TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 24
YEAR: November 2017 (USA release)
COMPANY: Viz Media
Story and Art by Naoshi Komi
As the final volume of “Nisekoi” is almost here, “Nisekoi” volume 24 features Raku finally needing to make a decision of who he truly loves…Chitoge or Kosaki? And what happens when Kosaki finds out the truth that Chitoge is also in love with Raku?
Meanwhile, will Ruri Miyamoto finally discover her true feelings that she has towards Shu Maiko?
All this and more in Naoshi Komi’s hit manga series, “Nisekoi: False Love” vol. 24!
What is “Nisekoi: False Love”?
Naoshi Komi’s manga work is well-known for readers of Shonen Jump. From “Koi no Kami-sama”, “Williams” and “Double Arts”, Komi’s manga “Nisekoi” (False Love) was created as a one shot for Jump NEXT! in 2011 but then receiving the go-ahead as a weekly manga serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”.
“Nisekoi” revolves around high school Raku Ichijou. When Ichijou was a kid, he met a girl and he kept a lock, she kept the key and promised each other to get married if they one day find each other.
Since then, Ichijou has kept his promise and has worn the lock around his neck and has been hoping to meet her again.
But Ichijou’s life is a little complicated. While a good-natured individual, unfortunately for him, he is the son of the leader of the Shuei-gumi yakuza syndicate. He has no interested in become part of the yakuza but everyone expects him to be the next one to lead the syndicate in the future.
Meanwhile, while going to school, he sees a foreign girl jumping from a wall and landing on him. He loses the lock on his neck and is very upset of what had transpired. Next thing you know in class, that same girl becomes a new student in his class.
Chitoge Kirisaki just moved from the U.S. to Japan and since her mom is Japanese and her dad is America, she is fluent in both Japanese and English. And suffice to say, when both Ichijou and Kirisaki see each other, they start yelling at each other and she nails him with a hit after he calls her “monkey girl”. People see how tough she is but to make them get along, his teacher puts Ichijou in charge of showing her around school.
He tries his best but the two are like oil and water, they just don’t get along. For the next week of trying to assist her, the two end up arguing and getting in each other’s faces.
If anything, Ichijou focus is more on finding the lock that was lost when Kirisaki landed on him. And he wonders if Kosaki Onodera, the popular girl in school and a person who has treated him with nothing but kindness is the girl that he made the promise with. He hopes it is her.
But just when Ichijou is about to give up, Onodera pleads with him to keep his promise and Ichijou is reminded that a promise is a promise and he intends to keep it. But wants to ask Onodera if there is any chance she may be the girl he made the promise too.
What he doesn’t know is that Onodera does have a key and she has always liked Ichijou but doesn’t have the guts to tell him.
But as Ichijou wonders if Onodera is the girl he made a promise too and excited for the possibility that it might be, when he gets home, his father talks to him about something important.
The problem is that the Shuei-gumi and another rival yakuza gang are in the brink of all-out war that would damage both yakuza gangs, he and the other leader have come up with the plan. Ichijou must pretend to be dating the daughter of the leader of the opposing yakuza gang.
Ichijou doesn’t want to get involved and his father told him that he must forget dating any other girl and focus liking this girl they set him up with.
When the two are introduces, Ichijou is shocked that the girl is Chitoge Kirisaki. And for both of them, they must promise to be boyfriend and girlfriend for three whole years and be convincing to both yakuza gangs that they are truly in love.
Both don’t want to be involved with each other but they have no choice. But now they must find a way to co-exist with each other as both yakuza gangs are suspicious of their relationship especially Kirisaki’s guardian, Claude.
Meanwhile, Ichijou still wants to ask Onodera if she is the girl with the key and Onodera is about to let him know that she is. But before they can, the whole school are told that both Ichijo and Kirasaki are boyfriend and girlfriend.
And now it has made things tough for both Ichijou and Kirisaki, but can they keep this charade of being in love with each other, especially if they despite one another?
And since then, there are a few other complications as not only Chitoge and Onodera have fallen for Raku, but also many other ladies have a crush on him!
For volume 24, Ruri and Shu work together to reunite a young girl with her parents. But what happens when Ruri starts to realize these feelings that she may have for Shu?
Meanwhile, as Raku, Chitoge and Onodera decide to go stargazing at school, what happens when a typhoon comes and locks the three on campus? And what happens with Chitoge hears Onodera professing her love towards Raku? Will she declare her feelings as well? And what happens when Onodera puts two and two together to discover Chitoge’s true feelings towards Raku?
And why has Chitoge gone missing?
With volume 24 of Naoshi Komi’s “Nisekoi: False Love”, the manga is now heading towards the finale (which will end in volume 25).
As we have read many volumes and seeing women who have fallen for Raku, I think we are now starting to see the storylines start to narrow down which girl Raku would end up with.
With this storyline, this volume now sets up the final storyline of who will Raku decide of where his heart belongs. Will it be Kosaki Onodera, the girl that Raku has loved since childhood? Or will it be Chitoge Kirisaki, the girl that he was forced to have a fake relationship with (because of their parents trying to prevent a gang war) and eventually developed feelings towards?
It’s not going to be an easy decision and to make things even more challenging, Chitoge overhears Onodera professing her love towards an unconscious Raku and knowing the truth.
After hearing this, Chitoge goes missing from school which causes Raku and everyone concern. But for Onodera, she figures out that Chitoge overheard her and thinking about the past, realizing that Chitoge is also in love with Raku.
Meanwhile, the story concludes the Ruri and Shu storyline as we will discover how Ruri feels about Shu.
24 volumes in through the series, I really enjoy this manga series because it’s fresh take on the young promise made by youngsters to marry each other and it also has that similarity to “Ranma 1/2” of two people arranged by their parents to be together, although not to be married but to have this fake romance for three years. And then having multiple young ladies vying for his attention. But now the storyline is coming to a close and Raku must now decide on who his heart belongs to…Chitoge or Onodera?
The artwork by Naoshi Komi is well-drawn, the series is full of humor and for the most part quite delightful in capturing their emotions on each page. But Naoshi Komi’s manga series has been nothing but delightful and very entertaining!
Vol. 24 of “Nisekoi: False Love” finally gets to the final two girls in Raku’s life, but one can truly win his heart. Who will he pick? And what happens when Chitoge and Onodera realize they are both in love with Raku? Recommended!