A nice finale.
Nisekoi Episode 20 Review
After twenty episodes of harem antics, romantic stasis, reaction faces, and SHAFTTILTS, Nisekoi has finally come to an end. It’s been a journey that made me extremely frustrated at times due to the lack of actual romantic development, but this episode’s entertainment value¬†and advances in terms of romance does wash some of my dissatisfaction towards the overall anime away. Though, it’s foolhardy to think that such advances will not just reset the next season when it does eventually come out for the anime has done an exceedingly good job at delaying this for twenty episodes already.
Nisekoi Episode 20 Impressions
Nisekoi Episode 20 Review
For the conclusion of this season, this episode does what it needs to do. It delivers the comedy and harem antics in a creative way that differentiates itself from the typical RomCom situations it executed¬†over and over again throughout the season. Instead of having cliche misunderstandings, we have a play surrounding Romeo and Juliet except done in the fashion reflective of the various personalities of the characters. From the way Shuu manipulates the script to bring about Tsugumi’s true feelings to Claude’s overly-possessive feelings, the execution of the play is fitting and quite creative. For exaple, Raku’s struggle to reach Chitoge in this play is symbolic of what he needs to overcome in real life in order to be with her. It’s only made more fitting that the roles Marika, Claude, and Tsugumi play are actually themselves which in turn give¬†strong parallelism between¬†this situation and their reality. The scene between Raku and Onodera is also similar in this manner. Indeed, if it weren’t for the fake love between Raku and Chitoge, then maybe their relationship would have gotten somewhere. At least, that’s what one could say if the show didn’t try to cockblock any kind of development between every single pairing anyways.
It’s a shame that even though it seems like something has changed in Chitoge’s heart, the anime won’t take a path where that will actually amount to any meaningful development in the relationship between her and Raku. We have been deceived time and time again that something will actually happen between them, and that something will change as they spend more time together. Surely, they can advance just a step further after twenty episodes, right? But the writer clearly prioritizes the harem antics, comedy, and maintaining the status quo so that Nisekoi can go on for as long as it makes money. Is there something wrong with wanting to prolong the title? Of course not, but when the numerous attempts at developing romance¬†is shoved in the audience’s faces only to amount to absolutely nothing, it can be quite frustrating especially for a fan of the romance genre like me. If you truly think something will change now that Chitoge realizes how she feels, you need to read a few chapters of the manga after where this episode takes place. Otherwise, you’ll just be even more disappointed when a second season comes around, and trust me, it will. The manga is popular, and the anime is selling pretty well. It’s only a matter of time before they announce a season 2.
Some of you will probably say that I shouldn’t have expected anything from this anime romantically in the first place. The thing is though, I didn’t. I read what people thought of the manga, and people warned anime-only viewers that nothing meaningful would develop romantically. However, when I have to try so hard to twist my perspective to ignore how the characters are constantly thinking about the romantic relationships between them, and how the anime constantly highlights its romance every episode, it just becomes irritating. I’ll go into far more detail in my overall review of this anime that I’m still composing, but I’d be lying if I said I could overlook the badly done romance in favor of the comedy and harem antics. That’s not to say that I didn’t have fun watching this anime. If I didn’t enjoy it at all, I would have dropped it a long time ago, but the entertainment side of things, that is, the comedy, harem antics, the reaction faces, and so on, are the saving graces of the anime. For the most part, they’re overly generic, but still moderately entertaining. It’s just that, for me, they were simply not done well enough to overshadow the romance. Of course, you could find that it is enough, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s simply a difference in expectations, opinion, and perspective.
Perhaps if more episodes were like this finale then I’d be more willing to forgive the show because¬†this episode is as entertaining as it is charming and creative. Sadly, most of the episodes are not on the same level as they rely on the cliche¬†misunderstandings among other generic plot points. With all that said, Nisekoi isn’t a terrible show to watch when you just want to pad out your anime viewings with something more mindless. If it’s the cute reactions, the waifu wars, the reaction faces, and the usual harem shenanigans you’re looking for, then you’re probably very happy with how this anime ended up. Even though it’ll be average at the very best for me, I have to admit that I had a few good laughs at my own reactions towards the romantic “developments” in this anime as well as how others reacted. There’s a part of me that finds this show innocently appealing, but there’s the more critical side of me that just wants to relentlessly bash what this anime does wrong because what it does wrong is so very frustrating. What do you think? Did the entertainment side, that is, the comedy, the harem antics, the reaction faces, and so on manage to overshadow the romance? Perhaps, you find the romance well done?¬†Or maybe, you’re somewhere in between like me, leaning one way or the other? (I’m sure you can tell where I ended up leaning towards.)¬†If you’re going to leave some extremely long comment disagreeing with me, I’d actually recommend that you wait until I finish my review of the overall show because that’ll give more reasoning as to why I think the romance is poorly done among other things. After that, feel free to go all out… within reason of course.