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It’s Nisekoi but different and worse. Thanks for reading.
You need some more info to go on? Well, alright. KawaKou (I couldn’t find an official handle, so I’m going with this) is about our protagonist, Mikado, heir to the Kitamikado dynasty, a powerful, political family in Japan, who walks into the trap of the main heroine, Kisa, first in line to succeed as head of the Nanjou family, a powerful, political family in Japan but in a criminal, manipulative sense – think yakuza but less murderous. They’re both bad in their own regards as the Nanjou seem to seek power for power’s sake and the Kitamikado seek power to purge the weak and incompetent. No need to overthink it, though, because the story is mainly about Mikado walking in on Kisa while she’s changing and her being very prepared by filming his indecent act from various angles. She then blackmails him into playing a very weird game of chicken with her: Whoever falls for the other or expresses their affection for the other, loses. The loser becomes the winner’s slave. Why? Because Kisa’s grandmother tied the choice of successor to whether she wins over Mikado or not. If she doesn’t, her little sister Mizuki becomes the next head of the family, who appears to be incompetent.
I actually enjoyed reading KawaKou, especially thanks to the characters. Although I dislike some of the dialogue writing, I largely liked the personalities. Kisa is a strong and independent girl, Rinka a very devoted and traditional one. Kisa’s sister Mizuki most definitely has more behind her than what everyone thinks. She acts like a typical upbeat but silly and worryfree girl who doesn’t take her own status seriously. However, she does show up at the weirdest of times and leaks just enough information to nudge the game in her favor, does things that appear just stupid and coincidental enough to be unsuspicious but give her a more advantageous position to work with. I’m actually highly intrigued by her character. In fact, I’m intrigued to the point where I can only get disappointed and everything probably turns out to be coincidental and she turns out to be exactly who she appears to be. So far, though, there’s room for interpretation. She shows up to give Mikado a hint that he’s in a replica school, she exchanges addresses with Mikado so she can seduce him more, she tells Mikado that she knows he thinks she’s attractive because she looks just like her sister. Mizuki really doesn’t act like a girl without an agenda.
So that’s the good part, how does KawaKou fuck it up? The scenarios the author puts the characters in are absolute beyond ridiculous. Kisa tries to seduce Mikado by building a 1:1 replica of their school and replacing every single one with an actor who all keep praising and worshipping Kisa to brainwash Mikado. Think about that, we’re supposed to buy that not only did she have their school built overnight, she also found dozens of actors who exactly look like their classmates and teachers, sound like them, behave like them. On top of that, the school has to be surrounded by other buildings or scenery, right? So that also has gotta look like that. It’s just plain fucking stupid. No, that doesn’t make sense in the world this story takes place whatsoever.
While the other situations the characters find themselves in aren’t as terrible, they range from meh to alright. And since the whole series is about the two of them trying to seduce each other while dodging interferences, this really hurts the overall story.
Another negative point is Mikado appearing to be an absolut elitist dick. I’m not sure whether that’s unironical, but when asked how he’d rule Japan, he basically states that he wants to purge the weak and incompetent, and so on. I mean, he doesn’t elaborate on it, but it does sound pretty bad. “Kill the weak, rule of the strong”-kinda stuff.
The girls tickle my fancies enough to carry the story for me, but if you don’t happen to like the same kinds of characters that I do, you can easily subtract two points from my verdict. Personally, I liked it enough to plan on reading the next volume, all of the main cast girls are great, the protagonist kind of a jerk. However, I can’t blame anyone who just thinks this series is mediocre at best and a waste of time.