First Impressions: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

My Little Monster

I enjoy most stuff by Brains Base, and there’s never enough good shoujo in the world…so is Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun going to fill this gap in the anime world?

Well, it’s a pretty basic premise. Hard working girl drops off handouts for a guy who’s constantly absent, and finds out that the guy is a complete nutball….who’s taken a liking to him. And so, after a handful of ridiculous events and tongue in cheek events, Shizuku ends up convincing Haru to come with him to school, and a ridiculous high school friendship blooms between the violent nutcase who thinks he’s in love, and the studious girl who’s been kidnapped on this ridiculous train of events.

The characters are able to hold my attention and to draw smiles at the occasional moment, and for the first episode, they actually developed pretty nicely. I look forward to seeing what goes wrong next episode for this poor girl…if she recovers from being punched in the face. A pleasant surprise in the world of high school romances and shoujos. It’s like the non tsundere Toradora!

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