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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 3 Review – Best in Show

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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 3, “Violence vs the Prince”, Mikoto wanted to introduce Chiyo to The Prince. Chiyo felt very confused when she met Yuu, who was not the expected gender for a price. Yuu quickly established how she had earned that nickname, however, and the reason was something Chiyo could easily understand. What she could not understand was why Yuu kept being late to drama practice, which exposed her to the wrath of Masayuki Hori, who routinely resorted to violence to bring Yuu to rehearsal. Why didn’t Yuu just show up on time? Why did Masayuki seem to be on such a short fuse? And will Chiyo ever learn who was drawing briefs all over Nozaki’s rough drafts?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 3

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 3: There's no doubting Yuu's strength; her common sense, however...

Yuu looks so serious! And Masayuki has a hammer! Capture from the Blu Ray.

This show has a way of starting with something ridiculous and ramping it up until one character or another can’t stand it anymore – with very funny results. The case I’m thinking of from this episode was when Chiyo was painting sets and Yuu was between scenes. Yuu said that Masayuki was a great actor, but that he was too short to play the lead.

Chiyo wondered why he couldn’t play a supporting role. Yuu shot that idea down because that would only make Masayuki, a great actor, stand out more from the weaker supporting actors.

Most shows would have stopped there. But this is Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun. Yuu began brainstorming for ways Masayuki could act. She came up with ideas for stilts and then horses. Chiyo reasonably shot down both ideas. Undaunted, Yuu rushed over and picked up Masayuki. She said (10:21), “Then, what if I keep lifting him up?”

You could tell by the red marks over his head that he was not loving that moment. Chiyo, probably noticing that, said (10:23), “For now, I think you should probably let him go and run away.”

There are times when Chiyo is wise. This was one of those times.

Best in Show Moment for Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 3

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 3: Yuu's fast-thinking amazed Chiyo

Chiyo’s shocked face is one of my favorites of her expressions. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Setup: Healing Humor

I’m going to start an experiment. I’m going to take my blood pressure before watching an episode, then I’m going to take it after watching the episode. I’ll bet my diastolic and systolic pressures are both measurably down after. This show is just that good for my health!

I think part of it is the nature of the humor. Yes, there’s some violence (Masayuki needs to dial it back a bit!), but otherwise, the humor is more exaggeration and less meanness. That’s the kind of humor I like. Well, that, and I have to admit to a certain admiration for physical humor. I still laugh when I watch Sideshow Bob step on rakes, after all.

I laughed at how hard the girls at this school seem to have fallen for Yuu. One girl, for example, scurried up to her and practically melted when Yuu noticed she had changed shampoo. In one of the most obvious grabs for a compliment I’ve ever seen, the girl asked if the shampoo smelled weird.

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 3: Yuu's words comforted Shampoo Girl

Only Yuu saying her shampoo didn’t smell weird would make the young woman happy. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Yuu said it did not. Then she added (03:28), “For a moment, I thought a rose fairy had appeared.”

Nearby, Mikoto leaned to Chiyo and said (03:35), “We nicknamed her that [the Prince] out of admiration of her audacity to pull off saying things like that.”

That setup my favorite moment in the episode.

Delivery: Chiyo’s Expressions for the Win

Moments later, another young woman rushed into Yuu’s embrace. She said it’d been ages since they’d seen each other. The young woman asked if Yuu remembered her. Yuu, in her smoothest voice, said basically that there was no way she’d forget such a pretty face.

Now came the trap. The shampoo girl used a thinly veiled request for a compliment. This girl imposed an even greater burden: she asked that Yuu call her by name.

How would The Prince react? Would she fold under the pressure, like Mikoto seemed inclined to do? Would she mentally freak out and simply freeze, like Chiyo? Or would she go off on a tangent, related or otherwise, like we’ve seen Nozaki do?

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 3: At least Nozaki deflected the conversation

It would have been better if Nozaki just fessed up about his manga work. “We spend time in an apartment, doing this and that” sounded way more sketchy! Capture from the Blu Ray.

None of the above. Touching the woman on the cheek, Yuu said, “All right then, uh, Princess.” Then Yuu gazed into her eyes.

The young woman’s gasp and spreading blush showed Yuu’s gambit had worked.

Chiyo, too, had noticed. With a wonderful shocked face, she thought (04:13), “She totally played it off!”

The comedic beats are similar, but the characters are all themselves. Moments like these are just fun to watch, because the playful suspense pays off in a laugh or at least a smile. And Chiyo’s expressions are worth the price of admission.

What did you think of Nozaki’s attempt to explain what he, Chiyo, and Mikoto do in his apartment? What were your favorite parts of this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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