Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun was the best comedy series this year. A good amount of the humor resulted from the interactions among the main cast of characters, all of whom have their own specific quirks. I could have easily written this post about any of the three main pairings in the show since they were all great, but I’ll focus on the one between Wakamatsu and Seo since the gags pertaining to them were the most memorable to me.
Yuzuki Seo is introduced early on in the show as Chiyo’s boorish friend that has a tendency to unintentionally offend others, and her very first scene shows her running from teachers after arriving at school late.Wakamatsu is introduced later on as a somewhat naive first-year student that helps Nozaki on his manga and who is also on the basketball team. Seo also helps(?) out the basketball team by playing against them in practice, with her behavior being an example of what NOT to do, and her favorite person to bully is Wakamatsu, or Waka as she calls him. Her behavior isn’t intentionally mean-spirited, but her way of showing affection. Understandingly, her behavior still stresses Waka out, and the only way that he can sleep is by listening to a recording of singing from a member of the school’s choir club with the nickname of Lorelei (who is secretly Seo). Waka decides to settle matters with Seo and leaves a letter of challenge in her locker. Unfortunately, he used love confession letters from manga as a template, so the meaning is less clear. When they meet on the roof, Waka attempts to air out his grievances. He negatively compares her to Lorelai and says that someone with such a good singing voice must be a kind and caring person unlike Seo, who just regards this as flattering.
The whole time that this is happening, Nozaki (who knows that Seo is Lorelai) is listening in to Waka and Seo. His behavior is great as it mirrored how I felt while watching the scene. Eventually, Waka gave Seo a pair of gloves, since that’s what you do when you challenge someone, but he does it in a manner more akin to giving someone a gift.
Another good gag with Waka and Seo is when they went on a movie date together in the tenth episode. I can’t truly convey how funny this entire segment was, but I’ll offer some highlights. Waka’s expectations of how he thought Seo would act, as opposed to what actually happens, were funny as were Seo’s over-the-top reaction to death scenes in the movie (which was definitely not Independence Day) as was her inability to remember character names after the movie ended.
I wouldn’t say that they are the best pairing in the show (which I think is Hori-Kashima), but their interactions were definitely the best for the contrasts in personality.