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The ending of Nisekoi, and its aftermath [The analysis]

-Spoilers below!!, read at your own risk-

First of all, this is not a "I hate this show!!" or your usual "It is just me or [insert your abhorred anime/manga title here] is extremely overrated" post. So please try to keep the trolling at minimum. :3 *wishful thinking*



A lot of people already know the outcome of Nisekoi's story.

To many people it was satisfying, to others it was cliched and boring. But, what was the logical train of thought that its author, Naoshi Komi, took to finalize the story the way he did?

Here I'd like to write my hypothesis of why Nisekoi ended up this way. Please notice that I'm gonna talk strictly about the end result and not the history in between.

Nisekoi is a story that started on 2011, on October 4th, the story finally came to an end after 25 tankoubons. Many people said that the story didn't have much of character development to fully felt the story was reaching its logical end, that it was pretty much rushed on volume 24th, but that can be another topic to discuss about.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines 'Romanticism' as:

A literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, with emphasis on the imagination and emotions, and marked especially in English literature by sensibility and the use of autobiographical material, an exaltation of the primitive and the common man, an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms


We all know romanticism is idealistic and, in many occasions, 'dreamy'. Is the way we express feelings that, sometimes, are too unreachable or exaggerated to be carried on in real life.

That being said, Naoshi Komi exploited this to develop the story. If it was in a good or bad way will always depend on the eye of the beholder.

The romantic plot on modern Japanese love stories have normally considered many character 'templates' that satisfy their audience. In this particular case, the 'Tsun-dere' embodied by Chitoge Kirisaki


Tsundere (ツンデレ, pronounced [tsɯndeɽe]) is a Japanese term for a character development process that describes a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing a warmer side over time. The word is derived from the terms tsun tsun (ツンツン), meaning to turn away in disgust, and dere dere (デレデレ) meaning to become 'lovey dovey'. Originally found in Japanese bishōjo games,the word is now part of the otaku moe phenomenon, reaching into other media such as maid cafes, anime, manga, novels, and even mass media. The term was made popular in the visual novel Kimi ga Nozomu Eien.


Normally, the Tsun-dere character is 'cold' for personality issues, normally insecurities. It is widely accepted on love stories, especially when its embodied by female main characters. They made them look vulnerable and hard to 'achieve'.

We all know Ichijou Raku's personality, (aside the whiny, indecisive part, lol). He always has been a guy who was for their friends, also with a 'romantic' sense of responsibility and justice. Never leaving a friend or a damsel in distress.

On the other side of the coin, we have another heroine. Onodera Kosaki, a 'Dere-dere' counterpart who was in love with Ichijou since the very beginning of the story.

That takes us to the main decision that Ichijou Raku took. (Regardless what I wanted as an outcome of the story). Raku was always true to these romantic ideals. He would of never left alone the most 'fragile' character. In fact, I believe the author was a little obliged to. Also, it was the easiest call, sadly.

Onodera Kosaki, although she was hopelessly in love with Ichijou and always insecure to tell him about her feelings, she was never a 'fragile' character. Or, at least, the author never portrayed her that way. As we know out of the outcome of the story, she didn't fall apart after she wasn't chosen by the main character. She carried on with her life and had her own family.

Don't get me wrong, I don't say Chitoge Kirisaki was a 'weak' character. But she did have way more insecurities that Onodera Kosaki. That also fits on the idealistic way Japanese men see women (maybe is more a worldwide view, tho). In a very idealistic/romantic, sometimes also, a very unhealthy and sexist way, men tend to look at women as persons who always need to be protected or saved. The white knight on a horse always comes in mind. Taking that role, we can ""understand"" the author's decision on this story ending. You can look into Japanese real society way of thinking. Because working in Japan is extremely hard and exhausting, especially for men, they mostly want women to leave their jobs as soon as they get married. Why? Because men are 'saving' them from the horrible toils of working. Men think they're sacrificing themselves to support the family so women can be at home without any worry on their minds. (I don't say I support this, is pretty sick imho).

I don't say the end of Nisekoi couldn't have been any other way, but, indeed it was the easiest, taking in mind how many Japanese males think and how bothersome would have been to adjust the story where the 'fragile' character is not chosen. Although, it indeed upset a lot of Nisekoi fans, Japanese and non-Japanese.

Do you guys have other possible reasons on why the story ended up this way? Feel free to share it, please.

P.S. I didn't bring other female characters since even though they were amazing characters, the main dispute of the story was between the 3 beforehand mentioned characters.

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thanks for the spoiler, much appreciated. not that i'm surprised by the outcome.
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thanks for the spoiler, much appreciated. not that i'm surprised by the outcome.


"Alot of people know" so it's fine to tell everyone, right?
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thanks for the spoiler, much appreciated. not that i'm surprised by the outcome.


Sorry, bud. :s I already told mod to change the title of the thread.
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The ending of Nisekoi, and its aftermath [The analysis]

-Spoilers below!!, read at your own risk-


A lot of good that does when you directly stated the outcome in your original title, AND posted this in the Anime forum, when you are writing about the ending of the Manga.

Sheesh. Please think a little next time.

I've changed your title. I've moved it to the Manga forum.

Carry on.
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I never thought of it this way. Suddenly the way a number of romance anime have ended and the popularity of tsundere characters has become clear to me. (Clannad follows a similar path with Tomoya choosing Nagisa (because she is the more "fragile" character?) despite having feelings for Tomoyo, a much stronger individual.)
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henohenomoheiji wrote:


namealreadytaken wrote:

thanks for the spoiler, much appreciated. not that i'm surprised by the outcome.


Sorry, bud. :s I already told mod to change the title of the thread.


it's ok. i stopped following the series after season 1 anyway. :p
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I never thought of it this way. Suddenly the way a number of romance anime have ended and the popularity of tsundere characters has become clear to me. (Clannad follows a similar path with Tomoya choosing Nagisa (because she is the more "fragile" character?) despite having feelings for Tomoyo, a much stronger individual.)


Haven't read the Clannad manga or watched the anime enough to say how 'fragile' Nagisa was.

That being said, I chose, 'fragile' cus its hard to find a synonym that doesn't sound like 'weak'. So it doesn't sound diminishing to a main character.
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Actually it's very simple as to why Raku chose Chitoge. It was meant to be that way since the beginning. If you read the one-shot of Nisekoi, it's very obvious what the purpose of the story was meant to be. Everything else added in was just padding.

Onodera herself was just added in to be padding. The only thing her character ever did, was that she dumped herself so Raku wouldn't have to dump her. Think about this, the author tried intentionally to make a character that did nothing except for blush and smile... and people liked her. People loved the INTENTIONAL lack of character development and personality.

Nisekoi if anything was a story about the author fighting with Japanese society. If anything else goes to support that... Chitoge continued working after her and Raku got married. Raku's mother left to go fulfill her dream of writing books while Raku's dad took care of him. Marika's mother was the one who made the decisions while her father was the one who ultimately tried to keep the family together. Nisekoi was a pretty crappy romcom story imo, but it did go against the Japanese grain, and I do have to give it props for that. Also, Chitoge's father is an American. Why is that relevant? If you notice in 99.9% of mangas and LNs out there, when you have a biracial character, it's always the mother who is foreign.

There are a billion things I could site in Nisekoi that go against Japanese ideals.
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Actually it's very simple as to why Raku chose Chitoge. It was meant to be that way since the beginning. If you read the one-shot of Nisekoi, it's very obvious what the purpose of the story was meant to be. Everything else added in was just padding.

Onodera herself was just added in to be padding. The only thing her character ever did, was that she dumped herself so Raku wouldn't have to dump her. Think about this, the author tried intentionally to make a character that did nothing except for blush and smile... and people liked her. People loved the INTENTIONAL lack of character development and personality.

Nisekoi if anything was a story about the author fighting with Japanese society. If anything else goes to support that... Chitoge continued working after her and Raku got married. Raku's mother left to go fulfill her dream of writing books while Raku's dad took care of him. Marika's mother was the one who made the decisions while her father was the one who ultimately tried to keep the family together. Nisekoi was a pretty crappy romcom story imo, but it did go against the Japanese grain, and I do have to give it props for that. Also, Chitoge's father is an American. Why is that relevant? If you notice in 99.9% of mangas and LNs out there, when you have a biracial character, it's always the mother who is foreign.

There are a billion things I could site in Nisekoi that go against Japanese ideals.


I agree with you that at some point I felt that the ending was gonna be that way. I had... hopes, tho.

When I said about the romantic idealism that the story embodies, I was referring about the "love" and the weird concept of "'fragile' women must be protected". On other stuff that the story represents, maybe it was trying to be innovative. But yeah, on Japanese fictional stories, normally the mom on international marriages are foreign while on real life tends to be exactly the opposite.
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I'm just going to pretend Onodera got chosen.
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I'm just going to pretend Onodera got chosen.


Ikr! That is what my mind does. :3
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