Nisekoi S2

February 27, 2016

Are they still at it? Pretending to be lovers and couple for the sake of their clan’s peace? Well, that was the supposed setting to bring this romantic comedy to the fore. And I suppose with things still not settled especially of that certain key and lock that could be the big potential to unravel the biggest mystery ever, we wouldn’t have had the need for a second season of Nisekoi. That means the fake-cum-real love will still continue. Putting up a show for everybody to see that they’re a couple while hiding their true feelings for others, for themselves and for anything else in this typical high school love polygon. Ah, that dreaded feeling. Because I kinda get the feeling of how usually these kind of genres drag things out and will probably ‘end’. But hey look. I’m back and still here watching for more and hoping. Please, oh please. Can we just give up this act and tell the truth already?

Episode 1
Chitoge wakes up. She remembers something. Oh, she fell in love. Thanks for reminding us. Like any woman in love, she admits the world looks different. But how are things looking for Raku? Still the same pipsqueak, I guess. Typical guy. She wants him to notice her new uniform but… There’s that knee kick to jolt memories of their first meeting. When Marika displays her usual bold stuff of cuddling up to Raku, this makes Chitoge that they haven’t done anything like couples do. Even if they do, it is no different from how they are now. While Chitoge unnecessarily ponders about this, a big distraction takes place. A big reminder what this series is about in the first place or rather the trouble that it took us on a ride. Gathering the girls, Raku announces he has his lock back and it feels good! Marika becomes impatient in wanting to unlock it although Chitoge prefers to wait a little while. Then Raku relays the bad news. The lock is still broken. Wait. What? There is something still stuck at the back of it. Although it can be smashed open, Raku does not want that as it holds sentimental values. So Raku is telling the girls to wait and find out another way to open it? You mean an excuse to drag out this series for another season?! As disappointed everyone is, there is also some sort of relief. Especially Chitoge who keeps wondering if her key wasn’t the one to open it. How would she react to it? How would he react to it? Her feelings for him are still real. Chitoge realizes Raku might be like any other dense guy. He’ll never realize her feelings. Suddenly Raku hints he knows something about her. Because it is all written over her face. Gasp! Could it be? He thinks she is… Hungry?! Disappointed? She beats him up. You can’t blame Raku for never understanding women, eh?

When Chitoge’s friends let her test out a lip balm, they think she should use it to attract Raku. And so this girl tries all she can to make him notice her new lip balm. It’s getting real frustrating that the jerk notices everything else but that. If that doesn’t work, how about a new shampoo? She’s flaunting her hair… He notices how cold today is… Maybe nail polish would do the trick. Maybe they’re just too small for his eyes, huh? Poking his face too didn’t make a difference. She takes drastic action. A new hair ribbon. Everybody in class notices and reacts so what are the chances this douche will? He doesn’t. Feel like crying? Desperate, she directly spells out for him she is going to test his abilities as her boyfriend. What is it that is different about her? Man, he can guess everything wrong! From cutting her bangs to dieting (all misses!). As she laments how she fell for this dense guy, Raku wonders could it be the lip balm, new shampoo or nail polish? Wait. What? He actually noticed them but it would feel weird if some normal guy goes around complimenting girls. Chitoge lectures him of the need to say these important things to a girl. They want to be noticed. Doesn’t he want to be popular with girls? Gosh. Did she really say that? Or is it she isn’t cute enough for him? Sure, she’s cute. And all the animosity gone just like that. All forgiven. Wow. No men can’t understand women. So how about the new ribbon? What ribbon? You mean he never noticed that???!!!

Episode 2
Because Tsugumi didn’t have enough screen time last episode, they decide to make this hers. As usual as she’s being a tsundere to Raku when he thanks her for helping out, suddenly this white haired girl, Paula McCoy starts whipping out her guns and attack her! Tsugumi does the same and the place could have been devastated had not Raku stopped them. He got owned in the process. Tsugumi takes them back to her place to patch him up. Paula explains Tsugumi’s nickname as the Black Tiger during her time in USA and she was notorious in the underworld where she accomplished her missions like a demon. Paula was her former colleague and number 1 before Tsugumi toppled her. She is here to settle the score but past observations showed Tsugumi involved in ‘pathetic’ errands like as though she is living like an ordinary girl. In the past whenever they go on missions, Tsugumi always was a step ahead and took the best parts. She isn’t the Black Tiger she knows. Despite her duty now is to protect Chitoge, this mundane life as Paula believes has made her claws dull. When she sees how Tsugumi reacts when Raku commends her cooking, this is when she throws down a challenge. If Paula wins, Tsugumi must follow her back to USA where she’ll whip her back into shape. If Tsugumi wins, Paula will forever leave without a complaint. Tsugumi accepts. So what will the challenge be? The first person who can steal a kiss from Raku wins! OMG! Sure, Raku is Chitoge’s boyfriend. Paula assures she will not tell. It would be even bad taste for Tsugumi to back down of a challenge. Something she has never done and the code their mafia family lives by. Therefore Paula chose this challenge knowing that Tsugumi is inept in guys and this could be the only challenge that she could best her.

Paula tries to make her bold move first. Flustering Tsugumi fires many warning shots, almost killing Raku. Her hands moved on its own? Try better. That guy is of course scared and runs away to avoid being caught in between. Tsugumi catches up and looks serious in wanting to kiss him. But her hesitation causes Paula to use a smokescreen and kidnap Raku. In an abandoned building, Raku is trying to get her to understand the importance of a first kiss since it will be both their first time. Raku believes winning this showdown isn’t Paula’s real goal and it is for Tsugumi to accept her. With Tsugumi cannot fathom Raku and Paula kissing, she barges in like the fierce Black Tiger. So scary, so fast, so strong that Paula is reduced to an obedient little girl! But can Tsugumi steal Raku’s kiss? This is how she does it. She puts her finger on his lips and then put it on hers. Well, that is also considered as stealing a kiss, right? Nobody has any problems whatsoever, no? Good. When Tsugumi hugs Paula and acknowledges how strong she has become, little girl breaks down in tears. Before Paula leaves, she wonders if Tsugumi is okay with Raku being Chitoge’s boyfriend. Doesn’t she want him for herself? She’s fine with that.

Episode 3
When Shuu suggests they have a Christmas party, Chitoge starts shivering in fear. Her mom, Hana is coming home. As she is busy and always travelling around the world, she hardly comes home accept for this short period. Mom is such an important figure that her schedule is booked for the next 10 years and the Japanese stock market fluctuates according to her mood! But the scariest thing about her mom is when she gets mad. It’s going to get scarier because father wants her to introduce Raku to her! You can see all the henchmen rushing to organize a grand welcome for Hana’s return. Chitoge’s dad thought he could ‘run away’ by feigning stomach ache but daughter wouldn’t let him let her go through this alone. That scary, huh? So when Hana arrives, Raku sees her like a lovely beautiful woman (heck, don’t mind she looks young enough to be Chitoge’s sister!). But like any other woman who has very good memory, she remembers a deal her husband should have made months ago. Oh sh*t. It didn’t go through. Instantly she sends him for punishment! Oh sh*t! Henpecked husband! Chitoge then introduces Raku. Hana seems fine about it till she remembers about Chitoge’s slipping grades. Wow. Chitoge is so scared that she’s vibrating like a handphone! Then she notices her frayed ribbon. That trademark red ribbon that she has been wearing since young. She chastise her she should get a better one or she’ll chase away her boyfriend. Now it’s back to work for her but since her secretary is down (working on a 70 hour shift! No wonder so many have been ‘sacrificed’), Hana wants Raku to be her secretary till Christmas. She wants to test if he is worthy of being Chitoge’s boyfriend and as a reward for doing well, she’ll let them stay a night in an ultra suit 5 star hotel on Christmas Eve. Hana remembers Raku is that boy from 10 years ago.

On the first day of his job, Raku is told that his job is simple. Follow her every order to the letter. Well, if that means skimming through tons of manuals and memorizing all her schedule in 5 minutes!!! I don’t know how. Raku did it. Or did he? He sees firsthand how a large corporation’s boss is sitting right under her thumb. Wow. She’s like a gangster. Doesn’t need to resort to any violence. Just open her mouth and they’re cowering in fear. Raku thought he got an easy task of buying her cola in the next 3 hours. Then the requests kept piling up. From getting a rare toy in Disneyland and a limited branded handbag. How is he going to do all that in 3 hours?! Don’t know. Don’t care. He already has her credit card. Just get it done. Or else. I don’t know how but Raku actually made it. I can only think that God pitied him and stopped time or teleported him all over the world. Yeah. I think God is even scared of Hana!!!!!!!!!!! However Raku is 30 seconds late!!! She reminds him of the lost deals that could have been made and her schedule being pushed back by 30 seconds. For her next appointment which is in the next building, she uses cables and hook to fly right into the meeting where all the yes-men are waiting. Raku has time to call Chitoge and he knows that Chitoge wanted mom to compliment her ribbon. He knows what she wants is to spend time with mother on Christmas Eve instead of him. Chitoge sounded so defeated. She says her mom doesn’t care or remember about her and doubts that is what she wants. But no harm in trying as Chitoge calls Hana that night to request spending time with her on Christmas Eve. However she shoots that suggestion down, believing she would rather spend it with Raku. Besides, her schedule has changed. She is busy working on Christmas Eve. Raku heard that and confronts Hana if her work is more important than her daughter. She says there are things in this world that can only be done by her. Because she has that ability, it is her duty to exercise it to the fullest. Things that only she can do? Raku does not believe this crap one bit. How can she not see the person who needs her the most is the one closest to her?

Episode 4
While Raku works his ass off, Chitoge meets the rest for the Christmas party. She has casted away her ribbon for a new look. Hana is impressed Raku has worked faster than expected. This is because he plans to free up some of her time to go see Chitoge. That is why he doesn’t need the pay with bonus or the hotel suite. All he wants is for her to be with Chitoge. He is even begging her to do it for Chitoge and has already brought a present on her behalf and set everything in order. When she still insists, he is ready to blow his top. Then he is surprised when she shows him all the present she bought over the years for her but was never able to give her. Even more shocking, Hana bought Chitoge that cheap red ribbon 10 years ago. Each time she sees her, she starts feeling nervous and resorts back to her strict ways. Realizing an airhead she is, Raku can’t help slap her! Then he lectures her about Chitoge who has always needed her even today. Because she is leaving for USA in 3 hours, Raku wants her to wait as he’ll bring Chitoge to her. So when the friends are waiting for Raku to arrive, here he comes in lighting speed. With no time to explain, he takes Chitoge and says they’re going to the hotel suite. Imagine the shock on their friends’ faces. The bad weather and traffic jam means Raku has to steal a bicycle to peddle Chitoge there. But Hana’s flight schedule has been brought earlier. She must leave now or cost the company billions in revenue. By the time Raku arrives at the airport, the plane just departed. He calls her about being a chicken and using work as an excuse to run away. In fact she’s just scared. He tosses his handphone to Chitoge to let her speak. Since Chitoge wants so much to see her, Hana u-turns the plane!

Mother and daughter reunite in the most emotional way. Lots of hugs. Lots of tears. Lots of apologies. Lots of love. Raku gives the hotel suite key to them. He wants them to take the night off relax while he heads back to office to deal with the aftermath to the best of his abilities. Mother and daughter had a nice time together. Hana mentions Raku is the reason why Chitoge wore that ribbon. There was a picture book Chitoge adored with a girl wearing that similar ribbon. She thought Raku would say she would look good on her and pestered mom to buy it. Thanks to him, they had this chance to talk. Now it’s her turn for Chitoge to go to him. He’s sleeping at the office. The best she could do is give him a lap pillow and thanks him. Next day before Hana leaves on her flight, she thanks Raku for doing so much for both her business and private life. When she mentions she was there with them 10 years ago for a while, Raku shows his lock and wonders if she could help out recall something. Sorry, she can’t for this one. Then she whispers to Raku that she knows they are on a fake date. This makes him embarrass because he was really trying to fake it. But she wonders if he was really faking kit. Are his feelings really meant nothing and just an act? Once she is on the plane, she recalls that lock. It was the one in Chitoge’s picture book. Now Raku and Chitoge have the daunting task of explaining to their friends and clearing up the misunderstanding. I hope Marika didn’t resort to alcohol to drown out her sorrows. Another intriguing puzzle at the end. Onodera seems to be in possession of Chitoge’s picture book.

Episode 5
It’s Marika’s turn to hog the limelight. The test results are out. Surprisingly Marika is somewhere at the other end. Maybe this is part of her plan to get Raku to help tutor her all night because tomorrow is the maths test. Of course Chitoge won’t allow that knowing this b*tch is up to no good. Although she offers to tutor Marika herself but since she isn’t a good tutor, looks like Raku will have to do. But Chitoge comes to her apartment anyway. Marika boldly tries to flirt instead of doing any studying. Then Raku’s words that it would be sad if she failed and got held back made her decide to get serious and do her best. They end up snoozing eventually. When Marika wakes up, Raku left important notes for her. She whispers I love you in his sleeping face. During the test, she finds it easy since the questions oddly are similar to the ones Raku tutored her. Due to her fatigue, she picks just enough questions to answer to score the minimum pass. Unfortunately she is a couple of marks short of that in the end and needs to retake the test. Maybe this is also part of her plan. Because another night of Raku’s tutoring? Oh, Chitoge’s mad…

As Marika will be away on a short trip with her father, she leaves her pet parrot in Raku’s care. Guess what is its name? Raku-sama!!! Oh sh*t… Raku is going to hear a lot worse than that. Because the parrot starts squawking sexually ambiguous words of Raku and Marika making out!!! Sounds kinky! What did she teach the bird to say?! It’s just tiring hearing all that, eh? When Raku overslept and woke up, the parrot has flown its cage! What is worse than going around town shouting out your own name? A parrot screaming ambiguous kinky lines! Oh sh*t! Catch that bird! More woes ahead. The parrot lands next to Chitoge and spews all that crap. Oh no… Raku gets pounded for nothing. Next it’s Onodera. Can she handle it? Too late. She is so ‘broken’. No prizes in guessing that enraged face from Tsugumi. She’s going to shoot him to death! Raku consults Marika’s note on how to retrieve the parrot. Oh God. Must he say this? Is this the only way? At the top of his voice he screams out his sweet Marika honey that he loves her!!!!!!!! Everybody heard it. His harem girls heard it. There goes his reputation. Parrot returns to him. Was it worth it? Then it might be an elaborate plot by Marika just to record him saying that!!! OMG! Marika you sly b*tch!!! Although she clears the misunderstanding with the rest and retrieves her parrot, she is going to move on the next phase and teaches it to say another phrase… Scary girl!

Episode 6
Valentine’s Day. I think Chitoge killed her chocolate. Is Marika trying to make some Fallout vault? Onodera looks like she has passed. After the 10,000th time. Raku may act like he doesn’t need those chocolates be he certainly wished any girl would give him one! Chitoge comes in. Tsundere attitude. No chocolates. Now it makes it harder for her to give him. Onodera comes in. Nice and polite. No further things to talk about. Now it makes it harder for her to give him. Tsugumi is unfamiliar with the local customs of Valentine so Shuu twists the story so she could give hers to him. Raku sees this and gets the wrong idea that Tsugumi has a thing for Shuu. Marika comes by with her giant chocolate muse of Raku! Time to run away. Onodera doesn’t want to give up but as she is about to give him, she slips and squashes it. Tactical retreat! Raku sees Tsugumi trying to shoot down Shuu. Must have found out the truth, eh? Raku accidentally laments aloud about not getting chocolates. So Tsugumi gives hers although it is obligatory. His first chocolate ever from a girl. Yeah Tsugumi. You hold that record now. Look how happy he is. Definitely will return the favour on White Day. Raku’s happiness turns into shock when he sees Marika sitting dejectedly. I guess she crashed and destroyed the muse. To atone for his earlier act, he tries to eat the chocolate. I wonder if this is healthy. Of course I approve! Meanwhile Shuu tries to bug Ruri for chocolates and since he is annoying, she gives him her booger.

Chitoge finds Onodera with her broken chocolates and thinks she has a crush to give to. Of course, dismissed that crush as a friend. As they talk, Chitoge reveals she also has someone to give. Onodera carelessly deduces that person is Raku which of course the tsundere quickly shoots it down. We all know better. They both agree to make chocolates together. I don’t know how many tries they’re going to take since you can tell from their faces it tastes horrible. But they had fun making them. Before the day ends, Chitoge manages to see Raku to give her chocolates. Just obligatory. He eats them and commends it is pretty good for her level. Can’t stop blushing from happiness? When that is over, she tastes her own chocolate and realizes she messed up salt with sugar. Could it be Raku was just faking it to make her feel better? Onodera has finally perfected her chocolates. After the 10,000th time. Now she gives it to Raku. Could it be true love chocolates? No. Just obligatory. But special obligatory. What’s that supposed to mean? But I guess this one tastes much better. Meanwhile Marika creates another giant chocolate muse. I don’t know. Is welding part of the process?

Episode 7
Haru is most excited to be in her first day at high school. Too bad she ran into punks (doggie t-shirt prints?). On the verge of fainting, she vaguely sees a guy (Raku) standing up to protect her. The punks ran away because his yakuza dudes were coming. So in class, Haru is fawning over her prince charming despite not knowing how he looks or his name. Also in her class is Paula. Haru is nervous to make friends with her but when she does try, Paula acts cold and states her intention not to become her friend. It gets even weirder when hand grenades accidentally fall out from Paula’s pocket! Oh sh*t! Is there a terrorist in class?! Later as a couple of guys accidentally bump into Haru and make her drop her printouts, here comes Raku to her rescue again. Of course he recognizes her but she still doesn’t as she rants about this morning’s prince charming. But the moment she learns his name, she becomes scared and defensive. She believes those rumours that he is the heir to that yakuza group and is running the school behind the scenes. She also thinks he is trying to rein her under his thumb with his nice guy act. She is about to tell him off not to touch her sister when the wind blows up her skirt. What are the chances of him not seeing it? Anyway you know it is always his fault, right? Slap. When Onodera comes by after hearing the commotion, we learn Haru is her little sister. Haru gets defensive to protect her. Flashback reveals she overheard Raku is her crush but shortly, her friend on the line told her about the same name being from the yakuza clan. She misinterpreted the information.

Before Haru could tell her sister about being deceived, now comes Chitoge. Who is this pretty chick? Haru cannot understand how a drop dead gorgeous girl could become (insert all negative adjectives here) Raku’s girlfriend. But Chitoge instead instantly takes a liking for her. Now it gets complicated when Marika comes hugging Raku like her usual. Is he gunning for a harem? Although Onodera explains that Raku is not the kind the rumours say he is, Haru still isn’t convinced and blurts out how he peeked at her panties. Chitoge turns into a devil. Raku holds the record for flying to the moon and back without a spacecraft. The day is only going to get worse for her. She thought some animal care therapy could help but here that Raku guy is. Seeing him makes her blood boil. Turning into a mini devil? And then it happened again. The wind blows up her skirt. Fortunately her punch is not as powerful as Chitoge’s. But it’s still Raku’s fault somehow. The sisters are in the bath together. Haru ranting out she won’t forgive that vile guy. Onodera explains his good points. All Haru thinks is that she is too nice and that is why she can’t see him for what he is. Oh my, what is it going to take to convince this girl? But instead of dwelling on bad news, she talks about prince charming she met today. Keep dreaming… And she’s guessing when they’ll meet again? Oh, you don’t know… Raku just realizes something… His lock is missing! This is worse than Armageddon! Somehow it ended up in Haru’s hands and this is the only clue she has about her prince charming. I can see what is to come…

Episode 8
From today onwards, Onodera will be a magical patissiere girl! At least according to her familiar, Ruri the mouse. It might be a little problem for Onodera because when she transforms, she will be stark naked in that short moment. There is also of course another magical girl rival. Herald Marika the magical police girl! Now, she’s not afraid to flaunt her body. So what is Chitoge? Magical gorilla girl?! WTF?! Tsugumi is her cat familiar and she can transform into a beautiful sexy human witch! Not fair! Ruri gathers the magical girls as they need to work as a team. First, they need to pick a leader. Chitoge and Marika fight over it but Onodera gets the post seeing she won in the rock-scissors-paper. I’m sure being the centre and having cool winning poses are not the only perks. But the duo are relieved they didn’t get the leader job because that post also needs them to file tax returns and lots of other unrelated paperwork. Since when did the magical girl job become so complicated? Fighting off with a giant cute monster, they ultimate lose and the only way as Ruri points out is to combine their magic. But they have to be naked in public for 5 minutes for their magic to gather. So risk the world getting destroyed or their being labelled as exhibitionists by the world. Too bad we won’t get to see naked magical girls because Ruri just finished the job herself. Then Shuu pops up. He is the mad evil scientist who creates the monsters. His goal is not world domination but the thrill for magical girls to hunt him down. His new gun neutralizes their magic and makes Chitoge and Marika naked. Don’t worry. Ruri has got this covered. She flips Onodera’s skirt to distract and then defeat him. Onodera is going to have a long talk with her…

Onodera’s mom is troubled that 2 of her workers are unable to turn up. Although Haru can help, they are still short of one hand. Mother thinks of calling Raku over. So can you imagine Haru’s dismay to see this guy here? She still hates him very much. Onodera can still feel the tension and thinks if she leaves them alone, they’ll patch up. I’m not placing much hope on that… Haru as expected starts being a b*tch and running her mouth on him, warning him she’ll never let her sister be his. Yeah, yeah. We get it. Raku doesn’t want to brag but he thinks he can blow this over by revealing he is the one who saved her from those thugs that day. Unfortunately this only makes her madder! She thinks he is lying to win her to his side. Furthermore, she believes he is badmouthing her prince charming whom she vaguely remembers but ironically can describe accurately all his cool features. Her delusions are so far off reality. Haru tries to do all the work but Raku helps out and she is impressed he is also good. Then she realizes she is praising the enemy and returns being tsundere a b*tch. It gets worse when mother teases her for getting close to him seeing she is a man hater and the sisters might fight over him! Haru of course denies and thinking she can carry the load of trays herself, she slips. Raku catches her. He cannot let go or else she will fall and hurt herself. Onodera sees this. Haru is startled and trips. Although nobody is hurt, mother is mad because the tray is broken. Somebody is going to pay for this…

Episode 9
Kyouko is in a pinch. She is supposed to pick students to clean the pool but she forgot. Raku had to be the unlucky guy she stumbles into. So she makes him gather up his friends for the cleaning tomorrow or else… You can guess who turns up for it. Yeah, your usual suspects. Paula too. Haru of course is here to protect her sister. The only new addition tagging along is Haru’s friend, Suzu Ayakaji AKA Fuu. Haru tries to make friends with Paula but the latter continues to be cold. Then she spies the rest having fun in the pool after cleaning. Till Raku had to give her a pep talk to just join in and not be a stubborn mule. Paula changes and Haru couldn’t be happier. She accidentally pushes her into the pool and to everyone’s surprise, Paula can’t swim! Wait a minute. A super assassin cannot even swim decently?!

Because Onodera is sick, Ruri calls Raku to go visit her since she has something to do and that Onodera really wants him to come. Big motivation, eh? Raku knows he played into her hands when Onodera is surprised to see him and Ruri never told her about this. Since her parents are away for hours, could it be they will be spending time alone? Oh, I forgot. Haru… Little b*tch tries to call the police for a possible prowler in the house! She is not thrilled Raku is sticking around to help and thinks he is plotting to take back the lock. She teases Raku by feeding and touching Onodera, something he won’t get to do as long as she is on watch. After putting big sister to rest, Haru thinks Raku is sexually harassing her when he touches her neck. Actually, Raku realizes that Haru has caught Onodera’s flu and wants her to rest too. As usual, she is being stubborn in protecting her sister and would rather collapse than let him take care of her. Raku puts his foot down that her sister will be the one feeling guilty if she collapses. Like a little girl, she obediently listens. He feeds her. Although it’s good, she won’t admit it and eats the entire porridge herself. She felt comfortable as she sleeps but when she wakes up, she is surprised to find Raku sleeping by her side. But she realizes he has been changing her wet towel all this time. She is conflicted because he isn’t supposed to be a kind person. When Raku accidentally trips and spills on the basin, Haru cannot help but laugh at how weird he is. He is happy to see her smile like that since they first met. Haru gives Raku the lock. Don’t get the wrong idea. She is just entrusting it in his care till she finds her prince charming.

Episode 10
Shuu is being a monkey again so naturally Ruri is annoyed and wonders if Raku could do something about disciplining him. That is when Raku finds out Shuu has someone he likes because Ruri wants to know who that person is too. You bet he too doesn’t know. So the best friends talk and of course Shuu is just fooling around although he did drop hints but not specific enough to pinpoint who. Bugged by this, of all people, Raku had to ask Tsugumi for advice about unrequited love. To her, she’ll keep hiding those feelings till it burns out. Shuu enjoys being Kyouko’s lackey. Then she decides to let him be the first to know. She is getting married next month and will quit teaching. His happy face froze there. You know something is wrong despite he continues acting like a monkey. Soon Kyouko breaks the news to her class. Then the best friends talk again and this time with things a little more specific, Raku wouldn’t have known that Shuu’s crush has always been Kyouko. Because he has known him since young when he lies, he always has that stupid fixated face. So Shuu was definitely lying when he is brushing off all this. Raku wonders if he will be fine not letting Kyouko know his feelings. He is okay with it. No big deal. This makes Raku think that what if this were to happen to him. What if Onodera married another guy?! The thought of that just drains his energy! He also thinks Shuu is right in doing so. I mean, the girl you like just get married and then you confess to her. Wouldn’t that put things awkward? You definitely want her to be happy, right? And so once more he goes to consult Tsugumi for advice. To her, what has happened, has happened. Whatever will be, will be. There is nothing else you can do. After a lot of thinking, Raku talks to Shuu again and this time he says he will support him 100% even if it means he has decided not wanting to tell Kyouko his feelings. So at least for tonight, let him buy him dinner.

On Kyouko’s last day, Tsugumi suddenly comes up to Raku. She has done lots of thinking about his question yesterday. Seems she felt her answer was misleading and re-thought about it. Now she changes her stance that if it was the case, she wouldn’t accept it simply because it’s love. Raku is now convinced and thanks her. Off he goes to find Shuu. Is he fine with this? Last chance. I guess all that bugging, Shuu wants him to give him a little push. And so a little push Raku gave. A kick in his back, that is. Shuu runs all the way to Kyouko boarding a taxi. He says all he wants. We can’t hear a thing because the rain conveniently drowns it out. But Kyouko remains cool and tells him to take care. Goodbye forever. Now it’s over, time for Raku to make good on that dinner promise. I suppose takoyaki is enough for him. With Shuu’s case over, now it is his turn to support Raku for Onodera. I think this one will be more complicated. But Shuu will definitely be there to return the pushing favour. He’ll kick his butt when the time comes. Raku goes home thinking about this and her chances with Onodera. Luck is on his side when he bumps into Onodera. He asks if she would like to walk home with her. What’s the occasion? Oh, nothing. Just felt like it. Is that a yes?

Episode 11
Onodera has been tasting new desserts for her mom’s store that when Haru teases her about putting on weight, she literally takes it to heart and weighs herself… Let’s say emergency measures must be taken! So she asks Ruri about it and knowing the girl she is, she trolls Onodera that she has put on some weight. It would be bad if Raku finds out but why does her stomach have to growl now at all times? Oh yeah. She skipped breakfast. Fate seems to be tempting her because Chitoge reminds her about the new cake shop they’re supposed to check out today. Maybe another time. Now she is going to do some exercise. She almost got drowned in swimming… She’s been skipping meals so much that it has been bad for her complexion. Raku notices something is wrong. Her body looks sickly and he really wants to help. So he made her favourite food and thus Onodera is in a dilemma to eat it or not. How can she refuse something that Raku made for her?! Eventually she resisted them but later regrets about it. But Raku gives her some green tea. He feels bad for making her feel that way because he thought he could cheer her up with her favourite food. He would love to hear her out. But Onodera is more than happy for his thoughts. The weight problem doesn’t bug her now. Haru thinks she needs drastic measures too when she weighs herself. Till mom tells her the scale is broken. Well I’ll be darned…

A flashback on Onodera during her final year in middle school. In the same class with Raku, she really likes him. The thought of never seeing or talking him again after they graduate makes her sad. But upon hearing the high school he is enrolling, she also wants to enrol there and has Ruri enrol with her. Ruri suspects something amiss since she heard Raku was also going there but nevertheless agrees to go with her. Onodera works hard for the entrance exam and with Raku around, it gave her extra motivation. Unfortunately she didn’t pass! OMG! Obviously she fell into depression. Lots of regrets lingering. She should have told him her feelings, etc. Raku spots her sitting outside in the snowy cold bench alone. He heard about her predicament and just sits there and didn’t press further. Onodera was never wrong about his kindness because he offers to share his scarf since it is getting cold. Onodera wonders if she should take this chance to confess but she is feeling very happy right now. The romantic mood is ruined when mom calls her. Seems she managed to get admitted to the high school via waiting list and she just got the letter. Raku is so happy that he did back flips! Onodera is very happy she still gets to see him especially at tomorrow’s orientation.

Episode 12
Chitoge is early at school but something is odd about her. My, she looks so depressed. What gives? Turns out she lost her ribbon. Marika mocks her for being a baby losing a piece of scrap. She cries even harder! Not wanting to be the bad guy, she agrees to help the rest look for it after school. The search comes up empty. Raku thought of cheering her up by arm wrestling her. He still lost by her monstrous strength. Despite Chitoge being docile is good, he can’t stand her being this way. So he cheats by buying a new ribbon and tries to fake that he found it. But the nose knows… Chitoge can tell it is not hers because of the smell! Smells brand new… Raku apologizes for doing this and expects to be beaten up. However Chitoge is happy he did it for her. Then they spot something on top the electric pole. It’s her ribbon! Chitoge becomes Sonic to grab it. But the wind is being a dick today. It blows the ribbon into the path of a train as it rips it apart! It’s heartbreaking to see Chitoge cry like that. Then Raku says that ribbon was actually the new one. His got blown in the wind while he was running too and somehow Chitoge ended up chasing the wrong one. The real one is with him. Smells like the original. Yup. Chitoge so happy that she hugs him but then beats him up for being this close. I guess she’s back to normal. And Raku couldn’t have it any other way.

After Chitoge reads a manga about a couple confessing to each other, it makes her wonder the same. How would Raku feel about it? This thought makes her start over-thinking and you can expect the kind of thinking from a tsundere. Not happening, right? Still, she continues to think the consequences if she does so. Trying to pen her feelings on paper made her rip it apart. Practising confessing to a doll seems to work. Only for Tsugumi to catch her in the act! What the… She asks papa how he met mama. It was when he was in a business trip in Japan. Yeah. Rival gangs exchanging fire in an abandoned warehouse. Suddenly Hana the pizza delivery woman rides right into the middle of the crossfire just to find out who ordered the pizza. During that time Hana was struggling making ends meet and had 17 part time jobs! WTF?! Don’t even ask… Papa was captivated by her beauty and immediately proposed. Only to be rejected via kick. He persevered but each time he only got broken bones. Even though he knows what he will get, he cannot stand not telling her his feelings. That was how alluring Hana was to him. So more thinking for Chitoge. On an outing with Raku, her heart starts to push if she likes him then go ahead and confess. Then Raku starts talking about their fake relationship ever since. It has been a year. He has gotten used to it. Especially her clobbering. His point is that no point thinking about the future now and let’s take their time with this and they’ll eventually figure out something. This has Chitoge realize she doesn’t have to confess right now. She still wants to spend more time with him like this. If her feelings have not changed, she wants to confess to him like how her dad did. Raku feels something wrong when she wants to treat him to ramen. She beats him up for making her feel embarrassed. Then they go eat at a ramen store.

Fans of Raku x Onodera are going to love this because now they are living the married life! Onodera is the beautiful and responsible housewife! Wow! And they have Chitoge as the pet dog? If it feels like it is too good to be true then it is because it is. Because this whole damn thing was just a dream from Raku. FFFFUUUUU!!! Oddly, Onodera also had this same dream. FFFFUUUUU!!! Now it’s time to satisfy Raku x Marika fans. The same married life, only more extravagant in their seaside cottage. Oh, Chitoge the pet do again? But this time they hint about doing something naughty and before you know it, they have sextuplets! OMG! Mini Raku clones?! And yes, time for the good dream to end. Nightmare for Raku, though. And Marika is freaking stressed up that she wants to dream more about it. Moving on, it is Tsugumi’s turn. Normal married life. Yeah, Chitoge still their pet dog. Before we could get to the kissing part, Raku wakes up. Tsugumi too. Damn these dreams. What the hell is going on? Finally, it’s time for Raku x Chitoge married life dream. Hey wait… HOW COME CHITOGE IS STILL A DOG???!!! Eating dog food?! Wanting to get a dog as pet?! Playing Frisbee tomorrow?! Better quickly wake up from this nightmare, Raku!!! When Raku meets Chitoge to head to school, he sees her pretty tired face. Not enough sleep? I think we know the reason why.

If you love Onodera as that magical patisserie girl, here is another adventure of her and the gang. Ruri lets them meet the legendary magical princess who was once a magical girl herself. This cute loli, Yui Kanakura is that magical princess? Yeah, something about using her magic to project herself younger than she is. I don’t know what she is ranting about magic and justice but she bit her tongue. Chitoge and Onodera find her so awfully cute! Aww!!! Now the girls are facing off with Shuu and his minions. Don’t ask Ruri for answers or she’ll tell you to show your panties. Don’t worry, Yui has a special power up item. These garments allow them to nullify whatever magic. Time for another sexy transformation scene. Well, nobody knew it would be this skimpy. And Chitoge has a gorilla face over her crotch?! Despite the skin showing outfit, it does protect them from Shuu’s magic. But as they fight back, Shuu has also activated an impenetrable barrier. Time for Ruri to get serious and transform herself into her magical girl form. I don’t know what Shuu is ranting about his unbreakable barrier no matter how great Ruri’s magic is. But all Ruri did was kick him in the nuts! OUCH!!!! That ended it. You mean it’s over? In the aftermath, Onodera returns to her normal school life and continues to keep in touch with Chitoge and Marika. Suddenly Ruri pops up before her in the middle of class to whisk her away to fight another threatening villain. Wait. You mean they have to go right now? Oh sh*t! Because when Ruri transforms Onodera in this instant, this means she is totally naked right before everyone’s eyes in class. Free Onodera fanservice! Not shown to us viewers of course :,(.

Still Faking It?
If I had to put it in a way that describes this season, well, it is not that bad but it isn’t that great either. A neutral answer? Actually to be honest, the second season feels a little bit disappointing compared to the first season. Sure, there were some funny moments and laughs. But because they filled it with episodes that feel like fillers that doesn’t advance the plot anyhow that makes it just disappointing. I mean we were just dying to know who that possible girl is in that lock. But right off the first episode, we have already been thrown the biggest slap in the face that his lock cannot be open because of some tiny thing stuck inside it and that jerk doesn’t want to break open his precious thing. Well f*ck. Just great. So I guess this means another one season of nothingness? Yeah. It seemed like it. Otherwise I suppose where would be the fun when you find out the truth and everything just ends there.

I suppose the one thing great about these ‘fillers’ is that almost all of the major and supporting characters get to have at least one episode that they star in. So if you are a fan of a particular character, you can at least be happy that the character will be in focus and have more screen time than usual (sorry, Ruri fans). In a way you can say this helps a bit in the character development although overall this would mean the plot suffers. Whether it is the dramatic melodrama of Chitoge reconciling with her mom, the trauma of losing her ribbon or Shuu’s surprise love revelation and one last chance saloon of confession or simply Onodera’s crazy magical girl stint and misguided weight gain. The best one personally has got to be Marika’s pet trolling tactic. I thing she has the best result and time of her life in getting what she wanted. It was pretty slick of her. I guess despite Marika being the boldest girl in Raku’s harem, because many would see Chitoge and Onodera as the main contenders, this little antic somewhat feels like giving Marika fans a big hope and a big kick that she might still have a chance in snagging Raku after all. Yeah, you go girl. Oh, and I’m not really a fan of Marika…

I was wondering why Haru was hogging the opening credits animation and something tells me that she must be a really important character because we see Raku going to great lengths to save her from some mishap as his friends in a way help him in his big rescue. Was it worth it because he got slapped when the wind blew up her skirt and he cannot unseen what he has seen. Was this supposed to be the catalyst of what is to become of their relationship? It seems so. Haru only made her debut this season only in the second half. And thoughts of thinking he might be part of Raku’s harem by fitting into the little sister trope quickly vanishes when she quickly turns out to be an annoying misguided hateful b*tch. Oops. Too harsh? B*tching about protecting her sister can be pretty annoying. It’s like an excuse to cover up for something… I can imagine the shock that she will endure when she learns the person she admires the most and hates the most are the same person. It might take a while knowing her stubborn ignorant character. In some ways, I believe Haru has taken over the ‘hostility’ towards Raku. Not to say that Chitoge has been very docile but this season she seems to show less of it. Maybe she has gotten used to be by his side and only beating him up whenever necessary? Is that always necessary?

Introducing Paula is also not a bad thing but she suffers from lack of screen time and thus her character wasn’t really standing out at all. I suppose that is why Tsugumi had her own episode in focus just to introduce this girl. But that is just about it. I am guessing she likes Tsugumi so much that it is the only possible reason why she enrols in this school (did she break her promise?). Probably the only other girl who doesn’t take a liking for Raku and greatly expand his harem this season. Speaking of which, personally the most ‘shocking’ revelation was the fact that Shuu’s crush wasn’t Ruri but Kyouko. But even that, I remember he vaguely hinted he had more than one. But for Kyouko to be his best crush? Never saw that coming. Because we have always seen that guy teasing Ruri and he becomes her punching bag whenever he steps out of line. Another great troll and pretender? There are very few scenes that make it look like Ruri is looking at Shuu’s way but I may just be over-thinking. So with Kyouko’s episode over, can we move forward now with Shuu x Ruri? Oh yeah, I almost forgot whom this romance series was for anyway. Don’t want to usurp that, do you?

Something I noticed… Claude did not appear at all! Not that I could remember. Maybe he did but it could be so miniscule, dwarfed by Hana’s presence that I didn’t even notice at all. Speaking of her, I find it hard to believe that she is human. I mean, take a look at all the business proposals, meetings and schedules that she has to go through, attend and undertake. Not even the busiest man in the world can match 1/10 out of it. And yet she is so important that without her, everything falls apart. This woman should rule the world. I mean, she is right now (more like having everyone under her thumb). She is like a being that both God and Satan would even bow down at her feet, cowering in fear. And of course, despite all that abnormal human features, they have got to show that she is still a human deep down inside her heart because other than the deals, contracts and agreements that she has to get done, all she wants is simply to be with her daughter. Oddly I find that being the most powerful being in the series, can’t she just stop time or duplicate herself? Yeah, there are even some things she can’t do herself. Whoops. Don’t beat me up, Hana.

Other characters mainly remain the same as you would be familiar with from the first season. From shy and polite girl Onodera to her ‘relationship manager’ Ruri, the tomboyish Tsugumi, Shuu the monkey of the group and of course the number 1 tsundere who is no other than Chitoge. Just like the plot that is status quo and going nowhere, this means the romance between them also doesn’t feel like it went anywhere although we had some pretty romantic insights about Chitoge and Onodera. But it still feels lacking. So when are they just going to get real, stop acting and come clean with the truth? Until something grave happens (like Kyouko going away forever?) or when the lock gets truly fixed (yeah right, like it will happen)? Well then, I suppose your guess is as good as mine. We will still have to put up with the fake acting… It’s getting bad, by the way. Of course when they pull off that teaser in the final episode about Chitoge ever wondering whether she should confess, we already should have known better than the predictable outcome. After all, Raku has already decided to put off about the mystery of the lock so why not Chitoge too about her feelings. So when? Curse you, procrastination!

The opening theme is Rally Go Round by Lisa. An upbeat anime pop feel but nothing to shout about. There is a special opening theme for Onodera’s magical girl episode. The soft spoken singing style of Magical Styling reminds me of how Kana Hanazawa sang like one of those character ending songs in Inu x Boku SS. Just like in last season, there are many ending songs and each are tailored to the specific character who is singing them. Although it is a shame they only appear for a single episode. The main one is the playful and lively Aimai Hertz by the main quartet (Chitoge, Onodera, Marika and Tsugumi). Then you have the hard rock version of Trigger (for Tsugumi), the slow-moderate pop of Sleep zzz (Chitoge), the Flamenco-like Matado-rabu (Marika – this happens to be the best and my favourite among all the themes), the slow waltz-like romantic Marchen Ticktack (Haru), the slow ballad of Tooriame Drop (Ruri) and the sunshiny happy casual tune of Crayon Cover (Onodera). So none for Paula? I guess this shows her chances for Raku then.

One day, all these lies and faking will have to end. But in the meantime, we will have to put up with all the shenanigans. That means this season is tolerable for hardcore fans of the series. Those who watched the first season and expected something out of the second might be a little disappointed. Those who have not started on this series may take this time to think and think real hard before deciding to jump into something with no end in sight (yet). If you think you can shoulder the feeling of being left hanging and no possible answer, then go ahead. Otherwise, stay clear of the fakeness. The sequel feels more like casual watching more than anything else. It isn’t entirely bad but it could have (and should have) been way much better than this. Hopefully there would be another ‘real’ season sometime soon to make up for this ‘fake’ season. You know what they say: You can fool somebody some of the time but you can’t fool everybody every time.


April 12, 2015

Having a boy and a girl entering a fake relationship, pretending to be dating isn’t something really of a new original idea in movies or TV series. I’m not sure if this kind of story has been done to death seeing that it always ends up both of them having to fall very much in love with each other as opposed to the beginning whereby they hate each other so much enough to start the next World War. And thus we have an anime based on this very similar topic, Nisekoi. As you can tell from its title which means ‘fake love’, this story is pretty much the opposite of the romantic tragedy of Shakespeare’s play of Romeo and Juliet. In the sense that both our main protagonist couple are from opposing clans, they dislike each other the moment they first met and are forced to enter a false relationship so that there could be peace among both sides. There is no room for hate when love is all around, right? There would be no reason for them to kill each other if they are all related, right? Well, at least those gang members are dumb enough to fall for that. And thus it begins their excruciating torment of pretending to be lovey-dovey couples for 3 goddamn high school years. I don’t know if they can win any award for such acting. But with love polygons, hidden feelings and secret crushes from various parties as well, it might be the hardest act they’ll ever have to pull off.

Episode 1
A dream. A young boy and girl made a promise before they parted. The boy holds the lock while the girl holds the key. If they ever meet again when they grow up, they’ll get married. Raku Ichijou is a good chef. Could have been the best in the world if not for the fact he is cooking for his yakuza clan! Despite his aspirations to go to a university and be a civil servant, what are the chances when you are the son and heir of the yakuza? While on his way to school, in typical late-girl-rushing-to-school-with-bread-in-mouth cliché fashion, she jumps over the wall and accidentally lands a knee kick on his face. His injury is no big deal. But his classmate Kosaki Onodera is pretty concerned. Yes, the perfect girl whom Raku has a crush on. To make things worse, that violent girl, a half American half Japanese, Chitoge Kirisaki is a new transfer student in his class. Everybody loves her. Not Raku. They start arguing and accuse each other. You know what will become of situations like these. Then Raku realized something. His lock is missing. It may have flung out of his hands during that knee kick. Blaming her for it, he also wants her to help look for it. If that is not bad enough, the teacher makes them in charge of taking care of the school’s pets. Oh God, they just hate each other. But we all know better eventually. So after taking care, they go find it somewhere lost in the weeds or something. When Chitoge’s hair passes across Raku’s nose, he suddenly has this nostalgic feeling he has smelt this scent before.

Eventually Chitoge couldn’t take anymore of this wild goose hunt (because the girls start thinking she likes him as she is always seen hanging out with him). She chides him for being insecure and dwelling on the past. She bets that girl whom he made a promise has forgotten about him. Raku is mad. If that is how she feels, fine. She doesn’t have to help look for it anymore. Just get out of his face. Onodera who was there, felt bad for the entire thing blowing up but she could do nothing to stop it. Next day, Chitoge calls for him and throws to him his lock. Seems she continued to search for it. In exchange for that, she doesn’t want him to talk to her ever again. Raku may be relieved that his lock is found but he ponders about Chitoge’s words. Maybe it is time to put that promise behind. Onodera disagrees. Because if that person still remembers the promise, then it would make that person sad if he really gave up. Raku feels better. He shouldn’t forget about it. Whether or not he sees her again, he’ll cherish this lock. When Raku goes back, he is summoned by his father who is also the head of the yakuza clan. Recently their turf war with another foreign gang is escalating to heights that are spiralling out of control. Turns out the foreign gang’s boss is an old friend of his and has a daughter around Raku’s age. Now, if the heirs of each gang are in love, the silly war would end. Ridiculous as it may sound, Raku has no say because lives are at stake. I’m sure you can guess who that girl is. Uh huh. As surprised as he is. So Raku and Chitoge are going to date each other?! At least pretend the part. God is really screwing their lives.

Episode 2
Before things can settle down, those hot headed boys from both sides enter the scene are prepared to rips each other’s throat out. The yakuza’s Ryuu and the mafia’s Claude are accusing each other of kidnapping their heirs. So the big bosses dispel the misunderstanding and say that in fact the duo are in love with each other. Instantly those bozos bought it. They’re so glad the young ones have grown up before their eyes. Yeah. Gangsters crying… But… Since Raku and Chitoge continue to deny each other, bullets and blades are going to fly once more. Did they hear them wrongly about being lovey-dovey? No choice, the duo put up a silly romantic act to convince them. For 3 long years they have to put up with this charade? Oh God… Raku tells Chitoge about the promise he made and the reason why he holds on to that lock. The duo are forced to go on a date. I know they hate it right down to their guts but what choice do they have? Even more, those bozos are tailing them. Like we haven’t noticed ‘ya already. When Raku is forced to go buy her a drink, several men try to make a pass at her. Before she can get violent, Raku returns to bring her away. He is not too thrilled either because it is the first time he had to take a girl away by her hand. Anyway this date sucks. As she heads to the toilet, Raku laments if only Onodera was the girl on this date. Be careful what you wish for. She’s here. Oh sh*t! What a coincidence. As Chitoge leaves the washroom, she overhears her men whispering they aren’t really convinced they are a couple because their actions are suspicious. So she heads back to Raku calling him her darling and all. Did Onodera hear everything right? Because dilemma ever for Raku. Because those busybodies are watching. Chitoge acts fast by clinging on to him and that he is totally smitten over her. While he is in a state of shock, she goes off herself claiming she has something to do. Raku wants to explain but Onodera doesn’t want him to say a word. She understands. I think she misunderstood. Before she goes, he asks her one last thing. He shows his lock and wonders if she has ever seen it before. Nope. Not even once. Claude has been watching and now he is convinced something is really fishy. He is going to make his move. When Onodera goes home, she is filled with regret because she lied to Raku. She is still holding the key. Asking him now will be difficult.

Episode 3
Another dream from Raku. Always that time spent with that girl. He couldn’t remember her name always. Although he is certain Onodera isn’t the girl, he will try to clear up the misunderstanding. Unfortunately the entire class knows about them and starts cheering the ‘couple’. It wasn’t Onodera who rat on them but a couple of other classmates who witnessed them going on a date in the city. They want to deny but seeing Claude is watching right from the tree outside… Banzai for Raku and Chitoge! On another chance meeting with Onodera, Raku tries to clear the misunderstanding like they aren’t really suited for each other. But Onodera notes that he has been secretly taking notes for her, etc. She noticed him doing all those nice little things for her. Somebody accidentally bumps into Onodera and this makes her key fall out. That key looks familiar… She dismisses it as a key to her old bookcase. Easily convinced. But why was she so flustered? He has never seen her act like that before. Raku and Chitoge continue to be the celebrity couple of the class. What have they done to get this kind of humiliation? Since Chitoge is in one of her mood swings again, Raku talks to his best friend, Shuu Maiko. It is hinted she might not have friends and although Shuu have seen her talked to other girls, it wasn’t as close as she was to him. Raku hears the other girls how Chitoge is trying to avoid them but acts totally different when she is with Raku. Maybe she hates them? It hit Raku that he was so preoccupied with their fake love that he never knew about her personal life. He sees her alone in the classroom trying to study and pronounce Japanese right and making notes about her friends’ likes and dislikes. She gets embarrassed when she realized he has been there staring at her. She admits she doesn’t know how to make friends since Claude has always been overprotective over her. All she wants is to make friends just like any normal girl and lead a peaceful life. She thought if she came to Japan and that no one would know she is the daughter of a mafia and would get that chance. Looks like it’s not working out. Raku also relays his experience. Every time he changes school, the kids would say something behind his back just because his dad is the yakuza boss. He made a notebook to overcome it. He is willing to help her out on this. Although this doesn’t mean he likes her but he understands what she is going through. She lets him help out since he ‘insists’. She doesn’t need to be a cute girlfriend to him because at the end of the day, they’re all just actors. Onodera heard it from outside but she is confused on what they meant.

Episode 4
Chitoge is getting along with her female friends. Ruri Miyamoto isn’t exactly happy of this scenario. She knows Onodera is in love with Raku and her poor acting won’t fool her. In fact, she can tell Raku likes her too. Watching them is just painful. So Ruri organizes a study group back at Raku’s house. As long as Onodera is here, Raku is the happiest man on the planet. Now if he could only calm his nerves down. Ruri gets her plan rolling by making Raku tutor Onodera. But since he is too excited, Chitoge bumps him out and takes over. Chitoge was casual enough to ask if Onodera likes anybody and almost gives away about her fake dating. With Shuu pestering for more details, Raku takes him away to explain the truth. However Shuu is not surprised because he too also can tell how fake it is. So he pretended not to know because it’s more fun. I guess their fake love is fooling nobody only but themselves, eh? I think so because Shuu tells him to go confess his feelings straight to Onodera and it will be easy because she has a crush on him. That’s the biggest news surprising Raku for his entire life. The yakuzas believe nothing much is happening so they cook up a scheme to let Raku and Chitoge go get something from the storeroom. They realize too late when it’s a trap to lock them in. Suddenly Chitoge starts feeling scared and cowering behind his back. She is afraid of dark and cramped spaces since she was a kid. Something about an accident she got stuck in a washing machine… Don’t ask. But her phobia is real. Raku has never seen this side of hers and now that she is this close, upon taking a closer look, he never knew she was this hot! Raku could take the ladder and climb out of the window to get help but he is not leaving her alone in the darkness. He is sure somebody will come look for them. Chitoge realizes that all this talking has soothed her fear so they continue their conversation. They talk about Onodera and since Raku is idolizing her too hard, he fears he may have given away too much. Thankfully she is dense enough not to realize it. She just thinks Onodera is a very great girl. They get into an argument about kissing because Chitoge boasts she has done lots of them despite kissing is just a form of greeting in the west. Does that count? Now that Chitoge is not scared, she is able to climb the ladder but she trips and falls over him. Their faces… Too close… And then this… Claude barges in after suspecting she is taking too long to come home. He is on fire seeing this scene… Somebody is going to die… Onodera and Ruri also see this. In her embarrassment, she takes Ruri and dashes home. Sorry to bother. The misunderstanding just got bigger. Chitoge although still criticizes Raku, in her end note she notes he still has some good qualities. Maybe.

Episode 5
When Ruri is talking to Onodera, this is what Raku heard. Ruri is questioning Onodera’s reason to continue holding on to that key and promise made 10 years ago. That’s news! Ruri knows that Raku likes Onodera and she is going to create a chance to confirm that. She calls the usual suspects to help out the girls’ swimming club that she is in. Even if Onodera doesn’t know how to swim. Raku still can’t get that conversation he heard out of his head and he notices Onodera carrying the key and couldn’t stop staring. Giving the wrong signals to Chitoge… Pervert… Ruri wants Raku to teach Onodera how to swim by tomorrow. Well, Chitoge is too advanced for beginners to understand while Raku is too nervous for getting his God-sent opportunity. Shuu is just being a nuisance looking at their nice bodies (too bad he couldn’t say the same for Ruri) and wanting the opportunity to rub some lotion on Chitoge’s back (despite the pool is indoors). When Onodera goes to buy some drinks, Raku notices the key in her bag. He thinks of testing it out to see if it fits. It doesn’t. They key’s shape is a little odd too. The girls return only to get the wrong idea because that is the key to the girls’ locker room. Pervert! They’re not going to let him have Onodera and tie him up real good and won’t listen to a word but it is Onodera’s kindness (she’s such an angel!) that makes Raku a free man once more.

When Ruri apologizes to Chitoge that she had to borrow her boyfriend, Chitoge almost gave away they aren’t a couple. Very suspicious… And then Raku and Chitoge start arguing about their different treatment to each other which is completely different then how they treat Onodera. This confuses Ruri even more as she can’t tell if they are arguing because they are so close or just hate each other. At times they act so lovey-dovey that it’s hard to read their minds. So when the girls’ swimming team get into action, some spotted a girl drowning. She isn’t Onodera. It’s Chitoge! That’s why it is important to do warm ups before you swim. Instantly Raku jumps in to bring her out. Shuu lies she is not breathing so Raku must do CPR on her! Who else is going to do it but her boyfriend? Big dilemma. And when he has decided to give one, Chitoge wakes up and gets freaked out. At the expense of Raku getting beaten up. More confusion for Ruri because at the end of the day, she really couldn’t tell that if they are on good or bad terms. But she does know they aren’t actually dating. She then tells Onodera to reconsider about her old promise. I mean, she can’t even remember his name or face, how does she even hope to get some sort of reunion? Isn’t the love she has now more important? Well, Onodera believes her love 10 years ago might be connected with the current one. She believes Raku may have mistakenly thought the locker room key was that key. Meanwhile Shuu is bragging to Raku the hot bodies of Chitoge and Onodera. He prefers more on the latter but goes on ranting without knowing pissed Chitoge is creeping up behind ready to give him that finishing move. Anyway the guys got dunked into the pool.

Episode 6
Onodera and Ruri see Chitoge’s extravagant lunch… Sure she comes from a normal family? Since Chitoge continues to put down Raku, Onodera tells her the truth that he was the one who saved her from drowning. Chitoge feels awkward and the only choice left is to go apologize. Can she? First time didn’t go too well because he mentioned about her expanding waistline and won’t tell anybody about it. So he got beaten up… Take two… She asks for his favourite food in hopes to give it to him as apology. He doesn’t answer. She couldn’t care. Just that the bread. Not his favourite. Gets beaten up. Take three… Mentioning about the part he saved her, it seems to be going fine till the CPR part. CPR is like a kiss, right? That’s the third time he got the beat down. Chitoge won’t do this anymore so Ruri asks her straight. Are they actually dating? Gulp. Remembering Raku’s words that it is alright to tell best friends secrets, she lets them in on the truth. Surprised? They give their word they won’t say this to anyone. Ruri asks if there is somebody else who falls in love with him, will she oppose? Nope. She’d be happier for that girl to have him. And she doesn’t believe such a girl would like him. It’s closer than you think… This gives Onodera renewed hope to tell Raku her feelings. But how to go about it? Now she’s broken again. Back to square one. Raku is thinking so hard what Chitoge’s problem is that he didn’t realize that when he bumped into someone, he lock fell off. Chitoge manages to apologize to Raku for all that. In English. He can’t understand… On her way back, she spots the dropped pendant and picks it up.

Onodera didn’t count on this to happen so fast because Ruri sets her up alone with Raku! And to make sure she won’t chicken out, she is keeping a close watch. You better get through this one or else… There are lots of tense moments, lots of blushing moments, lots of flustering moments. Just when Onodera gets the courage to confess, a stray baseball comes between them! Oh for crying out loud! Is God really trying to screw up such moments? I don’t know if Onodera should feel cursed of relieved. Raku goes to get help and thoughts that Onodera might want to confess crossed his mind but he brushed it off that was ever going to happen. Ruri is deeply sorry for rushing Onodera into this. But she is also deeply disappointed at how things turned out. If the same thing happens again, they can kiss their friendship goodbye! Serious?! Using friendship as a threat?! Ruri however feels relived that she failed because although she wanted to let him know her feelings, she also wanted to keep things the way they are now. Chitoge returns the lock to Raku at his home. He is surprised she is the one who found it and was going to hit panic button when he realized it was missing. He thinks she isn’t that bad and can be nice sometimes. It seems Chitoge had one of her guys repaired it before returning. Then she remembers she too made a promise to a boy long ago. Wait a minute. Doesn’t this story sound familiar? Could it be? Meanwhile, Claude summons his subordinate and prodigy, Seishirou Tsugumi and exaggerates all the bad parts about Raku. He blames this guy for using and deceiving Chitoge and since he cannot protect her directly while Raku is around, Tsugumi is sure to have no problems in saving her from the clutches of that vile pig.

Episode 7
The school is all abuzz with a new handsome transfer student. Tsugumi becomes part of Raku’s class and sends all the girls swooning. I hope Onodera won’t be taken in too… When Chitoge recognizes him, he wastes no time in hugging her as it has been a long time. Chitoge is forced to introduce Raku to him but Tsugumi seems like a nice person. He continues to treat Chitoge like a princess and she can’t take this anymore. Later Tsugumi speaks with Raku alone at the roof. He asks if he really loves her. Of course he had to lie. Really? So he loves her a lot that he would die for her? Instantly Tsugumi takes out a gun and before Raku can say what the heck is happening, he’s got a gun pointing under his chin. Tsugumi cannot believe this weakling is the one to protect Chitoge and couldn’t believe she has been deceived by a guy who has not got a single thing attractive. From the way he says it, he sounds like a jealous lot that it wasn’t him who was there to protect her. Raku continues his deception and insists they are in love. Before bullets could fly, Chitoge comes in to stop the tension. Tsugumi wonders if she remembers the promise they made 10 years ago. Since that day he vowed to become stronger and pushed himself to the limits, training like hell just to protect her. Then this happened. He will not acknowledge Raku as Chitoge’s partner. He throws down a challenge to prove he is capable of that. I guess talking is out of the question. Later Chitoge explains to Raku that Tsugumi is adopted by Claude and trained to be a top hitman. When several thugs threatened her, Tsugumi singlehandedly destroyed their entire organization. Raku is going to be in sh*t. Raku thought she wants Tsugumi to win deep down in her heart, but surprised, she wants Raku to win. For the sake of the town. He can die for all she cares. Tsundere…

The battle for Chitoge begins. Yeah. There are a whole lot of girls rooting for Tsugumi and Shuu is taking bets. Nobody is betting on Raku… When it starts, Raku is left running because Tsugumi pulls out an arsenal of guns!!! Holy cow! I think he is damn lucky to dodge them all. Tsugumi continues to blame Raku that it should have been him so Raku pisses him off about his manhood. He makes a desperate attempt by jumping out of the third floor’s window and down into the pool. Tsugumi didn’t expect this and passes out. Raku can’t leave him like that and takes him into the boys’ locker to change. And then this shocking revelation… TSUGUMI IS A GIRL!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE???!!!! Didn’t believe it, did you? Everyone is coming in so they hide in the locker. Chitoge has searched everywhere and this is the only place left. One of the girls wonders the need to search the girls’ locker too. Because Tsugumi is a girl. Wow. See the shockwaves it sends for all the girls. Now you believe she is a girl? But why the guy uniform? Easier to move in. Her boy-like name? When Claude adopted her, he thought she was a boy and named her so. Amazingly for 10 years with him, Claude never suspected she was a girl. But it doesn’t make a difference because Tsugumi has casted away her feminine side to protect Chitoge. If she can’t do that, what is she good for? Now she has lost and she can’t bear to let her see her in this pathetic state. I know Raku is trying to be a good guy but he is saying she is pretty cute? And then Chitoge opens the locker. Death comes early for Raku. As for the outcome, Tsugumi puts up a tough front saying nothing has been resolved and that Raku failed to show he has what it takes to protect Chitoge. Be on his guard or he’ll be in sh*t again. After he leaves, Tsugumi reveals she had completely lost. It was what he said that Chitoge isn’t the type to sit around and let someone else protect her. Chitoge makes Tsugumi wear a female uniform. Very girly. Chitoge can’t remember that promise so Tsugumi refreshes her memory that it was to protect her. Chitoge is amazed she has been carrying living on a promise like that and remember something from so long. She gives her a ribbon to enhance her feminine appeal. Tsugumi then wonders if Chitoge had also forgotten the promise she made with her first love 10 years ago.

Episode 8
Tsugumi seems to be fitting well with the girls. She continues to keep an eye on Raku so much so he doesn’t feel any peace. Because Claude has given her to mission to take out Raku once she confirms their relationship is fake, a chance outing with him make be the ticket. However Chitoge makes her wear very feminine clothes. I wonder how she is going to do her job if she is this embarrassed. Her embarrassment increases when her foot is sore from wearing high heels and Raku carries her. She starts thinking he isn’t that bad when he asks about her first love. To her, serving Chitoge will always be her pleasure. But to Raku, it means for someone who can devote herself to someone like that, there will be someone who will fall in love with her. Her first love hasn’t bloomed yet. He would like to see that look on her first when that happens. Don’t turn around now because… Oh wait, on the scale of 1 to 10, how embarrassed is she? Immeasurable! Classic look. So it’s no wonder that whenever Raku is nearby, Tsugumi gets so flustered that it’s driving her crazy! And Raku thinks she really hates him. So Tsugumi talks to Chitoge about these ‘symptoms’ she’s been having. You know, when you’re near someone, your heart races, your words turn into gibberish, etc. I don’t know if it’s a good thing Chitoge isn’t a good love adviser because she thinks she has some sort of disease and should go check up in hospital. Even Claude feels the same. Insensitive people? But when she asks Shuu, he could perfectly guess it’s about Raku and starts laughing his ass off! Other people yield ambiguous snickering answers. What about Onodera and Ruri? They’re fast to point out it is love and Tsugumi vehemently denies she would never fall in love with a guy like him. Were they talking about somebody? Thinking about Raku and his words continue to wreak havoc on her mind. The ultimate blow came when Raku had the bad luck of walking before her and got a taste of her super punch.

Talking to Chitoge again and confirming it is this love thingy, Chitoge almost gave herself away when she mentions she has never been in love before. But Tsugumi points out this isn’t her only experience. Remember the one 10 years ago? Suddenly… SUDDENLY! She starts to remember! How the heck could she forget?! Well, at least she remembered something like that and can’t remember that boy’s face or name. She believes that boy may have forgotten about that whatever promise. As she goes home, she opens the cupboard filled with mementos. I think she can flood the room with it. Then she sees a diary. Written in Japanese around 10 years ago. Reading it, it is confirmed there is this boy she used to play with. Ringing any bells? There was one time he saved her from a wild dog and he ended up getting a little scar on his forehead. She stayed by his side while nursing him. She often snuck out the mansion to go see and play with him and whenever she was in trouble, he was always there to save her. There was even a comment that she would really want to marry him. Then one day they had to part but before that they need to make a promise. What is this promise we’re so dying to know? Too bad. The next page is left blank. So disappointed. So frustrating. Then out of the diary drops a key.

Episode 9
Chitoge wants Tsugumi to make arrangements to the place where she met her first love. However it’s not possible even though tomorrow is Saturday. Has she forgotten? Tomorrow is the school’s field trip! Gosh. How could she have forgotten? You can guess the group of six our main characters will be in. Thanks to Shuu, he sets up Raku sitting in the middle squished by the other girls, much to the envy of the other guys. It’s really cramp back there. It doesn’t help when Ruri wreaks havoc with the ‘centrifugal force’. Stop pushing! At the camp as they make preparations for food, Chitoge accidentally spills water on his head and sees the scar on his forehead. Likewise, he sees her key. She asks about the scar and he replies he used to keep a lot of pets and one may have attacked him. While they check out their rooms and kill time, it is decided to play some cards and the loser will reveal his/her first love. Chitoge and Onodera are bad poker face players… So much so Raku and Chitoge are left. Because Raku couldn’t bear to see Onodera’s cute but sad face each time he doesn’t pick the joker card. Because Chitoge always picks his joker card. Raku’s biggest dilemma is that he can’t let her win but due to her bad poker face that makes her seemingly want to cry, I don’t know how long this will go on. Till their teacher barges in to tell them they’re late for the assembly at the hall. Saved by the bell? After dinner, Raku is told a call is waiting for him. But there is no one on the other line. Seems Claude is here and it is his ploy to destroy his social life. After Raku enters the bath, Claude switches the men’s sign into women’s. Raku’s heaven suddenly becomes hell when Chitoge is there too. She wants to kill him but since she saw Claude earlier, she believes it is his doing.

Onodera and co come in. There goes his escape. Chitoge has no choice but to help him escape because if he is caught, they will have to spend the next 3 years as the object of everyone’s scorn. It’s going to be tough. Chitoge’s dumb distractions did little because the teacher and other girls come in. It’s getting crowded. Everyone wants a piece of Tsugumi. So tomboyish but yet so feminine a body. Raku almost got killed by Tsugumi’s sharp sense thinking there is an intruder. Shuu and the other guys are eavesdropping from the other wall. They don’t know how much Raku is missing this. Oh, they don’t know alright. With some girls pestering Chitoge about how far she has gone with Raku, Chitoge distracts them to ask Tsugumi about her first love. Raku spots a hole that may connect to the men’s side and swims there. But when Tsugumi relays the first love to Onodera, Raku stops dead in his tracks and is interested to hear! Onodera runs away to a corner and she had to sit directly blocking that hole! Chitoge struggles to pull her away and Onodera might have felt she touched something soft. Then Chitoge tries to push him into the hole but she slips and her lips kissed some part of his body. In the end, he makes it to the other side. Tired and almost dead. Later Raku and Chitoge meet and he apologizes. Although she forgives him under the circumstances, she is much worried about how much of her perfect body he has seen. He feigns ignorance. As they head to bed early, Shuu wants to go peep on the other girls. Dead tired Raku wants to sit this out. Despite warning from Ruri, Shuu opens the door. Ruri knew this would happen and was waiting. The guys get hung outside the balcony. And Raku wonders why he even got punished. Too tired to do anything…

Episode 10
Tonight’s programme will be… Kimodameshi! Shuu would love to set up Raku with Chitoge. He is willing to pay 2000 Yen for it? At the same time, Ruri wants Onodera to pair up with Raku. How? Don’t know. Pray hard. Because Raku still can’t get that image of her out of his mind, he acts strangely and Onodera wonders if he is avoiding her. Before the kimodameshi starts, boys and girls draw lots. Ruri purposely says out loud Onodera’s number 12. Of course this is for Raku to hear as he prays real hard to land that number. Please God, give me number 12! And suddenly would you believe it? He hits it! OMG! Oh yeah! Lucky #12! This is going to be his favourite number. Other pairings if you would like to know: Tsugumi-Ruri and Shuu-Chitoge. Chitoge hears some of the staffs playing as ghosts to be short on manpower. The way they are putting it as though they really want her to help out and so it can’t be helped. I guess this is better than pairing up with Shuu. That guy is waiting. After being led to the spot, she is left all alone by herself. Remember she has this fear of darkness? Don’t worry, at least she got a flashlight. Dead batteries. Okay, time to panic. She tries to think of something to take her mind off. But Raku comes to mind first? Well, not only Chitoge is scared. Our lovebirds, Raku and Onodera are nervous too. Big chance of a lifetime. Keep calm. Be cool.

Then they heard talk that Chitoge became part of the ghost squad. And then a ghost staff wonders if Chitoge has returned because she realized the flashlight has dead batteries. Everybody didn’t think much about it but it hit Raku. He knows how much she is afraid of the dark. In that instant he rushes off into the woods. Leaving a blazing trail behind him and interrupting the scare on Tsugumi-Ruri pair. Tsugumi is so scared and gripping Ruri like hell… Chitoge remembers an entry in her diary where she was trapped in a crevice. She was so scared that she couldn’t yell for help. But that boy always came to her rescue whenever she starts crying. This time Raku has found her. Saved. As he guides her back, she thinks they should start calling each other by their first names because she heard girls talking they still address each other by their surnames and it made them suspicious if they are close. When he calls her by her first name, he sees the most angelic face and response ever. That quickly turns into don’t-you-stare-at-me-like-that expression. The duo end up lost and by the time they reunite with the rest who are looking for them, the kimodameshi is over. Raku rues he threw away his only God given chance to be with Onodera. He apologizes to her but she forgives him since Chitoge is alright. Tsugumi asks Chitoge about the place she wants to go where she met her first love. She changes her mind that she doesn’t want to. She can wait because she has time.

Episode 11
When Ruri learns Raku and Chitoge are on first name basis, she is not very happy. But does she have to beat up Onodera? Tsugumi tells Raku that today is Chitoge’s birthday and she wants to invite her friends to a surprise birthday party. This means they have to go get presents so Ruri sets up Raku and Onodera to go buy presents together. I guess God is giving him another chance. As usual, a bundle of nerves. Lots of flustering. Thinking too much. On the way home, Onodera takes him on a detour. Through some narrow alley, at the end of it is a very beautiful scenery of the town. It is her secret place and now it will be their secret. When Onodera calls him by his first name, this feels very similar to that of 10 years ago. He starts thinking if she could be the one. Too much thinking that she blurts out asking if she was that girl whom he made a promise. She admits she is. At least that is what she thinks. She doesn’t remember much, not his name or face. The only thing she remembered was the lock which looks exactly like the one Raku has and this key that she received from him when they parted. When he asked her about the key then, she was so surprised that she denied it. She was a shy person in her younger days but that boy took her out to play and she felt she could really trust him. She believed he could be her first love and maybe it could be him. She was hoping it would be him. Unfortunately they have to continue this another time since Tsugumi calls Raku and she is furious that they are late for the party. The usual suspects gather at Chitoge’s huge mansion. Awed? Chitoge is surprised to see them and she panics because she never told them that her family is a mafia. She never had friends before. Raku tells them straight that her family is like a gang and they are impressed. See? Done. All the gang members throw her a party and Claude seems to be in particular trying to pick a bone with Raku, comparing their great presents. Claude shows off his present, some fancy custom made sports car. Cool. But Chitoge doesn’t have a driving licence, you know. Wasted… What does Raku have for her? The mafia guys think Raku is insulting Chitoge when he gives her a little gorilla doll. They’re going to kill him! However Chitoge truly likes it, much to everyone’s surprise (or dismay for Claude). Most surprising for Raku is that Chitoge can smile like that. Later he finds out she was just putting up a really good act. But she won’t throw it away otherwise people will start suspecting them. Raku’s mind is still occupied that Onodera could be that promised girl so Chitoge asks him if he still likes that girl from 10 years ago. He still does. Then does the words ‘Zawsze in love’ mean anything to him?

Episode 12
Those words are the one the promised girl said to him. As Chitoge explains her story, he finds it pretty similar to Onodera’s. She shows the key. He shows the lock. Panic time. Could it be? First they brush it aside that they couldn’t be that kid perhaps adding it lots of exaggeration that kid was cooler and such. There is only one way to find out. And they’re taking their time trying to do it. What’s the problem?! Hurry up and get it over with! When Chitoge finally inserts the key, she turns to hard that it snaps! HOLY SH*T! Heart break for Raku since he can’t test out Onodera’s key. Later as he ponders himself, Chitoge’s dad talks to him and appreciates him being the fake boyfriend. He then mentions about them meeting before 10 years ago when he came to Japan to meet with his father. Before they knew it, their kids were getting along so well. Before Raku could think Chitoge could be the fated one, Chitoge’s dad mentions there is a third girl and it must be fate for them to reunite because she is here at the party too. It dawned to Raku that it wasn’t either one but both of them he had met. However there is still a catch. He only remembers one of them he made a promise with. With whom is the question. I’m sure he is hoping it would be Onodera. Shuu calls his uncle who will gladly fix Raku’s lock. It will take some time. As they enter class, Raku spots Claude spying on them again and tries to act like a couple. However Chitoge is acting edgy (mostly thinking about that lock opening incident) and this almost makes the classmates feel suspicious. Onodera thought they were fighting or something but he brushes it off. Although she knows Chitoge told her they are pretending to date, she can’t help wonder Raku’s feelings.

The photos from the field trip are developed and pasted on the wall for everyone to pick and choose which ones they want to keep. Ruri tries to be cheeky by choosing one with Onodera and Raku together. Oh look. There is really one! You don’t know how much they want to get their hands on this. Shuu is also selling his own photos he took. No, they are not indecent pictures but embarrassing moments! Cue for this guy to get beaten up again. Of course he sells Raku a cute sleeping face of Onodera. This will be his best treasure. Raku then spots a photo whereby although Chitoge is the main focus, in the background there is Onodera changing! He takes it away hoping nobody will buy this. He bumps into Onodera accidentally and he thought he is screwed. Luckily her thumb was covering that embarrassing moment. After he takes it away, Onodera wonders why he chose a picture of Chitoge. Back home, Raku continues to ponder about the mysterious girl when his dad says he has old photos. What? You didn’t know? They’re kept in the storeroom but there is one from 10 years ago whereby Raku begged him to take on that trip. Something about some promise with some girl. Oh dear. It was right under your nose all this time.

Episode 13
Raku tries to find the box all night but to no avail. So it’s no surprise he isn’t in the mood when Shuu invites him to hang out with friends and also for group study. Till he heard those magic words: Onodera is coming too. At the fast food chain, Ruri wants to make Onodera sit next to Raku but she declines and thinks he should sit next to Chitoge his lover. She can tell something has happened although Onodera’s lips are very tightly sealed. While Shuu gives Chitoge translate an English text, Raku is thinking deeply if that promised girl could be Onodera or Chitoge. He believes the former is more likely. He almost admits he likes Onodera when Shuu asks him which he prefers. He was referring to the milkshake flavour. Close shave. Hope nobody heard that. Hopefully. Raku continues his search for the box and finally he finds it. Now to find out who the mystery girl is. Eh… Wait a minute. This girl in the picture… WHO THE HELL IS SHE???!!! Doesn’t look a bit like Onodera or Chitoge!!! And she has the key that looks like it could fit his lock. Oh sh*t! Just when he thought he got a step closer, the mystery deepens. He tries to find his father but as usual, he is not in. Therefore this thought is kept on bugging him on his mind. On a rainy day when Chitoge forgot to take her umbrella, Raku sheepishly offers his and they walk home together. Lots of close moments (the kind that could make them break out into an argument) including how Chitoge stick closer to him because she didn’t like how his shoulder is getting wet while sharing the umbrella. Raku learns another weakness she has: When the lightning flashes, she cowers in fear. Taking shelter in a hut, they see each other’s field trip photos. Raku is confident of showing his as he has sorted and separated out pictures containing Onodera. Then there is one picture whereby Chitoge is sleeping in an embarrassing fashion! Oh hell! Shuu must have put in there as a prank! Believe it! Surprisingly Chitoge believes him because he doesn’t have the guts to carry such a photo around. Then Chitoge says she regrets spending her youthful days with him but even so this fake love isn’t that bad after all. He thought she was serious and was about to say the same thing but turns out she was just messing with him. The lightning flashes and this causes her to hug close to him. Raku’s dad sees this and thinks their fake love might be blossoming into a real one. No prizes for guessing who will be vehemently denying that. Anyway, father is here to tell him something important. It’s going to get a little complicated because she is coming back tomorrow. Who? Raku’s fiancée. The one in the photo. SAY WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT??????!!!!!!!

Episode 14
Amazingly I don’t know how daddy even forgot about this. He can’t fix it anyhow or reverse this promise because it will be a real pain later so Raku will have to go with it. Raku says he has never met her. Oh yes he did. She is the girl in the photo. Well, you might have guessed this new transfer student into their class. Marika Tachibana is such a cute and polite chick that all the guys are going crazy over her! Upon spotting Raku, she instantly hugs him! Everyone… In shock… Dreams… Shattered… Hearts… Broken… So who is she to Raku? Why, Marika is Raku’s fiancée! Panicky Tsugumi points out Chitoge is his girlfriend and thanks to her pride, Chitoge doesn’t back down. The temperature is rising… When Tsugumi takes out her gun, suddenly the police and SWAT teams rush in to protect Marika and surround Tsugumi! Guess what? Marika is the daughter of the police commissioner. Oh, did I mention he is a very overprotective father? Oh sh*t. Now you know why Raku’s dad is in a pinch? A war could break out anytime… Marika feigns dizziness to whisk Raku to the infirmary. He insists he doesn’t remember her and that their fathers decided this for them. On the contrary, she remembers everything and she is truly in love with him. For the last 10 years, she only thought about him and please marry her now! She tries to get steamy with him but you know what happens when you struggle. All the busybody girls are eavesdropping outside as Chitoge kicks down the door. Well, what do you know? It seems like Raku is going to rape her. Today Raku got a taste of her Falcon Punch. Later, Marika’s attendant, Honda confirms Raku doesn’t remember anything. Marika is certain she will jog his memory as she has that key. Marika wants Raku to go on a date with her. She goes into dramatic mode and since he fears a potential big scale war, he agrees. Alarming bells for our related party girls, eh? Raku must be nervous. Because she got a police escort! Tsugumi dresses up so nicely that she is just stunning! Serious! She thinks of tailing them but is surprised the duo ask her for directions. She became disheartened that he didn’t recognize her. The disguise is good, right? On the other hand, Chitoge is dressed so suspiciously that it catches the police’s attention.

In an expensive restaurant, Marika wonders what he likes about that gorilla woman. He doesn’t want her badmouthing her as she has her good points too. He heard her note that she hates girls with long hair but is baffled because Marika herself has long hair. Marika takes him away because she knows Onodera and Ruri are spying nearby. Chitoge hides and eavesdrops them at the park. Raku shows her the photo but only remembers vaguely about the promise. As she shows him the key, she is more than happy to tell him everything on a condition if he breaks up with Chitoge. He won’t. He can’t abandon her for his own selfish reasons. Marika knows Chitoge is hiding and draws her out, Marika than starts flirting with him and tries to make it sound certain that she is that promised girl. Therefore she wants her to break up with him. Chitoge’s pride gets in the way again. The more Marika flirts with him, the more this pisses Chitoge off. What does he do to deserve this punch? And she feels relieved? More like irritated. But Marika soon has to go off and will meet again tomorrow at school. Noticing she left her handbag behind, he tails her only to see her talking to Honda. She has a weak body and isn’t good with the sun. She didn’t wear her hat as she wanted Raku to see her face. Raku confronts her about it. She is happy as this shows he is concerned for her. She asks him about what he likes about Chitoge. Although Raku explains her bad points worse than before, he also mentions her good parts. She has her good side sometimes. She is someone he can trust. The more Marika hears, the more her heart aches. Then he said this damning thing about not remembering the things he had done to make her like him, never met anyone who talks like her, etc. At this point, Marika turns into a devil and she just changed! She becomes a vulgar b*tch scolding him at the top of his voice that he actually forgot the promise that he liked girls with long hair, the reason she kept it all this time. Once she’s done hollering, Raku instantly recognizes her! Oh it’s you Marika! So her way of speech is the identifying factor?!

Episode 15
Marika swore to herself never to speak like that but ironically it was what made him remember. As she had a frail body when she was young, her father brought her to the mountains to recuperate. It was another boring day at the hospital when she met Raku climbing the tree outside. They become playmates and since she liked him so much, father tells her to marry him. So she asked the kind of girls he likes. Feminine and with long hair. Ever since that day she took lessons and trained herself to be more feminine. She did all that so she could meet him once more. Their promise kept her going and that photo was taken before they parted. Raku feels bad she held everything so dear to her. To his surprise she won’t force him to remember. Instead, she will make an unforgettable memory. She pecks him on his cheek. Didn’t see that one coming, did he? That was better than any medicine she’s taking. Chitoge and Onodera are told about this that they have met Raku 10 years ago. Nobody remembers what the promise was except Marika. It was to marry. At least that is what he said to her and assumed it was for the rest. As for why there were 3 keys made, Marika too doesn’t know. She never knew there were others made. The only way to find out is Raku’s lock but they have to wait till it is fixed. Marika stirs the hornet’s nest mentioning they have kissed. Chitoge is furious. Onodera is just disintegrating… Chitoge and Marika start arguing and even try to get Onodera to their side! Marika questions Onodera’s feelings for him. Thinking he likes Chitoge, she says they are good friends. That must have hurt for him. When Chitoge teases Marika that if she and Raku were to marry and why he forgot all about her then, Marika almost revealed her vulgar way of speech.

Marika invites Raku to go meet her dad. Of course Chitoge previously told him that he will be going there to tell him to annul the engagement. Easier said than done, right? First, he is already intimidated with the entire building as her home! Next, her dad has a real scary face! With that scar, he looks like a yakuza! Yeah. Raku’s dad is the one who did this. Oh sh*t! They are like best rivals and best friends even though it is still his dream to put that old geezer behind bars. So how will Raku find the balls to call off the engagement? Dad mentions how time flies and now his daughter is of marriageable age. Till Marika mentions he totally forgot about it. Mad dad! Oh sh*t! Of course he doesn’t blame Raku and thinks it’s his father’s fault of not telling. This leads to him asking if he has another girlfriend. Marika says he does. Mad dad! Oh sh*t! Marika is fine with the way things are and is determined to steal him away. Since she says so, dad has no objections. Now, Marika also mentions about their first kiss. Angry dad!!! No turning back! Then she leaves to make tea. Oh sh*t! Along with dad. Bad timing. But dad mentions that Marika talks about him a lot. She even treasures the toys he left behind at the hospital. That is when Raku got the balls to say he is in love with someone and that person is not Marika although he doesn’t dislike her. He appreciates it but gets the wrong idea that he is a player when he can’t confirm that girl he likes is his girlfriend. However whatever it is, Raku will still be the one who will make Marika happy in the end. Raku leaves and meets Raku outside. How did the talk with dad go? Need he elaborate? She wants to become the girl he wants but he doesn’t want her to change. He likes her the way she is. The way she transforms herself for him is amazing and whether she is feminine or not, long hair or short, she is still a sweet girl. Marika probably didn’t see this one coming becomes so embarrassed she turns into a different person. And daddy got the wrong idea that Raku was being forward with her… Sh*t is going to hit the fan…

Episode 16
Ruri is lecturing Onodera that it is already summer vacation and nothing is progressing between her and Raku. Oh, since when she is her relationship manager? Suddenly Onodera says she actually invited him to her home. SAY WHAAAAAAAT???!!! For real???!!! Yes. I think Ruri didn’t actually see that one coming. I suppose Onodera needs to get some love too and this is an episode dedicated to her. It all began right before the last day of school when she approached him to ask him that. Actually her family runs a Japanese sweets store and an employee had an emergency and can’t come in. Her mom needed someone who can cook well and the only person she knew was him. So it’s a part time job. Oh heck. It works for him! Our happy-cum-nervous guy makes his way there only to see her mom raising her voice on the phone. Stressful business decisions, eh? She is in a bad mood and Raku is being told off to suck a lollipop! Even when Onodera explains who he is, she remains sceptical and has him do a test to make a Japanese sweet. She will determine if he is good enough or not. Raku might not have good experience making Japanese sweets and only took a crash course. But here goes. After mom tastes it, this is her reply: Please marry my daughter! OMFG! Is this a big approval from mother-in-law?! Mother continues to tease Onodera who could explode from all that embarrassment. Anyway she leaves the shop in their care and her heart can rest easily. As Raku makes them, he learns Onodera isn’t good in cooking because she once tried and let’s say she almost created a murder scene. However her finishing touches were good and she has been doing that part ever since. As they man the counter, Raku almost gave away he wasn’t dating Chitoge. Onodera says she already knew they aren’t really dating because Chitoge told her a long time ago. He felt like an idiot. That damn b*tch never told him this. But does this mean the way is clear for him to confess his feelings? I don’t think he has the courage yet.

As a typhoon is approaching, mom calls Onodera to say she is stuck and can’t come back. And oh, have Raku stay there for the night. WHAAAAAAAT???!!! I’m sure they’re both grinning in their hearts but need to maintain their posture. So why the nervous act? Probably too nervous for Onodera that she accidentally invited him to her room. So she cleans up all the necessary things first and gets changed before he comes in. First time in her room. I guess it is pretty normal for a guy to start thinking this is the room where she changes… He sees a faced down photo and thinks it could be her crush (it’s a picture of Raku in some sports relay). He is going to satisfy his curiosity but Onodera returns with drinks. So they’re sitting there staring into space. The silence is so deafening that you could hear the clock tick. Eventually they got the conversation rolling when she lets him look at her photo album of her times in school. Onodera thinks he is popular with the girls but he denies and says Onodera herself is. She reveals that she knows a girl who has a crush on him during junior high. But she won’t say who. It’s a secret. Don’t tell me she’s talking about herself. Just when it seemed this enjoyable conversation could go on forever, they realize the typhoon stopped. Damn it. It’s like God couldn’t take any more of their flirting and stopped the typhoon so they have to go home. Because it would look pretty weird for a guy to stop for the night at a girl’s house, right? I’m sure they both want to stay but have to act very reserved. As he leaves, he manages to get her email address. All is not lost. Sweet victory. As test mail, she wanted to write she was that girl who had the crush on him (I knew it!) but changed her mind. Happy Raku wants to continue their mail conversation but to his dismay her reply was short. Good night. I guess the night ends here.

Episode 17
Raku is helping to man a stall at the festival since some stalls are run by his yakuza gang. Of course he wants the money to buy some super relationship charm. He really believes in that or just desperate? And of all times, he had to bump into Chitoge. Learning that he can get what he wants, Chitoge wants to ‘go on a date’. Everything is free, right? Raku thought he saw Onodera but it must be his imagination. In fact she is here and instinctively went into hiding. She is here to buy the charm too. Same for Marika. I think Marika really wants to disrupt Raku and Chitoge… But with Onodera around, they become stalkers instead. Chitoge is frustrated at the goldfish scooping game. Raku shows her how it is done even with a broken poi. But there is a huge carp. Can he do it? Amazingly it fits the size of the poi’s hole. Technically that is a win, right? Now it is time to buy the charm, there is a huge crazy crowd. Everyone has the same idea? Although Raku is able to buy it, he is separated from Chitoge thanks to the crowd’s pushing. He pulls her back but it turns out to be Onodera! Did Chitoge turn into Onodera on his wish?! The power of the charm for real?! You wish! Then Onodera’s sandal strap broke. Typical. Time for him to carry her. She never felt so happy and embarrassed at the same time. Too much of that and she might explode. After he puts her down, a cat comes to steal the charm. He chases after it and thus Onodera is left alone.

Marika thought she is happy that Raku has decided to switch to her. Suddenly he tells her not to move an inch. Because the cat is behind her. She takes it the wrong way that he is getting bold. His eyes look serious and focus. Too much for her to handle. The cat runs off and Marika is left embarrassed and confused by just about everything. Tsugumi is another one of those who didn’t manage to buy the charm. Taking it out at the shooting gallery? The cat bumps into her. In exchange for telling where the cat went, Raku helps shoot and win the prize she wants before scurrying along. The cat bumps into Shuu and drops the charm. He thinks it is his lucky day and is going to hit this pretty babe before his eyes. It’s Ruri. Uppercut! The charm flies into Chitoge’s hands and when she returns it to Raku, he is stunned to see her changed into a yukata. But now Raku thinks that boys don’t suit having such a charm and gives it to Chitoge since he did cause her some trouble. Chitoge starts flustering like mad because she just read on the board about the charm. It is meant as a proposal. So both of them get the wrong idea and talking about different things. He thinks she really wanted the charm. She thinks he really likes her. Maybe her heart was beating so hard that it causes her sash to unravel. He wants to help out but she tells him to stay away. She isn’t wearing anything underneath. Your imagination running wild? She flusters even more thinking that he might assault her in this defenceless state. Then Raku sees the board about the charm and realizes the implications of their conversation. So shocked that he drops the sash he was helping her holding up. Rape scene! Not!

Episode 18
Beach episode. Typical fanservice. Girls showing off their swimsuits. Chitoge and Marika hounding Tsugumi’s voluptuous boobs. Shuu and his trusty binoculars doing boobs watching. He can really tell the cup size with just a look? Marika wants Raku to put lotion on her back. Oh no you don’t, says Chitoge. Raku gets punched. Raku and Chitoge are paired to cook. Their hands touch. They fluster. They overreact. Accidentally cuts her finger. He treats. That night, Onodera talks to Raku at the pier. After Chitoge finishes cleaning up, she looks for Raku and this is what she heard Onodera said: “Can we kiss?”. OMFG!!! Onodera said that?! Even she herself is panicking. Why the heck did she say that?! What now?! You can’t take words back, can’t you?! What is Raku going to do? That dude… He was sleeping… FFFFFUUUUUUUUU!!! I don’t know if Onodera should feel relieved or frustrated. This kind of events could give her a heart attack. So she takes her leave by running away. Chitoge thought she misheard because there is no way Onodera would say something like that. Or can she? So next day, Chitoge and Onodera talk. Chitoge is hypothetically talking about herself about her heart beating faster when she’s next to a certain guy. Onodera thinks she’s talking about Tsugumi. But Chitoge freaks out when Onodera mentions this means she might have a crush on him. So Chitoge has a lot on her mind. She’s thinking about Raku obviously. He isn’t such a bad guy lately and could it mean having a crush means she loves him? Such thoughts are just making her go crazy. That night, Chitoge plays sparklers by herself. Obviously love problems are making her not thinking straight. Raku finds her. He talks to her trying to obviously see what the problem is but she’s just getting worked up. She still hates him but you know that is her tsundere side talking. He knows she is acting out of character today but he starts to act strange too when she asks if things would have worked out if they had dated for real. Since his mind is still on Onodera, he had to rebut that she is ungraceful, violent and not charming. Oops. Maybe he said the wrong thing. Because she didn’t get violent as usual but ran way. Ever since, they didn’t talk to each other. Even when the new school term starts, she avoids him and he is irritated about it. Truly strange. She continues acting forlorn and the likes when her usual self would have been back to normal already. Shuu is in charge of this year’s cultural festival (self appointed) and he is hyped up to do a Romeo and Juliet play. He suggests Raku and Chitoge play the lead parts. Everyone agrees except Chitoge who unenthusiastically declines.

Episode 19
So Onodera gets the part of Juliet. Marika wants to switch places with her and throws a tantrum but Onodera is cool. She wants to play it. That’s that. Marika knows what is going on and understands. Anyhow, Marika is the backup. Chitoge continues her brooding attitude. So much so Raku confronts her and tells her off. He knows something is wrong but he won’t know if he doesn’t say. She doesn’t care. Nothing is wrong. And she’s not mad. Oh, when I girl says something like that it means something is wrong and she is mad alright. Like the typical guy he is, he is just stumped. When Onodera goes to see the teacher, she notices she has that photo of the field trip where she was changing in the background. Thanks to Raku who gave it back to her, the teacher was allowed to take off that photo before anybody purchased it. Onodera now understands why he was acting so. He was looking out for her when he brought that photo to the teacher. Onodera is nervous in rehearsing her speech but Marika can’t help interrupt. She’s using the reason that as a backup, she must practice too. More like seeing this as practice for their future wedding… Tsugumi tells Marika off that Raku has a girlfriend but she is not scared one bit and there is nothing Tsugumi can do about it. Raku and Onodera try on their outfits and as usual, anything looks good on her and sends his heart aflutter. Because Claude is this close to being a stalker, Raku can’t take it anymore and confronts Chitoge that they need to continue their couple act. However she tells him off that she doesn’t want to do it anymore. She doesn’t want anything to do with him and doesn’t care if war breaks out between their families whatsoever. Because they’re just strangers. That hit Raku’s nerve. Is this how she felt all this time? Sure, he was against this fake dating too. But after the time spent together and finding out that their past is connected, he thought she would feel the same as him. Two can play that game. He starts shooting his mouth too. There’s nothing between them. He never once enjoyed hanging out with her. All his memories with her are fake. There is no way she is that girl he made that promise and they can never get along. Let’s end this fake acting and tell their dads about it. Before he can finish, she lands a big slap across his face. Gosh! The entire class saw this!!! Not good. Nobody’s happy. Our fake lovebirds are even more frustrated.

Come the day of festival, Onodera notes Raku has never talked about it ever since and has been acting like as though it never happened. Some friends call her for help but an accident causes her to sprain her ankle. This doesn’t look good. This is Marika’s chance, right? She’s out sick. Of all days?! The teacher wants everyone to continue what they’re doing and she’ll think of something. Onodera blames herself that at this rate the play will be cancelled when everyone has worked so hard. Raku can’t stand being the useless guy and vows to let the play go on. Meanwhile Chitoge is just continuing to brood and space out like always. The pancakes burnt to death… Hello? But she just looks really sad thinking about everything. Their failed relationship and all. Suddenly Raku grabs her hand. This is an emergency and he needs her help. After explaining what happened, he believes she is the next best person to play Juliet. He knows she hates his guts and hasn’t read the lines, but they have been acting out this couple thing so he believes things will work out. Chitoge cannot believe he got the guts to say this after what he said to her at the beach. It hit Raku then. Those words were what started this whole damn thing? But she must be really hurt at that time and thus the sulking. He apologizes he went out of line and although admits her undesirable traits that she isn’t his kind of woman, but the most important thing is that he mentions he doesn’t hate her. And it’s like magic. Whoosh! Enough to blow away the bad vibes in Chitoge and you can feel that she is back in her groove as she agrees to help him out.

Episode 20
Just before the play begins, Raku sees Chitoge’s beautiful smile. He couldn’t believe she could smile like that because it was only a moment ago she wouldn’t get rid of her sulking face. As the play begins, Raku is impressed Chitoge can say her lines well despite going over it once. He takes that back. Because now she suddenly forgets the rest of them. This causes them to argue in front of the stage and everyone thinks this is really funny. Even their families are here. Recording. So it is now the scene of Romeo going to see Juliet up on the balcony. Juliet’s servant (played by Tsugumi) is about to let him pass when Shuu as the narrator changes the script to say that the servant is in love with him!!! Tsugumi is forced to confess but she gets so embarrassed that she has to be taken away. Popping up next is Marika as Josephine! I guess a little sickness cannot hold her back. She is claiming about their promise of marrying. The crowd jeers at Romeo for two-timing. Raku improvises fast. Because they are siblings they cannot marry! Good one. But that doesn’t matter when it comes down to love, right? He counters that by saying about the dangerous road he will be taking and cannot involve her. She is so touched with his consideration that she faints. Or maybe the fever got to her. So the coast is clear? Not quite. Here is Claude as Friedrich, Juliet’s brother! Oh God. Feels like he is really going to kill this guy. And he sounds like a siscon from the way he says it he would have been by Juliet’s side if not for this dangerous man. He cuts up the stage for real and when Raku fights back throwing prop bricks, part of the stage collapses! Only Raku emerges from the rubble! The crowd supports him! Now that nobody else is in the way, Romeo and Juliet reunite and Chitoge even noting that she loves him. Why do I feel that this isn’t referring to the play characters? The play ends to a standing ovation.

In the aftermath, Chitoge talks to Raku that the play was similar to their feuding families except that they aren’t really in love. She apologizes for acting crazy on him and slapping him. Wondering if she still hates him or not, she still hates him but with a smile? She hints he can bring her around the festival grounds. The class celebrates over their huge success. Chitoge is quite popular and it seems the made up part is part of Shuu’s plan for them to reconcile. Because everyone was worried when they saw the slap although Shuu quelled them by saying Raku is a big masochist. But there is one who isn’t happy… Ruri. She is not happy Onodera had her ankle sprained at the crucial moment. Oh, there is also another unhappy one. Tsugumi is going to shoot Shuu for those improvised lines. Ruri has Raku take a crepe to Onodera. I guess it’s time to give her some screen time. They talk and as she says she really wanted to play that part (for an obvious reason), Raku will make that wish come true. Alone on the rooftop, they react the play again and this makes Onodera very happy.

Ruri lost her glasses and Raku and Onodera are the only ones available to help her. Shuu wants to help out too but she can tell he’ll be more of a pain than anything. Heck, he is already saying she looks better without them. Ironically despite she can’t see a damn thing (tripping on everything and speaking to the wrong person), she can accurately beat up Shuu. Hey, she isn’t totally blind. I don’t know if it’s a joke because she pulls out every junk except her glasses. Ruri then gets an idea. She hints she may have dropped it in some dark place and since she can’t see, they’ll have to go alone. Onodera can sense her ploy to set them up together and flusters greatly. As Onodera goes off to search herself, Raku suddenly asks Ruri if there is any person Onodera likes. I guess his density pisses her off. She says there is someone she likes. Enough to send alarm bells ringing to him. Who is that person? See? He is the blindest of them all! Ironically Ruri with glasses can see through them. She chides him for not paying much attention to Onodera despite they have been together for quite a number of occasions. As she is about to blurt the truth, Shuu interrupts them. Onodera returns and continues finding elsewhere with Raku. Shuu and Ruri know about Raku and Onodera. Shuu interrupted on purpose. Although Ruri really wanted to help them reach each other, Shuu believes they should do it themselves because there is a difference between things acquired with someone’s help and things acquired by oneself. Shuu hints there is someone he likes. Ruri doesn’t care. Finally Ruri’s glasses have been found but Raku and Onodera are all messed up. I don’t know where they went and what hole they crawled through… Next day, Raku is still having uneasiness from what Ruri said. Is this the end of his love? Ruri then goes up to tell him that she lied about Onodera liking somebody. So he believes this? Although frustrated, he is relieved there isn’t anyone she likes. Oh, you don’t know…

Raku and the gang are here to help out with the shrine duties. The shrine belongs to a friend of Raku’s dad. Of course, the girls in miko priestess outfit are a big win for the guys. Banzai! The girls come across an old lady spirit medium. Don’t put this smoking and sunglasses old lady. She is quite famous. She noticed a bad aura coming from Raku. After they witness bad luck befall on him (bird sh*t on him, stepping on a banana peel to fall down to stairs – all the way down), they believe something needs to be done. I don’t know about the curse of him being haunted by spirits of unpopular boys but if they don’t do anything before the New Year, he’ll be cursed forever. Today is New Year’s Eve. Oh sh*t. Good news is that there are many ways to exorcise it. The best way is to pummel him into the New Year’s bell. Any less non-violent way? How about this talisman? Easy? Catch: You have to place it on his butt. Holy sh*t. Chitoge goes first and it is freaking odd to see this girl ordering this clueless dude to strip naked! WTF?! And in this struggling ‘rape scene’, she accidentally drops the talisman in the water. Useless. The old lady suggests a more effective way. Onodera will do it. Can she hug him for a minute? Because the outfit contains purification power. Oh sh*t. And suddenly it is like the gods smiled upon Raku since Onodera starts hugging him and wants to stay this way for a while! Heaven on Earth! Why do the things you like always end so fast? Marika would sure love to do that. Guess what? The spirits are not exorcised and time is running out. Don’t worry, old lady here still has a way. A bottle of purification water. Make him drink it. Catch? Only effective mouth to mouth. Holy sh*t! Doesn’t this look like a kiss? The girls are flustering over this. Except for Marika. She’s gone. Get her! Raku starts running for his life when ‘cheek monsters’ start chasing him. As things get desperate, Raku runs into the path of the ringing bell. He gets pummelled. Spirits exorcised. So it really happened? It was real? I thought the old lady was just a bogus trying to give us some cheap laughs-cum-thrills with cheap-cum-fake tactics with the girls ‘fighting’ over him. Anyway she is the real deal. Raku learns of the truth but he has mixed feelings because this means Onodera’s hug was just that. However he considers himself lucky to get it. Well, he’ll need all the luck he can get now because as noted, his women troubles have only just begun. Oh, really? I thought it began a long time ago?

Marika seems to be leaving early from school recently. Raku and Chitoge are going to find out why. Stopping at some cafe, they find her working as a waitress. She is of course happy to see Raku here. They wonder if she is going to be fine but from what the owner is saying, it looks worrying. I mean, she is so many orders behind, dropping plates like flies and yet she calls herself the most productive staff around. Worrying indeed. Then there is some sort of discrimination too. Chitoge gets only a stinking French fry while Raku gets a super big serving of ice cream. What is Chitoge going to do with all the ketchup anyway? The owner later apologizes on her behalf but still considers and important employee since although she makes lots of mistakes, she never gets it to her. She is always so happy and cheerful that some customers return just to see her smile. Problem begins when Raku’s yakuza guys patron the site. Try not to make a mess of things okay? And then… Claude and his mafia come in. Please don’t do anything silly okay? It’s going to be hard when they’re seated right next to each other! It’s going to blow anytime… It might soon when Marika escalates the feud when she hugs Raku! Claude is going to kill him! The yakuzas are ready to take on the mafia. Suddenly the police force led by squad leader Migisuke stop by. Oh sh*t… Three way fight now… The owner is worried that the fight will destroy his shop. Then it hit Marika. No shop means no customers means no job means no money means. In one big inhalation, she lets out the crudest admonishing to those blokes that if they want to fight, go somewhere else. She dumps them out! Holy sh*t! Freaking shocking! And so Marika becomes the unlikely saviour… On the way home, Raku wonders why she is working because she won’t do something that she isn’t interested. She reveals that she is saving up on their wedding and goes on explaining about the ideal house and family they will have. Can she achieve that with such a meagre wage? Try looking hard at reality. Back home, there is a house scribble framed up in her room. It was drawn by Raku when Marika was in hospital. He described the kind of house he wanted. And there is a big jar that Marika deposits her entire earnings dedicated to making this dream come true. Looks like a long way to go… But you go, girl.

Raku is surprised that his friends are here to celebrate New Year’s Day at his place especially with the girls in their kimonos. I’m sure he is only interested in Onodera… As Ryuu and his men have already secretly cooked, I guess the friends will be staying. Because Chitoge requests for something sweet, Raku searches through for some western confectionary. He thought that was just it when shortly Chitoge suddenly asks him if he has ever kissed a girl and wants to be kissed by her! Oh sh*t! What’s wrong?! She looks drunk! Then he realized. The chocolates have whiskey content in them. She is already intoxicated with just one? She’s pestering Raku to kiss her and as Shuu makes fun of girls for being weak against alcohol, he gets kicked a few doors away by Marika! Oh no… She’s drunk too! And she’s killing Shuu with some bone breaking submission move! Oh, now what? Don’t tell me… Not Tsugumi too?! Oh yes it is. She clasps her hands on Raku’s cheek and is going to kiss him! Thank goodness I don’t know how but Raku managed to slip away so she is kissing some raccoon statue instead. Ruri may seem fine but she’s ‘broken’ too spewing figures about Japan’s future, taxes and unemployment rate. Hey, at least she isn’t horny. Finally, the most ‘dangerous’ one that Raku fears to be drunk… Onodera! She looks like she is turning into a slut trying to undress her kimono. I’m sure he is pretty much in a dilemma when she pins him down and starts caressing his skin. I’m sure he likes it… She wants him to touch her… I’m sure he loves to… The sense is strong in him as he doesn’t give in to temptation and runs away. But he is caught by Chitoge who throws a kiddie tantrum to say that he likes her. Otherwise… Almost yandere mode! If you think that the situation can’t get worse than this, think again. Because now all the horny girls gang up and do something unimaginable to him. We’ll leave that up to your imagination. Today is the day Raku met the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse… When he wakes up later that evening, he thinks it was a dream and can’t remember what happened. Since his head still hurts, he goes back to sleep. The girls are sitting in a corner with that quiet guilty feeling… Let’s make a pact… Nothing happened today… Nothing… N/B: Why is it that girls in love turn horny when take something with small alcohol content?

This is totally a complete fanservice episode. You like fanservice? It’s got it all here. Raku is at the public bath and imagine the probability of coincidence that Chitoge is there too. Everything looks fine, including Chitoge telling him to throw the soap over so she can borrow some. And then Marika and Honda had to come in. Marika instantly recognizes Raku’s voice when he is asking for the soap back. In her happiness she starts climbing over to greet him but Raku tries to bring her back down. And for nothing that guy gets hit by her tub for looking at them. They’re not even naked, right? I don’t know if he missed the fun because just as he finishes and heads out, Onodera and her little sister, Haru just walked in. The granny attendant wants him to man the counter while she goes out to do some errand. Hope nothing happens… Like that will happen. A couple of old ladies whom I believe love to see something flirty with this young guy calls him over to fix a broken shower. I know Raku wants to be a gentleman but how the heck can he see if he blindfolds himself? The old ladies guide him but I have a feeling they’re purposely leading him to Onodera who is freaking surprised to see him (I think she’s doing a good job trying to hold in her scream). If you’re wondering where Chitoge and Marika are, they’re in the sauna doing some silly endurance competition. Before Raku could grope cornered Onodera, Haru gives him a flying kick and ticks him off. He recognizes that voice and accidentally his hand turns on the shower to spray her towel wet. Like what curiosity did to the cat, Raku automatically takes a look… Lots of tubs are thrown to chase him out. It’s not over yet as the old ladies call him because a couple of girls passed out in the sauna. Raku has to do the dirty job again. As he carries Chitoge, her towel threatens to come off. Time to panic? For some reason, the soap was there so he could slip on it and pass out. When granny attendant comes back, she can’t believe he fainted on the job.

Next up, the hotspring. Ah… All your usual girls dipping naked, touching and exploring each other’s bodies. Groping Tsugumi’s huge boobs… A guy’s dream paradise… Because they fear monkeys will steal their belongings, they tie it all up real good. A sudden geyser eruption sends it flying to the men’s section. That is where Raku is. Oh God. The package lands and gets stuck on a tree while Raku is unaware of what is happening but alerted that some animal may be nearby. Of course the girls need to get it back before Raku notices and takes a peek in it. All their belongings are in there. Their clothes. Their underwear. Chitoge tries her luck first but with Raku turning around her way, she makes a desperate attempt to hide. The rest do other diversions for her to escape back. Raku starts feeling scared that there may be something in this bath. The girls must move fast as the tree branch is breaking. Onodera goes in when Raku is washing his hair. He thinks Shu was passing by and asks for the soap. Onodera in a pinch tries to give it to him. Their hands met. She flusters and runs back out. Noticing something amiss, Raku opens his eyes. Nobody there. Oh sh*t… Whose hand did he touch? A monkey? A ghost? An alien?! Scary! As he soaks in the hotspring in fear, the girls are putting too much pressure on the fence and it collapses. Wow Raku! You’re the luckiest guy in the world to have seen all the girls’ naked body!!! Ultimate fanservice!!! But then what is the use of that when he has to say goodbye to his memories? Chitoge’s super kick… If you’re wondering where Shu has been all the while, he has been climbing for 2 hours up a cliff just to peek at the women’s section. Nobody there. Wasted. He falls off. It’s a long way down…

Fake Acting, Real Love
Do you call that an ending? Not quite because with things not resolved yet, it is not surprised that a second season was announced (which is starting right now at the time of this blog). Because ever since Raku’s lock has been sent to be fixed and the introduction of Marika, the subsequent episodes feel like fillers like the beach episode, the festival and ending with the stage play of the school cultural festival. I suppose with this kind of genre, there is only so much you can do to help in developing the plot and the characters. Overall, I am quite satisfied with this series and I had my fair share of laughs, drama and also frustrating moments. Yes. Annoying moments like when you just want to scream out to the characters to be honest with their feelings or when something good is about to happen but something else gets in the way and interrupts everything. And then who knows when they will get another great chance again. It’s always like that, isn’t it?

The main characters are great even if the storyline feels clichéd and unoriginal. Heck, even if the characters of this love and harem genre seem cliché (tsundere, shy girl, the bold and sick girl, the tomboyish one – all too familiar), they are still likeable in their own ways and the interactions among each other help push the plot and everything forward albeit a little bit slow. I won’t say that they are really fleshed out but at least they have decent share of the screen time and enough for us viewers to know about their personalities and past. Because we still don’t know who the real girl Raku made his promise to, right? And come to think of it, how long does it really take to fix that damn lock even though it is of the rare type? Sure, the drama is greatly played out in ‘delaying’ to find out the key that fits it and after all the build up and it just breaks, don’t you just feel annoyed? We’ve waited so many episodes just to find out and then this. Ah yes. That is why the story gets to continue and the love developing. So for those little moments like where the girls tussle with each other just to get to dense Raku (why do girls always fall for dense guys and bad boys?), it may seem a little silly but I enjoyed them personally. It’s both frustrating and fun despite knowing the end outcome right before it all starts or spotting it from a mile away.

So like our guy Raku, just like any other male protagonists in such genres, he isn’t totally a bad person. He is an accommodating, kind and nice person who yearns for the normal life but guys like him casted in the lead rarely would achieve such feat. Then there is Chitoge who has her own pride and thus a reason why she acts like a tsundere. Ultimately she is also a good person like Raku. It is just that they think too much that gets in the way of understanding each other better, the reason for Chitoge’s sulking drama at the end. It always boils down to and depends on feelings, right? So I figure if you take away this barrier that is hindering them, their relationship could be a very smooth one even though they are just putting up a fake act. I just thought about something on Chitoge. Could it be that she has a memory problem or something because I noticed in some scenes that she just seems to have problem recalling the things in her past. Maybe it is just a troll to lead us astray.

A big part of the romance seems to hint between Raku and Chitoge with a handful of scenes with them together. However as not to have Chitoge hog all the screen time, there are some with Onodera and Marika as well. I suppose there are things that are stopping them from moving forward and becoming an official couple. Raku because of his density. Chitoge because of her tsundere pride. Onodera because of her shyness and Marika because of her weak body. Yes, people. Marika is the boldest of the lot and could have snatched Raku away if not for the need to take better care of her body. Because you don’t want such a girl to collapse in the middle of the street and die of a heart attack (in the extreme case of Raku confessing he loves her or something), would you? Ah yes. I almost forgot about Tsugumi. She is greatly hinted as the fourth and hidden love interest for Raku. Ever since she has been ‘defeated’ by Raku, she has turned into a bundle of nerves every time he is around. Or just thinking about him will send her into ultimate flustering mode. She could be tsundere number 2 and a greater one than Chitoge. So don’t write her off just yet.

The other supporting characters are fun too. Like Shuu’s carefree ways that sometimes turn out to be very troublesome for Raku. He might act like a loudmouth monkey but he is quite a perspective person. Then there is Ruri whom I feel is like Onodera’s relationship manager. This bespectacled girl is always trying to push Onodera into making the move for Raku. It’s like she’s rushing for something. Can’t she take her time? Maybe she knows Onodera too well that she will take forever until kingdom come. That’s why she fears to see her best friend heartbroken in the event if Raku becomes somebody else’s girl and thus the need to push, push and push! But very much often, she is always left disappointed. I wanted to consider her as the fifth and other secret secretly hidden girl in love with Raku even though it sounds pushing it (because I speculate she isn’t confident in landing Raku herself and has decided to settle for her best friend to get him and thus the reason she keeps bugging Onodera to be aggressive) however I think she and Shuu are more likely to ‘fit’ with each other. Because Shuu even thinks so as they are both bespectacled characters… And he often becomes her punching bag for almost everything. Heck, who knows, these 2 may even become a couple and have a better potential in becoming one instead of Raku and his harem. You know, Shuu did make that big hint about someone he likes…

Then there is Claude whom I feel is the most dangerous character of them all. He is sharp (although at certain points he isn’t) and with his stalker tendencies, it is like he is waiting for that right moment just to kill Raku. However I feel that ever since Marika entered the fray, his stalking presence seems to have lessened very much unlike before that he was just around every damn corner and sitting outside the classroom tree (nobody else notices this?!). I think it is because as the daughter of the police commissioner, I don’t think he wants to risk himself getting caught. The rest of the yakuza and mafia family feel like silly goons. Heck, they can’t see through their fake acting when even some high school kids can spot it from a mile away. So the only thing that is only holding them down and peace reigning is because of their heir’s relationship? I see Raku and Chitoge are the most important people ever because if they ever break off, heads are going to roll, blood is going to spill and the body count is going to just rise. It will be a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. So better keep the fake dating going on at least for the betterment of their family and the world.

One obvious thing that stands out in this anime is the art style. For those who are familiar with SHAFT’s style of animation, you find all the similar trademarks and feel right at home. From the trademark head tilting to the eye zoom in and even the abstract background designs that are clearly to be their identifiable features. Sometimes in a way it feels odd to realize Shaft is doing a romantic comedy series because all the while we have been watching shows like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Monogatari Series, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Denpa Onna To Seishun Otoko, the ef series and Mekakucity Actors. These are all considered as ‘strange’ anime stories and even if they did comedies like Arakawa Under The Bridge, Soredemo Machi Wa Mawatteiru, Hidamari Sketch and Maria+Holic, it wasn’t the high school type of romance that you would expect them to do.

Therefore when Nisekoi came along and it was leaning more towards the romantic comedy type, it just feels odd. Even more so, the characters look like your typical high school bishoujo and bishonen instead of SHAFT’s kind of character designs in the aforementioned series. Well, at least the characters look pretty. Our main trio girls are a given. Personally, I think Ruri too looks prettier without her glasses. Even prettier if she smiles. Added bonus if you like dojikko in which Ruri is without her glasses ;p. And don’t count out Tsugumi too because if she dresses all feminine she is definitely a possible candidate for Miss Universe. Haha! But true. On a trivial note, I thought Raku has this strange and uncanny outline resemblance to Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno. Especially that little ‘x’ on his hair which is supposedly Yuno’s trademark. Heck, I think their short hairstyle is almost very similar. Interestingly but not surprisingly as most of SHAFT works have it, the end card illustration from various people. Some looking good and others downright funny.

Voice acting is good with Nao Touyama stepping up as the tsundere Chitoge. She sounds perfect for the role and could be the new voice of tsundere personalities. I know Rie Kugimiya is the queen of tsundere roles but that is if it is only confined to loli characters :). From idol Kanon of The World God Only Knows to cheerful and outgoing Yui from Yahari Ore No Seishun Love Comedy Wa Machigatteiru, this adds to the colourful list of character roles that she has played. Kana Hanazawa is also cute in her role as Onodera. That shy voice of hers really makes you wish you had such a nice lovely girlfriend. Don’t you? Even cuter when she is flustering and all. Kana Asumi is also outstanding as Marika but it feels funny (but not to a bad or weird point) that it is as though she is trying to keep in wraps and under control her joker voice (because that is what her character is too). If you have heard how she sounds like in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san or even Aira from Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, she is still recognizable here but it is like she’s trying real hard to sound polite, courteous and not to let that voice of hers emerge and thus it feels like she might burst out into that joker rage any moment after holding in for too long. Any moment now…The rest of the other casts include Kouki Uchiyama as Raku (Ichika in Infinite Stratos), Mikako Komatsu as Tsugumi (Neko in K), Yuuki Kaji as Shuu (Eren in Shingeki No Kyojin), Yumi Uchiyama as Ruri (Nagi in A Channel) and Takehito Koyasu as Claude (Kururu in Keroro Gunsou).

Both the opening themes are sung by Claris. They are Click and Step respectively. Hearing both songs somewhat remind me of how they sang it in both the seasons of Ore No Imouto Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai. Although I still prefer much their opener from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. There are many ending themes (6 to be exact). All of them are tailored specific to a particular girl. So you have Heart Pattern for Chitoge, Recover Decoration for Onodera, Hanagonomi for Marika, Trick Box for Tsugumi and even OrderxOrder for Ruri despite she isn’t part of the harem (although this song is not featured in any of the episodes, I read that it was so in the Japanese version of the Blu-ray). I suppose even though she is not part of the official harem, there is no reason to leave her out. She could after all be a potential for all you know. Finally, the quartet from Raku’s harem singing Souzou Diary for the final episode. There are a variety of background music. Not to say that it always catches my attention but the ones that do have this fun and casual feel especially the one that sounds like a Venetian accordion or that medieval flute-like play and jazzy piece (latter 2 for the end card illustrations).

Funnily there are some funny stuffs happening or mind boggling things in the credits animation. Take for instance the second opening credits animation. At the end of it, you will see a spider on a web and getting caught in it are 3 flies. Wait a minute. To say that Raku is the spider and the 3 main ladies of his harem are the bug victims? Normally it would make sense if there is a fly and 3 spiders (that would be so screwed up for Raku) but in this case, are they saying that the girls are stuck in Raku’s web of love? If you look like it, it seems pretty much like it because they are the ones ‘trapped’ and vying for his attention and just waiting for Raku to ‘eat’ or make the first move on one of them. Or maybe it is the spider that is the one cornered? The food and flowery pattern designs in Onodera’s ending animation credits are creative and nicely done. The funny parts are her failed kisses on Raku because the first time before she could do that, his head exploded into sweets and the second time, the doll version of them missed and she fell down. Trying to indicate something? Marika’s ending animation credits see her running through the battlefield and across the land in her wedding dress. Will she ever get there? Then there are a bunch of rabbit suit people doing some kung fu dance in Chitoge’s ending credits animation… WTF.

Aside the clichéd stuffs, this series is still pretty enjoyable for those looking for a good romantic comedy. Also to note that it goes to show that you can still make a good impact and decently enjoy this show without the incessant spamming of fanservice. I won’t say that this series is without any, but sexy girl shots aren’t aplenty and definitely no distasteful fanservice shots and moments that would have rendered this anime to be ecchi or make you consider it to be one even if you happen to come across a handful of minor ones. So will their fake love become true love? Only time will tell. They are faking it so good that it looks just real. Their bodies might be lying but their hearts and minds don’t. And be careful not to fake it too perfectly because it might lead to the case of too real and perfect that it just looks fake.

What’s this?! Let me get this straight. The leading male in this series is anti-love? Dead set against love at all cost? The studious kind of guy who only thinks of getting in the best university and further his studies? How can that be possible in a love romance genre and even in a harem series? Who is this guy?! Who came out with this sick idea to put such an anti-love guy as the protagonist anyway? I’m sure many guys out there would be green with envy and would gladly love to switch places with him. What a waste. I guess he doesn’t want to condemn his brains to those mushy feelings of love, eh? Anyway, this series, which is another mouthful to pronounce at least doesn’t have a sister among the pack of girls who are supposedly in love with him. When you have a girlfriend and childhood friend fighting over you, that will be a handful. You don’t want to add a sister to the mix. It will be chaotic. Maybe we’ll even like it…

Anyhow, Ore No Kanojo To Osananajimi Ga Shuraba Sugiru (or OreShura for short if you are having problems trying to say that entire line) tells about Eita Kidou who is a bookworm and wants to become a doctor and his first aim for that is to get good grades. No time for love, eh? I guess the problem he will be facing isn’t the tough equations or the mind boggling medical terms but girls. Yeah. They are one of the mysterious mysteries of the universe that men can never understand nor explain for eons. Whoops. When he manages to get a very popular and beautiful girl in his class as his girlfriend (the kind that guys will die for to go out with), guess what will be their reaction? But the problem isn’t about jealous guys (I guess we guys know when to give up when we have ‘lost’), but the other girls who have harboured feelings for this lad. They’re not going to give up easily without the fight. So there’s your cat fight. There’s your romance. There’s your harem. What do they see in this bookworm anyway? Hmph. I can study like him and even harder if I wanted to and put my mind to it. (Jealousy talking here).

Episode 1
Eita once had this chuunibyou syndrome too. Burning Fighting Fighter he believed he once was and his destiny to slay the Wyvern. In reality, he looks like an ordinary high school kid and his neighbour-cum-childhood friend, Chiwa Harusaki regularly visits him for meals. He is the one doing the cooking. But unlike many high school boys, he is obsessed with studying and plans to enter a good medical school. He puts studying first and love last. Of course he has no intention to make people think he is gay. The reason a guy his age is anti-love is because of his parents. Already divorced, they abandoned him in the name of love with their new partners and his aunt, Saeko Kiryuu took him in. To repay her kindness, he vowed to study hard. Wow. That’s some big resolve. And he is damn serious about it. So even if he is in a typical anime cliché of having a childhood friend, he doesn’t really see Chiwa more than that. Some may read it as being dense. That’s why Eita cannot fathom why people fall in love. But like his best friend Kaoru Asoi puts it, anti-love people like him are even rarer. Eita’s class has their seating arranged and he is seated next to Masuzu Natsukawa, the school beauty who has just returned after spending 9 years overseas. We can see the number of ‘brave souls’ trying to confess to Masuzu only to have their advances rejected. Of course Masuzu has her eyes on Eita. She seems to be carefully observing him. One day out of the blue, Masuzu shocks the entirely class when she asks Eita to walk home with her. Eita becomes suspicious if she has lost a bet or something. But she tells him earnestly it’s because she likes him! And so all the guys never see this coming. The hottest girl in school going out with the guy who is mostly anti-love. What are the odds? You know what they say about opposites.

Along their way home when they’re alone, Eita confronts Masuzu about her lie. He is still not convinced about her sincerity so she reveals that her confession was truly a lie. She observed he was a little different than the other guys. A gust of wind almost blows up her skirt. Eita is surprised she had gone commando! I don’t know, Eita thinks another World War can break out and lead to the end of the world just because people can start fighting over the panties preference. What the hell? Whatever. Getting down to serious business, Masuzu reveals ever since she returned to school, she has had 52 confessions. That’s almost one per day. She’s getting sick of it. So why not just accept one of them to stop the confessions? You see, Masuzu is also anti-love. She views this love thing as crap! But why Eita? Because they are both the same: Anti-love. She has been observing him since they’re seated together and wants him to become her fake boyfriend. Eita views this as the other boys and girls would be rife with jealousy. Masuzu has already taken precautions for Eita never to betray her. She takes out his notebook, the one whereby he detailed his ‘adventures’ when he was Burning Fighting Fighter! Oh sh*t! Remember the embarrassment?! Seems Eita once got rid of it but must have mixed it up with the books he wanted to donate. And Masuzu picked it up at some bookstore at dirt cheap price. Even if he gets this copy back, Masuzu has already scanned many backup copies of it! So once again, will he be her boyfriend? There’s no choice, right? But Eita knows since rumours of them going out have already spread, he is confident that Chiwa won’t let this slide.

Episode 2
True enough, Chiwa confronts them. But Masuzu plays it cool. Despite being her childhood friend and knowing everything about him (please spare him those embarrassing moments), does he need her permission to get a girlfriend? Masuzu hopes she could give their blessings as they continue their ‘date’. As obvious as it is, Chiwa is jealous and vows to get a really awesome boyfriend herself. She’s been doing cliché stuffs to get a boyfriend but I don’t think it’s working. Eita thought he should at least tell Chiwa the real matter but Masuzu insists he doesn’t because it will no longer be a secret. But talking about Chiwa’s ‘problem’, thinking it is wanting to be with a popular person, Masuzu wants him to bring her to her tea club tomorrow. She invites Chiwa to join the club and is blunt that she is more popular than her and can attract any guy she wants. Then she uses the notebook as her fake past that this is where she derives her trial and error. A notebook filled with memories left behind by her first love! They can use this is their reference to make her popular. Yeah, she’s reading lines from it! So why so eager to let Chiwa join? Because if not, it will just be Masuzu and Eita alone together… Get the hint? And so Chiwa took the bait and joins. Renaming this club as The Club For Young Maidens To Recreate Themselves (or Maiden Club for short), it is a club for young girls to learn appropriate etiquette and manners. So the first lesson has Chiwa needing to pick a boy that she likes. She thinks it would be Sakagami the basketball star whom all the girls in her class are talking about. Chiwa can’t even remember his name right. Is she sure she is interested in him? Reading some lines from the notebook (Eita is so dead), Masuzu recommends playing the guitar to become popular. Even if it’s just carrying an empty guitar case. At least she will look like a rocker.

So Chiwa actually follows Masuzu’s plan of carrying the guitar case around. Her friends are excited she plays one and wants her to demonstrate. This also attracts the attention of Sakagami and he joins in the conversation. Then Chiwa pulls off some swinging moves with the case before running away. Masuzu couldn’t contain her laughter. She’s enjoying this, right? But back at the classroom, Chiwa doesn’t seem embarrassed and in fact thinks her friends really got a kick out of it. Chiwa then asks how Masuzu started dating Eita. He saw her panties (and exaggerates it with lies!). Safe to say, he got punched. Masuzu continues to tease Eita by almost lifting her skirt for him to see and sending wrong signals to Chiwa. After Chiwa leaves, Eita confronts Masuzu about the lies she is pulling. So she asks him back why he is always with Chiwa. They’re childhood friends, right? And they live next door to each other too. Masuzu was sure she would have quit the club after that embarrassing stunt but Eita assures her she won’t. Flashback reveals Chiwa was supposed to be the star of her kendo team but met with an accident. Her lower back was severely damaged. She underwent lots of surgery and rehabilitation therapies although she cannot participate in major sports anymore. She lost a ‘goal’. Now she has found something she can put her heart into again and that’s why she won’t quit. Masuzu understands his friendship with Chiwa but reminds him that they are still a couple. Even though they are fake, he is still hers. She doesn’t want him to pay any attention to other girls when she is around. How far is she going to take this lie? All the way. Because it’s all a complete lie.

Episode 3
Masuzu thinks they should fight. The reason? Quoting lines from the notebook… I wonder how many times Eita has ‘died’ ever since she started reading those embarrassing words. He might be even going crazy when he unwittingly tries to correct them! They won’t really need to fight but just put on a show. Masuzu will do the script and they will execute it 3 days from now. So when Chiwa steps into Eita’s class, the duo put up some dramatic past-life-save-the-world-power-fight. Unless you have a vivid imagination to imagine the effects, it just looks plain weird. Plain embarrassing. At the end of the drama, the class greatly applause them! They love it! However Masuzu is disappointed because everyone is calling it the greatest comedy! You mean, that wasn’t supposed to be funny?! Masuzu wants to put together another script but Chiwa says she will confess directly to Sakagami. But how come she doesn’t sound enthusiastic about it? Chiwa puts her love letter in Sakagami’s shoe locker and he turns up to meet her at the rooftop. She confesses she likes him and surprisingly he accepts! She thought she would be turned down, eh? But why doesn’t she look happy about it? I mean, she’s already got her first date this Sunday. We all know why.

Eita cooks her favourite dishes to celebrate her success but she wonders if Eita is okay with this. I mean, is he really OKAY with this? You see, she worked so hard and it didn’t pay off. What didn’t pay off? That’s why Eita is such a dense guy. She had known him for so long and if it turns out to be like this, she wished they were just normal classmates. He argues that she is like a sister to him. He still doesn’t see the point. This causes emotional Chiwa to dart out of the house. Flashback reveals Chiwa walked all the way back to Eita’s house when she should be sitting in hospital for recovery. Chiwa told him that the doctor said she had to give up her kendo due to her condition. Eita explains about his parents and how his other relatives didn’t want to take him in. He is barely holding out with Saeko trying her best to support him. He assured her he won’t go away since he had nowhere to go in the first place. That’s when he decided to ditch his fantasies (which brought nothing) and become serious in his studies. He vowed to become a good doctor to heal Chiwa. She became so overwhelmed with his determination even though his grades at that time were just average. He is confident that medical science advances a lot and by the time he is an adult, it would have advanced more. Otherwise he will advance it himself. And so that is how Eita became top of his grade but he might regret how foolish his words were since he has not made an inch of any progress.

Episode 4
Eita and Masuzu go spy on Chiwa on her date. They need to check on the progress of their club member, right? However Chiwa has been waiting for an hour but Sakagami has not showed up. Could it be he has dumped her? Right at the stroke of the hour mark, suddenly Sakagami and his friends pop up. Oh gosh. Are they delinquents? The side of Sakagami you never see? It seems they made a bet if Chiwa would actually wait there for an hour. Sakagami lost. He tells her to scram because everything was just a prank. Although they continue to mock her, she stayed there very well composed. You can’t help worry she might break down in any second. Eita wants to go save her but was stopped by Masuzu. If this event plays out right, Chiwa would become anti-love too, right? Eita chides her about the club she formed. Was everything a lie? Because she was having so much fun. Masuzu didn’t bat an eyelid to admit everything was a lie. Everything created without a shred of truth. Like he said, she is evil. He tells her off not to act evil. Even though they are the same, this doesn’t give them the right to force others to feel hopeless like them. Eita is going to save the day but Masuzu doesn’t want her boyfriend to leave her. She doesn’t want to be alone. Don’t worry. He’ll be back. Eita jumps into the scene as Burning Fighting Fighter. He spouts his delusional crap. Everyone watching must think he is crazy. The delinquents plan to leave but Eita attacks Sakagami and wants him to apologize to Chiwa. Of course he is no match for them when the guys team up and beat him up. I guess the crowd doesn’t care seeing this looks like a quarrel between kids. Eita stands back up despite taking a beating. When he says his ‘girlfriend’ is watching, we are left to ponder which of the girls he is referring to. A traffic pole is thrown Chiwa’s way. She picks it up and starts hitting the delinquents with her kendo moves. Then she apologizes to Sakagami that she doesn’t like him one bit and she did this just to get even with her childhood friend whom she got into a fight with and just picked someone random. So they’re even. They’ll forget this and won’t want to see each other again.

Eita may have lots of band aids on his face but because of his heroic acts, everyone in school knows about Sakagami’s real identity. Masuzu is absent from school and as Kaoru puts it, he abandoned his ‘girlfriend’ for another girl. When Eita walks home, he realizes Masuzu’s house is in the opposite direction of his. Could it be she really took the trouble to walk home with him every day? Masuzu suddenly hugs him from behind. Why did she skip school? She wanted to feel what it’s like to call in sick. Eita knows she was the one who threw the pole to Chiwa. Masuzu will still keep her club going while Eita will do the same and stop Chiwa from getting into more trouble. After all, she still got rejected in the end. Noting that he knows a lot about Chiwa, Masuzu suddenly kisses Eita on his lips. This is a reminder that his first kiss is with her and not Chiwa. He wonders if she is okay with this since he is her fake boyfriend. She hints that he is the only one she will want to kiss. Then it turns out she is just re-enacting a scene from her favourite manga Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Now she wants him to wash his mouth with the dirty puddle water! Next morning, Eita gets his morning shock when Chiwa is using his bathroom. She texted him her bath was broken and will be using his shower. Didn’t he get that? She wants to walk with him to school every morning and won’t let Masuzu hog him. But this is only half of the problem. Eita hears Masuzu in the kitchen. What is she doing here? Trying to make breakfast for her boyfriend of course. She texted him last night. Didn’t he get it? Because Eita doesn’t want both ladies to meet, he has to rush to both sides when they start making requests. He is going to tire out at this rate. And then the inevitable happens… Both girls see each other. “What are YOU doing here?!”. The fight had only just begun…

Episode 5
Eita discovers a love letter in his shoe box claiming she wants to restore their connection like before. Talking to Kaoru about this, he thinks the letter is from Chiwa. In the clubroom, his suspicion is a little confirmed when Chiwa sits too close to him under the pretence of club activity if she got really popular and a boyfriend. Till Masuzu smacks down her head on the bread!!! OMG! So the argument continues before Masuzu realizes today’s important club discussion: To take down hall monitors because recently they’ve been harassing them as they’re not officially a club yet. Chiwa suggests getting more club members. Masuzu starts off with creating a theme song for the club. Since Chiwa’s song sucks, Masuzu is going to use the real reference: Eita’s notebook. NOOOOOOO!!! Eita gets another love letter in his shoebox. Masuzu notices him acting strange but he is not saying no matter what. Not even if she threatens to read aloud his notebook in front of the entire school. Suddenly a bratty little blonde girl, Mana pops up before them. She is Masuzu’s little sister and dropped by to see her boyfriend. She can tell Eita isn’t really in love with Masuzu. Mana tells her sister how the people back home have known about this boyfriend thing and are upset they sent her back to Japan not to do stuff like this. Eita notices Masuzu shivering in fear. There are people she’s afraid of? Mana agrees to say report good things of her but in exchange will have Eita as her boyfriend and kisses him! She hopes to do more than that next time. After she leaves, Eita has lots to ask but Masuzu tells him nothing. There are things just like him that she doesn’t want others to know. Masuzu subsequently becomes gloomy. During the pool class, she sits out at a corner but the other girls snicker this is her way to purposely attract attention. So when she finally dips in (with all the boys blowing wolf whistle), she sinks like a hammer! Eita pulls her out and is in a dilemma whether to do CPR. The other students are just watching and egging him to get lovey-dovey with her. They are thrilled when Eita does mouth to mouth. As Masuzu recuperates in hospital, she admits that she didn’t like seeing Mana kissing him. That was what she is angry about not because he asked about her secrets. Eita assures her that kiss from Mana didn’t mean a thing and not to worry about it.

Chiwa becomes sick after she dashed home in the rain after hearing rumours that Eita got lovey-dovey with Masuzu. Eita looks after her and learns she still keeps the chopsticks from their first meal together alone and is her most cherished memories. She will cherish them even if Eita loves another girl. Eita realizes she isn’t the one who wrote the letter since there is no need to restore their connection. It will always be here. When Chiwa is back to health, as usual a morning spat with Masuzu at school. Eita notices another love letter in his shoebox and this one tells him to meet her at the rooftop. Himeka Akishino shows him the “I love you” words from a handheld console game. Eita doesn’t remember a thing or meeting her whatsoever. Himeka claims they knew each other in their previous life. In Hebrew, that line means to restore a connection with someone and her true name is Himeka Sei Heavensrain. Her name she used in her past life was Burning Pudding Princess and knows him as Burning Fighting Fighter. In fact, she knows a lot about him! Including their destiny to kill Wyverns. Oh God. Another kid with chuunibyou? How did she know about him? No, not the previous life. After all this time, why suddenly pop up? It seems Himeka witnessed Eita’s heroic attempts warding off the bullies when Chiwa was in a pinch. Seeing that made her remember everything in her previous life. She hugs him. We see this cliché scene coming up. Masuzu and Chiwa aren’t too happy seeing Eita hugging another girl. Quite a healthy libido he’s got there, eh? Himeka continues embracing him. No letting go…

Episode 6
So who is this Himeka girl they’re wondering? Eita’s ex-girlfriend. But when Himeka learns of Masuzu and Chiwa’s relation to Eita, she throws a tantrum and asserts she is the only one Eita belongs to. Surprisingly Himeka is invited by Masuzu to join the club. Because as Eita’s current girlfriend, she thought of swapping notes with his ex. She also knows all about Burning Pudding Princess and the events that led her ‘seal to be broken’. Chiwa is against this since her goal is not to be popular but to get close to Eita. Isn’t hers the same? Himeka has no desire to be popular and views it as an uncultured concept. Till Masuzu rants about being the ultimate warrior stuff, Himeka notes she has a point. Masuzu then reads aloud from the notebook Burning Fighting Fighter’s 4 angels! Describing their traits and even their voice actresses! This guy sure got them picked out. In the end, all of them couldn’t love him more if she wanted to. Eita is dying in embarrassment and has to put up with them since Himeka and Chiwa hold him back, interested in hearing everything. Masuzu wants Himeka write a poem as test if she wants to join the club but Chiwa wants to do something more practical. That bread-in-the-mouth cliché… Too bad the hall monitors stop them and Himeka swallowed the entire bread! She wakes up with Eita by her side. Eita thinks they not necessarily become couples in this life even though they were in their previous. Himeka explains about having hope for this world but nothing changed till she saw Eita. She believes he is a warrior more valorous than any other. On Sunday, Eita, Masuzu and Chiwa end up cleaning the pool as punishment. Then here comes Mana. She tried talking to father but he became angry. So much about that. Now he wants Masuzu to return this instant or he will come here himself to drag her back. Masuzu knows once she leaves for Sweden, she won’t come back. So she tells Eita she doesn’t like him anymore and doesn’t want to see his face. Chiwa should be happy she’s going away but why she isn’t? Is it because Masuzu is giving up so easily?

Himeka comes in to show Eita the poem she finished but Mana snatches it and reads it aloud. Furthermore, she mocks the silliness of her princess poem. Eita fights back but Mana’s bodyguard keeps him restrained. Eita tells Mana off that everyone has embarrassing fantasies and the thousands he had. None of those came true and he hates himself. If you stop fantasizing them, you’ll be crushed by the weight of reality. Plus, he hopes that at least one of them might come true. Mana pours cold water on it since Eita is living proof a loser he turned out. Eita is adamant her prince will come and wants Mana to apologize to Himeka. He then asserts he is Masuzu’s boyfriend, Chiwa’s childhood friend and Himeka’s ex-girlfriend. Eita then praises Himeka’s poem but there are some things she needs to express in words to show who she really is. Because Mana becomes persistent, Himeka screams at the top of her voice for her to go away and not hurt Eita when she has already found him and about to join a club. Masuzu heard everything and u-turns her decision to go back with her. She doesn’t think it is worth it to help Mana’s cheap pride. Masuzu uses her position as her older sister to make Mana apologize to Himeka and tell father she will not be going back. She will be waiting in that room for her mother whom father casted away to return. Mana is not optimistic mother will come back and feels Masuzu will end up hurt like before. She is forced to leave when their commotion starts attracting others. Back in the clubroom, Himeka officially becomes a club member. Masuzu then has plans for the club to go on a summer trip but Ai Fuyuumi from the hall monitors barge in to put a halt in their plans. In her quest to prevent them from becoming popular, she is going to shut down this club. Does she have the right to do this?

Episode 7
Eita suddenly wakes up due to the incessant banging on the infirmary door by Masuzu and Chiwa. More surprisingly, why the heck is Himeka sleeping naked beside him?! Oh sh*t! He’s so screwed. Yup. It was her first time… Himeka would gladly go and distract the duo while Eita hides behind the curtains. Of course Himeka starts panicking when there are holes in her story. Masuzu clearly smells a rat and knows Eita is around. And soon, Himeka ‘abandons’ Eita and starts squirming in her fantasies. But Eita is saved when Ai barges in. Yeah, she’s going to shut down their club thingy again. Chiwa points out she is jealous of them as she isn’t popular with no boyfriend. But Ai rebuts all that and says she has a boyfriend. She even tells his name. Some half-American half-Japanese, Daigorou Michel Murata. Who? Something fishy in her stories… Like as though they’re made up… Look at how suspicious she is acting? And so despite the club shutting down, Eita revels in it because there will be no summer trip and he can dedicate his entire summer to cram classes. He is surprised to see Ai there too. See how she reacts loudly when she finds out Eita goes to the same cram class with her. Yeah, the whole world probably knows how happy she is. Kaoru drops by and Eita learns he and Ai know each other since elementary school. Back home, Eita eats dinner with Chiwa. He seems to note that Chiwa and Ai don’t get along. Obviously. Chiwa asks if Eita asked anyone out before Masuzu. He did once during kindergarten. Before Eita could get into his studying groove, he is being called by Masuzu to meet now or else she will reveal his notebook. Yeah, he totally forgot how he still has to deal with her. Seems Masuzu knows Ai is in the same cram class with him. She has asked Ai’s classmates and apparently they have never heard of this Michel guy. So why would she tell her rivals something that instead to her classmates? This means Michel doesn’t exist. She made him up on the spot. Thus, Eita’s job is to find evidence of Ai’s fabrication.

In cram class, since Kaoru is singing praises of Ai, Eita thinks he likes her. As the dense kid doesn’t get it, Kaoru brings Ai (conveniently eavesdropping at the door) to introduce her. Kaoru warns if she keeps this up he will not help her. Ai sums up her courage to let Eita taste her bento. Since it tastes good, Ai decides to do a happy run. When Eita mentions about that Michel boyfriend of hers, Kaoru gives that shocking expression. Never heard of him. Later, Kaoru makes Ai go together with Eita for dinner. Chiwa spots them and drops in. Chiwa is distrustful but Eita believes she has not told a lie. Either he is really that dense or the very trusting kind of guy. That’s when Ai ramps up the story of her and Michel totally in love. Himeka pops up and wants to know more about their love (Masuzu must have planted weird ideas in her head). And so, Ai starts bragging all the lovely things they did and all the previous boyfriends she dated. Himeka is so impressed that she wants to call Ai her Love Master! I can’t help feel there are so many holes in her story… At the end of it, Ai may look like she has been under the weight of too many made up lies. But she is still happy because Eita treats her the same as before. She looks forward to seeing him tomorrow. I’m sure we viewers would have guessed it right at the beginning of this episode her problem, right? And for veterans, looking at the opening and ending credits have already given us the obvious.

Episode 8
Eita tells Masuzu that he believes Ai has a boyfriend. The trusting type, is he? So why can’t Masuzu trust her? Well, she’s been living the fake life for so long that she lost that trusting ability. When Eita tells her to have more faith in herself, Masuzu pecks him on the cheek for saying something nice! Anyway he is to continue investigating her. After class, Eita once more bumps into Ai and Kaoru and accompanies them to the dessert parlour. Back home, Eita finds Chiwa reading a magazine about a popular charm ritual to get someone to fall in love with you. Sounds ridiculous. Would anybody want to do that? Don’t say… Next day, Eita is being called by Kaoru and Ai again. Kaoru shows him the flyer for this year’s fireworks festival. Is he going with anyone this year? Since Eita turned down all the girls, Ai didn’t hesitate to show how happy she is. The charm works? Her victory? And she blames Eita for acting like a kid? But I guess she was counting her chickens because Eita isn’t planning of going with ANYONE. He plans to study. Ai can go with her boyfriend. What boyfriend? Oh dear. You know, that Michel guy. Ai makes up reasons that she is bloody free on that day. Before this gets any out of hand, Kaoru shows them tickets to movies in which all of them can go. Later Eita meets up with Masuzu, Chiwa and Himeka. Yup. Another one of Masuzu’s plan to expose Ai’s weakness and turn her into their servant that will do their every bidding. For this plan, she wants Eita to go on a date with Ai and make her fall in love with him. Why him? More precisely, he has no choice because Masuzu starts reading out his notebook! Eita could have just grabbed it since Masuzu is holding it the closest to him but I guess he was squirming in embarrassment and being noisy while Masuzu reads it aloud. Yeah, there’s even a visual drama of that story. Eita thought that angel of his wanted to confess to him but it turns out to be a rejection and she confessed to some other guy. Poor Eita ran away in tears. WTF. To make it less suspicious, Chiwa will also be there for the double date while Masuzu will tail them and snap a picture when Ai shows her weakness.

When the quartet meet, Chiwa’s wooden acting makes it seem like their plan is doomed to fail. But easy going Kaoru accepts it since I figure it’s part of his plan to let the other 2 get close together. As they walk to the cinema, Ai wonders if Eita remembers something during kindergarten. Not a bit. Then she asks his opinion of her clothes. Since he finds her cute, her embarrassment goes into full force. She wants to run outside. Aren’t they outside? Then she tries to make him remember how they ran holding hands like that. The moment is interrupted with Chiwa trying to strike Eita. Ai becomes disheartened to learn she is Eita’s childhood friend. When the movie starts, Ai hold on to Eita’s hand while declaring she isn’t scared. Chiwa meanwhile doesn’t want to lose out and grips his hand tightly. Pain… Somehow the storyline seems similar to their real lives. A childhood friend fighting against a future fiancée over the guy. Their names suspiciously similar too… As the fight gets intense, Ai and Chiwa start standing up and cheer for their respective characters. They’re really into it! And the poor guy, both in reel and real life gets caught in between. Even Masuzu who is in the cinema starts joining in and insults the garbage Eita is! I think Eita heard that! I don’t know how it ended but Ai looks emotionally distraught. After the movie ends, Masuzu apologizes she can’t get any pictures since it was too dark. Kaoru is about to walk Ai home when Eita wanted to point out about what happened. She brushes it off as nothing.

Episode 9
That young girl in the flashback spending time with Eita must be Ai, right? After cram class, Eita finds a notebook filled with delusions! OMG?! Worse, there are pages written with only repetitive words of “I love Takkun”! Sicko! Want to guess who the owner of this notebook is? Ai turns back to get that book but soon realizes she has taken the wrong one. By this time, Eita already has scanned through many of the pages. She chases him down the hallways giving lame excuses the book is not hers (it is obviously) and when she corners him at the stairs, she breaks down that her life is over. He can laugh at her all he wants. He won’t. Still not convinced? He even puts up his Burning Fighting Fighter act! How embarrassing. Yeah, she’s laughing so hard. But it made her feel better so she buries her face in his chest. He gives her back the book but since it is crumpled, he feels the need to make it up to her. There is one thing he can do… Back home, Chiwa bugs Eita to go to the fireworks with her and Himeka. He refuses giving that excuse study. In actual fact, he meets up with Ai at school as promised to bring her to the festival. She brings him to an old part of town where he used to live. His memories of this place gradually come back. At the hilltop, they watch the fireworks. All this was Ai’s effort to jog his memory. Who was the only person who called him Takkun? Yeah. A-chan. That’s Ai, right? So now do you remember? Apparently she colluded with Kaoru to bring back his memories but that didn’t work since Kaoru somewhat felt ‘loyal’ to Chiwa and was reluctant to help out. Ai explains how she moved away when she was in kindergarten and when she heard he enrolled in the same high school as her, she was happy but couldn’t get close to him because Chiwa was always around. It hurt her heart when Chiwa is known as his childhood friend and Ai the evil hall monitor. Things get worse when Masuzu became his girlfriend and Himeka also became interested in him. But she’ll forgive him since he remembers.

And there is one thing left… Put his stamp on their marriage registration form she made when they’re kids… Since when did they? Apparently whenever Ai asked him about something, he just agreed… And so when she asked to get married… Eita can’t stamp this because what about her Michel? She didn’t bat an eyelid saying it was a lie. Eita has only himself to blame for fully believing in that. He wants to tell this to the others but she won’t allow him. But she agrees to dump Michel if he marries her. Michel doesn’t even exist… She even quotes there is no girl in this world who doesn’t lie! Eita makes a run for it and bumping into Chiwa and Himeka I wouldn’t say he was really saved. More like out of the pan and into the fire. They take him away and luckily didn’t see Ai who was hiding behind the bushes. Imagine the havoc if they knew about the marriage registration form… Next day in the clubroom, Masuzu is furious to know he had a secret rendezvous with another girl. She saw them meeting at school. She wants a kiss as an apology. He really pecks her cheek and this makes her feel fuzzy all inside, screwing up her lines. It’s embarrassing. Then she has him close his eyes because she wants to poke it! Fortunately he ‘saw’ this coming and blocked it! Ouch, her fingers. Soon, Ai makes a stunning announcement she won’t shut down the club and will join it as their ‘master’ to guide them to the right path of love. We know what her ulterior motives are. Chiwa protests but Masuzu allows it. Himeka is in favour too. Looks like Ai is going to continue her lie on Michel…

Episode 10
Ai seems to be acting like the leader, much to Chiwa’s annoyance. Because everyone else thinks she has a rich handsome boyfriend, Masuzu wants her to demonstrate her feminine appeal to make the guy ask her out. Guess who that guy is for this demonstration? Ai is so looking forward to it. Eita is uninterested in this demonstration so Masuzu threatens to read out his notebook. Eita is forced to use his pick up lines from Burning Fighting Fighter to seduce her. Yeah, she’s willing to go out with him! Chiwa and Himeka aren’t happy that she’s hogging Eita and declaring the couple they are. Even getting married after graduation. Ai continues to be smothered by Eita so Chiwa tears them apart. Since the topic of childhood friend is being brought up, Ai proudly announces she knows Eita longer than her. Chiwa becomes depressed when Eita confirms this. Himeka joins in too. Apparently they knew each other in their past lives. Does that even count? Masuzu brings back the club to reality by announcing they’ll have a summer camp. Himeka wants to go to the beach (since she has never been to one) so this means they’ll have to go get swimsuits, right? Eita knows Chiwa long enough so he tells her that it is not which childhood friend came first but how long they know each other. After all, he has been around her the longest. This lifts her from her gloom. Happy Chiwa wants Eita to accompany her shopping tomorrow. But why does he need to seek Masuzu’s approval? I know, she’s her ‘boyfriend’. Anyway, she approves it. When Eita and Chiwa meet, looks like it will be a threesome since Masuzu is tagging along too. She did approve of this but she didn’t say anything about not coming, right? Himeka and Ai watch from afar. The latter punching poles to release her frustration.

Masuzu and Chiwa could turn the swimsuit shop into a battleground just to get Eita be the first one to judge their swimsuit. So he agrees to take a look at them and while they go change, Eita is being pulled into the changing room. It is Himeka in her swimsuit! She wants him to see her. Or hold her. I think she prefers the latter. He escapes and realizes the one in the next cubicle is… Oh God. Ai didn’t like him flirting around and wants him to see him to come along with her too. I think she is desperate to beat them all. Instead of parading her swimsuit, she is in a bridal gown! Imagine what the rest will say when they see this. In the end, Eita will see their swimsuit in order of their name (according to the seasons in which their surname is based on). No ‘winter’ because Ai just screwed up herself that she can show it to Michel. Eventually Ai gets her fair share of time when Eita suggested the kind of swimsuit that will look good on her. So happy, she hugs him. The girls threaten to tell on Michel. If they only knew he never existed… Masuzu observes how the other girls are having a swell time with each other. She views herself as the only one without any memories with him. No problem. Let’s make lots of them now. Even though they are just fake. On the way back, they bump into Saeko. She is interested which of the girls is Eita’s girlfriend. Masuzu introduces herself but she brushes her off and knows their relationship is fake! Surprised? She wants to know which of these girls he really likes.

Episode 11
Despite Eita covering up and telling all the things they’ve been doing, Saeko notes they’ve only been meeting up and drinking. Just like a normal office worker, right? She notes he is overlooking something important. I guess it’s cooking for her since her stomach is growling. What a tension killer. After devouring Eita’s cooking, she instantly falls asleep. This is normal. The rest of the girls want to know what did Saeko meant by fake. Masuzu also acts how she wants to know and doesn’t like to be accused. They revert to their original discussion of getting funds for the trip. A beach trip is expensive, right? Eita has to help them out. How? How much do human organs cost? He’s not going to sell himself… Saeko revives and provides a solution. Since she is part of game creation company, they are in the midst of promoting a new game called OreDere. There will be a publicity event at a beach resort which involves a contest. The requirement is that you need to be a girl in love. Chiwa, Himeka and Ai get excited as Saeko explains to them further. If they agree to participate, she will allow them to use the facilities. Masuzu didn’t like how she was sidelined. Saeko explains her job is to create various characters in games and to come up how they will fall in love so she exactly knows how much they like somebody. It is because they are creations these fakes look real, even more real than the real thing. That’s why she is good at telling when people are really in love. Since Masuzu insists she is Eita’s girlfriend, Saeko has them take a love app test. Everyone gives their answer to the question if this ‘boy’ gives them a manga to read. Coming in at first place is Ai. Surprised? Well, her tsundere kicks in. She doesn’t like him but she likes him. Confused? So embarrassed so goes out running. Next is Chiwa. Why is she not in first place? Because they’ve known each other for so long and so close, there’s this danger they’ll be in the friends-forever zone. Himeka is third and is the opposite since she puts her feelings first. It doesn’t take a genius to guess who is dead last. She got that spot because her answer is too perfect. Saeko might have believed her if she has dated for a year but it has not been 4 months and she gave such a perfect answer. Suspicious, isn’t it? So does it mean Masuzu can’t be in love? In that case, Saeko allows her to join the competition. Masuzu will win it and have everyone recognize her as Eita’s girlfriend. Saeko ups the ante because the winner will get to be his wife and as his guardian, she will duly stamp the marriage registration form. Oh, Ai. You must very happy to hear that.

Later Saeko talks to Eita if he wants to turn this into a harem or battlefield. For the latter, prepare to learn self defence. For the former, make sure he has a good plan for all 5 of them. Five? Saeko wants in too? Otherwise, stick to just one. Eita asserts Masuzu is his girlfriend but she brushes off that girl hasn’t said anything about her true feelings once. Conveniently Eita gets a message to meet Masuzu so he goes off to this ‘date’. She hopes he won’t get stung. At the park they meet, Masuzu wonders why everyone likes a preachy bookworm like him. Plus, he stole the hearts of the other girls, that makes him guilty. Masuzu learns more about Saeko that she’s a kid in an adult’s body. She is in shock that she could tell her acting. She must be losing her edge. All this while she had been perfectly acting out to fool adults and this time it really shocked her it didn’t work like before. Eita too was pretty confident he could pull it off. Since they are already this far, they can’t back out now. If the rest finds out they’ve been lying, there’s no telling how they’ll react. Masuzu is confident she’ll win the contest and force everyone to acknowledge her as his girlfriend. Of course he must help out. Eita hangs out with Kaoru and Ai after cram class. Kaoru puts his head on Eita’s shoulder when the latter invites him to the trip. Don’t tell me this guy has feelings too?! It will be complicated if so! Eita notes Ai is good friends with Himeka. She’s her master, right? After all her job is to turn her into a normal girl so she will give up on Eita. She hopes he could stamp the form before the rest gives up. No chance. That night as he is packing, Eita receives mail from Himeka on what to bring. Contraceptives?! She doesn’t even know what that is. Across the window is Chiwa and she is very excited and looking forward to tomorrow. But one thing bugs her. She has always felt Eita’s relationship with Masuzu is weird. She can’t put it in the right words and feels like as though they are acting. When she gets a call from Ai, Eita notes they too have become friends. Looks like Masuzu is the one alone. When everyone meets up the next day, Masuzu makes a bold start by grabbing on to Eita’s arm.

Episode 12
Eita and Masuzu try to act like lovers on the train but it seems the other girls aren’t buying their fake performance. Himeka revels in seeing the beach for the first time while Masuzu attracts the stares of the guys. But she notes how the other girls aren’t even looking at them. They might be having so much fun themselves. For the watermelon splitting game, Eita is to split it. No stick, so use his head. Yes, his head to smash it! All the girls give him directions but they seem to be teaming up against Masuzu. Eita decides to believe in Masuzu and follow her words. It leads him to the world’s softest ‘watermelon’! How does it feel to grope her boobs?! He got punished with the words “Shameless” sunburnt on his back. When Chiwa and Himeka go out to buy ingredients, Ai talks to Masuzu in the kitchen. She has seen Masuzu being asked out by guys behind the gym only to see them crying and yelling later. She too doesn’t like to be asked out and understands this is her way to fend off those persistent guys. But if this is her plan and why she started dating Eita, then she won’t forgive her. Masuzu avoids answering the question when she purposely peels the onions too small to send Ai into frenzy. Later Masuzu tells Eita they need definitive evidence to prove they are lovers. Buying items won’t do. They need to kiss each other casually. She doesn’t think it will be a problem for them anti-lovers since a kiss won’t mean anything. But she does realize the implications of this. It will turn into a battlefield. That’s why she is giving him the chance to back out on this and won’t use his notebook against him. It is his decision to kiss her or not.

As part of the plan, Eita is to feign tiredness and retire to his room. Before that, he will give Masuzu a good night kiss. Eita initiates the plan but Masuzu seems hesitant. Chiwa interjects and gives Eita and Masuzu a present each. Seems all of them have this Z logo handphone strap. Actually it’s a kanji word for otome (maiden). It was Himeka’s idea and Ai found a store to do this. Chiwa thought they should have something in common now that they’re an official club. She couldn’t tell Eita since Masuzu will find out. It will be hard to give after the contest, that’s why she wants to do it now. Eita realizes they were not trying to break them up. Masuzu is touched by their act and admits they really got her. Masuzu talks to Eita that she couldn’t kiss him then in that situation. She might have hated him if he forced her. When she was touched by the girls’ gesture, it reminded her of an ugly creature she is. Even though they are rivals, they can still give presents. She knows he can’t win tomorrows contest but won’t back out as she has thought how they would feel and should participate and accept whatever decision that comes. She realizes the pain Chiwa must have felt when she took him away from her. Masuzu shows the note Eita wrote that he vows to become a doctor and heal Chiwa. Once this trip ends, she will free him. Next day, the girls leave for the event early. Except for Masuzu who wants to be alone in her room for the time being. Eita walks around and I don’t know how Mana crashes her bicycle into his butt! I don’t know how, he got his hands on her butt. After insulting each other, Eita tells what is happening. Mana explains Masuzu was the jewel of the family. An accessory. A tool for her father to show off to his high society. So he took her away from her mother. Masuzu behaved exactly like he expected and was perfect. Daddy never expected much from Mana the way she is since Masuzu could pull it off flawlessly. Masuzu kept up with this till she finally went crazy. As she continued to trick herself, she forgot who she really was. She thanks him for getting to like her sister. Eita asks if there is a person who could stand Masuzu, who would it be. The answer is obvious. Someone who could stand being with a liar is her accomplice. The crowd builds up in front at the OreDere event and Saeko officially begins the contest.

Episode 13
By the time Eita reaches the event, it has already begun and Chiwa is the first contestant up. She introduces herself and also explains the guy-cum-childhood-friend whom she is grateful and in love with. At the end of her speech, she confesses she loves him. Next is Himeka but she is too scared to go on stage and is cowering behind Eita. Ai tells her to get her ass on stage because she is the one who is trying the hardest. In order for Himeka to stop being scared, Eita tells her to use anything. Can she use him? He suggests to say “I love you” 10 times. She didn’t understand it at first but when he puts it in a fantasy-like way that it’s some sort black magic incantation, she takes up his offer and for everything she says or does, she loves him. Even if he hates her, she will love him. Their intimate moment has been captured on film so the crowd is cheering on them. Apparently this doesn’t sit well with the other girls. We won’t get to see Ai since she got disqualified for her ‘preaching’ attitude. Disappointing, eh? After several other girls, the last contestant is Masuzu. At least she is here. But the first thing she says is to apologize and have no right to participate because she just broke up with her boyfriend last night. She is on the verge of tears when Eita walks up to the stage and reminds her she is the president of the Maiden Club and to continue acting till the very end. He is here to play as her boyfriend. But Masuzu feels he has real girls around him so why waste time on a fake like her? Because the answer is simple. Eita yells out he loves her. So loud that it’s just deafening. He admits when he first met her, he really hated her stinking attitude despite having good looks. He couldn’t help laugh he knew someone so horrible and therefore a horrible girl like her can only have a horrible guy like him as her boyfriend. Because she is the only one he’s got. Masuzu tells him off she hated him the entire time. She hated him for having better grades. She hated him for sitting next to her. She hated him for being childhood friends with Chiwa. She wanted to make sure he got what he had coming. She was happy when she got her hands on it but felt sad. The more he got to know her, the nicer he was. Masuzu couldn’t tell if her tears are real or fake so Eita decides. She is his girlfriend and wants her to stay that way. The ultimate scene: He kisses her on the lips. Sealed with a kiss. Heartbreaking scene for you-know-who, eh? In the end, some other loli girl won the contest. The best result among the gang is Chiwa as she just got an honourable mention. That night, none of the girls came down for dinner with Eita.

Next morning, Eita finds Masuzu lying on top of him. She is here to make sure last evening’s confession was all fake. All part of the plan? He sheepishly admits so and hates her. He would’ve broken up with her a long time ago had she not hold his notebook hostage. Masuzu describes the vile person she is but at the same time loves him very much. Then she gets intimate with him. Is she broken? But girl got interrupted when Saeko wants to speak to Eita. She fears he has walked down the battlefield route and is worried. She suggests doing the opposite. Make the other girls hate him. First he enters Himeka’s room to tell her she is not the Burning Fighting Fighter she knows but some Villager A implanted with false memories. Guess what? Himeka got so impressed with this development and hugs him even more (she’s now calling past life as back story?!). First mission failed. Next, he heads to Ai’s room. She’s still sore. He has her show him her marriage registration form. He knows ripping it will end his woes but remains hesitant. He spots her teddy bear but since he couldn’t remember it, Ai scolds him for not remembering and breaks down. In his panic, his finger accidentally got paper cut and his blood acted like a seal for the form. Ai becomes the happiest woman on the planet thinking he has agreed to their marriage. I guess he failed her. So can this guy get it right with Chiwa next? She’s trying to be calm and reasonable. Especially mentioning about her petite size. Then she surprises him with a kiss on his lips. What does this mean? She has grown a little taller, right? Then she confesses she loves him. Then was in public. Now it’s private. He could have gotten along with the flow had not Masuzu stepped in. She saw everything and wants to join in. Confronting each other face to face (with Eita caught in the middle), Chiwa tells her to read the atmosphere and come back here only in 9 years. They have this smirk on their face… So has the battle begun? Sparks are going to fly…

A Harem Is Always A Battlefield!
Somehow I don’t seem to feel satisfied with how it all ended. It’s like back to square one. The girls will always hang around Eita. That’s not a bad thing if you’re aiming for a harem, right? Then prepare for a battlefield! From the way Chiwa and Masuzu confront each other at the end, I smell that the cat fight is going to get much more uglier. But that is just my expectations. I’m such a sadist in seeing girls fight over a guy… Yeah, I’m the worst. After all the beans had been spilled and the cats out of the bag at the OreDere event, I am sure that the girls will not hold back and pull back their punches. It just got worse when Eita tried to dissuade them from loving him but got more than he bargained for. Seriously, he really took up Saeko’s advice to make them hate him? Is that truly what he wants?

It makes me wonder if Eita really did fall in love. Was that confession to Masuzu really fake? He doesn’t sound convincing when he said so. So the question is, did he really fall in love with Masuzu? Likewise, did Masuzu really fall in love with him despite her usual cool aloof exterior? Were they just lying to each other to assure that they are still on track on their fake mission? I don’t know. It seems pretty confusing. But if you ask me, personally deep down inside I would say that Eita and Masuzu indeed like each other. Maybe not to the point where they’ll rush and do lovey-dovey stuffs together. Yet. For both of them who are anti-love, they must be very good fakers and actors because they can manage to pull off a lovely kiss on stage in front of everybody. Faking such a kiss would be even hard unless you are a pro actor or you are truly in love with the other person. That’s why the last bit when they tell us viewers that it was some sort of fake scheme, I wasn’t really convinced. It was just to throw us off a little and make us wonder if they are truly in love or still planning to continue with this fake game. The more that they play this game, I feel the more they will find their feelings for each other to be genuine. Don’t you feel that over the entire series? The things they do for and to each other even though they gave some excuse or pretence, it feels like the real motive behind it was because they care about the other, don’t you think? So at the end of the day, I don’t think we need Saeko or everyone else to approve that they are a real couple. Maybe that public display of affection did the ultimate trick to fool others. Otherwise, in my books they are already a couple whether they know it or not. And when Masuzu says she’ll free him at the end of the event, did she really free him? Or is it just her way of saying she is freeing him from the fake stuff and be her true lover.

It shows that humans do change. Eita was so bent on being anti-love that he was the one who experienced the ultimate love that all harem lovers would envy. He has got 4 beautiful babes with different ‘status’ going after him. A girlfriend, a childhood friend, a fiancee and an ex-lover. What more could a guy ask for? They should have thrown a secret admirer into the mix. Sticking around to get his notebook seems like a lame excuse. I’m sure a smart guy like Eita would have figured out a way to snatch his notebook from Masuzu’s grasp. If he was that desperate, he might have taken much more extreme action instead of the ‘soft’ approach of playing her fake boyfriend. I know. I wouldn’t want it to happen that way too. I am here to see a harem romance comedy not some bloody serious cat and mouse game. Besides, even if hearing his delusional words were embarrassing, it wasn’t that embarrassing enough to make him take drastic action, right? You can say that he is paralyzed upon hearing those words but wouldn’t that indicate he can live with it? In the end, can I say that Eita isn’t an anti-love person? Even though it might be irritating to see this guy is quite dense about the girls’ affection for him when it is so bloody obvious and written all over their face. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to look at it. It is the same for Masuzu claiming herself to be anti-love. Once you understand her position, it is easy to sympathize why she would go through all. She was so perfect that she lost touch of herself. She became her father’s tool that she forgot what is like to be a normal human. Can I say Eita is her knight in shining armour then? Did you notice Masuzu came to rely lesser on using his notebook as a threat? Maybe she wants to keep it as a keepsake? The pretending game could have gone on without suspicion had not for Saeko’s keen observation. I think she is a very good character analysis person due to the nature of her job. But even she can’t tell which girl Eita would end up with.

Despite the name of this anime, you don’t really see the girls engaging in ‘battles’ in every scene. Sparks didn’t really fly nor did any all-out war come to be in the final episode so in a way it was one reason why it was a little downer. But they do ‘fight’ often when they get the chance. Besides, don’t expect it to get physical because that wouldn’t be funny anymore. Many are confined to their catty conversation especially Masuzu has her way with words around a situation and with Chiwa her ‘sparring partner’. Her ‘training’ of being perfect must have paid off in a way since she doesn’t push the panic button in such situations and is very cool. Chiwa may be her rival but don’t put down this petite girl as she has a genki and upbeat attitude that makes her not afraid to stand back up. Ai is the most emotionally unstable girl. I feel she is that way. Her sudden mood swings make her funny. Really. One moment she is tsundere and the next she can be so happy over the moon that she can run halfway around the world. I think she is the most ‘noisiest’ girl among the pack due to her delusions. I feel Himeka being the weakest challenger since she is very soft spoken and not as assertive as the rest. She is the quietest and doesn’t talk much so if you size up the girls on who has a better chance, my opinion is that she’ll be in dead last in the overall aspect. I get a feeling that everyone besides Chiwa has her own delusions. Eita and Himeka have their obvious chuunibyou, Ai and her sick ones and Masuzu is in her own delusion that she is a perfect fake and can fool everybody every time. I feel Mana’s arrogance over Masuzu was her way of wanting to protect her sister. It shows she still cares for her. If she did not, she wouldn’t have come all the way to Japan just to tell her what is going on, right? She wouldn’t have even cared and would have taken Masuzu’s place to be her father’s next jewel. Speaking of him, I’m sure this is not the end of Masuzu’s problems yet. I have a feeling her father won’t let her go so easily. After having shown her off in his high society and now she turns her back on him, I am certain he wants to salvage his face value.

It’s nice to see that the girls have their fair share of screen time to be with Eita so all have been given their fair dues in their ‘fight’ for him. It is rare for a harem romance comedy to do so without the element of fanservice. I don’t remember having seeing any panty flashing or bouncy boobs zooming in just to get our attention. There are scenes that would get very close to that (when the wind blow Masuzu’s skirt or she almost lifts them to let Eita see) but you won’t get to see anything further even if you are inclined to tilt your head and hope to see something. It never worked, silly. Such fanservice would have made it funnier and attracted ecchi fans or it could have ruined it. I’m glad that this series is still enjoyable without relying on fanservice. Just wish to see more ‘battles’ among the girls. I know I already admitted I’m the worst. What do you expect from an otaku like me? At least Chiwa, Ai and Himeka didn’t really gang up against Masuzu. Even though they are rivals in love, they are still friends since they are of the same club. If it was only that simple in real life. Any girl would have wanted to kill off the competition in its early stages instead of dragging on like this. Such indecisiveness would never have dragged on so long in real life.

The drawing and art are rather okay although I won’t really go so far to classify the girls in the bishoujo category as they lean towards more of cute. That’s because their facial details are simple. But I do find the colouring to be somewhat light. Like it is a little bleached. A bit like Senjou No Valkyria. A-1 Pictures produce both these animes and others like Shin Sekai Yori, Sora No Woto, Fractale, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens and even the popular Fairy Tail. Notice how these animes have their character designs slightly different than your standard bishonen or bishoujo look? Although they also do produce animes with hot looking characters like Kuroshitsuji and Ao No Exorcist. During scenes when Masuzu reads out Eita’s embarrassing notes, we can see the sketchy scribbling animation of his past delusions spread out across the scene. Some vivid imaginations he got there.

On a trivial note, the next episode preview is amusing because it tells us what the next super popular item is. That so called popular item will be featured in the next episode although I can’t say it will be a prominent one. Besides, I don’t think it will make you popular too despite the way they narrate how it can make you well-liked. At least not that I can see it work here, right? A guitar case? A homemade steak? Hebrew language? A notebook? A traffic cone? A movie ticket? A bento? A yukata? A swimsuit? A psychological test? A handphone strap? Well yeah. Maybe some of them may sound tempting like a popular item but it boils down to how well you use them. So it’s fun to spot them popping up somewhere in the next episode or how they are being used. And the way I see it here, they’re using it wrong! At least not in the context of getting popular the way they wanted. I wonder if she has developed some feelings for Eita. It doesn’t look like it now but you’ll never know. Imagine if Mana starts calling Eita her onii-chan. Yeah, he can add an imouto to his harem. You’ll never know. Even Kaoru too. That ambiguous leaning-his-head-on-his-shoulder thingy seems to give us an impression that he might. Who knows? Still water runs deep.

It has been a long time since I have heard Yukari Tamura in a leading role. So as Masuzu, she brings out that perfect and high class feel with some pride to her character (sounds like the elder Kyou she voiced in Ben-To). Though she didn’t put on her trademark high pitch or deadpan voice, she is still recognizable. Ai Kayano is a riot with Ai especially when she goes into her tsundere mode. Too many emotions, girl… It is just different from her other anime roles usually those who do not expend such emotional outburst like Inori in Guilty Crown, Mei in Sukitte Iinayo, Mashiro in Sakurasou No Pet Kanojo, Shiraume of Ben-To and Kikaijima in Medaka Box. I couldn’t guess it was Hisako Kanemoto as Himeka since she sounded so deadpan and lacking her lively “~de geso” trademark in Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Other casts include Ryota Ohsaka as Eita (Yuki in Tsuritama), Chinatsu Akasaki as Chiwa (Yasuna in Kill Me Baby), Kaori Nazuka as Saeko (Nunally in Code Geass), Nao Touyama as Mana (Kanon in The World God Only Knows) and Risa Taneda as Kaoru (Saki in Shin Sekai Yori). The opening theme, Girlish Lover by the quartet of Maiden Club sounds like your typical all-girl group pop while the pop-ish ending theme is Wonder Tale, a solo by Yukari Tamura. I guess this is where she showcases the cuteness of her voice but not overdoing it too much.

Just because of one traumatizing event of being abandoned in the name of love, doesn’t mean you have to be anti-love for the rest of your life, right? It’s regrettable that Eita couldn’t grow up with the warmth and love of his parents but can he solely blame love for that? So the bottom line of this anime shows that even love comes knocking on the door who has shunned the idea of love. Perhaps Eita hasn’t really shut the door tight yet that’s why he is able to do what he has done as seen. It tells us to give us a second chance at love. Though having a harem may be a headache and inviting a potential perilous battlefield. Oh, what the heck. Just grab the chance you can. It’s nice to have lots of people loving you, right? We are after all only human. It is perfectly normal for humans to fall in love and have a little harem of their own. Oops. Maybe not the last bit. So if that opportunity arises where I suddenly find myself popular among a group of girls who really love me for who I am, I certainly would like to give it a shot. I’ll sort out the decisions later. I’m still waiting for that chance, though… Still waiting… Any time now… Won’t it come? Sighs… Some people like Eita have all the luck in the world.

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