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Liar x Liar  
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One day, on a whim, 20-year-old Minato dresses up in her friend's cute high-school uniform and goes out briefly into the city. To her horror, she ends up running into her stepbrother, Tooru, who is actually only months younger than her. Since he's cute, and a notorious player, Minato has had to deal with constant jealousy and suspicion from other girls all through their school days. Amazingly, she manages to convince Tooru that she's actually someone who just happens to look a lot like his sister. He is so convinced that he starts trying to date her and, for various reasons, she goes along with it. What started as a simple joke is now evolving into the biggest lie Minato has ever told.

Note: Nominated for the 39th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2015.


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v.9 c.63-63.5 by Kuhime Scanlates 11 months ago
v.9 c.62 by Kuhime Scanlates 11 months ago
v.9 c.61 by Kuhime Scanlates 11 months ago
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10 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (259 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.02 / 10.0
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Liar x Liar to End in 3 Chapters 9 months ago
Volume 2+ over 5 years ago
To know or not to know? Does Tooru know she's his sister? over 5 years ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
January 1st, 2014, 3:54pm
My heart actually fluttered a few times. After years of reading shoujo, it's hard for a manga to accomplish that feat for me. There have been manga about step siblings/fauxest love but I really like how the author made this one very unique and by taking a different angle. Not only is the romance between the otp is being developed, the heroine has to avoid getting caught by Tooru and everyone around her. Her web of lies tangles with reality as she has to juggles a double life.

The heroine's character is well developed and Tooru's character feels deep; his character will not be fully developed until a secret is revealed. The author is slowly unwrapping his personality and past.

Here's my theory about that secret: Tooru fell in love with the heroine when they were kids and so when he had to be her step brother in middle school, he forced himself to distance away from her to maintain traditional expectations and started his womanizing ways to distract himself from her. (His somewhat early onset of sexual activity was probably spurred by the frustrations he had to endure while living with the one he likes.) So when he met someone who looks like her, it's like he just got his wish granted. He doesn't have to worry about being a brother to the one he likes anymore.

This is a very interesting and unique shoujo.
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A shoujo Oreimo.   
Rating: N/A
by myopius
March 10th, 2015, 6:01am
The siblings' romance (not their personalities) is a lot like Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Novel) with the roles reversed. Essentially, the premise is that were closer when they were younger, but the little brother started to act cold (and also, sleep around with random women... but in a self-abandoning sort of way, not feeling anything for them) toward his sister, the protagonist. She formed a bad opinion of him in return, and stopped trying to interact with him. But then one day by chance, she discovered an unusual side to him, which triggered them reconnecting. Just like in Oreimo, there's a lot of subtle characterization (like the protagonist's obsession with cleanliness) which makes you realize there's a hidden aspect to the siblings' history.

It's gold up through volume 3. The pacing is especially impressive in volumes 1 and 2. The romantic interactions are so cute and endearing, defying cliches and continually surprising you. It's impressive how the romance can be serious and engaging without ever feeling melodramatic. I mean, there's incest (not the kind that's played for laughs), secret identities, love triangles, but no melodrama...? I compared it to Oreimo, but it has none of the relationship angst that Oreimo exhibited at times. All I can say is that I'm so glad I read this manga.

The pacing has slowed down in recent chapters, though. Side characters have been more prominent, and the author is arranging for various characters to clash. I have faith that the author will let it take the story somewhere positive, but I have to say I prefer the earlier rapid and refreshing developments to these typical "build up to forceful resolution" style developments. Because the protagonist ends up being more indecisive and making more stupid decisions to facilitate that. She's usually smart and proactive (and cute!). Anyway, I expect the series to wrap up in a few more volumes, unless the story expands in scope (I hope it does! I'd like to see more happy flirting, but I fear the rest of the manga will just consist of resolving the main relationship...). To be clear, the manga remains very enjoyable.

... Last updated on March 10th, 2015, 6:02am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pingu4u2
March 21st, 2011, 11:40pm
I agree with the previous reviewer - don't get fooled by the cover. It may look like a typical, ugly art shoujo... but OH GOD IT ISN'T. The art inside is so stylish and CUUUTE. The expressions are hilarious, and the story is the sweetest thing ever so far. I want to know what happens next so bad.

This is not a typical shoujo manga about step-brother and step-sister. Most of the time you have the step-brother who is an absolute jerk and the main character girl, for all of one chapter, dislikes him. And then falls head over heels for him while he treats her bad. NOT IN THIS ONE. The main character girl is so cute and funny, and I love how it's opposite - the brother is crazy about her, and she finds him a bit annoying. It's hard to describe. All I can say is, READ IT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Bunnilovesanime
July 6th, 2013, 6:06am
I like all the characters Minato, Tooru, and the other guy. I am not a fan of step sibling romances, but this is cute. It is not ecchi, nor does it have that famous "we aren't really related so it is ok" line. Instead it is a story about a lie gone wrong and on too long.
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The main character does struggle with many issues including falling in love with her step sibling. Minato actually is upset about the idea that she loves Tooru.
I am not sure how the Mangka will end this series with out it being super cliche, but it will be fun to find out. So if you like funny, slice of life shoujo then this is a good series to read. smile
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I actually agree with most and think that the name means that he knows it is Minato and that Mina is a fake. I also think he got the apt so they could be together with out it being like they were siblings.
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Don't be fooled by the cover!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AMMYjar
February 25th, 2011, 3:49pm
The inside looks much nicer! The art is also clean, cute^^ and pretty to look at.

Soo, romance between two step-siblings is nothing new in the manga world but the way the author executes her plot, the quirky characters and the twist she included make this a sweet, worthwhile read nonetheless^^

... Last updated on February 26th, 2011, 4:29am
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So far, so good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
December 8th, 2012, 1:18am
In general, stories that are lie-based usually don't end or progress well because of such deep-rooted conflict and honestly, it bugs me that the characters get themselves so deep into their mistakes. However, this story has conflict but it's less intense and more comical/casual about it. I kind of like where things are going. Though there does appear to be more hope that the main character could fix things in the end, I'm still a bit skeptical on what's going to happen. I'll just have to hope things wont go to flames and chaos completely... Fingers crossed it will turn out well.

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After thinking about it, this story has a good chance at having an awesome ending since the title implies both leads are lying to each other -
"Liar x Liar" hint hint (or maybe that was obvious and I'm just slow -__-) but not sure yet. Still, I'm excited!!

For now, I'd say give it a shot!

... Last updated on February 27th, 2013, 6:19pm
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the series and the sister   
Rating: N/A
by rika_257
May 27th, 2013, 10:20am
the sister
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i liked her at first but then i started not to about at ch.6 maybe, from her point of view her brother believes her and mina are different persons and he obviously doesn't like her "minato", even told her "you being nice to me kind of grosses me out." so how much will her "innocent"(i personally totally doubt it :D ) brother be traumatized knowing that mina is his sister? and rather than giving the truth to him earlier she would rather give it later after he has fallen more and more in love with her

but then there wouldn't be a series.

as for the series it self i didn't really enjoy each chapter i felt it's annoying every set of 5 chapters or sth felt similar and i am reading to know how the story is developing, so in my opinion its better to begin this series when it's "completed".
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hooks you   
Rating: N/A
by nekochav
April 26th, 2012, 9:13am
at first i thought it was just going to be another manga full of cliches but after reading the first chapter, i realized that this one is very refreshing. the way the situation of "step-siblings and lovers" here is different from others. it definitely made my day when i discovered this. the artwork is cute and fits the story. definitely made me laugh even though the main character, Minato, is being stressed out because of her uncommon predicament. i give this manga a 10/10 (for now) because the balance of the story is perfect. it's not too comedic that it's stupid, neither is it too serious that it's annoying. smile i hope more people will start to read this. smile
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So cute, it's addictive   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AndyProk
October 1st, 2012, 7:00pm
From a selfish viewpoint, I want scores of people to pick this up. That way it's more likely to get scanlated faster as there are bound to be people among them that can help.
From an empathic perspective, I'd tell people not to pick it up until it's finished. It's so interesting it's torture to have to wait for the next release...
I love the art, and yes, it's better than on the cover.
Temporarily giving this a 10 to promote it (according to my first paragraph). Will be reducing that to what I feel appropriate when it's finished, though I assume it's going to stay above 8.5, unless the Mangaka screws up badly.
:S This is also one of those mangas that makes me really feel like wanting to hurry up and get a girlfriend asap... >_> kinda feel like I'm an RL version of Abecchi from Good Morning Call now...
Reading ahead with the help of a dictionary and ~15min per page to read (expect major spoilers): omg
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Tooru looks so cute/sad when crying because she wants to break up
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o.O he proposed (after she says no kinky stuff outside of marriage) (she refuses based on them still being students etc)
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if I understood correctly, Minato has become jealous of Mina. in any case she (unsuccessfully) tries to seduce Tooru
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at the end of volume 3, Kurasa-kun or whatever he's called sees her as Mina in the city but instead of speaking to her to confirm, he calls her phone. volume ends with him revealing he's standing behind/next to her.

Hm, seeing as how all of that has been scanlated since I wrote the above, I could probably get rid of the spoiler tags. Just read up to c31 in English, starting from the beginning. Everything I said so far still holds. The Kurasa-kun thing worked out way better than I expected, too,
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part of it being that I hadn't realized she'd broken up with Kurasa-kun
. I even kinda wish we'd get to know if/when Tooru figures it out soon, even if Mina(to) doesn't get to know yet, just to get some assurance that they'll end up together.

PS: If anyone knows how I can buy this in a way that benefits the mangaka, tell me please.

... Last updated on March 30th, 2016, 3:05pm
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Good read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by bluedrop
June 28th, 2012, 7:42pm
I loved this and I found myself falling for the art.

I'm not so into step-sibling romances but this is just so well done with very likable characters! I find the female lead very lovable and the two guys are just so...I love them both so much.

Funny, this manga was able to, as another reviewer said, hook me in. I'm not into step-sibling romance, not into plots being driven by the problem of fessing up to a deception, not into love triangles, but this manga is just so refreshing to read. Very well done.

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I just feel bad for Karasuma since I'm guessing he's gonna get his heart broken eventually. But I'm only predicting this so we never know if the mangaka will be pulling anything's just...Karamusuma-kun is so kindhearted and pleasant and refreshing and Tooru is also lovable, cool, and sexy.

They're both very sweet

... Last updated on June 28th, 2012, 7:55pm
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