Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DKaiji Chapters 122 & 123

Hey, we're back again, and this time with another juicy two chapters! The end is quickly approaching but Kaiji doesn't seem to be in any better position than he was before. This is just a preview to the rest of the final volume, coming soon when it's ready!

Gratitude goes out to those in FKMTkrazy for their dedicated efforts on these releases. Js06 for his scripts, Biggums for his cleans, and Sonickrazy for his proofreading.

Muraoka's plans give Sherlock a run for his money.


Well, what a predicament we have here. Muraoka has a master plan, and frankly one that really can't fail. How much more secure can you get than literally seeing every tile on the playing table? But Maeda is correct, just because Muraoka can't lose, doesn't mean he will win! After all, there can be a tie where no one wins, and you know how much Kaiji loves ties. So Muraoka decides to switch it up a bit, purposely tipping over some of his discards in order to "seal off" some of Kaiji's choices. But Kaiji ain't no fool. He wasn't born yesterday, so he knows what's up. Muraoka's plan completely backfires and gives Kaiji two free turns!

Damn Muraoka, you really "blew itttttttt!"

Poppycock.

Kaiji really pushes this one. Because of his words, Muraoka does not want to fool around anymore. "Oh so you think I'm a coward, eh? Well then take this! My real wait!!" I don't know whether Kaiji planned it or not, because he seems quite shocked about Muraoka second "accidental" tipping of tiles. But for whatever reason, it backfires yet again. Kaiji, with he renowned and honed skills of gambling, is able to sense Muraoka's second trap and get by yet another turn! 9-sou! He plays 9-sou! But unfortunately it is only one tile, so there is no free turn next time. 

And next time, it gets tricky.

31 comments:

  1. Thanks for the high quality releases.

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  2. Oh man... So close now. Gaaaaah, what's gonna happen!?

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  3. This manga has too much of knack for constant cliffhangers, especially around the climax.

    Thanks for translating this addictive manga.

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  4. I'll bet that Haku the prez has in his discards is going to be relevant somehow. His confidence in his honor tiles is screaming to blow up in his face. The photo shows all 4 of them, so they're not in Kaiji's hand, but that could feed into the whole "Prove I was cheating" thing I suppose.

    Plus it's the dora, which would typically be a tile that's hard to play considering the circumstances. Plays back to his overconfidence in his cheating, which is almost certainly what Kaiji was aiming to exploit this whole time.

    We'll see soon I guess. CAN'T WAIT for the conclusion.

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    1. Kaiji gotta end it with a "Prove I was cheating", but it will be rather difficult, considering he has not a single ally in this fight.

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    2. That's what it has to end on basically. He took notice of the prez's laptop and camera earlier in the game when he came up with his plan, so that's the logical closure point. Haku is also really easy to fake on a camera because it's just a white tile, so it's possible he could have put some scrap of white paper over it or something - that way it would be indistinguishable from camera difference while still looking like a Haku.

      Just a guess anyway. Can't wait to see Kaiji's full explanation in the next 8 chapters.

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    3. Agree 100% with the person above me. On top of the big deal being made about the laptop and camera in chapter 81, the President has been talking up his automatic shuffler for the whole game. That's significant, because Kaiji's deception relies on that machine. If they did a manual shuffle, the odds of Kaiji's alterations being discovered would be very high.

      The plan has a lot of uncertainty. Here is how I figure that Kaiji intended to handle the different possible situations:

      Kaiji draws a real Haku and the fake one is in the wall: The perfect situation. Kaiji goes to the bathroom and the prez walks into the trap.

      Muroaka draws the altered tile: The president will certainly notice the altered tile. Kaiji will professes his innocence, and point out that the president has no proof that Kaiji is the one that did it. Besides, what possible motive would Kaiji have for making such an obvious fake?

      Kaiji draws the altered tile: He can discretely "unalter" the tile and just play normally (I'm assuming that the alteration is just a simple paper label stuck onto the tile). Alternatively, he could 'accidentally' let one of the prez's minions spy on his hand. Knocking the tile over won't work because it is legal to look at a tile that your opponent clumsily reveals. Kaiji would have to rig it so that the only way for them to see the tile is if they themselves are cheating. This way, they have no room for protest about the altered tile.

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    4. Yeah, I think that's where the 80% comes into play. I don't know how he quantifies the risk as 80%, but whatever works I guess.

      Assuming the altered tile is in one of the other walls and not Kaiji's, there wouldn't be any way for Muraoka to object to it for a couple reasons: 1) How would he know it was there? 2) Why would it matter unless he knew where all the tiles were? The tile would have absolutely no effect on the game unless someone knew the location of the tiles through some cheating, so it would be moot.

      The only outlier here is Kazuya, but since he seems to just be interested in the gamble itself more than the outcome, I'm betting he'd probably side with Kaiji on that matter. Plus, it's been pretty well established that Hyoudou is fine with trickery to win (since he gave Kaiji his opportunity to win in the tissue box lottery even though he knew how he rigged the game), so Kazuya probably has the same thought process. I mean, they're complete bastards, but they respect a clear win.

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    5. I think that the 80% thing comes from Kaiji thinking that he has a 50-50 shot of winning a fair game, and that this play adds another 30% to that. Can someone who knows more about Mahjong (ie anything) estimate the odds of Kaiji getting a real Haku while the fake one is in the wall? If it ends up being 30%, that would make perfect sense.

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  5. Oh wow, Muraoka is an idiot. Even if there is the possiblity of a tie, the possiblity of that happening is around 1%. Just by doing these tricks he is giving Kaiji waaay more information than necessery. The possibility of a tie (assuming kaiji won't cheat to win, which most likely will happen) is now at 80% or so.

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    1. Muraoka is scared. Instead of rartionally analyzing his situation he is trying to do anything in his power to get rid of any possibility of a tie this round and raising the stakes yet again. The way he sees it, if he doesn't win this round there is no way he will win in the next one since he will have to play fair with no possible advantage.

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  6. A man-eating SWAMP now?

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  7. Mad love guys. Keep it up.

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  8. Oh man, I've been waiting for this. Great job as always but I'm so stoked to see what'll happen.

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  9. Another bog?! Interesting!!
    8 chapters to go, looking forward to them!
    Thanks for the consistent releases so far!

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  10. thank you!!
    i have a feeling kaiji is gonna lose though now that i look at the volume cover...
    thanks as always.

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    1. Kaiji cries when he loses, when he wins, and when he has nothing better to do. Tears don't mean squat when it comes to him.

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    2. That's the weirdest poker face ever.

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  11. I want to see already what is behind the censored cover. D:

    Because I'm having a real feeling that Kaiji might lose.

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  12. What will happen to Kaiji? I got's to know!! : D

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  13. I don't see how Kaiji would lose this.

    I mean...he's dead if he does >_>

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  14. Just so you boys know, my balls are like baked potatoes right now. I think the release of the end of the volume will give me an aneurysm.

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  15. Come on guys, put out more chapters already.

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    1. My guess is than the game ends in the next chapter and the rest is for the resolve. As someone suggested, that Haku is very suspicious.

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    2. When they released the last chapters, they said to be prepared for a long wait. Busy lives.

      It's nerve-wracking waiting on this reveal, though!

      It's that damn Haku. I can feel it.

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  16. (the wait is almost over, Dear Readers)

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    1. Great news!

      The extended wait was torture (only a slight exaggeration), but hey...what can you do? Life takes precedence. Being busy with life isn't anything to apologize for :P

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    2. I can barely wait.

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