Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun: Episode 3 – “Violence vs. the Prince”

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 Three introduces two new characters. The first is Yu Kashima, a female friend of Mikoto’s who has earned the nickname “The Prince of the School.” She’s in the drama club, and she acts a lot like a bishonen when she’s around other girls. Unfortunately, Yu also has a tendency to try to skip class. The other new character introduced is Hori, the drama club president who serves as Yu’s escort to make sure that she’s not skipping out. He can get a bit violent with her at times.

When Sakura helps Nozaki with his manga one day, she discovers marks on the background. Nozaki says they were put there by the person who works on the backgrounds to mark beta sections. Nozaki won’t reveal the artist’s identity, because they asked Nozaki not to say anything.

Yu asks Sakura to help paint a set from the drama club, because Yu and her fangirls were causing too many issues. Sakura agrees, and after Hori gives her a set piece to paint after she saw him put it together, she sees a mark that looks an awful lot like one that Nozaki’s background artist uses to mark beta sections. Sure enough, it’s Hori. To be honest, I was able to predict that before seeing the mark on the set piece.

Hori is doing the backgrounds because he has asked Nozaki to write a play for him that Yu can star in. When Hori and Sakura end up doing a read-through together, it turns into a rather hilarious scene.

I have to say that by the end of the episode, I really had the feeling that Yu likes Hori, and that Hori may also have some kind of feelings for Yu.

Poor Mikoto didn’t really get much screen time in this episode. We saw him right at the beginning, since he’s the one who introduces Sakura and Nozaki to Yu. The only other time he shows up is during the read-through for the play that’s taking place with Hori and Sakura. And Yuzuki, who was introduced in Episode Two, had even less screen time than Mikoto did.

From what I’ve seen in the opening credits, it looks like there’s still some more characters that need to be introduced. I just hope that the series doesn’t end up introducing too many characters and causing some characters to not appear as much as they could have.

But even with that potential issue, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is still rather funny and amusing to watch. I’ve enjoyed seeing this series turn some of the shojo tropes onto their ears, and I think that is what helps to make the show as funny as it is.

Right now, I’m still enjoying watching Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in Episode Four.

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