Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (Review)
Quick synopsis: Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she was asked to deliver lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, he becomes convinced they are friends. Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would’ve thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku? A cold-hearted girl and super-troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective.
Personal thoughts: Its funny, very funny. This is what happens when you put a guy who is good looking and knows nothing about love with a girl who is anti-social and only cares about her grades in school. This is something that everyone can enjoy watching and not be bored at all.
Storyline & Plot: 7/10
The plot of putting those two together makes many funny moments and also romantic moments too. Let’s be honest, it isn’t easy trying to blend both comedy and romance together. Especially the fact that the both of them aren’t the most sociable, having the two of them falling in love with each other is just unexpected. The story also has an open end, a very obvious tell-tale that the series doesn’t end there. Thus, the low score for storyline and plot.
Art & Character Design: 8/10
All the characters in this show are well drawn and adequately developed. There are many scenes where the drawing style turns into something that looks like it came straight out of a 4koma, and it works! Romance and comedy together is one of the most enjoyable combinations, but focus too much on one end, and you risk the boat capsizing. Granted that the series had a pretty open end, I’m going to trust that if they continued with this, it could be a whole lot more romantic and entertaining.
Entertainment & Execution: 8.5/10
I’m not going to lie for this one, it is actually very entertaining to me. Although a majority of the episodes were pretty much focused on Haru and his friend-making antics, the various situations and reactions that the characters are thrown into/show are really enjoyable. Being a shoujo, I actually expected a whole lot more drama and romance, but it has done a pretty good job for sticking to its hilarious comedy and love-triangle relations. Yamaken is just one of those characters that you can’t help but laugh at.
Not a very impressive set of OST, but the OP and ED are good. Although the ED sounds like it’s a very seasonal song (Christmas), I guess it fits because it airs around that season anyway.
There’s probably gonna be a season 2 for this, though I can’t confirm it because I don’t have future sight. If it doesn’t continue, then you can always read the manga. Sometimes anime are made so manga sales go up y’know? If the intention of this anime was to draw attention to the manga, then I reckon it’s done a pretty impressive job by focusing on the comedic elements of the show while giving small peeks here and there regarding the general love-troubles that our main characters are going through. FYI, I’m rooting for Asako and Micchan. I think this 2 would make a great pair.