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Eensy-Weensy Monster, Volume 1 by Masami…

Eensy-Weensy Monster, Volume 1

by Masami Tsuda

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This was such a cute read! I can feel my heart swollen from the cuteness overload! Loved it, it's a short funny read you finish in no time! ( )
  LiindaSnow97 | Jun 27, 2016 |
I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a sweet story about a boy and a girl who completely misunderstand each other because of their "little monsters"--prejudice or privilege, etc.
  LibraryGirl11 | Apr 16, 2013 |
It's hard to believe that Tsuda has only written two ongoing series because her manga are so polished both in terms of art and narrative.

This story is very different from Kare Kano in some ways but when examined closely it's clear that Tsuda is addressing some of the same themes, if in a lighter way: love between opposites, jealousy, the difference between the inner self and the one shown to the world...

Nanoha is not a particularly good student or athlete but no one can dislike her. She is simply good and nice to everyone. Almost. Nanoha can't stand the beautiful, intelligent and princely (read egotistical) Hazuki. And there is a little monster in her that causes her to be incredibly mean and rude to him. She can't help it. She tries to avoid him but eventually that fails and she tells him exactly what she thinks of him.

Hazuki's world view is shattered. He reevaluates his life and his behaviour. Though he is outraged at first, he comes to believe that Nanoha has done him a favour and has helped him improve himself. Stripped of his narcicism, Hazuki is a very nice guy. He tries, despite her resistance, to befriend Nanoha and eventually falls in love with her.

Though nothing much happens in this two volume series, it is incredibly charming. The character's over the top reactions are amusing but at the same time these characters are very real, unique and endearing with realistic faults that they struggle to overcome. Hazuki and Nanoha are not simply the leads that we are told are great, that all the other characters love or are jealous of; I grew fond of them too, watching them grow.

One of the narrative techniques she uses, showing the same scenes from the perspective of each of the leads, is wonderfully executed. The misunderstandings between them are revealed by this format and drive a lot of the humour. But it is not over used. In fact it is used less and less as they come to understand each other.

Though the second volume was a bit weaker than the first, the series as a whole is surprisingly fun and heartwarming. It'ss bound to bring a smile to your face. ( )
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"Nanoha Satsuki, an average, plain-Jane high school student, comfortably spends her time in the shadow of her two beautiful, popular friends. But new guy Hazuki Tokiwa, with his snobbish, arrogant demeanor, has a way of getting under Nanoha's skin, and releasing her inner monster! Is this the beginning of an ugly relationship, or does Hazuki have his own hidden qualities?"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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