Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Manga Review: Nisekoi: False Love, Volume 20, by Naoshi Komi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: March 2017
Volumes: 25.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 19. 21.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?!

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.

When Marika’s plan to watch the first sunrise of the year with Raku goes awry, they find themselves stranded on an uninhabited island! As Marika’s health begins to fail, will they find a way to see the sunrise? Plus, when Yui turns 20, Night comes to her with a shocking pronouncement: it is time for Yui to get married!


The series is getting closer to the end, and it's obvious by the way that a couple of the girl contenders are starting to get checked off. In this volume, we see the resolution to Yui's plot, which is surprisingly sweet, honestly. I hadn't been a very big fan of her character, but I do like how she cares for everyone, and how she even has a friendship forming with Chitoge.
Then we're growing toward the conclusion with Marika. It's obvious that she's sick, that something more is wrong than she's letting anyone know. Raku has also been made aware that he needs to be honest with her about his feelings, once and for all, though he feels bad because of how much he really does like her, just as friends not romantically.
There isn't much of a conclusion yet for Chitoge or Onodera yet, but Raku is finally starting to reconsider his feelings, and now he's having a hard time figuring himself out. He's conflicted, and it's driving him crazy. None of the others are particularly as present of contenders—they have crushes, but it's obvious none of them have a chance.
Of course, amongst all this seriousness, there's a lot of comedy and crazy antics. New years comes and goes, and everyone makes a wish at the shrine; the girls also get drunk, again, and attack Raku (Ruri captures and lectures Shu, which is fantastic). I quite liked the moment of their wishes, and seeing everyone side-by-side. Other than that, and the conclusion of the island plot with Marika, there's a lot of Yui.
Of course, I'm enjoying this series a ton. I'm rather excited for the next one.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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