When I finished writing up all of the Liar Routes, I said I’d write reviews for the Lovers Routes too. Well here I am finally making good on that promise! Actually I was waiting for Voltage to release Mr. Right’s Lovers Route before I started in on these reviews. I just had to know if there was any truth to that plot twist at the end of the 9th Liar arc… and boy did Voltage go out with a bang on this one!! I wasn’t ready for all of the feels!
Since this is the first Lovers Route review, I want to clarify some things… *ahem* Unlike the Liar Main Stories, the Lovers Routes are not free. Let me repeat that for the folks in the back; THE LOVERS ROUTES ARE NOT FREE! Lovers Routes can be purchased with coins, which players can purchase with cash!! The 12 chapter Main Stories cost 800 coins while the 3 chapter Epilogues cost 450 coins, which if you get both is roughly $8.00 total. But, Voltage has been giving away free daily login coins so if you horde coins you can purchase stories without spending any cash.
Now that that is out of the way, I should also mention that there are only FIVE Lovers Routes, one each for Liars 6-9 and one for Mr. Right. So, if you want to romance one of the earlier liars, you are plum out of luck! If you want a spoiler free review of Liar! Uncover the Truth, click… HERE! If you want to read more about Mr. Right from the Liar main stories, click right, HERE!!
So, after unmasking the nine liars in the Liar Main Story, the MC thought she’d finally found her soulmate in Itaru Yuikawa. But, before the MC and Itaru could walk off into their happily ever after, Voltage decided to hit us all with a bit of a whammy… Itaru might not be as honest as we all believed. In fact Itaru might just be the biggest liar of the bunch. Of course I immediately called BS on Voltage for even daring to suggest that Itaru was anything but the prince I knew him to be… Leave it to Voltage to try and stir up drama! But, even I had to admit that that last minute revelation had cast some reasonable doubt… so I played straight into Voltage’s hands by buying Itaru’s Lovers Route the minute it was released and OMG I couldn’t have been more pleased with my purchase!!
I know that I said in my previous posts, that nothing would taint my opinion of Itaru as a character, but Voltage actually managed to do just that (at least for the first half of the route). Itaru is a liar just like all of the other guys in the game, but his lie is by far the biggest and most complex of any that we have seen before. You see, Itaru, has been lying to the MC from the beginning, and I’m surprised he managed to keep up the facade for so long. It actually pains me to say this, but under normal circumstances if someone had done what Itaru did, I’d have run for the hills and never looked back! It’s just too creepy, but then there’s another part of me that finds the whole thing romantic as hell… I secretly wish some one would go through that much effort for me in real life… *ahem* I mean, I completely understand Itaru’s motivations.
So, here’s what you’ve all have been waiting for, Itaru’s big secret is that he and the MC knew each other prior to the Matchmaking Mixer! Now for those of you confused by this rather mundane revelation, I am afraid that there’s a bit more… *takes a deep breath* Itaru is from the same hometown as the MC (he was known as Itaru Kayama back then) and he has been in love with her since elementary school. I should also mention that as a child, Itaru was a bit of a porker who was teased mercilessly and the only person to stand up for him was the MC, which in turn sparked his affection for her. But, since a girl like the MC wouldn’t even give him the time of day, Itaru came up with a genius plan to become her perfect man.
Everything Itaru has done from the start has been for the sake of dating the MC… See what I mean, it sounds creepy as hell, but also oddly enough rather endearing… Itaru’s devotion to the MC knows no bounds, he is willing to do everything and anything just to make the MC happy. Essentially he did the exact same thing the MC has been doing the entire game… He pretended to be someone he wasn’t so that people (the MC) would like him, only difference is that Itaru was better at it! So I found the MC’s rejection of Itaru extremely hypocritical, don’t get me wrong, Itaru’s actions are questionable… there’s no doubt about that! BUT, the MC has been doing the same thing since the beginning, from day one, she has been doing her damnedest to hide her country girl past in favor of her sophisticated, city woman persona. In public she the perfect woman; composed, intelligent, and fashionable, but at home, she’s much more lax with…everything. If anything, the biggest liar in the game is the MC! Rather than searching for someone that will accept her for the woman that she is, the MC is content with pretending to be something she’s not. On top of that she created a list ridiculous qualities for her ideal man, qualities that no one could ever hope to possess… that is except Itaru, but he wasn’t born perfect, he had to work hard to become the perfect man!
Of all the guys in Liar! Uncover the Truth, Itaru is the most suitable man for the MC, and it’s not because he meets all of her silly standards. Itaru is the perfect lover for the MC, because the MC doesn’t have to keep up pretenses with him. Being with Itaru is easy, because he loves her for who she is, both as the sophisticated city woman and as the mud caked country girl. So in accepting Itaru and his love, the MC is also accepting herself and that is really what made me love this route so much. Now, I still find her selfish and a bit of a witch with a capital B, but the growth she showed in this route really helped make her a much more relatable MC than any Voltage has given us in the past. She isn’t the perfect cyborg she pretends to be in public. The MC is vulnerable, she’s flawed and if it weren’t for Itaru knocking down all of her defenses and forcing her to look inside of herself, I don’t know if I’d even like her. Itaru humanizes her, he softens her less than stellar personality traits and because of Itaru, she becomes a better person! Ah before I close this out, I want to give a special shout out to Sotaro (yes, you read that right) and the MC’s friend, Yuri! Those two are the real MVPs of the route!! Both of them call the MC out on her BS throughout the route, and at one point help in convincing the MC to give Itaru a second chance and for that they get my utmost respect! Especially Sotaro, dude definitely did some serious growing up between the 9th Liar arc and this Lovers Route (why couldn’t he be like this from the beginning?)!!
Now that is how you close out a game, Voltage! We really get some phenomenal character development and growth from not just Itaru, but from the MC as well. This route finally offered some closure for the MC and her search for the perfect man, but it also added a bit more depth to Itaru as a character. I just didn’t think it was possible to love a character this much, but gosh darn it, I found myself falling for this guy all over again. I loved this route so much, that I can even overlook the continuation of the stupid Sotaro/Itaru/MC love triangle (which says a lot)!
Since this is a otome game, the romantic development between Itaru and the MC takes center stage in the overall narrative, however, at it’s core Itaru’s Lovers Route is a story of acceptance. The MC learns to come to terms with her hang ups about her past, while Itaru learns that it’s okay to be himself and not the MC’s perfect man. After learning to accept themselves, both the MC and Itaru become much better people, which makes their happy ending that much more satisfying! Overall, this was one of the best Voltage routes I have ever played! Itaru’s Lovers Route is fitting conclusion to Liar! Uncover the Truth, the story was compelling and the romance gave me butterflies! If you play any of the Lovers Routes, this is definitely the one to purchase, it gave me so many feels!!