Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Title:Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
My Little Monster
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Notables: Animation - Brains Base
SUZUKI Tatsuhisa
Bookworm Shizuku Mizutani has few interests besides her grade and future career. Requested by her teacher, Mizutani brought handouts to Haru Yoshida, a boy who should have been seated next to her but was suspended due to injuring another student in a fight on the first day of school. Because of the favor, Yoshida now considers Mizutani a friend, and she also learns that Yoshida is in fact a very nice, gentle guy.
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Premiered on October 1, 2012.
Animated by Brains Base
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 7 7 7 6 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2618#1552]
Another shoujo rom-com, My Little Monster focuses on the chemistry between the introverted bookworm Shizuku and delinquent Haru. The series mixes around comedy and drama in exploring the school lives and personal baggage that our two leads and some of their classmates have, prominent focus given to the developing bond between Shizuku and Haru. The two do genuinely change for the better throughout the course of the series where Shizuku learns to befriend others and break out of her introverted shell while Haru learns how to properly socialize with others as his delinquent reputation and social awkwardness gave him a bad reputation. The comedy to this wasn't appealing to me and the show lacks a proper ending as Shizuku and Haru's relationship hasn't developed into a full-blown romantic one as of the end of the series and our leads are still changing. Still if you enjoy shoujo rom-coms, My Little Monster is worth a look.

Last updated Wednesday, November 05 2014. Created Wednesday, November 05 2014.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2618#628]
(One episode watched)

You can't have a good romantic comedy if the characters are uninteresting and the jokes are unfunny. That seems to be the lesson of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. Episode one of this show struck me as the framework of a premise that might have worked if the characters had been interesting and likeable. But they weren't, so it didn't. They are completely uninteresting--in fact, they annoy me and I'd rather watch nothing at all than watch them. Jeez, this guy might even be retarded, judging from the things he does. I couldn't care less about how a lack of friends makes him sad. And I'm supposed to laugh at a guy who says things like “Make one peep and I rape you”? Haru is clearly supposed to be unusual and colorful, but he just seems like an annoying jerk to me. That being the case, I can't understand why Shizuku feels the slightest sympathy for him. Her own personality seems to consist of a philosophy of not caring how other people feel. Also, the show was painfully unfunny. There was the all-too-common 'violence is funny' gag. About all I can say for this series is that the characters are better drawn than average . Going in, I had thought that (judging from the title) Haru might be some sort of demon that Shizuku somehow gains control of. Going out, I wish I had been right, because almost anything would have been better than this.

Last updated Tuesday, October 02 2012. Created Tuesday, October 02 2012.

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