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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Manga Volume 1

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About Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Manga Volume 1

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Manga Volume 1 features story and art by Izumi Tsubaki.

To the eyes of classmate Chiyo Sakura, high school student Umetarou Nozaki - brawny of build and brusque of tongue - is a dreamboat! When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table... but getting recruited as a mangaka's assistant?! Never in a million years!

As Chiyo quickly discovers, Nozaki-kun, the boy of Chiyo's dreams, is a manga artist... a hugely popular shoujo manga artist, that is! But for someone who makes a living drawing sweet girly romances, Nozaki-kun is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to matters of the heart in reality. And so Chiyo's daily life of manga making and heartache begins!


  • Publisher: YEN PRESS
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Themes: School Life, Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Release Date: 11/17/2015
  • Page Count: 144
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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5 star rating out of 5

Hilarious Author-problems


If you've seen the anime, don't let fear of reading the same gags turn you away, since the series is just as enjoyable in manga form.

Basic story is about a tall, tough-looking high-schooler named Nozaki who secretly writes Shojo manga. His classmate has a crush on him, but ends up working as his assistant when Nozaki misinterprets her confession of love. There's plenty of moments that play with a similar idea of misunderstanding and characters acting contrary to what you'd initially think, but it never feels old or recycled.

Great mix of high school silliness and more meta manga-author humor.

5 star rating out of 5

Just as good as the anime.

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I started reading this manga because I loved the anime and now I love the manga just as much.

Even though I saw the anime first I still enjoyed the jokes in the manga and would recommend giving this a read. It is a four panel manga so don't be surprised that it looks different than most other manga.

This is a great gift for anyone that enjoys reading manga. I have yet to meet anyone that has not enjoyed this series.

5 star rating out of 5

A Lot of Fun

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This manga is so much fun and really hilarious. If you're looking to take a break from really intense or dark content and check out something lighthearted, I would definitely give this a try.

It should also be noted that while this is a comedy with a lot of funny gags, there's still a good amount worthwhile commentary in there. This volume uses humor to undermine certain stereotypes and poke fun at unrealistic portrayals of love.

I read this volume after seeing the anime and still enjoyed the jokes the second time around.

4 star rating out of 5

A fun, goofy series

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This is an entertaining start of a series. I was expecting more Shoujo and less comedy, but surprisingly and refreshingly it's much more manga creation humor and less romantic comedy. I didn't realize going into it that it was a four panel series either so the initial size of the volume was underwhelming, but after reading it the volume no longer seemed short.

5 star rating out of 5

4koma Greatness


I loved it! It's a cute 4koma comedy manga that had me laughing almost every page. I can tell there is also some serious undertones that I can't wait to be explored!

5 star rating out of 5

best comedy in the world

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i saw the anime first and had to read the manga. its just as good, even better! completely amazing! pure humor and comedy!

5 star rating out of 5

Love it! Need more!

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Hilarious! I can't wait to read more. It's light and funny and definitely worth the read. I need to watch the anime now to!

5 star rating out of 5

Funniest manga I've ever read

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I've read a lot of manga, and it's generally pretty hard to pick the best in any regard, but this one has made me laugh out loud more than any manga I've ever read - hands down. It's clean and clever with tons of great gags. So, the only people that I wouldn't recommend it to would be those without a sense of humor. ;)

One thing that I do have to say though is that it's actually kind of amazing how great a job the mangaka does of setting up almost every character so that they're clearly set up to be with a particular character, and in most cases, both characters like one another - and yet _none_ of them have a clue that the other likes them (whereas it is frequently the case that other characters do know). And that seems to be an endless source of great gags.

Overall though, I think that the best thing that I can say to recommend this is simply that it has me laughing almost constantly. So, pick it up! :)

I do still need to check out the anime though...

5 star rating out of 5

Never Gets Old

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No matter how many times I read this manga, or watch its anime format, it never seems to stop being funny. I can flip to a random page and have it bring a smile to my face.

Nozaki's format is four-panel with a gag on every page, following a cast of unique characters prone to getting into whacky misunderstandings. There are obvious pairings, but any attempt at romance is shamelessly used as a backdrop for more comedic situations.

Much recommended for those who want to laugh without worrying over a complicated plot or serious drama between characters.

5 star rating out of 5

4-Panel At Its Best

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Like many folks, I got introduced to this series first through its anime version. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun (also known by the acronym 'GSNK', for 'Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun') is a manga in four-panel format, meaning each chapter is a collection of four panel strips. Each strip is designed both to stand on its own and work into a cohesive story.

Four-panel often falls into a trap exemplified by newspaper comics, relying extensively on simple gags which are amusing but don't always present a cohesive storyline. Nozaki-kun manages to keep itself from going down this road with a combination of excellent, crisp art that tells volumes in a single panel, multi-dimensional characters, and worldbuilding that doesn't distract from the amusement.

Yen Press's translation and print quality are excellent, as usual, and the sheer re-readability of the work (the amusement is far from a one-trick pony) makes each volume an excellent investment.