Manga Review: Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven

Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven focuses on Raku, the son of a yakuza boss. He made a promise 10 years earlier with a girl that they would get married someday. The girl gave him a locket, and she holds the key to open it. Raku hasn’t seen her in 10 years, and has no memory of who she is or what she looked like. He’s crushing on a girl named Kosaki Onodera, but he has to pretend to date Chitoge Kirisaki in order to keep the peace between their parents’ gangs. During the series, Raku acquires other love interests, who all just happened to make a promise with a boy 10 years earlier that included a locket and a key.

Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven
Written by: Naoshi Komi
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 6, 2015

Volume Seven introduces a new character named Paula. She’s a member of the Beehive, the gang that’s run by Chitoge’s father. Paula has come to settle a score with Tsugumi, and Raku finds himself being pulled right into the middle of Paula’s challenge. Not only is he brought into the middle of it, he becomes the goal: the winner of the challenge is the one who can steal a kiss from Raku first. Of course, this leads to hijinks as Raku tries to run away from the two of them as they’re shooting guns at each other and chasing him. For the most part, this particular story didn’t do much for me, but I have to give Tsugumi some credit for how she creatively wins the challenge.

Next is a story where the characters’ class grade point rankings are posted. Chitoge comes in fifth for their class, whereas Marika is near the bottom. Marika wants Raku to tutor her as a way to get him alone, but since Raku isn’t even in the Top 50 in the rankings, Chitoge decides to go along and help. This is yet another story where Marika plots to get “dearest Raku” alone, so that’s already a black mark against it for me. When you add in the fact that I really don’t care for Marika as a character, it made this chapter my least favorite one to appear in Volume Seven.

The next story sees Chitoge using lip gloss and Raku not noticing. She becomes frustrated and starts changing more noticeable things about her, and Raku still doesn’t seem to notice. It gets to the point that Chitoge becomes nearly obsessed with getting Raku to notice changes she makes. At the end of the chapter, Raku surprises Chitoge by what he says. While this was a decent story, it wasn’t the best one that appeared in Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven.

This is followed by a story that focuses on Ruri, which is rather uncommon in this series. Ruri loses her glasses, and Raku and Onodera try to help her find them. Ruri tries to get Onodera and Raku alone as they search, but her plan backfires. Shu ends up playing a role in this story as well. Having a story focusing on Ruri is a nice change of pace, especially since she’s one of the few females in this series that isn’t chasing after Raku.

Roughly the final third of Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven is set in the days leading up to Christmas. Chitoge’s mother, Hana, is coming to Japan for a visit, and Raku is asked to meet her. Chitoge’s mother is nothing like how I imagined her. Hana looks like she should be Chitoge’s older sister instead of her mother, and she doesn’t dress like I would expect such a successful businesswoman would.

This is a rather touching story, since you have Chitoge believing that Hana doesn’t love her, and Hana thinking that Chitoge hates her. Hana brings in Raku to serve as her secretary for a few days, and Raku does what he can to try and bring mother and daughter together. I liked seeing all the lengths Raku went to on Christmas Eve to try to get Chitoge to Hana before she has to leave. This, by far, was the best story to appear in Volume Seven. Not only did it provide some more backstory and development for Chitoge, it also genuinely tugged at the reader’s heartstrings. Not many stories in Nisekoi: False Love manage to accomplish this.

While Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven isn’t quite as strong as Volume Six, at least we get the storyline about Chitoge and her mother. It doesn’t quite make up for the Marika story being included, but it comes close.

While I’m personally not much of a fan of Nisekoi: False Love, I expect that readers who have been following and enjoying this series will appreciate Nisekoi: False Love Volume Seven much more than I did.

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