Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is about a girl named Chiyo Sakura who has a crush on Umetaro Nozaki. When she tries confessing her feelings to him, she doesn’t manage to get it out right; but by saying what she said, she comes to learn that Nozaki is the author of a shojo manga that she’s read in a shojo manga magazine; he writes under the pen name, Sakiko Yumeno. Sakura becomes Nozaki’s assistant.
Episode Two introduces two new characters. The first is Mikoto Mikoshiba; he’s a handsome guy that attracts a lot of girls, but he has a timid personality. While he may say and do things to try to make himself appear more self-confident than he is, Mikoto feels embarrassed after doing them. He is also one of Nozaki’s assistants, and he’s in charge of the flowers, accents, and effects that appear in the manga.
The other new character that’s introduced is Yuzuki Seo, and she is friends with Sakura. While she’s asked to help with various extracurricular activities, her personality tends to offend people because she will say and do inappropriate things because she can’t read the atmosphere and context of what’s going on at the time. When Nozaki wants to go people watching in order to get inspiration for a new character for the manga, Sakura suggests Yuzuki. After spending time around Yuzuki and getting annoyed with her, Nozaki is inspired for his new character.
Since Episode One did a good job of establishing Nozaki and Sakura, it’s now time for the series to start expanding the characters that will inhabit this universe and interact with the main characters. Mikoto is brought in through being friends with Nozaki, while Yuzuki is brought in because she’s friends with Sakura. Each of these new characters bring their own quirks into the mix.
Maybe it was just me, but there were times in Episode Two where I thought Mikoto may have started becoming interested in Sakura. If I was reading into that right, this could provide some interesting fodder for later on in the series and create a love triangle.
However, I have to admit that I’m not entirely feeling Yuzuki yet. Maybe the more I get to know her, the more her character will grow on me.
Overall, Episode Two did a good job of building off of Episode One. The series continues to be amusing, and the characters and story are still holding my interest (with the main exception being Yuzuki at the moment). From what I saw in the preview for Episode Three, it looks like another new character will be introduced, and he appears to have a connection with Mikoto. I’m interested in seeing Episode Three in order to get to know the next addition to the cast, as well as to see how the overarching story will continue to progress.
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