English: Nisekoi: False Love
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to May 24, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisRaku Ichijou is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. Ten years ago, Raku made a promise... a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will "get married when they reunite." Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.
Then one day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge Kirisaki transfers into Raku's class. Their chemistry was more than off. There was not a moment where they were not fighting. But by a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers. Although his heart is really interested in his classmate Kosaki Onodera, Raku must continue pretending to be Chitoge's boyfriend.
(Source: Aniplex USA)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nisekoi
Sequel: Nisekoi OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
[WARNING: Slightly long review ahead. You can get by by reading the "In short" sections]
I was not interested in this show. The manga was the epitome of "Generic Harem." I don't think there isn't one cliche that hasn't happened in the series yet. From the characters' reactions to the actual settings of events, everything gave me a sense of Deja vu on the scale of the Endless Eight (only 2000s kids would get this reference!). So I anticipated this adaptation to bring exactly nothing new. It would be another bland series to add to every season's list of bland Harem Anime.
But then something happened. If you head over to the Nisekoi Anime announcement news article (you can find it here on MAL), you would discover that it began with soft squeals of excitement and nearly uniform cheers by manga fans. As you scrolled along, you would find a chorus-like echo of horror at the studio choice: Shaft. Looking at the thread might even feel like discovering the death of a civilization. IT felt almost as if I were looking at an ancient species discovering a cure to some disease, only to find that very cure would end their entire race.
But even then, I wasn't interested in this series. After chapter 60 of the manga (when my marathon ended), it felt like a slowly eroding cluster of repetition of cliches and never progressing plot. It wasn't until a whole year after it began did I start watching it. I finished it in two, no, three days after downloading from Nyaa.
Nisekoi, despite all of its cliches, is probably the best Harem series in recent years. It is also probably the purest example of the Harem genre. Should harem series ever go out of fashion and end in production, this should be the one harem series to show your grand kids what a "Harem" Anime was (I'm sure by then Japan's population will explode to overtake China's).
The show is a paradox. Its strength is the sheer attention the creators paid to subtle details. Even if you didn't like the manga, you might still find this series enjoyable. And if you haven't been keen on Harem series before, this could be your gateway series.
let's examine the aspects of the series and whether you will enjoy it.
Undoubtedly the most important aspect of a Harem Anime is its cast. And you know the show has done it well when it's know as "Battle of the Best Girls" among the online community.
The character of this series are generic in a sense of the word. All of them are "Tsunderes" in various doses of "Tsun."
However, there's clear character progression and backstory giving. This is most prominently seen in Chitoge, whose changes in behavior is most apparent. From her discovery of her connection to the main character to her treatment of the main character, all are subtly altered as events unfold.
While they can all be labeled with a name from TvTropes, the other characters are no slouches either.
Marika, Tsugumi, and Onodera each have their own respective charm and characterizations.
Unlike most harem series, the characters were clearly not a mash of cliches and actually felt like they EXISTED.
Even the main character, who can be wrote off as the typical "indecisive and dense male tsundere," has his own characterization. His motivations and actions are consistent with his initial personality, and he has enough "tsun" to not come off as a bitch (granted, some views might still experience frustrations with him).
Perhaps the greatest touch in characterizing the cast is the addition of monologues when they think about something. When their hands touch, when the MC gets horny, they're all given reasons and detailed descriptions on why the character feels that way (which is strengthened by the visuals).
Also, the girls are often depicted as Moe. The Studio avoided flaunting their bodies and turning show into another Harem-ecchi show where "characters" are poor excuses to show off the body designs (they know their audience!).
In short: the attention to detail, as well as balance of screen time between the girls give the cast vivid characterization(and not to mention more significant side characters compared to the spiritual predecessors).
Having a mandatory "story" rating is probably the rating system's greatest flaw. The story of Nisekoi is not epic. It's not something that you'd expect to find on Gurren Lagann's level. However, not emphasizing on the "plot" is its exact strength.
With modern Anime often taking the form of 1 cour short series (to lower cost), time is often squeezed. Sometimes, this is worsened by the existence of other sub-plots that don't necessarily help characterize.
Even worse is when producers choose to forgo characterization and instead stuff a bundle of cliches into character, taking up more time and reducing the quality of characterization.
Thankfully, Nisekoi has no such problem.
It's story is simple: Raku Ichijou, the protagonist, made a vague promise with a girl 10 years ago in which they promise to fulfill when the meet. They would verify each other's identities with a locket that Raku keeps, and a key the the girl keeps.
As a subplot, powerful family members (mobs, police, etc) of the girls are kept in check by Raku having a precarious balance of relationship with all of the girls.
That was the synopsis, but how did they handle the story? The show never takes its subplot too seriously. The story focuses on Raku and the mystery from 10 years ago with the family problems occasionally pushing the characters to interact. The subplot, however, is never taken "on a bus." It's always there, never too neglected nor too concentrated on. The side characters are given screen time to a certain extent, never to the point where we forget that they exist. They add a wonderful touch.
In short: The handling of the story is pretty much spot on. It is used to advance the character interaction and never too central as to detract character growth, but also never taken for granted. Events flew smoothly and felt as if they were REAL.
Probably the weakest department, yet still well matched to the series. There's no specific style that can be heard from the BGM. Everything felt like they fit the scene and made them better experiences.
The OPs are sang by ClariS. I didn't feel too moved by them. The tunes and themes sounded about the same as many other Anime OPs.
Very cheerful, harmonious sounds that borders boring (each to his own, you might like them).
However, I have to add that is an ending theme song for each of the girls, so that's something to enjoy.
The voice acting was perfect, spot on. Every character sounded exactly as I imagined them to sound. Chitoge with her bossy, slightly cheerful voice. Onodera voiced by KanaHana. Claude's authoritative, maniacal voice, and so on.
Probably the greatest concern for many manga fans. Famous from their Monogatari and Madoka Magicias series’, Shaft is known for their unique depictions of the series' world. Many feared (especially with the train wreck of Mekakucity Actors) that Shaft would render Nisekoi's world into unrecognizable Pseudo-spaces.
Boy were they wrong.
While the now-iconic Shaft “Spin around to do an action” and head tilt are still there, Nisekoi is a far cry from Nisekoi-monogatari. I would say this is probably the greatest improvement the manga has had (the manga’s backgrounds, from what I remember, might as well as have been drawn by Tite Kubo).
The characters are animated fluidly. The motions sprinkled in by Shaft do nothing to detract the series. Far from it, the exaggerated nature of the source’s plotline (gangsters stop fighting thanks to teenage dating) actually made Shaft’s liberal interpretations appropriate. Tsugumi’s chase scenes are animated with multitudes of guns, a feat that melts into the world of Nisekoi’s surreal world of spins and tilts. Zoom-ins are appropriate, with barely any ecchi (or so it felt) and a lot of focus on character expression. The irrelevant background characters, deservedly, are at times animated as gray blocks similar to Durarara and Mawaru Penguindrum. And the backgrounds are EXTRAVAGANT. I’m talking about 1920s Gatsby-style parties extravagance here. Though this is oddly appropriate due to the nature of the girls (Ojou-samas and generally influential girls). If not extravagant, the backgrounds are detailed and suit the theme. Everythign was beautiful, essentially, and much better compared to the manga.
Characters are sometimes animated in chibi style, amplifying their moe-ness and comical relief factor.
Many of the backgrounds (such as the forest) are drawn with detail. Shaft certainly didn't cheap out on their background.
In short: All of these touches made Nisekoi’s world (as much as I hate this word) unforgettable. it stands far and above many other Harem series in atmosphere due to the willingness to be exaggerate the world boldly.
With a consistent and well characterized cast, as well as vivid yet realistic depiction of the world, good enough sound (great voice acting), and a story that recognizes its strengths and but never mistreated, Shaft’s Nisekoi adaptation paints a surreal world that’s grounded in reality by character interaction. It is surely the standard bearer for Harem Anime to come. If they come at all (hint, look at next season’s list).
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think it’s time for me to hit the bookshelves and download some chapters of Nisekoi.
Edit: After I started to read the manga, I remembered that after the 50 chapters or so, the manga regresses and turns into something close to a CSI TV show: plotless, digestable, short, weekly chapters. For a WHILE. Just saying, the first portion of the manga IS the Anime, but the successive portions are very different. Hopefully it gets better. read more
Is it possible to like something that is completely unoriginal? According to Nisekoi, yes, it is.
When Nisekoi was slated for an anime production by studio SHAFT, the fans of the manga were torn between elation that it was actually being adapted and complete terror that SHAFT would be doing it. If you’re not aware with the common stereotypes of anime studios, a frank description of SHAFT would be, “They do whatever they want.” SHAFT has never been shy putting their own... unique spin on their adaptions. And, hey, whatta ya know, it actually works.
The SHAFT visuals are capable of turning a few heads, but they’re never overpowering as they are in many of their other shows, and the story and setting have an inexplicable charm to them despite the fact that literally every character and literally every situation has been done before.
The story of Nisekoi is not one of its strong points. I don't think anybody but the most diehard fans would even bother offering any sort of rebuttal here. It plays on almost every cliché in the book, from the childhood promise, to the fated encounter, to the downright absurd misunderstandings, even to the freaking beach episode, that I can’t help but think that this is all some elaborate parody of the harem genre. If it is, then the author did a damn good job because it certainly feels like one.
If you're looking for something believable, you won't find anything of the sort here. I realize that this is fiction, but there is a line up to where I'm willing to suspend my disbelief and Nisekoi clearly crosses it. I understand that we don't remember that much from our childhood, but do you really expect me to believe that a person would completely forget nearly every friend he had—not just their faces and names, but their actual existence? Is this where the “main character gets amnesia from an injury” cliché comes in?
I know every harem can get a little ridiculous, and I'm going to criticize it every time.
Art & Animation: 9/10
Typically there's not a whole lot of action going on in high school romantic comedies and harems, so the “Art & Animation” category is really just an “Art & Waifus” rating. Are the girls waifu material? (Alternatively, are the boys husbando material?) If so, 10/10, anime of the year, etc. Jokes aside, it's true that there really isn't much to say other than the art is pleasant. Everything is just solid and complement the scenes well.
However, I think this section deserves more discussion however simply due to the fact that SHAFT is at work. As I've stated, many fans of the manga were worried that SHAFT would take their style too far and that it would detract heavily from the source material, which many believe to be too inherently “normal” to be deflowered by SHAFT's hands, but fortunately that was not the case here. Sure, you've got Shinbo's signature camera angles and a few strangely elaborate backgrounds (and some intentionally simple ones), but these don't define the show as they might have in Bakemonogatari or Madoka Magica.
Nisekoi is a SHAFT show, sure, but it is not definitively so, which comes as a great relief to many, I'd imagine.
The voices are perfect. That's all that needs to be said. There was not a single voice that didn't fit a character to the tee.
The soundtrack is neither great nor distracting. To be honest, I can't really pick out more than one song that I'd actually remember being played, and I usually am a huge fan of background music and pay a lot of attention to it. It all sort of blended in, and I'm frankly not sure whether that's a good or bad thing.
My only genuine complaint is that the opening and ending songs are just so generic. Though, now that I think about it, maybe that was the whole point. Regardless, I didn't really find myself liking any of them. ClariS didn't really try to make their tracks stand out from any of their others, and some harsher critics might say that none of theirs are ever original-sounding. As for the character songs: it's always nice to hear the characters sing, but the songs just weren't that great.
If the story is cliché and generic, could it be possible that the characters rise to the occasion and present themselves as deep, fleshed out vessels complete with compelling motivations and relatable desires and realistic decisions?
The tsundere main girl? Check. The “good girl” (a.k.a. the Yamato nadeshiko)? Check. The perverted best friend that gets his ass handed to him every episode? Check. There is literally no character that isn't a practically a carbon copy of a past character or at the very least a blending of two. On top of that, the main characters are dense as dense can be, which makes it so easy for the ridiculous misunderstandings to manifest.
So why would I give this an acceptable score of 7/10? See the next section.
All of my complaining might actually convince someone that I dislike this anime because of how generic it is. On the contrary; I find all of the enjoyment in reveling in just how cliché nearly every moment is. If you've seen even 2 or 3 harems (and I've probably seen dozens), you can call out just about everything that is going to happen in each episode and in each scene. It's that predictable. Yet, there is an inexplicable charm which pervades the series. Yes, I was literally facepalming at nearly every scene in the show, but underneath that palm was a gigantic smile that I just couldn't hold back.
Nisekoi is not a groundbreaking anime by any means, but if it has proven one thing, it’s that originality is extremely overrated. All you need is a little charm, solid execution, and, of course, waifus. There's a reason that this story and these characters have been done before, and that's because they're enjoyable. Perhaps some of us are just in denial.
Here's for the inevitable season 2. read more
Romantic comedies with good character developments. It has a good mix of romance, drama and comedy that just makes sense.
It also has this 'who will he truly end up with?' feel, but more so in Nisekoi.
Romantic comedies - Nisekoi and Toradora define them with a main male protagonist trying to get attention of a girl they have set their eyes on. Unfortunately, circumstances often gets in their way. On the other hand, the main male protagonist gets into an unlikely alliance/relationship with another girl who has her own interests.
There is plenty of drama, comedy, and romance offered in both series. Perhaps the most prominent feature involves relationships the main male protagonist forms with others throughout the series.
Main characters have a similar start, by becoming acquainted, in Toradora they get close to help each other with their crushes, in Nisekoi they are faking a relationship without really knowing each other and in both they become more friendly and their feelings change later on in the story.
The main characters in both series have similar personalities.
-Both Romantic Comedies that have protagonists inadvertently start to fall for each other, despite not liking each other in the beginning.
-Both male and female protagonists personalities have similar personalities to their respective counterparts.
-Physical humor big in both shows.
Very much same situation. One guy likes a different girl, but can't get with them for reasons. Some sort of violence is invloved.
Both have a male protagonist who starts out as a "nobody" , and with the help of a female character/ characters finds friends and love
Nisekoi and Toradora both have a less typical approach to the romance genre. Rather than emulating the sensation of a relationship, these shows more so tackle the struggles of getting to that point. The similarity in plot for the two is striking. After watching one, the other will almost seem predictable, and is only set apart by differing plot mechanics.
-Blue haired protagonist
-Both like to say ''Soka'' and ''ohh'' (Ryūji says it 40 times as more)
-Both the girl are alike
More drama in Toradora and more comedy in Nisekoi
note: I personally like Nisekoi best
Both are romantic comedies with the main characters in similar positions; coming from families that may give off a sense of fear to fellow classmates. Nevertheless, Nisekoi is also full of hilarious moments, loveable and similar characters, and lots of romance drama!
Both have a male protagonist that likes her classmate for a long time, but gets involved with a different girl instead. Raku and Ryuuji has similarities with their personalities, and Chitoge and Taiga as well. Basically, both anime series are great, and both have romance and whole lots of comedy.
Both of these anime are romantic comedies. In both, there are two main love interests: Taiga and Minori in Toradora and Chitoge and Onodera in Nisekoi. Both also have a third minor interest with the same dual personality trait, Ami in Toradora and Tachibana in Nisekoi.
Same cliché school comedy/romance in which basically every female friend of the main character falls in love with him in some way, shape or form.
Takasu Ryuuji = Ichijou Raku
Aisaka Taiga = Kirisaki Chitoge
Kushieda Minori = Onodera Kosaki
Kawashima Ami = Tachibana Marika
-Both have a tsundere lead
-Has a tiny bit of fan service
These shows have a lot of similarities. The characters and the story are pretty much the same, also they are pretty much cliche. Toradora being more dramatic and you have way more feels, whereas Nisekoi focuses more on the comedy. If you liked one of these shows you'll probably like the other.
A main male protagonist gets caught up in multitude of romance angles. Both Nisekoi and Oreshura display relationship angles between various characters. The MC also pretends to date a popular girl at school (although for different circumstances). Throughout both series, there is implication that the main girl (Chitoge from Nisekoi, Masuzu from Oreshura) might see more to their "boyfriend" than meets the eye.
Expect comedy, drama, and misunderstandings. The main male protagonist also attracts attention of other female characters that complicates his life.
In both shows, the main male and female characters are in a "false" relationship, where they pretend to be lovers. Also, other female characters are also interested in the male lead, to a point that many female compete for the affection of the one dense male lead. Misunderstandings, drama, and comedy are sure to follow.
Both are similar in some ways, as in how the main boy and girl characters have to have some sort of "fake relationship."
Both protagonists in these series are caught up a situation where they have to pretend to date the main heroine. And also the other female cast have feelings for the main character while he's forced to "date" the main girl.
Harems, you either hate them or love them. But these two specific ones will have to be some of the best and are very much alike. The main male characters life becomes complicated after being forced to be in a fake relationship with a popular student. They necessarily do not like each other at first but can be questioned later into the series. Rumors and awkward situations start to come into play when other girls are introduced who aim to win the heart of the MC. Fake love? Real? Love triangles? Love polygons? Who wins the MC's heart? It has the drama, twists and comedy to have you going through a cycle of emotions.
Same scenario is in both where the "boy was force to befriend a girl." Also, the artstyle is almost similar.
OreShura and Nisekoi are similar for me because first, in OreShura, Eita, the male protagonist, has two main love interests, and have two (or more) girls included in the harem. In Nisekoi, it's like that too. Eita even has a fake girlfriend, like Raku in Nisekoi. But the reasons are very different from each other. In OreShura, the story is more focused in the quarrels between the "childhood friend" and "fake girlfriend," as the title suggests. While in Nisekoi, it's more about the character developments and how they interact with the main character and develop feelings for him. Both have pretty art that is pleasing to the eyes. But Nisekoi has better art and a more interesting storyline. Both are funny, but OreShura definitely made me laugh more. If you like romantic comedies with very interesting characters, try Oreshura or Nisekoi.
If you liked the arranged relationship in Oreshura then you'll love Nisekoi! The story's are somewhat similar, but the story line in Nisekoi is more in depth and really pulls you in more. Both are harems in which the main character has to pick between some very different in personality girls. Words can not explain how great Nisekoi is though! If you like Oreshura then you'll love this recommendation!
-Both had their male and female protagonists put up the "fake" couple act, but romance was still manifested...
- Both had equal number of girls for the harem of the male protagonist
-Three girls in the harem were childhood friends and one was not
-Both possessed the same genre (Romantic Comedy, School Life and Harem)
- feud between two clans was present which cause the protagonists to frame up as a couple
-the female protagonist is a tsundere
- the female protagonist is mostly friends with the harem
- the protagonists put up the fake couple act in order to prevent stalkers as both are "anti-love"
- the female protagonist has split personalities for she has an identity crisis
- the female protagonist sees the harem as her real rivals
Both protagonists are forced into a fake relationship with another female they don't enjoy being with. Other females are also interested in the protagonists, but keep their distances thinking its an actual relationship. Overall, they give the same kind of feel and I would definitely recommend both series to anyone interested in watching a romance anime.
Opening Theme#1: "CLICK" by ClariS (eps 2-14)
#2: "STEP" by ClariS (eps 15-19)
Ending Theme#1: "CLICK" by ClariS (ep 1)
#2: "Heart Pattern" by Chitoge Kirisaki (CV: Nao Touyama) (eps 2-7)
#3: "Recover Decoration (リカバーデコレーション)" by Kosaki Onodera (CV: Kana Hanazawa) (eps 8, 10-13)
#4: "STEP" by ClariS (ep 14)
#5: "TRICK BOX" by Seishirou Tsugumi (CV: Mikako Komatsu) (eps 15-17)
#6: "Hanagonomi (はなごのみ)" by Marika Tachibana (CV: Kana Asumi) (eps 18-19)more
#7: "Souzou Diary (想像ダイアリー)" by Chitoge Kirisaki (CV: Nao Touyama), Kosaki Onodera (CV: Kana Hanazawa), Seishirou Tsugumi (CV: Mikako Komatsu), and Marika Tachibana (CV: Kana Asumi) (ep 20)
#B: "Order X Order" by Ruri Miyamoto (CV: Yumi Uchiyama) (Blu-ray and DVD)
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