Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Akagi Chapter 188

Not too bad of a gap between these chapters, I'd say. Yes, the next chapter of Akagi is up, and in this one, Washizu gets desperate... very desperate. Thanks to Iapetus for the cleans, and to Kazuhiko for the typesetting.

Going to be streaming the Ten PS2 game this Friday at 20:00 GMT (12:00 PM PST), continuing from where we left off, at the beginning of the East-West Battle. Mahjong Day is this Saturday at the usual time, 23:00 GMT (3:00 PM PST).


"Kobayakawa Hideaki! Wakisaka Yasuharu! Ogawa Suketada! Akaza Naoyasu! Kuchiki Mototsuna!! Allllll of them betrayed!!"

So, yeah, this is a pretty crazy chapter. Washizu is fed up with getting wasted draw after wasted draw, considering how many tiles he could get that would allow him to get to Tenpai, so he decides to take matters into his own hands and negotiate with the enemy, namely Yasuoka. He just needs Yasuoka to play one tile, one Nan, and the match will be all his. All of Washizu's guesses about how much Yasuoka will receive if he wins seem to be spot-on based on his reactions, so the price seems to be right, so it's really going to be a major test of character for our dirty cop.

For those who don't know (I don't know why you wouldn't, but a lot of people didn't know there was an actual World War 2 aircraft carrier named Akagi back when Washizu referenced that), yes, the battle of Sekigahara was a major battle in Japanese history that marked the start of the Tokugawa Shogunate administration in 1600. And yes, many of the Western Army commanders did defect to the Eastern side for promises of power. And yes, all the names Washizu lists off were the actual names of those military commanders. You can read about it here.

So, 100 Million Yen (~10 Million dollars today) is a lot of money, certainly enough to allow you to retire comfortably. But 200 Million would pretty much allow you to do just about everything you could ever want to do (well, as long as you didn't go crazy and start buying all the professional baseball teams or something) and then some. It's certainly enough to betray for, the question is, does Yasuoka care enough about Akagi and Ohgi to turn down this life of luxury that has been thrust upon him. If you think about it, it's by no means impossible that Yasuoka was just using them from the very beginning. He certainly had no qualms creating a fake Akagi to make money for himself, and even though he clearly respects Akagi, he all but set him up to die by putting him up against Washizu, to begin with. As for Ohgi, they're apparently friends, but we don't know just how long they've known each other or how deep their friendship goes.

From a storytelling perspective, having the match suddenly turn into a 3-on-1 situation would make the next volumes very exciting indeed, even though we already kind of had that in the Nakai arc. We also never see Yasuoka at any point in Ten, so if he does indeed betray Akagi here, it would make sense that Akagi would never want to see him again.

And that's where I'm going to leave it for today, because I do so love leaving you on massive cliffhangers.

18 comments:

  1. Excellent! Eeeeexcellent!

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  2. Akagi could easily thwart that attempt by simply offering the same to Suzuki

    Yes, Suzuki would most likely not accept it, but the mere fact that it is possible should stop Yasuoka from trying any funny stuff.

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  3. No way Yasuoka will go for it, he's been with us since the beggining..or so I think

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  4. Maybe he will reopen that case of the chicken race.

    But I hope he doesn't do it. I have a little respect for him because he sat at the table to play against Washizu, even if it's just as a support player.

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  5. I'm expecting Yasuoka's "I see" to be more of a "Ha, you're so desperate and sure that you're going to lose that you're trying to bribe me; Akagi must have everything well in hand then."

    Although, let's be honest, Akagi doesn't give a damn about money and Yasuoka should know that by now. Even if Yasuoka is being swayed by it, all Akagi has to do is tell Yasuoka he'll just give him his share. Akagi's interest in having a legitimate battle to the death is more important to him than pocketing some cash.

    I guess anything is possible, though. I would sit more on the side of Yasuoka not defecting, and I don't put all too much stock in Yasuoka not appearing in Ten. That's some 30-40 years down the line, so any number of things could have happened.

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  6. I was just thinking about this the other day, about the Akagi characters that don't appear in Ten.

    How old is Yasuoka? And Ohgi? He seemed to be in his 40s in his first appearance. I doubt many characters that are older than Akagi are even alive by the time Ten happens.

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    1. I'm almost certain that Yasuoka is somewhere in his fourties, or perhaps his early fifties. Ohgi is probably a bit older though.

      Just my two cents.

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  7. Akagi doesn't care about money so he'll just give Yasuoka his share. Hell, it's better for Ohgi to lose a couple of hundred mil of money he wouldn't otherwise have gotten than lose his arm. In order to win the bidding race, Washizu would have to offer pretty much the entirety of his wealth.

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  8. So now Washizu is begging the "piece of sh**" detective to give him a tile?

    On a side note, does anyone think that the opaque tile next to Yasuoka's Nan is another Nan?

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    1. It's possible, given that (pre potential betrayal) all he can do to support Akagi since winning himself would stop Akagi's dealership is to hold onto any and all tiles Washisu might need or keep tiles that he can deal in to Akagis hand with if needed to hold the dealership. If he does have two Nans it stops a potential Yaku so hoarding them makes sense and the doubt does rather increase his personal bargaining position even if he decides to bluff having the pair for more cash ^_^

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  9. Looks like Washizu's relying on his tried-and-tested bribing again.

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  10. I'm not sure if I'd trust the guy extolling the benefits of betrayal, even if I was a greedy pig. By taking the offer, I suddenly made a bunch of enemies with Ohgi's men, and Washizu might be "changed my mind lol what are you gonna do about it" when it comes time to pay.

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    1. True, Akagi vs Washizu was completely legal and agreed upon between yakuza but it's possible Ohgi's men outnumber Washizu's now. Even if they had nothing against Washizu after his potential win they'd probably inflict some justice on Yasuoka.

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  11. Have you read the "Akagi - 'Zawa...Zawa..." anthology?

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  12. Don't leave us hanging for too long after such a glorious development. The suspense is killing me.

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  13. Ok, I know this is a shot in the dark, but I've pretty much run out of options here.

    Akagi anime. Amazing. Watched it at least 5 times through. Can't get enough of it. Same goes for the music in it. Very well done.

    In particular there is one song, that is very alluring to me. Genei as they call it. Also known by another title strangely enough, Omokage. Unfortunately, the song is incomplete.

    In episode 17 of akagi at approximately 11:20 in, you hear the rest of the song that is not included in the OST. I am on a hell rampage looking for the rest of the song. If there is any info or anything you can help with, it would be very appreciated.

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  14. Has fukumoto ever drawn a shogi manga ?
    it would be so cool
    In chess and shogi there's no luck involved but you never know if you've seen it all !
    The "suicide" style of play is very respected.

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