Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 2 (Blu-ray review)

IMG_2674 Nisekoi: False Love volume 1 introduced Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki, who are forced into a “fake” relationship in order to stop a war between the mafia and the yakuza. Now the two will have to act all “lovey dovey” at school and at home, with eyes always watching their every move. Volume two features episodes 6-10 where Raku and Chitoge’s relationship is put to the test when Chitoge’s friend, Seishiro Tsugumi (a trained hitman), transfers into their class to watch and take out poor Raku.

While the episodes take a deeper look into each character’s personalities, we see the relationship between Raku and the other girls deepen. We see a softer side to the tsundere Chitoge, a sweeter and more timid side to Kosaki, and the interaction with their friends. It helps the series develop more into a comedy, thanks to some odd and hilarious situations. For example the ever popular hot springs episode of the series has Raku finding himself in the wrong bath, with hilarious and eye catching results. The one thing the story always circles around to is the promise Raku made to a young girl ten years ago. He doesn’t remember who, but might be one of the two girls.

Movie Grade: 4/5

NR 4 Atoms - B

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Video

Nisekoi is presented in 1080p with a 16:9 Widescreen aspect ratio. The quick movements and art style flows solid from start to end with bright colors that pop in the day, and sharp dark colors at night that are easy to watch and not miss a single thing. The series is best enjoyed at 1080p which lets you enjoy each scene is smooth and transitions well into the next. One scene that comes to mind is when Raku is trying to escape the women’s bath. It features sharp colors during the night scene.

 Video: 5/5

NR 5 Atoms - A

>Audio

With most Aniplex releases, Nisekoi is presented in Japanese PCM 2.0 Language audio. Being a heavy dialogue series, you are able to clearly hear every word and even action without and drops or distortion, which also plays an important factor since the background music, which tries to create the powerful atmosphere, works perfectly well while never overpowering the other.

Audio: 4/5

NR 4 Atoms - B

Special Features

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Disc Spec

  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
  • Episodes: 6- 10
  • Number of Disc: 1
  • Total Run Time: Approx. 125 min.
  • Rating: 13 UP

Bonus Contents

  • Textless Opening
  • Textless Ending (Seishiro)
  • Textless Ending (Ruri Version)

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Collectible Ending Card Pin-ups
  • Deluxe Poster and Package Illustrated by Nobuhiro Sugiyama (Character Design & Chief Animation Director)

You won’t find a lot of extras on the disc, aside from the textless endings for both Seishiro and Ruri. The main bonus items come inside the special packaging which includes the usual deluxe poster you find in nearly every Aniplex release. What really is a nice addition to the set is the set of five promotional illustration cards that feature some great promotional art of the various characters in the series.

Special features: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

Final Reactions 

Nisekoi has all the elements of the romance comedy you’ve probably seen a few dozen times already, but volume two does a great job of enhancing the personalities of each of the characters and leaving you rooting for one of the three girls to end up with Raku. With amazing details and vibrant colors, it’s really hard not to enjoy watching every moment in HD. Of course the $49.98 price tag is quite a bit for five episodes, especially if you have the option of watching the whole series Crunchyroll, but for fans who really enjoy the series, this is a must have with the exclusive items.

IMG_2673Overall: 4/5 Atoms

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Retail: $64.98
Sales Price: $49.98

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.