Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun: Episode 6 – “I’ll Cast a Spell on You”

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 Six sees Sakura giving Nozaki a flash drive with music on it. She says Nozaki’s been looking tired lately, and she thought the music on the drive seemed likely to have healing qualities. It turns out it’s a recording of Yuzuki singing. Even though he doesn’t like Yuzuki, he can’t turn down Sakura’s gift.

The next day at school, Nozaki finds Yuzuki terrorizing the boys’ basketball team in the gym, and seems to place a lot of her focus on one particular boy named Wakamatsu. Nozaki and Wakamatsu used to play on the basketball team together back in junior high, and Nozaki used to be a starter. To be honest, I never expected to hear that Nozaki used to play basketball. As he’s portrayed now, he doesn’t seem to be the athletic type. Wakamatsu vents about Yuzuki to Nozaki, and says that having to deal with her has made his insomnia worse. Nozaki invites him to come over and help with some erasing on the manga.

At Nozaki’s place, Nozaki turns on the music. He’s forgotten that Yuzuki’s recording is still in there, and as soon as he realizes it, he shuts it off. Surprisingly, the snippet that played put Wakamatsu to sleep. When Wakamatsu wakes up the next morning, he declares that as soon as he heard that voice, he got really sleepy. Wakamatsu begs for the song, and Nozaki is torn until Wakamatsu volunteers to help on the manga. With that, Nozaki gives Wakamatsu the flash drive. It’s rather hilarious if you think about it. The person that’s responsible for making his insomnia worse is also the one who has the singing voice that can put him to sleep instantly.

Unfortunately, Yuzuki disrupts the boys’ basketball practice again. Wakamatsu tries standing up to her, but she just knocks him down. Wakamatsu asks Nozaki if he can look at his manga so he can study up on what he can do. As soon as I saw this, my thought was, “This is not going to end well.” And I was right. The letter of challenge that Wakamatsu puts into Yuzuki’s shoe locker telling her to meet him on the roof reads like a love letter, and then he doesn’t truly know how to confront her. It doesn’t help that Yuzuki keeps misreading the situation and doesn’t pay attention to what Wakamatsu is saying.

There’s a second story in the episode, where Sakura, Hori, and Wakamatsu all receive an “SOS” text message from Nozaki. It turns out he’s sick and has been told by his doctor to rest. Unfortunately, Nozaki’s manuscript is due the next day. The three of them take it upon themselves to try to get it finished. As this sequence was going, I found myself wondering why Mikoto wasn’t included. Not only is he a friend of Nozaki’s, he also does some work on the manga as well. But after I saw how the story progressed, Mikoto wouldn’t have added anything.

The most major issue of the manuscript is the screentone, and neither Sakura nor Hori truly know how to do it. Wakamatsu looks up to them as his senpai, but it turns out he knows how to do the screentone better than they do. It also turns out that some of the dialogue hadn’t been included yet, so the three of them try to figure out what Nozaki meant to put there by modeling the characters after people they know in real life. My major problem with this sequence is the fact that Sakura has read this manga and should have a fairly good idea of how these characters would act and the types of things they’d say. For me, personally, this joke ended up falling rather flat.

And during this story, Nozaki managed to troll the audience again. At one point, Sakura takes rice porridge to him but it appears that he’s asleep. He mumbles names in his sleep, starting with Chiyo… but then he starts rattling off other names until he bolts upright and decides he’ll name his new character Harumi. Poor Sakura, she really thought he was mumbling something about her.

While this particular episode wasn’t quite as funny as the first four episodes, it ended up being more amusing than Episode Five had been.

And now that Wakamatsu has been introduced, it appears that all of the characters who appear in the opening credits have been seen at least once in the series. It took half of the series to finally introduce everyone, so hopefully the second half of the series can spend some time utilizing these other characters more and flesh them out.

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