Youkadou, a young man working at a certain office is in love with Seiyuu, an extremely beautiful coworker of his. She is in a long distance relationship with her boyfriend, but she agrees to go out with him with one condition: they'll never have sex.
One of the Most messed up stories I read so far. As I read chapter after chapter emotions of the characters are transmitted to reader in waves. Some bad, some bitter, some happy but why... I can't see happy ending(I read half of it). It's so weird. at times I like one character next other then I hate every single one. It's so messed up, that you will like it. Hahahaa... my poor mind... I hate you Author, but at the same time love your work. You know how to play with emotions. If I ever see you I will shake your hand and then
hit you. I pray that my love will never be like that I would die several times. Christ...
***I apologize but unlike my other reviews this one contains spoilers throughout the entire review.***
Never in my life have I been so motivated to write a review even though it's like 2AM here. What started out as a funny ecchi comedy ended in the worst possible manner. Let's dive into why Usotsuki Paradox is a manga you should avoid.
I'll admit that the opening chapters had me quite interested in what was going on. Essentially the main female lead is part of a "long distance" relationship and decides that it would be ok for one of her co-workers to provide "emotional support". It starts out
all innocent but they eventually move onto things that can never be forgotten. The thing is, this is not a bad plot device. In fact I really enjoyed the manga up until this point. The drama was intensifying as we had almost no data on the mystery long distance boyfriend and all our eggs was in the current basket.
What happens later on of course is that she goes to see mystery man and that just fu$#s up the whole rest of the manga. No joke it gets to the point where they actually tag team her. Gross. This manga had a lot of good things going for it but it descended into a lackluster reverse harem and when it tried to redeem itself by giving the main male lead a new flag to pursue, we get the cliché "they end up together anyways" (talking about the main male lead and the female lead). What's worse is that the author tries to make you think that it was the main male's fault for everything even though the female lead was ok with cheating on her own boyfriend. The only positive things I can say that were constant throughout the entire manga was the comedy and art style (see below).
The reason why I am not supplying names is because most of the manga is un-translated and while my Japanese is ok, names are still tough to pick out of the mess.
This aspect of the manga I actually really, really liked. Even though it looks a little messy and undefined, the way the characters were drawn really had me engaged. The female lead had really large inviting eyes and the male lead looked quite mature. The background scenes were very well done and all the side characters looked amazing as well.
They really fell off the deep end in the second half of the manga. We get introduced to some asshole that we are somehow supposed to root for. The one strong female character in the manga decides to go soft and allow the male lead to get away, and the friends of the female lead do little to no help in resolving the conflict. The only character I really liked was the main male lead as he was pretty much tricked and provoked into initializing the faux relationship.
The ending chapters really made me want to gag. Not only was it cliché as hell and disgusting beyond belief, it completely ruined what the first part of the manga tried to establish. If you want an ecchi comic then here is one; just be warned that any emotional attachment will just make you want to hate it even more in the end.
Enjoyment: START 9/10 ENDING 0.001/10
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It's really hard to write a review for this manga without it turning into a rant.
Story (1): Extremely boring, had to force myself to finish this manga.
Art (5): Nothing special about it, sometimes their eyes looked weird but I guess it is what it is.
Character (1): The main female character is completely disgusting and I could not stop myself from highly disliking her. Any other character that appears on this manga is either a total dog or irrelevant and doesn't affect the story in any way. I didn't see any kind of development throught the 75 chapters
Enjoyment (1): Mainly because of what I stated before,
the love triangle is just beyond horrific.
Overall (2): The only reason I'm giving it 2 and not 1 it's because the art isn't completely bad. I do not recommend this manga to anyone that enjoys "romance". If you want a manga that gives you sex scenes pretty much every chapter like this does, go for it. Besides that, do not even go near it please.
After reading this manga you will definitely realize this much. The story follows a man working in a company and instantly falling in love with a girl who was in a long distance relationship, as they work together the girl starts to like him as well but she is rather loyal and says they will never have sex but rather be "friends with benefits", this beautiful story is a tale of how much it can suck to be in love sometimes.
Characters : Amazing development, it was really awesome to see how the female who did not
really think of the male at first come to like him. 9/10
Art : Not the best but good nevertheless 7/10
Enjoyment : Definetely 10/10 , I loved the drama and the relationship in this too much
All in all I would reccomend this too anyone who likes drama and romance, this is a truly amazing story and it allows you to sympathize with the characters very well. Must read for anyone loving romance.