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Film Friday- My Little Monster

Film Friday- My Little Monster

An anime adaptation by Brain’s Base aired from October 1 to December 24, 2012. It was also streamed on Crunchyroll during its original run.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced in the July 2012 issue of Kodansha’s Dessert magazine. The series was produced by Brain’s Base under the direction of Hiro Kaburaki with Noboru Takagi as script supervisor. It aired between October 1 and December 24, 2012. An OVA episode was released on DVD with the final manga volume on August 12, 2013. NIS America licensed the anime for release in North America. The opening theme is “Q&A Recital!” by Haruka Tomatsu and the ending theme is “White Wishes” by 9nine.

Live-action film

A live-action film adaptation is planned for release in April 2018. It stars Masaki Suda as Haru and Tao Tsuchiya as Shizuku.

Main characters

Shizuku Mizutani 
Shizuku is a high school girl who focuses all her time on academics so that she can have a future career with a 10 million yen annual income. She has considered cold by many for her no-nonsense and blunt attitude, and has no friends, but after encountering Haru, she starts expressing more of her emotions, standing up to situations that seem wrong like when Haru had been used by his alleged friends for money. Although she is bothered by Haru and his antics, some of which are romantic gestures towards her, she develops feelings for him. She is proud of being number one in her class, but after meeting Haru, whom she thought would be her academic rival, she no longer enjoys the thrill of topping that list. Her classmate Asako Natsume calls her “Mitty”and becomes her first female friend. Although she styles her hair in pigtails and dresses rather plainly, preferring wool underwear and clothing that she gets from sales from retail stores, there are occasions where she has let her hair down, although Haru prefers the tails because he would be unable to find her.
Throughout the story, Shizuku often questions why she is attracted to Haru and likes him so much. In the manga, she admits to Haru that she was jealous of his personality and that he will never understand her feelings. When Haru runs away, she blames herself for it. However, when he returns, he wants her to share to him her feelings. Haru tells her that he is going away for a year, so she is without him for her third year of high school. Nevertheless, she stills remains faithful to Haru and continues on with her life. She marries Haru after college, and there is a teaser at the end of the manga that shows her working at a legal agency.
Haru Yoshida 
Haru, the title character, has a reputation of being a trouble maker, having been suspended from school for getting in a scuffle with schoolmates, and staying away from school even after the suspension was lifted. When he meets Shizuku, the first schoolmate to ever do something for him, he immediately considers her his first real friend and does many antics to be with her, following her around at school, and pulling her away from her routine life. He tells her that he likes her and might even be in love with her, which often flusters Shizuku. He has a spontaneous and carefree personality and often takes his frustrations out physically on other people. Academically, he is very smart, having entered high school as the top-ranked student but skipping out on the entrance ceremony, having studied most of the high school curriculum while he was sitting out most of middle school, and frequently topping the school’s exam scores, much to Shizuku’s frustration. He has a rooster named Nagoya, later bringing and housing it in school (with the reluctant approval from his teacher).
He cares for Shizuku deeply, and gets jealous of Yamaken’s interactions with Shizuku. Later on, he and Shizuku end up in different classes for their second-year of high school, but this does not change their romantic intimacy. He shuns his father’s rich and famous family background, and went to live with his aunt Kyoko (Mitchan’s mother) who had been cast out of the family. It was from Kyoko that he started learning how to find someone to love. When he attends his brother Yuzan’s birthday party with the socialites, he and Shizuku have a falling out and he stops attending Shizuku’s school. But he eventually comes back and reconciles with Shizuku. He then takes the entirety of the third year off to work with his aunt’s research group and also as a deep sea fisherman. In the final chapters, after Shizuku has gone to college, he and Shizuku get married.

Manga Monday- My Little Monster

Manga Monday- My Little Monster

My Little Monster is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Robico about the relationship between a girl named Shizuku Mizutani and a boy named Haru Yoshida. It was serialized in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine from August 23, 2008 to June 24, 2013.

Plot

My Little Monster focuses on the relationship between Shizuku Mizutani, who has absolutely no interests except in studying and her plans for the future, and a boy named Haru Yoshida, who sits next to Shizuku in class but rarely attends school. After Shizuku is tasked with delivering class printouts to Haru’s home, she meets Haru, who immediately greets her as a friend, starting their new relationship. Nicknamed “dry ice,” Shizuku is renowned as a girl who is emotionless and cold. However, when she met Haru she was touched by his innocence and his lack of knowledge towards human relationships. Though known as a violent and uncontrollable monster, Haru is actually kind and gentle. Haru immediately declares his love towards Shizuku, but it takes much longer for Shizuku to realize and accept her own feelings towards Haru. Together, as two previously unsocial beings, they help each other learn how to care for each other and relate with their friends and family.

Manga

The manga series is written and illustrated by Robico and published in the Kodansha magazine Dessert. It was serialized between the September 2008 issue, published on August 23, 2008, and the August 2013 issue, published on June 24, 2013. The series has also been released as 13 tankōbon volumes between January 13, 2009, and August 12, 2013. A limited edition version of the final volume was bundled with an OVA episode of the anime series on DVD. The series has been licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, who released the first volume on March 11, 2014. A spin-off manga series was published in Dessert between August 24 and November 22, 2013. Its chapters were collected in a 13th volume, released on January 10, 2014.