Kon’nichiwa, fellow otakus!
So, yesterday I started the anime Tonari No Kaibutsu-kun and I just wanted to share my thoughts so far on it with all of you! I’m loving the show, first of all. I’ve had some great laughs and I can’t deny that I’ve fangirled a bunch, too. Shizuku and Haru are such an adorable couple. I mean, Haru’s so uptight and his temper is super scary (I find it pretty funny, too) and Shizuku’s sort of monotonous with a touch of sweetness, too. One moment, she’ll be emotionless and the next, she’ll be blushing like a tomato and saying adorable things to Haru, the boy she’s in love with. Yes, this show is a shoujo comedy, so if you don’t like that sort of thing, you probably shouldn’t watch the show although I encourage you to give it a chance!
I won’t waste time explaining what the show is about. That’s what the internet is for, right? Right! Anyway, I guess I’ll start with characters.
Mizutani Shizuku (Mee-zoo-tah-nee – Shee-zoo-koo) is sort of an emotionless girl most of the time, though she has a soft spot for her friend and fellow classmate, Yoshida Haru (Yoh-shee-duh – Hah-roo). It’s super cute and funny to watch her blushing or flipping out when she’s embarrassed or angry. Also, I love it when she gives those little short, clipped answers. Such as when someone’s asking her to do a favor and she just cuts the person off with a monotone “I refuse”.
Also, the animation for her is great, too. Her pigtails are adorable and her eyes are really pretty, too. Of course, she’s thin, but that’s sadly typical in that world. ):( Overall, I really like her. Her style, though…”grandma clothes”! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
How do I even start this? I don’t know. All I can say is that he’s gorgeous, hilarious and I can’t get over him. I mean, when he smiles or laughs, I can’t help but do the same. It’s like I feel a connection to him in a way. We both have anger issues, black short, slightly wavy hair and (don’t mean to sound like I’m bragging or anything) a cute smile with a great laugh, or so people say. I don’t think those last two are true at all! Anyways, it seems like the only real differences between me and Haru is that we’re opposite genders and he’s an anime character and, devastatingly, I am not… Man, that truth hurts…
So, from what I’ve seen so far, Asako Natsume (Ah-sah-koh Nah-tsoo-may) is really adorable and I liked her pretty much immediately. She has a really sweet disposition and I feel like if I met her, I’d be really comfortable around her. Her bubbly personality is a lot of times funny and all the time cute. Also, even though she slacks off and isn’t easily taught in school subjects, she still seems to put in effort and that’s what really counts! Besides that, I haven’t watched enough to write much more for Natsume. Oh, except for I’m pretty sure she has a crush on Sasahara Sohei (below).
Sasahara Sohei (Sah-sah-hah-rah Soh-hay) or Sasayan (Sah-sah-yahn) is almost as cute as Natsume! His voice, his face, his hair, everything. His personality is really sweet, too. I don’t know what to write other than that. The character development for him went well, in my opinion. He isn’t a huge role in the show, but he’s a great supporting role. And to be completely honest, I ship him and Natsume…hard. I mean, look at them! They’re adorable together and you can just see how much they like each other. I don’t know, maybe I’m just imagining things or there’s a plot twist. Don’t spoil it for me if you’ve already seen the show, though!
Yoshida Yuzan (Yoh-shee-dah Yoo-zahn)…this guy just makes me laugh. He really reminds me of…oh god, who am I thinking of?…I hate it when this happens. You’re, like, thinking of an anime character and they remind you of another anime character, but you can’t remember who that character is! Gah, it’s so freaking frustrating!…wait…wait!…I think I have it…………………………nope…
Well, I guess he sort of reminds me a little bit of Sohma Shigure (Soh-mah Shee-goo-ray) from Fruits Basket (or Furuba *Foo-roo-buh*), but then he has his sort of evilish side, too, which I really like. I love to see both of their personality changes. It’s like, one second they’re serious and cool and the next second they’re these silly guys who smile and say pervy things (this one pertains more to Shigure) as if the world is made of cake and sparkles. I love Shigure! But Yuzan is sort of starting to seem out right evil. Please prove to me that he isn’t a bad guy later on! Please?
Oshima Chizuru (Oh-shee-mah Chee-soo-roo). Hm…what should I put. Well, she’s quiet. That’s a start. Like Asako Natsume, I haven’t seen enough of Chizuru yet to write a whole thing about her. Maybe I’ll edit this once I get a little farther into the show. What I can give you right now though is that she’s her Class Representative, but she’s shy and gets bullied a lot. I think it’s unfair. I mean, Haru simply said she was a nice person and she was shocked because no one had said that to her in a long time! It’s unfair! I don’t understand it at all. A totally nice girl getting beat up just for being who she was. I can’t stand it. And this is what’s happening in real life, in real schools, to real kids and I’m just like, “WHY?!” No one deserves that…ever! Anyway, I shouldn’t get too riled up about that perfect case of complete unfairness here. This isn’t a post for that now, is it? Still…I don’t like it…
So, the opening, Q&A Recital, is okay. I’ve heard better, but I guess it fits with the anime. I do like the horns in it, though. And the singer, Tomatsu Haruka, is great, too. Her voice isn’t too babyish, but it’s not super deep either (like mine. Heh heh!). Her sound fits with the music.
The ending, White Wishes, too, is okay. I think I like it better than the opening, though. The Christmasy touch is soothing and 9nine does a really good job with the vocals. I like to listen to it quietly when I’m going to bed sometimes. That’s one thing about me; I must have music on when I’m going to bed or I’ll never fall asleep. It bugs the crap out of my parents, but at least I play it quietly and it’s never crazy, frantic music, if you know what I mean.
The plot, though not super interesting like Sword Art Online. What I mean by interesting is that it has maybe a different dimension or the characters are on some sort of mission. Don’t get me wrong, I think Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun’s plot is good and all, but we’re all just sort of waiting for Haru to fall in love with Shizuku…aren’t we? That bugs me, but in a good way. I hate waiting for the main characters who you know are going to fall in love at one point, to realize their feelings. I like to get to the, I guess, steamy, “lovey-dovey” scenes as some of my friends who don’t like anime and romance stories say. They don’t understand how good it feels to see two characters in love. And it’s even better when it’s a forbidden relationship because then you have that sense of tension, like you sort of know that they’ll get caught and possibly separated at some point. But that’s a good plot! That’s what makes an anime, the emotions that you feel and the love that you have for the characters in it. It’s like you feel some connection to them and you can somewhat understand what they feel. I love trying to figure out all that and try to make the connection. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but the satisfaction that comes out of a connection to a character is huge for me! I can’t be the only one out there who feels this way!
Anyway, I love this show! I’d heard some of my friends talking about how great it was and some people online, but I’d never thought about watching it. And then I stumbled upon an anime called My Little Monster on Crunchyroll. It looked cool so, of course, I clicked on it and found none other than Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun…and now I’m HOOKED!!!
Well, that pretty much concludes this post. I actually had a lot of fun with this one and I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it! Let me know your thoughts…please? I know I keep asking that, but I mean, seriously. I want to hear what you think. And be completely honest. If you think I could do something better or take something off that’s bogging my blog down, please, by all means, tell me! I strive to make this a blog that you literally enjoy reading and not just something that you only follow just because.
So, have a great September everyone! Happy Labor Day! Or as we say it here in Japan…ハッピー労働者の日！(Happī rōdō-sha no hi!)
Love, Maki-chan ❤
Oh yeah! And what…is up…with that CHICKEN?!
Admit it. You think Nagoya’s a good input, too…