List of Top 5 Manga Similar To Liar Game That You Should Surely Check

Manga Similar to Liar Game

Liar Game is a widely praised psychological manga by Shinobu Kaitani. It is probably one of the best manga in the ‘battle of wits’ genre of anime and manga. And those who have read it keep craving for more. So let us serve just that purpose and present out top picks for 5 manga similar to Liar Game. But before that, something about Liar game.

LIAR GAME

Liar Game Volume 9 Cover

Liar Game Volume 9 Cover

Volumes: 19

Chapters: 203

Status: Finished

Published: Feb 17, 2005 to Jan 22, 2015

Genres: Drama, Game, Psychological, Seinen

Authors: Kaitani, Shinobu (Story & Art)

Synopsis

Wishing she would live up to the ideal, Kanzaki Nao’s father named her thusly for “honesty.” Nao has more than lived up to her father’s wishes—even exceeding them and earning the label of “a foolishly honest girl.” This makes Nao the least qualified candidate for the high stakes “Liar Game,” where winning requires deceiving the opponent out of their money and losing means receiving massive debt; however, that doesn’t stop a box containing a hundred million yen in cash and a card informing her of her participation in the game from arriving at her doorstep, nor does it stop her from being promptly tricked out of the entire sum of money.

Upon hearing that a genius swindler, responsible for the bankruptcy of a major corporation, is being released from jail, Nao goes to the swindler, Shinichi Akiyama, to enlist his help. With that, the two are drawn into the dark, greed-filled, and deceptive world of the Liar Game.

Top picks for 5 manga similar to Liar Game

So, here is the list of the picks.

#5: Doubt

Doubt by Tonogai Yoshiki

Doubt Manga Cover

Volumes: 4

Chapters: 21

Status: Finished

Published: Jul 12, 2007 to Feb 12, 2009

Genres: Mystery, Seinen, Psychological , Horror

Authors: Tonogai, Yoshiki (Story & Art)

Synopsis

Rabbit Doubt has become one of the most famous cell phone survival game in Tokyo. In this simple game, a number of players form a team where each member is a “rabbit” and try to hunt down the “wolf” hidden among them in rabbit’s clothing. The wolf will keep devouring a rabbit until either all rabbits have been killed or the wolf has been spotted.

Players of the game often meet in real life, which is exactly what Yuu Aikawa does when he meets Rei Hazama, Haruka Akechi, and Eiji Hoshi. Together with Yuu’s longtime friend, Mitsuki Houyama, the bunch decides to spend their time in a lively karaoke bar. During their time at the bar, Yuu leaves to check on one of his inebriated friends, but is suddenly knocked out unknown person wearing a shabby rabbit mask. After regaining consciousness, he finds himself in an abandoned psychiatric hospital, sharing a cell with a mysterious boy. Though the two soon manage to locate the others, their reunion is interrupted by a spine-chilling message in a cellphone: “Rabbit Doubt, Start!”

In Doubt, six high schoolers are thrust into a life-or-death survival game that will test their integrity and trust. With their lives at stake, they must quickly uncover the identity of the wolf that infiltrated their group—or be hunted down like prey.

Why Check it out?

If you liked the psychological battles in Liar Game, then there are similar elements in Doubt just with a hint of horror and mystery! Doubt is less focused on mind games and battles of wit and more on the eerie and mystery vibes.

#4: Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai

Akagi by Fukumoto Nobuyuki

Akagi Manga Cover

Volumes: 36

Chapters: 306

Status: Finished

Published: Jun 1991 to Feb 1, 2018

Genres: Action, Drama, Game, Psychological

Authors: Fukumoto, Nobuyuki (Story & Art)

Synopsis

While mahjong is a game that is often played with family and friends, it is also a game that is played in the darkest corners of society. Nangou is a compulsive gambler who has accumulated debt over three million yen. In a last ditch attempt to clear his record, he decides to wager his life on a game of mahjong with the mafia. Unfortunately, as the game progresses, Nangou only moves further from the prize and closer to death.

When all hope seems lost, the game parlor is suddenly intruded upon by Shigeru Akagi, a young boy on the run from the police. Desperate to turn the game around, Nangou hands the game over to Akagi after teaching him a few of the rules. The mafia can only smirk as Akagi sits down to play. However, they soon come to learn that Akagi is a natural born gambler. An imposing figure who does not fear death. One who is destined to become a legend.

Why Check it out?

Akagi is very similar to Liar Game in terms of the main character, psychological battles and gambling. However instead of having new original games each time, Akagi’s gambles only deal with the game of Mahjong. But that doesn’t make it any less interesting to read !

#3: One Outs

One Outs by Shinobu Kaitani

One Outs Manga Cover

Volumes: 20

Chapters: 175

Status: Finished

Published: Nov 14, 1998 to Aug 15, 2006

Genres: Sports, Psychological, Seinen

Authors: Kaitani, Shinobu (Story & Art)

Synopsis

Toua Tokuchi, a master of gambling and mind games, holds the remarkable record of 499 wins and zero losses in “One Outs,” a simplified form of baseball that consists of only a batter and a pitcher. Visiting Okinawa, Tokuchi’s hometown, is Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons, the weakest team in the Japanese baseball league. Dreaming of leading the Lycaons to winning the championship, and in dire need of a replacement for their injured pitcher during a training camp, Kojima involves himself in a game of One Outs, only to lose to a normal fastball from the seemingly invincible Tokuchi.

Mesmerized by his prowess, Kojima recruits Tokuchi to the team after narrowly avoiding defeat in a rematch, believing he might just be their key to victory. However, the greedy owner of the Lycaons refuses to give him a decent salary, leading Tokuchi to suggest an unusual contract: every out he pitches will gain him five million yen, but every run he gives up will lose him fifty million yen. With his fate now tied to that of the team, Tokuchi’s fight to bring the Lycaons to victory becomes yet another gamble—the very thing that he does best.

Why Check it out?

Yet another masterpiece by the author of Liar Game. Do not be fooled by the genres and synopsis, this manga has much more to it than baseball. To a point where one can say this is less about sports and more about the world of gambling, underground and dirty mind games. Containing similar psychological games to Liar Game, One Outs has baseball based gambles instead of the usual poker. To add to that, the lead character is a total badass and much more ruthless than Akiyama.

#2: Tomodachi Game

Tomodachi Game Manga Cover

Tomodachi Game Manga Cover

Volumes: Unknown

Chapters: Unknown

Status: Publishing

Published: Dec 9, 2013 to ?

Genres: Game, Shounen, Psychological

Authors: Yamaguchi, Mikoto (Story), Satou, Yuuki (Art)

Synopsis

Katagiri Yuuichi believes that friends are more important than money, but he also knows the hardships of not having enough funds. He works hard to save up in order to go on the high school trip, because he has promised his four best friends that they will all go together. However, after the class’ money is all collected, it’s stolen! Suspicion falls on two of Yuuichi’s friends, Sawaragi Shiho and Shibe Makoto.

Soon afterwards, the five of them are kidnapped, and wake up in a strange room with a character from a short-lived anime. Apparently, one of them has entered them into a “friendship game” in order to take care of their massive debt. But who was it, and why did they have such a debt? Could they have stolen the money from class to pay for entry into the game? Yuuichi and his best friends will have to succeed in psychological games that will test or destroy their faith in one another.

Why Check it out?

Tomodachi Game comes very close to Liar Game in terms of it’s original gambling Ideas, Badass lead male, amazing twists, amazing battle of wits and suspense. If you liked Liar Game then this is a must read ! And it has a much better art style as a bonus !

#1: Kaiji

Kaiji Manga Volume 1 Cover

Kaiji Manga Volume 1 Cover

Volumes: 65

Chapters: 423

Status: Ongoing.

Published: Feb 10, 1996 to Jul 2 to ?

Genres: Drama, Game, Seinen, Psychological

Authors: Fukumoto, Nobuyuki (Story & Art)

Synopsis

Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji.

Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at 3,850,000 yen), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay of their debts. After some coercing kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear himself and make a bit of money as well…

Why Check it out?

If you loved everything about Liar Game, then there is nothing to not love about Kaiji! Original Gambling concepts, intense battle of wits, high stakes gambles, you name it! Kaiji has it all and much more. Unlike Liar Game, Kaiji also stares deep into the human psyche and explores a new side the underground and brings many psychological concepts to light. So, Kaiji is another manga similar to Liar Game that is worth a read. The only setback to Kaiji is the art style, but we already had to put up with that in Liar Game now didn’t we? All in all, Kaiji is a spectacular gambling manga and probably the best to exist in the genre.

Kaiji Spinoff Manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) gets and anime adaptaion this summer, so surely check it out.

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