Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Winter 2014 Edition: NISEKOI

Let me guess, it’s another romantic comedy show based from a manga where you have two unlikable main protagonists and completely unnecessary and repetitive jokes that involves being hit by the absent-minded and irrational female lead?

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo / Naoyuki Tatsuwa

Animation Studio: SHAFT

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Hulu, Aniplex Channel

Licensor: Aniplex of America

Plot Summary: As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face. Though Raku’s a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction. And he’s dragged into family affairs when he’s forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang’s boss.

Thoughts on it so far: Well, what do you know? I don’t hate this show as much and I didn’t have any high hopes for it in the first place mainly because of some similar elements towards another anime/manga series which I really despise, but then again this isn’t a harem series but more of a love triangle tale so there’s a plus for that. As cliché as the romance elements are, some of the moments, i.e. the secret promise and the childhood sweetheart parts, I found are genuinely openhearted and sweet and it does get to the point of saying who’s the childhood sweetheart instead of it going nowhere and treat it like as if you forgot about that. Character-wise, it’s what I expected when Ichijo (him being the typical teenage boy with a decent life) and Kirisaki (her being the girl with a temper but not completely annoying, thank Based God) and I like that they show they do not want to be together or that one of them just take the other partner’s bullshit, although it did happen a few times. I really do route for him and Onodera to get together in the end because like I said, moments with them are the best thing about the show but I bet it’s not going to happen since I didn’t read the manga, which was heavily advertised in the U.S. by Viz Media and the ad always runs on Neon Alley (well, it did earlier in 2013). Animation-wise, SHAFT did a great job with the animation with a few strange uses of color but that’s expected of them and sometimes most of their gag-based animation in there often works.

As of now, while it’s not sucking so far, I’m going to CONTINUE WITH CAUTION. I want it to be passable and not fuck up in the later episodes.

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the keys to that lock around your neck.

And I got one more show to review after this……..and this is the one a friend of mine suggested.

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