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Hinata Saotome thinks her wildest dreams came true when she is asked out by the gorgeous En Shinohara. She would soon wish that it remained a dream, as she realizes that En is the cross-dressing boy at their school. He harbors a hatred for men, so much that he'd punch out his own reflection if he ever saw it, and his cross-dressing is his way of combating that. Hinata goes out with him anyway, and Hilarity Ensues as they try to make their relationship work.

Usotsuki Lily, also known as Liar Lily, is a romantic comedy manga by Ayumi Komura that was serialized in Margaret from 2009 to 2014, and was compiled into 17 Volumes.

Usotsuki Lily provides examples of:

  • Always Identical Twins: The Hashimoto and Sawamura twins, who are coincidentally dating.
    • As it turns out, it wasn't a coincidence. And Emi only started going out with Rio to avenge a friend he rejected by breaking his heart later, though she eventually ended up falling for him. Niko and Rui on the other hand, have been faking their relationship the entire time so as to not crush Rio's idea of the ideal romance (i.e. two pairs of twins coincidentally going out with other). Though as of chapter 78, Niko seems to have begun developing feelings for Rui.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: En makes for a good-looking girl, enough that other guys want to go out with him.
    • Hinata makes for a charming boy, which is such that girls want to go out with her. And the fact that she looks like her brother when she crossdresses is what makes him popular when he enrolls in the same school.
    • Even better is that both their younger brothers look great crossdressing. Taiyou looks like a tall Hinata, and Ten looks rather lolita.
  • Badass Adorable: Reina-sempai, who could KO a grown man with a swift elbow to the face in seconds.
  • Berserk Button: Just seeing his own reflection is enough for En to smash whatever caused him to see it. Toned down as the manga went on.
  • Bifauxnen: Hinata, but especially Gotou.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters will speak like they're aware they're in a manga. Most notable is Hinata questioning her main character status when she's not the focus of a chapter.
  • The Casanova: En's father, Shinnosuke. It causes friction with his wife.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Kojiro always has cherry blossoms falling around him, but only in season. It changes to leaves in the fall. As stated by Komachi, the frequency of whatever's falling around him is how to determine whether or not he's in a positive mood.
  • Comic-Book Time: The series starts off near the beginning of Hinata's first year in high school, and time passes reasonably normally as she and the majority of the main cast move on to their second year. However, from that point on, the progression of time becomes weird. Months and dates continue to come and go, but the year remains the same. Due to the "timeline" being looped around that same year, they repeatedly become second years in high schoolnote . Which is a fact the comic proudly lampshades without hesitation. And then the final chapter manages to make a hilarious subversion of this by having En suddenly claim in a panel that they've been pretending that time has been looped the entire time and have just been repeating in school. No real effort has been made to establish whether or not this is actually true or not.
  • Date Peepers: Hinata followed Taiyou and En's date, and jumped out and interrupted it when her brother was about to kiss her boyfriend.
    • And in chapter 77, pretty much the entire gang decides to stalk Niko and Rui on their date.
  • Does Not Like Men: En is a male example of this. The only men he doesn't snap at are his family, Hinata's male relatives (as a result of being 'weak' to the Saotome genes) and his only male friends Naota and Kojirou. A long time after Kojirou and Taiyou reach high school he makes another exception for Hinata's former crush. He's developed such an aversion to the male population in general that he coughs up blood when he touches one he doesn't like.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: The youngest Shinohara brother, Ten, is cute enough to pass for a girl. He probably didn't even need the wig when he crossdressed to get Taiyou's attention.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Hinata's popular with the girls whenever she crossdresses. The fact that her brother looks like her when she does is actually what makes him so popular when he enrolls in the same school.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Class Rep. We only get his name in Chapter 35, and it's Souichirou Aikawa, by the way.
  • The Gadfly: Naoto has moments when he does or says something just to annoy/disturb En or Hinata.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Delivered by Roar-kun to Reina when she was worrying and driving herself low about her feelings for Naota.
  • Head Pet: Reina-senpai's Roar-kun, although he actually spends more time on her shoulder than her head.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: En and Naota.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Gotou, it's what made her incredibly insecure about herself to the point of pursuing En, simply because he says he considers all girls cute. She gets helped out of this when she notices the Class Rep taking an interest in her regardless of her height.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • "This guy has strange tastes, doesn't he? I can't understand it at all." Says En the crossdresser about his brother, Ten's homosexuality. Funnily enough, he becomes supportive when Ten becomes interested in Taiyou.
    • Same chapter, same family. Ken says that Hinata must be strange to fall for a perverted crossdresser like En. The guy who dotes upon said crossdresser and asserts that En is better when crossdressing (which is a sentiment others share).
    • Komachi likes to laugh at Hinata for her romantic troubles with En (like not being able to kiss). When the tables are turned about the former's relationship with Kojirou (like how she turns into a Supreme Chef), she's quick to develop a Luminescent Blush and get violent.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Not the first time anyway. When Ten visits the cafe with a classmate, this happens to Taiyou. The former tries it again intentionally in the next chapter.
    • Later at the trip to Kyoto this happens with En and Hinata.
      • He tries. A lot.
  • Identity Amnesia: En gets hit on the head with a bucket of water in Chapter 15, and begins believing he is actually a girl. He gets better, thankfully.
    • It happens again in Chapter 36, only instead of a girly-girly girl, En's personality inverts itself into a He-Man Woman Hater.
  • I See Dead People: One of the Hashimoto twins and her boyfriend. Overlaps with I See Them, Too.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • En gives Hinata's former crush a chance to meet Hinata and, while not completely accepting, is prepared for the chance that she rekindles her former romantic feelings for him.
    • Ten tries to let Taiyou go with this in mind in chapter 95.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wataru. Along with his tsundere aspects, he treasures his friends and was actually regretful over fighting with Gotou and punching the Class Rep in the process.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The mangaka has decided that every April En is going to have amnesia. It's pretty darn specific what he remembers and what he doesn't. Hilarity Ensues every single time.
  • Lethal Chef: The Hashimoto twins. Their cooking is so lethal that it can even poison cockroaches to death.
    • And they can somehow morph Gateau Au Chocolat into...some kind of spooky sculpture...?
  • Love Triangle: Between Taiyou, Ten and the latter's classmate, Saeki. And they're all guys (although two of them were crossdressing when the triangle was established).
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Arguably Hinata and En. Especially when they're both crossdressing. Hinata is even strong enough to lift him up, completing the picture. Not to mention that she's constantly punching boys as if she is a fellow guy. (But only when they're being crazy.)
  • Nice Guy: How Taiyou is popular in his own right. Kojirou tops him because he's rarely seen even being deadpan or sarcastic.
  • Nosebleed: Happens to Hinata whenever she confronts a really cute guy. En is very prone to this when he thinks Hinata is being especially cute. Hinata and Gotou both got nosebleeds at the same time in one moment.
  • One-Gender School: In the terrible dream that En had where he went to an all-boys high school, all the girls he knew were also guys.
  • Origins Episode: Who would've guessed that Reina used to be a Shrinking Violet? Or that her little pet tiger-doll-thing used to be human? The best part? You're led to think it's a completely unrelated one-shot omake chapter until a few pages from the ending!
  • Samurai: Kojirou dresses like one due to his being a samurai otaku.
  • School Festival: Chapter 6 focuses on this. Hinata's and En's classes do cross-dressing cafes, girls-as-boys and boys-as-girls, respectively.
  • Senpai/Kōhai: Reina's a third year, and as such is referred to as 'senpai' by everyone else in the cast, even when she gets together with Naota.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Enforced. The cast didn't move up a year since the main characters became second years, which pisses Taiyou off since he wanted to pursue a relationship as a second year. It was also pointed out that Reina shouldn't graduate just as she and Naota had their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Serious Business: Cross-dressing, for En, who dislikes Shirota for putting on a dress and a wig just so Hinata would notice him.
  • Spinoff: Fantasy action manga Kenjutsu Komachi. The protagonist is, obviously, Komachi. And as of chapter 3 it looks like Kojirou is The Dragon, oh boy.
  • Squee: The Saotome family around their dog Muff.
  • Straight Gay: Ten Shinohara, who doesn't quite hit enough points to be properly defined in any other trope, but is confirmed to be gay and currently in love with Taiyou.
  • Supreme Chef: Komachi, who was noted as not being any good before, but improved greatly upon getting together with Kojirou.
  • Tsundere: The manager. And his son.
    • Also Reina, described as an archetypal tsundere.
      • Rawr seems to be one as well, being very ambivalent towards Naota. One one hand, he does like him, especially after his helping Reina out when she got a fever, but he doesn't want to be seen being nice to him.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: When Hinata realizes at the beginning of the series that the hot guy that asked her out before was the crossdressing guy at her school.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: En, of course. Hinata cross-dresses occasionally, usually during work, and Gotou eventually becomes one as well.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Can't let Taiyou enjoy a fulfilling relationship for long. Really comes across as a Tear Jerker.
  • Yonkoma: Chapter 35 was done in this manner.
  • Younger Than They Look: Kojirou. He's the same age as Taiyou, but looks older than Komachi, his girlfriend.
  • Yuri Fan: The new character in chapter 38, Shirota, who was so enamoured of series' main couple that he harasses En a few times and tries to get him to act more feminine.