The one anime I am looking forward to the most next month has to be SHAFT’s and director Akiyuki Shinbo’s (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari) adaptation of Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi romantic comedy manga. The manga isn’t due for an English print release until next month, but has been released in English simultaneously with Japan through Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine.
This week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan has revealed that the TV anime will begin broadcasting from 11th January (a week before my birthday! w00!). Also, the opening theme “CLICK” will be performed by ClariS, who are known for their songs being used in Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Oreimo.
Nisekoi‘s story focuses on Raku Ichijo, a high school student and the incredibly friendly, unwilling heir to “Shuei-Gumi” yakuza faction and Chitoge Kirisaki, the rather loud and brash daughter of the rival mafia group “Beehive”. After a run-in at school, the two declare their hatred of the other, but in order to avoid a full-scale mafia war breaking out, are forced to pretend to be lovers for the next three years. If that wasn’t bad enough for poor Raku, around his neck is a locket – a reminder of a promise he made to a girl 10 years ago, who has the key to open his lock. The only problem is, he can’t remember who that girl was.
The anime adaptation stars Kouki Uchiyama (Soul Eater‘s Soul) as Raku alongside Nao Toyama (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU‘s Yui Yuigahama, The World God Only Know‘s Kanon Nakagawa) as Chitoge.