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Here's the reasoning.
(Could be wrong of course, it's just a theory. But I think there's a really good chance it's correct.)
First, what do we know?
1. Akiyama swindled a huge corporation, and took them down.
2. He went to prison for it.
3. He almost certainly got tons of money from swindling the corporation.
4. He didn't do it for greed, he did it as payback for his mother's death.
5. The LGT staff themselves don't know many things, for example what game the next dealer will announce.
So the questions are:
1. What did he do with the money he took from the corporation?
2. Why did Liar Game seem to start up when he got out of prison?
3. How does the LGT have so much cash to loan out to contestants?
4. Why have we never seen them forcefully collect on debts?
5. Why did the fake lawyer working for the LGT tell Nao about Akiyama?
6. Why do the LGT staff wear masks?
7. What really happens to the losers?
8. Why is the Liar Game set up so that people can beat the game if they work together?
9. Is Nao correct, that the purpose of Liar Game is essentially to teach people to give up on greed?
So, I think there are 2 good answers:
Nao is wrong:
The LGT is the corporation that Akiyama took down, and they're getting back at him by involving Nao, who they know reminds him of his mother, in an effort to manipulate him.
Nao is right:
Using the money he stole from the corporation, Akiyama anonymously set up the LGT with the purpose of punishing the greedy and forcing them to change their way of thinking in order to escape.
I think Nao is right.
Akiyama took down that MLM corporation, which was responsible for his mother's death. In an effort to prevent something like that from happening again, he came up with a way to lure the most greedy people around and trap them inside Liar Game. In order to escape, they must give up on their greed. Before going to prison, he used all the money he took from the MLM and created the LGT. The LGT staff are probably unaware of who really set it up or what its true purpose is. The LGT staff are quite possibly players who lost, and now are told they must work off their debts, hence the masks.
In the beginning, Akiyama told Nao that the LGT's threats were bogus. They just scared people into playing. And once players had taken money, they were scared that they couldn't go to the police since they might also be looked at as criminals. They also use vague threats to keep people following the LGT's rules, even though we've never seen them do anything at all to the losers. In fact, the LGT simply gives the losers more chances with revival games.
The LGT cannot be making a profit from this. They continually loan money out to the players. Yet, instead of collecting from the losers, they loan them even more money for revival rounds. The business model makes little sense if they're trying to make a profit. It would be near impossible to ever begin to collect huge debts from people who are bankrupt. The LGT must have a lot of cash in order to operate.
Near the beginning, Akiyama told Nao, "Don't trust people. Doubt them." And I doubt Akiyama is what he seems.
I would have this as an explanation and/or an ending any day. Really though, if Kaitani manages to pull something even more genius than this it will be hats off to him as well. Though I think your theory, if not completely true, certainly does have some parts that will be true. The former players being staff for the LGT now, that would explain the mask theme that we have been seeing a lot, and the masks all have neutral to sad looks. There might be a lot of symbolism if we just dig deeper, or dig too deep. Though I find this as one of the best theories/posts I have read in a while.
Last edited by Reclaimer; September 09, 2012 at 06:52 PM.
I hope it's not Akiyama. I doubt it too. It would have to be someone with a lot of clout, power, money, etc, to hire out an entire island and an airport, plus make all the technological things, like with the ATMs, work. Also, I can't see Akiyama doing something like this. Personality wise, as he is at the beginning, he's more likely to become a recluse, or even commit suicide, or to take on 'big evil corportiions' for kicks. This sort of thing, which involves innocent people he at least feels some sympathy for, eventually, is not his way of punishing people like those who ran the ponzi scheme that his mum got involved with.
I think it will be someone who is simply massively rich, probably corrupt, behind all this. Why they're doing it...
...maybe to prove that greed destroys people? Maybe they're just bored.
Well, the way the Liar Game makes money is simple (and was explained in the manga, IIRC).
In round 1, the briefcase round, the only money they actually lose is in the preperation. Each get 100 million, then at the end of the game the debt of one player and the winnings of the other perfectly even out.
A lot of rounds, the prime examples being Bid and 5 card Poker, the Liar Game offers money, then takes a lot of it for the dealer. So lending people money, taking part of it, then asking for the money you lent back ends up giving you a profit.
Also, assuming the LGT offices actually do collect (which they might) then the 'half to buy out' rule guarantees they always end up money up. The Minority rule game, for instance, lent out 1,300 million yen, then reclaimed 1,200 million in debts. Were Akiyama to have dropped out then, he would have paid half of it, 650 million, plus the money from round 1 if that counts, back.
So were Akiyama to walk out and not keep playing and risking his money, LGT would have made an extra 550 million. Even with Akiyama carrying on, they are still the comparatively small sum of 100 million down.
In all occasions they've lent money, they've either expected it all back or expected most back with a way for them to gain the additional sum that would break them even.
As Akiyama said, the only possible way to get them into debt is to keep everybody else paid off and not repaying debts, build up a massive debt himself, and thus keep ensuring the Liar game lends him more and more money and puts him further into debt until they run out of funds.
But as it stands, I believe (I'm not working it out at 3am) that the Liar Game offices are either more rich than they were at the start or marginally poorer, by a fraction of the money owed to them by people like Akiyama that are still in...