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* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that it added an interesting dimension of [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook), and overall that the ending was far too [[GainaxEnding nonsensical]] to be satisfying and [[EndingAversion ruins an otherwise great series]].

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* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that it added an interesting dimension of [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook), and overall that the ending was far too [[GainaxEnding utterly nonsensical]] to be satisfying and [[EndingAversion ruins an otherwise great series]].


* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that it added an interesting dimension of [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook), and overall that the ending was far too [[GainaxEnding confusing]] to be satisfying and [[EndingAversion ruins an otherwise great series]].

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* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that it added an interesting dimension of [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook), and overall that the ending was far too [[GainaxEnding confusing]] nonsensical]] to be satisfying and [[EndingAversion ruins an otherwise great series]].


* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that it added an interesting dimension of [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], and that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook).

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* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that it added an interesting dimension of [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], and that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook).SequelHook), and overall that the ending was far too [[GainaxEnding confusing]] to be satisfying and [[EndingAversion ruins an otherwise great series]].


* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that [[spoiler: resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], and that [[spoiler: having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything a ShaggyDogStory (or a very hastily-done SequelHook). Others think that it added an interesting dimension of [[AntiHero humanity and]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down said GovernmentConspiracy]].

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* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that [[spoiler: resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], and that [[spoiler: having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything a ShaggyDogStory (or a very hastily-done SequelHook). Others think that it added an interesting dimension of [[AntiHero humanity and]] [[GoodAllAlong humanity]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down said GovernmentConspiracy]].the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s]]. Others think that [[spoiler:resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], that [[spoiler:making the Liar Game a FalseCrucible [[ShaggyDogStory completely destroys any sense of tension]] and is outright contradictory with how many of the dealers were acting]], that [[spoiler:the people running the game were ''way'' too EasilyForgiven]], and that [[spoiler:having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything [[ShootTheShaggyDog even more pointless]] (or a very hastily-done SequelHook).


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: 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."



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: 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."


** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it]] to the point of making the listener sick, while Nao, even she after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest]] with her ''real'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[{{Moe}} cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'
** Further, the people that Nao tricks never suffer any ill effects - Nao and Akiyama always pay off all their debts afterward. Unless the subject was greedy and looking to turn a profit, being tricked by Nao gives them exactly what they wanted in the first place.
** The moral is not that tricking people or lying to them is inherently bad. The moral is that acting in a purely selfish manner is a losing strategy in the long run, even if it seems rational in the short run. There's no dissonance given that basically every single game demonstrates that moral. In fact, when the bad guys 'win', it's because they worked as a group (even if due to coercion or effectively, brainwashing). No one wins purely on their own merits.
* {{Anvilicious}}: [[TropesAreNotBad Not that this is bad.]]

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** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it]] to the point of making the listener sick, while Nao, even she after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest]] with her ''real'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[{{Moe}} cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'
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Further, the people that Nao tricks never suffer any ill effects - Nao and Akiyama always pay off all their debts afterward. Unless the subject was greedy and looking to turn a profit, being tricked by Nao gives them exactly what they wanted in the first place.
** The moral is not that tricking people or lying to them is inherently bad. The moral is that acting in a purely selfish manner is a losing strategy in the long run, even if it seems rational in the short run. There's no dissonance given that basically every single game demonstrates that moral. In fact, when the bad guys 'win', it's because they worked as a group (even if due to coercion or effectively, brainwashing). No one wins purely on their own merits.
* {{Anvilicious}}: [[TropesAreNotBad Not that this is bad.]]
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* VillainDecay: Definitely averted so far.


** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it to the point of making the listener sick]], while Nao, even after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest with her]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ''real'' intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[{{Moe}} cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'

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** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it it]] to the point of making the listener sick]], sick, while Nao, even she after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest honest]] with her]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist her ''real'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[{{Moe}} cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'


* FreudWasRight: The fact that Akiyama is so attached to Nao due to her being incredibly similar to his mother - both in looks, and personality. Yikes.


** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it to the point of making the listener sick]], while Nao, even after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest with her]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ''real'' intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[MoeMoe cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'

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** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it to the point of making the listener sick]], while Nao, even after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest with her]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ''real'' intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[MoeMoe ''[[{{Moe}} cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'

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* BrokenBase: The ending. Some readers think that [[spoiler: resorting to a GovernmentConspiracy as the reason behind the creation of the Liar Game]] [[{{Anvilicious}} was lazy and cliche]], and that [[spoiler: having that same conspiracy immediately censor the game footage worldwide]] made everything a ShaggyDogStory (or a very hastily-done SequelHook). Others think that it added an interesting dimension of [[AntiHero humanity and]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideological complexity]] to the people behind the Liar Game, and are hoping for a sequel [[spoiler: where Akiyama and Nao work to take down said GovernmentConspiracy]].

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Nao is tricked, in more than a few occasions, by someone who ''immediately'' turns on their heel and highlights just how much of a jerk they are. Nao, when she tricks someone, is an angel descending from heaven with the keys to economic freedom in one hand and [[{{Metaphorgotten}} the great chain in the other]]. This is perhaps best noted as part of the game's GrayAndGrayMorality.
** The difference is; The ones who tricks Nao usually will [[EvilGloating happily gloat about it to the point of making the listener sick]], while Nao, even after tricks people, [[DefeatMeansFriendship will always be honest with her]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ''real'' intention]]: [[MessianicArchetype to save]] ''[[MessianicArchetype everyone]]''. Oh, and Nao is indeed ''[[MoeMoe cute]]'' - so it seems that the core of it isn't 'lying is bad' as much as 'don't be a douche.'
** Further, the people that Nao tricks never suffer any ill effects - Nao and Akiyama always pay off all their debts afterward. Unless the subject was greedy and looking to turn a profit, being tricked by Nao gives them exactly what they wanted in the first place.
** The moral is not that tricking people or lying to them is inherently bad. The moral is that acting in a purely selfish manner is a losing strategy in the long run, even if it seems rational in the short run. There's no dissonance given that basically every single game demonstrates that moral. In fact, when the bad guys 'win', it's because they worked as a group (even if due to coercion or effectively, brainwashing). No one wins purely on their own merits.

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* ScheduleSlip: 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.''


* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Raise your hand if you found Nao annoying before the Contraband Game. Then raise your leg if CharacterDevelopment made you respect her.

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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Raise your hand if you found Nao annoying before the Contraband Game. Then raise your leg if CharacterDevelopment made you respect her. And sorry, we don't have analgesics for you.
** Anyone who thinks Fukunaga is annoying and find her defeat in Bid Poker [[TakeThatScrappy is refreshing,]] put your hands on vertical bar. [[spoiler:Anyone who found out [[HeroicSacrifice the circumstances of her defeat]] and shed ManlyTears, do a human flag to prove your manliness.]]
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Fukunaga's]] HeroicSacrifice.


* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Raise your hand if you feel annoyed by Nao's presence before the Contraband Game. Then raise your leg if CharacterDevelopment gave you a respect for her.

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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Raise your hand if you feel annoyed by Nao's presence found Nao annoying before the Contraband Game. Then raise your leg if CharacterDevelopment gave made you a respect for her.



*** Subverted and eventually averted. Subverted in that Nao's 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.

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*** Subverted and eventually averted. Subverted in that Nao's 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.


* CompleteMonster: In a slightly different example, Yokoya definitely fits. He doesn't directly kill or hurt anyone, but while everyone else is in the Liar Game to win money to pay back their huge debts, Yokoya has plenty of money and only plays the game to manipulate people for his own amusement. He couln't care less whether or not people end up with ''millions'' of dollars in debt and will probably be traded as slaves to pay it back. He also [[spoiler:used money, fear, and distrust to take control of his high school]] as a teenager. Although the 1941 Hitler is his role model(itself an obvious indicator), he thinks Hitler's greatest crime is not finishing what he started. As a matter of fact, this quote says it all:

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