Thanks to a bit of unfortunate timing, this post will probably be delayed for a bit to avoid publishing two Nisekoi posts in very close succession. But at least now I should be all caught up and back on schedule with the show.
Any closer and their blushes would merge.
Honestly speaking this was the most entertaining episode of Nisekoi so far. Though it was technically full of cliches and generic tropes, the romcom hi-jinks here really struck a nice note in my opinion. To start off we have a more formal introduction of Shuu and Ruri, the respective best friends of Raku and Onodera. And guess what, they’ve both more or less figured out that Raku and Onodera share a mutual attraction unknown only to the two themselves. How those two can remain ignorant of this is beyond me, considering how much attention they pay to each other. Continuing, Ruri is also catching on to the fact that Raku and Chitoge might not be a true couple, while Shuu has known from the very beginning. So basically the stage is set for lots of hilarious meddling to come, as we experienced firsthand in this episode.
But enough about Raku and Onodera. Let’s instead talk about Raku and Chitoge again. Coming into the show, I’ve seen people complain about how much of a bitch Chitoge is. And understandably her abusive treatment of Raku and ungirly (I’m pretty sure that’s not a word) personality might put people off. But we’re four episodes in now and so far I’ve not seen anything that would warrant such harsh language against her (I understand the irony of this statement). Sure, she’s brazenly rude and outspoken at times. But I find her behavior rather understandable for someone who finds herself suddenly thrust into a false relationship without any say in the matter. Sure, she doesn’t have to be so hostile to Raku, but that’s nothing to call her a bitch over. It’s not like Raku doesn’t return the favor verbally. And if he returned the favor physically they would essentially be even. But that would just be wrong, wouldn’t it?
A washing machine for five hours.
Really, Chitoge is just a rather ordinary girl who had the misfortune of being born into a gang family. So i’m glad that Raku is starting to see her as such instead of a “gorilla.” That said, I’m actually a little put off by this new development. I don’t consider myself a RakuxChitoge shipper (yet), but as someone who can see their relationship becoming real, I’m disappointed that the only way for Raku to come to like Chitoge is for her to display stereotypical, attractive, girly qualities. The last time this sort of happened was when they went on their first date and he thought she might be cute if only she didn’t open her mouth and otherwise remained unconscious. So basically he’d like her if she’s just a pretty face without any personality. Then comes this episode and he starts thinking that Chitoge might be cute if she displays some weakness and has to cling to him. Again, a common theme in all this is that her attractive appearance is her only redeeming quality. Now, I’m probably taking this a bit far, but this makes Raku come across as shallow. Almost unlikable, even.
What’s the big deal about kisses anyway?
I’m not going to spout the usual it’s what’s inside that counts bull because honestly no one truly believes in that kind of virtuous sermonizing. And I’m not saying that Raku can’t have his preference for a really girly girl as his ideal partner (Moedera of course being the gold standard in his eyes). I just wish he would stop objectifying Chitoge as a pretty face tacked onto a disagreeable personality. He can find her appearance attractive all he wants, but he needs to stop thinking things like “she’s pretty cute if she shuts up or if she’s weak and helpless.” You don’t have to be a feminist to agree that this kind of outlook on women is very insulting. I don’t want to be putting words in the mouths of feminists though, because they tend to get easily and unreasonably ticked off about just about anything. So I’ll just leave it at that.
So yeah, after all is said and done Raku and Chitoge are now ever so slightly closer to becoming a real thing. With others starting to learn about the truth or at least starting to get suspicious of their relationship though, I wonder how long it will be until someone openly questions their legitimacy in front of the class or even the rival gangs. Somehow, I have a feeling that the show will avoid such a development though, because it would pretty much be an endgame sort of thing if the one shot was any indication.