Manga of the Week - となりの怪物くん

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Holy crap, I almost forgot about this. Better late than never!

Title: となりの怪物くん, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, The Monster Beside Me
Author: Robiko
Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance
Serialized in: Kodansha Dessert
Total Volume Count: 8 (ongoing)

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers the lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, Haru becomes convinced they are friends.

Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would've thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku?

A cold-hearted girl x super troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective.
Kenn's Comment: Fresh new perspective? That's pushing it a bit, but it's certainly breaking the mold a bit. Shizuku's not really like any shoujo lead I've encountered in recent memory, as many of them start out cold but quickly melt down; Shizuku hasn't let her guard down much, though when she does, you know it's a special moment. Haru is your typical problem child with a few extra quirks that make his character a little bit more special. Together they really do diversify the cast, much of which is where your cookie-cutter characters are found. Though it should be noted that while the characters may be 'refreshing', the way the story progresses is by no means super new. It's quite orthodox in fact.

It's an enjoyable read for the most part. It's a bit hard to watch some of Haru's actions, and sometimes I'll cringe when I feel a generic misunderstanding coming around (usually doesn't happen). Art is quite nice, and the characters are a breath of fresh air compared to the typical love-is-the-most-important-thing-sparkle-sparkle shoujo leads. It's also a rom-com, so it's never overly heavy. Heavy dramatic moments usually are avoided by having a comedic quip break the drama for a bit. Just the way I like it. Never really have been a fan of heavy dramatic atmospheres. Too sense for me. Life's stressful enough.

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