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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  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:05 AM)
    What happened to all the writers here? Psgels and all the others havent written in forever. Not that i really care though because not too many shows this season to watch besides maybe Durarara if im feeling generous
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:02 AM)
    Code Geass was a “meh” show for me only because I watched it around the time I shortly stopped watching anime for a year or two. I wamt to re-watch but cant get the energy to sit through it
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:01 AM)
    A high fantasy setting with mechas seemed so promising until it turned out to be a disaster. I kind of wish someone here reviewed it lol no one is bothering
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:59 AM)
    @Brendan: like Code Geass perhaps?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:58 AM)
    I just generally watch mecha shows for laughs nowadays, like Cross Ange. but unfortunately that show tried to fix itself so it’s not as fun too watch anymore. These too-bad-it’s-good shows only work if the quality stays consistently bad or continue to get progressively worse.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:57 AM)
    Id like to see a mecha show where we didnt fight aliens. How about a futuristic human war or something remotely fresh like that.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:55 AM)
    @Emma: you know I actually never seen Gasaraki, but the for bringing it up since it always escapes me. I might watch an episode of that tonight perhaps.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:54 AM)
    Interestingly enough most anime scholars divide mecha shows into ‘pre-Eva’ and ‘post-Eva’, since the influence of that show was so great that it altered the very DNA of mecha shows that proceeded it.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:51 AM)
    Im interested in this rahxephon show now.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:49 AM)
    Rahxephon borrows so liberally from Eva that I saw it as a tribute more than a rip-off, and I actually enjoyed it. That, Death Note, Monster and Kimi ga Nozumo Eien were the only anime series that I watched with my Japanese ex and I got her to actually enjoy them. Many adult woman from Japan dislike anime as they deem it too nerdy, and she hadn’t watched one since the original Hunter X Hunter; so it was a miracle that she got into those as much as she did.

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