Posted by psgels on 19 April 2008 with categories: Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji


And it’s finally over. I’ve decided not to write a review about this series, though. I’ve watched this series the wrong way, and it turned out to be a big disappointment, save for four or five episodes. I feel that I’m way too biased to give an objective view about this series. It already was difficult to give this series a fair rating during my monthly summaries. Kaiji is a series that you need to marathon, in order to pump yourself up with adrenaline. It’s not something you can watch casually. Having said that, if you haven’t seen this episode yet, you might want to close this window, as SPOILERS will follow.

Overall, this episode disappointed, especially considering the enormous build-up that preceded it. This arc was in no way as intense as the E-card arc, simply because the creators refused to show Kaiji’s reaction after his hands got cut off. And to think that the gore was actually one of the best parts of this series. The raw emotions when seeing Kaiji, cutting off his own ear, and my favourite moment of the entire series: seeing Tonegawa punish himself: even though this series mostly bored me, I have to admit that these moments were truly unrivalled. It was a real downer that the screen just blacked out and we saw Kaiji’s hand wrapped in bondages.

What also disappointed me is that we never really got to look in the mind of Hyoudou, but that’s only natural, since the manga went on for much longer. This episode also hinted at a second season (although with Madhouse, you never know; yes, I’m looking at you, Shigurui), though it that ever comes, I don’t think I’ll end up blogging it.

Having said that, I at least like that this episode wrapped up this entire arc well enough. The aftermath wrapped up all of the loose ends of the storyline, and it didn’t really leave a bad taste behind, apart from what I just mentioned. At least we got to know a bit more about Hyoudou when Kaiji figured out how he won. I like how Kaiji himself figured it out, instead of in regular anime, where the opponent just brainlessly tells his opponent all of his plans. The guy is smarter than he looks, and I like that.

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  1. Windspirit says:

    Shigurui’s manga didn’t end yet, the anime stopped at the end of the current available material and the manga is slow as hell because the mangaka is too busy being a seiyuu.
    Poor Madhouse isn’t the one to blame.

    And yes, there will be a second season in one or two years : after this episode, the mangaka, Kaiji’s seiyuu and some weeaboo fangirl announced that there WILL be a second season sometime : just be patient.

  2. BlueYoshi says:

    Kaiji was one of the hardest shows for me to rate after finishing (ended up giving it 8/10). It was just full of so many Epic scenes, yet there was some big flaws and the pacing was too damn slow. Perhaps when the second season does arrive in a couple years, we should marathon through it instead of watching it casually.

    Although, I have to admit that I liked the ending. I just didn’t want to see an ending where Madhouse changed things and made Kaiji win, then we would have had a “YAY Happy Ending” scenario.

  3. LifeFirst says:

    I remember when you first started blogging this series you were saying it was the best to come out last year. And now it’s dissappointing?? Come on…..this show has intensity that is notches above other anime. Some parts do drag on, but you feel it’s actually necessary here to get into the character’s minds. This was an original, and great series. Although Season 2 won’t be nearly as good, that’s for sure.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    “I remember when you first started blogging this series you were saying it was the best to come out last year.”

    That’s exactly why it turned out to be so disappointed. I said this before this series started dragging like crazy, and before the arrival of the beam-arc. Dragging is one thing, but Kaiji could have easily been stuffed into 13 episodes without any major loss in build-up.

  5. Islay says:

    I gave it a 9/10,with epic card flips and all that + the ok ending * a lot of anime rush it abit*

  6. AG says:

    It would have been Kaiji could have been released in 13 one-hour episodes, to get both both psychology and action in a single episode.

    Personally I was more attracted by the tactics (simplistic though they can be for someone not under pressure the way Kaiji was), so not showing Kaiji’s pain at the end was alright for me.

    A pretty unique series though, but do check out Akagi!

  7. Shippoyasha says:

    “Although Season 2 won’t be nearly as good, that’s for sure.”

    Haha, what? I hope you’re kidding. Season 2? I’m on it like white on rice!

  8. Solaris says:

    Is this show so good? I didn’t like the graphics from the start, so i just didn’t care watching to it

    And subbing this was preferred to Gunslinger Girl II. :( I hated it even more

  9. LifeFirst says:

    The first 9 episodes of this show is really intensely good….after that it drags on for awhile. Still one of the better ones to come out last season. I’d give it 8/10

  10. AG says:

    Ha! There is going to be a second season. I’m curious to see how it’ll pan out..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU9lDCJrrr8&eurl=

  11. yoshi927 says:

    I’d go at least 8.5/10 easily. Probably 9/10 if I was in a good mood. It’s all a matter of taste, but I’m not bothered by any of the problems that I hear people complain about.

  12. Z.A. says:

    im glad i watched kaiji so i could experience the boat and tonegawa arcs. the buildup and intensity of the suspense was masterful, not many series pull it that good! i also liked part of the beam-arc where tonegawa makes fascinating speculations on human thought processes. but thats about it…rest was unnecesary and so-so. overall i’ld give it a B-

  13. Denizar says:

    I was a little dissapointed at the end because I was fed up with Kaiji losing. Especially when the audience can figure out why he lost before Kaiji does. But later I recalled the part where Hyoudou gives Kaiji the winning lot saying that some of his luck may pass on to him. I hope Kaiji learns from his mistakes in the first season and transforms into another Akagi, because I don’t want to watch another 26 episodes of Kaiji being a dumbass.

  14. gambling says:

    Great show , good gambling

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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.

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