Posted by psgels on 25 February 2008 with categories: Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji

Oh my god… I’m speechless. I know I have been whining against this series, but that doesn’t matter for this episode. All I know that these were 20 of the most disturbing minutes of anime I’ve seen. Let me warn you: do not watch this episode if you can’t stand gore. I still can’t call this series great, but damn… this episode was so worth it.

I’m going to keep this entry short, because even though it was an awesome episode, it’s also one that I’d like to forget as soon as possible. In this sense, the gore is even worse than in Shigurui because there, you can see it coming. I didn’t expect for Kaiji to be this screwed in the mind to just cut off his ENTIRE EAR.

12 Responses

  1. yoshi927 says:

    What was so disturbing about the first 19, then? But yeah, this was a good episode. My only complaint is that it seems as if Kaiji’s judgment would be affected by blood loss, meaning he wouldn’t be in the best position to think of traps or winning strategies. But, I like this series alot more than pgsels does in the first place.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ack, that was a typo. I meant to say minutes. Oh, and I agree with that point of criticism, as it does feel a bit hard to believe that Kaiji will remain to think straight with that kind of bloodloss.

  3. totoum says:

    i can’t figure something out

    how come the next bet is another life or death one?

    he’s already cut off his ear so how can he still gamble?Even if he’s talking about his other ear 18 mm isn’t life threatning,or do they put the drill at the same place it was on the other ear?

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Yes, I think that he’s just going to bet his other ear, at the same distance that it was on before with 18 mm left. I mean, if he’s crazy enough to cut off one of his ears, then he probably doesn’t care about the other one anymore either.

  5. Windspirit says:

    “In this sense, the gore is even worse than in Shigurui because there, you can see it coming.
    => Well, thanks for the false advertizing. This is nowhere as gory as Shigurui. I mean, you don’t even see a thing…

    It doesn’t mean that this episode wasn’t the best of the series so far…

  6. kanami says:

    Yeah, I wouldn’t say this episode was gory, I think the correct word would be… erm, brutal, maybe?

  7. I’m allergic to gore and this episode wasn’t really gory at all.

  8. Shippoyasha says:

    Hmm. I still thought Shigurui’s was tad worse because of how ludicrously violent it all was. I always thought Kaiji was a great show but this one really nabbed that limelight. Now it needs to finish well.

  9. BlueYoshi says:

    As much as I agree with the awesomeness of this episode, all we saw was A LOT of blood. No messy gore scenes in my opinion. MPD Psycho is where the gore is, if that makes any sense. xD

    I didn’t think about the blood-loss until now. And you have to imagine the scenes after E-Card ends. The reality of Kaiji not having his ear will hit him pretty hard.

  10. Nephillim says:

    People, people… have you considered that the part that he removed was just his OUTER ear? The pinna is just the receiver, as long as he doesn’t lose his INNER ear he’s fine. And that’s probably why they allow him to still play on.

    I mean think of it this way: if he wagered the other ear, wouldn’t he bet MORE than 18mm?

  11. AG says:

    One thing which I would like to see in this show is more on-the-street happenings, like how Kaiji was working in a shop.

    Also, alhtough 9 million yen is not a back – breaking sum for the yakuza, do you think the they will actually pay up? Akagi showed that this is not always straightforward..

  12. Dorne says:


    They can cheat, but they won’t go back on their word. Kaiji must use this chance now.

    Go Kaiji!

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:23 AM)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah, even tho it was his highest grossing movie it managed to brought his career to a stand-still. His next film Gods of Egypt looks like it could be fun, albeit it’s just as much as a CGIfest as I, Robot. Egyptian stuff is admittedly rather intriguing, I remember a 2004 French film Immortel ad vitam that blended that with modern themes that became popular for a while.

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