Thursday, September 3, 2015

Akagi Chapter 257

The newest chapter of Washizu: King of Tokyo is now up! Can Washizu make it to his mansion before he's shot down by the Japan Self-Defense Force?! Let's find out!

Thanks to Tambur for typesetting and to Crump for cleaning. We are having a Mahjong Tournament to decide a new volume of manga for me to translate, and signups are open now! I'll be streaming Twitch Plays Mahjong this Sunday at 2:00 PM PST, and there will be a mahjong night this Saturday at 3:00 PM PST!

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I think this arc might've just been Fukumoto's way of trying to write some other genres he's not normally known for. I mean, why else would this ridiculous chapter even exist. At least we got a fun bit of trivia out of this. I'll be sure to surprise all my friends with the knowledge that Hell is actually under Mt. Fuji. Yep. We also find out that Washizu's mansion is in Musashino, Tokyo. Add that city to my bucket list of places I need to visit.

But even with all the insanity that happens this chapter with Washizu rampaging through Japan, nothing can possibly top his long-awaited return, emphasized by a beautiful 2-page spread...

HE'S BACK, BABY!!!

8 comments:

  1. Excellent typesetting, as usual

    Thanks a lot guys!

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  2. Thank you so much

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  3. Kinda obvious what was happening in the Hell arc, but I will explain it to you few who didn't catch on.

    It is known that a lack of blood in your system causes lightheadedness due to lack of oxygen in your brain. As more and more oxygen is missing, people get delirious and start getting hallucinations. After Washizu lost so much blood so suddenl, he fainted while his body was trying to compensate for the blood loss, it can do that by managing blood pressure, but it takes a while. Releasing hormones, constricting vessels, etc.

    While slowly regaining consciousness, Washizu's brain tried to accustom to the process of regaining brain functions by "dreaming". First it was very abstract, he dreamed about what his lowest brain functions would allow, that is fear. He was deeply afraid of his afterlife so his mind put him in hell. After a while his brain regained some higher functions, such as self-awareness, which even some animals have. As his self-awareness was available in his "dream" Washizu pictured himself as his young self where he was the fittest, that's the image Washizu had in his mind, even though his age betrayed that image.

    Next up he regained some higher functions in the form of Ego. That's when his ego kicks in in his dream and he grows just like his Ego does, thus the lines "Who do you think I am?" and "Even the Oni will bow before me!" etc. At some point where his Ego was growing and growing, higher brain functions reactivated and he could picture the real world and Tokyo. As he was regaining true consciousness and as he was searching for Akagi, he remembered how small Akagi made him feel in their match, thus his Ego and his size started shrinking.

    Finally as Washizu could perfectly remember the point where he lost consciousness he regains it, putting him back into the mindset he left with.

    It was Fukumoto's way of describing how our human brains work, that is that we all have a Triune or Reptilian brain in the middle, with higher functioning brain layers on top of it. A brilliant way to describe it by the means of adjusting blood pressure in the body to allow more blood to go back to the brain, thus activating one evolutionary layer of brain after the other until regaining full consciousness!

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    1. Addendum:
      In contrast, when Akagi lost consciousness, as his primitive functions started reactivating, he was at the bottom of the sea, lying peacefully, proving that in his mind he literally wasn't afraid of anything. Due to the fact that he already had a surplus of blood in his system, he recovered rather quickly, but as his higher functions kept reactivating, he was just still lying in nothingness, proving that Akagi has total zen in his mind, not thinking about the past, nor future, but living in the now. The end of Ten where he talks about his kind of buddhist nihilistic world view further fortifies that Akagi's mind is absolute zen.

      Once his highest brain functions returned, he saw Yukio and the other victims of Washizu, making him remember that he was in the middle of a match. At this point now it's open to debate: Did Akagi want to avenge the victims? He did something similar for Osamu. Which proves that he at least has some sense for justice, which is in contrast with his nihilistic world view. Or was it just the thought of, I was in the middle of a fun match, I want to end it kind of mentality? I am not sure.

      But I think it's the first, as Akagi said at the end of Ten, nothing is 100%, even though he was 98% nihilistic, he still had some humanity in him, proven by the tears of regret he had at his dying bed.

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    2. Akagi would be more like Nietzsche (who is incorrectly labeled Nihilistic) and much less than 98% Nihilistic. Akagi is never trying to destroy anything; He is trying to LIVE. Akagi seems to ruminate on what truly living feels like. He puts himself in these situations most likely because people say you are most alive during your fight or flight reaction. He most likely would be diagnosed with a Depersonalization disorder. One symptom is a sense of detachment from your emotions, or emotional numbness - See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Dissociative-Disorders#sthash.JGzyNQVJ.dpuf He fits the age since at 13 he selflessly figured out how to win a game of rigged chicken. He believes taking risks will make him finally feel as others do. During Washizu Mahjong he is always detached from the consequences because his brain sees in the abstract instead of reality. Then at the end of Ten the regret could be not succeeding in understanding how to live or camaraderie, which in his final moments he comes closest when remembering everyone. (Sidenote: This is the same disorder bad actors characters always have. Not talking about the drama. If anything Akagi from the drama is too human.)

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    3. Wow, all of that was really interesting, I hadn't even considered any of that. All I have to add is that, in the manga, Akagi went into Washizu Mahjong at least partially to avenge Yukio.

      This all makes a lot of sense to me, even Washizu at one point suggested that Akagi had some kind of mental disorder. And the Hell arc seems like less of a waste of time with that spin on it! Thanks for writing this, guys!

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    4. You're welcome Sonic and Joshua! We all three can agree that Fukumoto is really a genius, and surely nothing he writes is one-dimensional, he always has some philosophy behind his stories, that's why I love him so much! Especially me being a psychology student, I never ever was enlightened about human behavior and psychology as much as with FKMT manga!

      Thanks for all the releases by the way! Sonickrazy, just a shout-out, I didn't even know about this blog until I found

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT-2Jr8dbDE

      somehow. Three years have passed since I found that video by GUZEN but it's been fun following this blog since then, very great work by all of the FKTMkrazy team!

      (By the way, never abandon Kuro pls, I need Kuro in my life) :3 .

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  4. Actually, in Japanese Buddhism, there is such a thing as a "hell within a mountain" where people seem to go in a kind of intermediate state between death and resurrection. It's called 山中地獄 or 山中他界観
    You can read more about it here (but in Japanese):

    http://www.geocities.jp/hmatsuw3/tate/keyword.htm
    https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%BB%96%E7%95%8C

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