Nisekoi had a very strong start, but now that the series is nearing its end, was it the best romance to date?
The answer is: No. Nisekoi had a very creative visual design at the beginning, hinting that it would be a revival of a genre just like Madoka Magica did for the magical girl genre. But while going through the episodes, Nisekoi didn’t really innovate as I hoped it would be doing.
The reason why Nisekoi lost its charm, is because of the interesting plot, which throughout the episodes became less of a factor to drive the story. The plot revolved around a lock and a key which were separated from each other and are about to be reunited after 10 years. The story is thickened with our main characters Raku and Chitoge being forced to act like they’re in a relationship to prevent an all out Yakuza war. This is an extra plot driver that becomes more relevant over time.
A various amount of girls take the stage, vaguely remembering making a promise, holding a key or whatsoever. Raku is thrown into disarray thanks to the occurring events that rapidly take place. This throws Nisekoi into the Harem genre and the romance drifting away into second place. Which is a shame as the relationship between Raku and Chitoge seems like a, while cliché, more suitable main story. The forced together couple growing towards each other feels like a more appropriate plot driver.
Nisekoi hyped me with its first episode, but wasn’t able to keep me as enthusiastic over the course of the run. There are still a few episodes left, but I highly doubt Nisekoi will make great comeback. Nisekoi is good and the execution and visual design are well above average, but it didn’t trigger me as much as Toradora or Clannad did. Share your thoughts on Nisekoi in the comment section!