I saw some people talking on Twitter about a new series whose first episode just aired and the premise sounded interesting enough so I gave it a shot. The show’s called Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) and it’s about a high-school girl who attempts to confess her feelings to the guy she’s been crushing on but instead ends up becoming an art assistant on the serialized shoujo (girl’s) manga he draws professionally after school. I was really surprised by how genuinely funny the show was and I loved the characters introduced so far. Nozaki is a tall, deadpan airhead who utilizes his friends for story ideas, often to disastrous but humorous results (Nakamura does a really good job of voicing him). And Sakura is slowly learning how much of a doofus her crush is, and that doesn’t seem to sway her too much. The anime is based on a 4-koma style manga (4-panel gags) much like Azumanga Daioh was, and is written and drawn by Izumi Tsubaki (Oresama Teacher).
I’ve found all my comic artist friends who have taken up the show are really smitten with it. Having some professional insight into sequential art creation can help make some of the jokes pack a bit more of a punch but it’s definitely not a requirement to enjoying the show, they generally explain anything too obtuse and most of the humor is in the character interactions. It also has a lot of jokes relating to the shoujo manga genre so if you grew up on those kinds of stories (or still partake) then you will find the show extra endearing. You can watch the first episode right now with Crunchyroll Premium (free next week).