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Bakemonogatari Director Shinbo, SHAFT Make Nisekoi TV Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Madoka Magica/Arakawa Under the Bridge director & studio to animate school romantic comedy

This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the anime adaptation of Naoshi Komi's romantic comedy manga Nisekoi will be directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari and other Monogatari anime, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) at the anime studio SHAFT. Komi himself said that he jumped for joy after hearing the news.

Shonen Jump's English website describes the story:

As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face...

Though Raku's a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he's dragged into family affairs when he's forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang's boss!

Despite their constant spats, the two somehow fool everyone with their false relationship. Raku then discovers that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can't remember... Plus, two other girls appear with keys as well—Kosaki Onodera and Marika Tachibana!

Caught in the midst of this love maelstrom, even more complications arise for Raku when his class decides on Romeo and Juliet as the class's play for the school festival. Can the two false lovebirds pull off the impossible and make the play a success?!

Komi, the creator of the Double Arts manga, first made Nisekoi as a one-shot manga in Shueisha's seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine in 2011. Komi then launched the manga as a regular series in the main Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in November 2011. Viz Media's English version of Shonen Jump then began serializing the manga last year. The manga also inspired a "vomic" (voiced comic) with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu as the lead characters.

The anime will run on television.

[Via Manga News, kazu]

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