Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 13 by Naoshi Komi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

January 17, 2016 by  


If you have been following “Nisekoi: False Love” all this time, get to know more about Haru Onodera and Ruri Miyamoto in this entertaining 13th volume of Naoshi Komi’s “Nisekoi: False Love”. Highly recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 13

STORY AND ART BY: Naoshi Komi (古味直志)


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2016

In volume 13 of Nisekoi: False Love, 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!

When Kosaki’s sister Haru overhears Shu and Ruri’s conversation about how Raku and Chitoge are faking their relationship, Haru realizes the truth and feels terrible about the way she has treated him.

But knowing that her older sister Kosaki is in love with Raku, Haru’s emotions becomes conflicted as she now knows that Raku is her “Prince Charming”.  Can Haru find a way to block her emotions of Raku?

Meanwhile, Marika challenges Chitoge to create something edible for Raku, despite everyone knowing that Chitoge can’t cook.

Also, Marika gives love advice?  And what happens when Ruri asks a favor from Raku to pretend that he is her boyfriend when they go to meet her grandfather?

All this and more in Naoshi Komi’s hit manga series, “Nisekoi: False Love” vol. 13!

What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?

Naoshi Komi’s manga work is well-known for readers of 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”.

“Nisekoi” 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 another rival yakuza 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 opposing yakuza 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?

And since then, there are a few other complications as not only Chitoge and Onodera have fallen for Raku, but also Chitoge’s bodyguard Tsugumi and Marika Tachibana, who Raku’s father promised Marika’s father that they would marry?

But while Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki are supposed to fake their relationship, Chitoge is starting to realize that with each moment spent with Raku, she is slowly falling in love with him.

For volume 13, we have seen Kosaki’s younger sister Haru having a bit of a dislike towards Raku, no matter how much he tries to be nice to her.  But when Haru finds out the truth about Raku and Chitoge’s relationship, she realizes that all this time Raku is not a two-timer and that he is a kind and caring individual.  But she also realizes that he is the “Prince Charming” from her past and the guy she has dedicated herself to finding.

But now that she has found him, she knows that her sister Kosaki is deeply in love with him.  Can Raku forget all her feelings that she had for her Prince Charming?

Meanwhile, Tsugumi and friends eat a candy that makes you fall in love with the first person you see.  Marika dishes out relationship advice and also challenges Chitoge of cooking a meal.

And Ruri asks Raku if he can pretend to be her boyfriend in order to visit her sick grandfather.

With volume 13 of Naoshi Komi’s “Nisekoi: False Love”, the manga focuses on two characters that we don’t really get to see much of in the series.

The first story arc featured continues the storyline of the group going to a festival and Kosaki Onodera’s younger sister Haru overhearing Shu Maiko and Ruri Miyamoto discussing the fake relationship and engagement between Raku and Chitoge.

Hearing the news, is no doubt a big shock to Haru because since they met, she has always treated him badly because she knows her older sister is in love with him, and other young ladies are in love with him and her opinion of him is that he is a two-timer.

But when she starts putting the pieces together and realizes that the “Prince Charming” that helped her long ago and the one that she has always had her heart set on is Raku, this complicates things for her because emotionally, she knows her older sister really loves Raku, but she has always loved her “Prince Charming”…and now knowing it’s Raku, can she just put her emotions away?

The other big story focuses on Ruri and her elderly grandfather who may not be around for her marriage.  When family starts asking if she has a boyfriend, Ruri lies and tells her family that she is with a boy (using Raku’s photo).  Now she needs Raku to pretend he is her boyfriend in front of her grandfather…but can she pull of such a lie?

There are other stories as well, as two related to Marika.  One story relates to Commander of the First Division Police Riot Squad, Migisuke asking Marika on how to attract a woman he likes.  So, she decides to give him advice, using Raku as an example.

The other storyline features Marika issuing Chitoge a challenge to make food that is edible for Raku (despite all her food tasting terrible).

And there is a fun storyline revolving everyone as they take a candy belonging to Tsugumi, which if one takes it, they will fall in love with the person they see first.  But what happens when her friends all take the candy?

13 volumes in through the series, I really enjoy this manga series because it’s fresh take on the 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. And then having multiple young ladies vying for his attention.

But with the introduction of other girls who made promises when they were younger, we clearly don’t know which girl Raku promised to marry when he was younger. But with everyone vying for Raku’s attention (and he being totally oblivious to what’s going on), it makes for a very entertaining storyline and series!

The artwork by Naoshi Komi is well-drawn, the series is full of humor and for the most part quite delightful in capturing their emotions on each page. But Naoshi Komi’s manga series has been nothing but delightful and very entertaining!

If you have been following “Nisekoi: False Love” all this time, get to know more about Haru Onodera and Ruri Miyamoto in this entertaining 13th volume of Naoshi Komi’s “Nisekoi: False Love”. Highly recommended!

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