Ok, I have a confession to make. This will surprise absolutely no one, but I hate shoujo. All shoujo is the same (with the exception of Princess Tutu, but I’m not sure that counts). A girl doesn’t have any friends. No one will ever love her (despite the fact that she is strikingly beautiful). Then she meets a hot bishounen who happens to fall in love with her. Said hot bishounen is also awkward in some way.
Now, up to this point, I’m okay with the formula. There’s angst and the blossoming of a new love. Cool. I mean, not the best setup, but I can deal with it.
But then the next 23 episodes are invariably about feelings and shit. He loves me. He loves me not. I don’t have any friends! He loves me. He loves me not. Let’s get married! What a load of bull. The only shoujo I remember finishing at the moment (aside from Princess Tutu which is awesome) are Skip Beat and that one with the ice skater girl. Skip Beat was cool because the main characters were both assholes, and the ice skating one had ghosts. But generally I can’t watch shoujo.
Now, back to Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. It’s a shoujo. The same old, same old. An awkward girl has no friends because she studies all the time. No one will ever love her. She meets a hot bishounen who’s a delinquent. They fall in love. Or do they?! (spoiler without having watched the show: they do)
We’ve seen this all before.
But you know what? I’m going to stick with this, at least for a bit. Because Brains Base makes it so amazingly stylish. The attention to detail, the cinematography, the timing is all top-notch. It almost makes a stupid shoujo story interesting.
I’d also like to point out the bright colors and textured backgrounds. It reminds me of a cross between Mawaru Penguindrum and Usagi Drop. I wish more shows would use bright colors, it’s a lot easier on the eyes that way.