Oh, and the reason we're going through 8 at all is because I want to get Doc warmed up before we start busting out v19, since the chapters in v8-10 are much easier to clean. Much harder for everyone else, but cleaning is fine. Thanks to him for the hard work and making sure he got it all right the first time, and to Kazuhiko for putting up with the copious amounts of text he had to typeset.
Finally, Mahjong Day didn't happen because I didn't advertise it beyond a single tweet. Let's try for Saturday this week.
- Akagi seems to take a slightly different look at Washizu than in the anime
- Washizu's history is expanded upon, describing in more detail what he did to succeed.
I summarized it in two bullet points, but A LOT was removed from this chapter in the Anime. The first was rather interesting, that Akagi seems to be taking his impression of Washizu more as someone who is trying desperately to stay alive while bringing others down to Hell with him. It seems more like Akagi is mercy killing Washizu than anything, maybe even getting revenge for Yukio's death!
The bulk of the new content in this chapter, though, came from Washizu's history. The anime just kind of quickly went through it, like "Washizu was a pretty cool guy, he made money by being lucky", but the manga goes into depth about things that aren't obvious, like how strong of a decision it was to leave the police force so soon before Midway, and why that would matter with the Tokubetsu Koutou Keisatsu, or Special Higher Police. Speaking of them, I looked it up and saw a lot of different translations for that group, my personal favorite being "Thought Police", which was actually used before Orwell's 1984 to describe both the German and Japanese versions of this kind of thought-suppressing organization. I have no doubt that Washizu willingly helped the police carry out these evil actions, he just snuck out before he could be blamed for it.
And of course Washizu didn't just get the money by being a really good councilor; he blackmailed politicians to get inside scoops about what he should advise his clients to do. And he wasn't really putting himself at any risk, either... even if the police thought it was suspicious, he could just blackmail them and bam, business as usual. Truly a very sinister and diabolical way to become rich, far from just knowing what to do in certain financial climates.
That's about it for the new content in this chapter, I really do love seeing Akagi get more emotional than we usually see him. It's also nice to finally go back and continue what I started back when FKMTkrazy first began, the early chapters of Akagi. I know you guys want more post-anime stuff, but you can wait. <3
Now, on a semi-related note, have some fanart from last Mahjong Day.
It's so beautiful it makes me want to cry.