After an annoyingly long streak of disappointing episodes, Love and Liesfinally decided to make up for the lost time just a bit before the end. Not that this could save the overall mediocrity of the series, but at least we’ve got something to expect for the season finale.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 嘘でもいいから
Yukari and his rather unique harem are headed to Yusuke’s brother’s wedding. On their way there, he ponders over Misaki’s intentions and the things she’s lying to protect. Right before the ceremony, the girls get stopped to be asked to participate in a wedding dress photo-shoot, and I’m about to lose it at this point – IT’S LIKE A FILLER WITHIN A FILLER. It’s FILLERCEPTION (I probably need to apologize for this joke). Thankfully, the photo-shoot doesn’t take place in this very episode, so we get to avoid more meaningless trivia and jump to the wedding in question. Turns out weddings are super emotional for some (who would have thought, I’m always there for the buffet and open bar) and Ririna is having more fun than she should. While the bouquet is being thrown into women’s faces, Yukari realizes he forgot his phone – and at this point we all know that when he’s off to retrieve it, something dramatic is about to happen. I thought he was going to find someone from Yusuke’s family getting laid in the dirtiest of ways (wishful thinking), but instead, he came across a heartbroken Misaki, crying alone, on the floor, in the darkness. Quick tip: if you want privacy when crying your eyes out, go to the bloody toilet. Naturally, Yukari believes this is the perfect time to shove his tongue down her throat, and so he does, without knowing Ririna is watching.
The morning after, Yukari and Ririna’s family take them to a trip at the hot springs, and the levels of awkwardness between the couple are quite high. While soaking in the spring, Ririna and Yukari are talking behind the wooden fence, and at this point I thought RIrina was going to join him, somehow, but Yukari takes this opportunity to talk to her about how Misaki is a goddess to him. HOW THICK ARE YOU. Their parents get them a double room so they can sleep together, and Ririna decides to deliver the conclusion to this parody of a love story: she asks Yukari to pick Misaki over her. BOOM!
Make up your freaking mind: There’s not really an ideal way to deal with a fully aware love triangle. What is basically happening here is Misaki and Ririna waiting to see who Yukari is going to choose. And even though it’s pretty obvious he will be choosing Ririna despite his strong feelings for Misaki, and the girls have been dealing with it so far, Yukari has to make a move on Misaki, one more time. NO! You are hurting her. Just let her go man.
Ririna’s move: In all the traditions of every love story and all relationship lore there ever were, Ririna’s move is the boldest, finest, and most daring of them all. She went all in. She let go. This is how you need to deal with such situations – perpetuating the pain and humiliation of being someone’s potentially alternative choice has never done anyone justice – on the contrary, doing this, Ririna is forcing Yukari to make a choice: love or leave her, so that everyone who’s been mixed up in this mess can finally move on with their lives. You go girl.
Themes & Trivia
Onsen: Rumour has it that an anime is not really an anime until the cast takes a trip to the hot springs. I wish I was at the hot springs right now.
Japanese weddings: Marriage in Japan can occur with or without a ceremony. Ceremonies vary between those following the Shinto tradition and Christian-style westernized ones (like the one on this episode). My personal opinion – why on earth would you do a western wedding when you can wear these awesome Shinto wedding hats.
Ririna, you’re the boss.
I’m glad she did it. No, seriously. Much as I enjoy the stimulation of observing the pains of unfulfilled love, this needed to end. More than anything, because the show has run out of things to say a long time ago. And it’s a conscious choice, unfortunately, because there’s so much that could be going on; Yusuke’s feelings, Ririna realizing and accepting her love for Yukari, Misaki trying to seduce him, Yukari getting down with both of them… I mean, that’s just a thought, but maybe they could all just get it on together? Wouldn’t that be great? Yukari wouldn’t have to choose, Ririna and Misaki could stay friend (with benefits!) and Yusuke could learn how to cook. Sadly, polygamy doesn’t seem to be the ideal system for these poor kids.
Hope you enjoyed this review! See you next week for the Love and Lies final episode review on MANGA.TOKYO!