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First Love Monster (初恋モンスター, Hatsukoi Monsutā) or Hatsukoi Monster is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Akira Hiyoshimaru and published in Kodansha's Aria magazine. An anime television adaptation aired from July to September 2016.

The story follows 15-year-old Kaho Nikaidō as she leaves home to live in a high school dormitory. Almost getting hit by a truck, she is saved by a boy named Kanade Takahashi. She falls in love with him, only to discover that he is her landlord's son and a fifth grader.

An anime adaptation of the series was announced in the August issue of Aria. The cast of the audio dramas reprised their roles for the anime. The series aired from July to September 2016. Studio DEEN produced the anime, with Takayuki Inagaki directed the series and Mariko Oka designed the characters. The anime has been licensed by Funimation and by Madman Entertainment for streaming. The anime ran for 12 episodes, released over 6 Blu-ray and DVD volumes. An OVA episode was bundled with the manga's 8th volume and released on February 17, 2017.


First Love Monster contains examples of:

  • 12-Episode Anime
  • Alliterative Name: Munemitsu Makurazaki
  • Ambiguously Bi: Atsushi claims to be interested in Kanade though as the anime progresses he seems to develop feelings for Kaho.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Realistically, fifth-graders looking and sounding like they're twenty would be a cause for concern as this implies a growth disorder.
  • Be Yourself: Chiaki dates Arashi who accepts him as he is, although she is often annoyed with his otaku fanaticism.
  • Beauty Mark: Jouji has one under his left eye.
  • Berserk Button: When noticed or denied her fetish by others, Mafuyu can enter into a frenzy where she demonstrates animalistic behavior, which cannot be stopped unless she gets what she wants.
  • Bishōnen: Renren's an androgynous boy, who is also a cross-dressing idol.
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  • Blinding Bangs: Kouta.
  • Blue Blood: Kazuo. Since he has a butler it is hinted he comes from a rich family.
  • Butt-Monkey: Due to being a shy individual Kouta's often the victim of many of Kanade's circles stunts, as well as being teased frequently by Chiaki due to his crush on Kaho and his inability to act and being easily scared on several matters.
  • Cat Boy: Renren features both cat ears and a tail.
  • Covert Pervert: Mafuyu. While she tends to be composed on the outside, deep down she has a morbid obsession with Shūgo, going as far as stealing his underwears and sniffing them.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Tomu and Shuugo.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Arashi likes and collects cute things.
  • Doting Brother: What Daikoku refers to himself as. Though more accurately has a morbid obsession with Kaho, going as far as collect items she has used (such as chopsticks or leftovers) and place them in a plastic bag.
  • Drop-In Landlord: Shuugo.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Renren.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Ginjirou's father is an OB/GYN where he is groomed to follow his father's profession.
  • Gag Boobs: Mafuyu.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Yuki.
  • Idiot Hair: Kaho.
  • Idol Singer: Renren.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Tomu.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Jouji.
  • Likes Older Men: Mafuyu's in high school and has a seeming obsession with Shuugo.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Kaho. As the spoiled daughter of an elderly rich couple, she has found it difficult to make friends.
  • Meganekko: Chiaki and Yuki.
  • Missing Mom: Kanade's occasional maturity is something passed on from his deceased mother who serves as his role model.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Parodied with Kaho. She's 15 and falls in love with a... 5th grader... even though he doesn't look like one.
  • Multicolored Hair: Tomu, Kouta, Arashi, and Mafuyu.
  • Ojou: Kaho.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Mafuyu.
  • Only Sane Man: Chiaki is serious and level-headed and often serves as a voice of reason. Particularly in a cast of fairly quirky people.
  • Otaku: Arashi. So much so that he manages to annoy Chiaki.
  • Panty Thief: Mafuyu.
  • Puppy Love: Kaho and Yuki towards Kanade.
  • Rescue Romance: Kaho falls in love with Kanade after he saves her from an accident.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Daikoku.
  • Shrinking Violet: Kouta is a male example. He's a shy first-year high schooler who had a crush on Kaho.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Boy: Kouta.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Mafuyu when provoked.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Kanade's a 5th grader and acts like it a lot, he at times shows mature behavior.
    • Kazuo as well. He's another one of Kanade's friends but of normal size this time. He is however far more mature, level-headed and insightful than his peers, to the point that it surprises Kaho and Kanade's circle.
  • Yandere: Mafuyu has a morbid obsession with Shūgo.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Plenty of examples exist here. Kanade, Tomu, Kouta, Daikoku, Shuugo, Munemitsu, and Renren.
  • Younger Than They Look: Kanade and all but one of his friends plus Jouji look like they're in their 20s but are actually still in grade school.

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