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Nisekoi (KOMI Naoshi)
by Zoro on November 5th, 2011, 7:41pm

Rating - 8 / 10.0

User rating of this review - 5 out of 5
Story/Plot - 3.9 out of 5
Characters - 4 out of 5
Drawing Style - 4.2 out of 5
Enjoyment - 4.1 out of 5
Overall - 3.9 out of 5

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Plot/Story
I've only read the first two chapters of Double Arts, a series with the potential the size of a Mammoth, but it honestly has no place to last as long it did. What I loved about Naoshi's experimental project 'Nisekoi' was that everything about the series is means of escaping real life, cause again, we never understand anything until we take one step back and view it as a whole.

Ichijou Raku is our man, or should I say Naoshi's man when comparing the honorable and gifted average student. He is someone who's built up his self-esteem to it's highest, considering his inability to fight. No regards to us, Naoshi wants to get straight down to business and reveal Ichijou's opposite. Being female, she's the opposite of everything Ichijou believes in. Thus, we have the classic 'Opposites Attract' lovely brouhaha that we can only expect to go downhill before reaching a critical point in their relationship. There's no doubt about it, Komi Naoshi is a fool for romance.

These two characters are students that go to the same school, get treated like royalty because of their families businesses, and absolutely hate each other. But when they think a day at school would be like any other, they're in awe when they realize the each must take each other as their lover. This, of course, is an attempt at peace between the two families. How well it works, we can only imagine.

Not your average high-school-romance cliche, right? But can it go deeper? I'm afraid to say that it stays on the fence, a lot. At first, we find a history of magnets attracting our male/female love-mance towards each other, and we enjoy watching the two duke it out without disturbing "the peace". The author wants these two character together so badly, he's willing to start a war and destroy the whole town. A ridiculous interpretation at forcing a love to grow, but oh how well it works.

Characters
These characters are widely developed during their time together, and because of this we long for their relationship to blossom. It might take a kiss, or a tiny message in a letter, but for a first time love match, Ichijou Maku handles himself like a pro. Exposing himself to a wall of bullets, he makes it clear to us that nothing can stop him once he's realized his eventual love for Kirisaki Chitoge.

Kirisaki Chitoge is Ichijou's other half, his complete opposite. Although, being a shounen manga we never fully understand her infatuation directed towards Ichijou, simply that she has hidden feelings for him.

Both characters are childhood friends (obviously) that have come to hate each other due to a tiny scuffle before their gift exchange at Christmas. Other supporting characters can only watch as these two royal teenagers are suddenly forced to become lovers. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. A simple resolution to the story's problems.

We enjoy watching each side of pummel each other, because behind their brutish exteriors, lives the connection of a boy and a girl.

Drawing Style
If you loved the fantastical dream sequences the author carefully displayed in his previous 'Double Arts' than you'll enjoy the revamping of his style in this series. Though, a feeling a disappointment when looking for more detail towards anything besides the main characters and supporting characters, that feeling is covered many times over when searching for delectable features in the story's characters. At most, the author can emphasize street corners and a gigantic clock tower, but he shy's away when come the larger architecture. Which is a shame for an artist of his caliber.

Tone is used appropriately, expressions are easily recognizable and even exaggerated at times, adding a lot more characteristics into our leads. Character style and features, sorry to say are not very original, however transitions between sequences merge together beautifully well.

Enjoyment
Honestly, romance doesn't get me flipping pages as fast as this story did. Ten pages in, you'll be giggling to yourself like a 12-year-old girl over Leonardo DiCaprio. I think the author really has a thing for romantic comedies such as these, and I think he knows which buttons to press to get the reader going silly. Although, his love connection between the two main leads might crowd the comedy a tad, the difference is nothing more than a teaspoon over. Which is to say, you'll enjoy the comedy, even being disguised as simple romanticism.

Overall
A brilliant set up for a series that could easily go nowhere. It has potential to run at the chance for publication, but with Naoshi's imagination I'd bet it wouldn't have far to run. I say, good luck to this series and I hope to see it prosper, but when Naoshi gets bored of this idea I hope he comes back at us with a brand new premise that will trump all this earlier attempts.
 
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No Subject by maine12329 on February 17th, 2012, 10:35pm Rating: 5

A detailed, well-analysed and unbiased review smile
 
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