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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
Le garçon d'à coté (French)
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 (303d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 3 by Titania (383d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 2 by Titania (403d 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: 8.6 / 10.0 (960 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 8th 2015, 7:03am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Dessert (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (7 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #307 decreased(-31)
Monthly Pos #239 decreased(-34)
3 Month Pos #201 decreased(-18)
6 Month Pos #178 decreased(-21)

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Forum Posts
Can anyone tell me how this ended? 137 days, 13 hours, 20 minutes ago
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Manga to End in 12th Volume 422 days, 22 hours, 58 minutes ago
Yamaken first in popularity poll 648 days, 2 hours, 21 minutes ago
Tonari Question 746 days, 6 hours, 46 minutes ago
My Little Monster Manga Slated to End in 2 More Chapters 759 days, 16 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Slow, but satisfactory   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sculamio
October 21st, 2012, 7:44am
This is a fun, slice of life type manga that progresses slowly (which just makes the changing moments that much sweeter). smile All the characters are likable and the series is just as much about friendship as romance (probably even more). The atmosphere is similar to Orange (Takano Ichigo) The drawing is superb-it's clean, pretty, and has a clear style that is uniquely Robiko's. Definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys a slow, well thought out shoujo.

PS Yamaken is freaking cute.

... Last updated on May 20th, 2013, 5:56pm
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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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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by pierzing
August 26th, 2012, 8:24pm
Art and story isn't bad. It's quite different from the usual shoujo style but in the end I can see where this series is going. And that's why I'm dropping it, even if its start was slightly novel. I really dislike this type of clichéd romance where the problematic manchild suddenly turns perfect and lovable unrealistically. Not buying that shit. This might melt my brain if I continue.

... Last updated on August 26th, 2012, 8:36pm
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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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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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Rating: N/A
by kaidiego
May 9th, 2012, 6:42am
I dont know. I like the start. And the romantic parts between the two leeds... but at the same time i feel it drags out to mutch. Afther some chapters i just started jumping parts, becouse realy the side stories are realy boring. I like the characters. This manga could have focues more on the psykological part realy. The start lade out good room for that... I also think the characters and the plot is to little consistenst with one an other. They act in a compromising way, and then suddently next chapter they dont. So yeahhh the story just goes on and on, and when you think they finaly solved their feelings, next chapter its like they havent.
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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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Rating: N/A
by secretcina
February 8th, 2012, 9:31pm
:L okay first off this is so boring and slow paced... Nothings happening, i forgot everyone's name, and i feel like im wasting my time. So then i find myself skipping chapters and then it still seems as though i have not progressed very far into the manga! Im so fucking bored so yeah, the manga sucks.
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I love this manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hirukayuki01
December 29th, 2011, 10:01am
I absolutely love this manga Why??
1) Because of their personalties
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Haru is very possessive and childish. I love manga guys like him. Even though sometimes he act dumb but he isn't really a jerk.

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Shizuku's character is one of my favorite and dream character for manga girls.. The stoic and smart type XD.. I love how she can be so straightforward (Like me :P).. How long have I been searching girls like her until I find about this manga.

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Yamaken's character.. I just like him XD.. I love guys who hides their feelings from someone.. We all know that he likes Shizuku and I love how he suddenly (well sometimes) blush when shizuku is around

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Sasayan's character (>v<).. I love how he can very supportive to his friends especially the loud girl (forget her name) I want to have a friend like him

2) The plot
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The plot is so cool though its boring sometimes.

3)The art
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I know its not really that great but for me its okay. I actually love how the mangaka draw their chibi styles XD.. Its so cute (No. 1 Chibi fan XD)

Well I'll rate this manga 10/10 XD.. I'm generous..
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