1st Episode Impression
The main conflict within this episode, and seemingly within the series, lies with the fact that she claimed that Sata Kyoya was her boyfriend when she unwittingly snapped a candid picture of him when looking for someone to falsify her being in a relationship. Sata Kyoya turned out to be pretty sadistic and twisted, something that Erika was not expecting since he had such a good reputation and seemed very personable and humble. Sata is literally blackmailing Erika by making her be his “dog”, waiting on him hand-and-foot while obeying all commands less he reveal the true nature of her lying ways to the populace at large. She has pretty much gotten herself into a do-or-die situation. She could very easily relinquish their new found ties towards each other by letting him reveal the truth, but because she is so driven by her appearance to the public she would be risking a lonely high school life to be rid of him, she loses in either situation.
We know that Erika is called “Wolf Girl” based on the story “The Boy who Cried Wolf” because she lies all the time about various things, so no one would believe her when she actually tells the truth. We know that Sata is called “Black Prince” because he acts very chivalrous and humble, yet he has a dark side filled with ulterior motives that are unbeknownst to most people. Despite their how their personalities look on the outside, each one has shown impressive contrast to their unsightly ways to prove they are good people. Erika, despite being a chronic liar, is only doing it because she does not realize how sweet she is and that she is fully capable of making friends on her own. Sata, while being little more than a blackmailer with a sadistic personality, it seems he legitimately cares about helping out Erika with her problem and doing his best to give her the best of him while he can. These contrasts make you love and also hate the characters dependent on what is happening.
The end of the first episode could mean any number of things. It could mean that it will eventually blossom into a loving relationship some time down the line by both of the protagonists realizing the worth of the other, even with knowing the ugly truths they hide from most people; or it could mean that we will eventually see unrequited love on our girl’s end if she falls for him and he refuses to see her as more than a pet. I truly want to see how their relationship sparks and blossoms from this point forward, especially with them having such a crazy way to begin a falsified romance (Nisekoi, rofl).