Raku's choice is similar to Shinji's, recognising that conflict is part of a worthwhile life.
There's conflict, and then there is what your typical Harem anime leading man (and Shinji) goes through. Fortunately Nisekoi never went over the top into the moral abomination of something like Love Hina. There's definitely conflict, but the girls are never outright abusive towards Raku. I mean, there was this episode of Nisekoi where they did the typical 'boy is trapped in girls hotspring
' plot that every harem anime does, and the girl he bumps into actually acts like HUMAN BEING about it.
anyways. . . here's what I've been reading.
This is a darker vein of Superhero manga. This is Tiger And Bunny, meets Watchmen, on PCP. To give too much away would be to spoil it, but like Watchmen this takes ideas inherent to the whole 'superpowered humans in our world' genre things like the 'evil organization' 'the ideal hero' and 'the anti-hero' and deconstructs them to the bone.
I really like how this series reconstructs the whole 'Batman/Superman' dynamic between the two leads. The Superman-expy, the only hero in the series actually has powers had a harsh upbringing and is very depressed, somber, and brooding. While the non-superpowered Batman-expy is relatively well adjusted, positive and idealistic.
Then the plot happens. A LOT of plot happens to both of them that changes them, and not always for the better. I don't want to spoil, but lets just say the prettyboy idealist gets a serious wake-up call after the organization exploits his popularity with the ladies. Then there's a big twist about who is behind the evil organization that makes him reassess everything he's ever known.
While the Superpowered boy begins to open up to others.
The series sets the tone for who Jin is as a character right away. I mean, seeing a nine year old try to reattach a severed arm . . . his childlike innocence keeping him from realizing the man is already dead, it's really heartbreaking. If they ever made a REAL R-rated Superman movie, there would definitely be a scene like this in it.
But there's also moments of light to make the darker moments shock you a lot more than they otherwise would.
I really REALLY like this scene in particular. After Jin cripples his caregivers abusive boyfriend and has serious guilt about it. . .