Nisekoi: False Love Volume 25 manga review…
Bringing a harem manga to a satisfying conclusion can be a tricky business. Any romantic finale runs the risk of alienating all those readers who want the main character to end up with their favourite choice of partner, rather than the author’s. Take the final volume of manga rom-com Nisekoi, where Raku Ichijo – the reluctant teenage heir to a yakuza syndicate – must finally choose between his two love interests.
Will he pick mobster’s daughter Chitoge Kirisaki? Initially forced to pretend to be in love to keep the peace between rival gangs, the series has seen them fall for each other for real. Or will he select Kosaki Onodera, the sweet candy-making girl whom he has had a crush on for a decade? The decision may hinge on the contents of the locket that our hero has held onto for so long, but new feelings might sway Raku in another direction at the very end.
Depending on whether you’re Team Chitoge or Team Kosaki, you may feel let down by Nisekoi’s ending. What you won’t be able to fault is the overall quality of the storytelling that has kept this series going, nor its characters, nor the artwork. In addition to the central love triangle, the sub-stories charting the romances of the minor characters are also handled well. Nisekoi has been fun, charming and not too filled with fanservice – well, except for the lengths that Chitoge’s bodyguard Tsugumi has to go to prove she is actually a girl, that is! Reviewed by Ian Wolf
Credits: Naoshi Komi
Publisher: Viz Media
Release Date: Out Now
© Naoshi Komi 2011