Monday, May 15, 2017

One Poker Hen 154

Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: One Poker Hen Chapter 154. That sure is a mouthful. I could read an entire chapter in the time it takes to say it!

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


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"Tonight, we've just been bystanders!"

Man, so they really have given themselves up. I guess it makes sense given how Kaiji rationalized himself betting his life a number of chapters ago. Their life being worth 200 million in a bet is unheard of, especially with the gains it could produce. Thinking back to the beginning of Kaiji, people were betting their lives on 10-20 million. Being able to bet your life at a rate of up to twenty times that is an astonishing boon. 
 
For people like Chang and Mario who have worked in fields and collected trash all their life, earning mere dollars a day, for the chance to bet their lives like this; To save their own Savior from his demise is truly something worthy of them. Back during the Salvation game I really didn't have a very high opinion of these guys. I'm starting to come around to them and I like that.

12 comments:

  1. I don't understand why Kazuya accepted the deal, he can literally lose more than two billion Yen with no chance of winning anything in return. Sadism? Stupidity? Stunned?

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    1. Remember that he is doing this not only to support ideas he will be using in his book, but also to test his entire viewpoint in life based around the fact that true friendships don't exist. If he were to shy away from this test now, he may never learn the truth.

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    2. It began as amusement, but now he's learning stuff he never knew about the human condition. All of this is going to one of his novels as well so in a way, he can't lose.
      Of course he could lose two billion Yen but that's still "just money" to him

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  2. "Tonight, we've just been bystanders!"
    Except that one time when you stopped Kaiji from playing the winning card while he was betting his life.

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    1. While Chang was giving his touching speech I was imagining him saying to himself "oh please god no one mention this!"

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  3. Chang and Mario confirmed for the most selfless of Kaiji's allies. They have literally agreed to risk their lives for him

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  4. This was a predictable development, but during Chang's speech I did not like that one thought bubble containing nothing but dots. Whenever FKMT includes one of those thought bubbles, it means that the character is thinking something that FKMT doesn't want you to know yet, and those thoughts are usually bad

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    1. I was thinking the same thing too!! But at the same time, it can't be as simple as them betraying Kaiji right? I mean fkmt already did that twice, and I'm not sure what deal Kazuya would be able to make with those two, who don't really have any leverage to betray Kaiji in the first place.

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    2. Betrayal despite betting their lives on such terrible odds for Kaiji, just because one had a thought you couldn't see? Why would you even mention something so stupid? Think before you speak.

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    3. I can't actually think of any logical reason as to why they would betray Kaiji. There's just no real benefit to Kazuya, who had already won the game, in prolonging it. I think this has more to do with Kazuya's ideas on human nature; I think that Chang is currently acting on what Kazuya would call his 'true nature', and he's gambling on Kaiji winning the match while thinking 'if I help him win, I can ask for at least 200 million yen as compensation'.

      We saw Mitsuyama's 'true nature' in Kazuya-hen, where his greed, fear and mistrust got the better of him, and I think we'll end up seeing Chang's 'true nature' at some point during this arc.

      I could be wrong, of course

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