Monday, July 30, 2012

HERO Chapter 7

And here we have the final chapter of Volume 1, leaving the 24-Hour Mahjong War on hold as we move on to another arc that I'm sure all Akagi fans will enjoy. :O Also, Mahjongkrazy has released another chapter of Death Pie and Legendary Gambler Tetsuya, both of which you can find in the Mahjongkrazy page link at the top of the page.

Thanks to Crump Biggums and Kazuhiko for the chapter. Mahjong Night is at 22:00 GMT, on Saturday, August 4th. Be there.

"IT'S HAMMER TIIIIIIME!!"


Oh my god, this chapter just freaking kicked ass. We have Ten disappearing, Hiro going to look for him, a Half-Japanese man wielding a giant hammer, and Hiro finding all these clues that lead him to someone you'd never expect. Total cocktease for you guys considering we're going back to Akagi next. 

But regardless, Kiyomaro is just scary. I suppose the first person in the Akagi/Ten continuity to be of an ethnicity other than Japanese (well, half, at least) is cool, but good god, don't have them playing Mahjong, make them a strong "buffalo" who smashes people's hands. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but apparently Kiyomaro is after Ten for some reason, maybe gambling debts or something. And there would appear to be another group who also wants Ten's head, and who succeeded at it, abducting him and breaking his phone in two.

Speaking of the phone, it seems rather odd that it was so conveniently snapped in two rather than being crushed so the SIM card is still intact and can be used. Perhaps somebody wanted Hiro to get the SIM card and put it into his own phone? Well, he did, and not a moment later, he gets a call. Does that mean that whoever took Ten has been calling his number over and over and over, waiting for someone to pick up...? Creepy. Particularly because the person on the other end of the call looks like he's on the edge of death, more ghost than human, with long, crooked fingernails that make your skin crawl at the very sight of them. And that somebody is the blind Mahjong Master that Akagi fought all those years ago...

Ichikawa.

12 comments:

  1. WOW.

    I wonder how Ichikawa is still alive considering his old age when he first fought against Akagi...

    So now Hiroyuki has to surpass one of Akagi's strongest opponents...

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  2. You got me hooked with chapter 7 ending. Altough i can't wait to see new Akagi chapters. Thanks guys!

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  3. Man, great thanks for translating all those Fukumoto chapters, you rock.

    On a sidenote, just how old Ichikawa is now? He's gotta be 100 at the very least.

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    1. Yeah, it was surprising to me too that he was still kicking. The Ichikawa Arc of Akagi was set in 1959, and we're now in 2002, 43 years later. They never explicitly said how old Ichikawa was, but he already had gray hair, which doesn't usually happen until the 60-70 year range... though I guess he might be like Akagi and have white hair from birth, or have premature graying. And hey, if Ichikawa's still alive, who's to say we won't see other Akagi villains like Urabe, too? :D Here's hoping.

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  4. Wow! I leave for a week and suddenly we have hammers, abductions and Ichikawa. What a trip. Can't wait to catch up on this when I'm home again. Which reminds me, what's HERO's status in Japan? I heard it hasn't been updated since the third volume.

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    1. HERO is currently on its fourth volume, which was released a few weeks ago, though I can't find the RAWs for it anywhere.

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  5. This is just a lack of imanigation, don't like as if this scenario was coming from a genius !
    100 years old lol..
    but otherwise it's ok, hero is not as bad as i tough.

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  6. Decent twist, ties it back to the Akagi story before the neverending night of Washizu Mahjong. Given that Akagi is absent, bringing back other characters is a simple and logical way to gauging whether Hiro is getting closer to Akagi as markers (as well as a little fanservice), whilst introducing new characters and ideas into an existing world.
    Either way, great work as always releasing this!

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  7. lol @ ichikawa, good stuff. but bth, the closest man to akagi in terms of ability was soga and thats hands down. soga ruled the underworld 10 years right before akagi started when hes 13 years old, im sure ichikawa being that old must have duels with oldman soga and since soga never lost in that 10 years, rank goes from akagi > soga > ichikawa

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    1. and plz correct me if im wrong, give opinions =D

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  8. Are there still plans to translate the rest of this series? I know there are at least a few more volumes lurking out there.

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    1. Yeah, but due to popular demand we're catching up to Akagi first.

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