When Gambling and Manga Became One (part 1)

Although art is not as much popular as in Europe and the United States, manga in the industry of Japan is considered an important publishing market. In this article, we will dissect the amazing relationship between gambling and manga through the top mangas involving gambling of Japan.

The Liar Games

The Liar Games is so popular that it has been translated into Chinese and Dutch. It is an honest and unbelievable story of Nao Kanzaki – a school going girl who received a package one day.

It was an unordinary package – something she had never won before. The box included $1 million cash along with a note saying that she has been invited to the Liar Games Tournament.

Although the game rules are quite simple, the gameplay was so difficult when all the participants have to lie and cheat. Losers who tell the truth have to pay the debt that is equal to their losses. At one point in time, Kanzaki makes a deal with Shinichi Akiyama – a con artist. They advance through different stages of the game and have a primary objective to break down the Liar Game Organization as well as free all the opponents from their debts.


The game Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai translates into the manga Akagi: The Genius Who Descended Into the Darkness, that was published for the first time in 1991, becoming an instant hit right after that. The story’s main protagonist is Shigeru Akagi, who overcomes a Yakuza member in a game called Mahjong. Mahjong is actually a tile-based game that originated from China. After defeating a well-versed Yakuza member in the game Mahjong, Akagi disappears and becomes a legend. One day, he returns back to play his final game against his rival Iwao Washizu, the unofficial king of the Japanese underworld.