History Manga / Kaiji

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.]]
10th May '17 6:41:39 AM Sullytofu
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** Mario and Chang also grow to appreciate Kaiji for the things he's done for them, [[spoiler: and later pay him back by putting their lives on the line for him]].


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* WhamShot: A shit ton given the nature of the story. Some notable examples include:
** [[spoiler: Andou turning against Kaiji, silently condemning him to death.]]
** [[spoiler: The pachinko balls on the third plate of The Bog finally spilling into the hole, giving Kaiji and his allies the Jackpot.]]
** At one point during One Poker, Kaiji has to make a difficult decision: either use his Ace and risk it all for the chance of beating Kazuya's potential King, or play his ''own'' King and play it safe. [[spoiler: Kaiji plays the King, comparing it to using a tank to crush Kazuya with overheming force... before revealing that Kazuya has an "attack helicopter". AKA, Kazuya somehow has an ace ''of his own'', something that should be almost impossible, and has basically killed Kaiji.]]
*** Kaiji whipping around to see that he's been saved by [[spoiler: Chang and Mario betting their own lives for him]].
3rd May '17 11:01:58 AM Sullytofu
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** Kazuya's game seem this way initially, but they have their tricks. The Survival Game would be definitely winnable with ease, but Kazuya does ''everything in his power'' to turn the three friends against each other, from things like preventing someone from leaving their seat on time to purposely messing with the helmet lights. Mother Sophie is actually 100% fair however- [[spoiler: it turns out that both Kaiji and Kazuya can cheat equally (he just never told Kaiji), and once Kaiji figures this out the tables turn instantly.]]



* TraumaCongaLine

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* TraumaCongaLineTraumaCongaLine: Several characters, but special note goes to the Asian Three's extended torture session that is the Survival Game.



* VillainousBreakdown: Everytime Kaiji wins. Witnessing them is particularly satisfying since he's generally up against arrogant bastards

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* VillainousBreakdown: Everytime Kaiji wins. Witnessing them is particularly satisfying since he's generally up against arrogant bastardsbastards. [[spoiler: Muraoka's breakdown, for example, seems to drive him completely insane.]]



* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Kaiji is fully aware that his tiles were peeked on at one point, but has no actual proof and is forced to continue the game. [[spoiler:Which is exactly what he wanted, and he invokes this himself later.]]

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* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Kaiji is fully aware that his tiles were peeked on at one point, but has no actual proof and is forced to continue the game. [[spoiler:Which is exactly what he wanted, and he invokes this himself later.later when he bursts back into the room and initiates a plan to prove that Muroka is peeking his tiles.]]



* BreakThemByTalking: Kaiji keeps expecting Kazuya to do this to the three playing the Salvation Game. [[spoiler: In reality, Kazuya is doing this to Kaiji.]]

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* BreakThemByTalking: Kaiji keeps expecting Kazuya to do this to the three playing the Salvation Game. [[spoiler: In reality, Kazuya is doing this to Kaiji.Kaiji, trying to break his optimism. It almost works, but Kaiji's good nature pulls through in the end and he saves Mario and Chang.]]



* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: What the ending of this gamble is]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: Kaiji realises that no matter what, he cannot do nothing if [[spoiler:people are dying, and he can save them]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Kazuya is completely unable to understand how [[spoiler:Kaiji could sacrifice his own money to save Chang and Mario]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Kaiji believes that [[spoiler:Mitsuyama]] has gone mad and can be snapped out of it. [[spoiler:He can't.]]

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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: What the ending of this gamble is]]
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. ]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: Kaiji realises that no matter what, he cannot can't do nothing if [[spoiler:people [[spoiler: people are dying, and he can save them]]
them.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Kazuya is completely unable to understand how why [[spoiler:Kaiji could sacrifice his own money to save Chang and Mario]]
Mario.]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Kaiji believes that [[spoiler:Mitsuyama]] has gone mad and can be snapped out of it. [[spoiler:He [[spoiler: He can't.]]



* HeroicBSOD: Kaiji has this towards the end of the Salvation Game when he's asked to spend his own money to save people.

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* HeroicBSOD: Kaiji has this towards the end of the Salvation Game when he's asked to spend his own money to save people. [[spoiler: Kaiji realizes to his initial horror that he can't, but the crushing guilt eventually causes him to do the right thing. ]]



* KarmaHoudini: Kazuya is revealed to have killed dozens of people in his life-or-death gambles, and has suffered no penalty for this. [[spoiler:Mitsuyama also gets his winnings for betraying everyone at the end, and leaves unhindered]]

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* KarmaHoudini: Kazuya is revealed to have killed dozens of people in his life-or-death gambles, and has suffered no penalty for this. [[spoiler:Mitsuyama [[spoiler: It won't be until Part V that he finally receives his comuppance.]]
** [[spoiler: Mitsuyama
also gets his winnings for betraying everyone at the end, and leaves unhindered]]



* PoorCommunicationKills: The trick to the Salvation Game is this, as contestants are prohibited from talking to each other, causing small misunderstandings to gradually pile up
** And then subverted when [[spoiler: Even with everyone explaining the situation to him, Mitsuyama refuses to save the others]]

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* PoorCommunicationKills: The trick to the Salvation Game is this, as contestants are prohibited from talking to each other, causing small misunderstandings to gradually pile up
up.
** And then subverted when [[spoiler: Even even with everyone explaining the situation to him, Mitsuyama refuses to save the others]]others.]]



* TheyKnewTheRisks: Kaiji decides he can't save [[spoiler:Chang and Mario]] because they both went into this game expecting they could die.

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* TheyKnewTheRisks: Kaiji decides he can't save [[spoiler:Chang and Mario]] because they both went into this game expecting they could die. [[spoiler: He goes back on his word when he realizes that they're ''still people'', and saves them both.]]



* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes:Chang and Mario pull this off when they agree to gamble their own lives to save Kaiji]]

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



** Subverted when [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kazuya is cheating]]

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** Subverted when [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kazuya is cheating]]cheating.]]



* ChekovsGun: The toothpick that Kazuya gave Kaiji comes back into play [[spoiler:to allow Kaiji to figure out how Kazuya is cheating]]
** Also the [[spoiler:crushing helmets worn by Chang and Mario in Part IV return]]
** At the very beginning of this series, Kaiji thinks [[spoiler:Kazuya's manicure]] is out of character. This proves to be the essential trick in how [[spoiler:Kazuya manipulates Mother Sophie into allowing him to draw Aces]].

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* ChekovsGun: The toothpick that Kazuya gave Kaiji comes back into play [[spoiler:to allow Kaiji to figure out how Kazuya is cheating]]
cheating.]]
** Also the [[spoiler:crushing [[spoiler: crushing helmets worn by Chang and Mario in Part IV return]]
return, and are put to good use once again.]]
** At the very beginning of this series, Kaiji thinks [[spoiler:Kazuya's [[spoiler: Kazuya's manicure]] is out of character. This proves to be the essential trick in how [[spoiler:Kazuya manipulates Mother Sophie into allowing him to draw Aces]].



* YouWouldDoTheSameForMe: [[spoiler: Chang and Mario BOTH go back into the crushing helmets from Part IV that will kill them if Kaiji loses in order to give Kaiji the chance to continue, saying they know he'd do the same for them]]

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* YouWouldDoTheSameForMe: [[spoiler: Chang and Mario BOTH go back into the crushing helmets from Part IV that will kill them if Kaiji loses in order to give Kaiji the chance to continue, saying they know he'd do the same for them]]
them.]]
14th Apr '17 7:25:28 PM MrJakeReid
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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: What the ending of this gamble is]]


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* KarmaHoudini: Kazuya is revealed to have killed dozens of people in his life-or-death gambles, and has suffered no penalty for this. [[spoiler:Mitsuyama also gets his winnings for betraying everyone at the end, and leaves unhindered]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Kazuya believes this.


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* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes:Chang and Mario pull this off when they agree to gamble their own lives to save Kaiji]]
10th Apr '17 3:44:09 PM MrJakeReid
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** At the very beginning of this series, Kaiji thinks [[spoiler:Kazuya's manicure]] is out of character. This proves to be the essential trick in how [[spoiler:Kazuya manipulates Mother Sophie into allowing him to draw Aces]].
10th Apr '17 3:42:53 PM MrJakeReid
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* CallBack: In One Poker, a 2 (the weakest card) beats an Ace (the strongest card) just like how the Slave beat the Emperor in E-Card. This is explicitly referenced.
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