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[Jdrama&movie] Liar Game

Note: My post is exclusively based on the drama alone; if you want to go in depth with the psychological basis of the games and the characters you should read the manga. The manga is made as sharp as it is to let the readers find their own clues. The drama is well explained to help the audience understand the clues when everything is in paced.

Liar Game is a Japanese drama based from a manga written by Kaitani Shinobu.

Synopsis: Kanzaki Nao is an honest college student who receives a hundred million yen one day, along with a card saying she has been chosen to take part in the “Liar Game”. The aim of the game is to trick the other players out of their hundred million dollars. At the end, the winner gets the hundred million and the loser is a hundred million yen in debt.

Season 1: Round 1, Round 2: Minority Rule, Reconstruction Game, Round 3: Contraband

Season 2: Round 4: 24 Calibre Russian Roulette | 17 Poker | Roulette of No Rotation, Semi Final: Angel and Demon Game | Contraband

1st Movie: The Final Stage: Garden of Eden

The settings are plain peculiar, especially the Reconstruction Game, Round 4 and the second half of the semi final. There are so many odd people in here so I was hoping they’ll give them the right settings to set a contrast. The Angel and Demon set is a 5/10 if not for the lighting, it’ll be my favourite.

Acting wise, Shota is a big hit! This drama doesn’t want to catch your attention by purposely putting up eye candies besides this is all about psychological warfare their acting is an utmost important because it can give a major tip-off.

Suzuki Kosuke [Fukunaga Yuji] is impressive. His childishly act grew on me, thinking how his age really is. Kichise Michiko will always have my sympathy whether she’s Eri or Orihara Maya [Bloody Monday]. And Kikuchi Rinko [Katsuragi Ryo (Season 2)] is the only character in the whole drama that I was able to fully forgive regardless of how evil her personality had become. The development of her character is well performed from college to Round 4 until the end. I don’t think anyone can pull it off other than Rinko.

On the main cast, Matsuda Shota did a good job on Akiyama, his eye contact and plain observing are the most notable act he did. Overall he made a great impact to me, as an actor. He represents Akiyama physically just as how Kenichi Matsuyama did on L. And that’s the only thing I can compare Liar Game to Death Note. Erika Toda’s character, on the other hand is gullible, naive, ask me if I saw that on Erika, yes! So that’s good.

All characters seem to fit the manga vibes. I mean superficially speaking; their wardrobes are weird [except for Akiyama] and most of the players are unique and out of the norm so it is like a roller coaster ride of diverse characters. Sometimes it is really a tough job to guess whose betraying.

Plot wise, it is highly recommended. Being based on a manga will automatically give you a kick! The games are freaking hard and well thought but properly explained. The cartoons, graphics and dramatizations not only give full entertainment but are also informative. Of course we have to consider that the target audience is not the nerds, but the masses.

Secondly [WARNING TO ALL ROMCOM FANS] it is not a romcom! I am actually satisfied that there is no romance between the two, imo, there’s nothing to be romantically attached to. What I saw in Akiyama is Shuji towards Saeki [characters from “You taught me all the important things”]. Nao is so similar to Akiyama’s mother. Although in the end all of them have a piece of cake to learn.

One great thing the drama had that can’t possibly appear in the manga is the soundtrack!  So listen to it!

SPOILERS ALERT: What this drama lacks on a whole context for me, is that mostly, they let Nao as weak as she usually is. I won’t be moved because Nao uses her weak point to get through people for 2 damned seasons. It would be cool if they let her do awesome stint and let people realized that pushing people down is not an assurance that you’re above them. It is not necessary that she talks about honesty all the time, what is essential is that she still have the best intention. That’s the only time I can say that she learned something from Akiyama, because most of their scenes were pertaining to the other way around. Pretty unfair but nevertheless it won’t leave you disappointed, if she’s annoying on the first season, it might lessen for the second one and a complete package in the movie. So… 

My rate is 9.8/10

Enjoy watching! :)


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It's empty.

 

“Maybe we’re trying, trying too hard. Maybe we’re torn apart”

- Empty, The Click Five

After all the academic troubles I made and the effort to make them right, the realization hit me. And it left me blaah! Basta na lang daw hindi ko ma-explain.

Sayang.

Ang hirap kasi. Nahihirapan akong pag sabayin ang lahat ng gusto ko, sa mga bagay na kelangan kong gawin kasi nag-aaral ako. Aaminin ko hindi ko gustong mag-aral. Pero ang idea kung bakit ako mag-aaral, yun gustong gusto ko.

Kaya nanghihinayang ako ng sobrang laki sa pag-aaral ko eh. Sampal sa nguso na naman kasi ang aabutin ko sa mga magulang ko. Mukhang babagsak na naman po kasi ako.

Hindi naman mahirap umulit. Mahirap lang na hindi pala libre ang pag-ulit at yung sasabihin ng ibang tao sayo the moment na sabihin mong kelangan mong umulit.

Bagsak ka na naman!

Kung may idea sila kung bakit ako bumagsak, maiitindihan ko. Pero kung wala, ang sarap nilang abandonahin bilang mga taong kilala ko.

“Sometimes when you vent, you don’t need advice, or someone’s opinion. You just want to tell somebody, you just want someone to listen.”

Alam ko naman na kasalanan ko kung bakit ako babagsak, pero hindi ko naman kelangan marinig sa ibang tao ang kung ano man ang gusto nilang gawin ko. Ang gusto ko lang mangyari, basahin nila yung nakasulat before sa paragraph nato. Yun lang naman.

Mga kaklase mo lang naman ang hindi makakapagsalita sayo kapag bumagsak ka eh. Wala. Wala silang masasabi. Kasi alam nila kung gaano kahirap yung pinagdadaanan mo. Kasama mo naman silang nag-take ng subject na yun eh.

Ayoko lang na kapag nagsasalita ako na sobrang down ko dahil sa grades ko, may sasabay ng ikaw lang? tapos pag kuhaan ng grades slip, wala. wala sa tabi mo. Kasi pasado. Ayokong may lalapit sa akin. Maiirapan ko lang. Pasensya na.

Maraming beses na din akong bumagsak. Kung hindi talaga kaya ng kapalaran ko yung mga subjects ko ngayon, yung tatlo, madadagdagan pa. :|

Sa tuwing papasok na lang kasi ako kukunin ko yung bag ko. Tapos dun ko lang malalaman kung ano ang hindi ko natandaan kahapon na kelangan ko ngayon. Minsan mala-late pa ako. Hindi ko pa alam ang gagawin. Hindi ako ang mismong gumagawa ng homeworks ko. Hindi ako ang nagre-review para sa exams ko. Kung hindi yung mga pinagkakatiwalaan kong tao na naka-series sa planadong exam na yun. Minsan pa ide-delay ang pagwa-wagi mo dahil hindi nakarating sayo yung sagot. Nagdamot pa! :p

Seriously, mahirap kapag pumasok na sa akin yung realization na kaya ako babagsak sa subject na to kasi hindi 100% yung nakuha kong knowledge sa kanya. Or katulad ng mangyayari, 74% or less lang. Pero kung ganito talaga ang mangyayari, tanggap ko to! Tanggap na tanggap. Mahirap lang talaga, katulad ng sinabi ko, ang kumuha ng pera at ang sasabihin ng iba.

Wala naman dapat akong pakialam saa sasabihin ng iba eh. Kaya lang marami ako nun. Gusto ko ngang ipamigay eh.

Kaya napaisip ako, gusto kong maging forever alone for awhile. Yung hindi muna ako dedepende sa sagot ng iba. Sarili ko munang sagot, kapag mali e di mangopya. Priority ko muna ang sarili kong utak bago alalahanin ang utak ng iba kung may maisasagot sila para sa papel ko. Gawain ko to nung summer class ko, wala naman akong pinagsisihan. Naka-balance din kasi ang pag-aaral ko nun, sana lagi na lang summer. :(

Hindi pa ako madalas mag-internet nun. Wala pa ata kasing active sa facebook. :p

Wala naman akong balak para igapang ang naghihingalo kong mga grades ngayon. Kung pasado e di SOBRANG MASAYA, kung hindi, magtatago muna ako ng ilang araw. Lenten Season naman eh.

Gusto ko lang talagang i-voice out kung ano man ang nararamdaman ko sa mga ganitong pagkakataon. Sobrang iyak ko kanina, paano namatay kasi yung aso sa pinapanood kong video. Pero okay na ako. Naiyak din naman ako para sa Advance pero mas matimbang yung sa aso. lol.

Wala sigurong nakapansin na kahit mukhang mumurahin ako ng bagsak, hindi ako nagbabalak magpalit ng course. Electronics Engineering ang gusto ko. Sabi ko nga sa blog na ginawa ko days after ko mag-enrol,

“for now, I know where to put my life to, to finish my study no matter what, handling my licensed id, have my work and last seeing my father happy on what the both of us fulfilled.”

- posted May 5, 2008. In my bebo account.

Yan lang naman ang pinanghahawakan ko sa pag-aaral ko ngayon eh,  yang post na yan, yung faith ko kay God tsaka yung panghinang. :p

APIR! :)

Neversaynever.

*I saw Justin Bieber's movie trailer then I surprisingly come up with the title. HAHA ;p*

I am in my 3rd year college days. I never knew it will be this hard. That I have to go to school and to my house as if they're just 2 meters away. That I will experience sleeping in our sala's floor because I just want to take a nap. That I will sleep in someone's shoulder, not because it's sweet but because it's unintentionally the circumstances. That even though it was so hard, I chose to be like a spoiled brat thinking I have all the time and luxury in the world. I neglected my studies..

and then I FAILED.

Friends are trying to cheer me up, I just can't. Try to experience the downfall, and promise you can't be able to cheer someone up. It's not that you don't want, it's because IT WON'T WORK.

When I failed the first time, it feels like all the HAPPINESS has gone from the world. The second time, I don't feel anything at all.

If we will go back in time, the subjects I failed are the subjects that I purposely be able to fail if I became unfortunate. And unfortunately, it HAPPENED. waaa. :(

No, Seriously speaking they're the subjects I know I deserve to fail. So why complain? One thing I learned from failing in Solid Mensuration is when I am  re-taking the subject, It wasn't cool. Being surrounded by students taking the subject the first time, but it was so overwhelming. Well apparently, I understood the subject very much that I hear good praises both from my professor and my classmates. They just don't know that I am re-taking it. ;p

that's the trick. Seriously, we're just on the tip of what i am trying to insinuate.

Electronics Engineering is not an easy course, same as to those courses that students (who also failed) says they are ;p  but you know, it wasn't the course' fault that I failed its subjects. It's actually my own fault. I am not good at facing my mistakes but lets say I am pretty neglecting my studies because I am too lazy to handle it. hehe ;p

For those who plan to change course because they think ECE is not for them, please..

"It's not your mind who said it can't take ECE anymore, you just can't accept the fact that with your academic habits you failed"

It's so silly of me but when you think that escaping failed habits by choosing other so called "relax" course you'll be in peace, go die.

HAHA. NAH. I AM JUST JOKING.

When people have that perspective, I can't help myself but to kick their butts until they beg me to stop. -- tapos tinamad na ako ipagpatuloy to! hahaha :)) next time na yung kasunod. ;p

karir.! :/

I don't know what's running on everyone's mind when they told me "kinakarir mo tong eleksyon.." 

 
I grew up in this system. Honestly, my mentality has been shaped up by freaking documentaries and news on tv everyday. This is not what my parents instill in me, but my younger years have been into politics since when I used to sleep late and woke up late just to rush up myself from being a kid.
 
Two of my favorite presidents came from my Lola's own opinion about them. When the people have these leaders, high hopes. when the fate failed, good luck. 

"I am still seeing Magsaysay as the best president of the country if he didn't die too early. But it will always be Marcos"  

Magsaysay and Marcos came from two different backgrounds. Magsaysay was a former guerilla, very people-minded, failed chance. . Marcos on the other hand is the bar topnotcher, became a dictator, failed government. 

These stuffs are what make me "karir" 

People don't change. They always find lameness into voting but they blame everything worst in the government. I won't be surprise if they are in the street again and they're calling for such REAL INDEPENDENCE. We got the country we deserved and we have independence when we vote. We should not forget the things that make us worst and we should not forget the things that make us where we place ourselves in. :/ 

Unfortunately again,  people don't change. The real problem here is not how much hope remains, it's where to put up. You always been hoping for the betterment of the country but you're not using the power, the law gave you, to put the HOPE up to its destined place. Everyone is selfish. Everyone became "ayoko masayang ang boto ko kaya si chorva ang iboboto ko". If that is not selfish I don't know if I can even consider it a statement. 

Now, it's ENOUGH OF THE SYSTEM. I should not point the blame, I should then FIX IT. 

When I knew who my candidate is, I started my research. So even in siesta, I can still educate. No candidate has ever been so perfect with work but when you got the best one, you always have this drive to campaign. I volunteered. If others didn't get my point I explain. If they still didn't I explain more. 

I thought from then on, I should start changing the mindset of a few I know. It's not as easy as kicking ass of some bulls*t but I guess the sayings are right "Lahat pinaghihirapan" GAME ON! I guess, I choose to vote the candidate not just because he is an ACTION MAN but merely because he has the ability to change the mentality just like how he changed us, volunteers. It might took me a century to convince epic number of people but it will only took him several months to do so. We need an influential man to do the job of mobilizing the people to do their deeds.

It's sad that sometimes or most of the time, It might be the people's fault when we don't have the government that best fits us. Doing our own research will do good but a big factor is HEY! they don't freaking listen. I became a little impatient, I fight the mentality but it was too decayed that I can no longer find treatment. 

Even if I wanted to become positive with the government that the majority of us elected, I still don't like the mentality of how we choose them. I believe other candidates have MORE people in line of admiration to them compared to my candidate but the reasons are basically in the basis of how they are PUBLICIZED and SELL not how they are GREATLY KNOWN FOR. When you know them in the basis of the latter then you will definitely see that there's no place for them in an executive job. 

When we learned from it, we'll gained from it. :) <-- inaantok na ako. next time na ang revisions and continuation. :)) 
 

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