Saturday, November 17, 2012

DKaiji Chapters 130 & 131

This is it! The end of volume 13! THE END OF TOBAKU DATENROKU KAIJI!! It's been a long time  coming and boy I am pumped for it. I know you guys have been waiting for it just as long as I have, and it has finally come. The last two chapters of DKaiji, enjoy it.

Now that is a terrifying glare.

So what happens now? Well collecting the rewards of course! And Kazuya is all about that, not cutting Muraoka any slack at all. But wait! Poor Muraoka doesn't have enough money, so what to do? Well, it seems that the ownership of Muraoka's house and land is just enough to cover it all! Oh but Muraoka doesn't like this! He don't like this one bit! And so, he does what any self-respecting man who lost would do, he has a mental breakdown. He starts hugging his money, he starts condemning gambling, and even threatens Kazuya! And that's where he crosses the line. Kazuya gives Kaiji a death glare and that sets Muraoka straight. It helps that Kazuya's men just happen to enter at this moment; was it perhaps foreseen by Kaiji that Muraoka would pull the "I'm-in-control" card as well? Muraoka tries to throw his men under the bus, but they're more than happy enough to kick him down. And so as a last resort, Muraoka tries to get Kaiji to accept a lesser reward.

But Kaiji likes to keep his promises.

YEEEAAAHHH!!!

This is it! The final chapter of DKaiji! And it does not disappoint. Muraoka resumes his pleas, his "heartfelt" pleas that in reality only fall upon deaf ears. Still, his cries of "Greedy Bastard!!" seem pretty ominous. Kaiji and Kazuya hop into his limousine where they have a nice chat. Kazuya brings up that Kaiji made him mad for no reason earlier, and what his reasoning was. Apparently, it was because Kaiji didn't want Muraoka to lose his confidence. I suspected it was to have the Teiai men appear when Muraoka revolted, but perhaps made up his reason to throw Kazuya off guard? And then, in a strange twist of character development, Kaiji talks about Kazutaka Hyoudou. He calls him fair! But only in competitions, and only because he thinks he's good enough to beat anyone at any game by their rules. It's true though, if anything, Hyoudou actually gave Kaiji a chance to win in that Tissue Box Raffle a long time ago. Kaiji thinks Kazuya is the same, and so when Kazuya offers him a chance to gamble once again, what does Kaiji say?

With a crazy look in his eyes, Kaiji says "I'll take you on!!"

Penguin71:

It's been a long journey for all of us Kaiji readers. Although I only joined in at around...chapter 59 of DKaiji, that's a lot of chapters since then. Maybe lot as nearly as much as the illustrious Kazuhiko (that dude does work), but a huge deal for me as it was the first series I completed. I have to say, it's very nice to know the status of my favorite projects and to get the first views of the script. I suppose the trade-off would be to spend time working on typesetting, but after a while I found it oddly therapeutic. Perfectly placing, sizing, and aligning text is really relaxing. I will admit that some of the "bubbles" Fukumoto draws are simply ridiculous. Typesetting hell, if you will. But alas such is the woes of a typesetter. Another effect of joining Fukumoto has to do with my other role as a blogger.

I honestly probably write just as much if not more on blogging than on actual schoolwork. I'm serious, my last post (the 6-releases one) had 1,000 words!! It's honestly great writing practice for sure. I confess, I spend a lot of the time blogging trying to think of witty things to do and say. You'd surprised of how difficult it can be sometimes to say something about the ridiculously suspenseful Kaiji! I try to string together some sort of summary or narrative to keep the readers interested. Why read my excessively long posts when one can simply just straight to Kaiji? Alliteration, metaphors, play-on-words, and all that stuff that I thought I would never need to know when taking English finally paid off.

Anyways, thanks for putting up with all my rambling all this time. I'll see you again when with Kazuya-hen!

56 comments:

  1. Congratulation!!!! Thank you for this wonderful manga :)

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  2. Those were great expressions on Muraoka's face while losing everything. Kaiji's got a good point about Muraoka, he's the most cowardly man ever. I like how that leads to his downfall, determined to be perfectly safe until the very end.

    Thanks for all those chapters, we really appreciate it!

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  3. Thanks guys. Really appreciate all the hard work. Cant wait for Kazuya Hen and more Akagi.

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  4. thank you so much!
    it's interesting how this time he wasn't scammed of his winning by a certain someone lol..
    Not to mention it's very intriguing how Kaiji goes onto a gamble on his own will even though he has like 480MIL yen or something.
    IT seems to me that Kaiji has grown so much in the course of the series and has become an true gambler as well..
    Can't wait to see what happens in Kazuya-hen thank you for the scans!

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  5. KAIJI

    KAIJI NO

    KAIJI LAST TIME YOU DID THIS YOU ENDED UP IN A MINE MISSING FOUR OF YOUR FINERS

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    1. Hold on to your britches, he hasn't said if he's going all-in, yet. He's got 480 mil, he only bet 100 last time (or 20 + however much reattaching fingers costs), and he's made no mention of doing anything more than just showing Kazuya up. He doesn't need to bet everything to do that if the gamble is right.

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    2. You're saying like if it won't escalate to him betting everything and his body at one point. We all know it will, I just hope he doesn't lose. He's on quite a streak from season 2 onwards.

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  6. Seeing Kaiji's face on the last page simply made my day. I can see him reaching Zero's gambling skills soon. Now, please allow me to talk about two very important matters.

    FKMTKrazy members:
    I can't say thanks enough times to pay you guys for your amazing work. Not many people can work like a team in such a great way as you do, and much less people care about less mainstream manga. It's saddening seeing how many translators work on the same series and how others barely get attention at all. I am grateful to all the team, but I want to make a special mention to Sonickrazy. The first time I saw the group list I was surprised by the team having a proofreader. Now, after seeing your work complete I can't imagine how this would be without your intervention. The way the characters talk perfectly meet my own idea of them, and it really adds to the experience of reading Kaiji.

    Next projects:
    I already voted, and even if I want to see how Akagi ends, Kaiji now looks much more promising. After all, we all know Akagi survives and become a legend, but Kaiji future is not so certain. Besides that, I would like to see Rude 39 getting finished. Even if the art gets crazy sometimes with giant shoulders and some horrible perspectives, it feels somewhat refreshing and is interesting to read.

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    1. IMO Akagi is super boring mainly because Akagi is made out to be a semi-god. The fact that it's all about mahjong doesn't help either. Kaiji appeals to a much broader audience than Akagi.

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    2. Boring? Maybe Mahjong it's not your thing.
      I would never call it boring, Akagi is what made me become interesting in Mahjong in the first place. And I can also argue Akagi is not fighting another semi-god right now, a god of luck.
      In any case, I'm more interested in seeing more Kaiji right now, but from the poll it seems we are returning to Akagi.

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    3. Kaiji is head and shoulders above Akagi in terms of story, character development, and variety.

      The thing about Kaiji is you never know if he's going to win or how he's going to win or what he's going to lose along the way. That, plus the more original gambles, make it appeal to a wider audience.

      Akagi is just a one-man wrecking crew, but that's part of his appeal. You know he's going to win, but the depth of the psychology employed is what makes it intriguing. That and how larger-than-life both Akagi and Washizu are. It's more targeted at mahjong players.

      Different styles, different intended audiences.

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    4. Lol. Are you trolling us Sonic? 'Responsible gambler Kaiji' seems a little unlikely, though I wouldn't put anything past Fukumoto.

      Seriously, Kaiji is such an action junkie. It was obvious he'd take on Kazuya - no matter how hard you try to avoid spoilers we all know the name of the next arc. Still, he could have paid back Sakizaki his steak.

      As always thanks for the release!

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    5. I find Kaiji more interesting than Akagi due the following reasons:

      1) Kaiji isn't a knows-all genius who can solve his way to victory without breaking a sweat most of the times. It makes the character more relatable and the situations more believable since they're high stakes games and people is expected to be really nervous. Kaiji loses more often and the manga addresses more the psychological aspect of the protagonist since he isn't an almost flawless tensai who only really cares about mahjong.

      2) There is variety of games, involving many different sets of rules and factors in. Which is why i greatly prefer the first Kaiji part over its sequels. The thing i don't like about Mahjong is there is more possible options to get the main character out of a pinch since cheating is involved than in other games.
      Although both parts 2 and 3 of Kaiji's final gamble's solutions felt cheap (specially the Bogg thing).

      I like better the anime adaptations because they build the ambience better and the flow is of course more dynamic. Not to mention the godly music and the zawa zawa sfxs.

      PD: I still prefer Akagi over Zero because the latter is like the ultimate Mary Sue and his Part 2 games are ASSPULL 120% BURNING FESTIVAL.
      PD2: Kurosawa is the best Fukumoto protagonist.

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    6. Kaiji is fun and all, but I want my Akagi back. If you know mahjong it's way more interesting than Kaiji.

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    7. Yeah, I think Kaiji might be Fukumoto's best written protag. But I agree his best written works are mahjong-centric, particularly Akagi and the later parts of Ten. His display of opponents character through the battle of tiles is his core genius.

      If that's too pretentious then, MOAR AKAGI. Please!

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  7. Thank you for your efforts and the amazing work you've done.

    As for Kaiji, it's interesting that everything Kaiji did after learning about Muraoka's scam was carefully planned, including taunting Kazuya. He also turns out to be not that bad of a person in a way. He's still a murderer and a self-centered bastard but by the looks of it not nearly as much as his father who is plain crazy.
    He could have for example make this whole bet invalid and made them repeat it (apparently he has the power to do it). That would have made both of them piss themselves. He also could have killed or taken captive Miyoshi and others but he didn't. BTW, I wonder what happened to Miyoshi and others?

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    1. That'd be against his obvious character trait: Kazuya is a thrill seeker, not a buzz killer.

      Even if Kaiji had lost, he'd have definitely not killed him without first making him play another crazy gambling game.

      It's no secret watching Kaiji play live or death gambles is one big source of amusement for the Hyoudou family.

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  8. Oh my god Kaiji's twinkling smile at the end.

    That was amazing on so many levels. Meanwhile, he does nothing for either of the traitors, which is also good times. The explanation for why Kaiji pissed off Kazuya is a little different than I was expecting but maybe he was wanting some Teiai help too.

    Can't wait to see what Kazuya has in store for Kaiji. If he's anything like his father, this should be really good.

    But then, I'd also like to see what's up with Akagi. Either way, thanks for all your hard work on these releases. You guys are awesome.

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  9. Honestly, Kazuya doesn't seem like a bad guy...well, at least not as much as his father. Sure, he's a cruel bastard when someone loses a gamble, but he didn't take action against Muraoka after what he said. His father sends his own employees to god knows where for not drinking wine >_>

    Kazuya seems like a character with more depth than his father (at this point anyway). Maybe it's the usual trope of living in someone's shadow; could be why he got so furious when Kaiji told him he was nothing without his father. At any rate, he should be a strong part of the story going forward. Can't wait to see what kind of gamble he has planned, who it involves, what's at stake, etc.

    Now to read DK all the way through again :D

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  10. Holy crap fucking awesome!!! _0_
    You guys kick so much ass, you totally made my weekend!!
    Please make a torrent containing this entire arc!
    Love it so much, really looking forward to the next season!

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  11. also, can anyone please create an Akagi download? Like all chapters till now? I want to get into Akagi (love the anime, actually got me into Kaiji..) but these chapters are wildly spread. Please make a seperate download or tell me where to search.
    Thanks!

    J

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  12. Can't help but spoil myself by reading the raws for Kazuya-hen. Kazuya-hen is going to be a great read.

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  13. yeah, Kazuya seems like a great character, I bet Kaiji will start begging for his life during next game, and Kazuya will reveal his cruel side..thx, for the chapters!

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  14. Y'know Kaiji is actually showing some character development. Someone who's gambled with his life that many times and managed to survive each time (increasingly dominantly) should change. I fully expected Kaiji to ignore Miyoshi/Maeda, especially after they held him back from the cheating Muraoka but not even giving them paneltime! That's quite new. I'd say Kaiji is still weaker than either Zero or of course, Akagi since they would never have fallen for the kind of trap he did initially, but you could say he didn't have his game face on. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to Kazuya whenever you guys do it.

    -Braken

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    1. Sorry for asking already, but your quality in translating thee is so awesome: Will you be doing Kazuya-Hen next?
      Thanks!

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  15. Just wanted to say quick and fast, thanks for all that you have been doing and i can't wait for the next project!(Hope you continue with part4 of Kaiji)

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  16. Wait a sec, what happened with Maeda and Miyoshi???

    For crying out loud about the betrayal and taking into account they're in part 2 as well, the manga didn't provide closure for the characters.

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    1. I'll disagree with you there. I think that not addressing them was the whole point -- Kaiji's done with them. Considering how they almost got him killed, I wouldn't expect anything more than cold indifference. He already beat the piss out of them in the casino, and now they have to deal with Muraoka. He'll probably blame them for this enormous loss (as he's apt to do at every opportunity), so their lives are going to be hell anyway. Why waste the energy on "things" like them (as Kaiji put it) when you have better things to do after that huge win?

      I have a feeling they might show up later on in the series, but as far as this arc goes, leaving without acknowledging them is pretty consistent with the situation.

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  17. Jjust want to thank for translating kaiji. Thanks dudes or girls.

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  18. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for the great work with translating all these chapters!

    They are not just coming out at a good pace but they are also high in quality, again big thanks. :)


    Can hardly wait for more Kaiji! Keep on rocking, you guys are the boss! (bosses? :p)

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  19. Thank you for translating DKaiji. I was depressed when I found out after reading Hakairoku that DKaiji still wasn't translated and that I might have to wait years to read it. Then you guys started doing it and now it's finally done and though it took some time, I got to read fairly frequent releases of DKaiji the last year. Thanks alot.

    I really can't decide what I'd like for you to do next. I'd love to keep reading Akagi, but on the other hand, I would also love for you to start on Kazuya-Hen.

    Whatever you guys do is great. I'm just glad I can read Fukumoto manga in english.

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  20. I'm wondering if ya gonna finish Mokushiroku or you just go for Kazuyahen?

    Best regards :o

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  21. Thanks a lot for this!

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  22. I picked HERO, Akagi v8-10 (because I'm OCD like that) and "other". I'd like to see Atsuize Pen-chan at some point in the future as it's short (two volumes) and it seemed really fun from what I read.

    Anyway, this arc has been fantastic and I love you guys for translating it.

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    1. I voted for Akagi 8-10 and MKaiji. My OCD is greater than yours.

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  23. man that kaiji is a genius, lets face it he was already kidnapped by the young master. at least he can put a facade of cooperation.

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    1. Nice observation :]. Although I doubt it was a facade. Kaiji knows that he would become a lazy bum if he were to go back with all this money.

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  24. That kicked so much ass. I love this manga so much. You guys are also awesome translators. One question: Are you going to go right into Kazuya-hen or work on other outstanding projects first? Also, how many chapters in do we find out what the gamble is? I have a feeling it's going to be nasty...

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  25. Just an FYI to everyone who thinks we will do only one project from now on. FKMTkrazy will be doing TWO projects at once again, just like we always have. Kazuya-hen will be one of them (Kaiji branch) and the other will most likely be Akagi v19 (everything-else branch), according to the poll.

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  26. Just popping in to say that I love you guys.
    From the bottom of my heart.

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  27. You guys are legends, just like Kaiji ; )

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  28. WHY KAIJI WHY, JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY AND BE HAPPY.

    I love you guys.

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    1. He doesn't want to go back to that lazy lifestyle that he had before this match.

      He NEEDS RISK, DANGER, EXCITEMENT, GAMBLING. HE'S ADDICTED.

      Kaiji for new head of Teiai.

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  29. As everyone else is saying, thanks for translating this manga. This manga is epic and there's no way I'd be able to read it unless I learned Japanese which would not be an easy feat for me. Once again, thanks.

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  30. "Take everything one step at the time"

    That pun was so obvious, how did I miss it?
    Also, thank you for translating this!

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  31. I was surprised at how quickly Kaiji agreed to another gamble after he just barely escaped death, though I guess it just shows how addicted he is (like in the beginning of HKaiji, where he begs Endou for another gamble).

    As many have said, the quality and speed of your releases is astonishing. Please keep up the good work for Kazuya-Hen and Akagi. That would make my year xD

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  32. Oh man, you guys did this ridiculously fast! Thanks!

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  33. Endou was right, Kaiji seems to be a total gambling junkie... I hope we get to see a full "teiai" reunion in the next arc.

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  34. Great job, every release day makes my day a ton better.

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  35. 'kay, we're doing Akagi next, no doubt. May I just emphasize that you will STILL be getting regular releases of Kazuya-hen, just with a bit of Akagi on the side and maybe some Rude 39. kthxbai

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    1. You're the best, thanks a lot.

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    2. Sweet, I've just downloaded Rude 39, seems interesting too! AND Kaiji 4 AND Akagi!!
      so much awesome!! You guys are the best!

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  36. Thanks for all the work.
    I had doubt about this kaiji long run but it was very interresting.
    Nothing ton envy at akagi (or almost)

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  37. There is no words to describe my appreciation for everything you guys did. Sonic, js06, Crump, Peng, Kazu--everyone who put in significant time into this huge project, I am forever grateful. You guys allowed me, and all the other Fukumoto fans of the western world, to enjoy something incredible. I don't even know what else to say. I enjoyed it so much, and I never would have known that enjoyment without you all. Thank you.

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  38. Thank you guys for this!!!! I see on your mediafire file that you got a folder for the next arc....YEAHHHH!!! This may sound cheeky but do you have any plans to scanlate the very first volume of the Kaiji manga series). Yes, everyone says the anime series was an almost faithful adaption but I know lots of fan would love to see a scnalted version of the first Kaiji :-)

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