History Manga / Kaiji

16th Sep '17 2:02:57 PM nombretomado
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And that's just how the first series begins. ''Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji'' is probably the most famous work of Nobuyuki Fukumoto, a {{seinen}} {{mangaka}}. Starting in 1996, it has since then received critical acclaim for its ridiculous yet brilliant gambles as well as the complex psychological analyses of the characters. There are currently five series, the first two of which have gotten anime adaptations by Creator/{{Madhouse}} (much like ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' before it), and eventually LiveActionAdaptation films and pachinko games. Kaiji also makes an appearance in ''Girls RPG Cinderellife'', a dating sim by {{Level 5}}, for Nintendo3DS. As of November 2016, the fifth series is ongoing at 12 volumes.

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And that's just how the first series begins. ''Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji'' is probably the most famous work of Nobuyuki Fukumoto, a {{seinen}} {{mangaka}}. Starting in 1996, it has since then received critical acclaim for its ridiculous yet brilliant gambles as well as the complex psychological analyses of the characters. There are currently five series, the first two of which have gotten anime adaptations by Creator/{{Madhouse}} (much like ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' before it), and eventually LiveActionAdaptation films and pachinko games. Kaiji also makes an appearance in ''Girls RPG Cinderellife'', a dating sim by {{Level 5}}, for Nintendo3DS.UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS. As of November 2016, the fifth series is ongoing at 12 volumes.
23rd Aug '17 12:57:59 PM MeAndMyNerdyBat
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While members of Teiai Corporation resort to all sorts of cheating and [[MovingTheGoalposts goalpost moving]], they never outright refuse giving a well-earned prize for no reason at all, even considering the implication that they can just easily eliminate the participant without paying anything if they really want to do so.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While members of Teiai Corporation resort to all sorts of cheating and [[MovingTheGoalposts goalpost moving]], they never outright refuse giving a well-earned prize for no reason at all, prize, even considering the implication that they can just easily eliminate the participant without paying anything if they really want to do so.
23rd Aug '17 12:56:54 PM MeAndMyNerdyBat
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While members of Teiai Corporation resort to all sorts of cheating and [[MovingTheGoalposts goalpost moving]], they never outright refuse giving a well-earned prize for no reason at all, even considering the implication that they can just easily eliminate the participant without paying anything if they really want to do so.
20th Aug '17 10:31:24 AM MeAndMyNerdyBat
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** [[spoiler: Also Ichijou later in Part 2, who also does not die but starts begging Kaiji to end their "duel" as a draw when he realizes he's going to lose in a few moments -a request he had denied a desperate Kaiji just a little while before.]]
19th Aug '17 11:18:47 AM MeAndMyNerdyBat
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* VillainHasAPoint: Yukio Tonegawa's speech on value of money, and how unrealistic it is to expect a huge prize without putting a lot of work into it and placing your life on the line in the process.
18th Jul '17 3:51:20 AM UltraWanker
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoilerSort of, Kaiji finally pays of his debt and even earned more money than he needed; however, Endou's contract drains him of a huge chunk of cash and he blows the rest on pachinko trying to earn some of it back.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoilerSort [[spoiler:Sort of, Kaiji finally pays of his debt and even earned more money than he needed; however, Endou's contract drains him of a huge chunk of cash and he blows the rest on pachinko trying to earn some of it back.]]



* [[spoiler:HiddenSupplies: Both sides of the Poker machine have a secret drawer that contains three Aces.]]

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* [[spoiler:HiddenSupplies: Both HiddenSupplies: [[spoiler:Both sides of the Poker machine have a secret drawer that contains three Aces.]]
10th Jul '17 7:21:42 AM UltraWanker
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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: All the named participants to the Human Derby are dead, Kaiji survives but has lost all of his money (and is further in debt), along with his left ear and left hand fingers. Meanwhile, the villain has won money, and has been entertained throughout the night.]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: All DownerEnding: [[spoiler:All the named participants to the Human Derby are dead, Kaiji survives but has lost all of his money (and is further in debt), along with his left ear and left hand fingers. Meanwhile, the villain has won money, and has been entertained throughout the night.]]



* [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory]]



* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]]
** [[spoiler: Sort of, he finally pays of his debt and even earned more money than he needed, however, Endou's contract drains him of a huge chunk of cash and he blows the rest on pachinko trying to earn some of it back.]]

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* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]]
** [[spoiler: Sort
EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoilerSort of, he Kaiji finally pays of his debt and even earned more money than he needed, needed; however, Endou's contract drains him of a huge chunk of cash and he blows the rest on pachinko trying to earn some of it back.]]



* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn: Miyoshi and Maeda, but it's justified; see WellIntentionedExtremist below.]]

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* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn: Miyoshi FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Miyoshi and Maeda, but it's justified; see WellIntentionedExtremist below.]]



* [[spoiler:SoreLoser: Muraoka, so much that even Kazuya can't believe it.]]
* [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist: Miyoshi and Maeda did not betray Kaiji just because they could; [[PoorCommunicationKills due to a misunderstanding]], they thought ''he'' had betrayed ''them''.]]

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* [[spoiler:SoreLoser: Muraoka, SoreLoser: [[spoiler:Muraoka, so much that even Kazuya can't believe it.]]
* [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist: Miyoshi WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Miyoshi and Maeda did not betray Kaiji just because they could; [[PoorCommunicationKills due to a misunderstanding]], they thought ''he'' had betrayed ''them''.]]



* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: What the ending of this gamble is, suprisingly. Mario and Chang are sentenced to death, and Kaiji spends his own money in an attempt to save them to the surprise of literally everyone that was in the room (including ''hinself''). This proves Kazuya's ideologies about the world wrong and infuriates him. ]]

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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: What EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:What the ending of this gamble is, suprisingly. Mario and Chang are sentenced to death, and Kaiji spends his own money in an attempt to save them to the surprise of literally everyone that was in the room (including ''hinself''). This proves Kazuya's ideologies about the world wrong and infuriates him. ]]



* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes:Chang and Mario pull this off when they agree to gamble their own lives to save Kaiji, proving that they are the TrueCompanions Kaiji hoped they would be.]]

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* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes:Chang BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Chang and Mario pull this off when they agree to gamble their own lives to save Kaiji, proving that they are the TrueCompanions Kaiji hoped they would be.]]
10th Jun '17 8:37:20 PM Sullytofu
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* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler: Kaiji desperately tries to persuade Kazuya to not end his own life, but much like Washizu from Manga/Akagi, he sees it as a betrayal of gambling.]]
22nd May '17 10:42:02 AM MrJakeReid
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** [[spoiler: And then one final time when Kazuya is debating betting his own Red Life. Kaiji tells him exactly what he's played and that if Kazuya goes on he will lose. Kazuya does anyway. He loses.]]
22nd May '17 10:37:35 AM MrJakeReid
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** Taken to the extreme with the final round, where it takes three chapters for the machine to flip over the cards to reveal the winner.


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* MyDefenseNeedNotProtectMeForever: When Kazuya starts losing, he deliberately concedes a few rounds so that he can build his hand back up to a threatening position.


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* TakeAThirdOption: Seemingly impossible in a game where you have to choose between two cards. [[spoiler: Played straight when Kaiji discovers there's a way to swap a King for an Ace.]]
** [[spoiler:And then again when he decides to play his 3 instead.]]
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