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It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku can't remember whom he promised to marry ten years ago. All he has is a lock pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, in turn, holds the key that opens the pendant. Then, Raku discovers that two girls have keys from a promise they also made ten years ago—Chitoge and his current crush, Onodera! Making matters worse, another girl with a key appears on the scene...
Komi's English debut is his first serial work since 2008's Double Arts. While specializing in one-shot romances aimed at boys, this title is Komi's longest piece to date, bringing a delicate, airy art style and complicated rom-com to Weekly Shonen Jump. Raku Ichijo is your average high school student and mob heir chasing a dream: he wants to go straight, ask his crush out on a date, and find the long-ago girl who holds the key to his heart-shaped locket. On the eve of his confession to his longtime crush, shy and caring Onodera, he's summoned by the family head and told to fake a relationship with the most egregious (and gorgeous) girl in school to avoid a turf war. Misunderstandings begin from there, whether with the comedic-relief chorus of overly devout bruisers on either side, Ichijo's classmates, or Onodera. While Ichijo continues the search for the key-wielder and struggles with finding a safe space to confess his feelings for the girl he really likes, he learns to look outside himself and see the different kinds of caring that exist. The book is rated for teens, and will be a good, fun read for that age group; for adults, the plot is nothing new, and a bit heavy on the bickering at least, in volume 1.