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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 7 Review – Best in Show

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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 7 – Quick Summary

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 7, “The Manga Artist’s Brain, Nozaki-kun,” Umetarou Nozaki had run into a terrible problem. He had turned his assignment in, and he had free time! Oh, and he had no hobbies. Chiyo Sakura saw her opportunity and took it: she asked if he’d like to go to the mall! How did things work out for her? What it really a date? He took her to a clothing store after all – surely that was a good sign? And why did Mikoto Mikoshiba look so embarrassed when they ran into him – in the anime store?

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

Favorite Quote from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 7

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 7: Umetarou has a unique focus on his work

He gets points for dedication. We’ll leave the box for “common sense” points unchecked. Capture from the Blu Ray.

I admire Umetarou’s dedication to his craft. He’s the embodiment of the idea that some people don’t just write or draw as a career. His craft is part of his DNA. Umetarou can no more not draw than he can not breathe. The former would just as surely lead to his premature death. Just not as quickly as the whole “stop breathing” thing.

He and Chiyo had gone to a clothing store. Umetarou wanted to look for costumes his manga characters might wear. Chiyo, disappointed, still played along. She’s a trooper, and even having finished watching the series, I think she has a shot – though she’s not in for an easy road.

That aside, he found a girl’s sailor suit that looked like it had walked off the set of Sailor Moon. He asked her to try it on and model it for him. He hadn’t even finished asking before she refused. She’d be too embarrassed!

Undeterred, Umetarou declared that he would try it on himself. Yes. He said that. And he did it. Or he tried to. Moments after he had entered the changing room, Chiyo heard him pull the curtain aside. She gasped. He couldn’t close the clasps on the skirt. The shirt wouldn’t even fit over his head.

He said (05:12), “Why couldn’t I have been born a slender pretty boy! Curse these muscles of mine!”

Yep. He’s an artist. And everything that goes with it!

Best in Show Moment for Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 7

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 7: Chiyo seemed relieved

Well, at least Chiyo looked relieved! Capture from the Blu Ray.

Setup: The Mind of a Writer – or Manga Artist!

I just finished reading J. Michael Straczynski’s book Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer: The Artistry, Joy, and Career of Storytelling. I could say a lot of good things about it, and one of those good things is that it gives an insight into a writer’s behaviors and perspective. That sort of thing is more important than I thought it was.

It’s not that I want to conform to anyone’s idea of what I should be as a writer. Rather, it’s that I’ve met very few people who are like me, and I have no idea what behaviors are healthy. Also, it’s not that I necessarily want to be a writer, although, for the record, I do. It’s that I can’t not write. I’ve tried. I can’t stop. And there are behaviors and characteristics that go along with that. Books like JMS’s expand my understanding of the field by giving me another set of data points.

It’s easier to accept a book like JMS’s because it’s factual. It’s a little harder to accept the same kind of information when it comes in through fiction. But once you understand how a given mindset works from the inside out, fiction can be comforting. It can also help you maintain a healthy sense of humor about yourself and your own mindset. That’s why this is one of my favorite episodes of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 7: Well, at least Chiyo got to sit in a restaurant with Umetarou

There’s a part in JMS’s book that he gives advice to the writer’s significant other. I think that Chiyo would benefit from that chapter! Capture from the Blu Ray.

Umetarou and Chiyo had gone into an anime store when they came across Mikoto Mikoshiba. In his hands, he held a box holding a very attractive female figure weathering a bunny suit. Now, being the non-judgemental type, I was able to appreciate the figure’s sheer artistry. In fact, I applauded Mikoto’s taste. The figure, in fact, reminded me a lot of Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos. So you can see the potential for high quality figure.

Delivery: Umetarou’s Collection of Naked Figures

Then the camera showed Umetarou and Chiyo. Chiyo decidedly did not share Mikoto’s (and apparently my!) taste in figures. She was so freaked out that she was actually shaking! That’s saying a lot, given how much this show has stressed her out.

Did you see the first thing Mikoto did? After blushing, I mean. He turned the box around so they couldn’t see inside.

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Episode 7: Mikoto did not want to be found

At least he had the presence of mind to turn the box! Capture from the Blu Ray.

Mikoto exploded with embarrassment. He accused both of them of having no interest in this kind of thing and that they shouldn’t just barge in. Umetarou looked offended, saying (06:06), “What are you talking about? I own lots of sexy figures!”

Of course, this being Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, you knew that wasn’t the full story. Yes, Umetarou collected what he thought of as sexy figures. They even had no clothes! But they didn’t have faces, either. They were drawing mannequins. 

Chiyo looked relieved!

That was Umetarou just being Umetarou. And to be honest, it did my heart good seeing someone embrace their calling, even if it was in fiction.

What did you think of how Umetarou took over the art club? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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