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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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Liar Game is pretty mind-blowing. There are very few manga series that have earned my respect, many are just guilty pleasures, but something about this is really amazing. Of course, itís not perfect and is a bit ďskewedĒ in terms of distribution of focus in the following categories, but the intricacies of the plot make up for most of it.
Art: Itís readily apparent that the art is nothing to fawn over. Iím usually really picky about art, but this is the one series where I donít mind the below average art/anatomy. The simplicity helps you focus on whatís really important and the style really fits the story. Characters are easily distinguishable too (which is rare in many manga series).
Plot: In terms of sheer smarts and logic, it is by far the most impressive series Iíve ever read. When I picked this up I couldnít put it down. This is the only series where I had to think and focus hard to follow along, while other ones I could just skim to get the idea. Liar Game actually works a lot more strategically than it sounds and everything about its plot is so meticulously planned and executed that I almost wonder if Kaitani-sensei could write these games forever without losing his touch. Plus, this isnít one of those stories that tries to trick the reader into thinking itís smart. It actually IS smart, and itís not convenient. Otherwise I would have dropped it immediately, but the scenarios/probabilities are all explained with grounded realism. Even though you know some twist is coming, itís difficult to guess what it is specifically and despite the farfetched nature of the game itself, the way the events unfold and the players build their plans/alliances are very believable. Psychology is another major factor that's focused on in the Liar Game and it's used in a very technical way (mostly by the emerging leaders like Akiyama, Yokoya, ect). On another note, the flow of the manga is also quite impressive. As in, the quality of the plot doesnít really decrease and the pacing is perfect. If youíve read anything longer than a one-shot, youíll know that this is very rare. There are some arcs where more interesting and appealing to me personally (like the downsizing game and the virus arc), but honestly, all the games are pretty stimulating and intriguing.
Characters: The only downside to the amazing plot is that the author focuses so much on the game itself the characters come across as underdeveloped and rather flat. They have their general labels but the author doesnít really delve as deep as I would have preferred. However, given the pace of the game from chapter to chapter, it would admittedly be difficult to develop the characters at the same time and level as he did with the game. The plot naturally took 90% of my attention away. As for Nao, sheís quite an idiot, and I usually detest her type, but then I realized she serves as not only the method of theme delivery but also as a way to explain things to the readers. So sheís very necessary, despite her annoying tendencies. As for Akiyama, heís amazingly smart but a bit 2-dimensional in the manga and plus, I prefer his J-drama counterpart.
Now understand this genre isnít for everyone. Thereís absolutely no romance, and thereís no action. Itís just one intense strategy game (that always manages to be more complicated than you first expect which can be good or bad). I can imagine half the readers who pick this up being too bored to get past the first chapter, while the other half might finish all 138 chapters in one setting. It depends, but itís definitely worth a shot. If you donít like it, then drop it, but if you pass it because of the art or whatever reason, you might be kicking yourself later when you do decide to read it. This manga is extremely underrated and personally, I'm very glad I read it.
... Last updated on September 29th, 2011, 7:52pm
A very good manga
Despite some harsh critic it recieves I could easily say that by far this is one of the best mangas and not to mention underated iv'e read. The plot is quite intresting and diffrent from many other seinin manga. It keeps you at the edge of your seat without there having to be obvious phisical action.
As for the characters I think they are intresting because they are a clear example of how greedy and untrustworthy people can become in a dificult situation or for ambition alone and you can see a lot of character growth between the main characters.
As for Nao I dont think shes annoying at all shes very kind and innocent and overall a great character (who gradually begins to grow a backbone during the series) so excuse her for not being the cliche tsundere.
I actually ignored this manga in the beginning without giving it a second thought because it wasn't listed under the romance genre. I started reading this only after I saw what people started saying about Liar Game on Million Girl's forum. The art suits the plot line even though it isn't my first choice. The game is interesting and makes you wanna read more. But the bad part of Liar game is how the author made the females less reliable and acted as if we don't have potential as much as guys. The female is more of a dependable person and sometimes pisses me off but shes got potential. That was kinda intimidating. Anyways the depth of the rounds shows how much effort and thought the author must've put into it. Too bad it's on hiatus. It's a definite read, I totally recommend this one!
this series is one of those manga that i cant help but want to spread about its existence to everyone i know. tell you the truth the characters are boring to me, nanao make me want to punch someone. but 'the game' itself is so simple yet so intricate in the way to win it, and the way people use psychological tricks to get their hand in the pot make this a very satisfying manga. the only reason i dont give 10 is because i never give full marks in anything.
i'll put this in completed cos i think the mangaka will never pick it up...but who knows, hunterxhunter got picked back up.
edit YEAH it got pick backed up!!!!! damn, i'm so happy i can burst. me thinking if hxh and liar game got taken back...maybe there is god after all?
... Last updated on November 28th, 2011, 3:33pm
Can't wait for more
Started reading because I thought it had an interesting premise and I absolutely loved it.
It's a series where you have to concentrate a bit to understand what's going on and how all the various scams work but it's the puzzles that make the series so interesting in the first place. It's quite amazing to see how at first glance a quite simple setup can evolve into a complicated and engrossing battle of wits. The last arc especially was amazing, never have I found a game of musical chairs so interesting (Can kinda understand why it's on hiatus though, it must take a while to think all that stuff up...though I'd love it if he/she'd come back to it soon!)
I especially like the development of Nao's character as she starts of as quite naive and not really clued in, but later while still quite innocent she gets a little more canny and starts coming up with some good strategies of her own.
The artwork is a bit weird at times but fits the tone of the series.
Overall I highly recommend this for anyone who's tired of reading generically brainless stuff and up for something a bit more unique and stimulating
Awesome Manga but not a convincing start
As a fan of strategic I think this is the one of the most awesome manga I've read. It's not just superficial strategie in which the reader is just deceived in order to make it seem "smart".
The only problem is - at which probably the most gave up on reading the manga - that the female protagonist takes a while (about ... I'm not sure probably 30 chapters) until she gains real confidence and isn't just controlled by her emotions. In the first chapters I was also temped to put the Manga away, because the protagonist seemed so clueless that it hurts (and I want to punch her more then cheering her on..because another guy had to save her the whole time..).. but nevermind that, the manga is great
... Last updated on February 12th, 2011, 4:04am
This is an interesting and well-thought-out manga. The premise of the Game might seem slightly unrealistic, but I believe that there are many such illegal events taking place in the underworld of today.
The manner in which the mangaka explores different types of people and their reactions to dangerous situations is extremely intellligent; and each game is carefully and meticulously constructed so as to enable Kaitani Shinobu to show us different aspects of a person's mentality. Also, contrary to what many comments state, I find the behavioural patterns of the characters to be very believable under the circumstances in which they find themselves.
The protagonist, Nao, is by no means 'stupid' or 'ridiculous'. Yes, she is naive and (apparently) unintelligent; but as the story progresses she is exposed to various other players and comes to know of their ulterior motives. Thus, we see her gradually evolving into a person who firmly retains her original personality while developing an infallible spirit and a strong personal philosophy. Akiyama is a brilliant, calculating man, but his imperfections come to light more and more frequently as the story progresses - and Nao becomes as important an asset to his victory as he is to her continued survival in the game.
The art is not beautiful, but it matches the dark psychological aspect in a way that a more stereotypical style never could.
Therefore, I can safely say that Liar Game is a manga well worth all the time and effort put into reading it.
... Last updated on January 25th, 2011, 3:25am
I think this manga is really smart. Each game has their unique points that grab my attention (I've only read up to the end of Round 3 so far). The manga is mainly psychological and relies greatly on intelligence. I find myself comparing Liar Game to Death Note, and to be honest, I think it is almost as clever as Death note, which is saying something. One thing I don't like about it is the main character, Nao. Like many people say, she is utterly stupid and unrealistically honest most of the time, which is infuriating as hell. And the fact that she cannot survive in one round without Akiyama just pisses me off to no end. Akiyama is a credible character, but he has a dull personality and a stereotypical look which makes him very forgettable. Other characters in the story usually have below average intelligence or just plain moronic. Anyway, despite those, I enjoy reading Liar Game. The cleverness of the puzzles is the only thing that keeps me reading.
First of all, if you are one who reads manga mostly for the art, this is probably not for you. The art is very American compared to others. Nonetheless, the artist is very thorough, with backgrounds to nearly every frame, and easily distinguished characters.
Most importantly, the main reason to read this manga is to observe how the characters approach seemingly impossible puzzles and solve them. Each and every solution is proven mathematically or psychologically. It is very entertaining and interesting to read these solutions. (which the opposition creates solutions for, which in turn, makes the main characters make solutions for, etc etc.) The only problem I have with this aspect of the manga, is that one or more characters describe every solution as "foolproof" despite the fact that most solutions are countered just a few pages later by the opposing team.
The plot is very slow moving if you are paying attention to the entire picture of winning the entire Liar Game. Despite being so many chapters along, I still only feel like we are just scraping the surface of this Liar Game.
Each plot arc does flow quite nicely. Despite what other reviewers have said, I did not find the plot at all predictable. I could/can never tell when a character was/is acting or not, and for whom. It is easily distinguishable where the climax of each is. Some arcs seam to carry on forever. You have to be a very active reader to follow exactly what is happening and when it is happening.
The characters are all pretty well rounded. Nao (the female lead), is consistent yet unpredictable, and the mangaka succeeds in keeping her in character despite situations which it would be so tempting just to make her go super bad*ss.
The male lead is incomparable to Light from Death Note. Many have made the comparison, but neither the male lead in Liar Game or Light from Death Note would succeed if their roles were switched with each other's. I don't want to go to far into that though...
In total, I totally recommend this to anybody who is looking for something that will make them think, and isn't looking for too much art-wise.
I'm just going to add...
I really like this manga, it surpasses death note (try it!) I like the main girl, not only 'cuz she's cute but she's kind of purer than everyone else... she's not as smart as everyone else apparently but she's nice and I guess that's what matters. Akiyama is awesome.
w8, i just read some one else's comment that I really liked: "Nao is the biggest mystery [...] it's anyone's guess what she's actually thinking" that's so true. srry, can't remember who posted it but it's on another site