It was hate at first sight... rather a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival’s daughter, who just so happens to be Chitoge! However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, and he can't even remember her name or face!
[I'm typng down everything below, relying solely on my memory] Nisekoi is a romcom, and a successful one at that. There's Raku Ichijou, our main male protagonist, who just happens to be a girl magnet. Anyhow, that's beside the point. Getting to the actual review now. The story is interesting. I mean, the author does a good job in terms of making the childhood friend a mystery, and keeps us wondering. This is probably the only original part of it all. The rest of the plot are filled with cliches. Generally speaking, if you wish to read a shoujo manga will all of the usual stuff [ ie. girl being afraid of the dark despite acting tough ; girl hate boy at first sight and vice versa ; forced into a relationship despite not liking one another ; etc] this is the manga for you. It's pretty boring, to be honest. I mean, the parts that are meant to be funny makes me laugh, but this manga makes it so easy for me to toss it aside, and approach another. The art is good. The miens the characters wear are beautiful. Though there are times when the art is questionable, but it's adorable in the end. I like the art. Period. The side characters are amazing. The main ones, are crap. They're dense, hesitant, secretive, and honestly, the plot would go nowhere had the side characters been absent since the beginning. The main characters, Raku Ichijo, Chitoge Kirisaki, and Onodera Kasaki. They're cute to a certain degree, but are honesty boring. Their reactions could be easily predicted, and that honesty ruins the story. They each have their own individual quirks, and share some qualities, such as the inability to do anything. Maybe I'm exaggerating on that one. But seriously. They can make no contributions to the main plot, had the side characters such as Ruri or Shu were not there. But that aside, it's still an okay manga. The love story still sucks though. c:
I don't usually read manga, in fact, I think this is the only manga I've ever completed (reading manga takes too long), so I'm mainly comparing this to the anime version and other anime I've watched. The only reason I read Nisekoi is because I wanted to know the whole story rather than wait for the anime to come out (The anime's good, but not as good as the manga). Also, I read Nisekoi 1 year ago, so forgive me if some things are inaccurate. By the way, I won't put any spoilers. OVERALL Nisekoi is 100% harem and romantic comedy, but what makes it different from the other romantic comedies is that the author carefully thought out all the character personalities and their relationships. The complexity of the small friend circle is truly amazing. STORY The story is pretty straightforward. A bunch of girls suddenly appear in Raku's life, and he has to choose one of them. A lot of the chapters don't contribute to the story, and are only for developing relationships a little, so it might get a little boring if you are here just for the story. ART The art is pretty good, there isn't much else to say about it. CHARACTERS All the characters have completely different personalities, which makes their relationships so complex. Each relationship is very different from another, and you get to see how the relationships develop and go through ups and downs. However, everybody's personalities are pretty much set in stone from the beginning, and once you understand them, events are pretty predictable.
No spoiler part pros: -well made girl characters for harem its easy for people to pick up one that they wish to win -sometimes very good jokes cons: -main story is about 25% of all chapters (so if u like mangas with short stories that end in one or two chapters then this is manga for you and i would rate it 8 at that point) - no main character development for 200 chapters - very predictable story SPOILER Part !!! Well story starts very interestingly as Raku (main character) is son of yakuzas leader and is forced to date girl from some gang in order to make a peace between families. Ofcorse they both hate each other Raku and that girl (Chitoge) and in early parts we see both yakuza and gang trying to pick a fight with each other but sadly later on autor dont use them in story, if only for joke. As far as main character goes he is always the same he always try to act nice and thats all about him ( also he is good at coocking). As story goes he is always same to everyone he reacts same until the end when it feels like author decied to finish this manga so he force him to pick one girl wich is ofc girl he was forced to date in the begining. So for the whole time lets say 190 chapters Raku reacts to everyone the same. Thats why i had feeling like im reading the same "love story" again and again with other girls like Onodera sisters , Tsugumi or even Ruri(even though she doesnt like him she feels same way in her ark with her grandfather). Nice change was Marika she made this manga at least a little diferent but sadly her last part of story where she was forced to get married was a bit off. Also best writen love development was for me between Ruri and Shuu wich was showen in nearly every chapter wich is sad since they are not main characters of the story. So thats why i gave 6 points for the story. Since i finished it its not under 5 plus i like that magic behind the pendant. As art goes it was pretty good but it wasnt mindblowing so thats why 7 it is also there were some funny faces that i like wich were well drawn. Characters: -Raku: boring -Chitoge: energetick, cute but same during whole manga except for when she found that she likes Raku -Onodera Kosaki - classic shy girl nothing new -Marika: always showing her love to Raku sometiems its too much -Yui: you need to have oneechan in harme right i guess ? -Tsugumi: hardest to describe from all charactrers but serves as more like side character that serves Chitoge but is well writen. And her chapters are prob. best of all girls( my favorite character) -Ruri: support for onodera -Shuu class comic(aslo wery well writen) Overall it has average characters 7 (wasnt abel to wind waifu here)(6+7+7)/3= 6,666667 so if we round it matematicly its 7 its not anything new but its solid and it wasnt waste of time for me.Recommendations if you liked this manga : Yamada-kun and seven withces or Go-toubun no hanayome(this was my first review also sorry for my english)
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