Posted by psgels on 5 March 2008 with categories: Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji


Oh god… as it stands now, reviewing Kaiji when it’s finally over is going to be a incredibly difficult. At the moment, I have no idea whether to classify it as just good or excellent. All the commenters on the previous episode made me see this series in a new light, but on the other hand I still remain convinced that the beam-arc was just way too long and drawn-out. I hope that the final episodes will either back up how amazing this series is, or how flawed it is.

The current episode was just amazing, though. This is really what I’ve been hoping for: mind-games without cheating. Tonegawa was absolutely amazing this time, because for once he has to use his head. He’s now going through the same as Kaiji was, back in round one. The creators also switched the viewpoint for this episode: the entire episode was told from the perspective of Tonegawa. We never get to see any of the worries that play into Kaiji’s head.

There’s one thing I do know for sure about this series: I absolutely HATE the cliff-hangers. They work fine if you’re marathoning this thing, but when you watch it on a weekly basis like I’m currently doing, they leave me every episode with a bad taste in my mouth, just because I’m too eager to find out what’s happening next.

I’m really interested to find out where Tonegawa’s thinking-error lies. Obviously, Kaiji can’t die yet; there are still five episodes left. But this also means that the final arc is going to be a relatively small one. The next episode will probably be enough to conclude the E-Card arc and introduce the final one, leaving just four episodes for the real action. If I had to guess (and hope), then Kaiji will be taking on the big boss himself. At the moment, I see Kaiji crazy enough to challenge that guy for something around 20 billion yen. Bleeding ear or no bleeding ear.

9 Responses

  1. Martin says:

    As far as I can tell (i.e. a quick look on Wiki) there’s a lot more after the E-card arc, so I’m expecting either a hasty wrap-up or a second season. The former will feel rushed, but the latter will leave yet another cliff-hanger; neither outcome sounds ideal to me so I’m hoping to be proved wrong.

    All the same, this show has consistently rocked and rocked hard all the way through.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ack, not again! With Madhouse, it’s almost certain that it’s going to be the first option. These guys have always been lazy with adapting the endings of their adaptations (Shigurui, Claymore, Pet Shop of Horrors, Akagi (according to rumours I’ve read) and some would argue that with Death Note). I really hope I’m wrong in my fears here…

  3. anchen says:

    I have not read the manga, but my guess is that Kaiji was purposely baiting Tonegawa to see that he had pulled a card back. He placed a citizen out there, then pulled it back making sure that Tonegawa saw it. Then he bled on both cards which really were the one’s from the 11th match.

  4. AG says:

    In the case of Akagi, the reason why the anime had a non-ending was because the manga was never finished; Fukamoto got bored of writing it and left the story hanging.

    Because the anime was a straightforward adaptation Madhouse just left things as they were ;)

  5. LoJo says:

    Lol – I know what you mean about the cliffhangers!;) I love Kaiji but I really should have seen this show as a marathon after it finishes airing (the one week wait kills me!:)

  6. Z.A. says:

    WOW now That’s a cliffhanger! This series really knows how to deliver intense cliffhangers.
    btw psgels if u really do like mind games without cheating go finish akagi. i like to think of akagi as kaiji’s cousin anime; except it has a bigger and 10x smarter daredevil in it!

  7. Some guy says:

    Actually, in response to the first commenter, the anime is only based on the first series of Kaiji. There are three manga series of Kaiji, each with their own name and presumably their own closure.

    There is only one game left for the first manga series, so there is no reason that this anime should end unsatisfactorily. There probably will be a second season, but it would be based on the second manga series and so it should not effect the closure of this season.

  8. yoshi927 says:

    Hey, good news for those who were annoyed at the cliffhanger. 22 is out as we speak.

    http://www.the-triad.org/

  9. BlueYoshi says:

    Someguy is right. Hopefully Madhouse won’t screw up the ending and wrap the events of the first part of the Kaiji manga successfully. I’ve still got the bitter taste of the Claymore ending…

    This was another great episode. Tonegawa is starting to fall apart.

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  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:47 PM)
    I never understood how a franchise like Berserk with huge sales and avid fan base struggles so much to get anything made. The PS2 videogame was never released outside of Japan, and it took 20 years for the anime to get a follow-up. And after all of that we get a slim-budgeted series from an unknown studio, all the while D.Grey Man gets a full-blown slick looking second series that nobody asked for. Quite baffling.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:42 PM)
    @Badesh: well the creator of the Souls series Hidetaka Miyazaki is an outspoken Berserk fan. The games are replete with Berserk references.
    Cheers to you too m8.

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