Posted 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 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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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:05 AM)
    Course, reviewer is synonymous to critic nowadays, but that’s what I understand as separating a critic from the layman.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:04 AM)
    I’ve been told that you can’t just be a critic by having seen a lot of the medium. You have to dig into its history and understand the work’s place in the whole of the medium. Because then you’re getting as comprehensive a view of the work itself as you could reasonably get.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:03 AM)
    To distinguish a critic from the average person now who can just pawn info from the Internet, it’s someone whose views are consistent because they’re grounded in a certain foundation of knowledge and understanding. Now, those foundations can certainly change over time, so maybe consistent is the wrong word. But to put it simply, they can put reason to views rather than just echoing others. Of course, there are plenty with flimsy reasoning, but yeah.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:01 AM)
    They’re exposed to information, but for a good part, the general audience might not understand what information to be looking for. They’ll certainly pick up patterns and they’ll expect to see that in quality works. But that’s also where you get that discrepancy with evaluations. Since if a set pattern could automatically pump out a high-quality work, we’d have machines do all of that.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:57 AM)
    Good answer =)
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:50 AM)
    I think that the internet has, to an extent, weakened the influence of critics. Now, everyone with enough spare time can be a critic. In this deluge of people with their own opinions, it’s hard to figure out who’s opinion is, for lack of a better word, better. Rather than look at any one critic, they may look at a conglomeration of critics. Even still, with the wealth of info about any given thing, they may just decide to see it for themselves.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:47 AM)
    I guess I’m curious as to how effected people are by the professionals reviews when they decide to see a film.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:45 AM)
    well, critics are part of the audience too. they’re just more “knowledgeable” about the field.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:45 AM)
    yeaahh! Lia ED, been so long (i think).
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:43 AM)
    Audience accepting things, yes thats important , but critic approved also carries its equal worth, not just talking comics here on both sides of the world but in general…also interests me…in the end who has most influence , the critic or the audience? How influenced are the audience in comparison by critics to their own judgement non effected by critics?

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