J-Drama: Liar Game

Liar Game; Erika Toda as Kanzaki Nao and Matsuda Shota as Akiyama Shinichi

Toda Erika and Matsuda Shota in the J-Drama, Liar Game

The current J-Drama I’m watching right now is called Liar Game, which was introduced to me by my sister, toekneeduh. It’s based on a manga of the same title, written and illustrated by Kaitani Shinobu. It’s categorized as a psychological thriller and has bits of comedy and romance (if you squint and really want there to be XD).

Here’s the plot, as stated in the Liar Game Wikipedia page:

Nao Kanzaki, an honest and naive college student, receives 100 million yen (about $1,000,000) and an invitation to participate in the “Liar Game Tournament”. The aim of the game is to trick the other players out of their hundred million dollars. At the end, the winner gets the hundred million and the loser is a hundred million yen in debt. She discovered her opponent was her elementary school teacher, Mr. Fujisawa. When Nao was easily tricked into giving her opponent the 100 million yen, she asks Shinichi Akiyama, an ex-convict and genius who recently got out of jail, for help. Though Akiyama was reluctant at first, he agrees to help on the condition that he takes half of the 100 million yen as his reward.

Akiyama succeeds in taking all the money and winning the game for Nao. However, Nao and Akiyama’s success at the Liar Game is far from over as they get dragged back in the game each time. Though initially unwilling participants, the pair choose to continue in the game in order to discover the true nature of the organization involved and to try and free other participants from the Liar Game.

It’s something I recommend to those who are looking for J-Drama’s to add to their list of watched J-Drama’s and love mystery and a good psychological thriller. I admit the show is kind of old (it was released last 2007) but it’s a good watch if you haven’t watched it yet. Matsuda Shota, the actor who plays Akiyama Shinichi, was in Hana Yori Dango while Toda Erika, the actress who plays Kanzaki Nao, was in Code Blue and in Nobuta wo Produce. The second season is currently being aired and a movie is set to be released sometime this year.

So, if you haven’t watched this series yet, then I really recommend you watch it (as long of course as this is your kind of thing, otherwise, I won’t force you). I’m actually going to try and read the manga after I finish watching the series because the plot is so awesome. Anyway, enjoy! 😀


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