So I watched the first episode of that Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun show. That name translates to The Monster Next-Door or something. I rather like the other English translation, My Little Monster. Is this gonna be about how Friendship amongst horrible people is just as beautiful and all Magic-like as normal friendship? I hope so.
That’s what I liked about this episode. This isn’t just a romance, it’s a romance between two complete sociopaths.
So we got the main dude. He has some serious issues here. He thinks it’s perfectly OK to threaten a woman with rape in order to get her to be quiet. He’s totally cool with beating the crap out of people over the slightest perceived aggression. He’s also thoroughly naive, believing anyone who haplessly tosses around the word “friend.” “Hey, dude, give me your money because we’re friends. But behind your back I’m gonna diss you for not giving me enough money.” He’s taking some of his cues from manga, and then wondering why things aren’t playing out exactly like they do in said comics. The dude isn’t functioning on the right level for polite society. He’s anti-society– like some genius Tarzan who learned about our modern world from shoujo manga. The dude’s a creep.
The main girl isn’t functioning much better. She’s totally focused on her studies. She demands payment for doing little things that distract her from her single-minded obsession with studying. When she was a child, she didn’t give a damn when the class rabbit suddenly died. She just excused herself so she could study at home instead of being distracted by silly things like compassion. It’s one thing to not give a fuck about certain things, but she comes across as completely cut off from normal human interaction. If the main dude is Tarzan, she’s a fucking pure-blood Vulcan.
Naturally, they’re made for each other. He’s passionate and untamed while she’s the epitome of self-control and denial. Like the opening shows, she’s gonna try to put him on a leash and tame him into submission while he’s gonna try to crush her will and turn her into some fiery she-beast. And that’s cool, because horrible people without a shred of human decency or the capacity to relate with other living things need to be loved too.
I know from first-hand experience.
But I’m pissed at the same time. The opening scene teases us with a rooster as a main character. It lists a bunch of characters, one of whom is said rooster, but it doesn’t deliver. We see the rooster walk down the street in the opposite direction of the main sociopath chick, but the shows attention chooses to follow the girl back to school instead of following the clearly more interesting chicken.
That’s unacceptable, and if we don’t get more rooster in the next episode I’m done with this thing. Even if I can relate to terrible people in love, denying the cock is just unforgivable.
Also: Fuck you Brains Base. The only series you should be working on are Baccano and Enma-kun. The world desperately needs more Enma-kun.