Anime Spotlight - Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun)

by Anthony Foronda, Jul 5th 2014

Broadcast July 6, 2014 (JST)

Key Staff

Director:Mitsue Yamasaki
(Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Episode Director Durarara!! (Eps.4), Kämpfer (Eps. 1,10)
Character Design: Junichiro Taniguchi
(Genshiken Second Season, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 1: The Beginnings, Ryoko's Case Files)
Art Director: Jiro Kouno
(Magical Warfare, Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor, Amnesia)

Introduction

The unrefined high school boy was a lovely shojo (girls') manga artist.

Story

Chiyo Sakura, a high school girl who fell in love with the unrefined boy schoolmate Umetaro Nozaki, decides to be courageous one day and asks him out. Her feelings weren't conveyed properly, and before she knew it she ends up helping a particular job of his as an assistant... The series is a shojo manga boy comedy which centers around Nozaki, a high school boy that is a popular shojo manga artist, and has a story woven by very individualistic characters.

Characters

Umetaro Nozaki
VA:Yūichi Nakamura

Grade and class: 11th grade, 2-B
Birthday: June 6th, Plum Day
Height: 190cm
Extracurricular activities: none
Hobbies: drawing manga, looking for potential stories
Favorite type: those with spirit
Favorite food: rice
Least favorite food: Western food that is currently the fad (not because it's tasty or terrible, but just scared because he doesn't know what to expect. Once he eats something, he's not as scared.)

“You didn't notice for the four hours you were filling in the black areas?”

Despite being a high school student, he is a popular shojo manga artist currently running a series. With his nom-de-plume “Sakuko Yumeno” he runs a series titled “Let's Have a Romance!” in the shojo manga magazine Monthly Shojo Romance. He has many fans as a manga artist that can portray girls' emotions to their delicate sensibilities, but Nozaki himself is dense and lacks tact.

Chiyo Sakura
VA:Ari Ozawa

Grade and class:11th grade, 2-A
Birthday:March 27th, Cherry Day
Height:145cm
Extracurricular activities:Art Club
Hobbies:collecting cute trinkets
Favorite type:Nozaki
Favorite food:cheesecake, sweets
Least favorite food:green curry

“N-Nozaki-kun, I'll do my best!”

A high school girl in love with Nozaki. She thought she asked him out, but due to Nozaki's misunderstanding, she somehow ends up helping Nozaki's manuscripts as his assistant... As a member of the Art Club, her technique is one that is evaluated highly by Nozaki.

Mikoto Mikoshiba
VA:Nobuhiko Okamoto

Grade and class:11th grade, 2-G
Birthday:February 14th, Valentine's Day
Height:177cm
Extracurricular activities:none
Favorite type:kind and modest, the pure type
Favorite food: hamburger
Least favorite food:Green peppers, bitter food

“I've been here as assistant longer than you have, so show me some respect to the utmost.”

One of the assistants helping Nozaki draw his manga. Popular among girls due to his looks and behavior. Nozaki used him as the model for a certain character within “Let's Have a Romance!” but Mikoshiba doesn't realize that at all.

Masayuki Hori
VA:Yuki Ono

Grade and class:12th grade, 3-C
Birthday:November 28th, Day of Good Knee-Highs
Height:164cm
Extracurricular activities:Drama Club
Hobbies:watching movies, watching theaterical plays, travel
Favorite type:those with beautiful legs
Favorite food:tonkotsu (pork-bone broth) ramen
Least favorite food:food hand-made by amateurs (especially sweets)

“Dammit Kashima, don't be running late!”

One of the assistants helping Nozaki draw his manga. Captain of the Drama Club, he is in charge of making the props. He has no mercy in disciplining Kashima, an underclassman that also is in the Drama Club.

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Hirotaka Wakamatsu
VA:Ryouhei Kimura

Grade and class:10th grade, 1-D
Birthday:September 3rd, Sleep Day
Height:185cm
Extracurricular activities:Basketball Team
Hobbies:basketball
Favorite type:younger and with a cute personality
Favorite food:curry, hamburg steaks
Least favorite food:shitake mushrooms

“If you're going to be nice to me, senpai, please be nice to the very end like you're supposed to.”

A 10th grade boy on the basketball team. He was part of the basketball team back in junior high as well, and looked up to Nozaki who was also part of the team back then. One with a heart that is delicate in all sorts of ways.

Yu Kashima
VA:Mai Nakahara

Grade and class:11th grade, 2-G
Birthday:October 31st, Halloween
Height:176cm
Extracurricular activities:Drama Club
Hobbies:strolling around and eating, shopping
Favorite type:girls are all cute (unknown about favorite type of boys)
Favorite food:Saikyo-style pickles
Least favorite food:super-spicy food

“I thought for a moment that a rose fairy had appeared.”

An 11th grade girl that is in the Drama Club. With her handsome face and gentlemanly demeanor, she is very popular among the schoolgirls.

Yuzuki Seo
VA:Miyuki Sawashiro

Grade and class:11th grade, 2-A
Birthday:July 7th, Star Festival
Height:163cm
Extracurricular activities:Choir
Hobbies:Moving her body, playing with friends, fighting games (arcade), tactical and action games (console)
Favorite type:amusing people
Favorite food:sushi, yakitori (chicken skewers)
Least favorite food: decorative food like edible chrysanthemums and sakura-denbu (pink-colored fish flakes)

“In the first place, I think I look out for others a lot.”

Chiyo's classmate and a member of the choir. She often says something without taking a hint, and often irritates the people around her.

Cast

Umetaro Nozaki
Yūichi Nakamura
Chiyo Sakura
Ari Ozawa
Mikoto Mikoshiba
Nobuhiko Okamoto
Masayuki Hori
Yuki Ono
Hirotaka Wakamatsu
Ryouhei Kimura
Yu Kashima
Mai Nakahara
Ken Miyamae
Kenta Miyake
Mitsuya Maeno
Daisuke Ono
Yukari MIYAKO
Ayako Kawasumi
Saburô Suzuki
Mamoru Miyano
Mamiko
Marie Miyake

Staff

Original story
Izumi Tsubaki (serialized in GANGAN ONLINE from SQUARE ENIX)
Director
Mitsue Yamasaki
Series supervisor / Screenplay
Yoshiko Nakamura
Character designs / Chief animation director
Junichiro Taniguchi
Chief effect direction
Ryohei Takeshita
Art director
Mai Matsuura
Art director
Jiro Kouno
Color coordinator
Kei Ishiguro
Filming director
Kunihiko Ito
Editing
Mutsumi Takemiya
Sound director
Kou Matsuo
Music
Yukari Hashimoto
Music production
KADOKAWA (Media Factory)
Animation production
Douga Kobo
Production
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Production Committee

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