Sunday, March 20, 2016

Manga Review: Nisekoi: False Love, Volume 13, by Naoshi Komi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 2016
Volumes: 21+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 12. 14.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Haru learns that Raku and Chitoge's relationship isn’t real! Haru didn't like Raku initially because she thought he was a playboy, but now that she’s spent more time with him at the festival and knows about his false relationship... Meanwhile, Ruri's great-grandfather wants to meet Ruri's boyfriend, but Ruri doesn't have one, so she chooses the perfect person to play the role—Raku!


From the end of the last volume, we get an interesting development from Haru. Finding out that Raku and Chitoge are fake dating, her feelings change regarding him. She forces herself to rethink her previous judgments, and realizes that her sister actually has a chance with him now. Of course, her crush on him starts becoming even more apparent, but I do like that she learns to trust what he says because of this. She actually relents to trusting him more now that she understands.
There are a couple comedic chapters after this, where another badly-tested drug is passed around, and one where Marika forces Raku to pretend to be her boyfriend, and one where Chitoge tries cooking something edible for Raku.
But the main plot line is when Ruri is forced to visit her “dying” (or just dying) grandfather, and ends up taking Raku pretending to be her boyfriend, and Shu, with her. This is a development in seeing Ruri in a new light, and I like her, but it’s also a bit sad. It explains her relationship with Shu more, though.
A good volume overall. Will be reading the next one soon.

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