That’s all, folks! Love and Lies has wrapped it up this week with a final episode that brought us anything but closure, and so much cheese, it made me wish I had some bread to make a sandwich with. ┬─┬ノ( ゜–゜ノ)
Japanese Original Episode Title: 恋と嘘
Ririna and Yukari are still at the onsen hotel, discussing Ririna’s proposal of Yukari and her splitting up for Takasaki’s sake. Ririna’s research reveals that if the two of them start consistently and convincingly lying to their ministry councilors, saying that they hate each other, the ministry will have no choice but to amend the match between them, living them free to choose a new partner or be paired to someone else. Yukari agrees, even though he’s having second thoughts about leaving Ririna, and she, reading him just right, asks him to practice kissing with her, so that she’s ‘ready for her future husband.’ Right. After an intense make-out session, they two of them sit together and look at the moon, pretending to ignore their feelings for each other.
A while later, Takasaki meets with Ririna to go to this very creepy bridal shoot they’ve been requested to participate in, and Ririna reveals to her that she’s planning to break it off with Yukari, so that they can be together. Takasaki says that this is impossible for reasons she cannot reveal and because she loves them both. Meanwhile, in Yukari’s house, Yusuke is advising him to go to the photo-shoot and cheer both of them on, declaring his feelings to them, and Yukari, finding the divine solution to all his troubles, follows his advice and seems to be motivated to love both of them. Quite the ambition for a 16-year-old student. Arriving at the photo-shoot (naturally, he had to run there) Yukari finds both Ririna and Misaki dressed in their bridal outfits and poses with them. I almost puked.
Lies and lies and lies: I have to say the title of this show couldn’t have possible been more accurate: all of the main characters, do nothing but that – love and lie. I’m not entirely sure how they believe they can possibly achieve happiness through that mess.
Yukari’s constant moaning: ‘I’m not good good looking, I’m not smart, I’m nothing special, I have nothing likable, why do all this people like me’ is the type of line that only works the first time. Honestly, I’ve heard about Yukari’s blandness so much during this show, it’s almost irritating. I do understand that these types of characters help viewers with low self-esteem empathize, to some extent, and maybe think that even by being a regular Joe, you can get three people to fall in love with you, but wouldn’t it be nicer if we looked at this situation though what makes Yukari lovable, despite him not being the ‘cool guy’? I mean, it certainly sounds much healthier, as far as it’s not being repeated in every episode.
The power of three: I still insist this whole mess could have been easily sorted out with some sort of foursome/orgy. Everyone would get to blow off some steam and nobody would have to lie or compromise anymore. Amirite?
Nobody loves Nisaka: Oh boy, Nisaka, thanks for the advice man, that was like totally useful, thanks so much, gotta run now, so I hope you don’t mind being dumped in my room all alone, it was sure nice chatting with you, bye-bye. Make sure you close the window on your way out.
CHEESE: Yukari had to RUN on this way to the wedding photo-shoot. Apparently, in his town, everything is but a walk away, there are no buses, and falling when running to your loved one(s) is still considered dramatic. Oh, let’s not forget both of his crushes are waiting for him wearing a wedding dress! SOMEBODY GET ME SOME BREAD AND A TOASTER (ノ゜Д゜)ノ︵┻━┻
Themes & Trivia
Pre-wedding photography: A very big industry in Asian countries, wedding photography is a big deal for many couples in the eastern continent. If you’ve been on a European capital on an early morning, you must have seen Chinese couples posing by popular tourist spots, and in South Korea, themed wedding photo-shoots are the hottest wedding trend right now.
Come on people, let’s focus.
I’m going to end this episode finale review with some advice to the cast and crew:
Yukari, please man up. If you are in love with both girls, just be true to them and let them know, and be prepared to face the backlash. Just stop being a passive wimp that lets everything happen to him and not by him. Ririna and Misaki: You are both important and need to stop putting your happiness on the side to permit the happiness of others. Instead of stepping aside to allow your friends to date each other, try and get the person you love. Give them that choice. Yusuke, bro, you need to come out. Even though Yukari is very unlikely to be swinging that way, expressing your feelings for him will either give you a chance, or closure, so you can move on to someone who will love you. Good luck with getting a second chance, everyone!
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