Thursday, May 11, 2017

Manga Review: Nisekoi: False Love, Volume 21, by Naoshi Komi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Volumes: 25.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 20. 22.

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.

Marika is ill but comes to school on Valentine’s Day just to bring Raku a gift of chocolate! Once again, she presses him to respond to her feelings… When her illness reaches a limit, she is forced to return to her family’s home in Kyushu. Unwilling to accept the loss of their friend, Raku and the gang take action!


This volume is full of Marika drama. We finally get to see what is going on with Marika, why she's been acting so weird.
We don't actually get to find out what's wrong with her, if she's really sick—that's still only hinted at. But we find out what her family situation is like. What her mother expects of her, and how un-moving she is in that. We also find out what is behind Marika's bodyguards actions, as well.
One thing of note with this volume, though: the humor seemed a little off. At times it felt more forced to break up the seriousness of the plot, and I don't feel that was necessary. I understand why, because it is a comedy series and it doesn't want to get sad and realistic, but it still broke up a few moments that I thought didn't need it.
I like how close the whole group is. When Marika leaves without telling anyone, they all freak out, and they work together to figure out what to do, how to save Marika from what's happening. Even though Raku isn't interested in her romantically, he still loves her like a best friend or like family. I love their relationship, and all of the girls friendships with each other, even if they all love the same guy.
Marika is one of my favorites. Marika is unapologetic in her love, in her affection and her feelings, and yet she hides her own weaknesses. I really like her as a character.
This volume ends on a cliffhanger, with the gang going out on their mission to save Marika. I quite enjoy this plot line so far, and am interested to see what the conclusion is. I'm wary of how cheesy it might be, though, and if Marika's big secret is going to be a letdown or not. Either way, I'm looking forward to 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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