Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun


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Also known as My Little Monster, this series follows Mizutani Shizuku and Yoshida Haru, two very socially inept students, as they fall in love.

Haru hasn’t been to school since the first day, when he beat up some bullies. Since then, he spent his days with his guardian Mitsuyoshi at his batting cages. Due to Haru’s delinquent behavior, his classmates are afraid of him.

Shizuku is the top student in her class. All she seems to care about is studying, which is why she has no friends. She’s considered cold and unfeeling as she sees no point in wasting time on anything other than academics.

One day, Shizuku is called upon by her teacher to take some handouts to Haru. While she’s there, Shizuku stands up for Haru when his so-called friends take advantage of him. From that moment on, Haru is infatuated with Shizuku. However, the two main characters just can’t make up their minds about how they feel.

This series is really freaking cute. It’s silly and nonsensical at times, as evidenced by the “preview” that I found (above). There’s a pet chicken, for crying out loud.

I actually really liked this one. From some other reviews I’ve seen, there are some that don’t like the way Shizuku and Haru’s relationship progresses, but I think that’s part of it’s charm. This is not your typical slice-of-life romantic comedy, which I really like. There’s some of the same “Does he like me?” “Does she like me?” kind of drama, which is to be expected, but it’s done in a different way. It’s a little hard to explain…

Anyway, as someone who is not a huge fan of romcoms, I like this series. So far it’s only one season in, and I’m looking forward to season two, whenever that may be.

Final rating: 7.5 out of 10

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About Erica

Erica is a 26 year old geek living with her fianceé. In between watching Doctor Who and building Lord of the Rings LEGO® sets, she spends her time watching anime. She is the author of the mini blog E’S ANIME REVIEWS.