Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a short, 13 episode series based off a manga of the same name, which features our study-bug protagonist Shizuku Mizutani and her unruly classroom seatmate, Haru Yoshida. Nicknamed "Dry Ice" by her classmates for being unemotional and focused solely on her grades, she has the misfortune of being selected to drop off homework printouts for her perpetually absent seatmate, Haru, who is a wild teen boy with no friends and no trust for the school system. By some stroke of fate, Haru decides that Shizuku is now his best friend and takes up following her around and looking after her.
Overall, what you get with My Little Monster is your typical slice-of-life high school romance. It follows all the well-known tropes:
~ Studious and somewhat boring female protagonist with no friends
~ Wild and carefree teen love interest that spurs new and blossoming feelings in our protag.
~ This love interest has a tragic back story only mildly hinted at in the anime.
~ Protag and her love interest collect new and interesting friends along the way.
~ Rival love interests on both sides create confusion and tension.
~All is resolved outside of the series, so read the manga kids!
I'm not going to lie, these types of anime are my guilty pleasure. And why not? A high school career infinitely more exciting than mine was, interesting and complicated friends that actually care about each other, and a well-crafted bishounen with a wild streak.
Overall, I would give this one a ★★★★/☆.