|Out on:||Blu-Ray 20th July 2015
DVD 20th July 2015
Raku's the son of a yakuza big shot. Chitose's the daughter of a rival mob boss. It's like Romeo and Juliet ...except this Juliet would much rather kick her Romeo in the face. Stylish new rom-com Nisekoi: False Love sees the jokes flow thick and fast as we follow two classmates forced to pretend to be couple to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. So funny, it's criminal.
Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, the man behind Bakemonogatari, Madoka Magica and Arakawa Under The Bridge, Studio Shaft rom-com Nisekoi: False Love stars Kouki Uchiyama (Soul Eater, Infinite Stratos) and Nao Toyama (The Devil is a Part-Timer, Love Live!) as protagonists Raku and Chitose.
Raku Ichijo just wants to be a normal high schooler, but things have suddenly got super complicated for the yakuza family heir. You see, he fancies sweetly shy classmate Kosaki Onadera, but his gangster dad insists that he go out with brash new transfer student Chitoge Kirisaki, herself the daughter of a mob boss, to prevent an all-out turf war breaking out between the rival gangs.
Raku and Shitoge reluctantly agree to play along, but convincing a bunch of belligerent hoodlums that they're a lovey-dovey couple isn't going to be easy - especially as the hot-tempered Chitoge would far rather punch our hero than kiss him. And as if that isn't enough, ten years ago Raku promised a girl that they'd get married when they were reunited; a promise sealed when she gave him her locket. Only now he can't actually remember her name. Or what she looks like.
Looks like Raku's love life is about to get an awful lot more interesting...
We like it because:
Feuding yakuza, hot transfer students, love triangles, tsundere girlfriends - Nisekoi scoops up anime tropes by the armful and gleefully chucks them in a comedy blender. The result is a riotous rom-com that'll charm your socks off. And with Akiyuki Shinbo at the helm, you know it's gonna look good too!
"A polished little gem of a show" - UK ANIME NETWORK
"Charming rom-com with a unique visual style and proper attention to detail" - JAPANATOR.COM
"Nisekoi does the improbable romantic fantasy thing right" - CARL KIMLINGER, ANIME NEWS NETWORK
Nisekoi: False Love is adapted from an ongoing manga by Naoshi Komi. A second season of the popular anime - once again produced by Studio Shaft - is due to air in April 2015.
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