Lies are forbidden and love is doubly forbidden. In the near future, when young people in Japan turn sixteen, they are assigned a marriage partner by the government. People don't have to go through the trouble of looking for someone, and everyone accepts that the country will find a compatible partner to make them happy. Yukari Nejima is fifteen years old. He lives in a small corner of the country, and just can't seem to get ahead in life. Both academically and athletically he's below average. But within him, he hides a heart burning with passion! In this world in which love is forbidden, what will happen to him when he falls in love?
Koi to Uso is simultaneously published in Japanese, Chinese and English through DeNA's Manga Box app. The series has been physically published in English as Love and Lies by Kodansha Comics USA since August 22, 2017.
The series was adapted to anime, and a live-action film which released in Japan on October 18, 2017.
As someone who just binged all the chapters up to the most recent chapter 86 of Koi to Uso, let me just say this manga is very frustrating. It's good but it's also very frustrating...
The initial story is interesting. Age 16, you get assigned a marriage partner using genetic, psychological, and a variety of other data (Go Science!) in order to find a perfect match and combat the declining birth rates in Japan.
The art is fantastic, though the trade-off for that is that the chapters are extremely short.
The frustrating aspect is that the MC is so stubbornly in love with Grill 1
despite the fact that the government sent him a notice that he will marry Grill 2.
Problems arise because Grill 1 is also in love with MC, but she tries to do the right thing and keep that as a memory and move on with life. MC ends up crawling back to Grill 1, neglects Grill 2 (Who is extremely accommodating towards the MC and a better choice but just gets tossed aside basically), and MC breaks Grill 1's resolve to do the best thing for both of them so many times. He's so oblivious to what the right thing to do and is making matters much worse. He's made both Grills cry already. MC is a jerk.
If you're hoping for an in depth detailed review, go somewhere else. Or better yet read it yourself; perhaps you'll understand how much of a slog it felt like to me...
eventually that is. I came in with a decently open mind. I can't say I loved it but it didn't bore me the hell out like Infection or World's End Harem. Though they're not in the same category but regardless, the point is that I read quite a bit, beyond chapter 100 but around 150, I just couldn't anymore. I lost all interest in every detail and character, most of whom were pretty forgettable. That
one guy that's probably gay but really popular, the generic pussy main character, cow tits girl, and that one petite girl. Point is I lost interest as it was boring and monotonous. Perhaps others like something like this; I could've but this one fell flat for me.
I didn't expected that story to be very good, but as far as I read I en up being quite surprised.
Honestly I think that the characters are amazing, all of them have something different to tell to the reader, and at least for me that make the story very interesting. I also really like the way that each one of them aren't perfect and have clearly things to learn.
By the way the main character is a young high school guy that doesn't really understand what he is doing and what he is feeling. He is trying to do the right thing but without really knowing
what is the right thing. Nothing really special or too original but in the context of the story it works just fine.
Now speaking about the main plot, for a story based on simple relationships the mangaka has been able to attach a real importance to this topic. In this manga the high school relationships are far to be simple childish whims, rather they are something that will determinate the future of the main characters. All of that due to a rule, all the partners will be chosen by the state and the penalties for go against this rule is a future that will turn around hardship. So the characters are going to make their decisions taking into account hard consequences. At the end the main plot make easier to read a story that is almost only about relationships.
On the other hand, well, this is clearly not high level literature, to say it simply I think that this story is written quite badly. In a lot of moments it can be a very incoherent, making characters pop-up in the good moment in the good spot without a real reason, and this happens a lot. And also the rules of the partners matching seems to me quite unclear. To be honest I think that this is what is dragging back the story making it too unrealistic. Sometimes this is making me distrusting in what the author is telling.
So, should you read this manga?
That really depends, if you like reading stories that tell about human feelings go ahead, even if the story is not perfect you are going to enjoy your reading. Otherwise you will probably wast your time.