Posted by psgels on 30 October 2007 with categories: Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji


Wow… just wow…

I was already under the impression that the previous episode showed a worst-case scenario. And then this episode comes along…. seriously, Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei has some serious competition! Basically, Kaiji gets the idea to buy up all of the Rocks, because the papers were lowest of all. It then seems that others were attempting the same thing, though they realized first that they weren’t the only ones with that plan. Now they have bought up all of the papters, and Kaiji is in despair.

Still, I wonder… that isn’t necessarily a as bad thing as this episode made it out to be. I mean, the other group has only paper… how the heck are they going to lose it, when nearly everyone else possesses scissors? Basically, Kaiji holds most of the rocks now, and they basically need his rocks to get rid of their paper and keep winning. Also, if Kaiji wasn’t so caught in despair, he would have noticed that the situation he ran in was actually quite favourable. All he needed to do was find people himself, instead of being picked out. In that case, his chances of winning increased dramatically.

That again brings me to the question of why these people bought up all of the papers. It just doesn’t make any sense. But then again, I think that that’s the true meaning behind the thing that the organizer of the tournament said: it’s all just one big illusion. Kaiji and his group and the other group of people will basically ruin themselves by trying to beat the system. One explanation of their action I have is that they also felt despair when they found out that they weren’t the only one who planned to buy up all the rocks, and went with something that they didn’t think that much through. Otherwise, why else would he show himself to Kaiji if it wasn’t out of jealousy?

By the way, could it be that the same animation-team as Death Note is behind this series? This episode clearly gave me Death-Note vibes.

7 Responses

  1. cubia says:

    It is from studio Madhouse, and Death Note is too.

  2. totoum says:

    “Basically, Kaiji holds most of the rocks now, and they basically need his rocks to get rid of their paper and keep winning. ”

    but it’s paper that wins against rocks.
    That’s why the other guys bought up all the papers:you see someone buying all the rocks,what do you do?Buy the card that beats rocks (paper) and then locate the people with rocks and play against them for a likely win.
    but lets not forget that’s not all kaiji has,he’s also got like 2 papers and 4 scisors.Wonder if the other guys know that.
    What i hate most about this show is that there’s only one episode a week lol

  3. Jimbozeubuen says:

    “Still, I wonder… that isn’t necessarily a as bad thing as this episode made it out to be. I mean, the other group has only paper… how the heck are they going to lose it, when nearly everyone else possesses scissors?”

    Everyone else is using up scissors at a rapid rate via draws. In the end it will only be paper against rock.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    That’s the thing… Kaiji and the others only have three stars. This means that they’re likely to lose after only three turns, after which their cards are likely to be confiscated by the guys in suits. When that happens, the other group is stuck with a useless hand full of papers, while everyone else has scissors. How can they hope to get rid of their final cards?

  5. totoum says:

    Well how about trying to find people who don’t have 3 stars and have no or almost no cards (like kaiji and his group at the start of the episode) and sell (or just give) them the cards?
    Or simpler yet,if there’s an even amount of cards,just do like in episode 2,have 2 of the group members play each other,since they only have paper,they’ll draw until they run out of cards.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Ah! You just hit the nail with that one. I kept wondering how they were planning to lose their cards, but just cancelling each other out never came to my mind. Thanks! :)

  7. undercover says:

    this series keeps getting better and better,,,

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:29 AM)
    *avoids
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:29 AM)
    Not a man who you’d try to get to read lgbt themed manga as he is cynical about the idea that manga/anime could respectably depict that. Avoid the whole political mecha genre finding the politics tacked on nonsense.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:27 AM)
    *In the sense he is a fan of gar anime
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:24 AM)
    He did manage to enjoy kill la kill though. And he loved the hell out of Eva.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:22 AM)
    Though I can see why he’d have a hard time enjoying persona 4. He’s into things such as perfect blue, Akira, ghost in the shell, legend of the galactic heroes, wants to watch monster along with Gar stuff, he has no time for anime comedies, most shounens bar jojo and full metal or anything girly, romcomish or melodramatic or anything with a lick of moe.
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    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:17 AM)
    But then again, he tends to dislike “forced anime archetypal voice acting”
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    @;(: I believe my brother also disliked the English voice acting for the game…and he probably hated Rise in Japanese especially, particularly because she was voiced by Rie Kugimiya.
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    @Emma: most of the games aren’t looked poorly upon (though for all my love for the series, it does have flaws), but the whole concept of the series and especially the original two go against Christianity and has a lot of stuff that bother censors. You don’t get much more touchy with judeo-Christian religions than fighting all angels and god. Like our god.

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