Anime: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) – Episode 3 Summary + Review

“Say one dodgy line per episode”

(This awkward moment ended in a staring conrest)

Studio: Brain’s base

Genre: Romantic, Comedy, Shojou, Drama  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Shizuku has carelessly confessed her love for Haru. The reaction from him is underwhelming, and feeling embarrassed, she immediately takes back her confession. Haru seems to understand where this relationship is at, the problem is, Shizuku doesn’t.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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When Sasayan returns the chicken to Haru for family reasons, him, Haru and Natsume decide to build a chicken coop at the high school.

(Haru doesn’t like the suggestion of just EATING the chicken)

The group meets at the weekend to pick up supplies for their coop. Before everyone shows up, Natsume spots a young man that look much like Haru, borrowing money from the Batting Center’s manager Mitsuyoshi.

(Natsume realises the potential of carrying a bat everywhere)

Eventually everyone arrives and heads to the hardware store. Shizuku runs into Haru’s delinquent-ex-gang, and they also recognise her.

(Shizuku is blinded by the urban-ness of Haru’s friends)

Shizuku’s busy running away, and Haru comes to her rescue. Not recognising his own buddies, he decides to throw a couple aroun to gt the message across.

(“I would trust you as far as I could throw you”… Doesn’t apply here)

The gang is left winded, but the leader has his own plans.

(You could hear the gang members clicking their fingers as they followed)

While Natsume and Sasayan get the rest of the supplies, Haru and Shizuku are left in an uncomfortable silence.

Haru asks Shizuku why is being out of character, and being social. Shizuku can’t explain herself, but she feels that something ha changed within her.

(“This series isn’t shojou enough. Needs more awkward moments…”)

The gang from earlier turn up at the Batting Center to try and chat with Haru.

(“Can you open this fence? I don’t want my granny-cardigan to get caught”)

A fight nearly breaks out, until Shizuku proposes the geng help them out with the chicken coop as a peace offering.

(Nobody here has ever built anything before, but who needs skill, right?)

The project is finally finished, and the chicken, affectionately named Nagoya by Sasayan, approves hi new home.

(The chicken coop will need to be checked every three hours for collapses)

Haru and Shizuku walk home together. Haru is in a thoughtful mod and confesses to Shizuku that after he met her everything has been going well for him.

(“In any other series, I could handsome my way into your heart”)

Shizuku takes the hint, and confesses that she loves him truly.This turns out to shock Haru more than she imagined, and he claims that his love may not be the same as hers.

(“Okay, I think I need more time to consider your handsomeness…”)

Deciding to call a truce on their feelings, Shizuku suggests that she’ll think about a proper confession, and Haru should prepare a proper response.

Haru seems agitated when he gets a message from Mitsuyoshi, the Batting Center manager, and asks Shizuku to let him stay at her house.
At her house, Haru is acknowledged by Shizuku’s shocked father.

(Awkward moment when you bring your not-quiet-boyfriend to stay the night)

Haru eats the food prepared by Shizuku, and makes her confused about the differences between males.

(Dad has just given Shizuku “the talk”)

Meanwhile at the Batting Centre, a young man identical to Haru stops by to talk to Mitsuyoshi. His name is Yuzan, and he seems to be a person Haru is running away from.

(“Not all evil twins come with goatees. Write that down.”)

Haru seems troubled, even in his sleep, but he appears to enjoy the attention he gets from Shizuku.

(“If you do anything weird, you can ‘handsome’ your way home…”)

Overall, this series never fails to put a smile on my face. The banter between the characters isn’t witty, but it’s fast-paced and earnest. The slapstick is also done with good timing.

There’s a common girly-softness to other shojou series that Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun has managed to get rid of. It’s very gender neutral and focuses on both lead characters feelings. Despite the opening showing Shizuku leading Haru away on a leash, both characters support each other rather than one dragging the other.

I love the side-story of finding friends for Haru. He seems genuinely lonely, and Shizuku herself stated that, his “love” for her might be jaded because he’s not used to interacting with many people.

I haven’t read the manga, so I have no idea where this series heads off, but so far it’s taking a refreshingly different pace to other similar series. I’m just going to enjoy the ride.

Rated – 4/5 Buddy-buddy weekend episode with quirks.

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