YMMV / Nisekoi

  • Americans Hate Tingle: While Kosaki is popular with the Japanese fandom due to her Yamato Nadeshiko traits, topping character polls of the series, she is a much more divisive Base Breaker in Western fandom. In the latter fandom she's either "weak and boring" or "the only truly nice girl in the harem," with little middle ground.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The main plot surrounding the childhood proposal mystery. Despite having a rather engaging beginning that had a plethora of fans invested, only a few details overall about it have been disclosed since then. That being said, the chapters that actually focus on childhood proposal are generally considered the best ones. The problem is that for each main story chapter there's at least five one shot chapters that serve little purpose beyond drawing out the manga. What's more is that even the characters themselves are starting not to care, especially since it's starting to seem like Raku said it to more than one person. Whenever anyone mentions it now it tends to be about how much it doesn't matter.
    • Marika's Arranged Marriage arc that lasted from chapters 180 to 195 had some people getting impatient to have it come to an end. The backlash is usually from the folk who aren't Marika fans that want the spotlight on somebody else, and are bewildered as to why one of Nisekoi's longer story arcs was given to such a character. It's telling that many fans want her to just drop dead already.
  • Broken Base: Studio Shaft of all companies getting the rights to making the anime adaptation has caused a major split in the fandom. You're either on the side that enjoys the unique quirks they bring to the Rom-Com genre, or you're on the side that thinks SHAFT's style is just too much of an out-of-place distraction to fuse with this kind of story. The latter opinion only intensified with each Blu-Ray episode release, where the studio added all sorts of color filters to scenes that, in the original TV airing, looked completely normal, leaving watchers to wonder what the hell was the production thinking.
  • Cliché Storm: Critics have accused this series of being this, doing little to innovate itself within the Harem genre.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ending Fatigue: While the plot is largly derided for being dull, after Marika is Put On The Bus and Raku has a Love Epiphany towards Chitoge a scant few chapters later, many fans see little reason to keep the series going. Instead the series goes on, determined to have Raku reject everyone else before the story is over.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Side characters Ruri and Shuu are quite popular. note ]
    • Out of Raku's Harem candidates, Marika always scores 1st in Popularity Polls. Marika naturally gloats about it to Chitoge's face whenever it happens. This however can be largely blamed on a Big Name Fan nicknamed "Y-san", who infamously purchased 800 copies of Weekly Shounen Jump just he could supply votes for Marika and is known for voting in the online polls literally thousands of times.
    • Haru Onodera. Introduced late in the series, people regarded her as The Scrappy. After a series of Character Development, she becomes a fan favorite, despite her limited appearances.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Several fans, partly due to Arc Fatigue and frustration with ever-complicating harem hijinks, have expressed the desire for the story to focus more on Shuu/Ruri than any of the potential couplings of the main characters. To the point that many such fans subjected Raku to some Die for Our Ship when chapters 113-114 looked like it was a set-up for Ruri to join his harem, although this sentiment was mitigated with the presence of Shuu and the Ship Tease resolution with him in chapter 115.
  • Hollywood Homely: People sometimes wonder how someone who looks like Raku could end up with girls like Chitoge. This trope is zig-zagged though, since it's revealed he was actually quite popular amongst the girls in middle school.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Chapter 52, where Raku has to find out Chitoge's measurements in order to open a briefcase. He figures that asking her upfront would label him as a pervert. So what does he do? He sneaks into the girl's room during their physicals, followed by disguising himself as a doctor to look at the charts. And when that all fails, he decides to finally ask her directly. By shouting it as loud as possible in a room filled with changing girls. It's even lampshaded by Raku himself at one point as he wonders why he decided to sneak into the girl's room in the first place.
    • An extra in chapter 105 has the group going to a hot spring that features a geyser that shoots the bag containing the girls' clothes over to the men's side, with only Raku present at the time. Instead of simply calling out to him, telling him the situation and asking him to close his eyes while they retrieve their clothes, they make several attempts to sneak past him to the bag. While completely naked.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As the series went on, it became clear to a lot of readers that the Childhood Marriage Promise Story Arc was just an Excuse Plot to establish a setting for current-time Harem shenanigans, but what keeps people coming back are the crazy, and absolutely hilarious, facial expressions seen amongst the characters. In addition, as described in Fan-Preferred Couple, a good chunk of readers continue to follow the series just to see how the Shuu/Ruri pairing plays out.
  • Les Yay:
    • Kosaki and Chitoge have a little bit during their bonding moment in chapter 69.
    • Paula and Seishirou have a bit as well, though mainly Paula. A drunk Seishirou even kisses Paula in chapter 173 after commenting that she has soft looking lips, the same thing she said to Raku a few moments before.
    • Marika's friend Mikage is described as being a "dirty old man" and is possibly an outright lesbian and it's hinted that the person she likes is Marika, though she says she's saving herself for Johnny Depp.
    • Haru's friend Fuu-Chan has some strong feelings for Haru. There is also Haru's slight obsession with becoming friends with Paula.
      • An extra has Fuu-chan taking pictures of Haru in exceedingly sexy poses, after they're done Haru asks Fuu-chan if she's okay because her nose is bleeding, basically confirming her being gay for Haru.
    • Haru is just a Les Yay magnet. In addition to Fuu-chan and Paula above, Chapter 201 introduces her kouhai, Ricchan. The first thing Ricchan did after greeting her? Attempt a lover's kiss.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Claude placing a listening device on Chitoge to listen to her every conversation and then locking Chitoge in an isolated room with no phone reception after listening to her plans of running away from home and stay at Raku's, cutting her off from any and all contact with her friends and not just Raku until they leave to America is definitely his biggest dick move in the entire series.
  • One True Threesome: Chitoge/Raku/Tsugumi is a rather popular threesome. Raku/Chitoge is highly considered to come out as the primary romance, but because Tsugumi has shown feelings for Raku, and also happens to be a longtime friend to Chitoge, she is often seen as a mistress for the both of them.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Haru eventually as well, basically turning her character into a Tsundere Onodera after she finally starts to come around regarding how she views Raku.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Between the Arc Fatigue and the Balanced Harem staying so balanced that No Romantic Resolution is almost guaranteed, many fans have stated that the main romance is the worst thing about the series.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Haru, Onodera's little sister, did not leave a good impression on readers shortly after her introduction for almost the exact same flaws people disliked about Chitoge early on...only much worse.
    • Claude can get this reaction from some, for his overprotectiveness towards Chitoge after it stopped being a source of comedy fuel and started getting too creepy. Raku's Yakuza group are at best misguided in their good intentions or being overbearing with it.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: As expected of a harem show with multiple girls, viewers are split on who they'd want Raku to end up with. The crowning example is with either Chitoge or Kosaki, which then leads to...
    • OT3 After Chitoge and Kosaki started becoming close, and the reveal that they used to be friends as kids, shipping both of them with Raku has started to become popular.
    • Another OT3 candidate with Raku is Chitoge and Tsugumi to which people will pair off Raku and Chitoge, but then have Tsugumi at the side as their loyal mistress.
  • So Okay, It's Average: For some.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Both Raku's Yakuza group and Chitoge's Beehive group are insanely overprotective of them, and all the times they do something with the intention to help, they only make things uncomfortable for both of them. Raku and Chitoge couldn't have a normal life because of that.
    • Claude stands out as the Nisekoi champion of this trope. His overprotectiveness of Chitoge which included, but not limited to, performing body checks on Chitoge's classmates in junior high before they could approach her and threatening to shoot underlings if they tell Chitoge her cooking is bad resulted in Chitoge's friendless (bar Tsugumi) background until the start of Nisekoi's events and her being a Lethal Chef as her underlings couldn't tell Chitoge her food was bad so she could never learn what she was doing wrong to improve.
  • Theme Pairing: The Fan-Preferred Couple Shuu/Ruri pairs two observant, savvy bespectacled characters who are each best friends with a member of the main harem and are frequently involved with it without romantic involvement with those in it. This is even invoked with them being referred to as "glasses buddies."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: You'd be surprised as to how many people thought the plot from the one-shot chapters were better than the actual overall manga.
  • Values Dissonance: To western viewers it can seem very strange that Kyokou-sensei would quit her job just because she was getting married, or that during the career counciling in 122 marriage would be seen as an alternative to a career instead of a seperate issue. While it is uncommon, but not unheard of, for a woman to quit her job in The West due to getting married, pregnancy is usally the more deciding factor, or more cynical, the husbands income, in Japan and Eastern countries it's common enough to be expected.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Most of the times, Raku is an Accidental Pervert due to situations beyond his own control. This is not the case in Chapter 52, where he invites it upon himself after pulling one stupid antic after the other.
    • Paula in the beauty pageant, who tries to come out as this mysterious beauty to get more votes, and she would have been successful...had she not forgotten to sign up her name, meaning she wasn't even signed up officially.
  • Woolseyism: Marika's proper speech is translated into English as a southern-US accent.