YMMV: Liar Game

  • Anvilicious: Not that this is bad.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fukunaga
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: In the drama, the Capsule song "Flash Back" starts up every time Akiyama ends up turning the tables. The movie covering the finals of the tournament may get another one with its theme song, "Love or Lies."
  • Freud Was Right: The fact that Akiyama is so attached to Nao due to her being incredibly similar to his mother - both in looks, and personality. Yikes.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The whole story is Sorting Algorithm Of Magnificent Bastard.
  • Narm: Yokoya screaming in agony at the Season 1 finale of the J-Drama. The many over-the-top facial expressions in the manga are rather hard to take seriously as well.
  • Moe: Nao can be a far more subtler example of this as the series continues, particularly during the Second Revival Round.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Raise your hand if you found Nao annoying before the Contraband Game. Then raise your leg if Character Development made you respect her. And sorry, we don't have analgesics for you.
  • Schedule Slip: The manga went on a hiatus for about a year and a half.
    • Then it came back, took frequent breaks, and went on hiatus again.
  • Tear Jerker: Fukunaga's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Villain Decay: Definitely averted so far.
  • What an Idiot: Nao, in almost everything she does at first. Fukunaga comments on this at the end of the first period in the fourth round.
    • "This girl really is...a flaming idiot."
      • Subverted and eventually averted. Subverted in that Nao is actually extremely intelligent, but she allows her tendency to believe the best in people cloud her judgement and never seems to get particularly angry when she falls for traps. Averted later in the manga when she becomes one of the best players in the liar game.
  • The Woobie: Abe. Beaten by her stepfather and told right to her face by her own mother that she shouldn't have been born.