Review: Eensy Weensy Monster Vol 1 by Masami Tsuda

 

Title: Eensy Weensy Monster Vol 1

Author: Masami Tsuda

Publisher:  Tokyopop

ISBN: 978-1427816511

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Nanoha Satsuki is your average, ordinary high school student. Okay grades, kinda cute, kinda short, Nanoha’s most notable quality is that her best friends are both total overachieving babes. But when Nanoha runs into Hazuki Tokiwa, the gorgeous prince of the school, her gentle disposition disappears and she turns into a total monster! And Hazuki is more than happy to be a jerk right back at her. Thus begins our hilarious love battle.

Review:

At the start of Eensy Weensy Monster, I wasn’t exactly captivated by the storyline.  By the end of the book, though, I was enjoying the read, but it is very understated and a little slow moving.  Completely character-driven, I wasn’t charmed by either Nanoha or Hazuki when I first met them, but after 200 pages, they both grew on me.  Especially Hazuki, the spoiled, shining prince of their high school.  He is forced to take a long, deep look at himself, and what he sees disappoints him.  I liked the evolution of his character.  Nanoha, on the other hand, doesn’t have much of a personality, and that disappointed me.

Nanoha is plain and diminutive,  and she kind of fades into the background at school.  Her best friends dazzle, and nobody even takes much notice of Nanoha.  She is mild-mannered, studies hard, follows the rules, and tries to not make a bold impression.  When she has an unpleasant encounter with gorgeous Hazuki, her inner demon comes out, tearing him up one side and down the other.  Nanoha is appalled by her behavior, but she can’t help herself – Hazuki just brings out the worst in her.

When Hazuki has a moment of unpleasant retrospection, he comes up wanting.  He is a shallow guy.  Things do come too easily for him, and he takes the adoration of his female classmates for granted.  It’s his due that they fawn over him.  He is smart, good-looking, and athletic.  What’s not to adore about him?  After Nanoha lets him know what she thinks of him, Hazuki, starts to wonder if maybe she’s on to something.

I like Hazuki.  He actually shows some maturity and grows as a character.  I loved the “he said – she said” narrative style, where the same events are replayed through two different sets of eyes.  Their misunderstandings and miscommunications were humorous and kept me reading the book.  After achieving an uneasy truce, Nanoha and Hazuki’s relationship is evolving into something more. For one of them, anyway!  

While I thought that the pacing was uneven for this volume, I am interested in reading more about Nanoha, Hazuki, and their uneasy allegiance.  Plus, the cover is so darn cute I couldn’t resist buying the book!

Grade: B

Review copy purchased from Amazon

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