Friday, 5 August 2016

Overview [US]: Nisekoi: False Love - Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

Surprise! I made a deal with a fellow forum member to get the first two volumes of Nisekoi Season 1's Aniplex version. It was a good head-start to try and catch up with these sets. Here's the first volume.

Since I've gotten these used, I'll be placing them under the Overview banner of my blogposts (the format is still the same however). 4th Jan 2017 UPDATE: Some photos have also been tweaked.

Nisekoi is one of SHAFT's recent works and is adapted from a well-known Shonen Jump manga series which actually just ended recently. The first season of the anime adaptation aired during the Winter 2014 season and lasted 20 episodes. Aniplex of America picked up the license and I managed to watch the series through Animax UK (which isn't the best way to watch anime mind you) as they snatched the UK rights thanks to Kaze UK. Aniplex have the show on Crunchyroll for other English zones.

Anywho the show was one of the first to be given the volume treatment from Aniplex of America. Basically it follows a similar pattern to how Japan handles their anime distribution but with the US version it's less volumes but the price is still steep. Nisekoi was given four volumes with five episodes each (basically a quarter of the count).

The first volume contains the first five episodes in Japanese with English subtitles only. Like all Aniplex sets, the discs are region free and the subtitles are unlockable. The packaging is very flimsy, similar to how the Monogatari arcs were handled. Inside the cardboard box is a Blu-ray case with a single disc, a couple collectable ending cards and a small poster.

For those who own the Kaze version, your release only has End Cards 3, 4 & 5 from this set.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese
Audio: LPCM 2.0 [Japanese]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: A B C
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

Plot Synopsis (via Aniplex):
10 years ago, Raku made a secret promise with a girl he met that they would "get married when they reunite." Since then, he never let go of the pendant she gave him...

Like any average high school student, Raku lives with family pressures... Unlike most teenagers, he's the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family.

One day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge transfers into Raku's class. Their chemistry was more than off. Not a moment went by without them fighting. But, through a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers. Although his heart is really interested in his classmate Kosaki, Raku must pretend to be Chitoge's boyfriend.

What will happen to this false [NISE] love [KOI]?!

On-Disc Extra Content:
Textless Opening & Ending

Collector's Edition Extras:
Cardboard box packaging with a Blu-ray case
5 Collectable Ending Cards
Small Poster

Nisekoi: False Love is only available on Blu-ray in four volumes for SRP $64.98 each from Aniplex of America. The show is also available on Blu-ray from KAZE in two volumes for UK & France while Madman have the show on DVD for Australia.

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