Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kazuya-Hen Chapters 25 & 26 & 27

No, it's not your imagination. Yes, the next three chapters of Kaiji are finally out. I apologize for the extreme, extreme delay. School and my life simply got hectic really quickly, and there really isn't much else I can say.

If anything, you guys should thank the other members of FKMTkrazy who kept their game up while I was down for the count. Js06 handled the translations as usual, Biggums had the cleans for me way before now, and Sonickrazy not only proofread, gave me lots of times to sort everything out. 

But onto the Kaiji, shall we?

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Chapter 27

Note from Sonickrazy: I will be streaming some Tetsuya PS2 this Friday at 19:00 GMT (12:00 PM PDT) on twitch.tv/sonickrazy. Mahjong day will be Saturday at 22:00 GMT (3:00 PM PDT). I also set up an account where I'll be putting up highlights videos of the streams right here.

Oh Chang...
This chapter really hit close to home for me. Just after the elation of the Asian Three, knowing that they had a solid plan that everyone understand, Kazuya calls for another interview. Chang doesn't really understand why, but it doesn't matter to him. He even thanks Kazuya for the opportunity to get rich! It seems like a greedy mindset at first, but then Fukumoto lays on the backstory. Honestly, I never knew he would go this route, but Chang's backstory is even more grim when you realize Fukumoto isn't making it up. As I moved to America very shortly after I was born, I never personally experienced Chang's hardships, but I know for a fact that my father was born on a rural farm in the middle of China. His life was not easy. I always teased him on his frugal and sometimes embarrassing displays of penny-pinching, but when you live your life scraping by, even a penny is something. He didn't get taken away from his parents, but I know someone who's second daughter was told that her parents were actually her aunt and uncle, and that no one knew where her "real" parents were. To this day, she still doesn't know the truth.

Sounds familiar.

To continue my spiel. Chang's circumstances are not unique. There are many people to this day who were not as lucky as my Dad, and as Chang. Work, then more work, and even more work. What is there to look forward to when your life is just work? For Chang, the dreamland was Japan. For my father, it was America. "A wealthy nation! A golden nation just a bit beyond the sea!" America. A land where the minimum wage of one person could support the entire family back in China. But just like Chang, my dad didn't speak English. And of course, there was no money to go learn it. School? A run-down building taught by a literate man. Books? My grandfather worked at someone else's house not for money, but for old, worn out English textbooks so my Dad could use them. Of course just like Chang, he had to work the farm whenever he could. We don't know the exact details of Chang's rise from rags to riches, but from what I know, my dad had to be #1 in his high school to even apply for college. And as I prove by my existence, he clearly made it.

Started from the bottom...

Alright, so now it's Mario's chance to be in the limelight. I'm completely ignorant of the Philippines, so I won't be able to say much, but the same idea is there. They all want money not because of itself but because of what it can allow them to do. I get the feeling the "test of friendship" that Kazuya talks about is becoming more and more apparent. There's only 8 rounds left...but as the money count rises, will they be able to hold onto their bonds here versus the bonds that are deeply ingrained into their childhoods and life? At this point, I'm wondering two things. One, does Mitsuyama have a tragic backstory as well? And two, how did these three even meet up and become friends to begin with? I suppose Fukumoto still has a lot to show us.

But poor Kaiji's just standing there, where's the gambling?!

20 comments:

  1. THE HEAVENS HAVE NOT FORSAKEN US! THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR A GREATER TOMORROW!

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  2. Thanks for translation once again. I really liked the flashbacks.

    Looks like the trio has had a really hard life. I wonder how that will affect their decisions: are they even able to think uses for 33 million yen (they don't even want more) or will they take this one opportunity to make big money when they've never had any?

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  3. Lately multiple chapter releases have to me become synonymous for "barely anything happens." I hope that's not the case. Thanks for your work and please continue on diligently.

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  4. Recently multiple chapter releases have to me become synonymous for "barely anything happens." I hope that's not the case. Thanks for the work and please continue on diligently.

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  5. Thanks guys!

    I am dreading what Kazuya will use the information he gets from the interviews for... playing them against each other... or promising one of them much much more money to betray the others... or maybe just to distract them? aaaah I don't wanna know!

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    1. There's really no reason for Kazuya to offer any additional money for betrayals. By the nature of the game if one of the three betrays the others in the last round he'll get more money out of it compared to what he would gain if he wins in the end while having to split the money three ways.

      The test here seems to be a variation of the prisoners dilema.

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    2. Actually, Kazuya doesn't really care about how much money he has to give. He has continuously said that he wants to test to see if friendship is real. In this case, there would be an incentive: If someone gets more money for betraying their friends, they have to choose what's more important: money or their friends. We don't know the third of the Asian Three's backstory, but I'm thinking he isn't from as poor a background as Chang and Mario, so I'm guessing he's going to be the savior of the last round if that's the case.

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  6. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: Kazuya Hen: Mario Hen begins.

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  7. Good job. Thank you very much for the release.

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  8. thanks so much, i can say that kaiji kazuya hen is very slow right now because kaiji isnt participating but it really is intriguing what might happen between those immigrants.

    as always thank you guys i love you guys for this.
    (pretty please upload more kaiji instead of *cough* *cough* akagi *cough*)

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  9. just tried download vol 9 Raw and found out they're still playing this freaking game. it will probably drag on a few other volumes and i started to think that it's gonna be the whole Arc. don't know if i can keep up anymore since i was waiting for it to end and expecting something else.

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    1. 10 volumes prologue to the main event between Kaiji and Kazuya. what's not to like

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    2. spoilers much

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  10. I really appreciate the release guys! I prefer Kaiji to Akagi personally. I think I'm gonna wait until this arc is over and then just read everything all at once, but I'm glad to see the releases coming out!

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  11. The stories from Chang and Mario, regardless of how it ends Kazuya has got himself one great book already.

    Now on the topic of Mario's situation, it is sad but around the globe garbage mountains with communities living from scavenging are not rare, this is a phenomenon created from obsolete mediums of garbage disposals generating giant landfills, Smokey mountain (not valley) being one of those and the current one (in the Philippines that is) being Payatas, but these type of places are all over the world, some examples are Agbogbloshie in Africa, Gramacho Garden in Brazil, La Chureca in Nicaragua south america. Of course it doesn't ends there you can read other examples here http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/26/us/la-trash-puente-landfill/index.html

    Now don't even think for a moment that this phenomenon is limited to giant landfills, this unhealthy world has allowed to create similar cases in lesser size which sadly would never get the attention compared to other city sized mountains of garbage.

    Say whatever you want anons, you may like Akagi more, and the action in this manga may go slowly and there may not been an apparent explicit gambling going on, and hell, Kaiji is just another observer here, but you will hardly find another manga that dares to talk about these issues, he is showing a problem that most people may not even imagine exist, and that is that out there persons live in and out of garbage, or that they cant be with their families due to poverty and the situation of their country.

    I know most of us read FKMT's mangas for the gambling, but like i have said before i do it for the griminess, for the raw feeling that he pours in his works, and this, as it is being presented now, is as raw as it gets, with the most fairy tale aspect being of course the opportunity that Kazuya is giving to the Asian 3.

    Long story short, thanks for the release guys, and fuck you all anons, this arc is great and is a pity that you cant appreciate it.

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    1. yah, how about i say it's nothing new about this immigrations and boat people stuffs? i came from one of these countries before settling in canada. thru the years i've been reading books, watching movies, and witness things myself until i finally get bored and fed up with it.

      i enjoy reading something else, and it's my opinions, i'm not telling anyone to release anything instead. how does that make me an ungrateful jerk?

      and you need to chill.

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    2. How i about i say most people don't even know about the situation of your country, let alone care? and that then when someone tries to make a story with it you all appear and discredit it?

      That sounds like a jerk to me, if you want a gambling manga far from reality and sad themes, that shows you something "else" what about reading Saki? i am sure they will never use this themes there.

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    3. this how i see the whole story:

      i was following this manga, then it comes to an arc where there're boring characters with an inisnpired theme and non sense game. i saw that there are others who express the same feelings so i said okay the next 10 volumes will be about this same game. then some guy came up and started to give lectures and talk about there's a world out there that is blah blah blah you people have no idea blah blah so shut up and read. i said ok i've been there. then you said but not everyone else been there yet and called me out for descredit the efforts everyone put up so far.

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  12. Thank you so much for three chapters at once! Reading a lot at once is such a blast.

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