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Nisekoi: False Love Part 1 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 7, 2014 by  



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“Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series that I couldn’t help myself but watch all episodes in one night. It’s an addictive anime series and for anyone who is looking for a lighthearted, fun and humorous anime, will definitely want to give “Nisekoi: False Love” a chance.  Recommended!

Image courtesy of © Naoshi Komi/SHUEISHA, SHAFT, MBS. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Part 1

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2014

DURATION: Episode 1-5 (125 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, Japanese Linear PCM Stereo, Subtitles: English and Japanese

COMPANY: Aniplex Inc.

RATED: Suggested 13 and Up

Release Date: November 25, 2014


Originally created by Naoshi Komi

Chief Director: Akiyuki Simbo

Director: Naoyuki Tatsuwa

Script by Akiyuki Simbo, Fuyashi Tou

Character Design by Nobuhiro Sugiyama

Art Director: Ken Naito

Anime Production: SHAFT


Featuring the following voice talent:

Kana Hanazawa as Kosaki Onodera

Kouki Uchiyama as Raku Ichijō

Nao Tōyama as Chitoge Kirisaki

Kana Asumi as Marika Tachibana

Mikako Komatsu as Seishirō Tsugumi

Takehito Koyasu as Claude

Yumi Uchiyama as Ruri Miyamoto

Yuuki Kaji as Shū Maiko


10 years ago, Raku made a secret promise with a girl he met that they would “get married when they reunite.” Since then, he never let go of the pendant she gave him…

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Like any average high school student, Raku lives with FAMILY pressures… Unlike most teenagers, he’s the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family.

One day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge transfers into Raku’s class. Their chemistry was more than off. Not a moment went by without them fighting. But, through a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers. Although his heart is really interested in his classmate Kosaki, Raku must pretend to be Chitoge’s boyfriend.

What will happen to this false [NISE] love [KOI]?!


Naoshi Komi’s manga work is well-known for readers of “Weekly Shonen Jump”.

From “Koi no Kami-sama”, “Williams” and “Double Arts”, Komi’s manga “Nisekoi” (False Love) was created as a one shot for Jump NEXT! in 2011 but then receiving the go-ahead as a weekly manga serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”.  It was also one of the first manga to receive an English translation online courtesy of Shueisha and also received a 20-episode anime series which aired on Tokyo MX.

The anime series produced by SHAFT and was directed by Naoyuki Tatsuwa (“Katteni Kazo”, “Kofuku Graffiti”), series composition by Akiyuki Simbo (“Hidamari Sketch”, Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko”, “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”) and Fuyashi Tou (“Bakemonogatari”, “Hanamonogatari”, “Tsukimonogatari”), character design by Nobuhiro Sugiyama (“Puella Magi Madoka”, “ef: a tale of memories”, “Arakawa Under the Bridge”) and art direction by Ken Naito (“Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, “Hanamonogatari”, “Koufuki Graffiti”, “CODE-E”).

And now, Aniplex has released the first volume (the first five episodes) of “Nisekoi: False Love” on Blu-ray in the U.S.

“Nisekoi: False Love” revolves around high school Raku Ichijou.  When Ichijou was a kid, he met a girl and he kept a lock, she kept the key and promised each other to get married if they one day find each other.

Since then, Ichijou has kept his promise and has worn the lock around his neck and has been hoping to meet her again.

But Ichijou’s life is a little complicated.  While a good-natured individual, unfortunately for him, he is the son of the leader of the Shuei-gumi yakuza syndicate.  He has no interested in become part of the yakuza but everyone expects him to be the next one to lead the syndicate in the future.

Meanwhile, while going to school, he sees a foreign girl jumping from a wall and landing on him.  He loses the lock on his neck and is very upset of what had transpired.  Next thing you know in class, that same girl becomes a new student in his class.

Chitoge Kirisaki just moved from the U.S. to Japan and since her mom is Japanese and her dad is America, she is fluent in both Japanese and English.  And suffice to say, when both Ichijou and Kirisaki see each other, they start yelling at each other and she nails him with a hit after he calls her “monkey girl”.  People see how tough she is but to make them get along, his teacher puts Ichijou in charge of showing her around school.

He tries his best but the two are like oil and water, they just don’t get along.  For the next week of trying to assist her, the two end up arguing and getting in each other’s faces.

If anything, Ichijou focus is more on finding the lock that was lost when Kirisaki landed on him.  And he wonders if Kosaki Onodera, the popular girl in school and a person who has treated him with nothing but kindness is the girl that he made the promise with.  He hopes it is her.

But just when Ichijou is about to give up, Onodera pleads with him to keep his promise and Ichijou is reminded that a promise is a promise and he intends to keep it.  But wants to ask Onodera if there is any chance she may be the girl he made the promise too.

What he doesn’t know is that Onodera does have a key and she has always liked Ichijou but doesn’t have the guts to tell him.

But as Ichijou wonders if Onodera is the girl he made a promise too and excited for the possibility that it might be, when he gets home, his father talks to him about something important.

The problem is that the Shuei-gumi and the rival Beehive Gang are in the brink of all-out war that would damage both yakuza gangs, he and the other leader have come up with the plan.  Ichijou must pretend to be dating the daughter of the leader of the Beehive Gang.

Ichijou doesn’t want to get involved and his father told him that he must forget dating any other girl and focus liking this girl they set him up with.

When the two are introduces, Ichijou is shocked that the girl is Chitoge Kirisaki.  And for both of them, they must promise to be boyfriend and girlfriend for three whole years and be convincing to both yakuza gangs that they are truly in love.

Both don’t want to be involved with each other but they have no choice.  But now they must find a way to co-exist with each other as both yakuza gangs are suspicious of their relationship especially Kirisaki’s guardian, Claude.

Meanwhile, Ichijou still wants to ask Onodera if she is the girl with the key and Onodera is about to let him know that she is.  But before they can, the whole school are told that both Ichijo and Kirasaki are boyfriend and girlfriend.

And now it has made things tough for both Ichijou and Kirisaki, but can they keep this charade of being in love with each other, especially if they despite one another?


The main characters of “Nisekoi: False Love – Part One″ are:

  • Raku Ichijou – While a good-natured individual, unfortunately for him, he is the son of the leader of the Shuei-gumi yakuza syndicate.  He has no interested in become part of the yakuza but everyone expects him to be the next one to lead the syndicate in the future.  He is forced to pretend he is in a relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki in order to prevent a gang war.  He sees Chitoge to be rude and cold, and he has always liked Kosaki Onodera. Raku wears a lock on his necklace and made a promise to marry the person who has the key to open the lock.
  • Chitoge Kirisaki – Chitoge just moved from the U.S. to Japan and since her mom is Japanese and her dad is America, she is fluent in both Japanese and English.  She has blonde hair and her father is the leader of a rival gang.  She must pretend to be in a relationship with Raku Ichijo in order to prevent a gang war.  She is not refined as is often beating or saying something cold to Raku.
  • Kosaki Onodera – Raku’s classmate and the girl he has always liked.  He doesn’t know that Kosaki has always liked him and happens to have a key that may open the lock that Raku has.  She is very shy and it not a good cook.
  • Ruri Miyamoto – Onodera’s best friend who is doing all she can to help her gain the courage to tell Raku how she feels.
  • Claude – The assistant to Chitoge’s father.  He doesn’t believe that Raku and Chitoge is in a relationship and will do anything to find out the truth.

VIDEO:

“Nisekoi: False Love” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  The anime series is absolutely vibrant and colorful.  The background, especially the foreground artwork are beautifully painted and well-detailed, while the character designs are well-done and well-shaded.  This is a gorgeous looking anime series and definitely a series a television series that caught my attention because it’s not soft, if features amazing detail and is full of colors!

SHAFT did a wonderful job on the animation and the series definitely compliments Naoshi Komi’s manga series!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Nisekoi: False Love” is presented in Japanese linear PCM stereo.  Dialogue and music is crystal clear through the front channels and I heard no distortion while watching this anime series.    The voice acting by Kana Hanazawa, Kouki Uchiyama and Nao Toyama are well-done!

It’s important to emphasize to those interested in this series on Blu-ray that there are no English dubbed soundtrack included.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Nisekoi: False Love Part 1″ comes with the textless opening and endings.

EXTRAS:

“Nisekoi: False Love Part 1″ comes with a slipcase, a double-sided poster and six collectors ending pinups.


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A kid and a girl make a promise to one another that they will marry in the future.  Sounds familiar?

Sure, there have been manga series that have tapped into the story of a promise made in childhood of marriage from “Love Hina” to light novel series “Ore no Kanojo to Osanajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru” (better known as “Oreshura”).

But what “Nisekoi: False Love” does differently is throw a major wrench into this possible love romance by putting the male protagonist in search of his future wife, to fulfill a family promise to have a relationship with the daughter of a rival gang, a girl that he detests.

Both hate each other and while Ichijou is a guy with a positive outlook in life, when he meets Chitoge Kirisaki, she is abrasive, cold and not good at holding her aggression as she is constantly beating up on Ichijou.

And to make things worse for Ichijou, the most popular girl that he always liked, Kosaki Onodera, is in fact the girl that has (or may have) the key, to his lock that he has worn on his neck and promised to marry.

Ichijou wonders if Kosaki Onodera is the one person he made a promise to ten years ago, but then we are thrown with a twist as it appears that Chitoge Kirisaki also made a promise ten years ago to someone else?

Meanwhile, both continue their ruse to fool everyone but some people are very suspicious of their relationship especially Onodera’s best friend Ruri.  And she will do what she can to get Onodera to confess her feelings to Ichijo but also trying to get to the bottom of their relationship.  Is there more to these two lovebirds?

And as for Kirisaki’s bodyguard Claude, having always suspected that something is not right between both Ichijou and Kirisaki, he resorts to bringing someone from Kirisaki’s past to help in destroying their relationship.

So far, I really enjoy this anime series because it’s fresh take on the usually banal storyline about a young promise made by youngsters to marry each other and it also has that similarity to “Ranma 1/2″ of two people arranged by their parents to be together, although not to be married but to have this fake romance for three years.

As for the Blu-ray release, the anime series is absolutely vibrant!  Definitely one of the better looking anime series in terms of animation and background art that I have watched on Blu-ray in 2014!  Lossless soundtrack is in Japanese Linear PCM and there are no English dub soundtrack, but I can see this series receiving an English dub treatment in the future!

While there are no special features, you do get Aniplex swag with a deluxe poster and collectable ending card pin-ups.

Overall, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series that I couldn’t help myself but watch all episodes in one night. It’s an addictive anime series and for anyone who is looking for a lighthearted, fun and humorous anime, will definitely want to give “Nisekoi: False Love” a chance.  Recommended!

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