So Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki don't like each other. Their fathers are the heads of yakuza syndicates, and in order to keep a gang war from starting, Ichijo (Shuei-Gumi) and Kirisaki (Beehive) act as if they are a teen couple in love. In fact, Ichijo is also searching for his childhood sweetheart, and wears a pendant lock around his neck, a memento of the promise he made to a mystery girl 10 years ago. Chitoge is one of four young ladies who could be the mystery girl.
As Nisekoi: False Love, Vol. 21 (subtitled To Mari – Chapters 180 to 188) opens, the gang realizes that Marika Tachibana has been missing from school. With a little encouragement, Ichijo will lead a rescue party to the home of Marika's mother, Chika. They are about to discover, however, how hard it is to break into a centuries-old samurai castle and stop a wedding.
THE LOWDOWN: I enjoy the Nisekoi: False Love manga. This episodic comedy puts a nice spin on mafia romance and high school romance. There are delightful situations and engaging story arcs.
Nisekoi: False Love Volume 21 is about a rescue mission, and while I usually love this manga, I enjoyed this “rescue Tachibana” story without loving it. I am interested in how it ends, because it may end with a bang. This series is too entertaining to allow any glitch to drive me away. After all, this story is nicely composed, which is a hallmark of this series, and I can appreciate that even when I am not totally in love with a story.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Readers looking for a shonen manga doing shojo love will want to try the Shonen Jump title, Nisekoi: False Love.