Saturday, May 13, 2017

Akagi Chapter 297

Washizu Mahjong is over! So... how will the remaining 10 chapters of Akagi go? What's going to happen now?! Let's find out!!!

Thanks to Biggums for the cleans and to Tambur for the typesetting! There's a mahjong night going on right now on the IRC!

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"I am in a sea of tattered corpses!"


Wait... Washizu's alive?! I'm... really conflicted about that. On the one hand, Washizu has been such a major character for so long that it would really be a big deal to kill him off, so I can understand that FKMT didn't want to use the last 10 chapters for mourning Washizu, but... this kind of invalidates the entire last part of the game. The whole game has proceeded under the premise that if Akagi lost he would die, so once Washizu bet his own blood it stood to reason that whoever lost would die. So now that it's over and both players are alive... it kind of takes the seriousness away from those claims of it being a "death game". Now when we look back at the chapters where Washizu was scared of losing his life and considering how much blood he would lose, it becomes a feeling of "oh, he doesn't die anyway, so this decision doesn't really matter".

At the same time though, Washizu never did lose 2000 ccs, which is the stated lethal limit for this game. So considering neither player lost 2000 ccs, you could argue that neither player dying is an acceptable outcome. And Washizu in the end found himself not wanting to kill Akagi after all, so this could be the universe's way of sparing him for his mercy.

But I mean, like, what does Washizu have to live for now anyway? He even said himself that all his life would be if he won was a return to the monotony of everyday life, having his juniors brown-nosing him to try and gain his favor... and now he doesn't even have his fortune. Plus, he still murdered all those other young men, so he might just get arrested and thrown in jail anyway. He's really old, so even if he climbs back up the ranks of society he doesn't have a very long life to do it before he just dies of old age anyway.

I'm sure the Washizu fans out there are ecstatic about this, but honestly this is a bit too much for me. The other times Washizu came back to life were to make the game more interesting and were warranted because there was still reason left for him to go on, but this is just reviving him for the sake of reviving him. Unless there's some reason FKMT wants Washizu in the story still, this is just not wanting to kill off such a major character even though there's no more role for him to play. Honestly if there's any character who deserves to die it's Washizu. Has everyone forgotten about how he murdered so many people for the fun of it? How he laughed at Akagi as he was dying and tried to strangle him when he came back to life? Every moment of the game prior to the last round he was trying to kill Akagi with no remorse or guilt in his bones. There's so much he's done to deserve a violent death, much less the peaceful one he could have had, and yet he's been brought back to life because "oh, poor Washizu". Why don't we just find out that Sahara and Ishida were caught by a safety net in Kaiji Part 1 and they're really still alive too? Isn't this supposed to be a Seinen? Wasn't this a death game? Why do we have to have a happy ending?

Am I the only one who thinks like this? Please tell me your thoughts on this, I'm dying to know.

23 comments:

  1. I like Washizu and I do think there should be nothing that prevents him from dying. He certainly deserves it.
    At the same time though, I'm just too uncertain to say I don't like it. Because all I could think when he woke up was "Holy shit this is going to suck...for him". It just feels so shameful I honestly can't feel anything but pity. For him, and even for Akagi, the two that put their everything into this.
    If he'll continue living, just how will he deal with this for the rest of his life? He could decide to hide himself away or just rot away in jail. I just can't imagine either option for him, it seems the most likely he'll just commit seppuku. Will Akagi even know he woke up at all or will he decide to go out quietly?
    I just want to see what happens next

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  2. Clearly it's a brilliant subversion of readers' obsession with complaining about plot armor making things too predictable :^)

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  3. I don't like that Washizu came back to life. I wanted him to go back to hell and things are different cause of the threats he made. Maybe he becomes an Oni.

    That being said I have faith in FKMT I believe he will do something in these last chapters that will make this disapointing return awesome

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  4. I agree with you that takes away from the tension of the match but perhaps this game will change Washizu's life for the better. I also wonder if Washizu will meet Akagi again.

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  5. Ever since the chapter when Washizu "dies", I've been having that sense of "loss" when thinking about the finale. I mean, it was a murderous death game, completely outrageous, if Washizu had won, Akagi would've been drained of literally every single drop of blood in his body, and if Akagi had won, Washizu would also have had a very violent death.

    However, it's been all so anti-climatic, no one got the ending we were expecting, at all. Maybe these things don't need to happen, they don't need to die. Out of respect for the game? Did Akagi really want to die? Akagi was revived once he saw Yukio, and he partially came back because he was inspired by Yukio, and for the first time, he expressed he felt alive.

    On the same hand, Washizu, also felt something new on this match, he wanted Akagi to live, he did not want him to die. These people both expressed something new, they changed after this game. Incredibly so. In this chapter we even see Washizu expressing some sort of relief after hearing he had lost.

    So, why was there a need for them to die? a death game? a bloody mahjong table? is that really all that important? These two people, these two badgers, appreciated each other in an unique, yet equally important way. They didn't have to die, thinking "let's bet our destruction" is crazy talk, crazy talk that even Washizu was drunk on. In the end, there's nothing wrong with going back on your word. At least that's what I get out of all of this. Hope someone appreciates my thoughts.

    "As if anyone would ever make some stupid bet on an arm."

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  6. Worst chapter ever.

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  7. If he had come back to life while Akagi and friends were still there, I would agree that this would've been such a waste. But he came back late, and it does seem as though Washizu admits that he lost? Personally, I don't think it's a bad thing for Washizu to be able to reflect on the match. I mean...that would show character growth...right? Like if he realizes that even with all this talk about how important it is to accept death, life should also be treasured, or something like that. Its probable that they'll never actually go tell Akagi that Washizu's alive anyways, so as to not continue the match that'll finish him off (and also to not make that last monologue by Akagi entirely unnessecary). But it doesn't make me any less unsure of what Fukumoto is going to do to resolve this.

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  8. This really ruins the entire match for me. I really hope Washizu tells his white suits to draw his blood for the respect for the match. The reason for his return is just to reflect on the game.

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  9. Well I was just so happy to see him alive...

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  10. Definitely not a fan of him coming back. It's the same reason I will never enjoy Shin Kurosawa: his death was really well writen and moving, and making it "he is actually alive lol" cheapens the whole thing.

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    1. Same anon, muy comment was not an answer to yours Kim, I accidentally hit Reply instead of Comment.

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    2. shin kurosawa is best kurosawa

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    3. Have to agree, shin kurosawa is a fun time.

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  11. Looks like Washizu will examine the table and realize that Yasuoka can call his 9-pin and 1-man to make Washizu draw again 2 more times. With 3 5-sous still left, what are the odds he would not draw Akagi's winning tile and thus make his hand dead.

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  12. I'm a little confused with how i feel about him still being alive. Cause it could either mean pandering to fans or a sign that the ending wasnt as rushed as originally thought and theres a big plan to all these events.
    I wanna believe in fkmt

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    1. I think we're probably going to get some flash forwards over the remainder of the series, probably involving one final meet up between the two of them likely a few years before Ten or even during the events of Ten (this is working with the idea that Washizu can manage to live another 20-30 years, we don't know his age).

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  13. i think we should wait to see where this goes before judging it too harshly.

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  14. No. This is the worst for Washizu.
    The feeling of loss. Defeat. In his mind, he had won. He died winning, that's why it was a great way to die.
    And now he wakes up to realize he has lost everything.
    This was predictable and I hope it goes somewhere. I can only believe in FKMT now.

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  15. He probably will kill himself during these 10 chapters or sth

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  16. I woke up this morning and realized : This change of heart from fukumoto is not necessarly about Washizu.


    Akagi is clearly an antisocial psychopath. He has all the clinical traits of it. He's also much more of course. But in the end I think that fukumoto didn't want to make him cross this line : to make him a real killer.

    he talk about the death of his opponents all the time but it never materialize. This time if this had gone through in ten years or so we would have all remembered Akagi as someone really capable of killing. And someone like that can't be a role model.

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    1. Akagi has all the traits of an antisocial/psychopath?
      Akagi is not impulsive, he doesn't have a sexual drive, parasitic lifestyle, superficial emotional responsiveness, pathological lying, a superficial charm, or lack of realistic goals.

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