Just as the title suggests, this episode of Love and Lies is basically a filler with no progress on the plot whatsoever, except for an explosive display of emotions right at the very end. Brace yourselves for a lot of unimportant talking!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 嘘のない想い
The school is crazy with cultural festival fever and everyone is working their asses off to get everything ready on time. Yukari is working on setting up the props for the Romeo and Juliet reverse gender show extraordinaire, Takazaki is rehearsing and Yusuke… Well Yusuke doesn’t give a crap. In fact he tries to bail on the whole performance the moment he realizes he’s supposed to be wearing a Renaissance style dress. As he walks off towards the sunset, Yukari follows him around winging on how important it is for Yusuke to play this role. Failing to convince him, he gets a hand slap after attempting too much intimacy (touching Yusuke’s shoulder). Out of the blue, Yusuke’s dad shows up, jumps off a bridge, captures Yusuke and takes them out for sushi. THAT MADE PERFECT SENSE JUST NOW.
While sushi-ing, during Yusuke’s visit to the toilet, Yukari and Yusuke’s dad have some sort of meaningful conversation about Yusuke which I didn’t really pay attention to. It was probably something along the lines of how good a person he actually is and how Yukari is his real friend, he just doesn’t know that yet. This somehow shows Yukari the light on how to approach Yusuke and he manages to convince him to play Juliet after all, by comparing her impossible love for Romeo with their contemporary situation of having no choice on who to love and marry.
In the meantime, Takazaki is rehearsing hard for the show, even though she seems not to give a crap about it either. On an unfortunate turn of events, she lets herself go and expresses the full spectrum of her feelings to Yukari, while crying her eyes out.
Yusuke’s dad…: Apart from the mystery that is this man’s hair, or his unexplained white lab coat for that matter, Yusuke’s dad displays the ability to be able to jump off of great heights without injuring himself and for no apparent reason. Quite the character.
Sushi go-round: I mean, there isn’t really anything better in the world than a sushi-go-round. The perfect place to embarrass your child, give their friends a lecture about life, then buy everyone some ice cream to make the incident seem less painful. Am I right?
Yusuke is a cynic: Hates being popular, doesn’t believe in love, avoids being the center of attention… which is probably why he sees everything as meaningless and stupid, using his cynicism as a defense mechanism.
Takazaki is depressed: Doesn’t enjoy what she does but does it anyway, while at the same time being heartbroken. Not to mention how little sense she makes most of the time, along with her compulsive lying…
Themes & Trivia
Romeo and Juliet: Apparently more popular in Japan than I thought, the Romeo and Juliet ‘franchise’ spreads across several TV shows and movies.
What is love?: A messed up manifestation of how you feel towards your parents and who you are biologically inclined to believe is the best person to have your babies with.
Things could be worse
I guess there has to be a filler episode in every anime, and that was what this episode was. Kids fooling around in school, no actual development of the story – well, Takazaki did express her feelings to Yukari, but that wasn’t that big a deal, was it? We were pretty aware of it the whole time, and it’s not that exciting an event for a twenty minute episode… Oh well. Let’s hope we’ll get to see some action next time. Don’t forget the rest of our Summer 2017 reviews and join us in our forum! See you next week with another episode review of Love and Lies!
NEXT TIME: So Bright It Doesn`t Seem Real (嘘みたいな煌めきで)