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Liar Game – Episode 1

Posted by on Apr 30, 2007 in Reviews | 0 comments

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Liar Game
ライアーゲーム

Based on the manga series of the same name, Toda Erika plays an honest college student, Kanzaki Nao, who receives a hundred million dollars one day, along with a card saying she has been chosen to take part in the “Liar Game”. 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 dollars in debt. The next day, she receives notification that her opponent is her former teacher, Fujisawa Kazuo. She goes to him, seeking help, but ends up getting tricked into handing her money over. Desperate, she approaches the police for help, but they are unable to do anything. However, she is told of a mastermind swindler, Akiyama Shinichi, who is to be released from jail the next day. Desperate, she goes to him for help.

From Drama Wiki.

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In Episode One we meet Nao, a very naive and trusting girl who is so good that she tries to even return a 100 yen coin (about $1). She’s enough of a goody goody to get on everyone’s nerves. OK, OK, she isn’t too bad. I’m hoping that this show will get better. I liked the fact that it moved quickly. There was no beating around the bush, it got straight into the action and there wasn’t any time to breath. It was good.I also liked all the camera angles and the colour tones that permeated the whole episode. It made it more eerie. The liar game puppet however was liar lame… It just reminded me of the puppet from Saw. Also, I know I said before that it moves at a nice quick pace… towards the end it still feels a little rushed. And I didn’t like the teacher guy. Sure, I’m not supposed to like him, but he was just stupid. It was all a little stupid. I do like Akiyama-san though. And not just because it’s Matsuda Shota (from Hana Yori Dango). Honestly…

Overall, this was an average start to a new series, I’m hoping it will get better. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t fantastic either. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes…

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