Bravo to the Japanese dating show Rea(L)ove (Netflix). While you’re waiting for new episodes of Terrace House: Opening New Doors (premiering May 22) or a new season of Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (which is kinda like Terrace House, except the singletons are on a road trip in a pink van), you should check out this addictive dating show which sounds like any other dating show except it isn’t.
It starts out with 18 men and women gathered at a lovely beach resort in Okinawa. They introduce themselves, chat over drinks, yadda, yadda, yadda. So far, so normal, right? Here’s the thing, like anyone going on their first date: they lie, or rather, withhold certain info about themselves. (What? You don’t?!)
Every episode, the hosts — comedian Atsushi Tamura and TV personality Mari Yaguchi — would randomly pick a participant and divulge his/her deepest, darkest secrets to everyone. The players aren’t eliminated, just embarrassed.
Clearly, some of the men and women are instantly attracted to each other, but will the lurid and shocking revelations get in the way of their budding romance? Think about it: would you go out with someone who has had over 300 sex partners? Or someone who has done time? Hmmm…something to mull over during dinner.