Blu-ray Review: Nisekoi – Season 2 Part 2

The season comes to it’s conclusion with Kaze Entertainment’s Season 2 Part 2 release of Nisekoi but is it a happy ever after or just another disappointment to an enjoyable show? Well let’s take a look at in our review of Nisekoi – Season 2 Part 2.

Synopsis:

Seasoned heart breaker Raku unintentionally seduces Kosaki’s little sister who, unlike her older sibling, is not at all shy and has no problem pestering her beloved with amorous gestures!

The young man is unable to fend off the girls’ advances, and in turn incurs the wrath of Chitoge. However, behind her demanding exterior, Chitoge is sentimental at heart and also decides to declare her love to Raku. Will we finally find out which of these young women holds the key to Raku’s heart? All will be revealed!

Our View:

If you were hoping for a continuation to the fake love story between Chitoge and Raku within this second half of season two then unfortunately you will be in for a bit of a disappointment as instead we see Kosaki’s little sister, Haru, introduced to the group and her troubles with the opposite sex brought to your attention. It’s a rather unusual way of progressing a second season forward, by introducing a main characters sibling three quarters in to the current franchise, and yet surprisingly it works quite well as a form of distraction from the real story at hand; the true feelings between Chitoge and Raku.

Bizarrely enough this second half of season two begins as if it is a brand new season; with viewers treated to a brief introduction of Haru and her visions of what high-school life would be like with her sister; however on the way to school her dreams are crushed when a group of older males stop her in the street. Overcome by fear, due to her being unable to talk to members of the opposite sex, Haru passes out but that’s not before she is rescued by a mysterious stranger who she believes to be her prince charming. In actuality this ‘imaginary prince charming’ is actually Raku and from this wonderfully presented intro we find ourselves set up for the next handful of episodes with Raku attempting to prove to her that it was actually him that rescued her.

Of course that is not the only topic at hand; as Haru soon becomes a regular member of the group under the pretence of protecting her older sister from Raku and when Haru learns that he is actuality going out with Chitoge it creates a whole world of trouble for everyone involved.; especially for Kosaki who has feelings for Raku and vice versa. This whole scenario of proving oneself takes place across multiple outlets, such as the school swimming pool, the family cake shop and the school grounds; each of which deliver a slightly different comical scenario that – in hindsight – you wouldn’t expect from a relatively new character. A perfect example of this ‘unexpected comical scenario’ would be the Magical Girl themed half of an episode which sees Haru wearing an outfit that resembles Madoka’s magical girl outfit from Madoka Magica (another series that SHAFT animated).  This (half of the) episode is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things but it does provide an amusing viewing experience for fans of Magical Girl themed shows.

Unlike the other additions seen in the later stages of season 1 Haru’s appearance within Nisekoi brings a whole new meaning to the series; and when Haru starts to deliver an emotional attachment to Raku it spells trouble for those attempting to woe him over. Naturally this ‘Haru Arc’ of Nisekoi isn’t the only talking point of the series as we once again see Chitoge (and in turn Raku) continually asking themselves about their real emotions for another – which once again provides some harsh realisations for those involved. It’s good enjoyable fun from start to finish; but oddly enough it may not exactly be what you expected to receive from it. Is there a happily ever after? I’m afraid not; but it provides plenty of laughs – and a few iconic heard turns – from start to finish but its just a shame we did not have more.

Extras:

Just like with the previous instalment Nisekoi – Season 2 Part 2 provides little in the way of bonus materials and as such fans will only find textless opening and closing songs that are related to the episodes contain within this disc.

If you are looking for promotional trailers then you’ll want to view the ‘french side’ of the disc as upon choosing the French option when the disc starts you will be welcomed with a wealth of ‘french related’ trailers. Unless you understand French then these bonus materials are pointless; but it is worth mentioning just because they can be fun to watch; especially the Nisekoi trailer that promotes the manga.

Specs:

Media:  BD 25 x1
Region: B
Running Time:  2:28:24
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English & French (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Nisekoi – Season 2 Part 2 attempts to overlook the events of the first half and begin afresh with a new character, a new outlook and a new sense of purpose; and although it may seem different it is still the same series we know and love; with a potential romance in the air and an ending nowhere in sight. Contained on this Blu-ray we have six episodes that help brings the second series to its conclusion and as opposed to seeing Chitoge and Raku become familiar with one another we see Kosaki’s younger sister, Haru, enter the fray to stir things up.

As mentioned it’s a comical series of events which sees the ‘once shy around guys’ girl defend her sister from the questionable looks of Raku to herself having some type of emotional attachment to him with a difficulty understanding why. Unlike the rest of the franchise it sees a character develop and come to turns with her feelings in a short space of time; while elsewhere other characters try to figure out their own plan on what to do next. Of course while Haru is the focal point of this instalment the series ends on a high with the spotlight once again being placed on Chitoge and Raku with some minor character development taking place but (as you’d expect) remains in the same place as when the series began. It’s fun and enjoyable to watch; but in terms of progression with the relationship hardly any progress is made and it’s left to the manga to finish the story. It’s a shame; but it can’t be helped.

Just like the previous releases this instalment of Nisekoi is produced by KAZE Entertainment, with distribution handled by Manga Entertainment UK, and it is business as usual with questionable subtitle options (such as only one line of translated text being displayed and thin white subtitles resulting in difficulty of reading during certain scenes) and relatively barebones in bonus content. Of course if you can overlook these issues, and the lack of supplementary content, then it’s presentation, packaging and implementation is just as good as you would expect – which is all we can really ask for.

Once again Nisekoi – Season 2 Part 2 is surprisingly good for a set that provides so few episodes in number and while the momentum generated at the end of the first half is nowhere in sight it does start afresh to provide that needed reboot to make the series more approachable and enjoyable again. A conclusive ending is not in sight; but with plenty of tension in the area it provides the right amount of laughs in the right places and well worth a watch if you’ve seen the previous season.

Score: review-stars-3

Nisekoi – Season 2 Part 2 is now available on Blu-ray and DVD within the UK.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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