The show so far.
The false lovers have their first day as a couple. And it’s just about the most tumultuous thing ever, with yakuza tailing them and Onodera’s untimely appearance.
The Chopping Block
Well, you’re lovers now. Good luck.
This week’s episode covered three chapters of the manga. This is a big step up from the one chapter of the premiere. But to be fair, the first chapter of the manga is double the length of one of Nisekoi‘s regular chapters. So really, this episode only crammed in one additional chapter’s worth of material. And to do that, it had to cut out quite a few more parts. Specifically, Chitoge expresses much more interest in Raku’s pendant and childhood crush in the manga. In the episode, the only time the two false lovebirds discuss the matter is when Raku thanks her for recovering the pendant for him. But in the manga, Chitoge asks him if he still wants to see the “promised girl” again when they go to the park. Nothing too serious, but I feel that moment might have contained some hints that Chitoge might be the mystery girl (Onodera notwithstanding). Though the anime takes care of this with the highly suggestive ED.
The men aren’t convinced.
There are a few other things also cut from the manga, but those are actually purely extraneous in comparison. Stuff like an extended grilling from the two gangs when the gang leaders first proclaim their children are madly in love. It would have been amusing to see Raku fail miserably to guess Chitoge’s favorite food and music when posed the question by Claude (and Chitoge’s ensuing attempt to follow up by claiming her taste changed dramatically suddenly). But that adds nothing of value as there are many other moments for the gang to doubt the legitimacy of the dysfunctional couple. That said, I actually find Shaft’s adaptation decisions a bit odd here; they decided to reserve an entire two minutes for an epilogue after the ED. And this purely covered a few bits from an omake, when that time could have been used for something more central to the plot. You know, like Chitoge asking about the “promised girl” at the park.
Shaft also cut Onodera from the omake.
Rabu Rabu Koibito Doushi
Are these not the faces of a couple hopelessly in love?
Now let’s talk about the show instead. As much as Chitoge and Raku keep loudly complaining that they absolutely loathe each other from the bottoms of their respective hearts, I have to say they might actually be better suited for each other than they might want to admit (of course, Raku also has the additional concern of liking Onodera to deal with). Notice that most of their “fights” start simply because one of the two (I’ve noticed it’s Raku more often) opens their stupid mouth and says something rude. Well duh, of course that’s gonna make the other person mad. If they could just learn to stop insulting each other randomly, maybe they could get along better. Randomly insulting others isn’t a personality trait as far as I’m concerned, so it’s not like this is some fundamental incompatibility between their personalities. They just insist on being rude to each other for the heck of it.
These two do have their moments in spite of everything.
Of course, Raku knowing absolutely nothing about what Chitoge likes (and probably vice versa holds true) is a real issue. But that’s nothing surprising considering the two have only known each other for ten days. I’m sure it could be argued that a truly lovey-dovey couple would get to know each other in absolutely no time (or are similar enough to begin with). But I maintain not knowing all of your partner’s likes and dislikes in ten days is entirely reasonable. Some people might be married for decades and still not know everything about their partners. Anyway, essentially Chitoge and Raku have a lot of potential to become a real couple. For one, there is no real reason why they claim to dislike each other aside from starting on a bad foot. And if they don’t know each other all too well at the moment, there’s lots of time to do that later. Most importantly though, the two actually look cute together. There were definitely several moments where it looked like they might really be a thing. I just wish Raku wouldn’t put it as meanly as “she’s cute if she asleep and not talking or moving.” Now that is just rude.
In spite of everything I have to say about RakuxChitoge, we can’t forget about Onodera just yet. Nisekoi continues to wave her around as if she’s the real mystery girl. Which would be just fine if that were the established scenario. But it’s not. The mystery girl is supposed to be a mystery, last I recall. At least, we’re sure as hell not supposed to have the answer two episodes in. But let’s forget about that for now and assume that Onodera is in fact the mystery girl. “Knowing” this, it’s clear that she has feelings for Raku, but is shy about bringing up the past probably because she doesn’t want to rely on what is essentially a gimmick to serve as the foundation of their relationship. Or something along those lines. Because honestly there’s no real reason why she wouldn’t push this advantage to kick-start their relationship if she truly wants to be with the guy. Unless it’s one of those stupid “I didn’t bring it up for so long that it’s awkward now” developments.
Well this isn’t blatant or anything.