distributor: Sunrise, Right Stuf

U. S. Release Date: July 7th, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / Feature Film / 70 Minutes

Genre: Sci Fi, Mecha, Action, Adventure, Drama

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A

Synopsis:

Their war has not yet ended…

It is Universal Century 0079, at the end of the One Year War between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. The space colonies of Side 4, or Moore, were previously destroyed by a Zeon attack, and many colonists lost their lives. Side 4 became a shoal zone filled with the wreckage of destroyed colonies and warships, lit by constant flashes of lightning due to collisions between electrified debris. It soon came to be known as the “Thunderbolt Sector.”

The Moore Brotherhood, an Earth Federation Forces unit made up of surviving citizens from Moore, set out to exterminate the Zeon forces in the Thunderbolt Sector in order to reclaim their homeland. To halt the Federation advance, the Zeon forces deployed their own Living Dead Division, which was established to collect combat data on soldiers with prosthetic limbs.

Io Fleming, though part of the Moore Brotherhood, hates being tied down by his homeland and family history. Daryl Lorenz, having lost his legs in earlier battles, is now an ace sniper of the Living Dead Division. When they confront each other on the battlefield, they will reach a mutual realization. These two are destined to kill each other.

Commentary:

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky is the type of anime film that proves if you keep doing a thing enough you will finally get it right. This film hits on several major points and leave3s you wanting for a lot more. From the opening sequence all the way to end ending montage I found December Sky to be a delight. It did manage to have some of the overly melodramatic elements that Gundam Universal Century calls for and at the same time uses music and lively characters to make this fast paced film something worth watching.

One thing is very clear and that is the fact that Kō Matsuo understood the import of making these characters complex and human enough to sympathize with on both sides. Funny thing, I found December Sky to be one of the most anti war Gundam produces yet.

Overall Grade: A

As you can tell, I really liked December Sky and will recommend it to all Gundam fans and all other Sci Fi fans who love music and action. I don’t really care if it doesn’t resolve anything I think that from the artistic stylings to the insane character development everyone can get a great idea of what this film is all about. So, I just want to tell Kō Matsuo thank you for proving us with 70 minutes of pure excitement.

momokuri (anime review)


Title: momokuri Complete Collection

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks

U. S. Release Date:

Format: Blu-ray / 26 Episodes / 325 Minutes

Genre: Comedic slice of life romance

Audio: Japanese

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B

Synopsis:

It doesn’t seem like he had taken the time to consider the offer. He just went for it. As a new high school student, Momo quickly agreed when an older girl confessed to him and asked him out. Yuri, not at all an average girl, is in her second year of high school and she has a serious crush (obession?) on him. She finds everything about him so incredibly cute, she can’t help but seek out his location and secretly snap some photos, and maybe find a little memento. This awkward pair are both thrilled to be dating, but find nearly every aspect of having a boyfriend/girlfriend embarrassing. Very embarrassing.

As the school year progresses,  Kuri increases her collection of photos and mementos of Momo, usually through what many people would call stalking. Her best friend warns her this is weird and to keep it to herself.  Even so, she tries her best to make Momo happy. Through the holiday, tests and all the usual life moments, their relationship grows slow yet steady. A year end trip to a resort brings up questions that test this young relationship.

Commentary:

It can be fun and calming to watch the familiar.  Momokuri is full of typical anime settings like the waterpark, the festival, the amusement park, the haunted house, the hot springs and to finish off the list, the Christmas episode. What is important is what happens there. It all starts with Kuri seeing Momo from afar and developing a major crush. Being the kind of person to really put all her effort into something, she decides to confront him and viola they are a couple in episode one. Now, that is where anime starts going.

Momokuri  is a cute and friendly, light hearted comedy. There is no big challenges or obstacle to over come, it is just a slice of life. Like visiting friends. On that note, it really is the characters and their friendships that make this anime worth watching. All of them were easy to like. Momo is a gentle and conscientious person and Kuri is the energetic enthusiast who really dives into things, albeit often in a weird sort of way.

Now, as the anime goes on, Kuri’s obsessive behavior gets weirder nearly becoming a character on its own. Her weirdness eventually causes her boyfriend to get confused and doubtful. It seems his old button or used straw might make her happier than actually being together. But it is all secondary to the pool of embarassment Momo and Kuri’s relationships is drowning in.  The constant embarrassment makes this anime a poor candidate for binge watching. Every milestone their relationship reached, was accompanied by them both being embarassed. I’d say stick to 4 or 5 episodes at a time, because the constant of this emotion got annoying. Never fear, after a break, it started making more sense and I was no longer annoyed by the endless embarrassment. It can even come across as sweet.

Visually, this was well done. Nothing too inventive, but the art work really conveys the characters and their lives. Besides, there is no way a live action could convey embarrassment as effectively. The detail to clothing was also really good, especially the girls’ outfits. They didn’t really talk about it, but it added to the expressions of their characters and personalities.

Some of my favorite moments include the comedy surrounding the “indirect kiss”,  it was sweetly funny.  I’d  also have to say the scene where someone is making cotton candy was really awesome. I watched it twice to make sure.  Yup, still awesome.

Overall Grade: B  Momokuri is romance about already being in the relationship. Along those lines, you might also enjoy My Love Story and Say I Love You.

 

Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (anime review)

monthy-girls-nozaki-kunTitle: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun Complete Collection

Directed by: Yoshiko Nakamura

Written by: Yukari Hashimoto

Created by: Izumi  Tsubaki

Studio: Dogakobo

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: March 29th, 2016

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A-

Synopsis:

You know how the story goes: girl crushes on guy, girl confesses feelings to guy, guy mistakes confession for a job application.

Okay, maybe that’s not how it usually goes, but that’s what happens when Chiyo Sakura finally gets up the nerve to tell her classroom crush Nozaki how she feels. Since she doesn’t know that he’s secretly a manga artist who publishes under a female pen name, and he doesn’t know that she doesn’t know, he misunderstands and offers her a chance to work as his assistant instead of a date!

But while it’s not flowers and dancing, it is a chance to get closer to him, so Chiyo gamely accepts. And when Nozaki realizes how useful Chiyo can be in figuring out what girls find romantic, he’ll be spending even more time with her “researching” while remaining completely clueless. Could Chiyo’s romantic frustration possibly get any more drawn out of proportion? The answer will be profusely illustrated in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun!

Commentary:

I was very weary going into this anime. I have seen plenty silly romantic comedies that were just one gussy scene after another. Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun manages to take this basic plot line and turn it into a very funny and enjoyable comedy. I found myself laughing out loud from the first episode all the way through to the last.

The real strength to the series is the writing. I thought the character development was well above par and the dialog superior to most romantic comedies being produced lately. The cast of characters was a great fit for the strangeness of the series and with there only being 12 episodes things kept moving at a perfect pace.

Overall Grade: A-

The only thing that I found disappointing was the high pitched persona of Chiyo. She managed to be a little annoying, and too shy about her crush. Other than that the blend of odd ball characters managed to keep the laughs coming and the relationship between Yuzuki and Wakamatsu. They appear to make a totally mismatched couple but are really perfect for each other and Wakamatsu is just a pushover for her and doesn’t even see it.

Anyway, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a blast and I recommend it to everyone. I think almost every anime fan will find something about this series that they can appreciate and get plenty of laughs to go along with it. On other thing, I love Tonuki.