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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.

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