Genre Tags: Drama, Romance, School
Synopsis: In a futuristic society, Japan has implemented a complex system referred to as “The Red Threads of Science” to encourage successful marriages and combat increasingly low birthrates. Based on a compatibility calculation, young people at the age of 16 are assigned marriage partners by the government, with severe repercussions awaiting those who disobey the arrangement. For Yukari Nejima, a teen that considers himself average in every way, this system might be his best shot at living a fulfilling life.
However, spurred by his infatuation for his classmate and long-time crush, Misaki Takasaki, Yukari defies the system and confesses his love. After some initial reluctance, Misaki reciprocates his feelings in a moment of passion. Unfortunately, before the two can further their relationship, Yukari receives his marriage notice. He is then thrown into a confusing web of love and lies when his less-than-thrilled assigned partner, Ririna Sanada, becomes fascinated with his illicit romance.
Plot Rating: 8/10
Character Development Rating: 7/10
Progression Rating: 7/10
Animation Rating: 8/10
Conclusion Rating: 7/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: If you liked Kuzu no Honkai, you’d probably like this too.
General Comments: Watching the first few episodes of this immediately will give you a sense of deja vu if you watched Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish) as the basic theme is similar, but Koi to Uso is by no means a copy cat. Koi to Uso has a very unique plot that I actually found interesting, but it’s complicated relationship dynamics is where the real comparison lies.Where Kuzu had a love triangle, this had more of a love square. I kind of liked it though, because it kind covered all sides of the love spectrum. There’s a guy who likes a guy, a girl who likes a guy and a girl and a girl and a guy who like each other, but the guy also likes another girl. It’s a complicated messy web just the same, but where they really start to diverge is the finale. Where Kuzu had a more bittersweet ending, Koi had more of a an open ending. This wasn’t surprising considering the circumstances and I may even say I liked it, except there is one problem that it also shares with Kuzu. The openly gay character always draws the short end of the stick.
Overall, I found Koi to Uso a good treat for my romantic cravings, but as a whole, I liked Kuzu no Honkai more and thought it was far superior. Koi isn’t a bad watch though, so if you like romantic dramas, definitely give it a go.
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