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    Analyzing the Liar Game

    I did one for Soul Eater just a second ago so I thought why not do another one for kicks and giggles? If you think you have any tactics for the games I listed below feel free to leave it in a response.

    This manga is classified as a Seinen. If you like Death Note, Code Geass, Mirai Nikki, and perhaps Monster, then you're likely to enjoy this as well. You basically have geniuses among groups of people in games to compete for money - it also deals with a bit of psychology along the way.

    This manga escalates pretty quickly. An honest girl named Nao is forced to take part in the Liar Game - a series of "games" meant to pit people against each other staking millions and millions of yen. When Nao succumbs to the greed of her competitors, she is forced to ally with the incredible scam artist known as Akiyama. Together, they go through game after game facing new challenges along the way. This manga is filled with so many logical plot-twists that it becomes unbelievable how the writer thinks of all of this beforehand. You can only truly understand it by reading the manga itself. However, I'll explain some of the rounds for a general idea:

    Round 1 - Liar Game Two people are given 100 million yen in cash! However, they'll have to give back that cash in a month's time. What's the point you ask? Well, you can STEAL the enemy's money for your own! If you end up stealing 50 million, you'll earn 50 million by the end of the game too. However... this also becomes the opponent's eminent debt, and who knows what the Liar Game officials will do to the losers?

    Round 2 - The Minority Game 22 people take part in this game. Every 6 hours, a new "voting round" begins. One player asks a yes or no question, and everybody (including that person) must either answer yes or no via voting with slips of paper. Here's the catch: only the minority of players will move onto the next voting round. So if 10 people voted yes and 12 voted no, the 12 are eliminated. It continues this way until either one or two players remain. These are the winners and get the money lost by the losers (who all lose 100 million once they're eliminated).

    Revival Round 1 - Downsizing Game Nine players are left here. Everybody is given 100 million, and of course will give it back as usual. The twist is: there will only be one loser here, the rest are winners by default. They'll each earn 12.5 million off of the loser's 100 million loss. Each player is given 5 "votes" to use every voting round for 10 voting rounds. You simply write the name of the people you want to see in the next round (you can put the same name 5 times). Whoever has the least votes by the end of the game loses. You can also "buy" certain things using M tickets.

    In the end, what makes the manga interesting is the way the players interact with the game and their competitors. It's fun to see the main powerhouses easily gain control of the more idiotic members of the group. This is Akiyama's infamous quote:



    Akiyama's Enemies:

    A Rich Manipulative Genius


    Harimoto and His Cult



    The Liar Game Officials Themselves

     
         
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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    It's an interesting idea, but I can't stand the art.
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Ldude View Post
    It's an interesting idea, but I can't stand the art.
    Yeah that's what gets most people down.
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Ldude View Post
    It's an interesting idea, but I can't stand the art.
    It's not that bad actually... I was the same when I first saw Drakengard recommending it (I was like hum! Simply the art is ugly) Hahaha But I was the same with Shaman King and it turns out SK is one of my fav manga
    Anyway, once you start reading you don't even realize you don't like the manga cause the story is quite interesting and hooking..furthermore The panels are very well used
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermacaquecool View Post
    It's not that bad actually... I was the same when I first saw Drakengard recommending it (I was like hum! Simply the art is ugly) Hahaha But I was the same with Shaman King and it turns out SK is one of my fav manga
    Anyway, once you start reading you don't even realize you don't like the manga cause the story is quite interesting and hooking..furthermore The panels are very well used
    Honestly I never did have trouble with the art lol - it's not the type of manga where you would care too greatly about it
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Drakengard View Post
    Honestly I never did have trouble with the art lol - it's not the type of manga where you would care too greatly about it
    o_o Was trying to say so
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermacaquecool View Post
    o_o Was trying to say so
    Could be just my way of reading >_> I only truly care about art when fights are involved and I can't see what the heck's going on
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Drakengard View Post
    Could be just my way of reading >_> I only truly care about art when fights are involved and I can't see what the heck's going on
    Ah! I get the feeling. I always get confused with them too. But I only re-read it when I'm truly interested in the outcome, otherwise I just keep passing the pages
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermacaquecool View Post
    Ah! I get the feeling. I always get confused with them too. But I only re-read it when I'm truly interested in the outcome, otherwise I just keep passing the pages
    I usually have to watch the fights in the anime when stuff like that happens X_X but usually I just get lazy and end up doing nothing about it

    On topic as for the Liar Game.. Akiyama just owned somebody pretty bad (or so it seems).

    The reactions add a little something to the Liar Game tbh xD it's just fun to see
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Ah, Liar Game. I got into it a couple years back and just loved it, definitely one of my all-time favorite manga series. Sadly though I haven't been up to date with the newest arc though so I really have to get back to it.

    Akiyama is just amazing. Easily one of the (if not THE) smartest of characters I have ever seen in manga, or really in about anything out there. The guy's a genius and even if you think he's cornered he always finds some brilliant way out. Liar Game never ceases to fascinate me.
     
         

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    Re: Analyzing the Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Miles vi Britannia View Post
    Ah, Liar Game. I got into it a couple years back and just loved it, definitely one of my all-time favorite manga series. Sadly though I haven't been up to date with the newest arc though so I really have to get back to it.

    Akiyama is just amazing. Easily one of the (if not THE) smartest of characters I have ever seen in manga, or really in about anything out there. The guy's a genius and even if you think he's cornered he always finds some brilliant way out. Liar Game never ceases to fascinate me.
    I'm still waiting for chapter 166 to be released I never know when to expect a chapter since the releases are so irregular.. Akiyama delivered a killer blow last chapter. I'm waiting to see if there will be any struggle from the opposition.

    I agree with you on that. Some say that his ability to come up with such plans on the spot degrade his as a character but I heavily disagree. It's just fun to watch him destroy his opponent's arrogance. When you see Akiyama in these panels you know he's about to own:


     
         

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