I don’t think anyone would be surprised that the two main characters in Nisekoi who were initially forced to date will eventually date towards the end of the series. But at this point, we don’t know that yet for sure. From the 20 episodes we’ve seen, however, many events have suggested that the ending we all know too well will happen.
Nevertheless, that is all my guesswork based on the anime. I’m not sure how things have progressed thus far in the manga and I’m not about to find out.
All Too Familiar Plot
In case you haven’t notice although I’m pretty sure you did, the plot used in Nisekoi is well used in a lot of anime in its genre – harem. Personally, I’m not a fan of this genre because male lead is always some sort of a loser. And then, we’ll see a bunch of girl characters introduced as the story progress and they all will fall in love with the male lead. The male lead will then share some special moments with each of the female characters.
Nisekoi shares similar traits except Icihijou Raku is bearable, which is why I continue watching the series. He’s not a helpless guy whom magically attracts girls. Raku is someone who’s helpful, dependable, genuine cares for those around him and is actually a good cook. He knows which girl he likes. At least, for the most part…
Is anyone surprised that Tachibana Marika popped up in the middle of nowhere halfway through the series? I bet no. Is anyone surprised that there are a bunch of transfer students in Raku’s class and are one way or another, linked to him? Again, I bet no. Is anyone surprised that Raku and Chitoge had a temporary fallout? No.
The reason is simple – it uses the same plot lines as mentioned in point above and didn’t bother to add flavors of its own. There’s nothing out of the ordinary and everything goes by the book. It gets boring.
The worst part is that finding the girl Raku promised was kind of forgotten towards the end of the series. Once Raku’s pendant is sent for repair, it remains at the shop until the end. We didn’t get to see the pendant again. We don’t know if anyone cared anymore because everyone’s preoccupied with the present events such as Chitoge struggling with her growing affections towards Raku, Raku struggling to understand Chitoge, Onodera mustering up her courage to confess, etc.
Once Tachibana appeared and everyone realized they are kinda like childhood friends, the story with the promise and the keys are no longer driver of the series. One can argue that it’s because the manga is still on-going and the story with the pendant and the fitting keys are eventually revisited. As an anime viewer, this doesn’t matter. As far as I’m concerned, with how the story is going, whether or not Raku finds out which of the girls’ keys can unlock his pendant is no longer important. Hence, lacking the motivation to find out what happens next.
I watch Nisekoi because it made me laugh. I continue watching the series because it’s a comedy. I’m able to complete the series in a day because it’s easy to absorb.
Having said all that, I don’t think Nisekoi is necessarily a bad series. It lacks storyline that would’ve helped it stands out more. If Nisekoi has a second season, I wouldn’t mind watching. However, I won’t go out of the way to follow the manga just to find out what happens to Raku and Chitoge.
It’s not worth the time.
P.S. I’ve read quite a number of chapters before Nisekoi was made into an anime. Even then, I stopped reading way before.