Synonyms: Nisekoi: False Love
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to May 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.051 (scored by 13382 users)
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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.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Nisekoi
Characters & Voice Actors
Notice : This review is based on the 8 episodes that has already been aired. Even though it is believed, or probably is inaccurate, i still wrote this review for my personal reasons. Full review will be available after it finishes airing.
High school life is the moment of happiness, joy, friendship, and love. That if it's a normal high school life. In Raku Ichijou's case, it couldn't be describe as a normal. Being a heir to a notorious yakuza family, his life is always surrounded by violence, gang wars and such made his goal of living an honest life pointless. Despite of that, he still has friends that cared for him, a girl he had crush on and vice versa, and also a childhood promise that he kept on dearly for 10 whole years. But that's not all. What really matters is when Raku is forced to undergo a fake relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, a girl from a mafia family or else, the whole city will burn down.
Nisekoi revolves around past promises, fake love, and also love (the real thing). Story is moderate-paced and dynamic with events that keeps making viewers (me) interested. The main aspect of the anime is romance which is balance by the comedy that appears every now and then. Every episode is about how the character's feeling for each other progress and also new characters that keeps showing up. Personally it's very entertaining and causes curiosity about what will happen next due to the dynamism of the story.
Now, the -probably- most noticeable aspect that really made this anime stood up is the artwork and animation. Beautiful light colours is what you're going to be getting a lot in this anime. Character design and background is somewhat unique due to it's light bright colours. If you're still not getting the point, try imagining 'Bakemonogatari' not with it's dark themed art, but with cute characters and bright relaxing colours instead. Some say it's a masterpiece... i say it's pretty decent... you? It's up to you to decide.
The characters seems pretty good, i think. For me, judging the characters from an anime to be considered 'good' is whether i respect them or i find it pretty enjoyable. In nisekoi's case, i found it both respectable and enjoyable. The main male protagonist is your typical shounen character and the female protagonist is your typical shoujo character. What makes it extraordinary is that when the couple are together, it all changes. Trading verbal abuses at each other while hardly trying to fake their relationship is what they do. They're not the couples you see every day, well they're not real couples anyway. Meanwhile Onodera, the girl who Raku had a crush on, plays a quite important role on the story too. I'am not going to tell the details since it will all be spoilers.
Character progression is good, well paced, and very interesting. Maybe, since I don't really know the details myself, the only thing that seems to be a complaint to most people reading the manga is that new characters keep showing up. I'am not really sure that it should be considered to be a bad thing or a good thing, but since it's based on the readers of the manga, lets just hope that it will turn out well in the anime.
Okay, sounds. I'am not going to go too deep on the sounds, so here it is.
Voice Acting. I don't know. Decent maybe?
'OP' is by Claris which have huge similarity with openings from Oreimo. Personally enjoyed them both anyway.
'ED' sang by Chitoge's seiyuu. Pretty cute voice.
Story - 8
Characters - 8
Artwork - 9
Enjoyment - Over 100
Overall - 9
Nisekoi or in japanese ニセコイ is a great example of how Rom-Com anime should be made. Having great romance and comedy itself instead of those with shitty ecchi and stupid harem. I recommend this anime to everyone with rom-coms fanatism (for example myself).
~The title consists of two japanese words, Nise and koi. It implies fake love. But somehow my love for Nisekoi isn't fake at all.~ read more
So after reading 62 chapters of the manga and watching 6+ episodes of the anime I guess I can safely step into the territory of "reviewing" this show in a sense as what to expect when new viewers want to try this show out. This is more like a first impression rather than a review.
Right off the bat, I started reading the manga back in September of 2013 and was pretty excited when I heard that this show was going to get an adaptation, and since its Shaft.. You can't really go wrong. After reading the manga for this long (and still going) Nisekoi's Anime adaptation is...VERY UNIQUE (feels like Monogatari...because it's Shaft), I didn't really feel intrigued from the anime as much as I did with the manga, because I was thinking the anime's adaptation would be something similar and along the lines of a typical highschool Anime for e.g. To Love Ru type of setting or Hataraku Maou-sama, but that being said, after watching 3 episodes I started to like the way Shaft is adapting the manga.
The Story is pretty much enjoyable, if you are into shows that have Romance with a twist (for details refer to the synopsis).
The anime doesn't adapt the manga in-order of chapters and has its own spin and misses some parts from the manga, that's to say, the studio is choosing random chapters from the manga and just animating those instead of following chapter by chapter. This actually works in Nisekoi's favor since each chapter has a different set of events and those events start and finish within the span of 16-19 pages.
NOW the ART.... In one word... IT IS AMAZING, OUTSTANDING, GORGEOUS.. and on and on. Seriously, the art of this show is soo amazing that it down right outshines the manga. You have to see it and compare it to believe it. People say that all animations are pretty and give it a rating of 7/10 but I think the animation for this show is just...TOO good to ignore. It does gradually come down here and there but its the overall picture and the quality. Watch it at 1080p and you will know what I mean.
As for the characters... well, if you are going to watch the show, the first episode should pretty much explain to you what type of characters Raku, Chitoge and Onodera (All three are the main characters) really are.
In terms of enjoyment, it's giving a good laugh so far and it probably will for the next 10-15 episodes (since the manga is fun to read).
Overall: I give it a 9 because of enjoyment and the beautiful art. The thing is people have their own preferences. On MAL, people are judgmental. This review is based on my preference and for people with similar taste. So if your into the types of anime i have on my list then you will enjoy this show.
P.S: This isn't exactly a review but if you've come so far, thank you for reading. I will keep updating this review as the series progresses. Go to my profile and check my description. There is a little surprise for Nisekoi fans in the link provided there. I hope you will like it :)
They both feel like the same thing since it has those cuts in the middle. Nisekoi is more romance-focused while Bakemonogatari is supernatural.
They both have that same trippy style (Bakemonogatari's is more pronounced) like scene cutting, slow motion shots, soft color backgrounds, off colored objects (like blue desks or green background characters)...
Basically I watched Nisekoi for maybe 5 minutes before I asked, "Was this made by the same guy that made Bakemonogatari?"
Both shows from SHAFT and with the same art style, which I personally completely love. Araragi and Raku have quite similar personalities, always helping everyone, which gets them quite a noticeable harem. These shows also have really interesting and enjoyable characters.
+ Shaft animation in a high school setting anime
+ One guy surrounded by several girls, some who like him and some who are annoyed by him
+ A little action, but there's more of a focus on the character interractions and the unique animation style that goes with it all
- Bakemonogatari is much more focused on psychological stuff and talking, plus it has a strong supernatural element where Nisekoi involves gangs
It's made by the same company I believe. The head tilt, the unique art style, and completeness constantly remind one series of the other. However, whereas nisekoi is a rom-com focusing heavily on the love life of the protagonist, the monogatari series is more of a fantasy that often shifts focus points between the main character and the characters around him.
- Both have Shaft animation styles
- Both share a similar kind of soundtrack (same feel)
- Both have lots of inner monologues (just not as long in Nisekoi)
Both have similar levels of comedy, although Bakemonogatari is focused more on mystery, while Nisekoi is more romance-based. Both use similar art styles, with similar unorthodox camera angles and presentation. And in both anime, the MC is the cynical narrator.
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.
-Blue haired protagonist
-Both like to say ''Soka'' and ''ohh'' (Ryūji says it 10 times 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!
Opening Theme"CLICK" by ClariS
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 Kosaka Onodera (CV: Kana Hanazawa) (eps 8-)
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