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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 (87d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 3 by Titania (166d ago)
v.13 c.Side Story 2 by Titania (187d 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

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
6 topics, 29 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (867 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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July 25th 2014, 7:16pm PST

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Year
2008

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Dessert (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (2 Volume/ Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #220 increased(+26)
Monthly Pos #195 decreased(-33)
3 Month Pos #154 decreased(-79)
6 Month Pos #81 decreased(-22)

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On 3465 reading lists
On 1348 wish lists
On 1012 completed lists
On 147 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Can anyone tell me how this ended? 166 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes ago
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Manga to End in 12th Volume 206 days, 13 hours, 1 minutes ago
Yamaken first in popularity poll 431 days, 16 hours, 24 minutes ago
Tonari Question 529 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes ago
My Little Monster Manga Slated to End in 2 More Chapters 543 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes ago

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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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Closer   
Rating: N/A
by SilentFaltrnLesrWatr
February 13th, 2013, 11:35am
This is the Only shoujo or manga that I've read that has a realistic approach to being socially outcast. Even so, It could still be done better.. I read tons of manga's and especially shoujo's where their was a socially outcast main character or side character and suddenly they get a bunch of friends and life is lovely. This is actually kind of borderline that ideal a bit right now, however it started out more realistically so I will give it that. I am STILL looking for a manga that is NOT like what I described, I will let you know if find one. Basing this manga on what it is, it is quite good, enjoyable and Shizuku sticks to her character as well as Haru. This is more of a comedy manga than a romance, but I'm fine with that since the comedy is actually interesting.

Short version: Closest manga I've seen to being realistic socially, but sadly still not quite there.

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2013, 10:11pm
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Great shoujo manga!!   
Rating: N/A
by SailorCupcake
December 9th, 2012, 10:53pm
Can I just say how much the characters in this make it awesome. Its very good the plot isn't cliche but it does have its moment. The relationship between Haru and Mizutani is very boring. Because honestly, Haru needs more development. He has had zero since the beginning. I feel like he's dragging the story down. Now I don't dislike him but I just feel like he needs more past time or something so I can understand him better and actually like him. Everyone else is perfect. Read this!!
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Oh man, Yoshida Haru...   
Rating: N/A
by Nemurenaiyo
October 27th, 2012, 10:17pm
This manga is amazing to the brim. Exciting, cute and funny. It is definitely one of my top tens. Unfortunately, dear future readers, be aware of the fact that Yoshida Haru has a thick skull.
He may have genuine interests towards Shizuku but what do those 'interests' actually mean? Love as friends or lovers? THIS, is an issue for me. I nearly flipped a table due to his bluntness. Haru could have just made things CLEAR. Take Shizuku and leave any other unnecessary girls! (I may seem cruel but I am itching to say so). But overall, the manga is good.
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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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