Liar Game 2 (JPN, 2009)

Akhirnya sempat juga update blog ini. For now, I’m going to review another live-action dorama. After two years since Liar Game last episode, this psychological dorama finally has its second season at 2009!!! ^^ Yay. Along with familiar character such as Kanzaki Nao, Akiyama Shin’ichi and Fukunaga, Liar Game Season 2 introduces us new characters and also new games!!! So, what are you waiting for? Let the game begins…

Dorama Title – Liar Game (Season 2)
Cast – Erika Toda, Matsuda Shota, etc
Total Episodes – 9

synopsis

Kanzaki Nao (Erika Toda) and Akiyama Shin’ichi (Matsuda Shota) should be free from Liar Game. In the previous game, they had a draw. So, they didn’t gain anything nor loss anything. But the LGT manages to “touch” Nao’s heart and Akiyama’s curiousity. They reunite with Fukunaga as a team, meet someone from Akiyama’s past, and little do they know that “hell” is waiting for them…

personal notes

Akiyama (selain gaya rambut semakin ga banget ^^) teteeep coool. Nao tetep polos dan baik hati (Heeiii dia juga makin pinteeer loooh. Ga percaya?) dan Fukunaga teteeep doyan teriak-teriak ketawa gila ^^. Ga ada perubahan drastis dari season pertamanya. Jadi, Liar Game Season 2 tetep seru! Hanya saja, menurut saya, empat episode pertama kurang greget deh. Tekanan persaingan antara kedua pihak kurang terasa. Lawannya begitu si T.T. Akting Erika Toda pun terasa mengganggu. Teriakan-teriakan “Heeee???” dan ekspresi kagetnya yang khas kurang natural. Musik-musik barunya juga kurang membangun suasana.

Namun, berbeda dengan saya, kedua adik saya malah terlihat lebih antusias melihat seri ke-2 ini. Jadi, kebawa semangat deh. And, jangan khawatir guys, memasuki episode 5, the notorious athmosphere of Liar Game is baaaccckkk for good!!! ::excited:: Setting ok, pesertanya cukup banyak, musik juga udah mulai pas sama adegannya.

Dari segi cerita, Akiyama akhirnya menemui lawan yang sepadan: seorang cewek bernama Katsuragi Ryou. Karakter ini adalah karakter khusus yang muncul dalam format dorama. Hm, hm, apakah yang sebenarnya pernah terjadi antara Akiyama dan Katsuragi???

personal favorite

“…how come you didn’t ask my advice?” said Akiyama.

Waaa, di episode 4, Nao tampak keren. Adegan di mana Akiyama “ngambek” juga keren. Tehehe, lucu aja ngelihat perkembangan “hubungan” mereka. Di episode inilah, Nao menunjukkan kedewasaan dirinya, dan ternyata Akiyama sendiri merasa bete “ditinggal” begitu ^^. Fufufu. Go, Nao-chan!!! Go!!!

As I told you before, Episode 5 is also becomes my favorite. Yup, Liar Game finally back on its track. Saya paling suka jika orangnya banyak, dan susah untuk membuat mereka saling percaya. Unsur tipu-menipu pun makin lihai dan kita pasti banyak dibuat geregetan deh. Apalagi Katsuragi Ryou juga ga kalah sama Akiyama. Jadi mulai episode ini, jangan pernah lengah!!! Go, go, Akiyama-san. You can do it!!!

personal score

Idea and Story Development: 3*
Even though the first-four episodes didn’t impress me as much as the first season opening, I’d be glad to say that Liar Game is still my favorite dorama. The thrill of deceiving others and the hope of trusting others are still the main focus of the story, and it is nice to see that Nao’s role is improving.

Cast and Characters: 3*
The main characters remains as good as they were at first season, despite Erika Toda’s acting as Nao is kinda lame at first-four episodes. (I wonder why?). Anyway, I like how Katsuragi Ryou potraited by  Kikuchi Rinko. That eerie smile, whew, great job! And the supporting characters at semi-final round is also has better acting than characters in round 3.

Music and Sound: 3*
Old goodies are more interesting than the new ones. The opening title-theme “Liar Game” is remixed, but that is not my taste. But, don’t worry, most of the first-season soundtracks are still played at important scene.

Technique (Setting, Camera Style, etc): 3*
My favorite is where all the games are being held. Futuristic, yet somewhat very strange in a depressing way. No wonder, all contestants are tensed. Quite a factor in distracting them from thinking with a clear mind, ne? FOr a dorama, Liar Game is one of series that is serious in building the set. Good job!
As for the deceiving-screaming-laughing scenes by Kingdom of Moon’s actor from round 3, I don’t really like the way the scenes are took and edited. It made me think that the casts weren’t giving their act natural. Oh yeah, I still dislike how all characters’ faces must be zoomed one by one like that. Sooo sinetron. T.T

Opening and Ending Scene: 3*

For me, table games are a little bit boring. Angel and Demon game is wonderful. And the ending is totally a cliffhanger!!! Oh no, I have to watch its movie!!!

Overall Score: 3,0*

Note:

1,0 – 1,9 = Don’t even try to see it, ever!!!
2,0 – 2,9 = You may see it, on your own risk though.
3,0 – 3,9 = Entertaining to watch. Try to see it.
4,0 – 4,9 = Must See!!!
5,0         = Absolutely Superb!!!

Picture above is captured from Liar Game Season 2 episode: uploaded here for entertainment only. Liar Game and other copyrighted related items belong to their respective owner. No copyright infringement intended.

6 thoughts on “Liar Game 2 (JPN, 2009)

    1. Kalau saya dapetnya gratis, hihi. Trus pas nonton ga ada ekspektasi tinggi dan agak2 bias gara-gara di LG pertama, karena suka banget sama senyum jahatnya sama gaya bicaranya Matsuda Shota kalau udah berhasil ngelabuin orang, tehehehe….

  1. Hehe. Sblm menonton, sebaiknya lihat-lihat dulu review2 dari banyak orang mengenai LG dorama. Banyak yg bilang jelek (terutama gara2 zoom-shot ala sinetron ^^ dan akting tertawa yg berlebihan), tapi ada yg bilang bagus juga (unik aja, melihat gimana peserta pada stres ;p).

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