There are gamblers out there who even bet their lives as ante. But to secure the integrity of these life-threatening gambles, a violent and powerful organization by the name of "Kagerou" referees these games as a neutral party. Follow Baku Madarame a.k.a. Usogui (The Lie Eater) as he gambles against maniacal opponents at games—such as Escape the Abandoned Building, Old Maid, and Hangman—to ultimately "out-gamble" and control the neutral organization of Kagerou itself.
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Volumes 12–15: Igyou Tobakusha Usokui
Volume 25: Yakou-san
Story: The story of Usogui takes on a realistic point of view of illegal gambling, that gamblers need violence in order to protect what they win.The story is complex and unique in a good way, but because of that, it took time until the plot made sense. It was then when I finished reading volume 29 that I first realized how deep the story is, and I was amazed how all the things I thought were not relevant came together. The storytelling in my opinion is also excellent on how the author manages to convey the tension of the games to the readers. The games
that are introduced in the manga are sometimes complex, other times simple but they are all quite easy to understand, and the author manages to create psychological battles that are complex and entertaining, but it may be too complicating for some people. In conclusion, I think the story is simply outstanding and should not be judged without reading at least 100+ chapters
Art: The art of Usogui was definitely not the best when it started, but the art continued to improve throughout the whole series, and by the tower arc, I think it's safe to say that Usogui has excellent art in total. However, the way that the author draws the characters sometime becomes silly, almost comical. I myself enjoy this change in art, but it may be revolting to others.
Characters: The characters are one of the reason that I like Usogui so much. There are two protagonists in Usogui, one is a genius gambler, while the other one is a normal guy. What I like is that the readers get to see the normal protagonist become smarter and become a better gambler over time. The author also succeeds in creating live and interesting characters, both good and bad. The characters are so interesting that sometimes the MC doesn't stand out among them which could be considered bad in a way, although I don't mind at all.
Enjoyment: Usogui is a unique manga that has both psychological and battle aspects due to the realistic themes. The manga does a great job of fusing the two aspects that don't usually come together in one manga, and it should be very entertaining to people who like either one of them. One thing is that while the fight scenes are fairly realistic, the style may not be suited to certain people. This is just a matter of taste, so it will depend on the person reading.
Overall:Overall I had a great time reading Usogui. It sometimes requires lots of thinking to understand the games, but once understood, it will definitely be worth the time. The only reason why I didn't rate 10 is because it's still ongoing. I hope this review encourages people to read this unrecognized and underrated manga.
Usogui- A manga which I believe truly lacks recognition.
Story (7): The story which mostly focuses on the main character (Bak Madarame) dealing with different types of gambles which reflects just how much of the genius he is.It wasn't really the first in its category but it certainly had a lot of unique aspects such as a range of different types of gamble games which have been explained simply but you can understand enough for you to grab hold of it. Another thing I enjoyed about the story is that it introduces few new characters throughout to balance the tension and show the thoughts
of the game.
Art (8): The thing I enjoyed about the manga quite a lot was definitely the art. It really focuses on showing the characters expressions and their feelings through it which you can't seize to admire. The art also makes those few fighting scenes really stand out because of its extraordinary detail. There were some flaws such as lack of detail on some parts which didn't have much influence but that would just probably count as me trying hard to find flaws for it.
Characters (9): The best thing about this manga for me was most likely the characters, well one in particular. The main character isn't you're typical type of guy who has a lot of worries for the decisions he makes or usually is to scared to do anything about anything. This character really doesn't have any fear in near death situations, what he feels from them is probably just sheer excitement. His mentality works well even in the most dangerous situations. Bak is also made so that he can come across as different type of guy which ever you want. If you want him to be evil there are quite a lot of scenes which illustrate him being that but there are a lot of scenes where he is shown to care for others.
Enjoyment (8): There isn't much I can say in terms of enjoyment. This manga should be read if you still haven't read it because it might be a different style than something which you usually would be reading. There are quite a lot of enjoyable scenes for different types of people out there so the manga should appeal to quite a big audience.
Overall (8): Overall I have no regrets reading this manga and it really wasn't a waste of time even if it did take me quite a while to read through those chapters. Hope you read this and create a positive opinion about this manga.
I don't think Usogui is worth your time. Story is confusing and nonsensical, and in case of poker sequence actually gives out wrong rules information. It tries to be some bizarre combination of battle/action manga and gambling manga but doesn't do good job in either.
Hello everybody I am here to review a manga called Usogui or Lie Eater in English.It is written and illustrated by Toshio Sako and serialized by Weekly Young Jump.
The story is about a gambler name Bak MADARAME a.k.a Usogui as he tries to take control of Kakerou. He is a smart,cool,versatile character and he steals the show every time he makes an appearance .He is one of the main things that draws you into the manga.Other characters are Kaji Takaomi a.k.a (Lois Lane),Marco who posses incredible strength that could match The Hulk,Kiruma Souichi the leader of Kakerou and Yako Hikoichi the No.2 referee of Kakerou.
This manga is very diverse in characters as there is at least one character you will really like.The art is also really good and focuses on the characters facial expressions.Also the games are really good and diverse and they are not too hard to understand(except the first game which is just escaping a building).They also have very awesome fights.
WHAT I HATED
The art can get also very silly and sometimes lack detail and somehow for every arc the art style completely changes drastically like its a whole new manga.This manga is only available on-line in English through scanlations.
Overall the manga is great and it truly lacks recognition, mainly because it hasn't been published in America.