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Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hookey from soccer camp that summer, and instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house, where a dark secret threatens to upend their fragile happiness.
Даже Боги лгут 神会说谎。 神様がうそをつく。 Kłamstwa bogów (Polish) Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku Kamisama ga Uso o Tsuku. Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku. Los dioses mienten Our Summer Holiday The God's Lie The Gods Lie
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Exceptionally bittersweet. I can't read this one without crying. There's some desperation of being a young kid who can't do anything or protect anyone that strikes my heart. The artwork is beautiful and touching and the mangaka does a marvelous job conveying emotion.
Such a beautiful story
If I had only 1 small nitpick, it would have been nice to see
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Them meet again. Yes, it's heavily implied they would meet again and probably get together, but it didn't even have to be another chapter. Just another page or 2 of him becoming a pro soccer player and she becoming his bride.
But eh, still really good.
... Last updated on November 2nd, 2016, 11:29am
A sad tale, but very much a worthwhile one. Love it.
I won't say much about this manga; what I really have to say I already did in a somewhat long review. This manga has a real-seeming portrayal of a very harrowing situation in some kids' lives, and along the way it has some important life lessons that should even apply to adults. Life's hard, but don't give up. The romance is very good, and there's a sense of mystery to the story itself. This manga will likely make you cry. Be careful.
Don't be fooled by people saying this is a light read; this it is not! It's heavy, depressing and it gave me the ugly cry... But the story was incredibly beautiful (and very well written) and definitely worth your time. This moved my soul.
I still gave it a 9/10, because it felt incomplete. You'll know what I mean, when you get to the last page (-_-)
... Last updated on March 21st, 2016, 10:19pm
Sad when it ended...
The pacing and story telling was good. The story was subtle and I feel that the characters actually lived. I often missed that living character feel in other manga and I think this is what makes it special. The issues doesn't really surprise me though... It can really happen in real life and reading this, it makes us think about life. Haaa... I like it very much.. I actually feel sad when it ended.. Thats a first-time for me...
Art is good. Story is consistent and well thought. It all comes through as quite emotional piece that is not over the top. I am sad that it is such a short story. Although there is wasted potential to tell more, author uses it to deliver feeling of sadness and loss.
Definitely not meteor methuselah
I thought something looked familiar while I was reading this... Lo and behold, the author of this fantastic short read also authored Meteor Methuselah, and I have to say, while the art is certainly familiar, this is quite the progression from her work, in a really good way! This is definitely a much more mature style and in my opinion maybe reflects the mangaka's own growth as an artist. Somehow, it even resonated with my own growth - I really enjoyed Meteor Methuselah in my teens, now I'm loving this manga. Anyways, I could write about how this manga is all hit-the-right-spots-seinen-maturity-coming-of-age-slice-of-lifey goodness, or I could just say that I think this manga will not waste your time, and that I highly recommend it! [/opinions]
Go for it
Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku is about a boy who after befriending a girl is unsure about his choices in life. It is a tale of innocence lost and a child's dependence on adults to teach him/her the ways of life. At least, that's the way I took it. It's short and features elementary children, so of course, there's ambiguity in the ending. But I feel that the length is just right for the story it tells.
... Last updated on March 2nd, 2014, 7:47am
Tears to my eyes
Well done. I felt a connection with this story, and the young main characters who still look at life so brightly, it's too much. The ending was so touching. (can't even write a good review, but just know It's a one of a kind story, very well done)
Although this story stars primary school children, it deals with some mature themes, and the two main characters themselves are quite mature. Don't let the age of the characters turn you away.
Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku was really short, and I was sad to see it end so quickly, but at the same time, I think it was the perfect length. It was a beautiful story, really touching, well-written, well-illustrated, with lovable (and also despicable) characters. What I particularly loved was how introspective it was, and how tightly-focused it was on the main characters; it's my kind of read. Maybe I wanted more of an epilogue, but I think that's just because I'm spoilt; the ending is very good, just as it is.
Naturally, because they're simply children and this story takes place in their childhood, I wonder if there would have been a future for them... but nevertheless, because of their simple commitment and their mature understanding (and because I just want to), I choose to believe there will be.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a short, complete, drama-romance slice-of-life. I'm looking forward to this Ozaki Kaori's next work... One day I may even try her older work, despite it being shoujo.