Life~Love on the Line covers decades of romance between Akira and Yuki.

Life~Love on the Line is a Japanese BL drama adapted from a manga. The two main characters are high school students, who first meet each other under quirky circumstances when walking home from school. This series chronicles the next few decades of their relationship, as they transition to university, the workplace, and the responsibilities of adult life.

Although Life~Love on the Line has an offbeat start, it slowly develops into a sweet and sensitive drama with plenty of sentimental moments. The romance is depicted intimately, taking us through the emotional ups and downs of a gay couple.

Life~Love on the Line Summary

What is the show called?

Life 線上の僕ら

When was the show released?

2020

Where was the show made?

Japan

What is the language used in the show?

Japanese

What is the show’s genre?

Romance

How would you describe the show?

Deep and thoughtful

How long is the show?

4 episodes

How long is each episode?

Around 25 to 30 minutes

Plot

Akira and Yuki start hanging out with each other after school.

Akira and Yuki are students who come from different high schools. They share the same route when walking home from school. Both teenagers have a peculiar habit of walking along the painted white line on the road. With every step taken, they are careful about staying very closely within the line.

One day, Akira and Yuki encounter each other when walking on the painted line at the same time. After noticing their similar quirks, the two of them strike an unusual friendship. Akira and Yuki would meet up after school, crossing paths every time they arrive at the midway intersection of the line.

Over time, Akira realizes his feelings for Yuki goes beyond friendship. He starts to become bashful around his friend, hesitating whenever they make physical contact. Yuki doesn’t pick up the signals though and continues to be super friendly around him. As his feelings intensify, Akira makes a bold and impulsive move that alters the nature of their friendship forever.

The rest of the series follows Akira and Yuki after they graduated from high school. We check in on them every few years at various points of their lives. From university life to the start of their careers, Akira and Yuki go on an interesting journey as they navigate adulthood together.

Life~Love on the Line Trailer

Life~Love on the Line Cast

Characters

Akira Shirasu Jin (白洲迅) Shirasu Jin Instagram

Akira is played by thea ctor Shirasu Jin (白洲迅).

Akira is a high school student who’s quite popular among his female classmates. He is sensible and obedient, unlike his older sister Hitomi who often clashes with their parents. After graduation, Akira settles into an office job, where he feels an increasing need to conform with his colleagues. Akira is a regular smoker and consumes lots of cigarettes particularly when he’s stressed.

Yuki Raiku (楽駆) Raiku Instagram

Yuki is played by the actor Raiku (楽駆).

Yuki is a high school student with a cheerful disposition and a creative imagination. He is easily excitable with an innocent and childlike view towards life. As he grows older, Yuki admits to feeling uncertain about his future or what he is passionate about. After graduation, Yuki finds an office job, but that doesn’t seem to be his calling.

Supporting Cast

Honoka is played by the actress Kojima Fujiko (小島藤子).

Honoka

Kojima Fujiko (小島藤子)

Akira's sister Hitomi is played by Doi Shiori (土居志央梨).

Hitomi

Doi Shiori (土居志央梨)

Akira's mom is played by the actress Osada Nao (長田奈麻).

Akira’s mom

Osada Nao (長田奈麻)

Cast highlights

  • In a surprising crossover, the two lead actors (Wayne Song and Huang Chun Chih) from the Taiwanese BL drama HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count make a cameo appearance in Life~Love on the Line. The two of them play tourists with a very small speaking role in the last episode of the series.

Life~Love on the Line Review

Review

Drama Review Score: 9

A-
Story

★★★☆

Romance

★★★★

Acting

★★★☆

Ending

★★★☆

Akira and Yuki live together once they become working adults.

Life~Love on the Line was such a pleasant surprise, catching me off-guard with its emotional nuances and depth. The series began innocently enough as a cute school romance, slowly evolving into a sophisticated and complex relationship drama. Even though the first encounter between Akira and Yuki seems so silly, this story is actually quite serious and explores a lot of mature themes.

The storytelling in Life~Love on the Line is well-crafted. I love how the story is told, giving the viewers a glimpse into the couple’s relationship and their personal lives every few years. It’s enjoyable watching Akira and Yuki make progress, go through memorable experiences, and discover more about themselves. As the characters grow older, the tone of Life~Love on the Line also shifts accordingly. The plots in the first half were bright and optimistic, whereas the second half felt heavier and more sombre.

The romance between Akira and Yuki is a highlight, developing at a cozy and comfortable pace. We get many cute scenes of them as an ordinary couple, exchanging intimate kisses, inside jokes & intelligent discussions with each other. By the time the serious drama kicks in, I feel emotionally connected to these characters and I care a lot about what happens to their relationship.

There’s a significant turning point in the second half of the drama, which is where Life~Love on the Line falters slightly. A severe decision from Akira came with dire consequences, making it tough to sympathize with his character afterwards. This pivotal storyline felt rushed and didn’t receive enough development. It needed more context leading up to Akira’s decision, and it needed to expand on the fallout afterwards. Don’t just do a time skip a few years later. Show us the full version of events and dive deeper into the emotional intricacies of each moment.

Overall, Life~Love on the Line is a touching and thoughtfully produced BL series that I would recommend. With a two-hour length, this is a compact and concise love story packed with many poignant moments. It’s sweet, it’s intimate, and it fills my heart with lots of wonderful emotions.

How is the story?

When Life~Love on the Line first started, I thought the story was simply going to be about a quirky high school romance. I did not expect the time skip, jumping forward every few years to depict a different stage of their relationship. It’s an intriguing storytelling structure, one that I don’t see a lot of. There are pros and cons to telling the story this way.

I like this format because it makes Akira and Yuki’s romance feel more epic. I

How is the romance?

How is the acting?

How is the ending?

Life~Love on the Line Episodes

Episode Guide

Life~Love on the Line has a total of 4 episodes. Each episode is around 25 to 30 minutes long. This is a short BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in under 2 hours. The series aired its first episode on June 19, 2020 and ended on July 10, 2020.

Life~Love on the Line also has a director’s cut available, which contains a few extra scenes and an extended ending. I highly recommend that you watch the director’s cut instead of the regular episodes for a more well-rounded experience.

Episode 1

★★★☆

Episode 2

★★★★

Episode 3

★★★☆

Episode 4

★★★☆

Life~Love on the Line Online

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  1. This one really is short and sweet, there’s not other words to define it.
    Two amazing and very unique characters, you can really see how different they are from each other and how much they love each other.
    Did my research and found out that the manga goes on for a few more years of their lifes, but I think that finishing in this age was the best choice for a drama. (Couldn’t find the directors cut tho)

    On a side node, lately I decide to watch again the first BL I ever watched, Together with me, and found out that the same actors did another BL together, Manner of Death, and this one is really worth the watch, it’s a mystery drama with BL elements. (Has some massive plot holes but I can ignore it cuz the couples are cute)

    1. Yes, I’m really fond of Life~Love on the Line! It’s a sweet love story that takes you through the emotional ups and downs. I feel like I went on an immersive journey with the two characters, who are very well-depicted. The manga seems interesting and I like the artwork, so I might check it out in the future.

      In my opinion, the director’s cut gives a much better closure to the series than the original cut. Those extra few minutes near the end make a difference. If you can locate the director’s cut, I’d recommend it!

      Oh, I loved Together With Me and have a lot of thoughts on it. I actually haven’t watched the sequel or Manner of Death yet, but I’m planning to do a big MaxTul marathon either in September or October and watch everything at once. Manner of Death was really intriguing when I watched the trailer, so your positive review has me excited to watch it!

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