As this current anime season is coming to a close, I will talk about one anime from said season that just recently aired its last episode. Koi to Uso A.K.A Love and Lies.
Here is MAL’s summary of the anime.
In a futuristic society, Japan has implemented a complex system referred to as “The Red Threads of Science” to encourage successful marriages and combat increasingly low birthrates. Based on a compatibility calculation, young people at the age of 16 are assigned marriage partners by the government, with severe repercussions awaiting those who disobey the arrangement. For Yukari Nejima, a teen that considers himself average in every way, this system might be his best shot at living a fulfilling life.
However, spurred by his infatuation for his classmate and long-time crush, Misaki Takasaki, Yukari defies the system and confesses his love. After some initial reluctance, Misaki reciprocates his feelings in a moment of passion. Unfortunately, before the two can further their relationship, Yukari receives his marriage notice. He is then thrown into a confusing web of love and lies when his less-than-thrilled assigned partner, Ririna Sanada, becomes fascinated with his illicit romance.
Now, I’ll try to proceed with as little spoilers as possible, but you should still be mindful that they will appear in this post.
Koi to Uso offers a rather unique premise within romance anime. At the very least, I haven’t seen many anime where arranged marriages are the standard procedure for all of a modern society. Also, it is said that matched partners are nearly always perfect for each other. In a society like this, that would make Yukari the odd one out for being in love with a girl who he isn’t assigned to. That makes what would normally be acceptable to us into something forbidden in this anime. It’s kind of smart, because that way, most of us would naturally sympathize with Yukari.
Also, with Yukari’s and Misaki’s love being considered as kind of forbidden in the anime, it adds a certain kind of tension to the story that you normally would only find in stories that contain messed up or unconventional romances. Examples of such stories would be Uwakoi (manga only, Mature content), Nozoki Ana (Mature content), Kuzu No Honkai (Mature Content), Netzuru TRap and other NTRs (Mature content). As you can see, most of the stories with this kind of tension are for Mature audiences; However, Koi to Uso offers the same amount of attention, and though it may not be for children, it certainly isn’t 18+ material either. It only has a few steamy kisses, and a couple talks about sex, that’s it.
Another strong point about Koi to Uso are the characters (besides Yukari, that is). All of them are pretty good. Misaki is the girl that Yukari is love with, and who also loves him. She is very popular and hardworking, and you can clearly see how much she loves Yukari as well. She only wants what’s best for Yukari, even if that means him not being with her. It’s also implied that she has some kind of other big secret, but it was not confirmed/revealed in the anime. She is a character that viewers will fall in love with pretty quickly. She makes you want to hop head first onto the Yukari X Misaki ship. Well, the Kiss in the first episode also did that too.
Now, your journey on the Yukari X Misaki ship might only last until you meet Ririna. That would be just one episode. Ririna is the girl who’s assigned to be Yukari’s future wife.
That would make her the girl everyone is supposed to hate, right?
When Yukari first met her, she got mad and rebuked him for not even trying to be interested in her. She stated that she would never marry someone like him, and stormed out the room.
Isn’t she just the normal tsundere that we see all the time? She even has twin tails.
In actuality, Ririna is just a very straightforward girl. She’s one of those types that tend to say whatever they think (kind of like me). She’s also very sweet. After finding out about Yukari being in love with Misaki, she decides to cheer them on of all things. She becomes really good friends with Misaki. Even after Ririna starts to fall in love with Yukari (which obviously was going to happen eventually), she still insists on him getting with Misaki. She wants to see Yukari and Misaki happy more than herself. To top it all off, she is really cute. Seeing her blush can almost make you melt.
Who’s next? oh, that’s right. Nisaka, sigh. Well, I have to admit that he is a great character. He is Yukari’s best friend. Yukari often goes to him for help or advice. Even though he is popular, he acts like a loner and tends to be cynical. He is often complaining about this or that. I think he would also classify as a bishounen as well. Overall, he could possibly be the best character in the show. I’m just not fond of him for almost turning this show into something I don’t really like to watch. There are other good characters as well, but I’ll be here forever if I go over all of them.
Besides the characters, the animation is also pretty good. It’s a bit different than the normal style, but I find it refreshing. Actually, it reminds me a bit of the style used in Kuzu no Honkai. Honestly, that might have been one of the reasons I decided to watch this anime. You can say what you want about animation not being everything, but It’s still important. How appealing the visuals are is a big factor for all mediums of entertainment.
Finally, I’ll talk about the soundtrack. I’m not just talking about the opening and ending, but the background music as well. This is something that usually goes unnoticed in a lot of anime, but is actually a big part of what makes them good. The music that plays in the background goes a long way to set the mood for the different scenes. The music in this anime fit very nicely with the scenes. I felt that the music played during the emotional and tense scenes were exceptionally good.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the opening to death as well. Kaneshii Ureshii would probably be my vote for best opening of the season, right along with the OP for Fate/Apocrypha (Egoist is just too good).
My goal was to list the good things about this anime, but I’m not saying this anime was all good. It was far from perfect. The MC, Yukari, was kind of poor. He had a lot of features I really disliked in MCs: Indecisiveness, easily flustered, severe lack of confidence, etc. The ending wasn’t the best either. I don’t think it was horrible, but it definitely could have been better. The main problem wasn’t resolved in the end, and that’s the main thing that bugged a lot of people I have talked to. To be completely honest with you, I personally didn’t mind the ending at all. For it to have been good, it would have been basically necessary for it to also be sadder. I’m not a fan of sad, so the current ending was fine for me.