Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Available Through The Book Depository: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 4
Summary: When Chiyo tells Nozaki she wants to see more drama in his manga, he rises to the task…by trying to pull bizarre pranks on her? And when a failed attempt at cozying up to his editor leaves Nozaki with a girls’ dating sim in hand, he gets schooled in melodrama, otome-style! But Nozaki’s not the one with more drama in his life. Chiyo gets a crash course on the Nozaki family when she discovers there’s another Nozaki-kun…and he’s just as eccentric as his big brother! With two Nozakis in the picture and the usual cast of lovable weirdos getting up to no good, will Chiyo be fed up with drama when the all-important, romance-boosting, summer festival arrives?!
My Thoughts: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun continues to be one of the funniest manga series out there! Tsubaki brilliantly subverts romance tropes as our protagonist Chiyo, alongside Nozaki and the rest of the crew get into hilarious and ridiculous situations! This volume delves more into the fun dynamics between the lovable cast, especially the guys!
I’ve really missed this series and now that its finally on Netflix, I just felt more motivated to continue it. Monthly Girls’ essentially follows Chiyo who is in love with her classmate Umetarou Nozaki, but through hilarious misunderstandings, she ends up becoming his assistant as a manga creator! From there, we meet an ensemble cast of characters that are all unique and funny in their own ways, from shy heartthrob Mikoshiba, Chiyo’s best friend Seo, to basketball player Waka, “prince” Kashima, and drama club director Hori!
The dynamic and friendship between the characters is such an essential part of this series and seeing all the funny scenarios that go one between each 4-panel page just makes this series an absolute blast! They’re all such wonderful dorks and I love them so much!!
While Chiyo isn’t as prominent in this volume, we get a lot of great moments from the guys’ perspectives Nozaki, Mikoshiba, Waka, and Hori!
Nozaki is trying to come up with more surprising plot points/twists for his story and gets Chiyo involved at every moment. Alongside that, one of my favorite Nozaki and Chiyo moments was when he mentioned how much he enjoyed walking with her 💞!!
I know this series will most likely use the “possible” but never realized romantic story line between Chiyo and Nozaki, but I still love the development of their friendship and dynamic so much!!
Now, I never knew Nozaki had a brother so, getting to meet him was a lot of fun and in this volume especially we delve more into Nozaki’s past with his family and the early years of him being a manga creator.
The Nozaki sleepover was filled with lots of really funny moments, same as the one where their playing a video game. And as with all past volumes, any Mikoshiba scene continues to be my favorite.
Overall what Monthly Girls’ does incredibly well is bring so many different characters with such unique personalities and no matter what, make any interaction interesting and filled with humor. With that said, I love the spring/summer festival pages nearing the end, where everyone is there together–also those last 2 pages of Nozaki/Chiyo were hilarious, but also kinda sweet!
Compared to Vol. 3, it felt like there were more clear storylines in this one which I appreciated, which made the plot connect more seamlessly.
Maybe its because I’ve watched more of the anime, but Nozaki felt more serious and agitated during particular moments in this on compared to past volumes and the anime… but, maybe I’m just reading into it too much 😂?
Nozaki though continues to be unaware in the most obvious of situations and its just hilarious, especially when the others end up helping on his manga. One of my favorite moments was when Nozaki decided he, Chiyo & Mikoshiba try to find each other without cellphones, also the box chapter!!
My only critiques is that because this volume is longer compared to the previous ones the pacing can feel a bit slow in minor parts. Also, I felt like the flashback moments with Ken (Nozaki’s editor) kind of slowed the story down. However, I think its because personally, I’m not too invested in that particular storyline (but it works very well in the anime, due to the comedic timing).
Monthly Girls Nozak-kun Vol. 4 brilliantly explores the stellar chemistry and dynamic between the main cast! The plot continues to subvert romantic tropes, expectations, and delivers fun new situations for our favorite characters to get into! Can’t wait to continue with Vol. 5!