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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1

(月刊少女野崎くん [Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun] #1)

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To the eyes of classmate Chiyo Sakura, high school student Umetarou Nozaki--brawny of build and brusque of tongue--is a dreamboat! When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table...but getting recruited as a mangaka's assistant?! Never in a million years! As Chiyo quickly discovers, Nozaki-kun, the boy of ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Yen Press (first published April 20th 2012)
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Lois Bujold
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers liking high-school comedy manga, or stories about artists
Recommended to Lois by: a friend
I read the first two volumes from my library. Clean art style -- the eponymous hero is a high school lad who draws (professional) girl's manga, hijinks ensue. Nozaki looks very much like Domeki from xxxHolic, and is amusingly focused on his work, to the frustration of the girl who fancies him.

Interesting format -- each entry or unit of the story is a single page divided into four rectangles placed vertically, read from top to bottom, like a Japanese version of a four-panel daily comic read left
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Selena
People who are familiar with manga, especially shoujo manga, will find this to be especially funny. This seems to just exist to turn shoujo stereotypes and cliches on their heads. It is self-aware and genre savvy, and you can tell that Tsubaki-sensei had a good time with it.

"Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun" is a 4-koma style comic. For those not in the know, this means a 4-panel comic that is typically humorous, kind of like those found in American newspapers. Other popular series that are 4-koma incl
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Kuroi
Throws over every shoujo manga trope ever.
Has a lot of bishies to boot.

Read it right now.
Mehsi
I watched the anime for this back when it aired, and I loved it! It had great characters, hilarious story, lots of references, and so much more! Then I heard about the manga being translated to English and I knew I just had to have it.

Now, it is finally here, and I really liked the manga. Though I have had the same problem I had with other manga that I read after I watched their anime and where the anime followed the manga closely. I just knew most of the jokes, and they fell flat now. They were
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Ivon
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
11/10 would laugh again.
Rebekah Gyger
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun story, with lots of laugh out loud moments. It reads like a list of mini scenarios, so there aren't any of the slower moments of transition between scenes. Because of this, even though its mostly talking heads throughout, it reads fast and with a lot of energy. Sometimes this speed made it a little difficult to tell who was saying what on panels where the speakers weren't in the image. It also took some time getting used to the shift between real life and the manga imaginings of t ...more
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
4/5 stars

I’ve always been a fan of Izumi Tsubaki, ever since her series Oresama Teacher, and for the most part I really enjoy Monthly Girls’s Nozaki-kun. The humour can be hit or miss, the hits are absolutely hilarious and have me laughing so hard I can’t breathe, while the misses, what can I say? I find there is often word play in manga that gets lost in translation, it’s something the scanlators do well and the official translators seem to fall short on. But where Monthly Girls’s Nozaki-kun r
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Aoi
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Reading Progress : 7 Volumes / 79 Chapters

So entertaining and thoroughly funny! This is one shoujo manga that doesn't rely on romance or cheap humour to keep the pace going. In fact, most of the humour relies on its sense of meta. The gang's attempts to 'reconstruct' all the manga tropes in real life are so darn hilarious.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki kun is dependent on its ensemble cast of characters; and at 7 volumes, the secrets are just coming out one -by- one from the woodworks.

Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is probably going to be my new favorite. Anyway, this sounded good and it has some funny moments. The art I think is my favorite. I'm looking forward to read more from this series.
Beth
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Charming, good-tempered comedy.
Ruthsic
I started this manga because I absolutely love the anime (I watched it for the second time recently) and needed more of these characters in my life. For those who want to know, it is a shoujo manga that kind of parodies and subverts most romance shoujo manga. The basic story goes like this - Chiyo gathers courage and asks her crush (the broody-seeming Nozaki) out, but instead gets recruited into being his assistant for his manga work. Nozaki writes shoujo manga (under a psuedonymn) and though he ...more
Beth F.
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
4.5 - That was pretty great.

I really enjoyed this author's story. It's about a girl who likes this guy at her school so she confesses. Well, the guy is a famous shojo mangaka and thinks that she just wants his autograph or just to help him. Personally, I haven't read any manga like this, which in glad. It was funny and had secondhand embarrassment, all while discussing typical shojo cliches.

The characters are all pretty great. They are pretty well fleshed out. I really wish the main character
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Sara Mul
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the main characters are adorable idiots, and I love each and every one of them.

I watched the anime first, and after loving it, I wanted to read the manga, which is just as hilarious (slightly more hilarious because of the extra strips). The manga is set up more like American-style Sunday comics, but they do have an overarching story and each one is connected. It's a lovely shoujo manga, flipping many stereotypes of shoujo on its head, which I really enjoy. Humor, romance, and stupid high
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Hannah
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the anime came out a few years ago I loved it a lot and now that I've found the manga at the bookstore I just had to get the first volume. It is printed in a four panel way (which I'm not such a big fan of when it comes to manga), but the story is just so bizarre, hilarious and fast paced, that it doesn't bother me to much and made me laugh out loud repeatedly.
Ralitsa
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Just as entertaining as I remember the anime being. I love all characters, each with their quirks, and am looking forward to spending more time with them. I'm very curious to find out who will stop being an awkward clutz first.
Bryn (Plus Others)
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bryn (Plus Others) by: Abby Ang
Shelves: shoujo-manga
Read at last! And I'm glad I did, because it was really, really funny. It plays with shoujo manga tropes in a clever way while still providing enough character development that it isn't just a gag manga. I hope I can find more!
Janna Marie
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, manga
It was a little hard to follow at times, but overall it was cute!
Nami
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love it, tbh. It always makes me laugh
Akahayla
LMAO that was crazy from the start to the end. I didn't think I would laugh this hard at this manga. Definitely reading the rest of it and hopefully watching it too
Ellen
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The format is a bit difficult to get used to because it's not a flowing narrative, but it's definitely had some funny moments. I just felt like I didn't care that much.
Gabriela
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorties
I read this first volume after the anime series finished airing in 2014 and I decided to give it a re-read. Honestly this is one of my favorite manga series, not only does it challenge commonly seen shoujo tropes but the characters introduced in this first volume are so lovable. In this volume, we meet main character Chiyo and her crush Nozaki, little does she know though, Nozaki is also a popular manga artist. A misunderstanding allows for Chiyo to become closer to Nozaki as his manga assistant ...more
Rainbowreads
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This manga is simply amazing.

It has got everything you want and in my case NEED! From an overly obsessed lovestruck girl to an extremely dense teen manga-ka. This has to be one of the most amusing and refreshing shoujo mangas I have ever read. Though it doesn't necessarily follow any plot, they make up for it with their quirky characters, like a playboy who gets immediately embarrassed of the lines he blurts out, and a mischief maker gifted with a heavenly voice.

The story does though tend to re
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Alexa
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Status: DNF @ Chapter 2.

I absolutely and completely adore the anime based on this series. It's fluffy and funny and it pretty much makes fun of all the tropes of the high school romance genre.

Which is why it pains me that I didn't like the manga. It's not that it's bad, quite the contrary, it seems to be just as good as the anime. But it's written in 4-panel style (commonly called Yonkoma) which makes the story feel choppy... it just seems to be better in anime form.



So now I need to wait for a
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Jack Reynolds
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
It's odd to go from the anime series of this to the manga, because the manga is done in four-panel strips rather than in full chapters. That aside, this may not be as funny compared to the anime, but there were still some parts that made me chuckle or laugh out loud. Also, I rediscovered some of my favorite moments from the anime, since it's been almost 2 years since I've watched it. XD

So with that said, I'm continuing onward with this manga series, because I adored the anime, plus every charact
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Caribou Reviews
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't love this one. Its a long buildup to a great disappointment, much like most first loves lol. The concept is hilarious but I am not feeling the 4 panel newspaper comic feel to this. The characters are simplified to being one dimensional. I pushed 75% of the way through and yes some jokes are funny but its very dry. Its almost like attending a comedy act where the comedian just hasn't worked out the jokes yet. The art is pretty and this could have gone a lot better but if I want to ...more
Yue
Very funny. At first I thought it was a story without any sense, but eventually I loved it. Gag manga, and the characters are all amusing and a bit crazy. I like that each page has it own title. Completely ridiculous, I was laughing several times due the parody of stuff like: girls game, BL, jealousy, being a mangaka, etc.

Kashima is like the female version of Tamaki from OHSC... only more mainly XD
Feliza Casano
Readers or viewers familiar with manga tropes will definitely recognize the characters by visual cues -- Mikoshiba is a very typical shoujo manga bad-boy, and Kashima is a very typical shoujo manga "princely girl" type, complete with fangirls. The best thing about Nozaki-kun, however, is the way the manga subverts the tropes and makes the characters much more real.

Read the full review at Girls in Capes.
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Katie
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, graphic-novels
Perhaps your introduction to manga shouldn't be about the inner workings of manga artists?? Took me a while to figure out what was going on and even then, I'm still not entirely sure. I think would be appropriate for someone who does have a background and can get the inside jokes a lot better than me.
Chara
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed a great deal while reading this...
What is more, it taught it me that being oblivious can bring bliss upon someone. However, it tortures those around them.
Totally recommending it, if you want some fun time and a light read!
Amy
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I used to not wanting to try this manga at all, because the art style didn't really attracts me on the first impression. After reading Bakuman, I've decided to give it a try. It was hilarious! Nozaki-kun is a shojou mangaka and he is so oblivous with Chiyo's affection towards him!! Haha!!
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She is a Japanese manga artist known for creating The Magic Touch and Oresama Teacher which have both been serialized on the Hana to Yume magazine.
Tsubaki began drawing manga in her first year of high school. She was soon selected to be in the top 10 of Hana to Yume Mangaka Course, and subsequently won the Big Challenge contest.
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  • 月刊少女野崎くん 3 [Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 3] (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, #3)
  • 月刊少女野崎くん 4 [Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 4] (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, #4)
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  • 月刊少女野崎くん 6 [Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 6] (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, #6)
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  • 月刊少女野崎くん 9 [Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 9] (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, #9)
  • 月刊少女野崎くん 10 [Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 10] (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, #10)
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