Friday, July 22, 2016

Akagi 285, Kaiji 122, and Kurosawa 52

WE ARE BACK!! And since we're back after the longest hiatus we've ever had, I'm gonna do something I've never done before and release 3 chapters of 3 different series at the same time!!!

This triple release is all thanks to a triple threat of typesetters all making their returns today! Akagi is brought to you by Tambur, who finally recovered from his medical problems and is getting readjusted to typesetting again. Kaiji is brought to you by Penchan, who has returned from a long vacation and was willing to pick up the slack for Tambur, not knowing that he would be making his return today! And like last time, Kurosawa is brought to you by edek437, who got this chapter done before I even knew what hit me!

And all three, that's right ALL THREE of these chapters were cleaned by Crump Biggums, who is truly the unsung hero of this group, working tirelessly throughout the break to clean as many chapters as he could for our eventual return! Thanks so much to everyone, including Denji for making the Kurosawa blog post below and of course translating the chapter!! Good to be back!

Akagi Chapter 285
One Poker Chapter 122
The New Kurosawa Chapter 52

"Akagi could feel it!"


So there have been 3 chapters of akagi released since we left off last and we'll try to catch up to them as soon as we can. But for now, Akagi fails to pull in a 4-sou, instead drawing an opaque Nan. He could have kept this nan to try and bluff Washizu when he eventually pons Yasuoka's 2-sou, but instead he just plays it to keep the 4-sou closed wait he already has. I guess he felt like keeping the opaque nan wouldn't have made Washizu deal in anyway, so he might as well keep the 4-sou closed wait he already has? In any case, if Yasuoka can now draw one of the two remaining Ton, Washizu's outs will go down to just one. But that won't be enough on its own... How is Akagi's side planning on getting another tile from the draw pile? Or do they really think that just having 1 out for tenpai left to draw isn't enough for Washizu's divine luck, even after all they've seen?!

People who've been paying attention already know the answer to that.

"It's time to fall back!"

Shit, after seeing what the chapter we left you guys off on last time was, I feel bad for making you wait this whole time, but trust me that I was trying to get it done this entire time and it's only now that penchan was finally able to finish it.

So of course, a very ballsy move by Kazuya to play his better card in the last hand where he was guaranteed to lose, just so he could bluff Kaiji in this round. It wouldn't really have done all that much if Kaiji hadn't raised, or if he'd managed to call the bluff, but considering what was in Kaiji's mind at that point it was the perfect play. I think we're finally seeing what the son of Hyoudou Kazutaka really has to offer when he gets serious.

I was pleased to see that not a ton of people guessed this twist ahead of time. This is the kind of thing I was talking about earlier when I discussed how good of a game for this manga One Poker is; even if you know that Kaiji was going to lose this hand, you still had no idea whether he would call and lose to a 7 or fold and see that he got bluffed, and really there was no way to even tell Kaiji would definitely lose here. I feel like the ability of this game to set up situations where not even the most astute readers can really tell exactly what's going to happen next works to its benefit. From what I've seen, some people love this arc and others hate it, but one thing nobody can deny is that it's unpredictable.

"How can anyone possibly fail this hard?!"

Kurosawa is reunited with his buddies, but right as he's explaining/complaining, he sees a bunch of dudes in speedos practicing their underwater breathing ninja skills. They find out it's a part of the worst marriage proposal ever, and go to watch it.

Yeah, this chapter is 28 pages of pure shameless filler. Sorry, better luck next chapter.

P.S. Since there's not much to say about this chapter, I'll add in some bonus info. Volume 8 of New Kurosawa is coming out on August 30th. Also, the newest chapter in Japan is chapter 77. The magazine it's in has gone digital making access to new chapters a lot easier, but we're still going to stick to volume releases.

26 comments:

  1. I don't even remember what's happening in Akagi right now because the gap in between chapters is so long, lmao

    Also to clarify, I only wrote the Kurosawa part of the post. Sonic wrote the rest of it, but it's credited to me because I created the post.

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  2. Glad to see you guys back in action again, and many thanks for these chapters!

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  3. Glad to have you guys back! It really felt like an eternity and I was impatiently waiting for you to return, I think I could've learned japanese and translate the sources myself lol.

    Anyway please keep bringing us such high quality releases that I know only you can do. Thank you.

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  4. If it wasn't for the mah jong tournament I would've stopped visiting this blog and reading kaiji altogether

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  5. I'm not very smart at mahjong, but if Yasuoka draws a Ton, discards 2-sou, then couldn't Akagi pon that 2-sou and leave himself with a 5-sou wait so Yasuoka gets a chance to draw the second Ton and kill Washizu's Daisangen Tsuu ii Sou?

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    1. That could defently work! And that is pretty much the only way to win at this moment vs Washizus divine luck.

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    2. I still can't find the chapter in which the 4th 2-sou was drawn, so if Yasuoka discards the 2-sou as the 3rd tile of its kind Akagi can still make the 4th-Kan himself and go for his own Yakuman hand.

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    3. I've reread all the chapters for this last round. There have (shockingly enough) only been 4 draws for Suzuki and Washizu has had nothing since his Haku. Whatever Yasuoka draws (probably a Ton) Akagi will still ask him to discard the 2-sou to give him another turn. He'll probably draw the final 2-sou then for the final piece of his Yakuman hand, fail to win with the Rinshan draw but get an opaque tile to stop Washizu's momentum.

      After the above, it's anyone's game. Washizu will need to discard to get to Tenpai and a Suzuki deal-in and he will struggle as usual to figure out how not to kill himself.

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    4. I think that Yasuoka drawing any Ton is irrelevant. What's important is that Akagi pons 2s and draws a terminal tile (Washizu has a copy of 1m, 9m, 1p, and 9p). This essentially freezes Washizu's hand, since Akagi's hand has the winning yaku of toitoi and the leftover kokushi terminals have to be dealt for tenpai.

      And then, if that happens, it's up to whoever draws the last copy of the terminal.

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    5. I'd still argue that the story is written in such a way Akagi is going to win this hand both on points and on blood. If he loses the single-suit without completing the Yakuman hand he will be short on points even with a direct hit which won't make the ending "perfect" even if Washizu dies from anaemia.

      Thing is, the tiles which Washizu are hanging on to can be switched out comfortably since his hand is effectively a variable one because Suzuki is assisting him. Given his luck, he'll be able to hang on to the dangerous tile Akagi is holding (which absolutely has to be opaque and a single wait to give Akagi any chance) and eventually complete a triplet. Daisangen isn't picky about what forms the rest of the hand so long as the big bonus tiles are cashed in.

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  6. Welcome back, guys! You literally made my weekend! Thank you so much!

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  7. Damn a tripple release. I suddenly feel alot better for what I did yesterday.

    Thank you guys!

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  8. Welcome back, and thanks for the chapters!

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  9. Did anyone else notice that the part of the table holding the dora indicators got bigger?

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    1. All part of Akagi's secret plan

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    2. These screenshots are all from Chapter 276, where Akagi Kans 8 sou and draws the third dora indicator.

      http://tinypic.com/r/fe3w9g/9

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  10. My guess is Yasuoka dealing the 2s, Akagi calling Pon on it and being in a naked pair wait for 5s, then drawing another 2s on his turn, calling Kan, and then Rinshan Tsumo for Yakuman.
    Hope that's not it though, kinda obvious.

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    1. I'm thinking the same, although Akagi can get away with Washizu dealing into a Sanbaiman hand. This is possible if he fails to make the 4th Kan and decides to change up his tiles to word tiles for 混一色, 三槓子 and 8 Yaku.

      Anything lower than a Sanbaiman direct hit or Yakuman Tsumo will be insufficient points-wise, even if Washizu will die if Akagi wins even with a garbage hand. Still, the story would only close nicely if Akagi got the win both in blood terms and in points terms.

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  11. Woo! Also a small aside, you guys have any plan of doing the Akagi volume 31 tankobon release? I noticed it was out. Obviously it'd be on the back burner, but I'm curious.

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    1. Highly unlikely that we would scanlate a volume of chapters we've already done. Sure, it has a few perks: potentially better crisper visuals, less advertisements cluttering the pages, names for the chapters, cover art and a table of contents page. Those are all the benefits I can think of.

      If you like, I can scan the cover page and table of contents for ya. Maybe put em in a zip with the rest of Vol 31 on the ol Mediafire

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    2. Could you do this please?

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  12. So wait in One Poker, do you actually lose everything you bet up to that point, even if you folded correctly in the end?
    I was hoping that if your opponent got greedy and re-raised in order to bait you, it could backfire if you folded and only lost the ante as a result. It just seems fair.

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    1. Like if your opponent's got a King or Ace, you better be borderline clairvoyant and figure it out before you commit to anything at all. I know only losing the ante if you fold correctly would make the game less exciting since players would just settle for 2 lives most of the time, but at least this highly luck-based game wouldn't be so punishing.

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