「学園の王子様（女子）の悩み」The Prince (Girl’s) of the School’s Problems
WOW. It has been a long, long time since I’ve reviewed anything but the time has come for me to start up again and get through this massive backlog. Seeing as Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is pretty much one of my favourite shows of this super strong season, it seemed apt to begin anew with this one.
This episode was full-on Kashima and Hori silliness, with a dose of fantastic humour from the rest of the cast, whom we’ve all grown to love. I just adore episodes where they’re all present and to an extent this was one of those episodes. The basic premise is that Kashima’s feeling a little down and out and abandoned by Hori, whom she despairs hasn’t been paying much attention to her. And here, we have Exhibit A, indicating the level of Kashima’s need for approval from her idol, Hori-senpai. While Mikorin wisely lets her know that she’s obviously not being “appealing” enough, or exuding a rather heightened and concerning level of obsession, Hori relays his own woes to Chiyo and Nozaki, about how completely irritating Kashima’s being lately.
I think we can see where everything goes from here on.
They really laid on the insanity with this episode, from Hori throwing his bag at a retreating Kashima, who found his copy of Let’s Fall in Love and leading her start reading it and mistakenly believing that shoujo manga is something that Hori’s interested in. It doesn’t help matters when Mikorin admits that he owns a copy, commenting wildly on the technique put into it – his technique, obviously – which makes her think that it’s something all boys read. My favourite part was the little “prince-off” between Mikorin and Kashima, resulting in a very flustered Mikorin and an amused Kashima. It’s really quite hilarious to see Kashima go through all the guys and ask them of their opinions on the book while oblivious to their involvement in its production. Dramatic irony at its best!
From then on it’s a series of misunderstandings while she and Hori are at cross-purposes, completely misinterpreting each others’ feelings about each other. Hori believes Kashima is being extra attentive to her drama duties while Kashima’s really just doing her best to impress Hori by catering to his needs and acting like the “prince” to his “shoujo heroine”. One of the results to that is that she ends up giving him her skirt to wear, believing that he enjoys playing the innocent female lead.
There was also a little side-plot where Hori, Chiyo and Wakamatsu are working at Nozaki’s when they discover that Nozaki tends to make quite a few mistakes and inconsistencies in his pages and also can’t draw backgrounds. That’s of course what Hori is there for, but upon trying to get Nozaki to learn how, the other three are exasperated by his horrible angling. That’s when the crates appear, to get Mamiko and Suzuki to stand on in order to get the proper perspective per frame. In the end, there’s an overabundance of characters standing on crates for the sake of perspective. The scene after where Hori ends up having to put Chiyo on a crate so that she stands a little taller next to Nozaki only cements his absolute hatred for all things crate, leading him to injure himself and fall unconscious later on in the drama room when, in all his rage, kicks Kashima out from on top of a crate and ends up banging his head on a nearby cupboard.
The final part had me in absolute stitches. I literally could not stop laughing when Kashima decides to take him to the nurse’s office while wearing a horse head and carrying him on her back. The scene was so completely ridiculous and the two looked absolutely crazy, but there was also something kind of adorable about the whole thing because Kashima just tries so hard even if her methods are just a tad bit OTT.
The verdict? This episode was so far left field in all its craziness and hilarity that one can’t help but enjoy it. This was idiocy to the max and at its total best, and I’d expect nothing less from such a comedic show.