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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun 4

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (4/ongoing)
Robiko
Unrelease in English

Chapters 13-16

Santa, I want an English release of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun for Christmas! Seriously this series should have been acquired for English publication long ago!

This is still the best shojo series I am currently reading and is one of the best I have read. Its that awesome!

In volume 4 most of the characters are given a fair amount of spotlight. I think this is one of a series that has a huge amount of characters that pretty much everyone is given a balance amount of focus. Very character driven and dialog/(subconcious-monolgue) heavy series. I LOVE IT.

I’m not going to review the content of the volume as I’m afraid I’ll be repeating myself over and over again but instead I’ll jot down pros and cons in this volume. But pretty much its the same as the past volumes, its still an amazing series. Not much happening story-wise but what makes this series terrific is the analyzation of the relationship of the characters. Nothing can top off a shojo series with a story that focuses on its characters interaction, well for me anyway. I’m a sucker for this kind of shojo instead of the usual filler-ish series with lots of trips, party, hence the irrelevant chapters that doesn’t contribute to its characters growth and development. Its not like Tonari doesn’t have party and trips but at least it doesn’t dwell on whats happening in regards to the circumstances around the characters but instead it focuses on developing its casts. Ugghh I rant too much nonsensical stuffs,

First off, A rival has been introduced well sort of, Yamaken is developing a liking to Shizuku. I like him very very much! I like his attitude, the ever so elitist and egoistic characteristic of his. His one of the best that has happened in this volume. He’s a mixture of Yamaki and Kyouka from Ouran High but his awesomer. Well for me anyway. I like his inner dilemma, I find it very amusing that he’s torn between his high pride and his undeniable attraction to Shizuku.

I also like Natsume much more this time around. She’s a very complex and ambiguous character. She’s hard to tell but I’m liking that she’s abit indesicive, and socially withdrawn person. I like her insecurities and uncertainties. Her “transient” liking towards Micchan as Sasayan watches out to her is somewhat sweet. There is no romantic feeling between Natsume and Sasayan but they are close and Natsume feels at ease around him so yeah there is the possiblity of romance there. Of course Sasayan is still treated as a background character in this volume which sucks!

Shizuku is still a great heroine! I love her. She is one of the best as well. I like her passion to aim high at her studies and her goal to have a job. She tries to balance out her growing relationship with Haru to her studies. She’s great and yeah I don’t mind if the author should decide that Yamaken and her ends up together. I like Yamaken enough, at least I don’t think it’ll happen though.

What I find a little bit of a bother is that Haru, whilst he is a great character, funny and often charming I just don’t like the fact that he’s overly Possesive of Shizuku. I understand that he might has some personality “problems” its just that I feel that sometimes he does things that is out of line. Well given that the title implies “A Monster” it should be expected. Haru is sweet around his friends but when it comes to Shizuku he gets possesive, it maybe nice but heck sometimes it feels abit cryptic as he come across as an obsessive person, which is not good.

Speaking of the title, one thing I find abit chagrin besides that, is the art cover of each volumes. It shows Haru with a chain leash on held by Shizuku. It can be misleading. If judging by these covers, I could think of alot of terrible things that might implicate about the story. Well anyway it maybe only me and I might be overthinking it.

Nonetheless Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a fantastic shojo series. If you are a shojo fan and haven’t check this one out, I shall encourage you, nevermind that I urge you to check it right now!

Still the best shojo series that I’m reading at the moment, sorry Kimi ni Todoke… but you is PERFECT. 😀

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is without a doubt HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun 2

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (2/ongoing)
Robiko
Unrelease in English

Chapters 5-8

I’m still captivated with this series. Normally if a series is episodic, hence no main plot at all or even have short “arcs” doesn’t capture my attention for a long time especially that of shojo genre. Truth be told, shojo series are guilty of having chapters that doesn’t attribute anything to the characters growth or had any importance to the storyline. In short these series are what we know of that is the filler chapters. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is something like that, it feels like the volume are composed of random events of the lives of its characters. But what makes this series bareable is the characters itself. Most of them have unusual personalities. Take Shizuku for instance, she’s definitely not the type to care for people, she is bordering as a egocentric. But what makes her believable as a character is that she speaks what’s on her mind, she’s rather straightforward. I like that about her she may come across as mean or inconsiderate but at least she tells the truth. She also gets in people whenever shes oppose their actions/beliefs. What I also consider as the one of the main selling point of the series is Harus’ personality as well. He often provides most of the comedic relief for the series as he acts like a child or as I have mentioned before a caveman. He often display such outrageous response towards the things thats happening around him. Haru is honest, sincere and genuine. He might be outlandish from time to time but it works for the series overall charm. The sheer amount of entertainiment and goofs that he provides more than make up for his out of whack character.

What I also find uniquely riveting is how the author handles Haru & Shizuku’s relationship. More than once that both confess how they feel to each other but they do not rush into things to get more serious. I like that they have a mutual understanding of knowing they have feelings for one another but they are still carefree. It seems that the foundation of their relationship is trust. Their interaction is just refreshing its like the battle of wits. Whenever the characters have an arguement or things to say, the exchanges of each remarks is plainly amusing. The series clearly shows they like & care each other.

New characters are introduced in this volume. Haru’s older brother who have yet to play an important part later on but for now he’s the ever so “cool” older brother. Then the new addition to the gang, Oosumi she’s the Class Representative who is a loner. Her often unintentional meet ups with Haru gives the series some sort of rivalry for Shizuku. As Haru understands what Oosumi is goin through with not having friends so he’s being extra helpful with her. So yeah, I don’t think Oosumi is a potential rival as she seems not the type of girl to get involve but we’ll see. I think she would just eventually be like Haru who will be sociable enough, then eventually find a partner for her own.

I still like this series and I think its rather a special one. I’m enjoying this more so than I thought. I truly wish the series doesn’t falter later on. But for now volume 2 still comes Highly Recommended as well. Good Stuff.

PS: I like like Shizuku A LOT. She is close to being my ideal female character in a series. I’m a sucker for a rather cold hearted girl (like the ones that is emotionless) that is blunt but all at the same time intellectually capable that doesn’t think twice or wallow herself too much with woes relationship/romance-wise. I adore Shizuku.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (1/ongoing)
Robiko
Unrelease in English

Chapters 1-4

MORE MORE MORE. I must read more! There comes a time when you would find a certain series that just majorly had IT that it just CLICKED to you wihtout even realizing it. Now I had felt this CLICKED to just a few series, last time being my current fave that is Kimi ni Todoke. But now comes Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. Heck I don’t even know how to compose the grandest of the grand introduction for this series as my mind is definitely squeezing every parts of my brain to come up with such praise and raving vocabulary words to express how I am truly smitten by this series. Its just a breathe of fresh air so to speak. I’m totally lost for words I am definitely in awe. I’ll eventually get over it but not anytime soon.

Anyway to make this ramblings short, well if I could but yeah this is such a fantastic series. Its about this girl named Shizuku who only think about herself, her grades and her ambition to earn a yearly income of a million yen who find herself involved with a boy named Haru. As it so happen Haru hasn’t been good at attending to school, his eccentric behaviours and his delinquent appearance doesn’t help much either..

At first, this series moves in such fairly fast pace where Shizuku delivers the study prinouts for Haru as he didn’t show up for the opening ceremony. This series is such a treat especially for shojo lovers out there who would never imagine that a single series out there can break out of the normal stereotypes. For a changed we have a female girl who is set in life and a purpose to reach. Shizuku doesn’t care if she is the “IT” girl nor would even involve herself to other peoples business, in short she’s only for herself. But then all that is slowly changing as she spend her time looking out after Haru. Haru is what makes Shizuku question the sole purpose of her existance. She just couldn’t leave Haru alone in school since he’s so estrange to school life. Thus starts of their whacky albeit very endearing affairs.

The series doesn’t have an actual plot as of the moment. Its merely like a day in Haru school life in. Even though there is no plot whatsoever the budding romance and the often eccentric demeanor of Haru is what makes this series so darn amusing. I’m sold to their persona, it maybe unbelievable but heck I just can’t help but to root for the characters. There ARE a lot of instances that I get confused but it doesn’t detract me from the entertainment that it gives. Haru is just like a caveman would be if he suddenly find himself in a modern world. It’s pretty much random, funny all together.

LIKE SERIOUSLY chicken in school? Dude is so oddly bizarre. He is damn right charming. I really like all the main and the supporting casts. The internet beauty and the baseball guy added some appeal to the series. They are such an additional delight. They may not have played an important part yet but I could definitely tell they’ll get a spotlight latter, well here’s hoping..

I also like the main characters interactions, its never dull and I find their banter to be rather subtly intellectual. The series engaging characters, random, upbeat and light hearted atmosphere that it gives is what won me over. Its a little on the slow side but if this series gets its momentum going it maybe very well rival Kimi ni Todoke as one of my favourite shojo series ever.

With that, I give my highest possible recommendation in a heart beat. VIZ should have this for their Shojo Beat title long ago! It’s just that GREAT!