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.
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.
**HAVEN'T FINISHED MANGA YET, BUT MAY BE A FEW SPOILERS**
Koi to Uso... all I have to say about this manga is ugh. It's dragging on for so long that the story isn't even a story anymore. I'm 90% sure that this is just for sales.
Starts out with an interesting yet not new story. Characters don't get to choose who they marry, I get it. Unfortunately, the plot takes a very wrong turn. I'm pretty sure the moral of this manga is that love wins, but the so-called 'love' is shallow and immature. Practically lust. Seriously, the only interaction Misaki and Yukari have is giving
each other stationary and suddenly they fall in love.
Not only that, but this whole complication is completely unnecessary. Couldn't they of declined the marriage at the start instead of creating this drama?
The art isn't bad, though I'm not a fan of the giant eyes and pointy noses.
The characters are probably the worst aspect of the manga.
First, we have Nejima Yukari, the most indecisive male MC of all. He's kissing Misaki at one point, kisses Lilina, and leads Nisaka on. What the fuck does he want? His personality—if he even has one—is incoherent and makes no sense. His relationship with Misaki is childish and shouldn't even exist. He doesn't deserve any of these characters, not with this commitment.
As for Misaki, she's just a walking contradiction with big breasts. She talks to Lilina about Yukari, then she's insecure about her 'relationship' with him because of Lilina being there. I'm not sure if Misaki herself is trying to act modest or the mangaka is trying to make her modest, but neither is working. Her character is supposed to be hopelessly in love with Yukari, and she tries to get closer to him without caring about how others feel. A bit like a Yandere, though not as intense.
Lilina is my favourite character in this manga, so I'll try not to be prejudiced. I don't see why she's trying to push Misaki and Yukari closer together. I know her character is supposed to be in love with Yukari but she doesn't understand, though this is probably the most cliché way to deal with it. If you think about it, she's almost as bad as Misaki. This just calls for MORE unnecessary drama when she could just take Yukari for herself.
Despite me being soft for Lilina, this was one of the most annoying manga I've ever read. The way it goes back and forth could be more frustrating than it is, but the plot is so predictable that there's no reason to be frustrated. Ending could be in a hundred more chapters, but it's pretty clear to me how this will end.
I only recommend this if you want to be irritated or argue with people about the best girl. If neither of these seem nice, don't read this manga.