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 one of the worst paced manga I've ever read, yet interesting and intriguing enough to keep me reading all the way up to the current chapters.
But, I think that it wasted it's potential of greatness for the novelty of being a weekly series, as Manga Box manga tend to do.
[Some Spoilers Ahead]
The plot is the initial thing that gets you interested in this manga. In this alternative governmental structure of Japan, there is a government run arranged marriage policy that, like the name entails, arranges marriages for people 16 and older based on genetics.
This, however, brings up the question of "What
if I'm in love with another person already?". And the answer, is "Sucks to suck", because if you refuse the policy, there are penalties. To universities and job firms, seeing "Denied the government marriage policy" on a resume is like seeing "Dropped out of high school".
Our main character, Nejima Yukari, has been in love with Takasaki Misaki since grade school. Not knowing they had mutual feelings, Yukari confesses, and they share a minute of passion.
This was before Yukari became 16 and got his government notice, of who the one he is supposed to marry. It's not Takasaki. It is instead someone who he has never met, Sanada Ririna (best girl), but would change his relationships with these two girls forever.
As for the characters, there isn't much to say honestly. It's pretty much your typical love triangle cast with a slight difference, that being that two of them are in love with each other, while the other is left to figure out her feelings while dealing with the situation.
Yukari is standard cut and paste main character, next. Takasaki is the original love interest of Yukari, as well as one of the most beloved girls in the school, no one dislikes her. Ririna is an innocent, quasi-tsundere that goes to an all girls school, she is the arranged partner of Yukari. She acts as a sort of wannabe cupid for Yukari and Takasaki despite the situation, unknowing of the feelings that she is developing for Yukari.
This is the basis that Koi to Uso follows, and would do a decent job with, if the pacing wasn't complete ass.
It has been 62 chapters, SIXTY TWO, over a year of weekly releases, and the only 'development', if you want to call it that, is characters realizing things about themselves, and about others.
Nothing has happened, nothing. Zip. Nada.
Some chapters are only 5 pages long with, for example, the 3 getting on a train, having awkward banter, and getting off [END].
But, that hasn't stopped me from thoroughly enjoying this manga, but this is definitely something I wish I discovered later rather than sooner.
This will probably be something I would recommend if it were a finished product, you can breeze by chapters and it's pretty good, but I can't in good conscious recommend this manga as it is.
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.
I believe the entire plot/story of this manga is semi-fresh. There has been a lot of movies/tv shows with the same backstory which makes this manga sort of predictable in terms of events. Besides the semi-cliche backstory, the story line is very entertaining.
I believe I lack the ability to judge the artwork. I'm heavily biased towards certain styles. I believe this artwork is really great for this style.
The characters are extremely relatable and awkwardly charming.
Overall, I believe this is a good read, if you enjoy manga's that "pull at your heart-strings." If you enjoyed the more popular
manga "Kimi no Iru Machi," you will probably enjoy this.