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Mottomo Utsukushii Uso no Koto  
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Painter Yukari Yohito will soon realize that despite all that he's been through, leaving his umbrella on a train will be the one thing that changes his life. Completely in tune with his paintings, Yukari is a genius at the canvas; however he is completely useless at living life. One day fellow art student Kurosu Keiichiro realizes Yukari has forgotten his umbrella on the train and quickly tries to return it-- having been a huge fan of Yukari's work, he strikes up a friendship. Keiichiro begins coming by to take care of things for the neurotic artist. However, the more he involves himself in Yukari's complex life the deeper Keiichiro's feelings begin to run. It's no longer mere friendship or even admiration that moves him, but just what should he do about it?

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Associated Names
An Even More Beautiful Lie
Mottomo Utsukushii Usono Koto
Sai mo Utsukushii Uso no Koto
Un si joli mensonge (French)

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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (36 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.1 / 10.0
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May 31st 2016, 2:03am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
HertZ (Taiyo Tosho)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Juné (1 Volume - Complete/Digital & Print)

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Ugh, June!   
Rating: N/A
by deathbypenguin
December 3rd, 2011, 1:25pm
The story is well above average as far as BL goes. It takes it's time, letting the relationship build between the two main characters, rather than going for an "I love you at first sight, so I'm going to rape you now" scenario. (Why in the world is that so common?) The characters are a little flat, but have endearing quirks, and the intimate scenes are sure to produce lots of fangirl (or fanboy) squealing.
The biggest drawback to this volume is June's translation. See if you can tell me what this is supposed to mean: "If your brush cheats your heart by even one millimeter, without paying careful attention to the truth that should be there, the piece rots." Yes, that's an example of some of the sentence structure in this book. I had to reread that sentence several times before deciding that it must mean that a painting isn't any good unless the piece and artist are entirely emotionally honest. Along with some awkward translation, I also found incomplete sentences. Probably the worst offense this book made though, was when they they put "lol" in a speech bubble. It's still readable, but June needs to hire a proper editor.

@ Baniita
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The rape scene was all in the head of Yukari's captor. It never actually happened.

... Last updated on December 3rd, 2011, 1:30pm
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Sharp difference between the serialised version and the tankoban version   
Rating: N/A
by jalsy
June 8th, 2013, 10:00am
I've read both the serialised version and the tankoban version upon reading comments that the serialised version is much better than the tankoban version in terms of story pacing and the presentation of the ending. The tankoban version however delved deeper in the thoughts of Kurosu, and elaborated more on certain scenes.

The difference did not just ended there, weirdly enough. Portions of dialogue were also rewritten and art redrawn, the meanings of certain scenes were totally different between the serialised version and the tankoban version, and shirt patterns too also differed. I understand that usually in tankobans, mangakas sometimes redraw certain panels and edit certain parts of dialogue for clarity or upon feedback from readers, however this tankoban was weirdly vastly different from the serialised version, and weirdly was worse than the serialised version.

But what baffled me the most was the ending. The tankoban ending was unsatisfying, even though the serialised version had a definitive ending.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The serialised version ending had Kurosu and Yukari professing their love for each other and an obligatory H scene, which finalised their relationship explicitly. I have no idea why the mangaka decided to leave it out of the tankoban.
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Pretty average...unfortunately.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by streetwalker
June 14th, 2012, 6:52am
I wish I could have liked this more because it had all the base ingredients of a good BL manga. The characters were likeable, the setting was intriguing and the idea quite touching, and yet despite the potential, this book wasn't very good either. The art is only average, the dialogue confusing and the pacing erratic to the point that I couldn't really get into the story and root for the characters. Not saying it was a waste of money but I probably won't be reading it again...
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
November 24th, 2011, 2:21am
That was really effing beautiful. ; v; I liked it a lot~
The art is also really good.
It was quite well written, in my opinion, despite the cliches. It's not meant to just be read--it's easy to be swept up in the emotions. Not everything flows or makes sense at first.
I don't recommend it if you're just into yaoi for pointless smut.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Kurosu really is like the Anubis that Yukari portrays on canvas.
I found the rape scene really out of place and quite pointless at first, but then when you realize that oh, Kurosu is the way he is now because of Yukari. It seems Yukari "tamed" him or something through his work. (Or so I believe.) Kurosu as a male yandere was interesting.
The way that Yukari puts his art before everything (even his own health)... But when Kurosu became his muse, it was... Really, really moe. Ffff. <3
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I would love to give a rating but   
Rating: N/A
by mtmt1311
April 6th, 2013, 9:38pm
The art is superb, the story could be interesting and touching but I cant get to the story. The translation was so bad. I spent most of the time trying to figure out what they're trying to say. The end was really sudden too.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the bloody/dirty hands thing just came and went (maybe something lost in translation again)

... Last updated on April 6th, 2013, 9:39pm
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Good story, not enough H   
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
by yuzurenai
August 20th, 2011, 2:42pm
This manga only has one story sadly, no extras / or oneshots. The story was well thought once you read through it half way. The relationship was set in automatically and how it was built was pretty nice. Just how it ended with no H-scene from the two. Only H that was -bleh- imo is that rape one...
Overall its a good read, more tension and a bit of angst.
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