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    Paula's guns 

  • Where does Paula keep her guns? She's not shown wearing holsters, nor do we see any other place to store guns in that outfit.
    • A shot of her doing a flip show them strapped to her cape. It doesn't explain why the cape is still so light and flexible enough to flap in the wind, but at least we see where they are.


    Holiday timings 
  • Why was there a Christmas story in February, followed by a New Years story in March? Is Naoshi Komi working with a two-month delay without knowing it?
    • Standard practice is that chapters are written 2-3 weeks ahead of time. As for the rest of the time, I can't account for it.
    • It probably just happened that the author decided to have that sort of story in February, and the one about New Years in March was a natural follow-up (it would be weird to get a story about the mid-December festivities and then suddenly get a story about, for example, Golden Week, would it not?).
    • The Chinese and Japanese new years typically happen in Febuary or March, and christmas the month before, so the reason? Differences in calandars.
    • The Christmas story happened in February because February happened to be when the mangaka happened to finish all of the stories that were supposed to happen before Christmas. Time passing in the real world isn't supposed to match up with time passing in the manga (ie. two years have passed in the manga after four years of publication).


  • Why is school security so lax? Paula brings grenades into school and openly reveals them, and no trouble starts.

     Mrs. Onodera 

  • Mrs. Onodera casually mentions Kosaki's feelings for Raku in front of him. How does he still not know about Kosaki's feelings for him? Or alternatively, how is it that such a massive plot point causes no reaction?
    • Perhaps he just assumes that the mother is trying to get them together, to get him to inherit the family business.
    • In retrospect, Raku is aware that Kosaki has a key and that they knew each other ten years ago. As awkward as they are around each other, they are both aware of each other's feelings.
    • He probably just wrote it off as a joke, considering the kind of person her mother is.

     "Zawsze in love." 
  • Where did Chitoge learn the word "Zawsze?" It seems a bit strange for a half-Japanese/half-American girl to be learning Polish vocabulary at age 5.
    • As recent chapters reveal, the words are present in a story that she used to read.
    • It's never stated that the American side of her is not Polish-American. I personally have the headcanon that Chitoge's American side is some kind of Slavic because she's blonde and blue-eyed (ruling out black, Hispanic, Arab, and Mediterranean for possible origins), and having WASPs as gangsters is kind of hard to believe.

    • There are organized crime groups of just about every ethnic group, and some that are of non race based ( as her fathers group seems to be a mix) plus her fathers name is clearly German. If we ignore the name, there's also the Irish mob to consider.

     English class 
  • Why is Chitoge even taking an English class at Bonyari High? As a native speaker, one would expect she could test out of it with ease, considering that an 11th grade foreign language class is roughly the equivalent of a 4th grade class for native speakers.
    • the easy A. it's not uncommon for people to take a language class that they know already to boost their grades.
    • Actually, she does not have a choice, in Japan (and some other places in the world actually) you do not choose your classes, but rather you are assigned to a class and different teachers go to that class to teach. Every student in the class sees the same subjects, she can't opt out of it.


     The Promise 
  • Why on earth would Raku and Chitoge make a second locket promise at the very end? It just seems a little weird, since Raku himself repeatedly stated multiple times that the locket promise didn't matter anymore. So, after all of that, and all of the trouble girls went to figure out which key his locket fit, and after he, Kosaki, and Chitoge buried the old childhood locket, why would he just up and do another locket promise? That would mean that it was important to him after all, but it just doesn't matter in the eyes of the narrative because it's Kosaki's promise.
    • It was symbolic. The locket was always important to Raku, and it had become important in the context of his relationship with not just Kosaki, but also Chitoge as well. Kosaki may have been the promise girl, but Chitoge was the one Raku initially chose, and she gave up her spot because Raku and Kosaki liked each other. Burying the old locket was burying that past. Raku's feelings for Kosaki, Raku clinging to the idea that he should keep that promise with the promise girl, and Raku acknowledging that what was happening here and know mattered more to him than what happened twelve years ago. He made a new locket and key as part of a new promise, as part of his engagement to Chitoge. It was a new thing to carry around and treasure, not born from the promises made years in the past, but born from the love he was experiencing right then and there, after he had grown up and understood everything. It could've been anything, but since the locket and the keys had been important to all of them, Raku went with it since now there was no doubt. Chitoge was his new promise girl, and the new locket symbolizes that.

  • If Raku just wanted to live a life other than one befitting a Yakuza family heir, why didn't he just think of running away with Kosaki to France and join the French Foreign Legion once they graduate? Physical requirements? Language? Beehive and Shuei-gumi footsoldiers looking for him? Some other reason?


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