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YMMV: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Yamaken is easily one of the more popular characters in Japan, placing first in the most recent popularity poll, though he is introduced as a bully early on in the story and at first grows to like Shizuku out of spite for Haru. He gets more Character Development as the story continues, but he still remains a jerk throughout the bulk of it.
    • Haru himself, whose first response to an obstacle is usually threats or violence, threatens Yamaken with breaking his arms and legs if Shizuku chooses him, threatens to rape Shizuku of all things in one of their earliest interactions to get her to keep quiet, and acts violently numerous times, sometimes with a side effect of accidentally hitting Shizuku out of all possible targets. And he's still being viewed as cute by fans and is criticized In-Universe more for being "too spontaneous" or "irresponsible" rather than a sociopath.
  • Ear Worm: The OP "Q&A Recital!".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Natsume, for being so sweet and awkwardly funny while also greatly desiring her friends' love and attention, and meddling a bit too much in their affairs to get it, though she is well-meaning. She is surprisingly relatable to and popular among many fans.
  • Hollywood Homely: Shizuku is stated to be plain and have the fashion sense of a grandma, but she's still rather attractive to Haru and Yamaken.
  • Needs More Love: The anime only covered 4 out of 12 volumes. Since the manga already finished with a satisfying conclusion, we really do need to see the resolving relationship between Haru and Shizuku animated.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Fans are split between Haru and Yamaken when it comes to who they wish Shizuku would end up with, usually preferring Shizuku with the character that they like more.
  • This Loser Is You: Natsume, as the above tells, is very relatable to fan(girl)s. She's also one of the most consistently abused characters, usually for good reasons.

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