Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji Episode 1

October 5, 2007 at 10:57 pm | Posted in Kaiji | 4 Comments
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This is one of the animes in the Fall 2007 line-up I wasn’t intending on watching. Mainly because…Well, Kaiji’s chin could gut a man. Seriously, that is one of the pointiest anime chin’s I’ve ever seen. On a man at least. =/

But things never go as planned. I ended up watching it, and I stayed because it has a catchy opening song (“Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka” by Kaiji with Redbourn Cherries) and you know…giving things a try is worth it.

The art style is very unique, the thick lines used on the characters makes them look a lot more cartoony, but it definitely gives them emphasis.

The episode starts off by introducing Kaiji, a low-life with no job and that likes to play cards (much like myself). He gets his kicks out of vandalizing BMW’s and stealing the hood ornament as a treasure. However, one day a big brother sort of fellow shows up at his door and wishes to talk to Kaiji. Not wanting him to come in and see his pilfered hood ornament collection, Kaiji manages to talk the man into going out to talk. However…The BMW he vandalized earlier that day belonged to said big brother man.


Anyway, this is where we learn a very valuable lesson you can apply to life. You see, Kaiji co-signed a loan for a past co-worker. Hopefully, you’re all smart enough to NOT do this. The co-worker disappeared, leaving Kaiji with the debt as his co-signer.


Now the 300,000 that he borrowed had a 20% interest rate, and after 14 monthes of no payment that comes to 3.8 million yen.

(Kaiji is just having a crappy day.) OWN’D.

But there is hope. The man offers Kaiji a way to pay back this debt in one night. To board a ship and gamble it off. After some thinking Kaiji gets on the ship. Yet again, his war funds come with a fat interest fee (1.5% every 10 minutes). Finally, after picking the highest amount of 10 million yen, Kaiji learns exactly what sort of game he’s playing.


Not only was this pretty damn entertaining to watch, this was perhaps the funniest anime I’ve reviewed yet. I’m definitely waiting for episode 2.



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  1. I love this series so far, and I read the future series of this in comic format and its an incredibly written series.

    Any writer that can make paper rock scissors nerve wracking is…unbelievalbe

  2. Future series? Akagi? This is my first exposure to the author, I’ve never read Akagi, but I keep hearing it’s good.

    Agreed though, Making that particular game complex and nerve wrecking is an accomplishment. Unless your bad at it…then I guess it could get nerve wrecking…

  3. No, Akagi is a different setting altogether. The anime now is covering Part 1 of the comics, but there is a completed part 2 and an ongoing 3.

  4. Hey Amero! Cool blog. You might want to update your link in the nav bar to MFG Forums to the new URL:

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