Awesome: Liar Game

  • Basically, anytime Akiyama delivers a coup de grace is a CMoA. One can routinely get a feel for whatever ridiculous - but nonetheless awesome - thing Akiyama's going to do when the game is demonstrated, by imagining what a normal person would think of as the stupidest move in a game, then wondering why a super-genius Chessmaster might do it deliberately. Net upshot? Stuff that looks Crazy Awesome that's actually Awesome by Analysis. In a manga based around winning high-stakes games of wits, he does this a lot:
    • In the second round Akiyama needs only one word to throw the last vote into a ridiculous spiral. The word is "NO".
    • "Doubt: 100 Million." Oh so very much. Not just a brilliant moment, though - it's made even better by the revelation afterwards that Akiyama really had no idea whether there was any money in the case at all. Right or wrong, he called doubt just so that the other team would know they had the balls to do it.
    • But it's not just Akiyama's show! Nao gets one when she convinces Fukunaga, of all people, to cooperate with her - once with advice from Akiyama that let her wield a losing position like a club, and once not because she didn't have any alternatives, but to demonstrate that she didn't need Akiyama to solve all her problems.
    • Akiyama outdoes himself in the Pandemic Game, fooling of all people (if only briefly), the LGT Officers. The expression is priceless! He then moves on - as if that wasn't enough - to swindle 300 million from Yokoya. In a game where no in-game money is involved.
  • At the end of the Contraband Game, Nao lays out a Breaking Speech / "The Reason You Suck" Speech on Yokoya like a king hit, even if Yokoya, by his own standards, had just won. Nao's speech was able to take a self-interested, greedy manipulator and through force of personality and the dissonance of her seeming honesty, shake Yokoya's assumptions about what he knew, and what she knew. She also chose a great time to strike - right after Yokoya delivered a successful Breaking Speech to resident Chessmaster Akiyama. Nao then breaks down all the reasons that Yokoya was the true loser, and Yokoya claims that since he won quite a large sum of money, and that since the Liar Game tournament is essentially a zero sum game (or "one person winning means another person loses), Nao's goal of saving everybody is impossible. Nao then tells Yokoya that there was a very simple way of toppling his assumption before leaving, successfully provoking him into entering the next round when he had been planning on just quitting. Then, when Akiyama asks Nao how she was going to break the zero sum game, Nao then admits that she had been lying, and said those words solely to provoke him into another round where they'll have another chance at taking back all the money that Yokoya took and use it to pay off everybody's debts.
    • And then Nao does it again at the beginning of the last round, to the same person no less. Yoyoka explains that he lives on his father's philosophy that "a person's worth is decided by how many people he controls." Nao then deconstructs this by pointing out that if he's living by his father's philosophy, then that means that he has no worth of his own since his father controls him.
  • In the finale of Musical Chairs, Akiyama defeats Yokoya by encircling him with the "Extra" Alliance so he cannot get to his chair and sit in it to claim victory. All Yokoya had to do was sit in a chair and win.
    • Also includes a bit of Fridge Brilliance: Of course, Yokoya couldn't see this coming! His thought process is based on logic and how people can be used as chess pieces. Naturally, he didn't expect all the 'pawns' to surround him on all sides in such a sudden way.
  • Chapter 124 during the Musical Chairs game, where Nao is the one pointing out that despite being pressed on both sides by Yokoya's and Harimoto's groups, those two groups will eventually need to team up with Akiyama and the "Extra's" group because they have the most voters to decide the winner. Which means, they have the upper hand over both groups. Even Fukunaga is stunned that the previous crybaby, frightened girl who used to be so easily tricked by others was the one who was calling the shots.
    • And then she goes and gets another moment in Chapter 156 of the Bid Poker game when, through her own planning, she realizes that the true leader of Harimoto's group is actually Kimura. Akiyama already knew that, but it doesn't change the fact that Nao figured that out all by herself and in her own way.
  • Nao's short speech in chapter 187, at the beginning of the last game of the last round. She sees right through Yokoya once he describes his father's teaching that "a person's worth is decided by how many other people he controls." This has, apparently, been what has been guiding him throughout the Liar Game. In response, Nao points out that, because Yokoya is merely putting into practice his father's words, everything he does is not thanks to his own ability. It's thanks to his father's control, and Yokoya will never be able to break free from that control if he continues to live by his father's words. Even Yokoya goes speechless, and pale with fear. Let's restate that: Nao just gave Yokoya a Breaking Speech. Hot damn.
  • Akiyama and Nao's gambit in the final round. They both knew that Yokoya would make both his and Akiyama's team lose so that he could have his revenge on them. So, they tricked the other two teams into locking themselves into a deadlock. However, that's just the best part. Akiyama rubs in Yoyoka's face that it was basically Nao that defeated him. This leads to Yoyoka basically giving up and giving Nao and Akiyama what they want, uniting the players against the LGT, thus causing them to cancel the game.
    • To repeat. THEY BROKE THE LIAR GAME, convinced Yoyoka to turn 'good', and all in all won completely and utterly.