Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun 4-6: The Green-Eyed Monster

This show still entertains. It has its fault. There's little to no character development for example but it's early yet in the series so that might change. And there's a little side-plot hinted at by the introduction of Haru's big brother, Yuzan, but it's not central at the moment as the show finishes establishing Shizuku's dysfunctional not-relationship with Haru.

I've been trying to figure what the appeal is. Obviously, there's the comedy factor but the romance is also wonderful. As a romance, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is the first rom-com anime, since Kare Kano, that genuinely gave me butterflies in my stomach. I love that the characters have like the worst interpersonal skills in the history of ever that they don't even know that blurting out one's feelings is not the decorum. They're not self-conscious about their behavior out of consideration for others because they don't care. Hence, the many incidents involving blunt declarations of love that are sweet and at the same time hilarious because they are delivered with such deadpanness you'd think they're joking except they're not, which, ironically enough, makes it funnier.

Well, anyway, so as far as my anime watchlist goes, this one's definitely staying. :)