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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun  
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Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers the lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, Haru becomes convinced they are friends.

Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would've thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku?

A cold-hearted girl x super troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective.


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Associated Names
옆자리 괴물군
My Little Monster
My Neighbor is a Strange Classmate
The Monster Next to Me

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Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.Side Story 4 (end) by Titania (98d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 3 by Titania (177d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 2 by Titania (198d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes + 1 Volume Special (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1 Chap. 1
Ends at Vol. 4 Chap. 16

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (873 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 25th 2014, 7:16pm PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Dessert (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (2 Volume/ Ongoing)

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Monthly Pos #156 decreased(-8)
3 Month Pos #145 decreased(-70)
6 Month Pos #83 decreased(-24)

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Can anyone tell me how this ended? 177 days, 7 hours, 21 minutes ago
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Manga to End in 12th Volume 217 days, 11 hours, 7 minutes ago
Yamaken first in popularity poll 442 days, 14 hours, 29 minutes ago
Tonari Question 540 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes ago
My Little Monster Manga Slated to End in 2 More Chapters 554 days, 4 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Shoujo for Guys   
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by Tobuay
October 23rd, 2014, 2:33am
Whoever reads the story interprets the story and that interpretation will always be colored by the stories they have previously read.
For me I liked reading this story. It added a comedic element to a genre that I feel is heavily based in drama.
I don't typically like reading shoujo romance because quite frankly they are all generically the same. Romance / Rivals / Rejections / Graduation; for most this is pretty much the archetype for this type of school life/romance. Possibly because I have read a decent amount of shoujo with these themes it felt as if I was re-reading rather then reading for a first time.
It was still enjoyable however I felt that reading about the side character's romance are more enjoyable simply because you don't know for sure if they are going to be together. As with main characters it's all but certain in the end that they are going to be together. Although I will admit that there are still some story lines that will deviate from that.
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Yes and No   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
September 26th, 2014, 12:03am
This manga is definitely unique! I really do like the concept and the characters are quite likeable! I love the character development, not just with the two main characters but the side characters as well. Here's the No:
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The romance started off really good! I mean it makes a lot of sense that he wouldn't be quite sure what kind of "love" he felt towards her since he's never had any friends before BUT i really do hate how it turned into a tug a war game. He likes her; she doesn't feel the same. She feels the same; he doesn't know if he loves her that way. He loves her that way; she doesn't want to like him anymore. She likes him; he likes her but they don't date. AND THEN THEY FINALLY DATE. It just dragged on for too long.
It great that it's a bit realistic though because a lot of shoujo's aren't. I'm just glad the ending actually had an ending and not some stupid cliff hanger or an open ending.


... Last updated on September 26th, 2014, 12:03am
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Meh... It hasn't really moved me... at least so far   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ishitagupta
September 23rd, 2014, 2:04am
Granted I've only read the first two volumes so far, but the plot seems to be moving along at a rate predetermined by the mangaka instead of the character's actual personalities or growth... Some situations seem absurd and included for the sole purpose of inducing the lulz but end up feeling very forced. Or maybe it's just the translation/interpretation that I found a tad uninspired.

Undoubtedly it will get better. Surely over 22,000 readers couldn't have averaged a rating of 8.4 on tosh!

EDIT: OK, so obviously it does get better. Not amazingly so, but there are those Wheee and Kyaaa moments which make it an engaging lead. And I have to say, the secondary characters really MAKE this story!

... Last updated on September 24th, 2014, 1:38am
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Loved it!   
Rating: N/A
by Piyochan
August 24th, 2014, 1:54pm
The thing I love most about this manga are the characters because they're well developed - even the side characters! All of them have unique personalities and are likeable, but the mangaka also touches on their flaws, making them realistic. The story talks about their high school lives and how they grow as they gain experiences.

I especially love Natsume and Sasayan. At first I thought Natsume was going to be one of those typical, annoying girls in shoujo manga that I really hate. I was sooo wrong though. Natsume is ADORBS and she's so caring about her friends! She goes through a lot of changes but in good ways. Then there's Sasayan who is just super sweet. He's easy going, laughs a lot, and is really considerate but even he has problems of his own that he has to deal with.

And I just have to say, I love the simplicity of the artwork. It's cute and not overwhelming like those manga with the really sparkly eyes.

So yeah, anyone who hasn't read this manga yet should give it a try! ^^
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Entertaining story   
Rating: N/A
by CCheshire
August 10th, 2014, 7:35am
I started the series a few years ago but never got into until the recent anime adaption done. Overall, art style is consistent from to finish and characters are recognizable. Ending is a bit dull and predictable but most of the background drama is low-key.

Mitty is a awesome heroine though :3c
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Memorable and great read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noctemleya
July 28th, 2014, 2:21pm
It's been a while since I've started to read this and now that it's finished, I think it's time for a retrospective analysis of this story. First thing first, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a shoujo, nothing more, nothing less. That being said, it brings out the best in the genre.
It follows a classical setting depicting the usual high school romance scenario, we watch as two inexperienced young people fall in love, learn to cope with this new feeling and try to find their place in life. Sounds simple enough and not exactly original, but here the author (Robico) decides to shake things up a bit. It turns out that both of the protagonists, Haru and Shizuku, are oddballs with issues of their own and both of them are quite hard to understand. Their thoughts, responses and actions keep the series fresh from the beginning to the end. Their struggles to understand the world around them, so different from their expectations of it, frustrate you as much as they captivate you, not letting you go of this read. This is a character driven story and that also shows in the side characters. They are all interesting and differently from most shoujos they actually manage to make you care about them.
It helps that the art is really neat with gorgeous character designs and nice backgrounds, while the dialogues are poignant and effective. The humor is also witty and fits really well with the story, oftentimes offering a break from a serious situation without disrupting the flow.
In the end, I'd recommend this story to everyone and not only to fans of the genre. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun might be an excellent shoujo, but first and foremost it is simply a great, fun and different manga.
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High school love and friendship at their best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Stickerhappy04
June 2nd, 2014, 3:06pm
This is a shoujo manga that could also pass for a shounen manga. The perspectives of both the male lead (Haru) and female lead (Shizuku) were equally presented in this story. The reader is given the chance to understand how each of them is feeling while their friendship grows into romance. But that aspect is not even the best asset of this manga. The best thing about Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is that, underneath the love story, it teaches its readers that you can mature in a better version of yourself. If you read until the very end, you'll find that the characters have learned to embrace their identities but becoming mature nonetheless.

Realistic and refreshing story coupled with good illustration, this is a manga worth checking out. If you liked the shounen love story Horimiya, this is for you.

... Last updated on June 28th, 2014, 2:41pm
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One of the best reads I've had in a while   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Takahashi4me
April 10th, 2014, 1:23am
This manga was so, so awesome. I don't know where to start.

First off, it was so refreshing to have a couple like Haru and Shizuku. They're such DIFFERENT characters compared to the usual shoujo mold. You'd expect possessive jerk playboys and crybaby tomboys and denial and bickering or a slow romance that'd make ghandhi swear from impatience, but NOT HERE.

Haru was just a crazy male lead. I loved him to pieces, because he was so....FREE. He did what he wanted, said what he felt. He was a nice guy but he didn't go making stupid 'noble decisions'. He was so sincere, and loyal, but he wasn't completely pure. He had his selfish moments and a possessive side that DID NOT RESULT IN HIM FORCING HIMSELF ONTO HIS BELOVED, YES, THANK YOU. PEOPLE CAN GET JEALOUS WITHOUT GIVING FORCED KISSES OR WORSE, YES, THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU. And he had his issues, but he got over them, and he developed beautifully. His character never did a sudden 180. He matured slowly, through his relationship with Shizuku and it was just beautiful to watch.

Which brings me to Shizuku! It was really refreshing to find a lead heroine who got called out on being heartless by the guy she liked!!! That was awesome. I'm so sick of heroines who're good people who love every single person around them as if the purity is pouring out of their pores. Shizuku wasn't like that. She was indifferent, sarcastic, blunt, dry and occasionally quite heartless to people she didn't care about. But just as Haru got over his possessive tendencies and insecurities and self-hatred, Shizuku learned to like other people. She learned to care about others, to open her heart and let people in. It was just as touching to see her learn how to love others as it was to see Haru learn to love himself.

And together, these two were so adorable and ridiculous and gaahahhh. And the plot! THE PLOT WAS AWESOME. How was it awesome? Not because there was a plot, per say. But because the characters reacted to situations in such unexpected and refreshing ways. It was like going on a roller coaster that tilted to the side when you expected to lurch down and spun when you expected a side turn and it was wonderful. The relationship got started fairly early on, and despite two initial hiccups, progressed beautifully.

I was a little disappointed with the series ending because I felt like it was too soon. I wanted to see the two develop even more and know the story of the three year time-skip. But it ended with my otp's happy ending, so how could I complain?

Overall, this was a really crazy, refreshing, awesome series. 10/10 for originality and refreshing feel and just overall love for this couple and all other characters.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2014, 1:31am
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I love it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by WereKitty81
March 20th, 2014, 11:25pm
This manga really shows how you can be who you are, but still grow and change to nurture relationships.

LICENSED NOW! Kodansha picked it up! biggrin Super excited about that. Even though I've finished the whole series, I will still support the Mangaka by buying their work.

... Last updated on March 20th, 2014, 11:25pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by sandyatthebeach1
June 20th, 2013, 12:05am
First off, let me just say that I don't read a lot of shoujo manga. And this is, unmistakably, a shoujo manga, with all the qualities that the shoujo genre generally has- sparkles and all. With that being said, this is still pretty dang good. Good, expressive art, for one- I can easily tell all of the characters apart. They all have unique designs, and it's a great departure from the usual cookie-cutter people who just have different hairstyles. There's good backstory to the characters, too, and there are a lot of unique issues brought up and different situations. It's sort of refreshing; it doesn't break out the mold completely, but it does stretch it, which is nice.

The characters are likable, too. Shizuko, the heroine, is a unique character- emotionally dense, but not obnoxious about it, smart, ambitious, hard-working, and cold. She has her cute moments, though, and Haru, the male lead, has his absolutely adorable moments, although he is childish and irritatingly dense. I find that's a trend in shoujo manga... unrealistic emotional denseness (density?).

And that's where my conflict lies, in the emotional aspect. I really enjoy the story and the characters; the romance is sweet, and everything that happens generally tugs on my girlish heartstrings. But gaaaah, some of the events just... arrrrgh! FRUSTRATING!

Since this is a manga that focuses on the romance and lives between the characters, and it's already eleven volumes long, there's obviously some love rivals and conflict thrown in. But honestly... seeing the love rivals makes me think that the two main characters shouldn't even be together, haha. Yamaken, for example, just makes you want to tease him and be his best friend. He's just so lovable, it breaks my heart to see him totally ignored by Shizuko. All the other characters have a lot of care and development put into them, even the side characters like the love rivals and Natsume. It makes me want to shout at Haru to grow some common sense and goshdarn develop already! He's seriously like a little kid- super possessive, dense and confused, aggressive, selfish, irresponsible... and occasionally ridiculously adorable. Occasionally. But, like I was saying, unless the main characters shape up and get on with their relationship and connect better, I can't even root for them. Which sucks. The other character's relationships and love just make me not like the main characters as much! It makes me conflicted, since it's a nice story, but I literally can't stand to read it anymore. It's sort of painful to see Shizuko and Haru's relationship go by in slow mo while other stuff happens. I wish the author would just get them to directly interact and develop! Random things happen, rivals pop up, and the actual relationship between the main characters that got us hooked in the beginning is completely shoved to the side so that the story can get a few more volumes in.... ugh.

... Last updated on June 20th, 2013, 12:05am
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