- The death of Ishida in series 1 and, only one episode later, Sahara.
- Episode 14 of Kaiji registers with many viewers as a Tear Jerker: Kaiji and co. are crossing the electrified bridge, and nearly everyone's dead except for Kaiji, Ishida, and Sahara. Ishida realizes he is not cut out to cross the bridge and hands Kaiji his ticket for 10 million yen. We learn that the reason that Ishida gambled in the first place was to save his wife from his own debts. He asks Kaiji to win and give that money to her. Ishida then remarks how his life was pointless and how he lost, and falls off the bridge in silence so as to not agitate Kaiji.
- Series 2, episode 21: "Endou... I promise you. If we end up trapped in that hell... Every month on payday, I will buy you two beers. Every month, until the day you die."
- The climax of Part V is one of the most prolonged and humiliating instances of a Villainous Breakdown in the series. Kazuya and Kaiji both begin to sob by the final hand of One Poker, and the continual downward spiral of Kaiji begging Kazuya to live and stop the gamble and Kazuya denying him is extremely depressing. Kaiji is trying his hardest to save Kazuya's life, but Kazuya is so paranoid and so broken from his years of alienation that he just can't comprehend why Kaiji would want him to live.
Tear Jerker / Kaiji