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The card reads as follows: Congratulations! You are one of the 1 in 100,000 people who has been entered in the amazing LIAR GAME TOURNAMENT!
Along with the postcard there is 100 million yen in notes. That's the beginning of the Liar Game. When the game ends, in 30 days, you will have to return your 100 million. If your opponent steals them, he can keep them as a prize, and you will have a debt of 100 million...
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Trust The Damn Writer Nao Haters!
Frick, I am so annoyed at the comments I am reading that go, "Oh I dropped the manga because Nao was too annoying 20-40 chapters in." Jesus, have any of you actually read anything good before? There is this thing called character development, and this manga does it wonderfully. It would be completely unrealistic if Nao went from being so honest that she gave up and cried, to becoming a cunning fox right after she met Akiyama, and that would ruin the whole freaking story!
No, instead of that we, as well as all of the other characters (who often comment on it), get to be surprised as we watch her develop and learn to think critically, in the same way that the readers are learning to think critically in an attempt to guess what will happen next. Of course she started off relying on Akiyama, and she made me so angry that it was hard to stick by her stupidity (especially in the downsizing game - oh dear god), however, the Liar Game wouldn't be interesting without her!
What fun is a game when you know everyone will try to outwit eachother? Her existence and HONEST intentions (the person who said she is a selfish liar is just nuts), are the twist that makes Liar Game so interesting!
I've been following this damn manga since it's first chapter release and I've become obsessed. I swear I'm starting to think like one of the contestants and I'm probably on the same mental level as Nao. Haha.
You never know what's going to happen, this manga always keeps you on your toes even though there are moments you can't fully understand what's going on. It seems like the games become a little to intricate and it's hard to follow sometimes. Especially when trying to understand Akiyama's explanations and plans. But, regardless, you're still engrossed in the games.
There will be moments where it seems like Akiyama and Nao will lose, but somehow Akiyama will turn it around! There are moments when you feel like all hope is loss but everything will shift. There are moments when you think that Nao has really f-ed up this time, but it actually works out in the end.
And this is because Akiyama and Nao make a brilliant team. Everyone keeps saying how they dropped this series because of Nao, but I think she's an amazing character. Okay, she's not a genius like Akiyama, but she has redeeming characteristics. Nao is foolishly honest, but because of this people let their guard down around her. She's won games before without Akiyama's help and she's even f-ed with people's mental state because they only see her as a weakling and they end up slipping up in the game or revealing something important or joining team NaoAki.
I also think that she serves as something to "protect". Akiyama sees his mother in Nao, which makes him want to protect and help her because she's so naive. It's the whole reason he started playing the game, though he says his reason for continuing is to bring the organization down. But, the point is, it's a reason for him to work hard. Well, that and the fact that they are shouldering billions of dollars in debt. Hahaha.
Anywho, it's a great manga. Very original, intriguing, mind blowing and deep. There are just moments in the story that make you take a step back and say "damn, didn't see that coming"
Give it a try. You might like it or it might not be your thing, but this manga at LEAST deserves a try. Too much work has gone into this intricate story to be overlooked.
I can see how annoying Nao seems at first, but if you look in the categories of this manga, "character growth" is amongst the list. She is certainly very naive and rather dim-witted but she DOES become more intelligent. Her honest and pure character remains but she doesn't have to rely on Akiyama. You should really read the manga more to really acknowledge and appreciate Nao, because I've come to like her almost as much as Akiyama. Both great characters.
Anyways, this manga is really interesting. It's like a better, more psychological version of Death Note. Almost. Well, just a little bit. I love it. Kaitani Shinobu is a genius, I don't know how he could come up with this stuff.
... Last updated on August 21st, 2012, 7:48pm
Dropped it because of the Annoying (too honest & idealistic) female Lead....
I was really looking forward for this and I even liked its psycological part but the female lead ruined it. I thought it will not have ideal/unrealistic character but I was wrong. The female lead is annoying,crybaby and too much saint like personality. I tried to overlook this but I was unable do so after 15-20 chapters. If you can overlook the main female lead,then you might enjoy it.
Edit: I never said that there was no character development. Its just that I cant handle too honest and idealistic characters. I dont think such idealistic characters really exist in real life. Seinen and psycological mangas shows realistic aspects or so I believe.
... Last updated on October 7th, 2012, 3:06am
Great manga but annoying
This is a superb read. It's really not for everyone but it's story is one of a kind. I just started reading this and it stirred up my excitement. But seriously, Nao is as stupid at fvck.
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I'm already at chapter 40 and she have already participated at many rounds and types of LIAR GAMES and she's always fooled. it's like, in every strategy or plan, she will seriously mess up, end up crying then seek or Akiyama. When will she ever learn? jeez, so annoying!
I Agree with Infinity9001
This series is just amazing. But it's also very... limited in scope of audience. Many may read it and not really understand it at all.
The problem with this manga, for others at least, is its astounding complexity. It begins simply enough, with a seemingly stupid female lead and a cold, yet interestingly helpful male lead, but it quickly spirals into something that there is no way you can jump into. Often times if it's been too long since the last release, I have to go back and read a few volumes before it. The challenges become increasingly difficult to figure out, and soon the reader is left questioning everything, if he/she so chooses.
I find this manga simply awesome because of this complexity. Because not only is there a wonderful amount of character growth (especially with Nao), but also, this development is weaved so well into the over-arcing plot and the challenges that the characters face. The motives become more difficult to figure out, and each game becomes a layered puzzle that I personally find fun to figure out.
My suggestion would be that if you're into the solving puzzle thing, try it. The female lead undergoes an astounding amount of growth in this series, and I think you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Now if you're one that doesn't want to have to think, forget it. This is an incredibly difficult manga to simply watch and understand... it's one that you almost have to immerse yourself in and figure it out. It is the epitome of a psychological manga, and one where it's difficult to just sit back and watch when there's a great puzzle waiting.
this is what other psychological mangas try to be
It's been 5 years for me with Liar Game, and not once have I ever gotten bored of this manga. I love Liar Game because it has everything I'm looking for - the great story, the fantastic psychological aspect, nice characters. It's addicting - sometimes too much so, and it's got its fair share of flaws, but this is really a rare psychological masterpiece.
First of all, the characters. For me, the characters of LG are what drive the story, especially Nao and Akiyama. Both of them have a good amount of character growth, ESPECIALLY Nao. If you thought Nao was weak, be prepared for a shock. I think that out of all the players, she's probably the most dangerous one - she even has Akiyama under her control. She's the light in the darkness that is LG, and that's exactly what makes her so dangerous. Akiyama is a complex one - he's no knight in shining armor, but neither is he a complete villain. The things that he does are ambiguous, but you can see that he has good intentions for the most part. Akiyama and Nao help each other grow and their bond is special, though I wouldn't consider it romantic. With all that being said, I think that pretty much everyone in Liar Game is complex. Everyone's got a background story that made them the way they are.
The story I won't go into. Its' brilliance speaks for itself.
That being said, it does have it's flaws. First of all, the art. It actually took me two tries to get through LG's first couple chapters, but believe me as time goes on the art gets better. In fact, it even helps the story, because initially you want to get away from the art so much you welcome the huge blocks of dialogue that explain the games (xD). Also, Kaitani Shinobu tends to take hiatuses (the last one was HUGE) between stories to plan, so don't expect fast releases after a game ends T_T. On the whole this is a fantastic manga. Read it if you want a thought provoking piece that's well plotted.
(Note: When I say it's addicting, it really really is. I recommended this to one of my friends a couple months ago, and she read the whole thing in one night because she couldn't stop reading. Needless to say she slept through the whole lecture the next day.)
... Last updated on February 20th, 2012, 10:46am
I had quite some expectations for this one, but... it's not the story that's bad, it's the art. I dunno if it gets better afterwords, but it looked horrible for the first three chapters. Ended up dropping it as I couldn't stand it any longer...
I have no idea about the plot, 3 chapters in isn't gonna tell me anything about that. The settings do seem interesting, story looks pretty promising. But still... GAH I can't stand those faces! What's with that mouth!? It's way too exaggerated. Feels like one of those amateur mangas that well... sucks. Dialogs is exactly same, exaggerated. All in all, it was too cheeky. I never thought the art would be the reason for me to drop this manga, but it is. And only 3 chapters in at that...
Not for everyone
Let me start off by saying that this series starts out fantastic. The first few volumes are very well written, intellectually stimulating, and just very entertaining. The story is basically a people who compete in a series of challenges in which they have to outsmart their opponent. And it's really written well. The problem with the series is that after the 3rd liar game(challenge) the challenges just become way too complex, entire chapters will be used to explain how a chapter works and then more chapters will be used to explain how the players intend to gain an advantage over their opponent. And this just sucks the life out of the manga. The first few liar games(the 3rd one was a bit too complicated but still enjoyable) in that they had great intellectual depth but at the sametime were simple enough that it doesn't take any great effort to follow, but later on they just babble on and on about the intricacies of the challenge, and it feels like much less time in spent on actually outsmarting their opponents. In this books defense maybe it's just the revival rounds(a special type of challenge) that are so boring. I'll probably skip a volume ahead and see if it's still a mess, if the series redeems itself than I'll modify this message, and if doesn't then you'll still be seeing this message.
Nao isn't as bad as you think
I love these kinds of strategy games and it's amazing how twisted they become, despite being quite simple. The commentary on humans and the human condition is very fascinating too, and I think the strongest points are the plot and the themes.
The problem is the characterization, but unlike most, I think Nao is a very good character. Her complete honestly at first and the way she changes is unique and moving. She begins to realize that trust and honesty are two different things, and tries to change herself. Despite becoming more clever and manipulative, she still holds to her roots and slowly becomes independent of Akiyama. Personally, I think Akiyama is the most boring character, just because he's very 2-D and always seems to mastermind everything and is, well, a bit overpowered by the later chapters. Some of the antagonists that come along are very interesting though, and they all have unique motivations for their 'evil' actions.
Either way, if you like this sort of stuff, Liar Game is an excellent read. It is sort of like Death Note, though Death Note is actually less dramatic, less suspenseful, but has much better characters.