Posted by psgels on 1 June 2011 with categories: Spring 2011 Kaleidoscope



With this episode closing off the Chinchiro Arc, it’s now a good time to look at this series. And overall, the Chinchiro arc was awesome: it took a while to get there, but it was focused, well built up and based around a carefully prepared plan. The climax was very short for Kaiji standards (in fact, that’s why I didn’t cover this show last week: I thought that there would be more than jut one episode), but very satisfying.

Now, all that’s left is to see whether this series can keep things up. I really watched the first season in the wrong way: because Kaiji took forever to get from A to B, it completely drained me from inspiration: I had hardly anything to say about episodes where only one or two things actually happened. Just whenever you thought that things would get interesting, it ended, or so it seemed at least. Instead, this is the series to watch right before punching an angry bear or something.

In any case, this episode was also the introduction of the Pachinko arc. And by god, I’ve heard some rumours about this thing. Especially the OP: it apart from the Chinchiro arc and the Pachinko arc… it doesn’t seem to foreshadow anything else aside from another confrontation with the old guy again. That means that the entire second season of Kaiji… will only have three arcs. How long is this pachinko arc going to be anyway? Especially because this episode made everything seem so simple. The key is probably going to be the same as with the previous arc: if Kaiji can take his time thinking and preparing then it’ll work out fine, however it will get tedious if it’s going to keep delaying the inevitable.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Steelman says:

    Since you asked…

    The pachinko arc will indeed take up the rest of the season. But far from simple, this gamble/scam is an order of magnitude more complex than anything seen in the show so far… I mean, there is a reason why this is often considered the best arc in the manga.

  2. detra says:

    Yes, the rest of the season will be covered by the pachinko arc unless they would make the season longer and integrate the third series into it which sadly seems unlikely.

    But the arc is certainly a long boss battle :D
    Kaiji isn’t a fast series as they’ve already covered more than 40 chapters with 9 episodes.

  3. Puran says:

    The pachinko arc is kind of insane… I look forward to see how the anime will handle it, not sure if it will work as good animated, because it is a pretty wacky arc.

  4. c160 says:

    Psgels,in the first paragraph do you mean “it’s now a good time” instead of “it’s not a good time”?

  5. Ncrdrg says:

    Pretty obvious he did, me thinks.

    Anyway, I’m having a blast watching Kaiji. Definitely one the series I stumbled onto by pure coincidence and completely fell in love with. Can’t wait for the next arc.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    You’re indeed right c160. It’s a nasty typo that I didn’t notice. Fixed it now.

  7. WARNING says:

    The Pachinko arc will take the rest of the series, and while very awesome, takes a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time to get into. This is more or less the how you’ll feel about it:
    first two episodes will be insanely boring.
    The next three episodes will be kind thrilling but pretty lame by kaiji standarts.
    next few episodes wil be even boring then the starting episodes of this arc.
    some 7+ last episodes: INSANELY REWARDING AWESOME ARC THAT WILL KEEP YOU AT THE AGE OF YOUR SEAT EACH WEEK AND WON’T LET YOU FORGET IT EASILY!!!
    If you want to quit midway, just be sure to come back for the last part and watch.
    The erliar parts are just planning and foreshadowing anyway, which are insanely awesome and VERY rewarding when you can retrace Kaiji’s steps as he made the preperations, but are otherwise pretty boring.

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:16 PM)
    Ha, and once again another shounen ruined by not being a seinen manga.
    @Aidan: Sometimes..sometimes I feel its the fans that should be writing these things instead…well the good ones =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:05 PM)
    @K-Off, Potentail for Rea to go berserk and starting a zombie apocalypse? Or at least enough to have her slowly lose her mind and chiro having to resort to more and more desperate measures to protect her and stop her from hurting others. There was plently of potentail in the premise, just that the author didn’t have the balls to take it that far.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 PM)
    Wasn’t awful now by any means but I’d rather stop with it before any good memories of it get ruined =<
    I think I'm just fed up with these shounen comedies/dramas and pandora hearts is also the last time I take a chance on a shounen fantasy show.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:48 PM)
    Although as a whole sankarea never really geled together for me, series of genre clashing and a master of none, there were little pockets of interest and the art was good and moments did feel like something more. Some of the fanservice, comedy also felt misplaced.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:42 PM)
    @Aidan: K-off said it went downhill after the island arc. I also forgot it was ending.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:26 PM)
    @Aidan Potential? I’d like to know what you ever saw in a premise like that…
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:22 PM)
    @K-Off, It had potentail in the begining but since then it’s been a series of “Oh snap! Shit’s gotten dark….oh wait never mind” moments
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:19 PM)
    @Aidan I also dropped it before I knew it was going to end, and I haven’t felt like picking it up since. The series was never good.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 03:42 PM)
    @Emma, why did you bother dropping Sankarea? It just ended.
    Not that it was a good ending by any means. Feels like the series has been trolling me from the begining. All those promising hints to go dark and it doesn’t ever deliver.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Bam: Thats becoming increasingly true, over the years I’ve found it also makes it very difficult to follow them all.

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