Friday, January 18, 2013

Kazuya-Hen Chapter 7

All right, here comes the 7th chapter of Kazuya-Hen! There was little mix up in the last chapter. The title of Kazuya's book is not "Love is mightier than the Sword" but actually "The Sword is mightier than Love". This means that the outcome of the gamble in the book seems much clearer.

Anyways, thanks to the usual crew for the effort put in for this chapter. Js06 for his blitz scripts and Biggums for his cleans. This is the second time I'll be proofreading so if you guys catch any more mistakes, make sure to let me know!

Old man in audience is not amused.


Kazuya really knows how to write a book. Kaiji just can't stop turning those pages! Then again, maybe only someone like him (and us) would be able to enjoy a story such as that. Tatsuya, the pretty boy, is uncertain of how honest this gamble is. Are there really metal plates that protect them? Surprisingly, the boss thought everything through, even accounting for his own unpredictable rage. He brought in witnesses! Strangers! Obviously, he probably paid them to keep quiet but still, I can bet they're the same type of people that frequent Kazuya's shop. Except that old guy. He looks a bit out of place. So, Tatsuya offers his body up to protect Arisa, and she goes off on how much she loves him. He vows to protect her. Kind of reminds you of the "promises" made between contestants on Kaiji's gambles, doesn't it? Sword one! Safe. Sword two, however...is not. Tatsuya gets a sword to the left thigh and he seems to be wavering already. 

An interesting thing I noticed is the boss mentions "clear instincts" as a way to survive. He also calls this gamble a "game". Does that mean that there is a surefire way out of this mess? I think the solution is simple so here's my theory. You see, no one want to experience the "sword-through-your-body" type of pain. Once they both realize that, the solution is simple. Kill the other first. If the other is dead, then the rest of the swords can easily be stabbed through their dead body. But the catch is that some holes are blocked. So what if in trying to kill the other, the sword gets blocked? Well then I'm quite sure the other person will try to kill you next. So either one lives and one dies (bad end), both die (dead end), or both live knowing they tried to kill each other (horror end). Really devious, Mr. Boss, but really ingenious.

In times like these, one must ask oneself: WWKD: what would Kaiji do?

29 comments:

  1. Whoah!! Thanks for the quick release. Love the psychological drama in Fukumoto's stories. Can't wait for the next chapter.

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  2. I think there is a quite clear reason why this Novel would never make it in reallife, not even for us Fukamoto fans, because there is no hero in this story, nothing to hope for. In all others, while we do enjoy the cruel games, we also know that the hero will pull through, we have something to look forward to. It is not the case with this book, its written in the perspective of the old guy, who is clearly insane. He tries to prove a point that what the other two are doing is not real love, but he is still evil. That's depressing, and no one wants to read that.

    It's okay as just a side story here in Kaiji, because it is for character development of Kaiji and Kazuya, and to see how the logic of the game works, but thats it.

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    1. i would read it, to have fictitious arguments of why we should loathe superficial people, aka gold-diggers even more than what public opinion makes them be.

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    2. i may also add i would probably love the hell out of it, what is so special about heroes any way! some times you feed, not hoping from the guy making it out but from the feelings of despair he would get, lets face it who didn't rooted at least once for Washizu to kill Akagi? i know i did!
      likely in this story we bet more on which end the victims will get, is a gambling! and the better part is that we don't know that the hero will make it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      talking about that i choose "horror end".

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    3. There are enough novels and Mangas that don't have a good end. Hell, even Fukumoto has killed off his protagonists before.

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    4. I'm fine with a story with no hero, depressing development, bad ending. I certainly don't consider myself unique in that regard as there are many more people who enjoy that kind of story as long as it gets an interesting point across (in some cases, not even that is necessary). And there are plenty of utterly negative stories that make it as books. Definitely not as best-sellers (nor would Kazuya's book be, I bet), but as cult hits? Sure, why not.

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    5. Anti-hero novels are quite popular. There are many of these kind where the ending is tragic yet amazingly good. Still, what we're seeing is Kaiji's perspective of the book, and he still recalls that It's quite amateurish and poorly-written. We should based our results only in the real deal, which unfortunately, we can't.

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  3. False.
    I want to know the following !!!
    You have surely read death note and the hero, mostly in the the second part, kill his father, kill his partner and finish dead like a shit so : false.
    Well that apart,I can understand the point ^^

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  4. "Kazuya really knows how to write a book. Kaiji just can't stop turning those pages! Then again, maybe only someone like him (and us) would be able to enjoy a story such as that."
    i usually don't get called a weirdo, but when i do is on the internets! wait... to be called a weirdo on the internets is actually not that good...

    well would you look at that she didn't choose legs, my theory to the drain, now is just a quest to see who kills who first... unless he decides to put whit it then, the diabetes may continue whit him death... definitely...

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  5. Thanks for this awesome chapter.

    The "lover" questioning boss's honesty was stupid. He is in no position to do that, he's alive only because boss said so.

    BTW, what's different in version 2? And where can I read it? Is it on Batoto or your MF account?

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    1. Version 2 of chapter 6 changed the title of kazuya's book to the correct orientation, and corrected a small grammatical error.

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  6. The side-story is giving very big 1984ish vibes. I'm loving it. I agree with your theory with how this game is going to go and it's just fascinating. It's nice to see Fukumoto experiment with some more devious games with a look into the psychology of the more cruel aspects of humanity. I've already been spoiled that part 4 is going to be more of a moral battle between Kaiji and Kazuya and if that's the case and if this chapter is any indication of what's more to come, I'm gonna love the hell out of it.

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  7. I thought there might be "one dies, the other is free" rule in place but what you wrote made me realize it's not really needed. Anyway, I think there are going to be metal plates in most "vital" places so they'll miss trying to kill each another. This gamble really reminds me of first arc Zero (btw, are you planning to pick 2nd part up one day?) in its brutality. Thanks for fast release!

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    1. Hox has been translating Gyanki-Hen. We are on the 5th volume right now: http://hox3000.minus.com/m9ONkQdas

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  8. LOL kill him in one fell swoop, with a sword straight through the chest. Then after he's dead only the woman can make the calls. Maybe spots 1-2-3 would have been best. But if she calls for it, and it was blocked by a plate, it could backfire fast.

    Or maybe go for 3 non-fatal areas? 5-6-7 on each person, then only 3 stabs left overall, have to gamble on those.

    I love this stuff. This Kazuya-hen arc starts with a bang!!!

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  9. Aw, dang, I was excited about figuring out how to best win this fictional game, but I guess the solution is a bit obvious.

    I won't be surprised if the game is rigged so that no one would really die. I mean, Kazuya is the author, and I doubt he has the most noble image of man

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  10. I have the raws of akagi anthology. Can you translate it please?

    Thanks!

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  11. I think they should mutually agree to each take half the swords in the places that look less lethal.

    Actually, I could see the boss picking the most lethal places deliberately

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  12. God, this has all been so interesting. I can't understand people saying Kazuya-hen sucks/is boring/isn't worth translating, this has been so neat so far.

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    1. bunch of weirdos right? this thing is awesome!

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    2. Is that a good "Oh, just you wait", or a "this is going to become boring and awful" "Oh, just you wait."

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    3. a wild guess tells me is "if you think this is awesome, you have seen nothing, Oh, just you wait!"

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    4. I stopped paying attention to people's opinions a long time ago.

      I also read plenty of posts about Datenroku being shit and dumb and boring prior to reading it... Whereas it is actually the best Kaiji season in many ways so far.

      The conclusion is that the world is filled with idiots with no taste and I can't be bothered to give a damn about what anyone says.

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    5. oh mister anon fukumotos mangas will be ranged down always to a small determined public, for example i used to believe i could read all of fukumotos mangas and enjoy at firsthand... but, im having trouble with rude 39, apparently even a little bit of romance or love play can settle me off, hence i fall out of the public that could enjoy or sincerely criticize rude 39. so now we not only have to know which thing are we getting into but in which thing the guy that's is talking about is into, and shit just got too complicated, but a nihilistic approach when you stop caring is also bad. is better just confront them and prove them wrong.

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    6. Well 3rd part is about mahjong so most people who can't grasp it decide they won't enjoy it. I think it'd be good even without mahjong knowledge but what can I know, I already knew how to play when I read it. You guys still doing mahjong nights?

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  13. Yeah, the "kill the other person first" idea seems to be sound, complete with the problem of what happens if they don't die from the stab >_>

    Seems like Kazuya is drawing from experience here. Wouldn't surprise me given his family.

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  14. Is the next chapter coming out soon? You guys got me really interested into this book.

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