This one isn’t a review as I haven’t watched this series recently. What brought it up was that this title was recently added on AnimeLab.
It’s about a girl named Erika who, like the boy who cried wolf, talks to her new classmates about her wonderful boyfriend even though she doesn’t have one. When cornered, she shows them a picture on her phone of a guy she randomly photographed in town however it turns out he’s actually going to the same school. Instead of fessing up at this point, Erika has to convince Kyoya to play along but it turns out he’s just a little bit of a sadist.
I’m really interested in how people have responded to the relationship in this anime. While I get that stories aren’t real like and not every relationship represented is going to be sunshine and roses, I can’t help but feel that this anime really hits the wrong notes from the start.
What really annoys about this anime, is that Erika can stop the emotional abuse she is going through at any time. All she has to do is tell the truth. And what is the worst thing that will happen from telling the truth? Her lame non-friends will probably laugh at her and then move on and she can try to make real friends. Watching Erika jumping through Kyoya’s hoops is irritating and her absolute lack of backbone as a human being is slightly depressing. The anime then tries to cast Kyoya in a sympathetic light and while (if you ignore everything that has happened before) it might even be successful, it doesn’t justify what he puts Erika through earlier in the anime.
So, if you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought below.