Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 15 by Naoshi Komi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
June 26, 2016 by Dennis Amith
Things complicate Chitoge and the other girl’s quest for Raku’s feelings as they have a new rival named Yui Kanakura in the latest volume of “Nisekoi: False Love”. Recommended!
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MANGA TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 15
STORY AND ART BY: Naoshi Komi (古味直志)
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga
RATED: T for Teen
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016
Raku’s childhood friend Yui declares her love for Raku! When Chitoge overhears, she freaks out! Raku’s left to spend the day alone with Yui after everyone in the house leaves for vacation. When Chitoge and the others catch wind of it, they’ll do anything to stop the two from being alone!
It was revealed that Raku has another person interested in him.
Yui Kanakura, the head of a Chinese mafia gang, Char Siu Kai and also happens to be the homeroom teacher of Raku’s class at his school. And now she is living at Raku’s home and she also has a special key linked to some mysterious promise.
And now she has declared her love for Raku to Chitoge.
All this and more in Naoshi Komi’s hit manga series, “Nisekoi: False Love” vol. 15!
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”.
It was also one of the first manga to receive an English translation online courtesy of Shueisha and a total of 15 volumes have been released since then.
“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 15, Yui wants to know the truth between Chitoge and Raku. Meanwhile, she also wants the others to reveal their true crush.
Why is Marika giving Raku the cold shoulder? Also, a journalist named Mimiko Kiki wants to interview Chitoge in regards to her relationship with Raku.
Meanwhile, it’s Bonyari High School’s School Festival and students will compete in a costume contest. With the judges to be Raku and Chitoge. Who will win?
With volume 15 of Naoshi Komi’s “Nisekoi: False Love”, the manga focuses on Yui Kanakura, as she wants to know more about Raku and Chitoge, and whether or not they are really dating. Because Yui is also in love with Raku, despite him being a younger man and his homeroom teacher.
Marika feels that her usual ways of getting Raku’s attention is not working out that great, so she reads an article that by playing hard to get or cold to someone you like, may make them love you even more. So, she decides to give Raku the cold shoulder…but will it work?
In a small story, a sharp investigative journalist wants to pry into the relationship between Chitoge and Raku and find out if they are really dating each other.
Also, Ruri is trying to let go of her feelings for Raku, considering her sister Kosaki is in love with him. But when she tries to forget about him, she finds herself in a costume battle against her older sister, with Raku being the judge. Will Raku choose her or Kosaki as the winner?
15 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, you can’t help but love the comedy and the character hijinks within each chapter.
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