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Nisekoi Vol. #17 Manga Review

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nisekoi-volume-17-coverA whole lot of Yui and some interesting moments wrapped in familiar tropes

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Naoshi Komi
Translation: Camellia Nieh

What They Say
Yui always seems to be doing a million things at school and at home. But one day, she shocks Raku by passing out! Raku is stunned when Yui’s bodyguard reveals some truths he wasn’t aware of… Later, when the class travels to Kyoto for a school trip, Raku can’t seem to catch a break. Through some miracle, however, his misfortune helps him spend one-on-one time with his crush Kosaki!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This time around, we start off with a continuation from last time, with Raku and Onodera staying at a hot springs resort together. And of course this ultimately leads to the inevitable situation of them accidentally ending up in the same hot spring. For what it’s worth, though, rather than going for pure cliché we instead see the both of them awkwardly trying to deal with the situation, and it makes for a rather cute scene in the end. After that, we get a stand-alone sports festival chapter, which brings with it the sort of antics you may expect. It’s nothing too special, but it’s at least worth a few laughs, so it’s not all bad either.

Next up, we hit the main focus of the book as our attention is turned towards Yui. And the idea this time is that she’s been pushing herself far too hard, to the point of literally collapsing from the strain. It’s played quite well and certainly makes her feel a little bit more interesting as a character, especially when her past comes into the mix as well. And if nothing else, it certainly helps to humanize her a lot better than a goofy little chapter about her being tone deaf. In the aftermath of all this, things continue to heat up around Yui as Night decides to literally force her and Raku into matrimony. If nothing else, it certainly leads to some amusing and over the top scenes. But it’s also kind of awkwardly just dropped without really wrapping up, and doesn’t come up in the rest of the book, which is rather odd. Oh, and after that we get a quick little chapter that digs into Tsugumi’s past, which makes for a nice charming little tale.

Finally, we hit upon another common trope as we get an arc centered around a school trip to Kyoto. But in a rather amusing shift from conventions, the focus is first on Raku and Onodera both missing the train there, and in turn running into crazy bad luck slowing them down constantly. It comes out of nowhere, but it’s really amusing to watch and makes for a great bonding experience between the pair. And once the trip actually kicks off proper, we also get a nice moment for Chitoge and Raku as well.

In Summary
This time around, we’re treated to a collection of shorter chapters combined with two larger arcs. The first of those is centered firmly around Yui, and it does a whole heck of a lot to flesh out her character. It really is a great bit of work towards making her more relatable, and on top of that we end on a chapter that brings back plenty of laughs as well. And then at the end of the book, we get a focus on the old school trip trope, but it actually has a few tricks up its sleeve to prevent that from feeling old hat. Of the remaining three shorter chapters, two of them manage to have some nice moments of character growth and some great interactions. And even the last one, the sports festival chapter, manages to pull out some decent laughs despite being the weakest part of the book. All in all, this adds up to an entry that may not have any huge moments to make it a fan favorite, but one that succeeds quite well through simply keeping up the quality moments from beginning to end.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B+
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
MSRP: $9.99

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