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Nisekoi: Episode #08 Anime Review

When the episode title has the best girl’s name in it, I know it’s going to be one of the better ones. Mixing Madoka Magica, magical girl tropes in general, and the four Nisekoi girls (thus far) into the show in a little omake has made for one of the better episodes in this second season. I do say that in jest, partially, but the first half of the episode was actually very good. It struck right at Kosaki, Chitoge, and Marika’s very base characters. Kosaki stands as a leader type; going back to what I was saying last episode, she’s very much the base of the group. Kosaki is the one that keeps everyone sane while they’re off acting crazy. Chitoge is, more literally, the gorilla. She has her rough side, which shows more often than she’d want, but she’s a little shy inside. It’s shown just through Shu’s magic cancelling device that renders Chitoge and Marika nude. Marika, on the other hand, is completely open. She bares everything to everyone who will listen because that’s the kind of person she is. She’s the only one that’s able to profess her love so openly for Raku because of who she is and her magical girl persona reflects that…but it also reflects her bad nature. Because she’s so aggressive, it does seem more like Raku is being captured than wooed. Tune it down, Marika. But also never change. READ MORE...

Nisekoi: Episode #06 Anime Review

Onodera finally gets her time in the spotlight!! 1. It wasn’t even shared with her sister, but 2. It was shared with Chitoge, mostly. The rest of the girls got their time too, but this was all Onodera (and Chitoge)!! I can finally talk about her in a slightly more serious light! It may be May here, but it’s February in Nisekoi-land and February only means one thing in anime: Valentine’s Day. All the girls are fretting over giving chocolates to Raku and, of course, this is the first year in his life where suddenly ALL THE GIRLS are fawning over Raku. This is Nisekoi at its funniest. READ MORE...

Nisekoi: Episode #05 Anime Review

There are scant minutes—MINUTES—with Onodera this episode, but it appears that Onodera imoutou has been introduced in the show proper, even if only for a few seconds. Raku and Onodera’s love for each other is kind of the pinnacle of young love and completely unlike the complete devotion of Marika, the embarrassed back-and-forth of Chitoge, and the embarrassed avoidance of Tsugumi. The love in the show, some indeed false but most real, covers a wide basis for these 15 year olds. This episode, as the title so easily suggests, is about Marika and it goes back to the format from episode two of two separate, but related to the same character, halves. The first half deals with Marika’s own laziness to study, thus leading to her being pretty near rock bottom in grades. As with most students, if she applies herself, she’d get much better grades. It also shows her underhanded tactics just to spend a little more time with Raku, and the flawed logic in her methods. She intentionally gets less than 40 points on the test, the bare minimum she needs to not have to retake it, just so she can study more with Raku. The obvious point being that she could be spending the time she’s taking retaking the test to just spend time with Raku. READ MORE...

Nisekoi: Episode #04 Anime Review

I guess this is the best episode so far because Onodera gets a good bit prior to the episode proper. She, Ruri, and Chitoge are talking about Shu’s Christmas party and hanging out. Best minute or so of Nisekoi so far this season. But it’s rivaled hard by the mere presence of Hana, who may have stolen my false heart as best girl. Now, for a man that claims so vehement to not be in love with the girl he is fake dating, he sure goes to all lengths for her sake. It’s kind of the amazing part about Raku as a character; he isn’t just another generic harem rom-com lead, he’s actually likeable. Like, I could see myself—as Chitoge, Onodera, Tsugumi, or Marika—falling in love with this boy. He’s charming, just a little awkward, and damn well will achieve his goal no matter how hard. READ MORE...

Nisekoi: Episode #03 Anime Review

I suppose in a series called, literally, fake love, the show would center around that fake love. But what riles me is ignoring the real love between Raku and Onodera!! She’s barely been in these episodes and we’re up to three! Outrageous! Maybe she’ll start showing up more when her sister shows up; I mean, it’s kind of unfair that her sister had the best moment of this season in the one minute, 30 seconds of the opening. Instead, the air is chill and happiness abound because we’re just days away from Christmas and Chitoge’s mom is coming home from her job that rakes in millions, if not billions, of bucks a year. She also seemingly works for 72 hours straight and then probably works some more. Just like Rob Lowe’s character in Thank You For Smoking, she likely sleeps on Sundays. Or maybe never; this is an anime. READ MORE...

Nisekoi: Episode #02 Anime Review

Another girl, another best girl candidate in Nisekoi. With this episode, there’s the introduction of Paula McCoy, otherwise known as White Fang (she’s like Kakashi! Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if the nickname is a not-so-subtle homage to Konoha’s own). Nisekoi has never really been about love, it’s about the execution of a very good harem manga / anime. So when a completion is suggested where the goal is the first one to kiss Raku wins, I had no doubt in my mind that A. it would be ridiculous and B. there is no way Raku would actually be kissed by the end. It’s what makes Nisekoi so much fun. Despite knowing that it will subvert expectations, it ALWAYS does it in perhaps the most absurd way possible. READ MORE...

Nisekoi: Episode #01 Anime Review

Nisekoi is a show last year that kind of slipped under the radar and maybe seemed to be loved or hated among the anime fans I talk to. If someone’s heard of it, they talk about its absurdity, not its good points. But that’s just the thing: Nisekoi’s absurdity IS its good point. Things like keys just popping up over and over again are what bring me back to Nisekoi. However! I’m disappointed in this episode. It’s very Chitoge heavy and, as we all know, Onodera is #BestGirl. How am I supposed to follow a show where the best girl is barely even in it and, when she is, she’s ruining Chitoge’s master plans. Hopefully next episode will be Onodera-centric. READ MORE...

Nisekoi Episode 20 Recap & Finale Review

I love the moment when Raku sees Chitoge step out in her Juliet costume. The play begins and Chitoge is amazing as Juliet for an understudy. It doesn’t turn out as romantic and tragic as usual… but it’s pretty funny for the audience. Once they reach the balcony scene… Maiko, the narrator, makes some PRETTY DRASTIC CHANGES TO THE SCRIPT – Making Tsugumi confess her “love” for Romeo. Even after this Tsugumi confession fiasco… Marika appears claiming to be Josephine – Romeo’s true love. I guess all the shippers are getting their long awaited confession.   Read More... http://littlecloudcuriosity.com/2014/05/26/nisekoi-episode-20-recap-finale-review/

Nisekoi Episode 19 Review

This week, the rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet in Nisekoi begin with Onodera as Juliet, Raku as Romeo and… Marika as the understudy. And she gets WAY too into the role. Raku is still totally confused as to why Chitoge is giving him the cold shoulder. Despite Tsugumi’s protests that Marika should keep away from Raku cause he’s Chitoge’s boyfriend, Chitoge’s still avoiding Raku and Claude still has his eye on the happy couple… Read More... http://littlecloudcuriosity.com/2014/05/20/nisekoi-episode-19-review/

Nisekoi Episode 18 Review

The fan service intensifies with Marika’s shameless groping hahahaha. And no. for all the guys wondering, girls don’t actually grope other girls for fun at the beach… Maiko continues to creepily stalk innocent girls at the beach. Luckily Ruri is there to kick has ass again. WOW I wonder if Marika is actually Japanese, she’s so not reserved about her body. She actually nudges his arm into her chest… seriously girl, control yourself -_- It’s nice to see Chitoge get a little jealous at Raku’s closeness with Marika but she also wonders about her real feelings towards him… Everyone draws strips of paper to delegate tasks for the group and Chitoge and Raku are stuck together again. Tsundere Chitoge is vastly amusing and SHAFT makes her overreaction animations all the more comedic. I thought Raku’s response to Chitoge’s little cooking injury pretty adorable. Read More... http://littlecloudcuriosity.com/2014/05/10/nisekoi-episode-18-review/