"God Lies" easily ranks amongst my favourite short series. Overall, the story was reminiscent of the movie "Stand by me". Life goes on even if the world is painted bright blue from afar and cynical and more than a little screwed up on on closer inspection, even for grader schoolers. The two main characters Natsuru and Rio seem to fill the adult role better than their own parents. The outcome of the story is deeply satisfying to see and because of it's length/timespan in the manga, it is perhaps more poignant than "Immortal Rain".
Nothing is farfetched in "God Lies" and it portrays a realistic albeit
highly cynical "life experience" for its protagonists with clean, beautiful panels and good dialogue. I would say that this piece is a lot more polished than her previous works (though it's all good so check out her stuff!!) and therefore highly recommended!
Sometimes the cover really doesn't convey the story in a book and sometimes short things can really have a long story to tell, this is really one of those occasions. When I first started this manga I thought it will be short and sweet (or was hoping) romantic story, but now I can gladly say it was so much more. I am really amazed at how much the writer really was able to convey in just 5 chapters. While there is a bit unrealistic nature in some aspects of the slice of life it is without a doubt a unique manga and definitely one of
the best of 2013 with its completeness. Now a days in the age of shameless fan-service & seinen's only really being good when they have lots of action and really not new stuff to look forward to this was a breath of fresh air indeed.
"Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuko" or "God lies" is a story of a boy and girl, story of their families, but also story of so much more. The writer really did try to pack a lot of punch in this short story, with every issue the plot seemingly got more complicated with more background and details of these two, and eventually one summer of their life ends and a vision of their future emerges. This manga tries hard to convey some of the harsh reality's of modern life, tries to sympathize with a lot of the problems children face and also cruelties of the society. It tries to convey the struggles to survive in a dysfunctional family, the burden when you are forced to grow up too fast, children facing the truth of mortality of humans and also the will to still carry on despite all the obstacles.
Nanao meats Rio at a sudden turn of events, then gets to spend a few days with her and her little brother (who is very loveable by the way). This story is about how Nanao gets to share the joys with them, how he tries to help them overcome their difficulties, how he falls in love and how all this brings to light some parts of his own life that he was running away from. Rio on the other hand really experiences compassion after a long time from Nanao; she tries desperately to raise her brother and deal with the difficult situation of leaving on their own, and as Nanao comes into her life with a helping hand she really sees some hope after a long while; the betrayal and abandonment that she has faced so much in her so short life gets out of focus for her for the first time, and she falls in love too. These is a story of their love, their past, their sadness and finally their struggle for a better future.
As a whole this manga might not be the best short Seinen out there or may pale in comparision to some of the classic slice of life seinens but this definitely is one of the must read mangas of 2013. It would have gotten 8 from me on any other time but due to it releasing this year I am gonna give it a 8.5. I really look forward to reading more mangas by this author.
Before you get turned off by the title "God Tells Lies," there is no sacrilegious connotations or references within the work. You will fully understand, towards the end of your reading, why the mangaka chose to title his work as such. The title is a perfect fit.
Every detail of this story is perfect… the height of the heroine in elementary school, the white, crippled kitten named Tofu abandoned by the bridge, the flowers along the street and the flower on the girl’s hair, the death of a beetle, how the grandfather falls with the money for his endearing grandchildren in his hands, the trusting younger
brother, the name Rio (life’s meaning), and the title (God lies)... All these small elements come together into one coherent work, "God tells lies."
To expand upon one of these details, the tall stature of Rio (the heroine) symbolizes here apparent strength. She is tall. She seems strong and independent. Yet, in actuality, she is just a girl in elementary school. She wants to be loved and nurtured for. Her height. It’s just perfect.
Within just 2 chapters, I fell in love with the characters in the story. Rio has made the most significant and lasting impact as a character for me in the shortest time. She is not gorgeous, yet she is breathtaking. She is plain, yet she is beautiful. We can easily relate to the narrator’s clear dialogue and understand why he is so attracted to such a girl. Rio makes herself endearing to the narrator and to the reader.
The story unfolds in a calm manner, and the art matches its style. One thing, however, that I would like to complain about is how the story ends. It seemed a bit abrupt. Maybe that was because I wanted to see more of how Rio and the narrator fared afterwards. The characters are THAT good!
I highly recommend this manga for everyone, regardless of age or gender. I don't give 9's and 10's very often; in fact, I've only given it to 3 other mangas at the time I am writing this review. So consider reading "God Tells Lies."
In a market full of shounen cliches and harems galore, it's nice to see a gem like this get unearthed. It may have a little dirt on it, but once you clean the dirt off it shines all the same.
There are plenty of things that seem rather farfetched in this manga, and it is best to keep your suspension of disbelief high. Even so, the story is fairly simple with a... different sort of twist. Nothing in the story department will blow your mind, though you may contract a case of the feels.
The characters are also pretty simple, yet at the same time seem
much more realistic than a lot of characters in other things. Some of the romance seems a little mature considering they're elementary school kids, and the main character and his mom have an... odd relationship. Still, the characters felt endearing because of how ordinary they were.
Going three for three, the art was, again, pretty simple. There was nothing fancy, but it worked considering how simple most of the manga actually was. The simple art felt like it fit the story and characters, and I don't believe that exquisite top form artwork was needed here.
If you like dramas or romances, this is a short read that shouldn't leave you disappointed. It isn't the greatest drama ever, but it is endearing and even compelling if you keep a slightly open mind.
I came across this manga in a discord server I was in, where I saw someone recommending it and labeling it as "the best drama manga I've ever read".
I decided not to read it online and I bought the only volume and read it under an hour. This is my first ever manga review.
"Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku." is a deep story which is very well put together and with distinctive characters who each have their own personalities and weird tics.
The story introduces to you the main character as a 11 year old boy called Natsuru Nanao who's living with his mom.
He's the ace of his soccer team and has a hard time talking to girls. He takes an interest in his female classmate Rio and eventually asks her to stay with a cat he found abbandoned on the streets.
(This short text summarizes about 1/3 of the whole plot)
I liked the story, it was relatively deep and interesting. You are actually introduced to a big variety of characters taking into account the fact that this is only 5 chapters long. I found the art actually the least appealing parameter although it was not bad. In my opinion this manga had content and potencial for having more chapters, the story feels a little bit rushed even though you can barely notice it.
You meet characters that don't change shit in the outcome of the story and you meet others that although seem small plotwise, are actually important for the development of other characters.
Then after analysing my own thoughts, I couldn't think of any other score to give this manga but 8. It's to the point I can't give more than 8 because I just don't see those magnificent strengths that would increase my score. And I can't go any lower because it's an amazing story with such great characters.
It was a good experience reading this manga, although I was expecting more after having a glimpse at some reviews. I'll probably give it another shot in a near future just to confirm everything I thought about my first impression of the manga, but for now... The Gods lied but I didn't.
Without a doubt the most touching and beautiful manga I have ever had the pleasure to read.
It's such a gloriously simple premise - A poor young girl lives day to day looking after her little brother on next to nothing, due to absent parents. She's befriended by a young boy, her classmate, and a big fan of football/soccer.
The sheer realism is what makes it for me. It's extremely believable and grabbed me from the go. It's the most I've ever felt for a character, the little girl's struggles... god damn. Despite being so very tragic and making a genuinely say "fuck no..." at some
points, it maintained a positive vibe and gave an extremely satisfying ending.
I cried for the first time in years. And I wasn't even sure if I was sad. It was so damn beautiful.
I really like the artwork, it's a nicely drawn manga, and I think it would look very good if turned into a movie. I want to see this animated so bad!
I really enjoyed the story.
As you see the kids on the cover are holding hands, but this isn't a romance story. There is romance, but it's not the main focus of the story. It just gets glossed over.
The most interesting aspect of this story is the main girl Rio and her private life.
She lives alone with her younger brother who she's the only care giver for.
It's just the
two of them living alone. There are no parents or any adult living with them.
It's just these two kids with the big sister taking all of the responsibility of the house hold.
Taking care of her brother, budgeting their money, and doing all the chores as well as the grocery shopping.
Our main character comes into her life and tries to be there for her.
He never asks about her personal life as he knows its none of his business.
He understands that things are bad for them by looking at where they live and the conditions they are living in, but he doesn't asks Rio about her personal life
He doesn't pry, but he tries his best to be there for her by helping her around the house and helping her figure out what she needs.
As the story continues things start to unveil as to why these two kids are living alone and the reasons why they are struggling so much.
And it's pretty heartbreaking.
Overall the story is amazing and I highly recommend this manga!
In many ways, this is a story about the end of childhood.
The manga primarily took place over the course of a summer holiday, when a pair of sixth-graders connected. The boy, a soccer kid raised by single mother, had become disillusioned after his favorite coach is hospitalized with cancer. The girl, an unusual kid conspicuously taller than her classmates, carried with her an unimaginable burden. Yes, there’s eventually the development of that first love, but don’t be mistaken: this is heavy stuff, more nuanced and wistful than what seems to be your standard puppy love scenario. There’s melancholia frequently etched on the pages of
this manga, as the kids transitioned from innocent life into a cold world full of harsh truths.
Kaori Ozaki paced her story very well within a single volume, and I don’t think it should be any longer or shorter than it is. Her art isn’t really detailed or especially distinct, but still carried significant impact mainly through effective close-ups and powerful visual moments. What’s also important to note is how, despite the eventual subject matter (also a very real issue in society), she didn’t make this just to sadden or depress you. Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku may not be a fluffy fairy tale, but it does have joyous and warm moments, as well as depiction of that indescribably wonderful feeling when you start experiencing what it’s like to deeply care for someone. In the end, the closing note is sweet and gentle, emphasizing the hope for a better tomorrow.
Recommended for its atypical bittersweet romance and for bringing up the important fact that there’s only few things sadder than children forced to mature a long way before they’re supposed to.
The Gods Lie is a short little story that knows how to do both children characters and romance pretty well, the beauty of which lies in the fact it doesn't try to drag out the quite simple and realistically short plot. The entirety of the story some titles take semesters and years to to cover, takes only three days and then some time skip to actually cover the necessary points in it, without bringing unnecessary side characters or dwelling on some stupid, forced shitty drama that isn't the part of what the mange is trying to tell.
It's definitely worth a read, and despite a
few hiccups it has of a purely "I'm a Westerner so I don't get this" kind, it's a very sweetly fleshed out romance, the level of which most romantic anime ironically continuously fail to reach.
The more manga I read the more I realize I'm falling in love with these subtle real-world romance stories. The Gods Lie is a diamond in the rough, I feel, when you consider all of the shounen manga that's wildly available nowadays.
Though this is a one-shot, the character development is deep. In a way I identified with Natsuo, which helped me dig deeper into the story. He is a kid that feels like he needs to do things for himself, while also struggling with the feelings of wanting to have fun and do things a kid wants to do. Rio, on the other hand,
exhibits strong personality traits and shows independence, all while struggling with the feelings of wanting to be cared and nurtured for.
The two characters bond over a deep, yet sad circumstance and within the first couple of chapters it's easy to get emotionally attached to them. As the story develops you can easily empathize with Natsuo as he becomes attached to both Rio and her younger brother. You almost forget that the main characters are kids, simply because they pick up the adult roles in their lives better than their parents ever did.
It surprised me how fluidly the story progressed, even up to a bomb drop midway through. It built up pretty well and had me on the edge of my seat as events transpired.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Gods Lie to anyone that's a fan of light romance or real-life situation stories. If I had one complaint it would be that I feel the ending was a bit open-ended. By the time I got to the end of the manga I was so attached to the characters that I feel like the ending was like abruptly shutting a door on someone who is trying to tell you something. Still, I think this is something every manga fan should have on their shelf.
While I haven't completed many manga, this is one of my favorites. This is a wonderful story of love, loss, and family.
The story centers around Natsuru and Rio, neither of whom have particularly strong families. Natsuru's dad passed away when he was young, and Rio lives alone with her younger brother, Yuuta. In the first chapter, we see Natsuru playing soccer, a sport he loves. Sadly, his old coach is in the hospital with cancer, and he's been presented with a new coach who, sadly, isn't very nice. Through happenstance he happens to meet Rio, and this is the beginning of something beautiful.
itself is rather good, but it was nothing astounding. I found the characters and the backgrounds pleasing to look at, and the art is very good, but it's not the best I've seen. I will say there's a unique style to it, though.
While the plot itself isn't incredibly special (though, two young children forming a bond over their lack of families isn't often shown in media), the characters really made it. Even in these five short chapters, we see Natsuru fall in and out of love, and they both grow. Natsuru ultimately grows into a strong boy who seeks to protect Rio from being found out. It's the kind of thing that if executed poorly could have been incredibly cheesy, but instead we're presented with a story of falling in love and forming new familial ties. These two children are incredibly important to each other, not because they like each other, but because they want to be there for each other. Both of these characters are presented as incredibly kind and loving, which makes the reader empathize for them even more.
I will say (without spoiling it) that things don't really work out favorably, and this may move you to tears. But really, you can read the manga in only a bit more time than it took to read this review. You should do that. I give this a strong 9/10.
I'm dissapointed that much that I think I'm going to cry.
This manga... was absolutly amazing...truly amazing, the story, the character, everything... But It was to short, if it was more detailed and longer with more development in the story and character it would be easily an 11/10.
I can't say really nothing more about the story, just read the synopsis or I will spoiler too much since the manga is so short.
I promise you will not regreat reading this 5 chapters, you will regret the fact that is so short, that's for sure.
The story is so sad, but also so heartwarming, the mentality of characters suit
perfectly their age (the exeption is Yuuta, that clearly has some problems, but actually I enjoyed even is particular psyche).
I was looking for something similar to Koe no Katachi, and was recommended this. At first I was hesitant because of the title, "The Gods Lie". I thought it was gonna be one of "those" stories, but after reading it, it makes a lot of sense, and in fact pretty depressing (or heartwarming).
The story is good, however I believe it went by a little too quickly. The opening scene implies that the two characters aren't familiar with each other, but a few pages later, they're already somewhat comfortable, but then again they are kids, so they might not care as much as an older
person. The climax would be a lot more effective if the characters were developed more. I think if the author took a little more time, everything would have impacted me (and probably others) a lot more than it did.
The art is good, but nothing too amazing. It has your typical goofy drawings but that didn't distract me from the more serious parts of the story.
The characters (as stated above) are underdeveloped. The events that happened in the story would have more of an impact if the story was stretched out for a bit longer. To me, the story and characters felt rushed.
Overall, if you have 40-60 minutes to spare, I'd definitely pick this up. The story is unique in a sense. The flaws, while big, did not take away from my enjoyment too much. I hope an anime studio picks this up and adapts it, while taking liberties and adding more content, of course.
Once in a while, there is that anime or manga that reminds me why I fell in love with both mediums in the first place. And after nearly 15 years and hundreds upon hundreds of titles, it's happening increasingly less frequently.
"God Lies" is more than the sum of it's parts. The art is pretty simple. The characters are endearing, but nothing special. And the story - minus a macabre twist - is quite straight forward. But when it ends, you can't help feeling you wish there was more; and not because the story is lacking, or the ending botched.
It just strikes a chord you'd
almost forgotten you have. It also does so without giving sermons or putting up airs. Now if that isn't art, what is?
I was about to go on an epic rant about how this manga builds up a marvellous "fabula", and traps us within it by not giving away much of it. And how it amplifies this effect by constructing a classic linear narrative without resolving the ending, thus making us explore the said fabula even more in our own imagination. But that would have been against the very nature of this little gem. It would have been akin to explaining a joke. It would squeeze all the fun out of it.
Go read this; and bask in its serene minimal unpretentiousness.
In a narrative based work of art ( Novels, Movies, Series, etc) the "fabula" is the world in which the story is happening. the "sujet" is the part of that world the artist is showing us. For example, in Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring, the fabula is the middle earth, and the sujet is the adventures of the fellowship while trying to take the ring to Mordor. Both terms are of Russian origins, and are used primarily in film analysis; but apply to most other narrative based works of art also.
Firstly, I found this manga at the corner of the shelf, the place where nobody looks because the series they came to buy (popular shounen) usually lie in the middle of my local comic books store, lying in insignificance like a treasure chest. I've never heard this manga before but the name and the introduction on the back cover intrigued me. I decided to give it a shot and the rest is a story of love at the first sight. Now, The Gods Lie is one of my favourite manga.
The story is really heartwarming and characters fit in the context. You can find something from
your own self in every character (SPOILERS: except that scum who dares to call himself Rio's and Yuuta's father). They really feel real. The visuals also fit in the context since it's the story of 6th graders; not so much seinen-esque but acceptable. Emotions are nicely reflected that you feel something warm and bright in your heart, just as -I think- the author intended.
The only downside of the series that it's relatively short. It could be longer. The structure of the story allows it but somehow it's only 5 chapters. What a shame...
All in all, this beautiful thing is a 5-chapter blast of warm feelings and a must-read if you like the works of Miyazaki and Shinkai like me.
Nanao Natsuru es un joven de 11 años japonés apasionado por el Fútbol, quien tras escaparse de un campamento de verano (gracias a que este no se lleva bien con su nuevo entrenador) termina pasando parte de las vacaciones en la casa de su compañera de clase Suzumura, y su hermano pequeño Yuta, a espaldas del resto del mundo. De esto, es muy resumidas cuentas, trata Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku (en español: “Los Dioses Mienten”), un manga One Shot escrito e ilustrado por Ozaki Kaori.
Este manga lo leí sin tener la más mínima idea de a qué me iba a enfrentar (tal como me
gusta entrarle a este tipo de obras). Bueno, la verdad, sí que sabía que me iba a enfrentar a una obra de romance entre 2 preadolescentes con bastante componente “FEELS”, y debo decir, logré atinarle a la diana.
Debo decir que en cierto sentido me ha recordado ligeramente a “5cm por segundo” de Makoto Shinkai (una obra a la cual le tengo cierto repudio), ya que, como he expuesto antes, trata de 2 preadolescentes quienes poco a poco irán descubriendo sus sentimientos mutuos, a pesar de quizás ser muy temprano para poder comprender dichos sentimientos. Eso sí, cada una contiene un trasfondo distinto, pues mientras que la insufriblemente melodramática 5cm por segundo hablaba de cómo los tortolitos eran afectados por su distancia física y sentimental, aquí el trasfondo se orienta hacia las relaciones interpersonales de quienes les rodean, más específicamente, en la familia.
Si hay un cliché el cual me molesta bastante en anime, es aquel en que, a pesar de tener a menores de edad por protagonistas, los padres NUNCA están presentes gracias a 2 excusas universales:
1: Han muerto.
2: Están trabajando, y no pasan mucho tiempo en casa.
3: Son unos inútiles a los cuales no les interesan en lo absoluto las criaturas que han parido.
Tan sólo intenta tomar 5 protagonistas anime al azar, y contar cuántos viven con sus padres, y si en sus respectivas series estos tienen alguna relevancia argumental (que no sea morir para así mover la historia).
Si hay un caso en especial que siempre me ha molestado es el de Naruto. Tanto en el anime como en el manga hemos visto morir a sus padres cerca de 200 veces, y no falta un capítulo en el que nos restrieguen que “sus padres se sacrificaron por el bien de la aldea”, pero entonces yo me pregunto: Si tanto rechazo le tenía su aldea por albergar al Kyuubi, ¿Quién amamantó a ese niño? ¿Quién le dio de comer? ¿Quién le ha enseñado a leer y escribir? ¿A dónde acudía cuando se enfermaba? ¿Quién le paga sus facturas? ¿Cómo subsistía en general? Digo, no creo que un recién nacido pueda ir al supermercado así como así.
Y juro que la ÚNICA VEZ en la que escuché mencionar siquiera a los servicios de atención al menor en un anime, ha sido en Ookami no Kodomo.
A lo que voy es que, no he visto ningún anime que realmente explore los efectos de la orfandad (Bueno, con la excepción de Candy Candy, pero éste es un melodrama puro y duro de telenovela), los efectos psicológicos de verse obligados a ser auto-suficientes a tan temprana edad, no tener quien le oriente o imparta sabiduría cuando más se la necesita, o incluso a asumir aquella figura paterna/materna para con algún hermano/a menor.
Por más que “les pase una mesada”, la situación se abandono se hará cada vez más evidente, tanto física, como emocionalmente, y es imposible no cometer una infinidad de errores, o ante la impotencia, actuar de forma impulsiva, y desesperada.
Esto va más allá de “me da envidia ver a mis compañeros reír junto a sus padres”, se trata de que no se pueden atribuir las responsabilidades de un adulto… a un niño.
Y es allí, donde la obra de Ozaki Kaori logró cautivarme.
Digo, tampoco es una obra que se diga “profunda”, apenas supera las 200 páginas y peca de ser superficial, pero AGRADEZCO ver un manga que trate estos temas con buena mano, agradezco que exponga de forma palpable, y realista (hasta donde se puede permitir) los efectos del abandono, y la orfandad, causa indignación ver cómo los más jóvenes tienen que compensar la irresponsabilidad de los adultos. Mientras que los niños pasan necesidades, y esperan con ansias el día en que su padre regrese a casa, el progenitor está dándose la buena vida, y aún tiene el descaro de tomarles el pelo, frente a sus narices. Precisamente he visto de cerca muchos casos similares a este, y [todo hay que decirlo] cada uno más lamentable que el anterior.
Sin embargo, tengo que admitirlo, Los Dioses Mienten, al igual que 5cm por segundo pecan de lo mismo, en igual escala, y es de “Idealistas”
A la final, ésta es una historia de romance juvenil con “FEELS”, y bienvenidos sean sus tropos, y su final lleno de esperanza, y el amor juvenil puede mover montañas y blablabla. Nuevamente, en este aspecto me ha recordado a la detestable (en mi opinión) obra de Makoto Shinkai, digo, esto podría haberse tornado aún más turbio de lo que de por sí ya es.
A lo que me refiero es, que Kamisama no Uso wo Tsuku podría haber sido aún más dura, aún más realista, como en Aku no Hana, o incluso (y perdónenme por sacar esta referencia) Aki Sora [EL MANGA], historias en las que los protagonistas no tienen más opción que cargar con el peso de sus acciones, enfrentar un destino en el cual, no volver a cruzarse sería lo mejor para todos, y continuar cada uno con sus vidas.
En conclusión: ¿Recomiendo Kamisama no Uso wo Tsuku?
Ese idealismo y tropos característicos de una obra con “FEELS” siguen siendo una espina PARA MÍ, pero por otra parte, es una obra grandiosa, la cual no sólo se queda en los “FEELS”, sino que también logra exponer una realidad que muchos jóvenes viven hoy en día (con mayor, o menor gravedad), además acompañado de unas ilustraciones sumamente preciosas, y algunos momentos tan impactantes, como conmovedores. En mi país el único cómic que se consigue en tiendas es el del Rubuios, así ni hablemos de ningún manga, pero si tienen la oportunidad de conseguir éste, u otro manga de la misma autora en física, aprovéchenla, su trabajo realmente vale la pena.
Por mi parte, sin más que decir…
Mi nombre es “V”, y nos veremos, en una nueva entrada.
I don't read a lot of one-shot manga. (In fact, because I'm typically attracted to longer series, I haven't read an abundance of manga in general.) And because I enjoyed it so much, I think my main complaint would be that I wish there was more of this. They got the story out in a manner that was concise but not rushed. It's not like the characters weren't sufficiently explored, so I suppose it didn't technically NEED to be longer. But it only takes me about an hour to finish a single volume of manga. With such a powerful story like this one, I was
left feeling almost like I'd experienced it all too quickly.
The Gods Lie was charming. I always feel like I'm being patronizing when I describe something that way, but that's the best word for it. There's just something about stories like this where two kids-- and I was struck by how young they really were, not even teenagers yet-- grow so much and learn so much about themselves and each other in such a short time. This can be hard to pull off, especially when there's romance involved, but this story was handled very tastefully.
However, this story was just as painfully depressing as it was heartwarming. I suspected the nature of the Suzumura household's secret from the very beginning, but that didn't make it any less heart-wrenching when the tragedy did come to light. I mean to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but... (SKIP THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED) The scene where Rio had to bury her grandfather herself, and then again when she found out her father had just plain left them as opposed to leaving them for work-- thus, being a somewhat necessary evil-- those were the scenes that really cemented in for me just how young the characters really were. She was so alone and responsible for so much more than she should have been, and it hurt. In that sense, The Gods Lie could be depressing in a sickening sort of way.
I've noticed that you can't recommend and anime for a manga series on here, but at times, this story really reminded me of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. The Gods Lie also deals with tragedy, (albeit on a much smaller scale) and the dynamic between Natsuru, Rio, and Yuuta reminded be a bit of Mirai, Mari, and Yuki.
I did really, really enjoy this story. My only real complaints were that I wished it was a bit longer, and that the characters sometimes felt a little generic-- such as Yuuta being the typical, goofy, ever-cheerful younger brother, meant to lighten the mood. I get the feeling that the more times I reread it, the more I'll enjoy it. The Gods Lie is definitely worth your time.
I was watching a youtube video about this guy's "underground" (?) manga recommendations, a.k.a manga that he liked and that not many people know about or at least not many people talk about. When he introduced The Gods Lie and told us about the basic plot, I thought: meh, this is not for me.
But then he said there was a "plot twist" and I, like the plot twist addict that I am, immediately decided to read it. He didn't give any spoilers for the said plot twist, but based on the title I had kind of an idea of what it would be like.
It was nothing I was expecting. It's not a "bad" story, per say, it's just definitely NOT for me. The main genre is drama (i'm not a fan of drama) and the "plot twist" was 1) predictable and 2) uhm... simple? like, it wasn't anything "out of this world", it was just the only thing that could've happened given the latest events of the story.
If you're into drama involving kids, you'll probably be into it. Me, I was just not that impressed.
This manga is a beautiful story about friendship and even a bit of happiness during difficult circumstances. Yes, there are gloomy situations and feelings in this one too, like being abandoned, a dear person dying etc, but the main characters handle it surprisingly well, maybe because they are just children.
The art work is great in the way it delivers the feelings and the atmosphere. The only thing I could complain about is that Rio and her brother Yuuta is a bit too similar, so you have to watch the hair cut really carefully in some circumstances to know who is who.
Overall, I do place this
among the best mangas I have read. I would give it a full 10 if it was not for some minor details, like the strange relation Natsuru got to his mother and also how both Natsuru and Rio acts like both would be older than 11.