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Koi to Uso  
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Lies are forbidden and love is doubly forbidden.
In the near future, when young people in Japan turn sixteen, they are assigned a marriage partner by the government. People don't have to go through the trouble of looking for someone, and everyone accepts that the country will find a compatible partner to make them happy.
Yukari Nejima is fifteen years old. He lives in a small corner of the country, and just can't seem to get ahead in life. Both academically and athletically he's below average. But in within him, he hides a heart burning with passion! In this world in which love is forbidden, what will happen to him when he falls in love?


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Associated Names
Love and Lies
حُب وَ أكاذيب
จะรักหรือจะหลอก (Thai)

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Latest Release(s)
c.188 by Manga Box 2 days ago
c.187 by Manga Box 13 days ago
c.186 by Manga Box 20 days ago
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 118 (Original Anime Ending)

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User Rating
Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (164 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.1 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 2nd 2018, 1:25pm PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (7 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by hiatusxhiatus
May 26th, 2018, 3:02pm
i'm only reading this to see what comes of nisaka yūsuke's story at this point, even though i know i'm setting myself up for disappointment. i strongly dislike this manga. every character is incredibly annoying except for yūsuke, who doesn't get a lot of focus, and ririna/lilina who's a sweetheart. both deserve to be in a better story.

there's other characters, like misaki takasaki, could've been more interesting, but aren't, and are just annoying, and then the main character, who the author tried to give him a little more personality by giving him one (1) interest, but ends up being annoying too. like i like that he's a nice person, but he's just so fucking stupid. it makes absolutely no sense why any of these people are so in love with him. i wish i hadn't gotten attached to 2 characters from this, because i really don't want to read it. the premise also could've been interesting, i guess, but it's poorly executed, incredibly fake-deep, and melodramatic. the side characters are possibly my least favorite side characters from anything I've ever read, especially the government officials. i really fucking hate them.

i don't recommend this manga but i can't stop you if you want to read it. if you do i hope you enjoy it more than i have.
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a quite hard love story   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by zarul
March 22nd, 2017, 4:04am
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Yukari marriage huh? I wish this thing will never happen in our real life, because we dont know how chaos our society will be with this kind of program. This manga author is trying to be fair with us, she never make both parties unhappy, I mean for people who rooting for Nejima X Misaki, there is still hope, but it looks really hard, I mean how the hell they can annul the notice. Its like they need like 100++ chapter to settle everything, cleanly. For Nejima X Ririna, looks like there is bright hope, with both keep develop each others feeling bit by bit, its quite unfair because its basic in human psychology study where male and female will automatically attracted to each other if they keep talking and meeting for a lot of time. Pity for Misaki fans but for now there is still a long way to go. I quite hate Misaki character because he looks like he want to give up his love & just want to go along with the government notice. He is a weak male lead by the way. But yeah, keep reading....
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Gets better, especially when a character confesses   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MitsukiKanou
October 29th, 2016, 8:58am
As of posting, I've read up to chapter 108:

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Ch 74-76 is the most beautiful confession (not the usual confession setup in manga) I've ever heard. After chapters of wondering what Takasaki thinks (or if she even cares!), we can finally hear it straight from her. After that, the chapters with Igarashi Shuu in them (around chapter 83) will slowly reveal more of the mysteries. Chapter 106-107 on Arisa Mimasaka's love and friendship can get quite deep too.

Overall, I thought it would be a shallow romance story at first, but it gets better and deeper (into the message) once it hits its stride.

At first glance, the government arranged marriages (Yukari system) seems like a convenient plot device. Eventually, it'll have deeper implications as we see more of the characters. It's origins are quite interesting too, especially if the story starts touching on the political, not just the destiny and technological aspect.

From my experience, interesting romance stories use some form of misdirection. From characters misunderstanding each other to readers misunderstanding the characters. This story does that in the long term.

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I was suspicious of Misaki Takasaki 1) right after Yukari Nejima's confession and 2) when she was avoiding him. However, after Takasaki re-confessed in chapter 75 and Igarashi talked about Takasaki's love in chapter 97-98, those suspicions flipped. We'll see in later chapters how more info will be revealed.

... Last updated on October 29th, 2016, 11:34am
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Fairly Dystopian   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Daemonblue
September 27th, 2015, 1:13am
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Before I get started, there are several spoilers, so if you want to jump into this manga blindly don't read.

So this story is set in a time where the Government assigns you a marriage partner based on their "science." They claim a near 100% happiness rating with their pairings that are based partially on genetics and partially on data collected from every person from the time they're born until they're 15. Apparently, people are even able to choose if they accept the pairing or not with no consequences! Except if they turn the offer down it'll be a permanent strike against them and people that do get divorced even with this "perfect" get ostracized.

What we have here is the perfect mixture of eugenics programs mixed with government control, all tightly bundled in a package that says "for the greater good." They sugar coat the system, but do their damned hardest to get these people together, going as far as dragging them into a classroom to watch porn as an "educational film" and then telling them all to go to some private rooms to get some hands on experience.

Then there's the general hopelessness of the cast. A lot of people just accept their spouses because apparently the government can do no wrong in this setting, even though the entire system is rife for abuse. The government workers claim they don't take looks into account when pairing people, for example, but the only ones who would know that are the people running the system - the very people who would abuse it like nobles in the olden days that would steal the wives of commoners.

Even then I'll still read this since I want to see what kind of wreck this train is heading for, though my suspicions suggest it will end with a "see the government was right!"

... Last updated on September 27th, 2015, 1:14am
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Koi to Uso   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by scorcher
July 1st, 2015, 4:14am
There is only a handful of women who can create a genuine Shounen Manga. Musawo is NOT one of them.

For most romance manga, regardless of its demographic, sexuality plays a big role. Staying true to romance, Koi to Uso is more romantic than it is idealistic. Meaning that it focuses on the characters interpersonal feelings far more than it does with their morals and ideals. But unlike most Shounen Romance, Koi to Uso has a touch of Shoujo themes. Themes like love triangle and wavering feelings which can possibly lead to infidelity alongside the feelings of jealousy and angst.

At first, I thought that this was gonna be the Romance to top them all. The romance that will go beyond a mere fictional story. Idealistically speaking, there is only really three types of love. Some people love in order to give love. Some people love in order to get love. I think most love in order to give and receive. To love, to be love, and both. I thought that Koi to Uso will be dealing directly with these ideals. With it's marriage system and how things started, I thought it was going to be more idealistic than it is romantic. But, all my hopes were lost in vain. Koi to Uso is, like most romance out there, just a love story between people that has nothing to do with reality or ideals. That is all I'm going to say.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2017, 8:10pm
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please god let it be different   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jb85
January 6th, 2015, 2:23pm
I really like those kind of manga where people are forced into relationships, since I like to see them struggling to be with their true love instead of someone that was forced on them. However, to often the main character just gives in halfways and accepts his/her fate. I have seen this trend in dozends of titles, so I'm hoping that this manga will be different. How stupid. They both love each other but are unable to be together because of a piece of paper? Give me a brake. If the system was invented to facilitate relationships, those who find love on their own should be exempt from it. And as of now (ch 25) it seems to go in the direction of the MC's love interest being coupled with his best friend. If that happens and the MC fights for his love this will be a great manga, but if he let's his best friend have his girl and develops feelings for Liliana it will be just like all those other manga that dissapointed me.
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I don't get it   
Rating: N/A
by 7godeohs
November 10th, 2014, 6:49am
Yes Maikel, I do find it frustrating that the girl gives up quite easily. It seems like she (and he) were so passionate about their love and she not only gives up immediately, but even helps his arranged partner on her path to fall in love with him - a forced love at that.

At this point (only 14 ch. so far) I see him eventually turning towards his arranged partner while his original love is becoming a cold, emotionless doll. I'm sure or at least I hope that it's hurting her inside and that she is doing this because if there is no other way to be together, she wants to help him anyway she can. Otherwise, I can't understand her actions at all. It's still early, but I hope it doesn't end the way I believe it will - with the arranged couple.

For me, this is one that I would wait until it's completed, then skip to the last two pages of the last chapter to see who he ended up with. If it's the first girl, I would read it in its entirety to see the journey it took to get the two to their destination. If it's the arranged partner I would mentally flip a very small table and move on.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2015, 8:39am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by MaikelHx
September 14th, 2014, 8:06am
Does anybody else find it frustrating that the girl in this story gives up quite easily?? It actually bothers the hell out of me. True love shouldn't be supressed by rules.

I therefore really hate arranged marriages
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