Sunday, October 27, 2013

Akagi Chapter 185

Kazuhiko was very, very, very busy this week so he couldn't finish the chapter until now, but it's out and boy is it a doozy! Is the match with Washizu really over? Can it be?! Thanks to Crump for the cleans, and to Kazuhiko for the typesetting.

We ran through to the end of the Anime-Covered material in Tetsuya Digest last friday on stream, you can view the recaps here. I'll be going back to Akagi PS2 this friday, so hope to see you there! Mahjong Day is this saturday on the IRC, as usual.

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"It's right before your eyes! You've almost won! But then again... you've almost died, too."

So, Washizu deals into Akagi's fake Chii Toitsu. Even if he'd considered that Akagi might not be going for Chii Toitsu, the 2-sou would still seem to be the safest considering how many of them he had how Akagi gave up the 4-sou a bit earlier. But nonetheless, it's finally over. Washizu has given up every last bill of his money, and everyone can see that there's no way out for him; Ohgi certainly won't be lending him any money, and he already exhausted his secret supply of 100 Million. But just when everyone is getting up to leave, Washizu says something incredible. He commands his underlings to remove his blood! Akagi gives a knowing smirk, as if he anticipated this, but makes no effort to stop it. After all, nobody ever said that Washizu couldn't pay through blood, now did they?

Okay, I'd wager a guess that most of you predicted that this would happen long, long ago, or at least have heard someone's prediction of it. Some of you might have even read spoilers that told you that Washizu was going to bet his own blood. I was of the latter category; I had it spoiled for me back when we were translating the 14th volume. But when I heard about it, I of course assumed that Akagi would be pushing it upon Washizu, in his usual "double-or-nothing" attitude, forcing him to bet his life whether he wanted to or not. But something that you probably didn't expect was for Washizu to be the one who brought it up, and force it upon Akagi's side whether they wanted to or not. Akagi looks like he was going to make Washizu do it anyway, but I think this kind of thing is what makes Washizu such a great villain; he doesn't give a crap about what would be "rational" or "normal" to do, he just charges straight forward, full of pride and arrogance, doing what his gut tells him to do.

And let us not forget Akagi's cocky banter with Washizu at the end. He lays it out straight: All Washizu needs to do is take Akagi's dealer turn away from him. He doesn't have to complete a hand, dealing into Suzuki's hand is fine. Even just going to a draw and hoping Akagi's in Noten is good. But if he can't stop him, he's going to die. No ifs ands or buts, he will die. So in that sense, he has almost won. But he's almost died, as well.

17 comments:

  1. Finally. The true battle Akagi has always longed for. A true deathmatch.

    I can't wait.

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  2. It was pretty obvious that this would happen taking Ten and the anime's ending into consideration, but I approve of this turn of events regardless!

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  3. Oh shit it's hereeeeeeee!

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  4. I hope Washizu starts playing better. Reading the manga has been entertaining, don't get me wrong, but I feel Akagi's most worthy opponent thus far has been Ichikawa. Hell, even Urabe seemed more convincing than Washizu has been (he was trying to pull off a clever ruse but it failed and he didn't get a second chance while Washizu has got MANY).

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    1. I know what you mean. Washizu has had some huge hands, and amazing luck, but not the impressive playing you'd expect of someone with such a reputation.

      I hope now that he's getting a taste of a true gamble, now that he's playing with his blood, he'll awaken for real.

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    2. I am still of the opinion that the best player Akagi ever fought was Yagi.

      He took one look at Akagi and immediately knew this kid should be taken serious. He didn't jump in with the mindset that he is better than him and observed. He observed an he discovered a very real weakness that Akagi had at that time and only at that time. It wasn't a perfect plan but he waited for the ideal situation and he attacked. And his wound may have been a fatal one, but it wasn't and Akagi made him suffer for it. Fun fact Akagi never got the fingers that he was promised.

      My point is I agree Washizu has been a lot of luck and no game. I want to see some game

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  5. "You must die to live!"

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  6. Is this battle almost over? I remember hearing it was nowhere near over and that there was no ending penned yet...but how long can four rounds really take?

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    1. They keep saying 4 rounds. But really. Really it is 3 rounds after Akagi stops winning. As long as Akagi wins every round he can extend this match until. . . Who knows

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  7. thanks ! can't wait to see what comes next

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  8. Logical continuance of the battle.

    One thing I'm interested in especially is how Akagi will enforce this blood rule. Obviously Akagi wins, but will Washizu's men REALLY bleed him to death of their own volition? Sure, honor and all that, but Washizu abhors the concept of death, so I don't imagine he would give much thought to just accepting it. Maybe Ohgi calls in some backup?

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    1. They have two cars full of Inada thugs with them. Carrying enough firepower to legitimize the match, whatever it means in the irrationality known as a Yakuza Gamble.

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  9. IT WAS WASHIZU'S IDEA!

    IT WAS HIS OWN IDEA!

    Akagi didn't have to convince him of anything?

    This is the most beautiful thing in the world. I am so happy. I am sooo sooo soooo happy!

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  10. so, it took fkmtkrazy guys a month to do the latest Akagi volume. thats freaking fast, yo!

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