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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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Before I start out, I want to say that I am an avid-shoujo manga reader. The only other mangas I have read and liked besides the shoujo genre is Death Note, and, well, this manga: Liar Game. From the first chapter it's already filled with different events taking place. The logic forces you to think, and it explains each situation carefully so it's hard to get confused.
Many people have compared this to Death Note, and other than the fact that Akiyama shares one trait like L -- a genius -- from my view, nothing else is really that similar. And in my opinion? Liar Game surpasses Death Note. Not by a lot, because honestly they're both great mangas, but I think Liar Game has more edge and logic.
The art isn't too great, a bit below average, but the characters compensate for that. Akiyama, the mastermind, is obviously by far my favorite character in the series. He's amazingly smart, yet sometimes makes mistakes in his calculations which I find totally makes him not cliche. And then there's Nao. She's actually a good character in the series in my opinion. She actually thinks, and although she might not be as intelligent as Akiyama, she tries her hardest, and actually a few times comes out with a solution.
Even if you are a shoujo fan like myself, or any other genre, I highly recommend Liar Game. You won't be disappointed--this manga is a must-read. (I'm surprised this manga hasn't been licensed yet. It definitely should be. ^^)
... Last updated on August 16th, 2009, 3:07pm
Nice try, but nothing outstanding
It's got a nice premise, and the build up isn't that bad, but I feel like the characters are missing something. They simply aren't that cool, or easy to identify with, or likable.
The guy's alright, but aside from his obvious smarts, we don't know much else about his personality, which leaves him quite bland for now. The Death Note comparisons really stop at the smarts, because otherwise, Akiyama still has ways to go before catching up to Light's appeal.
As for the other characters? No comment.... is what I would like to say, but I can't help myself: the female protagonist is just plain ANNOYING, wow. Terrible.
To be honest, I think the mangaka does a good job in making the games and strategies look smart and complicated, but they really aren't. If you think about it a little, some of the stuff really isn't all that impressive.
In the end, Liar Game is a decent read for those with time on their hands.
... Last updated on July 25th, 2009, 1:45pm
this is smart
this is the smartest, most clever manga i have ever read. the plot is original and interesting, and the characters are unique and powerful. maybe not the most philosophical manga out there, but it is definitely the one that makes you use your brain the most. not a bad chapter anywhere. its like the most stimulating read ever i strongly suggest this for fans of Detective Conan (especially the ones that try to solve the mysteries before Conan reveals them)
Love the Game
Basically I like this idea of manga. Liar Game hehe... The story is very interesting. And mostly the male char! That's cool way to be a hero! I watched the Dorama long ago... I kinda forgot the ending story was but around Game 3. So now I read the manga. I don't know why the author choose to make the female char absolutely very very honest... Sometimes It doesn't make sense that anybody lives on earth could be like that character. I agree that honest, kind, trustful are good point to be human. But I think she's way too idealize... And this heroine is too much depending to the Male Char (Akiyama)! OMG. And Akiyama always said that it's not true that she didn't help, she help him lots too.... But what I see: She's like a rabbit in the chain of food or a guinea pig or using as a bait. Somehow her good stupid characteristics is what i hate most in this manga... I can't stand it when she said that she wanted to save everyone (she's act like a god in a depth of hell). Around ch 66... I dropped it. It's just not suit my taste...
... Last updated on November 16th, 2010, 7:27pm
A really awesome manga!! The plot is smart and the art is great as well. The male character reminds me of Light a little bit. But ugh, sometimes I just really feel like giving the female character a good smack in the head LOL ..The way she just cries every time she got tricked!!! But overall, I reaaaaaallly love this manga. If you're into psychological manga I highly recommend this one. And why this manga isn't getting the popularity it deserves is beyond me
... Last updated on April 18th, 2009, 2:55am
i enjoy reading this
I actually like Liar Game a lot. The way that the games are cleared are pretty plausible in real life (nothing that is too unrealistic, I think). I don't regularly read mysteries/solve puzzles/etc. myself so I wouldn't know anything about the difficulty of the games. But each game keeps me pretty entertained.
I'm kind of surprised that so many people seem to hate Nao. I personally like her. Yes, she is abnormally honest/easily fooled and depends on Akiyama a lot, but I think her character development is something that could get really interesting.
As for the actual plot, I still feel that there should be a stronger reason other than just to earn enough money to get out of the game, but I guess that's something that might happen later.
For now I'll just continue to read this.
So exciting and suspense-packed that I simple could NOT stop reading till the latest chapter 8 hours after downloading volume 1. Akiyama reminds me of L in Death Note. And Nao is slightly irritating but admirable. Makes you want to believe in people again or the opposite.
Even though I watched the dorama first and basically knew all the plot points I just had. to. keep. reading. The TV version stops after the third round so I was intrigued to see how it would be resolved in the manga. The plot is A+ everything is so logically explained that it's convinced me no game is completely up to chance it just hasn't been explained to me Liar Game style. The art is clear cut and a bit dark, but fitting of the concept. The only thing missing is romance! The shoujo reader in me wants a Nao/Akiyama pairing. They hinted at it in the dorama but I guess it's something they added for the ratings. Oh well, we'll see.
Overall it's really opposite of what I normally read, but that just shows the span of its appeal. Definitely recommended!
... Last updated on May 11th, 2009, 6:06pm
This manga should be licensed.
I would totally buy it. It's suspense-ridden. At times I'm surprised by the twists in the plot. Sure, there are things you can predict, but in my opinion, the things that you can't make up for it.
Plus, I like the art. :]
The plot is very well thought out, for those who liked death note, this is a must read.
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and to "yuchin4life", perhaps your level of intellect is too low to comprehend the fact that when u are part of 3 teams of 8 u essentially reduce the total player by 2. which end up a total of 22 instead of 24. and that is the main point of why regardless which answer mr X votes on, it will end up as the minority. And the only reason u feel the female lead character beeing portraited weak and useless and giving a bad rep for female is that you consider all her traits beeing negative and useless, perhaps you should appreciate people first for what they are in real life so that u dont feel the need to be judgemental and get annoyed by a manga character.