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 12 opens with Sakura bringing in Valentine’s chocolates that sat in the back of her fridge after she was unable to give them to Nozaki five months earlier. She brings the chocolates to school to try to share them. However, after learning they were chocolates she couldn’t give on Valentine’s Day, the others decline. Later, Yu encourages Sakura to try to give the chocolates anyway. Just as Sakura gets the nerve to do it, Nozaki bumps into her and causes the chocolates to fall on the floor. A rather amusing scene happens here in regard to Nozaki and the chocolate.
However, the majority of the episode focuses on a summer festival that many of the characters end up going to. Three of the characters plan to meet up there, and they start encountering other characters as they spend time there.
The main focus during the festival ends up being on Nozaki and Sakura. At one point during their time together at the festival, Sakura has a flashback to when the two of them first met at the high school entrance ceremony. As I would expect from this series, their meeting at the entrance ceremony was both humorous and amusing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this episode a lot, especially since a lot of the focus was on Sakura and Nozaki. The last couple of episodes had the same high level of comedy that the first couple of episodes did, and I found myself enjoying it a lot. Right near the end of the episode, Nozaki pulls the biggest trolling he’s ever done in this series. However, because of the other trolling he managed to do earlier in the series, I suspected that the event that happened here was another trolling incident.
Even though there was no real conclusion to the story, I think the series needed to end the way that it did. This is due in large part to the fact that the manga is still ongoing in Japan. Also, if any of these potential couples did officially get together by the end, it would have had a strong effect on the series’ humor.
Overall, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun was an enjoyable viewing experience from start to end. In fact, I would have to say that this would be one of my overall favorite series that I watched during the Summer 2014 anime season. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a series that I’ll want to add to my anime home video collection at such a time that it’s released on home video in North America.
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