I love liar game, it's seasons, movies, and manga.
I remember watching each episode one after the other, thinking about reality, the truth, lies. It gets you thinking. All of the challenges/stages were well planned. In the end, I always end up getting my mind scrambled, or mind blown.
What more can I say about this drama? Much more. The rest would probably lead to spoilers. Watch the drama, you won't regret it. If you love mind-blowing stories, then you'll love Liar Game.
I had high expectations for this series after reading positive reviews about it. So I was a bit disappointed when I finished watching the two seasons. The characters were stereotypical, one-dimensional and underwent meager character growth (although this might not be the case in the manga, I don't know, I haven't read anything beyond the first chapter). The acting was over-the-top and forced, most notably by the actors who played Fukunaga Yuji and Kanzaki Nao (Toda Erika). I knew it was a live adaptation of a manga so I was trying my best to be forgiving. Unfortunately, there were just so many instances in which their exaggerated expressions grated on my nerves that it was no longer possible for me to fully enjoy the show. And as much as I tried to be understanding of Nao's savior-complex and honest-to-a-fault personality because I knew that she would become stronger and wiser as the story progressed, my irritation with her remained. I guess it's because I often found her tendency to trust idiotic and dangerous. For crying out loud, she's involved in a cynical and sadistic game where people MUST cheat and lie in order to survive. As a result, she becomes a favorite target in the game because she's just so easy to fool. However, I admit that her pure heart does have its benefits. Her ability to win the trust of her fellow contestants contributed to their team's victory at times. The objective of the Liar Game was to prove the innate edacity and selfishness of the human heart. But Nao's character was made to counteract this belief...and for that, she made a huge impact on people corrupted by greed (Fukunaga) and bitterness (Akiyama).
I had only one reason to continue watching and that was the genius swindler Akiyama Shinichi. He was just so damn cool and probably the most intelligent character I've ever seen in a drama. His tactics were brilliant and meticulously thought out. There were a lot of instances when I'd think that their team would face an inevitable defeat because of a "winning" strategy by the opposing team...only to see him reveal a genius plan that would have Einstein make a run for his money in the end. It also helped that Matsuda Shota looked really hot and good-looking. It's pretty romantic that he's always so protective of Nao. I personally think that they would make a great couple because they balance each other out. But most importantly, they transform each other for the better through mutual trust and support.
The movie, Liar Game: The Final Stage, was wonderful and I enjoyed it more than the series. Nao finally grew up, the game ironically taught them all the importance of trust and the dialogue between her and Akiyama in the final scene satisfied me. I give it 5 stars.
I recommend this drama to anyone looking for a brainy, makes-you-think show. In that aspect, Liar Game exceeds expectations with all those mind games, twists, psychological warfare and mathematical/economic principles. So if you're going to watch it, always expect the unexpected.
Honestly after finishing You're Beautiful I was upset of how Liar Game wasn't as good . But later on it gets intense . Sometimes it's pretty predictable . After finishing Liar Game it was pretty good actually . But it kinda repeat like how she always gets tricked . It's an OK drama series but not the best I've seen so far . But it's really a thriller and sometimes it goes too fast when they explain stuff like the game . Sometimes I just don't know what they are saying it's really confusing at some times but it doesn't effect anything . But you should watch it it's a good drama not too boring .
Overall, I loved this drama. The episodes are 36 minutes, so they're not that long. Liar Game had a really good storyline, with really interesting games, and it had a theme/message about mankind that was pretty thought-provoking. However, I thought Kanzaki Nao should have had a bigger role as a heroine, because she was always relying on Akiyama-san. Her "バカ正直"ness helped in the end, but I found myself constantly annoyed at her stupidness. She isn't a very lovable character, and Toda Erika's acting was... meh. I loved Matsuda Shota and the role he played. The acting for the other characters (namely, Fukunaga) was HORRIBLE. I have not watched season 2 yet, but I dread the fact that Fukunaga is in it again.
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Liar Game is a difficult drama to review. In some ways, I put it in the same category as the live action adaptation of Nodame Cantabile (read my review.)
Let's start with some of the seemingly obvious negatives. This drama does not, in any way shape or form, adhere to reason and logic. The characters do not grow or develop. The plot lines are outlandish and ridiculous. Each episode is overwrought with an unfathomable amount of overacting. And lastly, the puzzles are so unreasonably complicated and construed that no sane person could possibly figure out who is doing what until it is explained to them by one of the more clairvoyant protagonists.
Now you would think that all of these factors would indicate that this drama is not worth watching. However, this could only be true for a drama that was attempting to depict dramatic reality. In other words, this drama accepts its over-the-top sensibilities. So as long as you can suspend your disbelief (or in this extreme case, take your disbelief and lock in a safe and then throw it in the ocean) then you can truly enjoy this jam packed adrenaline rush.
And that is what this drama is in essence - an adrenaline rush. The lack of rhyme or reason means anything can happen. The characters don't try to task you with complicated and emotional journeys. The outlandish nature of the plot line only means that anything and everything can happen. The overacting is simply hilarious (particularly from one sexually ambiguous funny man). And the puzzles construed nature only serves to entertain you further when the intricate and ridiculous, yet clever, schemes are finally brought out into the open.
The music is also over-the-top but serves the mood well with lots of energetic techno beats.
Alas, this drama does suffer from one major ball-and-chain. And that is the principle actress. Erika Toda is about as stiff and unwatchable as they come. She is the only character that doesn't seem to fit anywhere. While some would argue that her tame and passive nature helps to ground the action, I think she simply sucks all the energy out of every scene. She really is unnecessary.
3.5/5 For lovers of manga adaptations, quirky characters and mystery dramas
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I would have to say that I absolutely love this drama. It has a very good story line, spectacular characters and marvelous actors who play the. The music is even wonderful. I especially love the opening theme. This is a drama that I could watch over and over again. It gets you thinking about all sorts of things.I was just so impressed with all the characters too. All of them were different from each other.
Plus! Erika and Shota are both tremendous actors. They work so well together. So, if you are thinking about watching this drama. I definitely recommend it.
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Kanzaki Nao, an average girl who always believe to everyone even though not her familiar. One day, she receive a case full of money cash + video recorded + explanation letter. Which order her to keep those money and she will gift those back until the deadline (day) and receive none. In reverse, until the appointed day, she can't return in same amount as she received, she must pay for the money. Later, she find out, that her former teacher, Fujisawa Kazuo also recieve the same package, Fujisawa-sensei suggest her to trust her money to him and she believe in him. Go home with relax feeling, upon arrival at the house she get a letter like before, it said that her saldo is -100,000,000,000 yen. Off course she shocked, to think again, Fujisawa-sensei also a player in this game, and Nao-san just fooled by him. She tried to get back her money, but Fujisawa-sensei won't let it. He understood the meaning of this game, each players receive the money and should return back with amount same like their received, it doesn't said player can't trick other player to get more money to save for them, so it's survival game!
Frustrated how to return 100 million yen, she read in article that a young-psychologist just released from prison, Akiyama Shinichi, wished he would help her. After with some bargaining, he help her. First, he came to Fujisawa-sensei's house, threatening him that those 2 cases of money are going in Nao's hand in the end. really made teacher believe (and afraid) with Akiyama-san's words. He keep in house, not even go outside for a single day! Akiyama-san told Kanzaki to watch over her former teacher. Until the the man, whose told Fujisawa-sensei that he's representative of the company which sent him the money. Fujisawa-sensei let him inside, and the man need time to check all money. Right after the man checked all money, he took 2 cases, and came 3 girls said they're representative of the company which sent him the money. Confused by 2 representatives, the man gave 2 cases to Akiyama-san. Akiyama then gave the cases to Kanzaki, and the 3 girls representative come to Kanzaki to congratulate her for winning the game. Yet, Fujisawa-sensei don't accept it. Akiyama told him that he already lose. Akiyama explain to him that the man who came before 3 girls are the fake representative which payed by Akiyama-san to act like 'the representative' to trick him. The fake representative come 1 hour before the real representative came, this has notified by letter, but because Fujiwara-sensei afraid to go out-side, so Akiyama took them before Fujisawa-sensei check his mail box. Looks like Akiyama-san really manipulated Fujisawa-sensei's mind, well he's psychologist after all.
Not just finished there, Kanzaki were told to come to join next game with money 1 million yen each player. With same rule, the money should back in same amount in the end of game. This is LIAR GAME. The game not only trick each other, there some variants on each game. For example, Minority Rule game. One player randomly will ask a question and the other player should vote yes or no for their answer. The most voted chosen will lose. "Are You A Women", an example question. Kanzaki think with 18 guys, the women should have win the game, she vote 'yes'. Then, the counting section, it seem there 17 vote for yes, it means the other 5 voter which vote to 'no' is the winner. Off course Kanzaki confused, how come there 18 guys but only 5 vote for guys. Akiyama help her to understand, that this game was liar game from the beginning, so the point is you going to lie. It doesn't matter what the question is, as long as you lucky to vote in minority choose.
From the start, Akiyama tried push his psychics skill to control the game. This drama really full of psychic tricks and dishonesty. You gonna amazed when Akiyama Shinichi use his tricks in every games! There also honesty lesson from Kanzaki (in the end part).
With great sound effect, each actor really have good acting, various games, psychics tricks, you would be desire to be like Akiyama, a psychologist.
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Overall: I loved this drama. It's definately worth watching.
Storyline: Kanzaki Nao is an honest girl who gets involved in the Liar Game. A game obviously based on players being able to lie (to her disadvantage). She seeks the help of Akiyama Shinichi, a mastermind swindler just released from jail. The show is filled with elaborate schemes centering around game theory. The Survivor mind games made for plenty of tense drama and shifting alliances between the players, who are all heavily saddled with debt and desperate to win to get themselves out of this debt. Naturally, the plot twists are incredible yet highly improbable, especially towards the end when they begin pulling some crazy comebacks out of nowhere. Most of these later twists depended heavily on constant double-crossing, which became a bluh after awhile. Also, unfortunately the ‘frightening’ video instructions were nothing short of ridiculous (looking just like the guy from Saw) and some of the settings were a bit cheesy.
Music: I liked the opening song alot.
Characters: Love them. Toda Erika is so cute and innocent. And Matsuda Shota is way HOT!
Acting: Really good.