Nisekoi is back and I didn’t realize how much I missed it!
What They Say:
“From Now On / Please Notice”
Now that Chitoge has come to terms with her feelings for Raku, she sets out to mold him into the ideal boyfriend! However, with Raku being the oblivious guy he is, just how many different ways can Chitoge try to get him to recognize her more?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Nisekoi is a show last year that kind of slipped under the radar and maybe seemed to be loved or hated among the anime fans I talk to. If someone’s heard of it, they talk about its absurdity, not its good points. But that’s just the thing: Nisekoi’s absurdity IS its good point. Things like keys just popping up over and over again are what bring me back to Nisekoi.
However! I’m disappointed in this episode. It’s very Chitoge heavy and, as we all know, Onodera is #BestGirl. How am I supposed to follow a show where the best girl is barely even in it and, when she is, she’s ruining Chitoge’s master plans. Hopefully next episode will be Onodera-centric.
Also: What’s with all these new girls in the opening? 1. That opening was, like, the greatest thing ever and 2. What’s with all these new girls in the opening?! I supposed they can’t possibly sustain a show with only four love interests, and of course one of them is going to be Onodera’s little sister, Haru, who I hear is #BestGirl but I will listen to no such ruminations.
But I digress. The return of Nisekoi signals the beginnings of the throes of young love…The real throes of young love and not the fake throes of young love to try and get to warring factions not to kill each other and destroy the city in the process. Yes, through 20 episodes, Chitoge has finally fallen for her darling Raku and even admitted it to herself. From one little line, “My lips are chapped,” comes the plot for the rest of the episode and it is GLORIOUS. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a young girl trying to get the attention of a boy. She changes little things that guys (hopefully) notice, but don’t think to mention. She wears the lip gloss, she changes her shampoo, she paints her nails, she changes her bow. And of course Raku notices them all EXCEPT THE BOW. That’s the beauty of Nisekoi. It’s the perfect comedic turn that has me laughing out loud at it because it’s a sweet little moment of Raku calling Chitoge cute and noticing all the little things she did, but then not noticing the bow that was literally glowing. It might has well have been Mikisugi’s penis.
I didn’t realize just how much I missed Nisekoi until I watched this episode. I’ve been buying all those Aniplex sets, assuming I would regret it later, but no those purchases were 100 percent worth it. Plus set two has some sweet Onodera art. Unrelated, I might have to start calling her Kosaki in these reviews since her sister’s coming on the scene here soon…But I digress yet again. Nisekoi is back on track to be the sleeper of not just this anime season but this year. It, like Food Wars this season, knows when to turn expectations around and it knows how to be silly while going as close to the line as possible…it might sometimes cross it, but it’s ok, because it’ll quickly come back to the right side.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
Equipment: PS3, LG 47LB5800 47” 1080p LED TV, LG NB3530A Sound Bar