Thursday, November 22, 2012

Akagi Chapter 162

Ahhhhh! It's been a while, hasn't it, FKMTkrazy fans? Peng's had his time to shine for quite some time, but now I'm back with a blog for our latest release, Akagi Chapter 162! It's a thanksgiving day release as well, which has no meaning because this chapter has nothing to do with thanks nor giving! If anything, it's about taking, taking, and taking some more! Thanks go to Crump and Kazuhiko for being the dream team for completing this manga!

Now, for some blatant advertising. Mahjongkrazy has released not one, not two, but THREE brand new chapters of manga since I last mentioned it on this side of the blog: Two chapters of Tetsuya, and one chapter of a One Shot by the same author as Death Pie. Speaking of, we are now totally done with Death Pie, since said one shot was part of the volume as a bonus chapter. Go check it out at the top of this page.

"Without knowing any of this, [People] continue to live, wasting their time away until the day they eventually die!"


Wow, okay, I think this is the most we've ever peered into Akagi's mind in the entire manga to this point. Ten of course is on a whole other level, but it's interesting to see a bit of philosophy worked into this side of the continuity.

Well, but I'm getting ahead of myself. There's two parts to Akagi's little thought process, the first of which is just a continuation of the metaphor where Washizu is a Sun, drying up all that his light touches. What Akagi does is extend that metaphor even further, stating that even if Washizu is a brilliant sun that makes people's eyes burn out of their skull, Akagi is greater still, being in fact the very universe itself, everything that humans do not know, the infinite vastness of outer space. Compared to the universe, Washizu's sun is just a little piddly star within it, that will eventually have to die, while Akagi's darkness lives on. Like a bubble of air in a pond that exists for a brief moment before popping back into the water. That in itself is pretty badass.

But what's really interesting here is that Akagi goes off on something of a tangent, no longer talking about his position in comparison to Washizu but instead talking about the position of human beings in comparison to the universe. The abilities that humans possess, Wisdom, Skill, Probability, are all just like a vessel used to move across that infinite sea, but that ultimately is destined to sink whenever the sea so desires. Some stay afloat longer than others, but they all meet their eventual doom. And humans are even more pathetic than those vessels, just wasting their time away bit by bit until that boat sinks and sends them back into the darkness again. It really is a nice little jab at the human condition that Fukumoto slips in there seamlessly, kind of makes you go back and make sure you didn't miss the transition between Washizu and the philosophy. I could go on all day about what that means for Akagi, but there's still more to cover in the chapter and I doubt anyone would still read it if I went on, anyway. XP

Well, the only other talking point in the chapter is Suzuki's black point sticks; I imagine that they're just used to allow Washizu to keep track of his point total; Suzuki's points are meaningless so they don't need to be kept track of. If you were doing this in a situation where all the players' points mattered, you might use the black point sticks and write down how far below zero Suzuki is on a little note and put it in his point box. That's all for now, there's more on the whole 100,000-point difference thing in the next chapter.

...Okay, I might be just a little bit too happy to get back on Akagi, too much time admiring this chapter and too little actually doing the next one. Bleh.

17 comments:

  1. thanks for the release

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  2. Can you guys make Mahjongcrazy allow anonymous posts? Thanks for some Akagi!

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  3. You guys are amazing! Kaiji, Akagi, anything you touch is great!

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  4. Excellent! Back to Akagi. I can't wait to see how this all turns out.

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  5. Nice chapter, thanks!

    I liked the continuation of that sun metaphor. And those black point sticks, i feel like if those symbolized Akagi's darkness getting to Washizu.

    Oh, and i wanted to write thanks to Mahjongkrazy guys for Tetsuya. :-)

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  6. Ahhh, FINALY!!! thank you, Fkmtkrazy guys!! Dont want to be a snob, but I really prefer Akagi, I just like it wwaaay more than Kaiji!

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  7. Came into contact with the Akagi anime about 6 years ago in Japan, saw it by chance on Animax, even without subtitles or real knowledge of the Japanese language or Mahjong I knew this was a gem. Instantly addicted! Lucky for me I knew the ending theme otherwise it would have been hard to find =p

    Can't believe how it took me until last week before finally picking up on the manga(!) Just when you guys finished Kaiji I started watching the anime again and I read every chapter up till now. That "ending" was really dissapointing, but I'm kinda glad to see they didn't compromise and made up some bullshit ending though.

    Maybe they'll do a second season when the manga (or this arc) ends, that'd be cool!

    Anyway thanks!

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    1. You might want to read Ten then, which is the "sequel" to Akagi (actually the other way around - Akagi is a prequel to Ten). The ending to Madhouse's anime will make a bit more sense.

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  8. No no no as great as akagi is we need more kaiji!!!

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    1. You will be getting more kaiji, fear not.

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  9. Fuck yes, I am so happy Akagi is back.

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  10. Oh, classic Fukumoto paraboles. Haven't seen that since Kaiji-eating spider I think. Thanks for the chapter

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  11. First new chapter of Akagi and it's already this amazing.
    And I have to thank skutieos and co for putting out those Tetsuya and Death Pie chapters. Unfortunately you can't comment on the blog. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Fixed it, it was registered users only before

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  12. well you've still got over thirty years worth of days to waste away, young man

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  13. More Akagi please. He's my favorite FKMT character.

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  14. I'm feeling like Washizu is going to run out of money sooner or later. Blood v. blood showdown? Suppose it's possible considering this whole theme of inevitable death and Akagi always looking for a real death match. I just can't see the final battle being Washizu trying to hold on to 20 million so he can kill Akagi.

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