@thecatstolemypen wanted to know what anime this clip came from and I actually forget the title of this anime every time I want to recommend it so I’m making this post as much for my OWN reference as for everyone else who should most definitely watch it.
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) is about a high school student named Sakura who discovers that her crush, Nozaki, a seemingly serious and quiet person, leads a secret double life as a shoujo manga author.
As Sakura begins to help out with the manga production, she gradually realizes that everything Nozaki writes is based on the people around him, and also that Nozaki thinks about absolutely nothing else. This results in Sakura often finding herself in what could be a romantic moment with Nozaki, but he is so earnestly intent on analyzing the situation to recreate it in fiction later that he is completely oblivious to Sakura’s feelings.
What makes this anime amazing is how it spends a lot of time deconstructing common manga/anime tropes, so you would think that, like so many “lol tropes” anime, it’s going to be constructed entirely of tropes itself. But it’s not. Each character is far more complex than the tropes that they’re supposed to represent (and that is where much of the tension lies, between Nozaki’s attempts to distill his human classmates down to something he can write into a manga, and their complexities that constantly clash with what he wants them to be). Everybody is absolutely ridiculous at times, but they’re allowed to still be characters instead of shallow trope stand-ins. That’s why the comedic moments actually pay off in this anime–the characters feel like actual people, so their over-the-top moments are that much more hilarious in contrast.
Anyway this anime is probably responsible for some of the best memes that you have probably already seen, including this one.