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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode Guide

Episode 1: This Love… Is Being Turned into a Shojo Manga

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode 1 Review – Best In Show

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 1, “This Love… Is Being Turned into a Shojo Manga”, Chiyo Sakura had finally worked up enough courage to confess her love. She found Umetarou Nozaki alone in a classroom after school. That was her perfect chance! She stammered, tried to regroup, and finally blurted out that she was a huge fan. At his confused look, she tried again, until he thought he finally understood. What happened next will shock you! At least, it certainly shocked Chiyo!

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Episode 2: Say Hello to the New Heroine

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In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 2, “Say Hello to the New Heroine,” Nozaki introduced Sakura to Mikoto Mikoshiba. Nozaki said that Mikoto had been the model for a manga character, but Sakura didn’t see it. Until she did. And then she was not impressed. Later, Sakura introduced Nozaki to one of her friends: Yuzuki Seo. How did Nozaki react? Was it his turn to be unimpressed? And why does Yuzuki refer to herself as “impeccable?”

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Episode 3: Violence vs the Prince

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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?

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Episode 4: There Are Times When Men Must Fight

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode 4 Review – Best In Show

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 4, “There are Times When Men Must Fight”, Mikoto revealed the secret to interacting with women: dating sims. Umetarou Nozaki wasn’t convinced, so Mikoto decided to show him. What they learned shocked them both! Later, a group of friends asked Mikoto to attend a group date. Panicked, Mikoto turned to Umetarou and Chiyo to help him prepare. Was that really a good idea? And why is Umetarou wearing bunny ears?

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Episode 5: The Man Who Envisions Love

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode 5 Review – Best In Show

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 5, “The Man Who Envisions Love,” Umetarou had a problem: his editor Ken Miyamae did not understand Umetarou’s character’s motivations in certain panels of the latest draft. So, Umetarou decided to live life as his heroine, Mamika. How will Chiyo respond? Will she play along? How about Mikoto? And why are so many angry girls chasing Umetarou around campus?

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Episode 6: I’ll Cast a Spell on You

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 6, “I’ll Cast a Spell On You,” Chiyo Sakura noticed that Umetarou Nozaki had seemed a little tired lately. So, she brought him a song from a voice he admitted sounded heavenly – until he learned whose voice it was. The voice belonged to Yuzuki Seo, who was not only the “Lorelei” of the Glee Club, but the bane of Hirotaka Wakamatsu, one of Umetarou’s friends. Yuzuki had been causing Hirotaka so much trouble that he couldn’t sleep. That is, until he hears a heavenly voice on Umetarou’s stereo! Can Umetarou summon the courage to tell Hirotaka whose voice is so calming to him? And if he does, will Hirotaka ever sleep again? And why does Chiyo seem to find this all so funny?

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Episode 7: The Manga Artist’s Brain, Nozaki-kun

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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?

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Episode 8: The Prince (Girl) of the School’s Problems

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In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 8, “The Prince (Girl) of the School’s Problems,” Masayuki Hori was happy to help Umetarou Nozaki draw backgrounds for the manga. There was just one small problem: Umetarou’s directions were not specific. “Whatever/wherever” did not help Masayuki know what to draw! So he tried to help Umetarou sketch the backgrounds or at least give better directions. Can you guess if he was successful? The result might surprise you!

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Episode 9: Do You Have Enough Excitement?

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In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 9, “Do You Have Enough Excitement?”, Chiyo Sakura and Umetarou Nozaki both forgot their umbrellas, and it was pouring outside. Can Umetarou come up with a way to protect himself and Chiyo from the pelting rain? Later, Umetarou and Chiyo try to help Yukari Miyako rein in her out-of-control editor. But their plan backfires horribly! Will Yukari ever recover? Will her characters?

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Episode 10: What’s Strengthened is Our Bond and Our Reins

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In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 10, “What’s Strengthened is Our Bond and Our Reins,” Hirotaka Wakamatsu went to Umetarou Nozaki with a problem: Yuzuki Seo had asked him to see a movie with her. What should he do? Since Umetarou wanted ideas for a plot, he said Hirotaka should go. So he did. And in a passive/aggressive attempt to make Yuzuki feel awkward, he dressed up. How did their date go? What did they do? Most importantly, did Umetarou get material for his next manga?

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Episode 11: Let’s Rice

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode 11 Review – Best In Show

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 11, “Let’s Rice,” Umetarou Nozaki’s writing felt stale — to himself. Chiyo Sakura still loved his manga, but Umetarou wanted more shock value. He wanted more surprises! So he spent the next day springing such surprises on Chiyo. How well do you think that went? Later, a major rain storm trapped Masayuki HoriMikoto MikoshibaHirotaka Wakamatsu at Umetarou’s house. Masayuki noticed that Umetarou secretly took notes about everything they said – with the intent to work their dialogue into a future manga! Will Hirotaka tell the others? Or will he give in to the inevitable?

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Episode 12: If This Feeling Isn’t Love, Then There is No Love in the World

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

In Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 12, “If This Feeling Isn’t Love, Then There is No Love in the World,” Chiyo Sakura had wanted to give Umetarou Nozaki Valentine’s Day chocolates. But he had been busy all day observing other couples so he could get material for his manga. Can she work up the courage to give them to him, even late? Later, Chiyo ran into Umetarou at a festival. There would be fireworks later. Is this the right time for her to make her move? Will Umetarou surprise her? And will Hirotaka Wakamatsu ever figure out why Yuzuki Seo is dragging him all over the festival?

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