The Monster Next to Me #01 — The Courtship of the Japanese Teenage Female

October 1st, 2012


Nothing seems out of place.


The production really kills this show. Well, I can’t say that the female lead is doing it too many favors either. Shizuku’s just so morose about everything, and with the long… very long… portions where there’s no music or anything interesting going on visually, attention tends to drift easily, especially through the first half and all its requisite listing of names, ages, interests, etc. Everything is just really really cheap though. Music, art, animation, the works. The director often tries, but the lack of a budget is painfully obvious through the entire episode. A little more energy and spirit, if not through Shizuku then at least through the art and animation, would do this a world of good.

When the music does exist or Shizuku and Yoshida are playing off each other, it’s not bad at all though. It’s not the funniest thing in the world, but it’s often cute enough and neither of them are quite as oblivious as main characters usually are. Well, oblivious in different ways than usual. Her internal monologues also aren’t (usually) as horrible as those things often get, or maybe BTOOOM’s have just skewed my perception temporarily. It wasn’t a bad start for a light romantic comedy as far as these things go, hitting both the romance and comedic sides decently… or at least without doing anything horribly wrong. I really hope that they can pull the production up though because it was pretty awful. Or at least let their relationship continue to develop, which as I know from anime, is probably also a lost cause.

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9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Gorilla13 says:

    So, there’s no other girl besides this dull one? No rape either?

  • Totali says:

    I like the way Shizuku speaks.

  • Yue says:

    This show is quite refreshing and tolerable to watch. The relationship felt somewhat like Nodame Cantabile’s 1st season with personality roles reversed and kept me hooked til the end.

  • Huh... says:

    I read the entire manga and thought the anime was going to suck horribly… That was way more enjoyable than expected. So far, it’s going at a rly good pace.

    And they probably spent all the budget on the VA’s…

  • The Phantom says:

    This was boooooring, also looks cheap as hell, not really my kind of show.

  • DE-KLAC-GRASSI says:

    well give after seeing this feel case of “he said this while she said that”.

    yet might hang around see what else might happen.