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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
Bestia z ławki obok (Polish)
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 (700d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 3 by Titania (780d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 2 by Titania (800d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1051 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Dessert (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (13 Volumes - Complete)

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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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Pinky Poison
May 20th, 2013, 4:32am
I was reluctant to continue to read this manga cos I actually dropped this series a long time ago. However, I decided to watch the anime yesterday and you know what.. IT'S AMAZING UGH. WHY DIDN'T I REALIZE IT SOONER ?!

I have no idea, I used to find this manga pretty boring though. But omg, the anime version is SO GOOD. I love the characters, they're all lovable \(^.^)/

I fell in love with Haru. He's such a sweetheart. I loooove him when he's together with Shizuku. They make such a cute couple.


Awwww he's a cutie. I love how he always blushes whenever Shizuku starts talking to him. But I guess he doesn't have a chance to be with her in the end. Aaah. But I'm still rooting for you. <333333333

Why did the anime end so fast though? I hope there's gonna be a new season soon. I'm looking forward to it! smile I've decided to read the manga again, it's not as good as the anime though. I prefer the anime version, but it's ALL GOOD. At least I get to see my Yamaken-kun lol. <33333333333

Overall, I had a great time watching and reading this series. Totally recommend!! smile

... Last updated on May 20th, 2013, 4:34am
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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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For Shoujo Lovers   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AMetroid
April 18th, 2013, 9:16am
Really if you don't like shoujo you're not going to find anything in here that you like.
This series does a good job of setting up the girl, but it somewhat superficially attaches the male protagonist to her (but manga demands you get things rolling right away and not ease into it, so it's forgivable). The other relationships feel more natural in their development.
Only the Male protagonist in this manga is really abnormal in his daily and social behavior, however his thought/reactions to his relationship with the female protagonist fall in the normal range for a character with his background. The rest of the cast feels very believable in their interactions and reactions. The think I liked the most about this series is that all the character interactions and reactions feel very natural, I was never left thinking "well that's out of the blue".
The art is doesn't stand out as being great or terrible, it's on par with other similar mangas.

Read: 39ch (chapters are double length ~40p)
Rating: 5 of 5 (non-shoujo fans 1 of 5)
Typical slow romance shoujo with most of the plot focusing on it, side character's romance, or every-day drama.
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Loving the story..!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sallyen
March 28th, 2013, 5:45pm
It is surprisingly well-made despite it's simple plot.
I suppose it's a slow paced, but the character development is spot on. The story definitely caught my attention and I love the details the mangaka put into the side characters. If the story continues like this, I don't mind the slow pace because it's that good. Also: mangaka is excellent at weaving in the side characters into story. Worth reading their stories as well.

I must be honest that Haru x Shizuku is not as interesting as the beginning. Dare I say that the side characters are more interesting than the main couple? I guess the main couple needs a bit more work :')? But i Definitely recommend this.
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Only love   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ZL11
February 23rd, 2013, 8:09pm
I have only love for this manga at this point. If anything, Haru's weird ways are just cute and the way Shizuku responds is usually even better. The side characters are also pretty well rounded, considering how little time they have, and I have to say I was actually sad when Yamaken didn't get a better shot with Shizuku, while still being GLAD he didn't. I was in a tough spot! Personally, it is a manga I probably wouldn't have looked twice at in a store, but I'm glad I picked it up! XD
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