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|Other names|| Chitoge Ichijō (一条 千棘, Ichijō Chitoge)
Ojō-sama (お嬢さま, Ojō-sama) Half-san (ハーフさん, Hāfu-san)
|Age|| 15 - 16 (Season 1)
16 (Season 2) 18 (As Of The Manga)
|Date of birth|| June 7th
|Height||160 cm(1st Year Arc))162 cm(2nd Year Arc)|
|Goal|| Convince the Bee Hive Gang and Shūei Clan that she's dating Raku;
Confess her feelings to Raku; (Goal achieved) Find out who the promise girl is (Goal achieved)
|Likes|| Raku Ichijō;
Ramen; Her ribbon
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Chitoge Ichijō (一条 千棘, Ichijō Chitoge; (née Kirisaki (桐崎)) is the main female protagonist of the Nisekoi series, written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. She serves as the fake girlfriend of Raku Ichijō for the next three years of her school life to prevent a war from starting between their families. She is Raku's love interest.
Chitoge Kirisaki originally lived with her father in the United States until she transferred to another school in Japan — where she is now currently going to. With her father being the leader of the infamous Bee Hive Gang, it has caused multiple problems for Chitoge during her childhood as she was unable to make friends because they were all afraid of Chitoge being aggressive as her father. And being under constant watch by her bodyguard, Claude, the students from her childhood was also frightened by this abnormal manner. However, when she was young, she met and befriended a hitwoman in-training, Tsugumi, who, to the current day, she is still friends with. At that time it was Claude who had adopted Tsugumi as the hitwoman in-training. Claude had adopted Tsugumi hoping to protect Chitoge one day (because Claude had thought that Tsugumi was a boy which she wasn't). Chitoge also seems to have a few problems with her mother, who has very high expectations for her, making Chitoge somewhat of a perfectionist who excels in both sports and academics.
At some point during her childhood, Chitoge had become close friends with Raku, Kosaki, Marika, and Yui through a summer vacation in Tegu Plateau. Chitoge and Kosaki had the strongest relationship between the whole group and both shared a love for a picture book Chitoge owned which was about a princess and prince falling in love and reuniting in heaven. Chitoge decided to give Kosaki the picture book as a sign of friendship and remembrance when they can longer see each other.
As Chitoge and her friend's summer vacation comes to a close, Yui suggested that she and the rest of them make a promise to meet each other again in the future like the promise made between the prince and princess within the picture book. A set of 4 keys and a lock are made for all five of them. Only one key can open the lock. Chitoge is delighted with the idea of the promise and wants Raku's pendant to be able to accapt her specific key so that Raku would have to marry her in the future with Chitoge believing that he liked her in the past. Chitoge and Marika fight over the idea of who gets to marry Raku through the promise and decide to ask Raku himself. A confused Raku does not know how to respond and reluctantly chooses Chitoge as the girl he would marry because of her long hair.
An excited Chitoge is overjoyed to make the promise with Raku as she writes in her diary. As she heads out, she notices the last page of the picture book has been torn out and goes out to return it to Kosaki. In the field, Chitoge hides away as she watches the feelings Raku and Kosaki have for each other unfold. Chitoge is in shock at first but in the end, decides to let Kosaki promise Raku marriage as she gives Kosaki the real key that opens the lock. She then asks Raku if he can promise not to hurt Kosaki which he agrees to. Raku and Kosaki make their promise with Chitoge watching from afar. As Chitoge begins to pack up to leave, she notices that she still hasn't returned the last page of the picture book to Kosaki. She is in doubt that she will ever meet the rest of her friends again and puts the last page of the picture book inside a closet.
Chitoge is known as a hafū, or a person with mixed lineage between Japanese and another race. She has an American father named Adelt, who is the leader of their Bee Hive Gang, and a Japanese mother named Hana, who is a very talented, young (young enough to be mistaken as Chitoge's sister) and workaholic businesswoman that runs a multi-national business conglomerate. Chitoge had also explains that "her mood can dictate Japan's economy on any given day." Because of her mixed background, she is seen by her classmates (mostly the male ones), to be quite exotic.
Chitoge is fluent in both English and Japanese despite growing up in America, she is also half-Japanese. She is somewhat forgetful, aggressive and quick to attack someone who gets on her nerves. However, once someone gets to know her better, she becomes very talkative and nice. Similar to Raku, Chitoge is the type to go out of her way to help someone. For example, when Raku lost his pendant once again from the chain being broken, Chitoge had secretly gotten the Beehive gang to help fix it for him and gave it back later that night.
She's somewhat oblivious when it comes to love and others' love interests, like how she didn't know what Tsugumi's "symptoms" were, which was actually love.
She is also shown to be quite an eavesdropper, as shown in Chapter 26 where she was shown eavesdropping at Tsugumi and an unknown guy.
Throughout the series, it is noted that she is a very bad cook due to the fact that she never measures ingredients and adds random things to the dish that she thinks will make the dish taste better. She is also very athletic as she can easily jump over the school's walls and swim 25 meters in a couple of seconds. In Chapter 106, when Chitoge had lost her ribbon, she becomes very emotional and sad, wanting to find the ribbon very badly. Unlike her usual self, when Marika insulted her for caring so much about a ribbon, she cried innocently, scaring the girl into speaking in her accent and helping in finding the ribbon. Raku also noted that she felt more womanly as Chitoge was meek and quite happy when he tried to buy a replacement ribbon for her and when she hugged him for finding her actual ribbon, but all in all, prefers her usual self better. It should be noted that she treasured the ribbon for two key reasons: first, because her mother gave it to her, and second because Raku told her when they were young that it would look good on her.
Ever since she was a child she has had a hard time making friends as they were all afraid of her gangster family. As a result, she had a cold demeanour toward people at the start of the series due to Claude's over-protectiveness. This led her to create notebooks filled with information on classmates in an attempt to make friends. She has nyctophobia as she had fallen into a washing machine and got stuck in it for hours before she was saved, mostly contracting claustrophobia as well.
- Main article: Relationships of Chitoge Kirisaki
Chitoge is half Japanese and half Caucasian, making her a Hāfu. Due to this, her skin is fair and her complexion pale. Her eyes are a striking aqua blue and she has long blonde waist-length hair with a pink ombre. Coupled with her height - tall by most standards - and her voluptuous body figure, many people associate her with a supermodel. Her most notable feature is the red ribbon that she always uses to tie her hair, given by her mother. This is from when she was quite young, but she still prefers to wear this specific one though her mother has offered to buy her 100 more. In the manga, it was noted that her ribbon looked like the one the girl on Kosaki's picture book had.
She is mostly seen wearing her school uniform which is a half-sleeved white shirt with a blue sailor-style collar attached at the lower part of her neck and it connects a thin orange tie that is laced through a loop at the end of the shirt, making a little part of the tie to reach the skirt. The skirt reaches around the upper thighs and is a blue-colored fabric, that is accompanied by thigh-length black socks and brown slip-on shoes. The same uniform style is applied in winter but instead of waering half-sleeves, Chitoge would wear long sleeves.
For swimming or going to the beach, Chitoge has her hair in pigtails or ponytail and usually wears one of her bikinis. For a swim meet, Chitoge wore the shool's navy blue swimsuit. Outside of school, Chitoge usually wears blouses, skirts, dresses, small heels and occasionally some pants. During special events like her birthday party, Chitoge would generally wear an elegant dress with a necklace and her hair done.
- Immense strength: Throughout the series, Chitoge displays an astounding amount of sheer power - almost always being able to send Raku flying with a single punch.
- High agility: Chitoge is noted to be very agile, scaling walls and fences easily.
- Athleticism: Chitoge is very athletic and this was shown several times.
- Intelligence in academics: Despite a lack of effort in studying, she managed to ranked 5th in the whole school.
- Awful cooking skills: Throughout the series, Chitoge is shown to cook things that are either awful in appearance, taste, or outright inedible. One particular highlight is the "Boxed Lunch" chapter, in which she attempts to outclass Marika by beating her cooking but ends up with too many failures, including a "fried egg" that was shaped mysteriously as a cube. During the chapter, each time Raku attempts to eat the food, he is flung across the room.
First Year Arc Edit
Chitoge Kirisaki lived in America but then moved back to Japan for her father's business. Soon afterwards, she found out that her father had arranged a fake relationship between her and Raku. She despised Raku during the beginning of their "fake love," but she soon warmed up to him. Soon after the school trip, in which Raku found her alone in the dark forest, dressed up as a ghost, she asked him to call her by her first name, "Chitoge" and that she would call him "Raku," since they've been "dating" for so long, people would start doubting their relationship if they addressed one another formally. During the events of the beach on summer vacation, she begins to realise that her true feelings for Raku. However, when she asks him whether or not he believes that they would work together as an actual couple, Raku replies furiously saying "of course it wouldn't." However, he'd said this comment under the pretext of their usual banter. Chitoge, taking the remark as a sign of rejection and hatred, begins to sulk and avoid him altogether.
After summer vacation, their class holds a "Romeo and Juliet" play, and they first chose Raku and Chitoge to act as the main characters, but she rejects the role, so their class then chose Kosaki. After an incident where Kosaki injures herself a few minutes before the play, Raku begs for Chitoge's help (since he doesn't want the play to be cancelled because of Kosaki) despite her cold attitude, to which she agrees, and they finally reconciled and cleared up the misunderstanding between them.
It was during the play, that under the guise of the lines, she admitted her love for him.
Second Year ArcEdit
Third Year Arc
Chitoge, to uplift Raku's spirits from Marika's departure, tries to go to places which Raku enjoys, eat Raku's favourite food and play Raku's preferred arcade games. After the date, Raku realises his love for Chitoge.
Chitoge learns of Kosaki's feelings for Raku after overhearing her monologue. The next day, she overhears Shuu talking to Raku and addressing Kosaki as Raku's love. Torn apart completely, she decides to leave for America so that her "fake relationship" cannot hold Raku back and she can let Raku and Kosaki be together.
Chitoge becomes her mother's assistant in her firm in New York, proving much more efficient than anyone in her company, even better than Raku when he was Hana's assistant. She is put in an awkward position when Raku and Kosaki come to America to search for her. There, she lies to Kosaki, saying she never liked Raku.
Chitoge's mother decides to help her and tells where her where she can find Raku's mother, the author of the picture book "Zawase in Love". Raku's mother shares her anecdotes with the book and finally guides her to the Tenku plateau.
At the Tenku plateau, she is reminded of all the events from 10 years and how she had voluntarily given up the true key to Kosaki. When Raku catches up to her, she confesses her love and tries to convince him why she isn't the right choice for him. But when Raku chooses her in spite of all, she turns to and embraces him.
Ending Arc Edit
She decides to not return to Bonyari with Raku and rather further her career at New York under her mother's guidance. Raku and Chitoge decide to marry in the end and it is revealed that they hadn't kissed even once until right before their engagement.
They re-enacted the promise from their childhood, exchanging a newly designed set of pendant and key.
The omake introduces the reader to Chitoge's son Haku Ichijo, who doesn't seem to be good with animals and has a similar problem with the Shuei clan as his father did. He also has blonde hair like his mother's. He is seen attending Bonyari and seems to have taken a liking to Kosaki's daughter Sasa.
- Her eyes were stated to be brown in colour when she was younger, only turning blue once she grew older.
- It shows that she is desperate to win in the game of Poker, although she is actually good at it, said by Hana.
- According to Hana, Chitoge started wearing her ribbon because Raku said that it would look good on her.
- It should also be noted that in the anime version, Chitoge is seen reading the book as a little girl, causing an uproar in the community.
- In the Nisekoi one-shot (original concept for the series), Chitoge's signature ribbon does not take the form of bunny ears. Instead, it is a more subtle accessory, simply tying together two buns on either side of her head. Furthermore, it is noted that her reason for becoming an excellent student (who, in the concept, is shown to score additional extra credit on top of flawless scores) is to spite Raku, who she has hated since the events of ten years ago. Chitoge in the final manga is still an excellent student but only because she has had education in the US.
- She is a costume in Super Mario Maker.
- She is an assist character in J-Stars Victory VS.
- In Chapter 220, it is revealed that she is the one who gave Kosaki the book, as "a symbol of our friendship."
- In the First Year Arc and Second Year Arc, Chitoge has been one of the possible promise girls that could possibly open Raku's lock and marry him. This statement was finally disproven.
- Her Red bow is similar to Ichigo Hoshimiya's from the Aikatsu! series and Blossom Utonium of the Powerpuff Girls .
- She is one the most popular girls in series, either between Marika or herself (shown in Japanese polls).
- Her original design in chapter 0 had an orange coloured uniform rather than the blue parts we see today.
- She is shown to have a son with Raku in the omake named Haku Ichijō.