95 of ? chapters read
So, in a nutshell, a stupidly honest girl gets mixed up in a game where you must lie. The first thing she does is fall for a lie, and seeks help from an ex-scam artist.
All in all, it's pretty original. But if you consider reading this on just the plot alone, you may find it's completely different then what you'd expect. This story explores into the darkest parts of a human's heart; lies, deceit, greed, and selfishness, and one pure girl who looks beyond that.
Ok, this is the first reason I almost dropped this. The art at the beginning is mediocre at best. Eyes that show no emotion, people with oddly shaped heads that triple in size with open mouths, and tiny arms, not to mention the drawing are highly disproportional. (Ex. When standing normally, Nao looks around average height, but when she falls on her knees and bends over to cry, she looks as if she'd be 8 feet tall standing.)
Notice though, I said at the beginning. The art noticeably gets better as the series progresses. The art style gets better, the bodies look proportional, the weird way of drawing lips the make the top one look like a mustache disappears, as does the strange habit the artist has of drawing the eyelashes at the side of the eyes. Although the art doesn't improve to something worthy of great praise, it becomes pretty good.
Character ~10/10~ -prepare for semi-long rant-
The heart and soul of this manga. And the second reason I almost dropped this. At the beginning, this story's major flaw was Kanzaki Nao. Stupid, naive, easy to fool, always relying on other people for help, and a total crybaby. Again, notice I said 'At the Beginning'. As the story goes on, she turns into a strong girl, yet still retains the honest purity she once had. Thanks to this, she's able to realize the "true" (air quotes because this has not yet been 100% confirmed) motive behind the liar game.
The thing that made keep going in this manga was Akiyama Shinichi, the genius swindler recruited by Nao. The word genius is an understatement for this man. Able to bring an entire MLM company to it's knees, not to mention he's only like, 24? I don't really want to go into detail, so I'll just say he's pretty similar to L of Death Note, even having the dark circles under his eyes. (The picture of him on his MAL profile does him no justice though, he's actually fairly good looking) The reasons behind the things he does and his abilities are a bit of a spoiler, so I won't go to much into detail on him.
This cast of characters is perfect for the story, each having their own reason for staying in the game, whether it be for wealth, domination, saving the other contestants, or finding the horrible person behind the Liar Game. Each has their flaws, some more then others, but each one has good in their heart, brought out by Nao and Akiyama, except for one. -*cough*Yokoya*cough*-
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga, to the point where I finished 95 chapters in 2 days (Although each chapter is roughly 17-18 pages). It's a manga that will have you thinking about how on earth could Akiyama possibly beat the opponent, only to have a plan so complicated and thought-out that Einstein would be staring at the page with smoke coming out his ears. Truly an amazing manga.
11 of 36 chapters read
Ok, so it's impossible to say that this story is 100% unique, as it's based off of Alice in Wonderland, so I'll say it's only 98%. Alice falls asleep in her garden and the next thing she knows, a hot guy with bunny ears is taking her to magical land, full of conflict, danger, and beliefs that she finds to be cruel and inhuman. None the less, she is able to make friends with the inhabitants and starts to enjoy herself in this magical world, but her 'friends' all seem to hold some sort of secrets.
Ok, so there's not much to say about the art. It's not utterly repulsive, but it's not Picasso like either. It's a bit..Umm...bland. The characters are obviously 2D, and there's not a lot of detail in anything, but in it's own way it's good.
Ahh, the characters. One thing this manga has entirely too many of, and each one you must pay close attention too or you miss something important. But each character is very unique and you'll definitely have your favorites. Peter, the stalker bunny, who you can love or hate at first site. Ace, the charming psycho with a horrible sense of direction, Blood, the tsundere mafia leader, and so many more. It can get confusing at first, but each character IS a necessity to the story and they're what really make this story great.
I've enjoyed every minute of HnKnA, from the dark and dramatic scenes to seeing Peter's epic fail glomps. Each chapter has me begging for more and wondering what's going to happen next.
I didn't rate it a ten, just because I can't rate anything that without completing it, but so far I've fallen in love with it. read more