Monday, May 8, 2017

One Poker-Hen 153

A ghost? A mirage? A phantom? A premonition? What is this illusion Kaiji sees before him?

Thanks to Sonickrazy for the translations and to Crump Biggums for the cleans!

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"Mother Sophie... Is a machine!"

Well, that solves the question of why Chang and Mario ran up to Kazuya last chapter. Man these two really are great guys. They are literally putting their lives on the line for Kaiji. Sure, he saved them from certain defeat earlier, but by our standards of human beings you could never find people like these. Kaiji didn't even risk his life to save them. They have gone far past the limit of human kindness. This has turned into some kind of fanatical belief in Kaiji. They have become devout followers of the Church of Kaiji. Their lives are in his hands now. The man who holds a 2.

 

14 comments:

  1. NOW... we all knew this would happen... AND we all know Kaiji is not going to die... HOWEVER... Chang and Mario can still die during this ark... And THAT'S what makes it cool in my opinion.

    The true arc begins now

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    1. Respect to Chang and Mario. Brave move. I hope they don't die by the end of this.

      I bet Kaiji will switch on now that other peoples lives are involved.

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  2. Explanation for how the second chance works is weird. Wouldn't it just be better if only the opponent could spare you? That way Kaiji couldn't even if he wanted to, since he dropped his remote. Don't tell me you're gonna be fine as long as you do that one little thing, even when you don't have any more lives to bet. Unless Kazuya decides to destroy his own remote, how can his life be in any danger? Chang & Mario's lives don't need to be on the exchange tray itself for it to work, it would seem...

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    1. That's exactly the point, with this system Kazuya's life was never in danger, because he knew how to make Mother Sofie stop the protocol from the beginning, from the start he was never beating his life, just money and that's it.

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    2. But didn't he said that mother sophie canceled in order to continue playing? It would be impossible to cancel if he didnt had Mario's and Chang's lives. And that Kazuya is gonna fall if he loses. Otherwise Kazuya's bodyguard's genuine concern about his boss was just stupid.

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    3. If true, I hope he planned on never betting his life to begin with and not saving himself only after he lost it, 'cause that'd be shitty and very unlike him. Chance at comeback with zero risk. I already disliked how he didn't mention the red life in advance and now this, makes you wonder what else he isn't saying. There was no point in telling Kaiji that the remote works for your side as well though, all it does is undermine the trust behind the gamble. And it makes it far less exciting for us. Seriously, the feature does not make logical sense unless you assume Kazuya was gonna dishonor the gamble when push came to shove, which would still be worse than not explaining things properly. It wouldn't make for an interesting story if Kaiji just got lucky but, realistically, it'd make the most sense if the operation couldn't be cancelled but the timing on the safety nets was more lenient, thus giving Kazuya an edge since he'd be able to get it right consistently through practice. Then give Kaiji his friends' extra lives if he survives the first fall.

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    4. This solution is all the more disappointing that there was the rather simple option of Mother Sophie resuming the normal course of the game whenever an additional red life was placed on the loser's tray.

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    5. It's an insight into Kazuya's mind. There was no point to putting the emergency stop in both controllers, but he did it for the sake of "fairness". Even if his opponent would never figure the trick out, it's still "fair" as long as they can theoretically do it. If his opponent tries to call him out this, he can just go "it's your fault for not figuring it out".

      The "lucky aces" are probably a similar exploit: Blatant cheating that both players can theoretically do, but Kazuya stacks the game in his favor by not even telling the opponent that the option is there.

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    6. From the sounds of it, however, it looks like the reversal of the drop was a one-time use (I'm assuming per remote, but Kaiji's remote is broken now), so Kazuya is locked in in the case of things going south, assuming he uses his red life.

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  3. Well, I don't like the explanation of how survive to Mother Sophie, it's absurdly easy. I just gonna say that is pure and anticlimatic bullshit
    In other hand, considering that Kaiji's brain only synapses when he bets his life (And if Chang does not get into what does not concern him), I guess the epic comeback is coming.

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    1. Here's the thing only Kazuya knows that you can get away with it by pressing it for that long, so it exist solely as insurance for him to survive the whole ordeal shall things go horribly wrong for him.

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  4. But the most important thing here is that Kaiji mistook Kazuya for his mom

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  5. Chang and Mario are true homies, of course we knew it was going to happen, but the question here is, will Kaiji bet and end losing the lives of the only friends he ever had? even if he just meet them?

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