School trips and scandalous situations!
Story/Art: Naoshi Komi
Translation: Camellia Nieh
What They Say
When Chitoge transfers into Raku’s class, they’re forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Everyone at school’s fooled by their act – even Raku’s crush, Onodera! Raku wants Onodera to know the truth, but he just can’t seem to find a way to tell her. Meanwhile, the ever-vigilant Claude sends his protege Tsugumi to watch over Raku and rescue Chitoge from his evil intentions. What chance does Raku stand against a highly trained assassin?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After Tsugumi’s gender is revealed, Raku ends up making an already compromising situation even worse by hiding in a closet with her to prevent the others from finding them. Of course this results in a good bit of awkwardness, but in the end Tsugumi declares an end to the duel and is able to properly enter in as a student at the school. Afterwards, Raku helps Tsugumi a little as she tries to settle in, and earns a few more points with her, much to her frustration.
Next up, Raku catches a cold and the girls come to help out, which has some rather unfortunate results for our hero. Tsugumi then realizes she has awkward feelings around Raku, and ends up talking to the others, unable to comprehend her own emotions. Later, Chitoge stumbles upon her old diary, which details her first love with a young boy that ended in a promise, along with a strange key. She starts to suspect that she may actually be Raku’s “promise” girl, but before she can confirm anything the class trip starts up!
The rest of the volume is spent on a goofy game of cards, a hilarious romp in the girls’ hot spring, and a test of courage that really manages to help bring Raku and Chitoge closer to one another.
This volume is a lot of fun, with plenty of hilarious moments and a number of scenes that really show and advance the relationships between the characters. Most of the first part of the book is spent on bringing Tsugumi into the cast, which is fortunate since she proves to be a really great addition. We also get a new twist adding some complexity to the “childhood promise” plot, which is definitely nice. Add in a fantastic take on the old “hot springs” chapter and a great bonding moment for Raku and Chitoge, and you get probably the best volume of the series yet. Hopefully the series will manage to keep up this level of quality, as what’s here definitely makes for a fun read.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B+
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: May 6th, 2014