English: Liar Game - Roots of A
Synonyms: Nine Darts, Three Phase - The Forbidden Divination, the Tale of Shinobu Kaitani's Dog, Lovers
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SynopsisRoots of A is essentially a manga short featuring Akiyama during his senior year of college. In it, Akiyama and four of his classmates are taking a criminal psychology course and given an assignment where they must construct a profile of a person based on a letter they sent. This outcome of the assignment, plus what the professor says afterwards, is what prompts Akiyama to enter grad-school and continue to study psychology.
Includes other oneshots:
Three Phase - The Forbidden Divination 1
Three Phase - The Forbidden Divination 2
The Tale of Shinobu Kaitani's Dog
Related MangaParent story: Liar Game
Sequel: Liar Game - Roots of A #2
In case you decided to essentially ignore the synopsis like I did, this really has little to do with Liar Game. The first chapter is about Akiyama's college days and the rest has absolutely no relation to Liar Game. However, each of the stories are pretty heart-warming and sorta involve risky gambles. The gambles are more like everyday dilemmas that involve either getting in trouble or succeeding at your goal.
As these stories are quite short, I can't really talk about them without spoiling them. I kinda guessed all the plot twists in the stories in advance... I dunno, there wasn't any specific reason for me to be so suspicious and accurate. I guess if you read through this expecting it to be some intense mystery, you'll probably do the same. There's no reason to not just simply read the stories as they are, though. If you enjoy Liar Game, you'll surely find these stories good and interesting. The few pages about Kaitani's dog were sorta weird and less meaningful/entertaining, but some of it was a little funny.
On a sorta side note, there was a certain aspect of the last story I quite liked. It's about online relationships and shows a side of them where the couple can be very open and honest with each other. I think it shows how a relationship like that, one where you can just be yourselves and love each other as you are, is much better than putting on an act to impress your boyfriend/girlfriend. I quite agree with that and it's sorta similar to how my girlfriend and I got to know each other, so it just had that much more appeal to me.
It would've been nicer to have more of Akiyama's past revealed or if The Forbidden Divination could've been longer. Overall this was just a quite enjoyable read and these one shots seemed to have a decent amount of potential, so it's just too bad that's it for them. read more
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