In Anime or K-dramas, some series shine brighter than others and More Than a Married Couple But Not Lovers seems to be one of the unique ones. More Than a Married Couple But Not Lovers is a 12-episode series on Netflix with many fans and haters.
The name suggests that the series would be a light rom-com - none of the heavy Nicholas Spark movies. However, the main idea of the series is around a ‘marriage practical’, which makes no sense in the real world. This marriage practical is the most far-from-earth thing about the series.
The show follows the life of high school students as they are paired together as ‘couples’ and made to live in the same house as a married one. Juro Yakuin, the male lead, seems to have a crush on his childhood best friend, Shiro Sakurazada. Akari Wanatabe, the ‘it-girl’, has a crush on Minami Tenjin, the hot boy. But as always- surprise, surprise- Juro and Akari seem to have lost their wish. Minami is paired with Shiro, whereas Akari and Juro seem to be paired together.
That is when Akari reminds Juro that the couples getting an A grade on their practical examination, the marriage practical, would get a chance to pick their partners. This leaves Akari and Juro excited about the prospect of leaving the other as soon as possible. Juro thinks Akari is mean and pretentious, whereas Akari believes that Juro is a loner and way below her social status. This fuels their need to switch partners and leave each others’ presence as soon as possible. On a mission to switch their partners, Akari and Juro pretend to be in love throughout the practical. Their sweet moments and mature content satisfy the audience regarding romance and chemistry.
More Than a Married Couple But Not Lovers shows Juro’s journey to realizing that he is a teenager with hormones and attractions as the days with Akari go by. Soon enough- Akari and Juro seem to be falling in love with each other. This show is authentic and one of its kind, as no other well-known anime has followed the plot of a practical examination for the basis of the characters’ relationships.
The series' character development is realistic and precise since teenagers usually act the same way around their crushes and lovers. Moreover, the main character is fun and loveable, not the usual boring MC that animes tend to broadcast. Juro could use a little tweak in character with a splash of Chad-ness. His ability to get easily flustered comes across as childish and often disrupts the mood of the scene.
Throughout the series, Akari, Shiro, and Juro are the only characters with spotlights and any semblance of relevance. All the other characters are just on the side or brushed against the surface. The song choices are minimal- only at the start and end of the series. The starting song was average, whereas it ended with a bang and a whip.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted, loveable romantic comedy filled with mature content and realistic representation of lovesickness, More Than a Married Couple But Not Lovers might be the one for you.
Final Score- [7/10]
Reviewed by - Jess Doshi
Publisher at Midgard Times
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