Score: 3

To be clear: this is no masterpiece. Considering this is a one-off crossover between two series it is nice some thought was put into Nisekyu

Summary 3.0 Liked It
Score: 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Nisekyu

By Haruichi Furudate, Naoshi Komi

Crossovers, regardless of medium, can often come across as unnecessary; in some cases, they are downright bizarre. In the case of Nisekoi’s and Haikyu’s crossover one-shot, Nisekyu, it works relatively well. Both series do not require too much suspension of disbelief, nor does either series clash in tone with the other. Nisekoi is a fluffy romantic comedy, and Haikyu is a fluffy sports series. The end result of all this is a one-shot about beach volleyball and bonding.

There is a kind of arc for the cast of Haikyu, as they learn to overcome their jealousy and personal prejudices, and in the process bond with Raku. While this is still a crossover of two unrelated series, it is not presented in a particularly compelling or deep way. Still, it is nice knowing while Nisekyu was never going to aim for lofty heights, it is still a tender little story with some compassion put in. Nisekyu is not likely to win new fans for either Nisekoi or Haikyu, but it is among the better thought out manga crossovers I have come across.

The warm expressiveness of Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyu, and to a lesser extent Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi, shines through. The Nisekoi characters are more of a low point visually in this comic. Partially the cause of this is because the characters from Nisekoi do not really visually mesh with the rest of Nisekyu, but also the characters from the Nisekoi universe really do lack the delicately detailed artwork Naoshi Komi generally draws them with. The biggest issue with crossovers is that different art styles do not always blend together naturally, and it is clear there was a struggle to convey Naoshi Komi’s usual standard for artwork here.

Nisekyu is still completely unnecessary, but neither of its parent series has much substance to begin with, so nothing was really lost in its creation. Nisekyu manages to capture both the spirit and visuals of both Nisekoi and Haikyu. This is the one area where Nisekyu is jarring occurs with accurate transfers for character designs from both series. The more cartoonish series, Nisekoi, does not really connect with the more heartwarming, expressive artwork of Haikyu.

That is a rather minor nitpick in the end product, as Niskeyu is still rather heartwarming but it is worth mentioning. Nisekyu also uses this opportunity to poke fun at both of its parent stories. Never in a mean-spirited way, but it seems self-aware of the conventions of both the romantic-comedy and sports genres which both Nisekoi and Haikyu rely on. This entirely is in the form of sneering comments from characters from the opposing series.

As mentioned above, Nisekyu is a simple bonding experience between the casts of Haikyu and Nisekoi, and that Nisekyu selected beach volleyball for this is the most suitable choice for this. Beach volleyball as a theme connects both series quite well without becoming a gimmick or too contrived. To be clear: this is no masterpiece. Considering this is a one-off crossover between two series it is nice some thought was put into Nisekyu.

Nisekyu

Related posts

Manga Mavericks EP. 29: “One Piece Has A Lot Of Copies In Print”

Manga Mavericks EP. 29: "One Piece Has A Lot Of Copies In Print"

There's been a lot of doom and gloom about One Piece recently. It got taken off Toonami, then it got dumped by Hulu, and now everyone's aflame over whether the Pudding twist was sexist or not. In these trouble times, just remember - One Piece has three times more volumes in print than the entire...

Nichijou: Fall Down Seven Times, Laugh It Up Eight

Nichijou: Fall Down Seven Times, Laugh It Up Eight

When circumventing the conventions of genre, it’s important to either tread carefully, or avoid it altogether. Tropes and standards keep us safe: they provide a sense of unified human experience. A story may hold different perspectives from different authors, but thanks to genre conventions...

Manga Mavericks EP. 28 – “My Hero Academia (FEAT. Doctor)”

Manga Mavericks EP. 28 - "My Hero Academia (FEAT. Doctor)"

I AM HERE! And our never-ending fight to discuss great manga continues with another Shonen Jump series discussion! This week we're talking My Hero Academia with Doctor of the Ass Backwards Anime Podcast. We talk the good, the bad, the ugly, the all right and All Might - every quirky detail we...

Manga Mavericks EP. 27 – “Black Clover (feat. Annaliese Christman)”

Manga Mavericks EP. 27 - "Black Clover (feat. Annaliese Christman)"

Alternatively titled: Dr. Stockholm, Or: How I Learned To Stop Hating and Love Black Clover. ^ I was thinking of making that the episode title but I thought it would be too long. But yes, today's episode is all about the up-and-coming Shonen Jump hit, Black Clover, to celebrate it surpassing...

Hana & Hina After School Volume 1

Hana & Hina After School Volume 1

This manga basically tells insecure readers to ignore those normies because they don’t matter, you matter, and you shouldn’t be bothered by what other people think, because there are other people out there who share you interests you can connect with, befriend, and perhaps even fall in love with.

Movie Mavericks #5: “Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale”

Movie Mavericks #5: "Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale"

We were going to record a podcast about Toonami, but that fell through, so we're talking about Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale instead. What a switch. Needless to say we needed some extra help to get through this, so we recruited our friend Ethan to help us dissect everything that works and the...

Leave a comment