Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 3 by Izumi Tsubaki
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Summary: Drawing comics is hard work, as high school boy and shoujo manga-ka Umetarou Nozaki and his motley crew of friends-turned-assistants know well. But being a manga pro doesn’t necessarily make Nozaki great at everything. In fact, Chiyo is about to discover that his talent just might be full of holes?!
As it turns out, everyone’s got some weaknesses, and nobody’s perfect-not even school “prince” Kashima! And Chiyo doesn’t get a pass either…because her greatest weakness is Nozaki himself!
My Thoughts: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a fantastic manga series that gives unique + comedic spins to tropes (or more specifically, romance tropes)! The delightful cast of characters build on the comedic moments & hilarious misunderstandings throughout each episodic scenario!
Monthly Girls’ is one of the manga series (with the 1st being I Hear The Sunspot) that got me into reading manga again back in 2016!
I’d been planning to make a review for each volume, but with the format of each one, couldn’t decide exactly what to say! Now, that I’ve read 3 of them, I’m ready to share my thoughts on this amazing series!
*While reading this series, I also watched it alongside the anime (which is amazing) so I highly recommend checking it out too when reading it! ^_^
So to catch you up to speed, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a series that centers around Chiyo Sakura who has a crush on Umetarou Nozaki. She’s never told him how she’s felt, but through unexpected (& hilarious) scenarios, she learns he is a manga artist & basically ends up working alongside him after school as his assistant.
She meets new friends along the way and basically Chiyo, Nozaki, & the cast get involved in hilarious situations & often times ones filled with misunderstandings!
There’s not only Chiyo and Nozaki, but also Seo, Chiyo’s best friend who’s very outgoing & strong-willed, Mikoshiba, who’s the popular/good-looking guy who is actually extremely shy + gets embarrassed easily, & many more wonderful characters!! ❤
Monthly Girls’ overall continues to be one of the funniest & most underrated manga series I’ve ever read! I love all the characters (Though if I had to pick, Mikoshiba is probably one of my favorite characters of the entire series (´▽`ʃƪ)), the way the author puts brilliant twists on romance tropes, the use of humor and tropes in ways I don’t expect, the expansion on characters in subtle, but differing ways & all the wacky scenarios the characters get into!
In this volume, the side-characters have a more prominent role throughout the various skits:
-Mikoshiba goes to Nozaki for help on figuring out how group dates work (one of my favorite moments in this volume!)
-Ken Miyame (Nozaki’s editor) goes to a high school reunion. There’s also a running joke throughout this series that while Chiyo spends time w/ Nozaki, he learns more about Ken (which is funny b/c Chiyo has a crush on Nozaki, but Nozaki doesn’t really notice & cares more about impressing his editor than anyone else).
-Wakamatsu & Seo go out to the movies (another one of my favorite moments! <3)
-Nozaki & Mikoshiba try to act like bad-boys to get into the mindset for character creation in another chapter of Nozaki’s manga (the funniest moment of the whole volume.)
-And more hilarious moments between the “Prince” of the school, Yuu Kashima, and her drama club director, Masayuki!~
I loved that there was more development to the amazing characters aside from Nozaki & Chiyo! What also makes this manga so great is the subtle jokes you don’t see coming until the end of the page!
Mikoshiba just continues to try & be more confident & outgoing, but just can’ quite get there! He is the shy heart-throb I continue to love & adore!! I love seeing how he’s growing little by little with each volume (´▽`ʃƪ)<3 ❤ ❤
I also loved getting more subtle growth to Kashima & Masayuki’s relationship/interesting dynamic (its really a relationship based on them butting heads with each-other, but it works so perfectly!) Their development is what I look forward to with each volume!
Another relationship I can’t wait to see more of is with Seo & Wakamatsu! Theirs is one that’s just filled with hilarious misunderstandings and they easily became one of my new favorite duos!
Overall what makes Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun such a hilarious + entertaining series is that its just filled with tropes turned upside down and brilliantly timed jokes!
The bonds built between this dynamic group of friends, causes them to get into the wackiest situations, but at the end of the day, are always there for each other!
My only critique is that because Vol. 3 is more focused on the character dynamics between each scenario and not so much on the weaving of the plot, the pacing seemed a little slower to me. Because its also more character-driven, it does feel a bit different than previous volumes.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Vol. 3 continues to build its unique cast of characters and really focuses on the bonds between each of them as they get into hilarious situations! Though the plot is more episodic compared to previous volumes, this manga continues to brilliantly twist tropes in the most unexpected ways, deliver perfect comedic timing, & is filled with hilarious adventures that continue to bring its characters to life!