The first half of the episode focused on Yamaguchi. He seems to be used to always getting his way, but he is struggling on how to react around Shizuku. The episode also took another look into Haru's past. We first saw about Haru and Yamaguchi's relationship when they were little. From another flashback we could pick up that Yuuzan has reasons to hate Haru, but he cannot do it. The episode ends with a hug between Haru and Shizuku, and another of their weird and melancholic exchanges.
Episode 11 of My Little Monster was absolutely great. It is one of the strongest in my opinion. It was nice to see a bit more about Yamaguchi's life and personality. The series continues to do a great job combining weirdness, comedy, drama and melancholy. On a side note, Chizuru's little sister made a couple of appearances. I wish we had more of her because she seems like a potential cool character. This great episode gets a 10 out of 10.
In episode 12 the series shifted its attention to the great Natsume. As expected she is still struggling with her feelings for Mitsuyoshi. Natsume has in general a problem interacting with other males (especially school mates) around her. Natsume is also a very lonely and under confident girl, who pretends to have things under control. Later, everyone goes to a shrine for New Year's Eve. Afterwards, on the roof of Haru's home, Natsume appears to confess to Mitsuyoshi.
I was hoping for this episode to settle the Natsume-Mitsuyoshi once and for all, but it did not. Episode 12 of My Little Monster was not that great and felt uneventful. Hoping for a strong finale, I give this episode a 8 out of 10.
The episode began with Haru looking desperately for something. He ran into Shizuku, Natsume, Sasayan and Yamaguchi. He accidentally dropped something with each of them. This caused them, and almost all the rest of the characters, to meet at the batting center. At the end of the episode Shizuku ran into Haru on the stairs by her place. Both saw together what appeared to be a winter firefly, which was what Haru was so desperately looking for.
The final episode of My Little Monster did not feel much like a conclusion. Nothing was solved!. There is not much to analyze. The most interesting part of the episode for me was Chizuru's little sister running into a wondering Nagoya (Haru's rooster). The series seems to be the first season of a continuing franchise, but to me a second season is doubtful. This episode gets a 7 out of 10.
In general My Little Monster was a fun and entertaining series. All the main characters are interesting and easy to root for. I want to give a big commendation to the artists and animators of this series. Although, the character and background designs were simplistic, they were very well done. The facial expressions on the characters were very effective in conveying emotions. The story and character are quite intriguing, and I hope we get more anime.