Character of the Month – July
July’s Character of the Month – Akiyama Shinichi (Liar Game)
Akiyama Shinichi, a genius swindler and a fearsome manipulator. The ex-con is known to bring up layers and layers of plans or traps and is always thinking several steps ahead of his enemies. He is literally one tactical badass.
The man actually lived a simple and honest life before; he was a graduate student majoring in psychology. However, his mother was scammed by a multi-level marketing group called Shuuei, driving her and the already poor Akiyama family to further despair. However, as Shinichi is a student majoring in psychology, he is well-versed with the minds of the criminals, and using his skills, he revenged his mother. With the skills he learned in school which her mother worked day and night for, he crushed the major MLM corporation by tricking them into bankruptcy.
Although he may trick people, his actions are always ones who help his closest allies and friends to whom he trust. He may show Kanzaki a cold facade, but he cares for her and helps her because of her extreme honesty. During the team battles, he is also shown to have great leadership too. Unlike Yokoya, Shinichi doesn’t rely on domination with his leadership as he was always prioritizing his allies first and foremost although he doesn’t show it with his skeptical plans. What’s more, he was able to set his team on the right track even when internal quarrels and betrayals ensue.