Man I seriously got to stop piling up drafts, so I hope you enjoy the first of many manga related posts I intend to do from now on.Namiiro
The basic rundown of the story so far (6 chapters) is that there is a special dance coming up, in which legend foretells that the boy and girl who participate will get married in the very near future and the girl will get preggers in no time....... well, I think that sounds more like a hentai manga than it does Namiiro, but that's the gist of it. Er... the part about "dance", "boy and girl", and... that's about it :P
I like this manga because of course the girls, nice girls ja... ahem but more importantly the manga starts with a little amnesia. Wait a minute, why does the lead male always gotta have some sort of RAM problem in his brain... >__> Honestly that rather pisses me off the way male protags are portrayed as the guy who can't even remember his childhood promise to a super cute girl. Maybe the part that pisses me off is that I know I wouldn't be that kind of guy, even though I had an accident back in my childhood, but please, manga-ka out there, I think the protags of romance manga could use a little more RAM these days, with SSD prices dropping they no longer have to have volatile memory, and maybe one day the male protags would remember things right after they were born XD
I think I've ranted a bit too much, but here's something else to think about: have you read my "Endeavors/Past projects" page (link below the header image), and did you ever wonder why I never stuck to one of those things? Why I never continued working my translation skills to the point where I could have leveled up to a Light Novel translator, or why a brainstormer like me does weird things with electronics, or why I even bothered to become a ROM Chef at XDA-Developers? Certainly one of those questions may have arisen in your mind at some point, and a lot of it can be answered below:
Er back to the manga, I like how it touches on that subject. And not just that subject, several others too, and it's a really nice read if you like the girls, or... well.... there's not much chapters out now, so it's not too late to start if you've got nothing else to read. Heh when does that ever happen, I haven't read a single light novel....
Back to Nisekoi, I know it's riddled with cliches, or rather, story elements we've seen before in other manga, but after all that I've encountered over the years, readers fail to realize that a cliche is going to show up in any story nowadays, due to the fact it's an unfortunate circumstance that, well, practically everything has been done before, every anime with a weak whiney male lead is going to be compared to Shinji Ikari, every violent tsundere is going to be compared to Naru Narusegawa, eventually, even I get tired of comparing now to then, and instead of pointing out how cliches are ripping off each other, I think it's high time readers and viewers start looking at how each story manages it's cliches in a way that works. So Nisekoi's cliche imo starts with "guy likes a girl, but another girl enters said guy's life and trouble ensues". That's practically To Love Ru right there, but Nisekoi shouldn't be shot down because of that. It doesn't have an alien theme, so things stay terrestrial instead of extraterrestrial. And then there's the matter of the involvement of other characters, what the male lead is and will become, and how far the 2 girls in question will grow their characters further from what they started out as.
Speaking of the girls, there was something funny about Kirisaki that I found amusing. You might have read my, er, one of my interviews, and it's that I like girls who love their hair, and decorate with with various accessories. I find Kirisaki's rather hilarious because to me, she looks like a certain well-known bunny rabbit:
It was in 2003 when I was still heavily involved with AnimeNation, and back when this series was announced, I tell you many were expecting something to follow Love Hina, when you have a series as well liked as that, I guess that was expected. Not to mention too, those sneak previews were showing some girls whose designs were practically from Love Hina, especially that girl who was introduced in Love Hina's last chapters. The build up was there, and many of us were really anticipating it's debut, until it finally got "scanned" and showcased on Jupiter Scans. Heh, long dead site, that's a site one can't forget so easily. I remember it vividly because it was so difficult to navigate, being.... so pink lol.
Raw scans of course, and reader experiences were mixed to say the least. As I mentioned before, I resided at AnimeNation's forums at the time, which was a large userbase of USA citizens, so many, if not all of them were of the one's who read Tokyopop's Love Hina versions, and were really expecting Love Hina levels in Negima. Hahaha the disappointment was.... actually warranted. I don't blame them, I was still fresh in my Japanese learning (I'm self-taught), and there weren't many translators or spoiler'ers as there are nowadays, so of course, when you have an english reader reading the Raws, it's not going to end well :P
And that's how it started for me. Those miserable "scans" that looked like newspapers, seriously even back then not many people had scanners so they use digital camera's and take pictures. Pictures of manga, man. I hate it when that happens XD. Not only can you not translate them, but how can we enjoy the pretty pictures....
As with a series dependent on it's large cast of female characters, I've got to have a favorite, eh? Well, this is probably a no brainer, but it definitely is this girl:
Thanks, Akamatsu Ken. Even though the manga ended up becoming a fighting manga, I have to say, the girls made it readable for me :D That's what it's about, right? A teacher and his students...... all of them girls.
The best part? I ended this series to the tune of Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli's "Time to say Goodbye". Best manga reading experience ever, and my way of ending 9 years of a manga reading experience I definitely want to experience again.