Nisekoi

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Nisekoi
Nisekoi Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Kosaki Onodera, Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki.
ニセコイ
GenreRomantic comedy, harem
Manga
Nisekoi (one-shot)
Written byNaoshi Komi
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineJump NEXT!
PublishedJanuary 8, 2011
Manga
Written byNaoshi Komi
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runNovember 7, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Novel series
Nisekoi: Urabana
Written byHajime Tanaka
Illustrated byNaoshi Komi
Published byShueisha
DemographicMale
ImprintJump j-Books
Original runJune 4, 2013December 28, 2013
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byAkiyuki Shinbo
StudioShaft
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, tvk, CTC, TVS, TVA, MBS, TVQ, TVh, BS11[1]
Original runJanuary 11, 2014 – ongoing
Episodes20
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Nisekoi
Nisekoi Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Kosaki Onodera, Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki.
ニセコイ
GenreRomantic comedy, harem
Manga
Nisekoi (one-shot)
Written byNaoshi Komi
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineJump NEXT!
PublishedJanuary 8, 2011
Manga
Written byNaoshi Komi
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runNovember 7, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Novel series
Nisekoi: Urabana
Written byHajime Tanaka
Illustrated byNaoshi Komi
Published byShueisha
DemographicMale
ImprintJump j-Books
Original runJune 4, 2013December 28, 2013
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byAkiyuki Shinbo
StudioShaft
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, tvk, CTC, TVS, TVA, MBS, TVQ, TVh, BS11[1]
Original runJanuary 11, 2014 – ongoing
Episodes20
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Nisekoi (ニセコイ?, lit. "Fake Love"), released in English as Nisekoi: False Love, is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. Nisekoi was first published as a one-shot manga in Shueisha's seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine before being serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Since November 26, 2012, Nisekoi has been published in English in Viz Media's digital magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump. As of March 2014 the series has been compiled in 11 tankōbon volumes in Japan, and is also being released in English in digital and print volumes by Viz Media. The manga has inspired a novel series, titled Nisekoi: Urabana, written by Hajime Tanaka and published by Shueisha. There have been two volumes published, on June 4 and December 28, 2013.

In May 2013, it was announced that an anime adaptation of Nisekoi had been greenlit.[2] The anime is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo at Shaft,[3] and began airing from January 11, 2014.[4] Aniplex USA has licensed the series for streaming in North America.[5] DAISUKI.net streams the episodes as simulcast with English subtitles for audiences from US, Canada, South America and South Africa.[6]

Plot[edit]

Nisekoi follows high school student Raku Ichijou, the son of a leader in the yakuza faction Shuei-Gumi, and Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of a boss in a rival gang known as Beehive. They unexpectedly meet when Chitoge hops a wall and knees Raku in the face. After she runs off, Raku realizes he has lost his pendant which was given to him by his childhood sweetheart with whom he made a secret promise. After discovering Chitoge is a new transfer student in his class, he forces her to help him look for the pendant. During the search, they begin to dislike each other.[7]

Upon returning home, Raku learns that the Shuei-Gumi and Beehive gangs have agreed to settle their feud by pairing their leaders' children. Raku learns that his girlfriend-to-be is none other than Chitoge. For the next three years, they must pretend to be in a relationship to maintain peace between the gangs. This turns out to be quite a challenging task, not only because of their hatred for one another, but also because Raku has a crush on another schoolmate, Kosaki Onodera, whom he secretly wishes was the girl who bears the key to his pendant. Various developments complicate the situation, including Chitoge's over-protective bodyguard, a female hitman, a girl who claims to be Raku's fiancée, and the existence of multiple keys.[7]

Characters[edit]

Raku Ichijou (一条 楽 Ichijō Raku?, also "Raku Ichijo")
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (vomic), Kōki Uchiyama (drama CD, anime)
Raku is the son of a Yakuza family leader. He refuses to take over the family's duties as the next leader, and prefers to pursue a normal career when he graduates.[ch. 1] In the story, he is placed in a fake relationship with Chitoge to prevent a war from starting between their families.[ch. 1] The relationship often leads to misunderstandings and difficulties for him as he pursues his crush, Kosaki Onodera.[ch. 4-5] Raku is shown to be very kind and caring even to the people he is supposed to hate, as shown when he helps Chitoge numerous times in the series.[ch. 6,7] As the story progresses, he grows closer to Chitoge, and he even stated that he no longer hates her,[ch. 48] although he has yet to sort out his true feelings.[ch. 63]
Chitoge Kirisaki (桐崎 千棘 Kirisaki Chitoge?)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (vomic), Nao Toyama (drama CD, anime)
The main heroine and the daughter of the leader of the Bee Hive Gangsters, Chitoge transfers from America to Raku's high school at the start of the series. She and Raku pretend to be in a relationship in order to prevent their families' factions from feuding.[ch. 1-2] She is half-Japanese with long blonde hair that is tied with a ribbon.[note 1] She is good at sports and academics,[ch. 1,8] but clueless when it comes to cooking.[ch. 7] Despite not getting along with Raku from the start, she makes an effort to find his lost pendant.[ch. 1] Ten years before, Chitoge makes a promise with a boy; when she looks through her diary from that time, she stumbles upon a key that could potentially unlock Raku's locket.[ch. 21] Later she develops feelings for Raku without realizing it, and tends to get jealous whenever other girls such as Marika try to get close to him.[ch. 35] During their Romeo and Juliet class play, she eventually realizes that she is truly in love with him,[ch. 49,51]. Her mother, Hana, is a powerful CEO in America.[ch. 64]
Kosaki Onodera (小野寺 小咲 Onodera Kosaki?)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (vomic), Kana Hanazawa (drama CD, anime)
Kosaki Onodera is a kind and sweet classmate of Raku. She has a shoulder length dark brown hair and chestnut brown eyes. Although Raku has a major crush on her, she does not reveal that she has a similar crush on him. When Raku mentions his lost locket of his first love, she shows some interest as she secretly carries a potential key,[ch. 1] however, when confronted about the key or being the first love, she lies and denies it in embarrassment.[ch. 4,5] Although she works with her mother at a dessert shop, she turns out to be a terrible cook on her own.[ch. 7] Surprisingly, whatever food she fashions looks good on the outside.[ch. 7,19]
Shū Maiko (舞子 集 Maiko Shū?)
Voiced by: Kōji Fujiyoshi (vomic), Yūki Kaji (drama CD, anime)
Shū is Raku's best friend; they have known each other since pre-school.[citation needed] He is the kind of person that would do anything for a laugh, and often makes perverted passes or comments without shame to his friends. He is also very perceptive, knowing immediately that Raku was not really dating Chitoge, that Raku and Onodera have secret crushes on each other,[ch. 8-9] and that Tsugumi develops feelings for Raku.[ch. 20] He uses this knowledge for his enjoyment. On academic rankings, he places next to "glasses buddy" Ruri, much to the latter's chagrin.[ch. 56,58] He has not expressed romantic interest in Raku's friends, but has expressed interest in their homeroom teacher Kyoko.[ch. 84]
Claude (クロード Kurōdo?)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (drama CD, anime)
Claude is one of the leaders of the Bee Hive Gangsters, and one of the few characters who suspects the relationship between Raku and Chitoge is fake.[ch. 2] He stalks Chitoge regularly to make sure Raku does not take advantage of her.[ch. 3,5] Chitoge stated that when she was young, she was unable to make friends because of Claude's overprotectiveness and background checks. He raises Tsugumi as a hitman, and appears to be clueless as to her gender, having given her a boy's name, Seishirou.[ch. 17]
Ruri Miyamoto (宮本 るり Miyamoto Ruri?)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (drama CD, anime)
Ruri is Kosaki's best friend. She is never afraid of speaking what is on her mind and she is very aggressive when giving punishment especially to Shu. She is always pushing Kosaki to get closer to Raku, and is doing the bold things which Kosaki often cannot.[ch. 8] She regularly beats up Shu for his perverted comments,[ch. 10,11]although sometimes Shu has pearls of wisdom that she can respect.[ch. 58]
Seishirou Tsugumi (鶫 誠士郎 Tsugumi Seishirō?, also "Seishiro Tsugumi")
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (drama CD, anime)
Tsugumi is a hitwoman who was raised and trained by Claude of the Beehive Gangsters.[ch. 14-16] Tsugumi is originally introduced as a guy who transfers to Chitoge's class, and has orders to protect her from Raku, whom she thinks forced Chitoge into the relationship.[ch. 15] She and Chitoge are childhood friends; she tries to keep a ten year old promise of becoming strong to protect Chitoge.[ch. 16] However, after Raku treats her nicely, she begins to develop feelings for him, even though she is too stubborn and embarrassed to admit it.[ch. 18,20,40] In America, her assassin code name is "Black Tiger", who had a rivalry with "White Fang" Paula McCoy.[ch. 54] She does well academically, having ranked next to Chitoge on a yearly exam.[ch. 56] Raku has occasionally confided with her as a good friend and also for romance advice.[ch. 68,79,80,83]
Marika Tachibana (橘 万里花 Tachibana Marika?)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (anime)
Marika transfers to Raku's class and is introduced as his fiancée; she bears a key that she thinks will unlock Raku's pendant, and is the most vocal about expressing her love to Raku. She is the daughter of the police chief, and has been in love with Raku for the past ten years.[ch. 33] She does not get along with Chitoge; she states she hates girls with long hair despite the fact that she also has long hair.[ch. 34] She has a frail constitution; ten years prior, she was frequently visited by a young Raku, who brought her gifts and sparked a friendship with her. She used to speak in a rather crude manner, (like saying "Raku isa speakin boldly Daddy!") but has attempted to correct her language (and grew her hair out) after Raku had told her that he likes a girly girl with long hair. However, when flustered, she reverts to her old speaking habits.[ch. 35-36] Although weak (collapsed in middle of 50 yard dash covered in sweat) seems to have some kind of power as she completely trashed some bullies in her old school in a week. Why her health is poor is unknown although its been hinted that she either might not have a lot of time left or could be in serious trouble if she overexerts herself. Her main caretaker/bodyguard is a woman named Honda.
Paula McCoy (ポーラ・マッコイ Pōra Makkoi?)
Paula is an assassin for the Beehive gangsters who has trained in America; her alias is "White Fang".[ch. 54] Is about six to eight inches shorter than Seishirou, flat chested (making her extremely jealous of Seishirou, especially when mistaken for a boy by her,) can't swim, afraid of ghost stories, and natural white hair. Although good with guns she likes to use knives close up and occasionally explosives. She is a colleague of Tsugumi, whom she considers her rival as she has finished second to her in many missions. She is upset that Tsugumi has gotten soft after going to Japan.[ch. 54] When she challenges Tsugumi to a match where the goal is to steal a kiss from Raku,[ch. 54] she eventually loses and has to give up on Seishirou returning to America with her.[ch. 54,55] Turns out she really wanted to be with and be praised by Seishirou who she greatly missed.
Paula later returns to Japan as a student at Tsugumi's school (but a grade lower;)[ch. 75] After seeing that Tsugumi acts shy and embarrassed when near Raku, she sets up romantic situations where the two are together .[ch. 79,80] She eventually opens up to the possibility of friendship after talking with her classmate Onodera Haru (Kosaki's younger sister.)[ch. 81,82]
Haru Onodera (小野寺 春 Onodera Haru?)
Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama (anime)
Kosaki's sister who is a school year younger than Raku and the gang.[ch. 75,76] On her way to school she is saved from some delinquents by a mysterious prince (actually Raku Ichijou)[ch. 75] and ends up with his locket.[ch. 76] Her first impression of Raku is negative as she believes that he is a womanizer (due to rumors) who is trying to trick her sister, a dangerous Yakuza, and a pervert for looking at her panties.[ch. 75,76] She also refuses to return his locket until Raku convinces her that he is helping the "prince".[ch. 78] Unlike her sister, she is a good cook.[ch. 77] She later reveals that she was helped by a guy in a mascot costume (also Raku) who treats her with vanilla ice cream.[ch. 94] Later, Haru finally warms up to Raku and even states that she has fallen in love with him, but she doesn't want to get in the way of her sister's love for Raku and decides that she'll support her.[ch. 109]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Nisekoi is written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi and began as a one-shot manga, published in Shueisha's seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine on January 8, 2011,[8] before beginning serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump on November 7, 2011.[9] In December 2011, Shueisha published the first chapter in English online.[10] A voice comic (vomic) was also produced and its first episode was released on June 1, 2012.[11] The manga has been licensed in English by Viz Media and published in their digital magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump since November 26, 2012, under the name Nisekoi: False Love.[12]

Nisekoi's chapters have been complied in 11 tankōbon volumes, which were published under Shueisha's Jump Comics imprint between May 2, 2012, and March 4, 2014.[13][14] The ninth volume was released simultaneously with a special edition, bundled with a drama CD, on November 1, 2013.[15][16] Since November 26, 2012, Viz Media's have been releasing volumes in English digitally.[17] They also released the first volume in print on January 7, 2014, and plan to release a new one every two months.[18][19]

Novel series[edit]

A two-volume novel series, titled Nisekoi: Urabana, was published by Shueisha under their Jump j-Books imprint. The novels are written by Hajime Tanaka and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. The first volume was published on June 4[20] and the second on December 28, 2013.[21]

Anime[edit]

A 20-episode anime adaptation produced by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo began airing from January 11, 2014. The opening theme is "Click" by ClariS[22] and the ending themes are "Heart Pattern" by Nao Tōyama for the first seven episodes and "Recover Decoration" (リカバーデコレーション?) by Kana Hanazawa for episode 8. The second opening theme will be "Step" by ClariS.[23]

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Promise"
"Yakusoku" (ヤクソク) 
January 11, 2014
Raku Ichijo, the son of a yakuza boss, prefers to just live a normal high school life. On the way to school he is kneed in the face by a girl, but gets tended by Kosaki Onodera, a sweet classmate that he has a crush on. The teacher announces a transfer student, Chitoge Kirisaki, who happens to be the girl that crashed into Raku, and they start arguing. Raku realizes he has lost his locket that contains memories of his first love, because of the collision, and asks Chitoge to help look for it. After several days their relationship gets worse that Raku tells Chitoge to stop looking. Chitoge eventually finds the locket. Afterwards, Raku's father tells Raku that he is to be in a dating relationship with a girl from a rival gang in order for their gangs to make peace, but the girl turns out to be Chitoge. 
2"Encounter"
"Sougū" (ソウグウ) 
January 18, 2014
In order to settle the feud between their families' gangs, Raku and Chitoge act lovey-dovey towards each other. The next day, Chitoge and Raku go on a date, which is heavily supervised by the gangs, but they drive each other nuts on typical activities. At a park, Chitoge heads to a restroom where she overhears her gang acting suspicious over the relationship. Raku wishes he were on a date with Kosaki instead when she suddenly appears. Chitoge returns and tells Kosaki that she and Raku are a couple. 
3"Two of a Kind"
"Nitamono" (ニタモノ) 
January 25, 2014
Raku and Chitoge's classmates get word that they are a couple. 
4"The Visit"
"Houmon" (ホウモン) 
February 1, 2014
5"Swimming"
"Suiei" (スイエイ) 
February 8, 2014
6"Borrowing and Lending"
"Kashikari" (カシカリ) 
February 15, 2014
7"Rival"
"Raibaru" (ライバル) 
February 22, 2014
8"Happiness"
"Shiawase" (シアワセ) 
March 1, 2014
9"Onsen" (オンセン) March 8, 2014

Video games[edit]

Chitoge Kirisaki appears as a support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs.[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Later in the story, Chitoge's mother reveals that Chitoge wears the same ribbon in her hair because Raku complimented her about it ten years ago.[ch. 64]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "オンエア". TVアニメ「ニセコイ」公式サイト. Aniplex. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Nisekoi School Romantic Comedy Manga Inspires Anime". Anime News Network. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Bakemonogatari Director Shinbo Make Nisekoi TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ ""Nisekoi" Anime Slated For January 2014". Crunchyroll. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Aniplex USA to Stream World Conquest, Nisekoi Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "New shows on DAISUKI.net: 'Buddy Complex' (worldwide), 'World Conquest Zvezda Plot' and 'Nisekoi'". 
  7. ^ a b Green, Scott (November 26, 2012). "VIDEO: "Nisekoi: False Love" Shonen Jump Manga Trailer". Crunchyroll.com. 
  8. ^ "ジャンプNEXT!に古味直志&古舘春一の新作掲載" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  9. ^ "ダブルアーツの古味直志、新連載はラブコメ「ニセコイ」" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  10. ^ "1st Nisekoi Manga Chapter by Double Arts' Komi Posted in English". Anime News Network. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  11. ^ "「ニセコイ」がVOMIC化!戸松遥&金元寿子がWヒロイン" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  12. ^ "Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi Manga Joins Shonen Jump Alpha Lineup". Anime News Network. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  13. ^ "ニセコイ/1". Shueisha. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  14. ^ "ニセコイ/10". Shueisha. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  15. ^ "ニセコイ/9". Shueisha. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  16. ^ "ニセコイ/9 ドラマCD同梱版". Shueisha. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  17. ^ "New series: Nisekoi". Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  18. ^ "Viz Media Adds Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta. Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  19. ^ "Nisekoi: False Love, Vol. 1". US: Amazon. ASIN 1421557991. 
  20. ^ "小説版「ニセコイ」記念、猫耳の小野寺フィギュアが大冒険" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  21. ^ "「ニセコイ」小説第2弾、千棘とマリーがメイド喫茶の店員に" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  22. ^ "Musical Duo Claris to Perform Nisekoi Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ "ClariS to Also Perform Nisekoi's New Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  24. ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/10/16/j-stars-victory-vs-adds-more-female-fighters

External links[edit]

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