Synonyms: 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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Score: 8.151 (scored by 49697 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.
(Source: Aniplex USA)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nisekoi
Side story: Nisekoi OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
It is a delightment to be able to write a review for Nisekoi, though the anime was not perfect, it has provided me with significant entertainment during the last few months. Even if my review may seem negative, it is just because I am analyzing an anime by parts and category. As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed Nisekoi.
The plot of Nisekoi is rather mediocre. With a redundant premise, Nisekoi has nothing new to contribute to the rom-com genre. The creativity of the story and its complexity is minimal at best, non-existent at least. Do no expect to be blown away by the story line, in fact, the plot will leave you wanting in most of the episodes. There are the standardized anime episodes such the festival, the school play, and the beach episodes. None of them adds anything unique to the template, it is just a repetition from what we have traditionally seen.
It is not as if the premise is weak, though not original, the premise of a MC looking for the girl of his past to open his locket has potentiality for a lot of complexity and twist. This, however, was not done in Nisekoi, and of course this is not directly the anime's fault but rather a representation of the manga. Even when the chance for legit development appeared, the event was squandered by a random, indescribable, improbable set of circumstances. An example would be a girl sitting next to her crush, with her gathering up all the courage to tell her crush that she wants to kiss him....and actually does say it!! Then it turns out that the guy fell asleep seconds before her confession, and wakes up seconds after the end of statement. One event like this may fly past the radar, but the agglomeration of these types of events prevents anyone from taking the plot and story line of this anime seriously.
Even a young child would face-palm at the irritable progression of the plot.
I did not feel like an episode was lacking in art. Sure, there were some frames that were reused, and the animation wasn't super fluid every scene, but overall the art was good. Since Shaft produced Nisekoi, there is a lot of similarity between this anime's art and previous anime of theirs. I didn't even know Shaft produced this before watching the anime, but a few seconds into the first episode, I could just tell.
It wouldn't be true that the art style is done better in Nisekoi than in other of Shaft's works, but it was a great fit for Nisekoi. I enjoyed the close ups, the quick glances, and the over dramatization of emotions. I'm really into experiencing the story, and this art style especially focuses on characters more than background. I think this can be weird to some at first, but it really brings the point home that its' the characters that one should be paying attention to the most. Nisekoi did a great job in making the character design shine. I can vividly recall scenes where I felt enamored by some of female design and how they fit. Nisekoi did a great job of letting us see them THROUGH the eyes of Raku.
Marvelous soundtrack. Soundtracks can make or break a scene, and in Nisekoi, every scene was amply elevated by its choice of bgm. I'm highly receptive to visual and auditory stimulants, so I found myself captivated by a lot of events ,that were poor plot wise, but were done so beautifully that it captured my attention away from the plot but into the art, and even emotions of the characters involved. I think that this is the telos of any soundtrack, to make scenes even more riveting that it would have been otherwise. Excellent soundtrack.
The strength of Nisekoi may not be its storyline or plot complexity, but instead lies within its characters. Nisekoi has the ability to make all of its characters likable, and this is a very RARE element to have. At the end of the anime, I didn't find myself hating any characters. I do have my preference of who I would like Raku to be with, but this is more of my own personal taste than any loathing that I feel for the rest of the female cast. Of course, this may be due to the lack of complexity of the story, and the author playing it safe with everyone, but there have been anime done with poor plot progression along with horrible and unlikable characters. Nisekoi should applauded for its characters.
The main character, Raku, at first glance seems to be our typical dense lead. He's an average looking person with no particular exceeding talent( maybe besides cooking, but this wasn't developed). He seems to be average in school, his attitude is average of someone of his type, and his character design is slightly different. He has the will to protect his friends, but to be utterly oblivious to obvious signs. He also seems to have the ability to fall asleep in matter of mini seconds, and to wake up just as fast. His redeeming point is that when Raku WANTS to, he can be astute in his observation. There are monologues of his where if given more time, and more info, he would have cracked this mystery surrounding him. Raku is not a stupid generic character, he does have a girl that he is mainly interested in. He acts according to this preference, but again due to poor plot, none of these actions are actualized into substantive events. This is more of a plot issue than a character issue.
Chitoge, the blonde bombshell, is the eccentric vivacious main girl. She's loud and obnoxious, and can be unreasonable at times. However, she also have her redeeming qualities. She grew up without having too many friends, and she longs for sisterly companionship. On the inside, she is a compassionate person, that probably has had to put on up a tough mask due to the teasing done to her back in America. It is surprising that she is a strong student considering the shortcomings of the educational system of the U.S, but that is besides the point. If given enough time, Chitoge does become lovely and likable in her own way.
Kosaki Onodera seems to correlate with the cute nice shy template. She's not as vivacious as Chitoge, and is too timid to assert herself in the middle of a big crowd. This is not to say that Onodera is complacent, she has willed herself to reveal her feelings numerous times, but again due to improbable and reaching circumstances, these confessions have fell to deaf ears. This is not a character flaw of Onodera, but again a shortcoming of the plot.
The remaining cast , in my opinion, just serves to spice up the dynamic between the three characters mentioned above. Tsugumi is a personal favorite of mine, but she doesn't bring any relevance to the plot except for minor details. Maiko is invisible and obscure, besides his sexual tangents, he just brings slight humor. Marika makes a late appearance, however, the appearance is so late that it makes it hard to emphasize with her. Ruri is funny and spices the plot in a good way, but her will cannot beat the incomprehensible twist of Nisekoi.
With Nisekoi, the parts doesn't equal the whole. There were a lot of details that left me wanting in the first season of Nisekoi, but overall, the anime was quite intriguing and enjoyable. The art and sound compliments each other so well, the characters have an excellent dynamic to leave you laughing and caring for them. There is fan service, but is tastefully done relative to other anime of the same genre.
I do recommend this anime to anyone looking for a strong romantic comedy.
Overall: (90%) With this anime, the categories does not hold the same weight. I am eagerly waiting for a second season.
It is that time of the season again. Where that legendary anime studio, that every anime fan and their mother knows the name of, Shaft, comes with another adaptation where they put their own technical chops into. Regardless of whatever manga or light novel they want to adapt, especially when Akiyuki Shinbo is head of production, they always want to shift their own spin on it to make it their own unique vision. The results are either really good or very mediocre. Thankfully with Shaft’s recent show, Nisekoi, it is one of those on their filmography that deserves to be on the former side of the spectrum.
There is nothing really much to criticize or praise about Nisekoi’s plot, under the premise that there’s not much that you could regard as a significant plot. While it isn’t magnificent, the show doesn’t really try to build it up as anything but silly and frivolous in its storytelling, which leads into its comedic writing. Even when Nisekoi tries to be serious and heartwarming, it still has an edge where it comes across as pandering silliness to it to, to the point where it comes off almost as parody. What does save the show from being terrible from this angle is the comedic writing being very spot-on and sharp in its dialogue, and how the show presents it in its pacing. Shaft’s idea of comedy come from Shinbo’s great direction, with his recognizable camera angles and his obsession with putting it directly at a character’s face whenever a significant comedic moment happens. The comedic timing has a great hook to it as well. With the experimental editing, it makes the comedic timing and its pacing stand out very nicely.
Directly in-conjunction with the comedy in what makes Nisekoi appealing to watch is the characters. All are very diverse in their personalities, based on their own archetype that they fill in for the plot. Right away, you can clearly see how these roles seem very similar in tropes; the loud-mouthed tsundere, the long-time childhood friend who has a crush on the protagonist, the protagonist’s perverted friend and so on. Like I said before, the self-parodied way Shaft implements its comedy doesn’t necessarily put down the characters from having these cliched tropes, with the exception of the perverted friend who doesn’t leave much of an impression. Most of them still have enormous charm and charisma to their personalities, which make them worthwhile to laugh out loud towards. What does make a harem cast extremely well done is the fact that you find all of the characters likable, and in that respect, you wouldn’t mind whoever the protagonist goes out with. I could consider Nisekoi, along with Sora no Otoshimono and Boku wa Tomodachi, to be one of the few that actually fulfills this aspect quite nicely.
To start picking out characters individually, our main protagonist, Ichijou, actually proves to be a likable character in spite what many might point out how he never seems to bat an eye to how certain girls might see him. Chitoge, the beautiful blonde girl and our main heroine, is a ton of fun to see in many hilarious attempts at being entertaining from her charming personality and studious stature, despite being fragile underneath it. Our childhood friend character, Onodera, might seem like the most uninteresting out of the rest at first, but as she grows onto you, she is in no shortage of getting a lot of laughs and cuteness, thanks in part to Kana Hanazawa’s great performance. The tomboy of this lovely harem is named Tsumugi, who has less screen-time than most of the girls. This shouldn’t knock down the significant aura she ushers in Nisekoi, that and I’m a huge sucker for tomboys. Finally we have Marika, the snooty and conniving girl that promised marriage from a childhood oath to our protagonist. Even though I wouldn’t call her out as being kind of dull and overly conniving in too many places, the writers all did a decent job of adding in some twists here and there to make her at least stand out to the crowd.
The quality of animation brought by Shaft in Nisekoi is absurd and almost incomprehensible in some places to describe from how they portray certain comedic situations. However, whether it goes through those hilarious situations or not, the animation still has that same spark of creativity that Shaft has been known for since their inception. Their ability to transcend all of the characters’ art designs into deformed designs create a very visceral outlook to the insane amount of wacky humor that is present in Nisekoi. On the technical side of things, there are no obvious signs of corners being cut with the budget that Shaft had to work around with. Characters flow fluidly enough to garner some recognition for the animators who worked hard on making the girls look very cute and funny in motion.
Audio department is in no short of brilliance for Nisekoi, besides the fact that the music is nothing too special from the usual synthesizer instrumentation that you typically hear in most anime shows. Nisekoi gathers some of the best voice actors in the business that all work extremely well together, adding to the characters’ distinctive voices. Kana Hanazawa has definitely redeemed herself after a couple of underwhelming shows these past two seasons by playing the lovable Onodera. Her attempts at being embarrassed are in no short of hilarity and cuteness from her brilliant talent. The recent starlet, Nao Touyama, plays the heroine Chitoge, and she is definitely having a ball with playing her in what can be considered her first tsundere role. Needless to say, she needs to play more in her future career. The last one in the main cast is Kouki Uchiyama, who plays harem protagonists that can be hit or miss, but he actually does a pretty nice job with Ichijou in giving him a nice needed level of sympathy and style to his comedic performance.
Observing the overall basis for Nisekoi will leave people feeling that Nisekoi only adds more on the table of bland romance shows in a harem on the drawing board. The strange truth is that it definitely is, but the show doesn’t try to be what it’s not. It’s proud of being another generic harem show and proudly displays itself out of the rest. That might seem like a strange recommendation at first, but when you have the brilliant team behind Shaft that adds so much layers of depth to the show’s comedy and characters, there are very few things not to like about Nisekoi. This and many other shows that Shaft has made that are similar to Nisekoi are living proof that you can guarantee the talent Shaft has in creating a story that is seemingly done before, but adds fresh twists to it to make it feel exciting enough to sit down and watch it from beginning to end.
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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. To me, they were the type of anime where I thought,"What am I going to do with my life now?" after finishing the series. Overall, they give the same kind of feel and I would definitely recommend both series to anyone interested in watching a romance anime.
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.
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.
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)
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