Monday, August 18, 2014

Manga Review: Nisekoi: False Love, Volume 4, by Naoshi Komi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Volumes: 13+
Spoilers?: One, on who the new character is.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won't want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series!

It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up on the girl he made a promise to ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, in turn, holds the key that opens the pendant. To Raku's surprise, he discovers two girls have keys from a promise they also make ten years ago, Chitoge and his current crush Onodera! Making matters worse, another girl with a key appears on the scene...


If you’re looking for a legitimately good harem series, this is a good one to try. The characters themselves are worth it, which is just so nice.
The lock and key situation is actually heating up, surprisingly enough. There’s a confrontation of sorts between Ichijo and Onodera, and then between Ichijo and Chitoge which actually ends with a broken key. And then, with neither of them realizing that the other girl might be the key holder, a new girl is introduced, as Ichijo’s fiancĂ©.
This just makes things even more complicated. I don’t think I’m a big fan of the new girl, because she seems a little manipulative and gives me a bad feeling, but also because I’m already set on voting for Onodera or Chitoge.
I’m not even sure who the actual key holder is anymore, and now I’m wondering, whichever two it’s not, where their keys came from. I think I want it to be Onodera, but I’m not sure. It’s sounding more definitely like it’s the fiancĂ©, but I’m not fully convinced yet.
This series is surprisingly capturing. It’s easy to want to pick up the next volume when it’s released, and while the girls are multiplying and the lock and key situation is getting complicated, it’s still a very funny and cute series. The characters are all very easy to like, and different from each other. This series is doing fluffy harem very well.

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