In 2007, a live-action adaptation of Liar Game debuted on Fuji TV with 11note episodes. Two years later, the sequel aired with nine episodes. A full-length movie, Liar Game - The Final Stage, was used as the finale for the drama series. Later, in 2012, a sequel movie, Liar Game - Reborn, came out.
Being a direct adaption, the live-action Liar Game shares many tropes in common with the manga.
This series provides examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Yokoya has become a white-haired.
- Fukunaga's hair has been changed from blond to black.
- Book-Ends: The first season of the drama ends with Nao asking Akiyama again whether being foolishly honest is a bad thing, showing that she hasn't changed at all over the series — although she's certainly changed others.
- Note this only applies if you're looking at the first Liar Game drama; its popularity has now spawned a Liar Game 2 and a finale movie, where Nao is acknowledged to have grown.
- Chess Master
- Enigmatic Minion: Eri. She starts off quite an unremarkable minion to the LGT, but at the end of season 1 it's strongly hinted she's a Reverse Mole. Then in season 2, she's (at least) nominally back on the LGT side.
- Gender Flip: Fukunaga. He's male in both versions, but in the adaptation, he is no longer a transvestite and no longer identifies with being female either.
- Manchild: Fukunaga
- Retcon: In the first ten episodes of the Drama's first season, the LGT Office is vague and mysterious, just like in the Manga, with no leader in sight. The eleventh episode plugs a man named Hasegawa into the role at every turn, rewriting the reason why Nao and Akiyama were even thrown into the Liar Game. And THEN, the second season reveals that Hasegawa wasn't even the creator of it; he just invested a lot of money, despite the first season stating specifically that he was, Leronira coming to him for instructions.
- Villainous Breakdown: Yokoya definitely breaks down at the Season 1 finale.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Yokoya at the end of season 2. Despite appearing in multiple On the Next montages, he decides to take the money and withdraws.
- The Watcher: Eri and Tanimura (the two LGT staff) spend much of Season 1 and almost all of Season 2 passively watching the events unfold.