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The combined 21st/22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine has announced on Thursday that the television drama adaptation of Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game psychological thriller manga will get a second season and a theatrical film. The new projects will retain the cast of the first television drama, including Erika Toda (Death Note films) and Shota Matsuda (Hana Yori Dango television drama) as the protagonists Nao Kanzaki and Shinichi Akiyama, respectively. Kanzaki is a woman caught in a dangerous high-stakes competition known as "Liar Game." Akiyama is the genius con artist who comes to Kanzaki's aid.
Over 3 million copies of the original manga have been published since it began serializing in Weekly Young Jump in 2005. The first drama premiered in April of 2007 and garnered an average rating of 11.9% in late night Saturday television in Tokyo's Kanto region. The DVD box version also sold 10,000 sets. Liar Game Season 2's premiere date and the film's opening date have yet to be announced, but a mobile website launched on Thursday to cover the original manga, the drama, and the film.