Re: Akiyama Shinichi vs. Light Yagami
I don't think any of you have read Liar Game, because it's blatantly obvious that Akiyama utterly stomps on anything Light has ever done.
Akiyama's sheer intelligence is probably the greatest I have seen in any anime/manga character. In terms of strategy and genius, Akiyama is superior to Light by far. Second Revival Round with 17 Poker and the Third Round in particular show how intelligent Akiyama is. Light could by no means pull of the same feats Akiyama did in those situations.
It also helps that Akiyama is not nearly as arrogant as Light is. Light makes terrible, terrible blunders by virtue of the fact that his pride makes him do stupid things to make himself feel better. Akiyama is never bogged down that badly and it helps him a good deal because of it.
It is true that I like Akiyama more so I am biased, but if anything it's BECAUSE he's that smart that I like him so much. Akiyama has gained my respect as the smartest character I have ever seen, and the fact that in sheer intelligence I would consider him superior to even Lelouch shows just how intelligent he is.
Light in Akiyama's situation would be problematic. Light would start off doing well I presume, but once he gets to the later rounds there's no way he could manage, he needs a lot more prep time for his intelligence to show than the on-the-spot rounds of the Liar Game require of him. Light is pretty much screwed for Round 3 as far as I'm aware, topping Yokoya in a game like that just isn't gonna happen. Even if he did, Light would not be able to win his part of the Second Revival Round, though I guess if we just account for Fukunaga and Nao then they'd still win by majority victory and all. Everything after that though is too much for him.
Akiyama probably wouldn't go as far as Light did by virtue of his personality, though I suppose if he DOES get that badly corrupted, he has the potential to actually go all the way and win. Prep and sheer genius ability are much stronger in Akiyama than in Light, and without terrible arrogance Akiyama could actually do it.