Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: August 25, 2021 at 18:00 PHT (GMT+8)
The romantic comedy manga Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) celebrates 10 years of serialization on Aug. 25, 2021.
Author Izumi Tsubaki has drawn a commemorative illustration to celebrate the milestone.
As part of the celebration, magazine Gangan ONLINE will make the first volume of the manga available for free on their app until August 31.
In addition, a special edition reprint of Volume 0 will be sold along with Volume 13 of the manga. "Volume 0" contains a total of 82 pages, with 55 pages of it being newly drawn content. It includes a character guide featuring Umetarou Nozaki's younger sister, Yumeko.
About Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (月刊少女野崎くん, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Izumi Tsubaki. The manga began serialization in 2011 on magazine Gangan ONLINE and has been published in both physical and digital releases of Shoujo Romance Web Girly and tankōbon volumes by Square Enix. A 12-episode anime adaptation by Doga Kobo aired from July to September 2014.
On Anime News Network, the anime series was voted as one of the best for the year 2014, with critics praising the show's comedy that both demonstrates and pokes fun at the absurdity of shoujo tropes.
Synopsis of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun by MAL:
Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo's confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki's manga assistants.
Throughout the hilarious events that ensue, she befriends many of her quirky schoolmates, including her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, and the "Prince of the School," Yuu Kashima. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) follows Chiyo as she strives to help Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.