Nisekoi – A Sweet Intriguing Romantic Mystery

Introduction

At first, I didn’t want to do the review on my favorite RomCom series (and overall on 2nd), cause I feel weird sharing something so close to me.

Nisekoi is a super fun, romantic mystery (maybe action too… haha), where the protagonist gets juggled by his memories. Will he be able to find the real key? Yes, the key to his memories…

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Nisekoi S1 Poster

Meaning of Nisekoi

Nise means False and Koi means Love, together it means – False Love or Fake Love It is the story of how the fake love of Ichijo Raku leads him to his childhood sweetheart. The quest to the real girl begins! Oops… did I say girl, instead of key?

More on the Series

Nisekoi is written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. It was first published as a one-shot manga in Shueisha’s seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine before being serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump in November 2011.

One more thing about Nisekoi that cuts above the rest is the animation quality. Shaft has done an outstanding job and it will easily make to your Top 5 anime. Season 1 aired from Jan 11, 2014 to May 24, 2014. After which Season 2 followed up from Apr 10, 2015 to Jun 26, 2015.

SPOILER ALERT

You might be thinking that I didn’t talk much about the story. Ah, yep – actually I don’t to spoil, not even the first scene, cause I think its one of the most important in the first five episodes. You’ll find out why.

I recommend you to read ahead only after watching the first few episodes.

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Well, I have no other option, here you go…

Nisekoi Fanart
Nisekoi – Marika, Onodera, Raku, Chitoge, Tsugumi, Haru (Left to Right)

Synopsis – Contains some spoilers from the first few episodes

One summer ten years ago, as a child Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart to marry her once they reunite. The promise girl exchanged a pendant as a memento, while she took the key that would unlock it once they meet again.

Ten years had passed and Raku has no memory of the girl’s name or what she looks like but remembers the promise he made. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but reality smashes his hopes when a girl accidentally knees him in the face…

Though Raku’s a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he’s dragged into family affairs when he’s forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang’s boss!

‘This fake love of mine will end up leading me to the promise I made 10 years ago, however I had no way of knowing it yet’

– Ichijou Raku (Season 1 Episode 1)
Chitoge Kirisaki

Despite their constant spats, the two somehow fool everyone with their false relationship. Raku then discovers that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can’t remember…

Caught in the midst of this love maelstrom, even more complications arise for Raku when two other girls appear with keys as well—Kosaki Onodera and Marika Tachibana!

Marika Tachibana and Kosaki Onodera
Marika Tachibana and Kosaki Onodera

Can the two false lovebirds pull off the impossible and find the real key?

‘This puzzle will never come together, for I have locked away the last piece in my heart’

– A line from the S1 Opening

By the way, this review is a tribute to my friend Somil, whom I mentioned in the start… the one who told me about Niskeoi.

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