Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 5 by Naoshi Komi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
September 7, 2014 by Dennis Amith
Naoshi Komi’s romantic comedy manga series “Nisekoi: False Love” is absolutely delightful! As Raku tries to learn morea bout Marika Tachibana and why their parents had them engaged, it leads to more complications and even jealousy among the ladies vying for Raku’s attention. “Nisekoi: False Love” vol. 5. Recommended!
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MANGA TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 5
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: September 2, 2014
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. Meanwhile, Raku’s still hung up over the girl he made a promise with ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, in turn, holds the key that opens the pendant.
To Raku’s surprise, he discovers three girls have keys from a promise they also made ten years ago – Chitoge, his current crush Onodera, and the police chief’s daughter Marika!
Another girl who is in love with Raku Ichijou?
This time, it’s the daughter of the chief of police, Marika Tachibana and when Raku was younger, his father made an agreement with Marika’s father that they would get married. And it was a promise also made ten years ago.
Meanwhile, other girls start to see something positive with Raku and could it be that they have a crush on him?
Find out what happens in the fun and hilarious fifth volume of the romantic comedy manga series, “Nisekoi: False Love”!
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 nine volumes have been released since then.
And now, Viz Media will be releasing the first volume of “Nisekoi: First Love” in the U.S. to coincide with the anime adaptation release of the series slated for January 2014.
“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?
In volume 2, Ichijou and Kirisaki continue their ruse but a few people are suspicious of their relationship as both Ichijou and Kirisaki are constantly at each other’s throats and act as if they hate each other.
And with Kosaki Onodera having wanted to confess her love to Ichijou, her best friend Ruri Miyamoto eggs her on to do it, especially since she has her suspicions about Ichijou and Kirisaki.
Meanwhile, Claude can’t take anymore of this relationship and has to resort to drastic measures by bringing someone from Kirisaki’s past to become classmates with her and Ichijou.
In volume 3, Tsugumi continues to spy on Raku and Chitoge for Claude. But somehow, as Tsugumi is often paired with Raku, the two get involved in situations that drives them to become even closer. But what is this feeling that she is having towards Raku, does it mean she cares for him?
Meanwhile, what happens when the group goes on a class trip to the hot springs and Raku accidentally bathes in the girl’s section? Also, what happens when Chitoge starts to remember having a locket and making a promise to a boy many years ago?
In volume 4, as Raku wonders whether or not Onodera or Chitoge was the girl he promised his love to ten years ago, both girls try to help Raku remember the past and to show him that they may be the one. But out of nowhere, another girl arrives into Raku’s life. Her name is Marika Tachibana and to everyone’s surprise, she considers herself the future wife of Raku and she also met him ten years ago.
More keys, more girls, what is Raku going to do?
In volume 5, Raku spends time getting to know Marika Tachibana and the promise that his father made to her father years ago. But also remember his past and what he had with her.
Meanwhile, its time for the Summer Festival and how will this summer play out for Ichijou, now that he has several female friends that may have a crush on him. Will Onodera confess her true feelings for Raku?
With the latest volume of “Nisekoi: False Love”, the ladies in Ichijou’s life are now starting to think more about him. To wonder about his positive sides and also discovering that perhaps they are falling for him.
Onodera has always liked Raku but has held off confessing her feelings towards him because of his relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki. But with Kirisaki telling her the truth about their fake relationship, Onodera is now more relieved and wants to confess her love to him. But will she?
The same that can be said about Seishiro Tsugumi, always seen as a boy by Claude, she notices that she is starting to have feelings for Raku.
And Chitoge, with Marika Tachibana now trying to get close to Raku, she finds herself becoming jealous. But why is she jealous? Does she actually care for him?
Of course, for Raku, he is unaware of all this and his mind is more preoccupied of the girl from his past that he had made a promise too and wanting to find the girl who ha the key to his lock.
With this fourth volume, like previous volumes of this fantastic harem manga, it’s enjoyable and a lot of fun to read. The storyline of a boy and a girl who 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” 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.
So far, 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.
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!
Naoshi Komi’s “Nisekoi: False Love” vol. 5 is highly recommended!
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