Brenden Garrettson Apr 28, 2017
My Little Monster, taken from Tonari no Kaibatsu-kun, is a series by Robico that ran in Monthly Dessert magazine from 2008 to 2013. It is being brought to North America by Kodansha USA. Volume 1 was released in March and volume 2 in May 2014.
The Gist: Shizuku only cares about her grades and nothing else. She has no friends and the only thing that matters to her is being top of the class. Her teacher requests that she take some printouts to a student that’s been expelled for rough behavior. She obliges in exchange for study materials. Said student Haru Yoshida is paranoid about school, and after determining that Shizuku is not a spy, he declares himself her friend. Shizuku’s presence is enough to get Haru to come back to school. There he follows her around like a puppy. Shizuku is dumbfounded by his behavior and more than annoyed by his interruption of her study regimen and his weird aggressive behavior. It’s even more perplexing when Haru declares he likes Shizuku and hugs her. Mixed signals fly between Haru and Shizuku and readers are left wondering… do they really like each other? are their feelings mutual?