Manga of the Week - ニセコイ

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This week we look at the latest work from the author of Double Arts.


Title: ニセコイ, Nisekoi, Fake Love
Author: Komi Naoshi
Genre: Shounen, Comedy, Romance
Serialized in: Shueisha Weekly Shounen Jump
Total Volume Count: N/A

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
Ichijou Raku is an honor student with outstanding grades and admirable conduct. He has a female childhood friend named Kirisaki Chitoge, who has slightly better grades than him, or so he says. They haven't been getting along since Christmas when they exchanged gifts, and they also have opposite taste of things.

Their families are currently at war because of business rivalry: the boy's family are yakuza while the girl's family are gangsters. The leaders of both groups would like to get along, because if the war is not stopped, there will surely be many casualties. The problem is that their underlings won't listen to them, so they decided on something that will make them cooperate. They want Ichijou and Kirisaki to become lovers, so that their families will come to an understanding with each other.

But the problem doesn't end there; both families already know that the two of them don't get along with each other, so to make sure they are really lovey-dovey with each other, the followers of each party followed them on their date, from watching movies, to singing in the karaoke bar, shopping, and in the amusement park.

Will the two of them become official lovers and make their families get along? Or will their families continue to fight and create many troubles along with it?
Kenn's Comment: The Oneshot was amazing. The pacing was all there and it made for a really good, quick read. The serialized series, however, seems to have lost a bit of the magic that made the Oneshot so great in it's journey to serializationdom.

Added to the story from the Oneshot is the introduction of a third character, Raku's crush, who serves more or less the same purpose that Haruna did in To Love-ru; to be a pain to provide a dilemma for our hero. Also added to the serialization is the locked locket, which can only be unlocked using the matching key, given to the 'destined girl' of his past.

I'm seriously hoping that Komi Naoshi doesn't follow the 'first girl wins' route. If he's following the general story of the oneshot, then it shouldn't end up like that, but I can never be too sure. That and I really hope this story doesn't drag out to be ridiculously long and tedious, never making any progress. At least a story like Pastel moves, albeit very, very slowly.

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