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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
となりの怪物くん
หวานใจนายตัวป่วน
邻座的怪同学
鄰座的怪同學
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 (88d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 3 by Titania (168d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 2 by Titania (188d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes + 1 Volume Special (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

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N/A

Forum
6 topics, 29 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (868 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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July 25th 2014, 7:16pm PST

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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Dessert (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (2 Volume/ Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #181 increased(+35)
Monthly Pos #168 decreased(-6)
3 Month Pos #144 decreased(-69)
6 Month Pos #85 decreased(-26)

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Forum Posts
Can anyone tell me how this ended? 167 days, 13 hours, 17 minutes ago
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Manga to End in 12th Volume 207 days, 17 hours, 3 minutes ago
Yamaken first in popularity poll 432 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes ago
Tonari Question 531 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes ago
My Little Monster Manga Slated to End in 2 More Chapters 544 days, 10 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Great development   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForbiddenAngel
March 16th, 2012, 2:53pm
The story is enjoyable as soon as you start picking up on the pace. The beginning chapters may appear a bit useless in terms of plot development, but in the end they really are essential to the story. People who drop this manga because it's "boring" haven't reached the point where exciting events are brought upon our main couple by the side characters yet. To be honest, I was about to drop this at around 10 chapters in, but decided against it. That was a great choice on my part, because this story and its characters develop at the same pace you fall in love with it. Every character has depth and some aspect of realism; though abiding general shoujo stereotypes (such as the bad boy, the nerdy girl, the pretty female friend etc) our main characters are so unique and well thought out that despite how strange they seem, it appears they're perfectly capable of being real people!

As previously stated by the other commenters, no one is despicable or generally antagonistic in this story, and as the love polygons shape you can't help but root for all the different characters to succeed with their love.

This said, love is another huge topic in this manga. Not clearly defined and not a hundred percent known by our characters, love is shown clearly with how it is in real life. Unlike most shoujo manga where love appears and our characters are completely aware of it, Tonari no Kaibutsukun shows how love in reality is ambiguous, and the transition into love is never really immediate either.

I won't say this manga is realistic, for obvious reasons regarding manga, but how the mangaka develops the characters and the relationships really mirror what happens in reality. Story-wise, this manga deserves a 10/10.
Aside from the story, the comedic side panels and odd occurances could make anyone chuckle, especially when they're made to soften the mood after a rather serious chapter. The art is beautiful as well, and the mangaka successfully brings out the emphasis in scenes where emotions are shown clearly by the way the faces are drawn.

... Last updated on March 16th, 2012, 2:55pm
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Everything different.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Got2runnow
December 1st, 2010, 11:24pm
I thought it was necessary to give a detailed review, since this manga is awesome and all smile

It's extremely rare to come across a shoujo with a cold stand offish female lead who isn't just smart, but blunt and open. I mean, she knows when she has feelings and then she just goes for it. There hasn't been any whining (hopefully she won't ever whine. Seems sorta out of character of her) and her cold personality isn't anti-social. It's more like, "I know what I want, so don't stop me" way. She's really interesting while being normal. Plus she's not stone, so she has facial expressions and reactions. (hilarious ones at that.)

The male lead--So. Freakin'. Adorable. Again, it's rare to come across such a funny/weird lead. Usually he's cold, a delinquent (well, this male lead is called a delinquent but you sorta forget he's a "delinquent.") tempered, class president. You know, one of the many character cliches. This lead is all over the place and it's hilarious. His natural reflex is to hit, yet he's not aware of what hitting does. He desperately wants friends, but cant since is naturally reflex to hit scares (that's not how it is described in the story...you'll see) people away. He's a child--a naive child--in a man's body. Oh, and he's a freakin' genius, somehow. It's awesome. I fell in love with him from introduction. He doesn't fail to surprise you.

There is no "plot" really. Mostly just progression between characters (yes, eventually they form a group. One weird internet loving girl and one normal baseball boy. Oh and a chicken) and friendships. It's not slow, but it's not quick either. It's perfect and done well. Another thing I really loved about reading the manga, was the amount of action on each page. I don't mean literally action, I mean, just stuff. Chapters don't fly by, lets just say. The six chapters seems more like ten or eleven, which makes the story all the better.

Anyways, it's a feel good story. You just read and laugh and enjoy. Light, simple, fun, all done to perfection. What more could you want?
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Superb.   
Rating: N/A
by Jeshia
July 24th, 2011, 5:51am
First of all, the art is just beyond cute, which does set it up for great things. This manga is always very funny, light-hearted, yet does manage to poke fun at manga stereotypes. For example, even though the female lead is atypical, as well as a male with his eccentricities, their friends are the stereotypical "average boy" from shounen/shoujo, and the stupid shoujo heroine–––pretty, yet beyond annoying and way too energetic for my liking.
I really can't understand why people don't like the main character. She's realistic––she doesn't actually put /i/effort/i/ into being cold to people, she's just not a people person, and studying is her priority. There's nothing wrong with that. The author doesn't even take it overboard––her character manages to have depth, focus, and realism. The manga is actually about 3 parts friendship and 1 part romance. Even though the shoujo romance is entirely obvious, it's equally obvious that the author is trying to build a better friendship between them before actually getting them together. This was one of the more refreshing things about this manga, rather than having them get together and then learn about each other.
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Conflicted   
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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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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nice slow shoujo   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Peppermint
July 15th, 2012, 2:03pm
First off the art is great. It compliments the story and never feels awkward. And it's cute.

The plot is slow-paced, but the characters feel natural and there is comedy. The heroine can be compared to a ice-cold tsundere, but she maintains a consistent personality even as she grows. And even though the male lead is possessive over the girl, they still maintain a relationship that makes them equals. Which doesn't happen often in shoujo. But there is a lot of dialogue and not much angst at all. It feels very slice-of-life.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2012, 4:53pm
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hardly praise   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Bebe~
June 28th, 2012, 11:32pm
I hardly praise a good shoujo manga. At first I didn't think it was all that special but I liked how the relationships developed. Their personality also grew. People matured! You rarely find strong headed heroines in a shoujo manga like Shizuka! And guys who openly display how attached they are to the one they love.
I know she grew up a loner and all so she's new to these kind of friendships and relationships but her way of thinking is too blunt >_>. At first, she doesn't try to get to know him better...I really hope for the best! You can see her slowly changing and falling deeper in love with Haru <3

... Last updated on June 29th, 2012, 8:54am
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Somewhat realistic and complex without being complicated   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by bossmama
April 21st, 2013, 9:04am
I like how the main problem in Haru's and Shizuku's relationship are their personalities, obsessions and priorities (not some dead lover, abusive family, traumagic past, different social standing, forbidden love etc). Sometimes their point of views clashes and is out-of-sync. It makes their bond much more fragile than it seems, but it also shows how much they affect each other. That fragility is also caused by how random their attraction towards each other is. Neither Shizuku nor Haru always magically say the right thing when it's needed. It shows the subtlety, the complexity and the charm of 'opposite attract'. Not just 'no-matter-what-I-still-love-you-the-most' crap or the convenient 'our-differences-compliment-each-other'.

Another plus point is at how everyone in the group is intimidated by one or another in some way or another, yet still each of them is nice kid with hearts and lovable quirks, and they are growing. Especially the complex Shizuku has toward Haru. Usually you get this rivalry-turn-love kind of thing where at the end of second chapter all the malice intentions is vanished like it was never there (yeah since love between two middle schoolers is the greatest thing in this world). But TNnK takes a different path. The rivalry is growing one-sidedly on Shizuku's part, together with their growing attachment to each other. Haru is no some simple and boring prince charming too. He is compassionate yet violent, bright yet dark, weirdly possessive, and he is only able to naturally thinks about himself (weird yet interesting, because usually it's not the kind of flaw you find in shoujo male lead). He isn't some manipulative bastard pretending to be all smiley and act like a brat, he IS a child at heart. He is showing his love toward Shizuku all openly, yet up until now I'm not really sure in what way Haru loves Shizuku.

Great slice of life shoujo. I see that not every reader gets the same sentiment as I do, which is their loss I guess. Some joseis aren't even as 'mature' as this manga is. I've read hundreds of shoujos, I know what I'm talking about and I'm not that desperate that I praise anything that shows some differences compare to common shoujo.

... Last updated on April 27th, 2013, 6:22am
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Awesome manga, great romance, amazing art...boring sidestories   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by korinacaffeine
August 22nd, 2012, 2:55pm
Absolutely gorgeous art, a plot that makes sense, and characters with real feelings and motivations. The only downside to this manga is that the sidestories are hideously boring. I only kinda read the Natsume love interest arc, and basically everything else that didn't involve one of the main characters in some way I just skimmed. I do not care enough about these characters to read entire chapters on them.
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NAGOYAAAAAAAAA \(>.<)/ <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fictionalscience
October 15th, 2012, 8:10pm
I've just read the last chapter scanlated (vol 9, ch 33) and I don't understand why some reviews say this is boring and/or frustrating. I think the plot is very much like slice-of-life genres. Very normal things repeat, but every time the plot moves forward (perhaps quite subtly). If that's not your thing, then I guess you'll find this manga boring. As for "frustrating", the story is how Haru & Shizuku develop their relationship, from being frustrated with one another, to learning how to communicate their feelings better and build a stronger, more secure relationship. I don't think the development is too slow (I'm the kind of person who easily drops series, but this one kept me interested), and it sure isn't unrealistically fast (that latter one, I might drop).

I think this manga is primarily driven by the combination of characters (and their development, and the development of their relationships). But I think it's very sweet that even though they might intimidate one another, the characters are all good people, and this is the optimistic story of how they try to get along. My favorite characters are the weird (but unbelievably good-looking) misfits Haru and Natsume XD It might be an overdone old trick, but I feel as if I'm the one falling in love with Haru. This applies for the artwork for all the characters, but especially with Haru, he's such a squishy, baby-faced, ridiculously hyper teenage boy (with a dark, violent, emotionally unstable side), that I find it impossible not to love him because of how the mangaka draws him.

Speaking of Haru's dark side, another point that makes this manga more than just a typical school life romance is how the subtle hints and short flashbacks related to the characters' older family members imply that something less than innocent from the adult world is hovering around the main characters' "simple" teenage lives the entire time. But I think that "darker side of life" emphasizes even more the beauty of youth, wasting time to have fun, and raising a pet chicken, lol.


Edit: I've finally finished reading the series! I think the ending feels a bit rushed and sort of anti-climactic. The story does explore a bit deeper psychologically into Haru & Shizuku's characters and background, and show how they grew together to build a relationship. But I think there are still a lot left that could be made into stories (and there are some things that were left unexplained, especially about their families). However, I'm not going to change my rating, because what WAS written is still wonderful and lovable smile

... Last updated on September 27th, 2013, 7:23am
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