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    Liar Game

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    Series Name: Liar Game (ライアーゲーム)

    Year of Serialization: 2005

    Author: Shinobu Kaitani

    Artist: Shinobu Kaitani

    Genres: Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Seinen

    Current Status: Hiatus

    Moment of Reviewing: Chapter 169

    Other Formats:

    • Live Action Drama

    Series Summary
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    Our journey follows the story of a woman by the name of Kanzaki Nao. Almost anybody who knows her will say the same thing when asked to describe their friend: she's honest to a fault. With a bedridden father to worry about, she has enough on her plate already. But fate is a cruel thing. One day, Nao receives a package in the mail from the LGT Office. An invitation to compete in "the amazing LIAR GAME TOURNAMENT!", which she accidentally accepts. Along with the card accompanies 100,000,000 yen... in cash. She is free to use this however she likes, but is warned that she will be forced to return this money in one month's time. This is a game after all, one of deceit and lies. The catch? She is to be paired with another randomly selected player. The goal of the game is to steal as much of the opponent's cash in 30 days as possible and gain a profit by the end. The problem... those who lose their money will face an unbearable amount of debt. Nao's trustful nature gets the better of her, and she willingly gives every bit of revenue to her opponent, a former teacher. Upon realizing her mistake, Nao decides to go for a last resort...

    Akiyama Shinichi, an ingenious swindler, is released from jail that very day. Nao pleads for his help with all her heart in a desperate attempt to regain her loss. Akiyama is reluctant at first, but eventually decides to assist her as long as he receives half of Nao's winnings from the game. Can Nao trust a mastermind known for his scams? Will Akiyama be able to help such a foolishly honest woman? Questions that can also be answered in time. Akiyama must fight against the odds to free his partner from this terrible tournament. But leaving this game may not be as easy as they presume...

    Critical Review:

    At first glance, the plot seemed captivating despite being a bit generic for its genre. I didn't know what to expect from it, since I was quite new to such themes at the time. I loved Death Note for its appeal to logic and battles of wit, so I thought this would be a great match for me. In no time, the first volume came and went. It really was the type of manga I was hoping for. But at the same time, I wasn't really... overwhelmed by its quality. The ending just seemed a bit too cheesy for my taste. Still, it was captivating enough to encourage me onwards to the next volume.

    It was a great call. The second volume was twice what the first was! Better opposition, better tactics, more plot twists... this was where the series actually had me hooked from. Nao herself did not account for much besides being there for the sake of the story, but I was fine with that. Akiyama was all I really needed at that point. He had confidence from start to finish...
    Beginning of Round 2
    End of Round 2

    At this point you may be questioning if the art will severely put down the reading experience. Personally, I can not think of a single time in which the art has discouraged me from continuing the series. In fact, it's almost perfect for when complex plans are being drawn out. There aren't any fight scenes in this series, so it's not meant to be filled with high-speed movement like how most Shonen fights are drawn.

    From this point on, Akiyama and Nao endure challenge after challenge in a similar fashion. It sounds repetitive, but the rounds are usually set up so well that the direction of the game will end up changing several times before an actual winner is decided. There will appear foes that can easily be considered on Akiyama's level, and will in term give him harder and harder battles along the way. Even Nao, the pinnacle of an honest soul, eventually gains traits that makes her even more useful than Akiyama in some regards. It seems almost impossible in a game of lies and deceit, and yet, Shinobu Kaitani pulls it off!
     
         
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    Re: Liar Game

    I knew it was you.
    It's a nice review. I like when you mentioned the art, cuase seems to be one of the major complains. LG is indeed not the type of manga in which you would expect awesome art, and I think it's pretty decent.
     
         

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    Re: Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermacaquecool View Post
    I knew it was you.
    It's a nice review. I like when you mentioned the art, cuase seems to be one of the major complains. LG is indeed not the type of manga in which you would expect awesome art, and I think it's pretty decent.
    It's usually either that or Nao! Although people tend to ignore it over time since Akiyama is the main man for the most part. Nao plays better parts after some time but the general audience is probably looking for more strategy. However, I found it quite amazing how honesty could be used to such an advantage in the latest round of the series. It's nice to see how positive traits like that can actually get things done!
     
         

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    Re: Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Drakengard View Post
    It's usually either that or Nao! Although people tend to ignore it over time since Akiyama is the main man for the most part. Nao plays better parts after some time but the general audience is probably looking for more strategy. However, I found it quite amazing how honesty could be used to such an advantage in the latest round of the series. It's nice to see how positive traits like that can actually get things done!
    I never disliked Nao, and tbh sometimes I felt like her I'm glad she's there, since we can get the explanations...but till later (builds the suspense very good).
    It's actually pretty nice as you say.
     
         

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    Re: Liar Game

    Any info about when the hiatus is finally going to come to an end?
     
         

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    Re: Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyo4 View Post
    Any info about when the hiatus is finally going to come to an end?
    I heard that it was supposed to be over by around April to May but Kaitani is known for taking these long breaks

    EDIT: Updated the status
     
         
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    Re: Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by Drakengard View Post
    I heard that it was supposed to be over by around April to May but Kaitani is known for taking these long breaks
    Even end of June would be cool. I expected a year break to be honest.
     
         

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    Re: Liar Game

    Thanks for the review !
    Totally going to read this !
     
         

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    Re: Liar Game

    Quote Originally Posted by noni1997 View Post
    Thanks for the review !
    Totally going to read this !
    Hope you'll enjoy it like I did. :D

    I actually walked my man Supermacaquecool up there through the series a bit. Or at least tried to with paint drawings since specific challenges might seem a bit confusing at first... so don't hesitate to ask if needed.
     
         

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