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


Okay, so the current is going to be predictable. Kaiji just has to survive; otherwise the show would just run out of main character. Still, that didn’t prevent this episode from being among the best that this series has had to offer. At the moment, I only see one annoyance in this series: this is one of the worst series to take screenshots for: all the best shots have subtitles in them.

In the Espoir-arc, death was more symbolic, but for the Starside-arc, it’s gotten much, much closer. I loved how, now that there is no more competition, the ten remaining contestants feel much closer together, now that they won’t have to betray to stay alive. Very refreshing for this series. Instead of that, a new threat has appeared: plain old fear and I loved how this episode showed how easily this can go out of control if your life is at stake. Take that, action-movies!

Tonegawa is also shaping up to be one of my favourite characters of this series. Unlike all the contestants, he’s not limited by predictability and after the previous episode I wouldn’t have thought that he’d actually enjoy events like this, seeing the scum of society suffer so much.

One thing that would make Kaii’s survival more credible is that he by far the most emotionally involved with the others. In this episode, you can see that he’s too busy with worrying about the others’ survival to realize that he too is on the verge of death. I also predict that Ishida will play a big role in the next episode, because he keeps relying on Kaiji so much. The two of them will probably use this to get to the other side, while Sahara will use his competitive spirit against Kaiji. It’s a shame that the other characters didn’t receive enough development like this, and they’ll probably all end up dying as well. Perhaps with the exception of the guy in the red shirt.

4 Responses

  1. CCYY says:

    Yeah, even though it’s pretty obvious Kaiji will make it, I’m definitely worrying if Ishida and Sahara will. As such, this was one of the most intense episodes I’ve watched in recent memory, especially in the second half with all the hallucinations.

    I additionally wonder how they plan to screw Kaiji out of his 10 million when he makes it across. Maybe it’ll take him more than an hour to cross? :O

  2. Z.A. says:

    well kaiji is turning out to be a real sweet treat of physcological drama backed with really intense suspense/thriller scenes which bring u right to the edge of ur seat!
    i already love this show, and i cant see why anyone would not watch this series at least once as it truly deserves a chance. i rate this series as good as akagi, and it simply deserves a good rating once ur done blogging too. seriously how many anime do we come across that know how to tell a story as intensely as this?

  3. lol says:

    OTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THE WIIIIIIIIIIIIIND ISN’T BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWING!

    God, Kaiji is awesome, you should watch Akagi too! :)

  4. Itromia says:

    If you want better screen shots take them from a raw. I agree that this show is good (though I am not one for all the crying(but I would be crying in those situations)).

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    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 07:42 AM)
    I remember having some discussion about food a long time ago and I regret to say, Vincent, I still haven’t tried that pancake-in-rice cooker method.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 07:38 AM)
    I haven’t eaten Korean barbecue (there is literally no moderately priced restaurant anywhere near me) for about four years, but I remember enjoying that very much.
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    @Ninja I’ve eaten it in Japan and I was reminded again, by how “meh” I am with asian food. I like my Vietnamese and Chinese food every now and then, but anything besides that (and maybe some cold asian chicken salad) I lack… Excitement for it.
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    So, after seeing countless anime characters eating it in anime shows, I finally made Hayashi Rice for the first time in my life and I have to say that it was incredibly delicious. Dunno if you guys have ever tried that one or can recall seeing an anime character eat it, but it’s the beef dish made with a sauce of wine, tomatoes, fried onions and soy sauce primarily. I highly recommend it.
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    @Friend I like it. The whole feel of it is still kind of magical and fantastic but in a more grounded way than your sketch.
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    @ninja I changed it mainly because usually, I make minor adjustments to the composition and setting once i start coloring, which is why I changed the snake. Once I added in the waterfalls and the cliff, I thought it’d be more fitting to have it be a large snake instead of a flying one.
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