From The Director Of Madoka Magica Comes The Breakout Anime of 2014! Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise... a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will 'get married when they reunite'. Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.
His willingness to help her despite constantly being at loggerheads is not a new trope in anime. In fact, most of the rom-com's in the canon thrive on this concept. Where it works better in Nisekoi is that Raku's internal compass won't let him abandon Chitoge while his heart belongs to Kosaki. Slowly over the course of the episodes does Raku learn how to appreciate Chitoge while following an unsteady course with Kosaki. Kosaki herself starts the show clueless to how Raku feels but over time develops her own feelings for him which she is even more nervous to express. Along the way she and Raku get help and problems from their own friends with Shu being Raku's friend and a total pervert who thinks he's helping Raku every time he sets up events that result in our hero getting a belt. Kosaki has Ruri Miyamoto who is one part detective and one part leg breaker for Kosaki. She wears glasses and is quiet. Anime cliché demands she be the Machiavellian schemer of the group and thus she is. Before she gets stale, the story introduces Seishiro Tsugumi into the mix who is by far and away the best side character in the cast. A girl who dresses as a boy who is totally in love with Chitoge, Tsugumi is determined to get rid of this interloper for Chitoge's affections. It helps that the chief retainer of the Beehive gang, Claude, sends her to see if Chitoge and Raku are really in love or not since Tsugumi won't have anyone get between her and her childhood pal. Of course, I'm really not spoiling anything by saying that Tsugumi ends up getting a little crush on Raku despite her best efforts (ye gads, how is this boy still single?...oh, yeah, locket and key girl thing). So the show at its halfway point has a decent cast and healthy respect for the audience to keep us our toes while we watch Raku fly from crisis to crisis and trying not to get killed or worse: caught by Chitoge!
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