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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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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.
It's definitely captivating but the main girl so far is annoying she just so self-centered...i hate it, saying she is an honest person w.e. looking all innocent when all she thinks about is herself and starts crying and yelling when everything doesn't go her way. hmph she is the biggest liar ever in the manga.
sorry i just don't like her....
Other than that it's kinda like watching one of the game shows but there are consequences and risks to it very interesting and exciting
... Last updated on December 17th, 2011, 9:17pm
A nice one
I was reluctant to read this one, but I was soooo bored that I started it. And wow! Surprise!
Really this is a great manga, one of the best out there. I usually don't like comparisons, but due to Akiyama's resemblance with Yagami Light, I have to say that there are very nice contrasts. At the story level we can find many differences ( i.e. scenarios, characters, situations, etc.), Death Note is way wider than Liar Game, but I have to say: the last one has brought to me zero moments of boredom so far.
It's very enjoyable how every stage has simple rules and you'll see how they're pushed to extreme and unexpected levels. As many other readers say, it's true that lacks of romance, character development and action, but I think that's the purpose, this is ORIGINAL stuff.
As for the girl I don't really mind. I've read shoujo, so it's not worse that that. However, it's nice how she is completely naive and honest (bringing her back many problems) and starts to use this virtue in a different form. As for the other players, is truly delicious how they're forced to make alliances even though knowing they're enemies and that in any moment the war between them will begin.
If you are interested in politics and psychology issues, there are many references as well as analogies. Also if you're interested, you can check Game Theory, based on mathematical stuff but pretty close with economy, sociology and thus war, the branches controlling the world.
And overall, no one dares to ignore the game/drop out without paying. You've signed nothing, as law dictates you have no debt, but the fear of LGT office overcomes yourself and controls your mind.
I don't regret having read all the 141 chapters in less than 24 hours, hope you don't either.
Just in time for Thankgiving where I am!
I added this note to the description, but then decided my parenthetical comment didn't belong up there, so...
Mangahelpers reports will return Thursday of the week of Nov. 21. (Which in a happy irony for the fans works out to Thanksgiving in the USA.)
BTW, If you are curious why I specified the US because, for example, in Canada Thanksgiving or Jour de l'Action de Grâce happens on the second Monday in October. Oh, hey, that's Columbus Day in most of the US, Native American Day in South Dakota... And someday might be Indigenous People's Day throughout the US.
Anyway, it's been a long hiatus (even longer than my tangent), so, enjoy! And let's hope the mangaka is doing well.
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 critique it recieves, I could easily say that by far this is one of the best mangas and not to mention, underrated I have read. The plot is quite intresting and different from many other seinin manga.
It keeps you at the edge of your seat without there having to be any over the top battles.
As for the female lead, Nao, I dont think she is annoying at all. She is very kind and innocent, which works as a contrasts to all the sneaky and dishonest charavters in the story. She also gradually begins to grow a backbone during the series. I think she is an oasis in a desert of cliché and overused agressive/loud female leads.
... Last updated on September 7th, 2016, 2:04am
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!