I came to this manga with almost no expectation, after seeing the vampire wings, the school life tag and the harem tag (yes, I did expect Rosario Vampire: The Reboot). But lucky, it's not. It was amazing.
The art style might not suit you because the author made their eyes look like the cast of E.T. 2: Home of the Ayy Lmao. But somehow, it perfectly suits the characters.
All the characters were nicely developed with nice depth and were (kinda) relateable. Which made this one of the few rare manga that I wanted to have a harem ending. But we won't talk about that.
Ps: the anime
it not as good, but it's not that bad either.
Normally I wouldn't recommend something that could be classified as a harem style manga (I like several but I know they aren't some people's cup of tea) but with this I am willing to make an exception.
If you like comedy in your stuff, then you owe it to yourself to check this out. As with most things the first few chapters may seem a little shaky at first but stick with it, IT'S WORTH IT!
The characters all develop very well and are highly unique and the author uses all of them hilariously. My personal favorite character in the manga is the closest thing to
a comedy antagonist I've ever seen, a candy addicted super demon principal.
Unlike many harem type manga not EVERY female character under the sun falls in love with the MC (which is kinda refreshing as those six way love battles get old) a good chunk of them settle solidly into non-romantic roles. That being said there IS some romantic competition but the notable thing is it's not the majority of the girls.
If you'd like to get a feel for what this manga is about without having to read the whole thing I would suggest you read chapter 51 "Let's Save Earth!" It's a single chapter story that involves all the characters (other than the boy MC) and more or less is a solid example of the type of craziness you can expect from this manga. However I recommend just reading the whole thing.
A serious strong point in this manga is its comedic timing and various reaction faces. The reaction faces in particular are some of the funniest things I've seen as they vary wildly from situation to situation.
The fan-service is light, usually funneled through a very specific character and even then it's usually there more for a joke than anything else. You won't find yourself being beaten half to death with it.
Overall this is a very strong comedy manga with a fairly sweet romantic story line.
Would you be able to keep your crush's biggest secret from everyone knowing that you are the most honest person in the world?
MAL's summary of Jitsu wa Watashi wa might put off many readers because it implies it is just another "My crush is a vampire and I have to keep it a secret from everyone in school" but it is more than that. In fact, that only describes the first 3 chapters or so, which reminds me of the phrase "don't judge a book by it's cover".
After Kuromine, Asahi(our main character) finds out about Youko's vampire secret, Asahi goes through many absurd and hilarious
situations when finding out that she is not the only one in their school with a secret. The many other characters with secrets that join them later on add to the spice of comedy on each of their occurrent bizarre and amusing situations.
Each character is given great detail in their developments that mostly further up the intensity of the ridiculousness of their encounters. From that cliched childhood friend and marriage promise, to the unlikely pairing with an extraterrestrial. And although it is a bit episodic, it does develop most of the characters with short arcs that always involve our lucky main character.
Of course, the strong point of this manga is the comedy, always with outrageous situations and wacky adventures that challenge our MC's ability to keep a secret.
The character designs also add greatly to the comedy behind each pun. The huge eyes and exaggerated facial expressions make every bit of conversation even more hilarious.
This is one of the funniest mangas out there without a doubt and it's no surprise an anime adaptation is already in production. It's English translation is perfect, and every joke and pun are easily understandable with no meaning lost in translation.
Jitsu wa Watashi wa is a rainbow of comedy filled with ridiculousness in every corner, and an underrated manga that also teaches many messages of friendship and kindness with a touch of silliness.
Jitsu wa Watashi wa starts of with Kuromine Asahi, a man who is unable to lie properly without being caught. One day he learns about his crush's secret and tries to keep it a secret from everyone else or at least that's how it starts off.
As more and more whacky characters are introduced it moves away from it's original premise to become one of the funniest manga I have personally read. With ridiculous twists, turns and more secrets revealed that Kuromine desperately (and comically) tries to protect.
However the series does often have filler that doesn't feel like it adds anything to the overall story.
Some of the filler can be funny but some can fall short.
The characters are undoubtedly the strongest point of this series with a colourful variety of characters none of which feels overly dull. With each character having their own unique trait/personality that differentiates them from the rest of the cast. While the MC is more or less a copy and paste from many other series he is still entertaining to follow.
In terms of art I think it looks pretty unique compared to many other series out there and it has many memorable reaction faces that will make you laugh. Although admittedly at the beginning the art felt extremely jarring and almost cringy but over time I got used to and began to love it. It is now one of my favourite aspect of the series.
Thankfully the harem aspect of the series never gets too bloated with only a few of the females introduced actually developing feelings for the MC. Also has enough romance progression for those few girls that won't make the manga feel like it's being dragged out.
Overall Jitsu wa Watshi wa is essentially what every comedy/harem manga should strive to be. Great comedy, great cast of characters, great reaction faces, isn't overflowing with fanservice and has enough romance progression to keep you thoroughly entertained.
This week on Jitsu wa Watashi wa, the show returns to what (and who) really makes it work best, and the results are predictably good. When it's good, this may just be the funniest comedy of the season.