Monday, June 1, 2015

Manga Review: Nisekoi: False Love, Volume 8, by Naoshi Komi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: March 2015
Volumes: 17+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 7. 9.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on 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.

As Chitoge gets more and more acclimated to her new life in Japan, she finds herself spending more time with Raku and her newfound friends, most of whom have a crush on Raku as well! But now that it's Valentine's Day, will Chitoge and friends find the nerve to give Raku their homemade chocolates?!


This series is just so much fun. I just love it. It’s developing very slowly when it comes to real plot and romance, but the characters are so great. I can’t resist picking this series up as every volume is released.
A lot happens in this volume, and I hadn’t realized how short the chapters were before. Raku has a bad spirit connected to him at one point and the girls freak out, then the girls get drunk and hit on him. There’s a chapter for changing seat assignments, which gets redone over and over and over again, hilarious every time. Marika gets a job, where she works hard to keep it. And then Valentine’s Day happens, and all the girls freak out over what kind of chocolate to give.
There is time for each of the girls to get some focus, for their own crush on Raku, and even for Ruri and Shu. There’s equal opportunity for all of them, and they’re all so unique that it’s fun to see.
This is the best harem series, and each volume is hilarious and cute. I want more plot, but each piece of plot or character development we get is worth it.

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