On paper, the premise of Love and Lies would seem like a unique one that could have delved into the societal issues that arose from the Yukari System, where the Japanese government mandates arranged marriages between its populace to curb its decreased population. This issue is delved into with focus on Yukari Nejima, a young man who finally works up the resolve to admit his feelings to childhood crush Misaki Takasaki until he receives notification that he has been arranged a marital partner by the Japanese government. However, Yukari's marital partner, Ririna Sanada, has no interest in Yukari as a marriage partner and tries to mend relations between him and Misaki, the latter choosing to distance herself from Yukari upon learning of his arranged marriage. At the same time, Yukari and Ririna try to publicly maintain the mandated arrangement made for them by the government, as rejecting it has serious societal consequences.
In spite of its rather unique premise though, Love and Lies mostly focuses on the love triangle between our main trio of Yukari, Misaki, and Ririna. While this typically wouldn't be so bad a case as romance anime has made some memorable lover triangles over the years, this isn't really the case for Love and Lies as the characters here are too shallow to give much of a hoot about in their romantic endeavors as Yukari's too milquetoast as out male lead and the two girls connected to him are not much better off. Worst off, the love triangle doesn't really go anywhere either as Yukari is too hesitant to make any major move, Misaki seems to be holding back on her feelings and doesn't have much to show as a character to get a read on her emotions, and Ririna is mostly focused on trying to hook up the two other characters (though her character does get some gradual development compared to Misaki and Yukari). The anime does devote some focus on the flaws of the Yukari System with the government pushing developments on the arranged couples they make, but this is largely window dressing in focus compared to the anime's focus on its shallow love triangle. These major issues are bad enough as such where the anime ends inconclusively in resolving how the three lead characters get around the Yukari System to get their ideal relationships.
Perhaps the only praise I could give the series is its artwork. Scenic shots are vast and highly detailed with vivid colors and the characters are drawn with realistic body proportions in mind, though female characters are drawn with the "big doe-eyed" character design style traditionally depicted in many anime titles.
Otherwise, Love and Lies is mostly quite messy as a romance anime. While its premise had potential to be an interesting piece of social commentary, this mostly played second fiddle to the rather pitiful love triangle that the series attempted to push as nothing went anywhere with it and the characters were mostly too shallow to care much for them. Fans of romance anime should definitely skip this one.
Rating: 5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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