Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun: Episode 7 – “The Manga Artist’s Brain, Nozaki-kun”

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.

Nozaki actually has some free time because he finished his manga manuscript early. Sakura invites Nozaki to do fun things with her, and he accepts. After doing this, she realizes that this could potentially be a date. Unfortunately, Sakura comes to find that Nozaki treats everything as if it’s related to his work, whether it’s watching a movie, going to a restaurant, going to a clothing store, going to a toy store, or even going to an art supply store.

Of course, this leads to a lot of comedic events taking place over the course of their time out. To me, the most comical portion of the scenes at the mall takes place in the clothing store. He wants Sakura to try on a sailor outfit so he can take pictures for reference and she absolutely refuses. Nozaki decides to try it on himself, and he curses the fact that he doesn’t have a bishonen body that can wear the outfit. Oh, Nozaki, you’re so silly.

Both Sakura and the audience are trolled again in this episode when Nozaki asks her to come over to his place after they’re done at the mall. The way the scene is done, we’re led to believe that maybe he’s finally revealing that he has feelings for Sakura. But once they get to his place, she learns that he simply made too much food and needs help eating it.

There’s also a second story, where one of Sakura’s upperclassmen in the art club has her ask Mikoshiba to be a model for them. Mikoshiba refuses when she asks, but she continues to pester. When I saw this, I was like, “You were asked to model for Nozaki, and you said no. You should be able to have some empathy for Mikoshiba.” She gives up, but then another girl runs up to Mikoshiba and asks. He puts on his bishonen act, and ends up agreeing. Oh, Mikoshiba, once again you speak and act before thinking. When will you ever learn not to do that?

The remainder of the episode sees Mikoshiba posing for the art club. Nozaki even manages to get in on the act. There’s some humor injected into many of Mikoshiba’s poses.

Humor-wise, this is almost on the level of the humor that dominated the early episodes of the series. However, I do have to say that I found the story of Sakura and Nozaki’s time out to be more humorous than the Mikoshiba story. It’s not that Mikoshiba’s story was bad or wasn’t funny, it just wasn’t as strong as the first story in the episode.

Overall, Episode Seven was pretty enjoyable, and I really enjoyed having a lot of the emphasis being placed on Nozaki and Sakura. I’m still really hoping that somehow Nozaki and Sakura will end up together, because they do make for an interesting couple. With the trolling the series has done so far, I believe that this pairing could end up being a possibility.

I still look forward to watching Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun each week, and I’m starting to feel a little sad knowing that there’s only a few more episodes to go. My only real complaint at this point comes from all of the characters that have been introduced in the series, and how many of them have only appeared either once or twice. Hopefully some of these characters will get a little more focus before the series comes to an end.

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