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KanColle Kantai Collection (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

August 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“KanColle Kantai Collection” is an action anime series inspired by the popular browser-based and PS Vita video game. It’s a series that caught Japan by storm in 2015 and now the anime series is available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S.  A great compliment to the video games, if you are intrigued about war at sea and cute anime characters, “KanColle Kantai Collection” is a series I recommend!

Image courtesy of © 2014 KanColle Headquarters. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: KanColle Kantai Collection

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2015

DURATION: Episode 1-12 (300 Minutes)

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

COMPANY: Funimation

RATED: Suggested 13 and Up

Release Date: June 27, 2017


Originally concept by Kensuke Tanaka

Original Story by Kensuke Tanaka

Directed by Kanzou Kusakawa

Series Composition by Jukki Hanada

Music by Natsumi Kameoka

Character Design by Mayuko Matsumoto, Naomi Ide

Art Director: Maho Takahashi

Chief Animation Director: Mayuko Matsumoto, Naomi Ide

Anime Production: diomedea


Featuring the following voice talent:

Felecia Angelle/Sumire Uesaka as Fubuki

Jeannie Tirado/Yuka Iguchi as Kaga

Tia Ballard/Saki Fujita as Akagi

Alexis Tipton/Nao Toyama as Kongou

Amber Lee Connors/Yuka Otsubo as Ooi

Apphia Yu/Aya Suzuki as Hibiki

Brittney Karbowski/Ayane Sakura as Sendai

Camille Liedtka/Aya Suzuki as Inazuma

Cherami Leigh/Rina Hidaka as Mutsuki

Dawn M. Bennett/Nao Toyama as Hiei

Elizabeth Maxwell as Nagato

Jad Saxton/Ayane Sakura as Naka

Kristi Kang/Nao Toyama as Atago

Lara Woodhull/Aya Suzuki as Ikazuchi

Leah Clark/Yumi Tanabe as Yudachi

Megan Shipman/Ayane Sakura as Shimakaze

Monica Rial/Aya Suzuki as Akatsuki

Morgan Berry as Kitakami

Morgan Garrett/Ayane Sakura as Mutsu

Natalie Hoover/Ayane Sakura as Jintsu

Sarah Wiedenheft/Iori Nomizu as Zuikaku


Fubuki is a Special Type Destroyer who has just been assigned to the Naval District. With a grand total of zero battles under her belt, she’s sure to sink fast under the pressure of expectation. Luckily, she’s grouped with Torpedo Squadron Three, and they’re ready to support their new comrade. Together, they’ll prove they have what it takes to defend the ocean and win it all for humanity.


In Japan, “Kantai Collection” a.k.a. “KanColle” has captivated fans thanks to the concept, the characters and the video game.

Created as a Japanese free-to-play web browser games from Kadokawa Games, in 2015, the game had around 3 million registered players.

The series has been released as a manga series, light novels, tabletop RPG and a PlayStation Vita game.  And to coincide with the game’s release, an anime series was released in Japan in January 2015 courtesy of Diomedea.

And now the 12-episode anime series is available on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA courtesy of Funimation.

For those not familiar with “KanColle”, the series is set when humanity has lost the seas to a monstrous fleet.  To counter this monstrous fleet, humanity has donned human girls known as “fleet girls” who wear weaponized outfits and take on various roles in the spirit of historical naval vessels depending on one’s skill.

The anime series revolves around Fubuki, who arrives at the naval base and was recommended to fight in the Third Torpedo Squadron by the admiral.  But no one is sure why, becuase fubuki is always scared, often clumsy and has never fought in battle in her life.

But when she goes out on her first mission and is rescued by Akagi, Fubuki is inspired and wants to do her best in order to train and fight alongside Akagi one day.

The primary characters of “KanColle Kantai Collection” are:

  • Fubuki – The main protagonist.  Clumsy, not a fighting girl but with a heart of a fighter who is inspired by Akagi and trains hard in hopes to one day fight alongside with her.  Fubuki is assigned to the Third Torpedo Squadron and is a Destroyer.
  • Mutsuki – The first fleet girl that befriends Fubuki and is often cheerful.  She is a member of the Third Torpedo Squadron.
  • Yudachi – A destroyer of the Third Torpedo Squadron who is laid back and often says “poi” all the time.
  • Kisaragi – A destroyer who is assigned to the Fourth Torpedo Squadron and is mature, more than her oldest sister Mutsuki.
  • Yayoi/Mochizuki – Two destroyers.  Yayoi lacks emotion, while Mochizuki is often sleepy.
  • Akagi – An aircraft carrier belong to the First carrier Division. She fires arrows with her bow which turns into aircrafts piloted by fairies.
  • Kaga – An Aircraft carrier of the First Carrier Division who frequently accompanies Akagi.  She does not like Shokaku and Zuikaku of the Fifth Carrier Division and refuses to follow Zuikaku’s orders.
  • Shimakaze – A Destroyer who claims to be the fastest in the Southwest Area Fleet.  Hyperactive personality.
  • Yamato – The most powerful naval vessel and her existence is kept as secret.

VIDEO:

“KanColle Kantai Collection” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Animation is very good, detailed and vibrant.  A lot went into the mechanical design and does a great job of enhancing one’s appreciation of the game, because of how the characters and battles are portrayed.  A slightly soft anime series that one can expect from a TV series but a colorful anime series that compliments the video games. Diomedea did a wonderful job with animation and artistic backgrounds.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“KanColle Kantai Collection” is presented in Japanese and English 5.1. Dialogue and musical score is crystal clear and the voice acting is well-done. Great use of the surround channels for action sequences, may it be explosions or blasts, the lossless soundtrack for this anime series is very good.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“KanColle Kantai Collection” comes with the following special features:

  • Promo Videos
  • Commercial Collection
  • Japanese Warnings
  • Textless Opening and Closing Songs

EXTRAS:

“KanColle Kantai Collection” comes with the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the anime series.


Back in 2015, I was in Japan to cover Tokyo’s largest anime event, Anime Japan.  And my first introduction to “KanColle” was at Animate in Akihabara.  And sure enough, returning back to the US, I would often see “KanColle” cosplayers.

While English information was a bit sparse at the time, I would eventually discover “KanColle” when I was back in Japan in 2016 and purchased the PlayStation Vita video game and was captivated by the fact that unlike Japanese video games which often featured girls in tanks battling it out, this time around, you have female characters as part of the Navy.

They are essentially the naval ships – Destroyers, Carriers, Heavy and Light Cruisers, you name it and you travel the seas taking on enemies and building your team and characters.

So, when I found out there was an anime series, I was hoping it would come out in the US and now it’s available on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Funimation.

While the video game focuses on the aspect of war and going into battle, the storyline of these characters are focused on in the “KanColle Kantai Collection” anime series.

Revolving around the popular character/Destroyer named Fubuki, we see how this girl who doesn’t look like she can fight, often clumsy and is always scared, would eventually train hard to become a better fighter, a better teammate but also inspired to one day fight alongside the person who inspired her, aircraft carrier Akagi.

There are a ton of characters in the game and there are a ton of characters in the series, but fortunately, the series focuses on Fubuki and her friends from the Third Torpedo Squadron.  We see how these girls train to fight and become better, but we also see how unsafe the waters are and how powerful the enemy is and you’ll see characters perishing during battle.

Needless to say, the anime series compliments the games very well.  Animation is vibrant, well-shaded and detailed, especially the background artwork.  The Japanese and English soundtrack are well done, but it’s interesting because for the Japanese soundtrack, unlike the English dub which casts a different person per role, in the Japanese version, a voice actress may have to do the dubwork for multiple people.  But both soundtracks are well-acted.

As for special features, you get a few of Japanese promotional videos, commercials and warnings.  But there are no major special features like audio commentary or significant featurettes.

Overall, “KanColle Kantai Collection” is an action anime series inspired by the popular browser-based and PS Vita video game. It’s a series that caught Japan by storm in 2015 and now the anime series is available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S.  A great compliment to the video games, if you are intrigued about war at sea and cute anime characters, “KanColle Kantai Collection” is a series I recommend!

Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series (A J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” is an anime series that is easy to follow, is a lot of fun and fully of action.  If you enjoy magical academy anime series and are looking for an anime series with a shorter duration, “Sky Wizards Academy” is worth watching!

Image courtesy of © 2016 Funimation. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series

ANIME SERIES AIR DATE: 2015

DURATION: (Episodes 1-12) 300 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16:9), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, English Subtitles

COMPANY: Funimation

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: November 8, 2016


Originally created by Yu Moroboshi

Directed by Takayuki Inagaki

Series Composition by Hiroshi Yamaguchi

Music by Daisaku Kume

Original Character Design by Mikihiro Amami

Character Design by Osamu Horiuchi

Art Director: Hirofumi Sakagami, Hiroshi Kato

Art Design by Hiroshi Kato, Shingo Yonekawa

Anime Production by diomedia


Featuring the following voice talent:

Iori Nomizu/Dawn M. Bennett as Rico Flamel

Nao Tōyama/Megan Shipman as Lecty Eisenach

Nozomi Yamamoto/Tia Ballard as Misora Whitale

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka/Joel McDonald as Kanata Age

Chika Anzai/Lynsey Hale as Amie Mustung

Hiroki Yasumoto/Chris Guerrero as Real Nua

Ibuki Kido/Sarah Wiedenheft as Christina Balcuhorn

Jiro Saito/Jeremy Inman as Gail Whitale

Mami Kamikura/Alexis Tipton as Sasha Nielsen

Mari Misaki/Bryn Apprill as Lily Lancaster

Nichika Omori/Michelle Rojas as Coela Viper

Rina Satou/Morgan Garrett as Socie Whitale

Risa Taneda/Jad Saxton as Yuri Flostre

Saeko Zōgō/Alexis Moore as Freon Flamel

Tetsuya Kakihara/Ricco Fajardo as Lloyd Alwyn

Yuki Yamada/Megan Emerick as Chloe Sevegny

Yukiko Yao/Ryan Reynolds as Greg Hastuck

Yuko Hara/Kristen McGuire as Beach


Catch the newest magical academy series from the studio behind World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman!

Once known as the Black Master Swordsman, Kanata Age has fallen in favor with the people of Misutogan after a harrowed battle against the Devil Beetles. Deemed a traitor, he has earned the scorn of his peers and classmates. Kanata is happy enough to fade into the background, until one day he is asked to become the teacher of Fireteam E601 aka the F’ed up Fireteam.

Rico Flamel, Lecty Eisenach, and Misora Whitale make up E601 and have yet to see a single victory. But it’s hard to work together when your team is made up of a self-proclaimed goddess, a coward, and an incapable leader. Not to mention when they mistake him for a pervert. But, Kanata must take these three failures and turn them into winners. Will they trust the man known as a traitor? Or is there more to his story that he just forgot to mention?


Back in 2013, writer Yu Moroboshi and illustrator Yuka Nakajima created the Japanese light novel series “Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan” (which translates to “The Instructor of the Aerial Combat Wizard Trainees”).

With a manga adaptation serialized on “Monthly Comic Alive” since 2014, a 12-episode anime series adaptation was created by Diomedea and aired in Japan from July through September 2015.

The series takes place during a time where humanity was driven off the land by magical armored insects forcing humans to live in floating cities in the sky.

To protect humanity, wizards fight the insects with magic in mid-air.

In the city of “Misutogan”, Kanata Age was known as the “Black Master Swordsman” of the elite S128 Team.  But because of circumstances, he was branded a traitor because he stopped going on missions and has received a bad reputation and no longer part of the elite team.

Kanata has now been assigned as the instructor of Fireteam E601, a team that has suffered 100 consecutive defeats.  Can Kanata turn this team around and get them to winning?  And what is the true reason why Kanata stopped fighting on missions?

Fireteam E601 consists of:

  • Misora Whitale – Misora is the leader of Platoon E601.  She has very good speed and stamina but because of her impulsive attitude, she is not good at giving orders nor is she good with her weapon.  Misora wants to be a sword sorcerer to honor her late mother.
  • Lecty Eisenach – A close combat fighter who is great with her weapon but because she is too shy, lacks confidence and can’t look at people that she doesn’t know, it prevents her from becoming an effective fighter. So, as part of her training, Kanata has her working at a maid cafe to develop her social skills and confidence.
  • Rico Flamel – Intelligent and a great sniper but she is narcissistic and calls herself a goddess and doesn’t feel that she should be a team player nor should she practice.  This prevents her from being a good fighter but Kanata must find a way to develop Rico’s will to fight and be a team player.

VIDEO:

“Sky Wizards Academy” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16:9). Animation from diomedia is good as character designs are well-done, art backgrounds are also well-done and detailed.  Mechanical designs feature good shading and CG looks good.  The anime series is colorful, vibrant and I found no compression artifacts or any problematic issues with this Blu-ray release.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Sky Wizards Academy” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. The series for the most part features crystal clear dialogue and music. The English dub has the edge with its 5.1 surround soundtrack but both voice acting for Japanese and English are well-acted.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” features the following special features:

  • Chapter 1 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Tia Ballard (voice of Misora), Dawn M. Bennett (voice of Rico), Megan Shipman (voice of Lecty) and Joel Mcdonald (voice of Kanata).
  • Chapter 7 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Alex Moore (voice of Freon), Chris Guerrero (voice of Real) and Megan Emerick (voice of Chloe Sevigny).
  • OVA – Lecty, Animal Caretaker – (24:30) Featuring an OVA (only in Japanese with English subtitles) about Lecty discovering and caring for a Garuda chick that she names Tweetie, a chick that absorbs magical powers and the Sky Wizards are wanting to destroy it.
  • Promotional Videos – Japanese promo videos for “Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan”
  • Commercials – Japanese anime CM for “Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan”
  • Textless Opening and Closing Song
  • U.S. Trailer – Funimation trailer for “Sky Wizards Academy”.

EXTRAS:

“Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” comes with a Blu-ray and DVD version of the series plus a slipcover.


Fireteam E601 is considered as the worst wizard team in the academy.

Misora is a team leader than doesn’t know how to use her weapons, Lecty is an excellent weapon user but too shy to engage her enemy and Rico is a narcissist who is an excellent sniper but can’t get along with anyone.

And someone needs to turn this team around.

Enter Kanata Age, once dubbed the strongest Sky Wizard of the elite Platoon S128 until after a major mission, he decided to never take part in any more missions.  Because of his refusal to take part in any missions to fight the insects, he has been dubbed a traitor to all wizards.

While his friends Chloe and Lloyd of Platoon S128 still support their friend, many don’t.  But when Kanata is assigned a new job and that is to be the new instructor of the terrible Fireteam E601, can Kanata Age find a way to turn this team around and make them one of the best Sky Wizard team?

The anime series is quite entertaining and action-packed but some may find the storyline to be quite simple as Kanata tries to teach these three to work as team and find ways to use their abilities.  And of course, it also has a harem vibe as each of Kanata’s students has a crush on him.

But with only 12-episodes, the series is easy to follow and for the most part, fans will find this series to be enjoyable, fun and full of action.  And no doubt, there is a lot of potential for multiple seasons, considering the storyline is ongoing in Japan.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is vibrant and colorful, while lossless audio is very good, primarily for the English soundtrack having a 5.1 surround track, while the Japanese track is 2.0 but both are well-acted.  As for special features, you get two audio commentary and the OVA episode, plus promotional videos, commercials and more.

Overall, “Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” is an anime series that is easy to follow, is a lot of fun and fully of action.  If you enjoy magical academy anime series and are looking for an anime series with a shorter duration, “Sky Wizards Academy” is worth watching!

Nisekoi: False Love – Second Season, Volume 2 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

August 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series and with this latest volume, you get a few episodes focusing on the Onodera sisters, especially the introduction of Kosaki’s younger sister Haru. But how will Haru behave when she meets the guy that her sister likes…Ichijo? If you love romantic comedies, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, fun anime series which I can easily recommend!

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


TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love: Season 2, Volume 2

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2015

DURATION: Episode 27-32 (Season 2: Episodes 7-12) (144 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: August 23, 2016


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…

It is spring. Kosaki’s little sister, Haru, is now a first-year at Bonyari High School, and she’s bursting with anticipation over her new life. But on her very first day, she finds herself in a huge predicament – surrounded by delinquents!

The last thing Haru sees just before she passes out from terror, is a boy wearing the uniform of her own school, coming to her defense. She believes that this was a fateful encounter with a “prince” whose face she never saw, and whose name she doesn’t know. Will she meet him once again…? Find out in Nisekoi 2 Volume 2!


There’s a new girl in school and she absolutely despises Raku…or does she?

Her name is Haru Onodera, the younger sister of Kosaki and she will do anything to protect her older sister.

Meanwhile, Onodera has been eating quite a bit of snacks lately.  But what happens when she thinks she is gaining weight and feels that Ichijo will no longer want to be near her?

What happens when Ichijo finds out that Onodera’s birthday is coming up and he asks her younger sister Haru for shopping tips?

It’s the conclusion of the second season for “Nisekoi: False Love″!

What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?

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 and a second season in 2015 featuring 12 episodes and an OVA.

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”).

“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?

For the start of the second season, it’s a new school year as Onodera’s sister Haru becomes a new student who absolutely despises Raku.  And now, she wants to do all she can to protect her older sister.

Meanwhile, Onodera wants to continue to get Ichijo’s attention but when she gains weight, she starts to avoid him.


The main characters of “Nisekoi: False Love″ 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.
  • Haru Onodera – Kosaki’s younger sister who is starting high school.  She falls for the guy who saved her, but because she was fainting, she is not aware that Ichijo is responsible for saving her.  Meanwhile, Haru can’t stand that her sister has fell for a guy that has all these girls around him.
  • Ruri Miyamoto – Onodera’s best friend who is doing all she can to help her gain the courage to tell Raku how she feels.
  • Seishiro Tsugumi – Known as “The Black Tiger”, a hitwoman raised and trained by Claude. While a tomboy, she starts to develop feelings towards Raku.
  • Marika Tachibana – Another girl from Raku’s past. She had loved Raku as a child and went as far as changed herself to the way he asked her to. Also, Raku’s father neglected to tell him that he made an agreement with the Police Comissioner (Marika’s father) that they were engaged in order to build relationship between the gang and the police. Unlike the other girls who are shy to show their feelings towards Raku, Marika is more upfront about her feelings and her actions.
  • 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 – Season Two, Volume 2″ comes with the Textless Opening for “Magical*Styling”, Textless Ending for “Toriame drop”, “marchen ticktack” and “Crayon Cover”.

EXTRAS:

“Nisekoi: False Love – Season Two, Volume 2″ comes with a slipcase and eight collectable cards.


With the latest volume of “Nisekoi: False Love”, we have storylines that focus on both Kosaki and Haru Onodera.

Kosaki’s younger sister Haru is now going to high school and because she is unaware of guys (since she came from an all girl school), nor has she had contact with foreigners, seeing all these women around Ichijo upsets her, because she knows her sister likes him a lot.

But for Haru, she is unaware that the mysterious guy she has fallen for (because he saved her) is Ichijo.

Meanwhile, when the Onodera sisters get sick, what happens when Ichijo must take care of both of them?

Also, what happens when Chitoge loses her favorite ribbon and Ichijo tries to find it.  A sweet bonding time for the two but will Chitoge confess her true feelings for Ichijo?

For Onodera, she feels that she has gained too much weight from eating plenty of snacks, so she starts to avoid Ichijo.  What happens when she does that?

Sure, there have been many anime series that have tapped into the story of a promise made in childhood of marriage from “Love Hina” to “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.  Add in Marika Tachibana and even Chitoge’s bodyguard, all of them start to fall for Ichijo…but can he pick which one he really likes?

So far, I really enjoy this anime series, especially the episodes on this third Blu-ray release 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.

As for the Blu-ray release, the anime series is presented in 1080p and is absolutely vibrant! 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 additional special features aside from the usual Opening and Textless endings, you do get Aniplex swag with a slipcase and collectable pin-ups.

Overall, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series and with this latest volume, you get a few episodes focusing on the Onodera sisters, especially the introduction of Kosaki’s younger sister Haru.  But how will Haru behave when she meets the guy that her sister likes…Ichijo?

If you love romantic comedies, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, fun anime series which I can easily recommend!

 

Nisekoi: False Love – Second Season, Volume 1 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series and with this latest volume, you get a few emotional episodes with Chitoge trying to capture the attention of the mother she never gets to see but also a lot of fun episodes including a Valentine’s Day episode. If you love romantic comedies, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an anime series which I can easily recommend!

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


TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love: Season 2, Volume 1

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2015

DURATION: Episode 21-26 (Season 2: Episodes 1-6) (144 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: June 21, 2016


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…

In order to put an end to the war between the yakuza clan Shuei-gumi and the Beehive Gang, Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki must fake being boyfriend and girlfriend. At first, they clashed frequently, but little by little, they came to understand each other.

One day, Chitoge finally realizes that what she’s feeling towards Raku is, in fact, love. What will become of their “Fake Love” relationship now? Find out in Nisekoi 2 Volume 1!


Chitoge is starting to have feelings towards Raku, but is not sure how he can get him to pay attention to her even more.  Meanwhile, Seishirou Tsugumi’s rival, “Black Tiger” has come to challenge her and Chitoge’s mother, Hana is coming to visit her.  But why is Chitoge so terrified?

Meanwhile, it’s the beginning of the New Year and the girls try to win Raku’s affection.  But when Valentine’s Day is around the corner, how will Chitoge Kirisaki, Kosaki Onodera, Marika Tachibana and Seishiro Tsugumi win Raku’s heart?

It’s the start of a new second season for “Nisekoi: False Love″ available now on Blu-ray courtesy of Aniplex!

What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?

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 and a second season in 2015 featuring 12 episodes and an OVA.

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”).

“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?

For the start of the second season, Chitoge wants Raku to pay more attention to her.  But what can she do to make him pay attention to her?

Meanwhile, out of the blue, Tsugumi’s rival “Black Tiger” has come to challenge her and the winner gets to kiss Raku!

And the key story revolves around Tsugumi’s mother Hana, a workaholic business woman that only visits Chitoge during Christmas.  Feared by many, she is in need of an assistant and chooses Raku to be her assistant.

Meanwhile, Raku is determined in getting Hana to recognize Chitoge even more.

Also, when Valentine’s Day comes along, if chocolate is a way to show one’s love during Valentine’s Day, how will Chitoge, Kosaki, Marika and Seishiro win Raku’s heart?


The main characters of “Nisekoi: False Love″ 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.
  • Seishiro Tsugumi – Known as “The Black Tiger”, a hitwoman raised and trained by Claude. While a tomboy, she starts to develop feelings towards Raku.
  • Marika Tachibana – Another girl from Raku’s past. She had loved Raku as a child and went as far as changed herself to the way he asked her to. Also, Raku’s father neglected to tell him that he made an agreement with the Police Comissioner (Marika’s father) that they were engaged in order to build relationship between the gang and the police. Unlike the other girls who are shy to show their feelings towards Raku, Marika is more upfront about her feelings and her actions.
  • 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 – Season Two, Volume 1″ comes with the Textless Opening for “Rally Go Round”, Textless Ending for “Aimai Hertz”, Textless Ending for “TrIGgER”, Textless Ending for “Sleep zzz…” and Textless Ending for “Matador Love”

EXTRAS:

“Nisekoi: False Love – Season Two, Volume 1″ comes with a slipcase and eight collectable cards.


With the latest volume of “Nisekoi: False Love”, it has been an interesting journey so far as we have seen a number of girls fall for Raku and of course, him being oblivious to what is happening.

W see Chitoge trying to get Raku to recognize her, Tsugumi’s rival challenging her for a chance to kiss Raku, Ruri trying to tell Raku that Onodera has always loved him but possibly one of the most touching and interesting chapters to read is the introduction to Chitoge’s mother, Hana.

If you thought Chitoge was tough, she is nothing like Hana, beautiful but cold, feared by many but yet independent and successful.  But she is a workaholic to the point that she is never there for Chitoge and the only passing conversation is short.

But when Raku is forced to become Hana’s assistant, Raku sees it as an opportunity to bring mother and daughter closer.  But can he?

Also, with Valentine’s Day being a special day for one to show how much they care for someone, to what great extremes would each go in order to present Raku with a chocolate?

Sure, there have been many anime series that have tapped into the story of a promise made in childhood of marriage from “Love Hina” to “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 anime series, especially the episodes on this third Blu-ray release 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.

As for the Blu-ray release, the anime series is presented in 1080p and is absolutely vibrant! 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 additional special features aside from the usual Opening and Textless endings, you do get Aniplex swag with a slipcase and collectable ending card pin-ups.

Overall, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series and with this latest volume, you get a few emotional episodes with Chitoge trying to capture the attention of the mother she never gets to see but also a lot of fun episodes including a Valentine’s Day episode.

If you love romantic comedies, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an anime series which I can easily recommend!

 

Nisekoi: False Love Part 4 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

May 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series that gradually gets better and better.  With volume 4, it features one of the more emotional episodes of the series (and there are sure to be more), but for fans of the previous volumes or even fans of the manga series, will definitely want to check out “Nisekoi: False Love”!

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


TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Part 4

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2014

DURATION: Episode 16-20 (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: January 27, 2015


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


The season is summer – a time for unforgettable memories. At Kosaki’s request, Raku helps out at her family’s shop. Everything is going smoothly until a seasonal typhoon hits the town, rendering it impossible for Raku to go home! Now, Raku must spend the night there while Kosaki’s parents are out.

At the summer festival, Chitoge is forced to confront her true feelings when she receives from Raku a matchmaking charm customarily exchanged when a man proposes marriage!

Things intensify when the gang sets out on an excursion to the beach. The girls show off their cute swimsuits as they have fun under the sun. That evening, as they sit together watching the rolling waves, Kosaki is unable to contain her feelings for Raku and finally expresses her feelings for him…!

After an eventful summer break, the students at school begin preparing for the Cultural Festival. Raku is nominated to play the role of Romeo in their class’s production of “Romeo & Juliet,” while Kosaki is appointed to play Juliet. Raku is beside himself with joy but is also concerned about Chitoge’s standoffish attitude towards him since their trip to the beach. For better or for worse, the day of the Cultural Festival arrives, and the stage is not the only place where drama ensues!

 


We have watched these two complete opposites fake a relationship at school but lately Chitoge is finding herself becoming jealous of other girls getting close to Raku and she finds herself wanting to be with him more and more.  What is this feeling that she has for him?  Could it be…. love?

Also, “Romeo and Juliet” will be the class play and Raku has been selected as Romeo, but who will be playing Juliet?

Find out in episodes 16-10 of “Nisekoi: False Love Part 4″!

What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?

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 fourth volume (episodes 16-20) 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?

In part 4 (episodes 16-20), will Onodera admit her true feelings towards Raku?  And what about Chitoge.  She may be Raku’s pretend girlfriend but she is now finding herself attracted towards him and not sure what to make of these emotions for him.  Does it mean that she is falling in love for him?

What happens when Chitoge confronts him and wants to know how he feels about her?

Meanwhile, it’s the class play of “Romeo and Juliet” and Raku has been selected to play Romeo, who will play Juliet?


The main characters of “Nisekoi: False Love – Part Four″ 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.
  • Seishiro Tsugumi – Known as “The Black Tiger”, a hitwoman raised and trained by Claude. While a tomboy, she starts to develop feelings towards Raku.
  • Marika Tachibana – Another girl from Raku’s past. She had loved Raku as a child and went as far as changed herself to the way he asked her to. Also, Raku’s father neglected to tell him that he made an agreement with the Police Comissioner (Marika’s father) that they were engaged in order to build relationship between the gang and the police. Unlike the other girls who are shy to show their feelings towards Raku, Marika is more upfront about her feelings and her actions.
  • 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 4″ comes with the textless second opening, text endings (heroine version and Chitoge & Kosaki version).

EXTRAS:

“Nisekoi: False Love Part 4″ comes with a slipcase, a Bushiroad Weis Schwarz card featuring Kosaki Onodera, a double-sided deluxe poster featuring Marika Tachibana and five collectable ending card pinups.


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With the latest volume of “Nisekoi: False Love”, it has been an interesting journey so far as we have seen a number of girls fall for Raku and of course, him being oblivious to what is happening.

As Onodera wants to come clean about her feelings towards him, Chitoge wants to know why she’s falling for Raku?

After all, they were complete opposites and have nothing in common, but somehow things have changed and now she is unsure what to do with her emotions.  And it leads to a major argument between both Raku and Chitoge.

Meanwhile, with the class play looming and Raku to play Romeo, there is no doubt that whoever plays Juliet, will get closer to him…but who will end up playing Juliet?

Sure, there have been many anime series that have tapped into the story of a promise made in childhood of marriage from “Love Hina” to “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 anime series, especially the episodes on this third Blu-ray release 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.

As for the Blu-ray release, the anime series is presented in 1080p and is absolutely vibrant! 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 outside of the Textless endings, you do get Aniplex swag with a slipcase, deluxe poster, collectors card and collectable ending card pin-ups.

Overall, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series that gradually gets better and better.  With volume 4, it features one of the more emotional episodes of the series (and there are sure to be more), but for fans of the previous volumes or even fans of the manga series, will definitely want to check out “Nisekoi: False Love”!

 

Nisekoi: False Love Part 3 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series that gradually gets better and better, especially now with more female characters starting to follow for the naive protagonist.  If you are looking for a lively, fun and entertaining anime series about potential romance and misunderstandings, then definitely give “Nisekoi” a chance!

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


TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Part 3

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2014

DURATION: Episode 11-15 (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: March 31, 2015


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


The girl I made that promise with ten years ago… Was it you?” On their way home from buying Chitoge’s birthday present, Kosaki shares her secret scenic overlook with Raku. In the heat of the moment, Raku asks Kosaki the one question that he’s been meaning to ask. Kosaki answers by nodding yes.

“Have you ever heard ‘Zawsze in love?'” After her birthday party Chitoge confesses to Raku that she too owns a key. Raku is shocked that Chitoge mentions a very familiar phrase.

2 girls… 2 keys… Which one could it be?! Raku finds the one photo he took with her ten years ago, but the girl in the photo is neither Kosaki nor Chitoge. She was Raku’s fiancee chosen by their parents.

“I’ve missed you all this time!”… Just when things couldn’t get any more complicated, a girl named Marika, who claims to be Raku’s true fiancee, transfers to his school adding 1 more key to the puzzle.

Will Raku ever be able to find the one girl? Which girl holds the key to Raku’s locket and to his heart?


As Raku wonders which girl he met 10 years ago and made a promise to, was it his crush Onodera or his fake girlfriend Chitoge Kirisaki?

But things become much more complicated when his father gives him a picture of a girl that he met ten years ago and to Raku’s surprise, an arrangement was made by Raku’s father and the girl’s father many years ago.

Find out in episodes 11-15 of “Nisekoi: Fals Love Part 3″!

What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?

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 third volume (episodes 11-15) 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?

In part 3 (episodes 11-15), 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?


The main characters of “Nisekoi: False Love – Part Three″ 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.
  • Seishiro Tsugumi – Known as “The Black Tiger”, a hitwoman raised and trained by Claude.  While a tomboy, she starts to develop feelings towards Raku.
  • Marika Tachibana – Another girl from Raku’s past.  She had loved Raku as a child and went as far as changed herself to the way he asked her to.  Also, Raku’s father neglected to tell him that he made an agreement with the Police Comissioner (Marika’s father) that they were engaged in order to build relationship between the gang and the police.  Unlike the other girls who are shy to show their feelings towards Raku, Marika is more upfront about her feelings and her actions.
  • 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 3″ comes with the textless endings (All Star and Marika versions).

EXTRAS:

“Nisekoi: False Love Part 3″ comes with a slipcase, a Bushiroad Weis Schwarz card featuring Chitoge, a double-sided deluxe poster featuring Tsugumi and five collectable ending card pinups.


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With the young 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.

Sure, there have been many anime series that have tapped into the story of a promise made in childhood of marriage from “Love Hina” to “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 anime series, especially the episodes on this third Blu-ray release 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.

As for the Blu-ray release, the anime series is presented in 1080p and is absolutely vibrant!  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 outside of the Textless endings, you do get Aniplex swag with a slipcase, deluxe poster, collectors card and collectable ending card pin-ups.

Overall, “Nisekoi: False Love” is an enjoyable, humorous and crazy anime series that gradually gets better and better, especially now with more female characters starting to follow for the naive protagonist.  If you are looking for a lively, fun and entertaining anime series about potential romance and misunderstandings, then definitely give “Nisekoi” a chance!

 

Nisekoi: False Love Part 2 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

February 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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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 2

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 2014

DURATION: Episode 6-10 (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: January 27, 2015


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


Raku and Chitoge continue bickering, which does not help the situation, as their relationship status is already under scrutiny by Ruri and Kosaki. But when Chitoge confesses to them that their relationship is actually fake, Kosaki decides that she will let Raku know how she feels about him.

Then one day Seishiro, a beautiful girl dressed like a boy, transfers to their school. She is actually a hitman hired by Claude to expose Raku and Chitoge! Although Raku is her enemy, when she comes in contact with Raku’s kind nature, Seishiro is confronted with a new emotion that leaves her totally confused.

Meanwhile, Chitoge finds her diary from 10 years ago and remembers the promise she made with a certain boy.

As their feelings sway, the group sets out to the open-air school where they can expect unforgettable experiences with the hot springs and even the test of courage!

 


What happens when Ruri tries to find a way to improve Kosaki’s chances with Raku.  Meanwhile, who is this new transfer student Seishirou Tsugumi?

And what happens when the class goes on trip to a hot springs resort?  Find out in episodes 6-10 of “Nisekoi: Fals Love Part 2”!

What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?

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 second volume (episodes 6-10) 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?

In part 2 (episodes 6-10), 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.


The main characters of “Nisekoi: False Love – Part Two″ 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.
  • Seishiro Tsugumi – Known as “The Black Tiger”, a hitwoman raised and trained by Claude.  While a tomboy, she starts to develop feelings towards Raku.
  • 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 2″ comes with the textless endings (Seishiro and Ruri versions).

EXTRAS:

“Nisekoi: False Love Part 2″ 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?

In the second Blu-ray release of “Nisekoi: False Love”, 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.  Who is Seishirou Tsugumi?

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 outside of the Textless endings, 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, hilarious and fun anime series that I highly recommend!

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

December 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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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!

Oreshura: Complete DVD Set (a J!-ENT Anime on DVD Review)

December 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Oreshura” is a delightful, entertaining and addictive harem anime series that focuses on character development and story rather than the usual fan service, nudity and lackadaisical plot.  “Oreshura: Complete DVD Set” is recommended!

Images courtesy of © Yuji Yuji, Softbank Creative Corp./Oreshura Project. All rights reserved.

DVD TITLE: Oreshura: Complete DVD Set

FILM RELEASE DATE: 2013

DURATION: Episodes 1-13 (325 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: 16:9 widescreen, Dolby Digital 2.0, English Subtitles

COMPANY: Aniplex of America

RATED: Suggested 13 and Up

RELEASE DATE: December 17, 2013

Original Creator: Yuji Yuji

Original Character Design: LLO

Directed by Kanta Kamei

Series Composition by Tatsuhiko Urahata

Character Designs by Mai Otsuka

Art Direction: Yasuyuki Yuzawa

Music by Masatomo Ota

Anime Production: A-1 Pictures

Featuring the following voice talent:

Chinatsu Akasaki as Chiwa Harusaki

Ryota Ohsaka as Eita Kidō

Yukari Tamura as Masuzu Natsukawa

Ai Kayano as Ai Fuyuumi

Hisako Kanemoto as Himeka Akishino

Kaori Nazuka as Saeko Kiryū

Nao Tōyama as Mana Natsukawa

Risa Taneda as Kaoru Asoi

Eita Kidou is a high school freshman with excellent grades and a disdain for love. Along with his childhood friend Chiwa Harusaki, a girl who’s nearly a sister to him, Eita lives an ordinary school life concentrating on his studies – until the school’s most beautiful girl, Masuzu Natsukawa, surprisingly confesses her love to Eita. However, her true desire is only to fool the eyes of others and pretend to be a couple.

With a “certain secret” of his in Masuzu’s hands, Eita is forced to play along. Moreover, a fierce battle over Eita begins as his ex-girlfriend, Himeka, and his virtual fiance, Ai, join the fray! Will Eita be able to continue his ordinary school life while maintaining a pretend relationship and dealing with all of his admirers?

In 2011, writer Yuji Yuji began his light novel series “Ore no Kanojo to Osanajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru” (better known as “Oreshura”) which translates to “My Girlfrend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much”.

Featuring illustrations by Ruroo and published by SoftBank Creative, the popular light novel has received four manga adaptations and in January-March 2013, the anime adaptation by A-1 pictures aired on Japanese television.

And now Ani-lex, Inc. will be bringing “Oreshura: Complete DVD Set” to the U.S. in Dec. 2013.

“Oreshura” revolves around a high school teenager named Eita Kido.  With parents who have divorced and left him behind, Eita wants to make sure he does something good with his life and that is to study hard and go to medical school (despite him not being that bright).

He has an addiction to a video game in which he addresses himself as “Burning Fighter Fighter”.

But in order to focus on medical school, he decides to stay away from anything that revolves around love or even him look at other girls (which was due to his parents divorcing and finding new lovers and abandoning him), with the exception of his childhood friend Chiwa (nickname: “Chihuahua”) Harusaki.

While Chiwa is short, petite, bubbly and looks like a little sister of Eita, the truth is that she is much older than he is.  She was also involved in kendo at a young age but due to critical injury from a car accident a year before they entered high school, she had to quit.  Because of this injury, it is what inspired Eita to want to go to medical school and do whatever he can to help her.

So, avoiding love or any romance is important for Eita as it fuels his desire to go into medical school.

But one day, Masuzu Natsukawa, who is from Sweden decides to sit next to him and unlike other guys at school who stare and confess their love to her, Eita is the only one that doesn’t even look at her.  Immediately, she begins confessing her love to Eita which gets the attention of all students in his class.  And she wants Eita to walk him home.

As the two are walking home, she explains why she did what she did in class and that is she and Eita are the same.  They are anti-romance and anti-love.  She doesn’t like guys confessing their love to her and what best to keep them away than make people think that she and Eita are a couple.

Eita doesn’t want to have anything to do with Masuzu, but she reveals that one day when she bought a used book, inside was a notebook written by Eita when he was younger.  The book contains his most personal feelings about people and celebrities and information so embarrassing that Eita can’t believe she has it.  She begins to blackmail him by saying that he must be her faux boyfriend or else, the book is made public.  Embarrassed by how this information can hurt him, Eita reluctantly agrees.

As news spreads all over campus that Eita is dating the new student, this causes a bit of jealousy on Chiwa’s part.  Chiwa has always liked Eita, but because they have been childhood friends for so long, he looks at her like a little sister which she hates and wishes they never been so close, because he could never look at her as someone he can love romantically.  So, she pretends just to be a concerned friend while deep inside she really likes him and thus, sets up a rivalry between her and Masuzu.

Meanwhile, Masuzu forms a club titled “Maiden Society for Performing Your Own Life” and how to become popular.  Chiwa wants to be popular, so she goes through Masuzu’s training and eventually she gets the attention of a popular guy in school.

As Eita tries to root for Chiwa, he doesn’t know that she’s just doing it for his sake and to be close to him (and to make sure he and Masuzu aren’t doing anything too romantic).

And as Chiwa and Masuzu are constantly at each other’s throats, one day as Eita is trying to protect Chiwa from bad people, he starts to react like his video game avatar “Burning Fighter Fighter” which in turn catches the attention of another girl named Himeka Akishino.

Himeka believes that her ex-life was a person named “Burning Princess Saint Dragon Lady of Dawn” and believes in the past life, she and Burning Fighter Fighter were lovers.  So now, she wants to be reunited with her past love, which complicates things with Chiwa and Masuzu.

And just when these three young women are vying for Eita’s attention, a student named Ai Fuyuumi who grew up with Eita and signed a makeshift marriage registration back in kindergarten believes that Eita should honor their contract, thus she is in the position of being Eita’s fiance and now also vies for Eita’s affection.

What will Eita do, especially since he is anti-romance and sworn from ever being in love?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Oreshura: Complete DVD Set” is presented in 16:9 widescreen and presented in Dolby Digital 2.0.  To keep the compression artifacts to a minimum on DVD, Aniplex Inc. features all 13 episodes on three DVD’s.  For the most part, characters are well shaded and background art is  well-painted, but not as detailed as other anime series with bigger production budgets.  But the animation style works for this series and I didn’t notice any major artifacts during my viewing of the series.

The soundtrack is in Japanese and I would not be surprised if Aniplex does release “Oreshura” on Blu-ray with an English dub soundtrack.  It’s quite an enjoyable series that I do hope it does receive an HD release.  But voice acting is well done and dialogue and music is front-channel driven.

Subtitles are available in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Oreshura: Complete DVD Set” comes with the textless opening and endings and the web version previews.

EXTRAS:

“Oreshura: Complete DVD Set” comes with a slipcover case and a 16-page special booklet which includes the character profiles and episode synopsis plus images of the characters.  Also, the DVD cover is 2-sided and reversible.

Quite often I watch anime series that are too banal and this tends to happen quite a bit with harem anime series.

One guy, usually perverted and surrounded by women (most often well-endowed or wearing skimpy clothing) and the usual fan service and adult humor, they all have their similarities.

But with “Oreshura”, I love the fact that it tries to be different than other harem anime series for the fact that its male protagonist is not interested in love, let alone wanting a girlfriend.  He wants to get into medical school and he does his best to avoid any relationships or romantic commitments.  A lot of these feelings stem from his parents divorcing, finding new lovers and abandoning him.  Compounded by his compassionate heart towards his childhood friend Chiwa who has not been able to participate in any physical activities due to a car accident, and seeing her in pain makes him want to become a doctor or finding ways to heal her.

But staying away or resisting love is not easy.

The circumstances that bring protagonist Eita with Masuzu is both are anti-love, anti-romance and want to be left alone.  So, they pretend to be a faux couple.  And of course, by doing this, she starts to see beyond his attitude of disliking love and seeing a very caring person deep inside.  He may not want love for himself, but for others that he cares about, he is willing to protect them.

And sure enough, you can see Masuzu starting to open up to Eita.  Of course, throw in Eita’s childhood friend, who has always liked him but he treats her like a family member, that these two female characters see each other as rival for Eita’s time and affections.

Throw in two more girls into the loop, one who believes Eita is her past lover from a previous life and another in “Love Hina” fashion, a promise made between two kindergarten students to marry each other when they grow up.

So, we have four females vowing for Eita’s affections and their may possibly be a fifth or sixth.

I found “Oreshura” to be quite entertaining, delightful and a lot of fun.  There is fan service in the anime series but it is kept at a minimum and focuses on the characters and story rather than cheap thrills.

As for the DVD release, it’s important to note that this does not include English dubs, only a Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack with English subtitles.  While I do hope that the series receives an HD release and also includes an English dub for those who are more particular to watching their anime in English, I do recommend watching this series as the Japanese voice acting is very good but also, the storyline for “Oreshura” is so entertaining.

And Aniplex Inc. includes a special 16-page booklet with character profiles, episode synopsis and several pages of artwork of the main characters. Plus a 2-sided reversible cover and includes a slipcover.

Overall, “Oreshura” is a delightful, entertaining and addictive harem anime series that focuses on character development and story rather than the usual fan service, nudity and lackadaisical plot.  “Oreshura: Complete DVD Set” is recommended!

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