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"Congratulations! You are 1 of 100,000 people who have been entered in the amazing Liar Game tournament!" For Nao Kanzaki, an overly-naïve student, receiving this message in the mail was only the beginning of an unending financial and psychological nightmare. Winning the game means riches beyond one’s wildest dreams, while failure means crushing debt. And with no choice but to play the game, Nao quickly turns to Shinichi, a well-known swindler, for help. However, little do the two know just how far the Liar Game goes. Who will win, and who will lose it all?
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Top-ranked student Yagami Light is disenchanted with the world around him. Through a series of events, he comes into possession of the ultimate power over life and death: a supernatural "death note" which can kill nearly anyone at his whim. As Light sets off on a crusade-turned-killing-spree, investigators from a police task force try to stop the mysterious deaths - including Light's own father, a senior policeman.
Despite vastly different premises, both these series nonetheless center on strategic mind-games requiring wit and audacity. The stories are intricatlely constructed, well paced, and full of twists, turns, second-guesses and betrayals as the characters scheme and plot. Although it is contextualized differently, the question of what constitutes right and wrong is an important tenet of both Liar Game and Death Note. The artwork is also similar, with Liar Game being a little more simplified to suit its more text-heavy presentation.
If you like battle of wits between two (or more) ppl trying to outsmart each other, if you like unbeatable geniuses who are always 2 step ahead of their oponents and pull incredible tricks out of their sleeves, lastly if you just like a good mystery manga - those titles are both for you. if you read one of them but haven't seen the other it's about time to correct that mistake.
Liar Game and Death Note may have dissimilar plots, but both are centered around mind games and long, drawn out sequences wherein various moves of the game are explained. There's no way fans of one would not enjoy the other.
The plots are extremely different, but the suspenseful feel of the strategizing and trying to pull one over on another is the same. L and Akiyama are similar characters, strategical geniuses who play a high stakes game to either help people or because they're bored (... with both of them, it's kind of goes back and forth between whether they actually want to help or whether they're just in it because it's interesting). The Liar Game is set firmly in the real world while Death Note has some supernatural aspects as well.
Both stories are well made, well paced, and full of twists, turns, second-guesses and betrayals as the characters scheme to either change the world to their liking or escape the game they are trapped in. Yes, concept is a lot diferentm, though it holds such content that can rival the most tense thrillers...
Both manga involve a compelling, confident, and very clever character who possesses the skills and know-how of a con man, but uses this ability to con the con man, so to speak. In Liar Game, the protagonist uses his ability in settings where every character is trying to trick another and every character knows it, at least in principle. While in Kurosagi, the protagonist makes a point of feigning innocence and tricking others by playing the victim. They both weave logical webs to ensnare their opponents and if you enjoyed one then I think you would enjoy the other.
The main character of both, swindles swindlers. In the Liar game it is limited to the competition of the Liar's Game, whilst in Kurosagi it is a life style. Both involve ingeniuos plans put together by the main character to out-do the plans of their adverseries.
In the underbelly of the corporate world, a secret series of battles takes place called the Bus Game, whose participants are solicited randomly via letters in the mail. During the games, teams of three attempt to take into their possession a disk filled with corporate secrets; the winners are given increasingly high cash rewards, while the losers get nothing - or worse, they lose their lives. Toki, Kazuo and Nobu make up the "no name" team, and their goal is to win one billion yen each. Each has a reason to need the money and a secret, disturbing past; but with high stakes and mysterious employers, they can only hope to leave the game alive.
Liar Game and Bus Gamer are very similar in that the main characters have strange backgrounds and are out to win a certain amount of money whilst trying to fight the people who run the coporation and fighting the enemies they meet along the way
Nakanishi is fresh out of reform school and stuck at a dead-end job with an abusive boss. But when an internet friend tells him about a game called Duds Hunt, he soon becomes deeply involved in a new life full of excitement and violence. Reaping thousands of yen from the misfortunes of others, Nakanishi comes to love Duds Hunt – but where does it end?
There's plenty of high stakes games titles out there, but Liar Game and Duds Hunt specifically remind me of each other due to the high amount of people who are viciously selfish to the core and are willing to inflict damage (financial or physical) on anyone that stands in their way of winning the game.
Hiroyuki is in love with his friend Hikari, but she's already confessed to his older brother Atsuya. Out of jealousy the teen attempts to interfere with the pair's upcoming date, leading to Atsuya being tragically killed in an accident. However, something much worse was waiting for Hiroyuki in the aftermath, and he soon wakes up in a strange place wearing an animal mask and handcuffs. Along with seven other strangers, Hiroyuki must survive the Judge game by voting for someone to be sacrificed. Based on majority rule, one will die each round until only four survive, and not everyone can be trusted...
Liar Game and Judge are somewhat different high stakes games, but similar consequences and a lot of thrilling moments when you try to figure out who is being genuine or not. Try out one if you liked the other.