Sorry to break it to you, babe.
Now that the Nisekoi anime has finished airing, allow me to state my opinion on a matter of national importance: Onodera sucks. She might not be the most annoying character in Nisekoi, but she’s up there with the most boring.
But, hell, what do I know about what makes an attractive woman? I may as well ask the man himself what he sees in Onodera. We might gain some sparkling new insight into the thought processes of harem lead characters.
So let’s give a hand to Mr. Raku Ichijou!
So, Mr. Raku Ichijou, what do you like about Onodera?
“H-how did you know I like Onodera? Uwaaaagh! What was it that obvious?”
Supremely, Mr. Raku Ichijou. Now answer the question.
“What I like about her, huh…? Well, she’s very kind-hearted and sweet and, uh…”
Can you briefly describe to us her hobbies?
What about her anxieties? Her fears? Her hopes?
“I don’t really know…”
Do you know anything about Onodera, Mr. Raku Ichijou, besides her phone number which you obtained after two whole years of knowing her?
“Er, uh, um…
Hey, can you stop calling me Mr. Raku Ichijou? And who are you, some kind of FBI agent?”
Mr. Raku Ichijou, we are having a serious discussion about Best Girl here.
“There are more important things than Best Girl!”
Look, Mr. Raku Ichijou. All I ask is that you tell us why you think Onodera is better than Chitoge.
“That’s an easy one. Because Chitoge isn’t ladylike or feminine at all! I prefer pure and sweet girls, like Onodera!”
By “sweet”, do you mean submissive?
“I guess that’s another way to put it…? I never really thought about it like that.”
So what you’re saying is that you like girls whom you feel you can protect?
“That’s right! It’s a man’s duty to protect a woman!”
So what you’re really saying is that you feel emasculated in the presence of independent-thinking girls like Chitoge and you only find her romantically attractive when she is made vulnerable at your convenience.
“Stop psycho-analysing me, you jerk!”
I’m right, though, aren’t I.
“No, you’re not right! Aren’t you reading too much into this?”
Okay, so what do you think of Tsugumi?
“Er, uh, um… she’s been cute ever since she’s started acting more like a girl. It seems like she’s more comfortable with herself now!”
Last question. How would you feel if it turned out Onodera wasn’t as pure as you thought she was? That she wasn’t a virgin, for instance?
“WHAT?! HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT ABOUT ONODERA?! SHE’S DEFINITELY PURE! THERE’S NO WAY IN THE WORLD SHE’S NOT!”
I was only hypothetically speaking, you know.
“It was a bad joke.”
So you don’t plan to make any moves on her yourself? (This really is the last question!)
“Of course not! Onodera’s just meant to be admired from a distance! I try to be a gentleman, okay?!”
tldr; Onodera sucks. Ruri Best Girl.