Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: Episode 12 [FINAL]

“If This Feeling Isn’t Love Then There Is No Love In The World”
「この気持ちが恋じゃないなら、きっと世界に恋はない」

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After twelve weeks and an impromptu hiatus from myself, we’ve finally reached the end of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, i.e. the most hilarious show of the season, and I am so sorry to see it go. Nevertheless, it was a pretty appropriate ending, I believe, with enough moments of hilarity, romantic tension and induced smiles to keep everyone happy. Also, the prettiness.

At the end of the previous episode Chiyo finds a box of chocolates in the fridge that she was meant to give to Nozaki on Valentines Day, but chickened out at the last minute. Seo and the other girls in her class manage to coerce her into finally giving them to him and Chiyo feels that perhaps he’ll accept them, without the pressure of the romantic day. We all knew it wasn’t ever going to go according to plan, so when Chiyo tries to find him, she accidentally bumps into him and the chocolates end up everywhere on the floor. Nozaki’s sheer terror in the face of what he’s done just goes to show that he’s utterly clueless about Chiyo’s regard for him, and he even eats one right off the floor when she tells him they were meant for him, thinking that it might appease her. It doesn’t help his cause when she beams, so completely happy about it.

After that little moment of pleasure, it’s finally time for some summer, and that means the obligatory summer festival episode, full of yukata and appropriate festival food and games, and fireworks, and maybe a little romance~

That’s the biggest maybe in the history of maybe’s, though…

SO, Chiyo meets up with Seo at the festival, donning a pretty pink yukata and the two manage to hone in on the location of Mikorin and Kashima, both of whom have a crowd of rabid girls around them that Chiyo isn’t entirely keen on getting near. I love how everywhere these two go they seem to attract unwanted attention, but that the girls of the show are so immune to their charm and general prettiness. Mikorin being Mikorin, turns up looking lovely in his traditional outfit and in typical Mikorin fashion, begins to compliment Chiyo on pretty much every aspect of her outfit, not-so-subtly fishing for praise himself. It’s adorable, and I just love how Chiyo knows him well enough to just pander to his needs. He’s such a child and I just awww’d through the whole scene because the two of them are too cute! He really is like a child but I feel like his adoration and respect of Chiyo could be construed romantically, but it’s so subtle and glossed over that you almost forget it was even there. Whether romantic or adorably pandering, I love Chiyo and Mikorin’s dynamic in the show and I’ll be so sorry to not get my weekly dose of Mikorin!

Elsewhere Nozaki and Wakamatsu are enjoying the festival themselves but Seo quickly catches sight of him and proceeds to drag a reluctant and fearful Wakamatsu away. In another area, Hori is going around taking pictures of scenery for his backdrop, only for Kashima to walk in on one of his photos, wondering what he’s up to. And in typical, oblivious, one-track-mind Hori fashion, he proceeds to make Kashima the focus of his photo. The relationship between these two borders on idolatry like, 98% of the time because Kashima seems to obsess over Hori and idolise him the same amount that Hori admires and idolises Kashima despite all her idiosyncrasies. The penny has been in the air ever since they were first introduced and I wonder when it will drop, if ever. Nevertheless, these two provide reams of amusement and dramatic irony and are just so ridiculous in every way.

Halfway through the evening, Chiyo and Nozaki inevitably meet, though Nozaki has a little trouble recognising her with her hair up, and then proceeds to tease her. Seriously, these two are never going to get together at this rate. I think the funniest part was where Nozaki was examining Chiyo’s outfit up close, and in her flustered state, she didn’t know what to do, but played it safe and hysterically asked him whether she’d tied her obi correctly. I guess at this point in their relationship she’s learnt enough about him to know what he hasn’t got a romantic bone in his body, and refuses to subject herself to the disappointment. But it’s still hilariously funny how she forces herself to divert any romantic notions away and changes the subject so randomly. Chiyo is definitely one of my favourite female characters of all time, and I don’t say that lightly! With fireworks, though, and the peremptory backdrop of a girl and a guy sitting and watching the sky explode in colour, there may be some hope left? Maybe? The two make their way to a secluded area with a little jungle gym and Nozaki, ever the hard worker, proceeds to take pictures of everything, but Chiyo’s too short to climb up herself and Nozaki proceeds to pick her up and carry her, striking a chord in her memory of the first time they met.

At the beginning of the year Chiyo had arrived late to the opening ceremony and just so happened to meet an irritated and injured-looking Nozaki jumping the school fence. Upon realising that she was too short to climb it, he leaned down and picked her up, thus prompting her long-standing and adorable crush on him. With the pretty backdrop and the element of nostalgia, surely, it sets the scene for a perfect confession, and a proper one this time.

So while the two are seated close to each other, watching the array of fireworks, Chiyo takes the chance to quietly tell him that she loves him just as the first string of fireworks die down. I admit that I felt her apprehension as she wondered to herself whether or not he managed to hear her. And, possibly one of the tenderest moments in this series ever, Nozaki leans down and says “I like fireworks too.”

Stunned and sort of shocked by the admission, it doesn’t take long for Chiyo to burst into laughter, both of them agreeing that his next story will be about fireworks .

And if that isn’t a pretty good ending to a series, I don’t know what is. I thought it was just so appropriate considering these two dance around each other, miss cues left, right and centre and are just generally oblivious to their own actions. I thought it was a very well-done end that stuck to the theme of misunderstandings that the show started out with in the first place and stayed true to the storyline and to the characters. So while some people might have been disappointed at the lack of romance, I’m really quite content with the ending and it really did make me smile.

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So, after all this time I’ve definitely got to give this show a 9/10 because of how funny, cute, ridiculous and sweet it was. The characters were all stellar, the humour had me in tears and the dynamic between the characters has been so well done. The show was one of those unique ones that fans of all genders could enjoy and definitely isn’t your typical shoujo series, which is, I think, what makes it so popular. One of the gems and the best surprises of the Summer 2014 season and I’m so glad I decided to pick this up. I really like how they’ve left room for a second season, but there hasn’t been any news on that front yet. Still, it’s nice to hope. Anyways, thanks for sticking with me in spite of my terrible time management, and I hope ya’ll have enjoyed this series as much as I have!

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