Nisekoi follows the adventures of high school students Raku, Shuei, Gumi and Chitoge. The anime by Viz Media was originally released in Japan before being dubbed for the international audience under the name Nisekoi: False Love. It gained a massive fan following among those who love romance anime, and it is definitely one of the best light-hearted shows you can pick up if you want to get into anime. The anime was adapted from the manga of the same name, and there are three seasons of fun episodes out there if you want to check out. The visual design and the music pull people into the anime almost immediately, but there is so much more to it than just the flashy art style and romantic setting. Behind all of the cuteness and the fun, there is a meaningful story hidden behind Nisekoi, and it’s worth going through all three seasons of the anime.
The manga series was originally written by Naoshi Komi, and was initially slated to be a one-shot novel only. However, the popularity in Japan led Komi to write a total of 193 chapters spread across 20 volumes. There are some characters which never made it to the anime adaptation, and if you want to check out the full roster of characters which make the plot even more complicated than it already is, you should definitely check out the manga. The first season of the anime is quite fast-paced, and it covers almost 50 chapters which is a lot considering there are almost 200 full-length chapters. All of the main characters except Yui were brought to the anime adaptation.
The second season of the anime is much shorter with just 12 episodes, and it covered the story until the 100th chapter. Fans love the second season just as much as the first, and it is, in fact, the third season that takes a sharp turn with the storytelling. The story progresses very slowly throughout the first two seasons but we see a massive leap in speed, and even though there are some filler episodes, they do not take away from the experience. Now, the biggest question everyone has in mind is: who holds the key to Raku’s locket? Today, we will take a look at Raku’s journey and find out who holds the key.
Summary of the Plot
Nisekoi’s protagonist is Ichijou Raku, your average high-school aged kid who happens to be a gang leader. If you have seen ‘Sons of Anarchy’, you will know exactly the kind of lifestyle Raku leads. Soon after you start with the anime, you’ll learn that Raku once made a promise to a girl that they would get married later in their lives. Raku never forgot the promise. He owns a locket that can only be opened using a key owned by the girl.
We all have childhood dreams like Raku, and some of them do turn out to be a little unrealistic. Nisekoi grounds us into reality within a few episodes as we see Raku’s father strike a deal with a rival gang. Members of both gangs come to a peace agreement, and Raku is forced to be in a relationship with a girl from his rivals. As you would expect, Raku wants to keep his childhood promise, but things take a comic turn with a number of girls claiming that they hold the key to Raku’s locket. Things get even more complicated as Raku starts falling in love with Onodera Kosaki, a classmate of Raku’s from high-school. Even though Raku is popular, he is always in a dilemma about his old promises, his obligations to his family and his true love.