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?