I admit that the reason I kept off of reading this & placed it at backburner was because of the art. I’m not particularly fond of it. My desire for a more aesthetic pleasing character design toppled the very intriguing plotline. In fact, it was one of the series I put on my TBR list when I was scouting for new seinen series to read. I was wrong. Really wrong. Liar Game is such an amazing read.
As of writing, I’m on chapter 138 (round 4 of the Liar Game they were playing). This series is complete so it is nice treat to read it on one go. I read there are prequels which stories are centered on the con-artist/mega-mind Akiyama. Oh yeah, before I go on dropping names, I might as well give you the deets on what is all about.
The story is about Nao Kanzaki, a very honest college student was selected to play the Liar Game. In each round, a specific situation is presented and they need to fulfill the rule within a time limit in order to win the round; and if desire can continue playing on the next round. Each game has monetary compensation, winners will receive it and losers will have a debt with the same amount they received at the beginning. In round one, Nao received 100 Million Yen and her very first opponent was none other than her favorite teacher. As Nao is very trusting person he agreed to her teacher’s plan only to find out the he was planning to backstab her at the end of the game. Desperate, she decided to ask for help to the then new out of prison con artist Shinichi Akiyama. Akiyama helped her as he saw some traits of her deceased mother on her. And they managed to clear round one. But finishing it successfully wasn’t the end of this wicked game.
If you’re big fan of Death Note like myself, Liar Game is a series for you. I was so fascinated with mind games that happened here. Take note, situations sounded simple (like magical chair, minority wins, etc.) but how elaborate it seems now that scheming that took place between players, you will think twice.
I really loved Akiyama. I once mentioned on twitter that if L and Light had a lovechild Akiyama would be that guy. Apart from the character design was a bit similar, their thought process too was the same league. I loved how he thought of people’s behavior and possible actions on the game. I’m so hooked on how he will try to think through people’s objectives and actions. Of course, he wasn’t flawless, he too had time that his extensive analytic thinking failed him. But mama mia, the intellectual battles are just so good. I kinda feel ashamed that my psychology knowledge is wearing off (he sometimes mentioned cognitive theories). Yep, he’s criminal psychology major (we’re both psych major! huzzah!).
Nao, well, I really liked her. She is the exact opposite of Akiyama. She trusts people. She always sees the good on people and tried to help them out; even at the cost of her own. I mean, would you ask a stranger, much more an ex-con like Akiyama to help you? Me I won’t. But she did. But as the story progress she learned to doubt and think for herself and not always to rely on Akiyama. The character development is quite apparent. Same goes to Akiyama.
Mind games at its finest: that’s how I’ll describe Liar Game in a few words; where you’re most powerful ammunition is to be able to lie.