English: Kaiji: Against All Rules
Synonyms: Kaiji 2
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ 破戒録篇
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 28, 2011
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.321 (scored by 14275 users)
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SynopsisSeveral months after the events of the first season, Kaiji, with his appendages reattached and his debt now run up to 9.5 million yen, is still desperately seeking the elusive big score that will cancel all of his markers. Unbeknownst to him, Hyodo’s company, the Teiai Corporation, is actively searching for Kaiji, and have sent Kaiji’s old “friend” Endoh, who entered him in the high stakes games in the past, to find him.
The two meet when Kaiji chances to walk in front of Endoh’s car at a stop light, and thinking that he has found the answer to his prayers, Kaiji gets in the car with him. While Kaiji and Endoh are “happy” to see one another, and both want to see Kaiji’s debt repaid, their means to that goal couldn’t be more different.
Instead of leading Kaiji to the big score, Endoh delivers him drugged and docile to the Teiai Corporation’s secret underground labor camp where Kaiji will have an opportunity to repay his debt… with 15 years of hard labor.
(Source: Sea Slugs)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji
Prequel: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
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Prior to watching the second season of Kaiji, I was absolutely terrified. One of my friends had told me to not bother with it at all, while another three told me to enjoy the first arc while it lasts and forget that the second arc of the show even exists.
As you can imagine, I didn't want to love the first season to death, only to have the second suck majorly and weigh down my overall enjoyment and fondness for the show.
But don't fret guys, I want to tell you that it was one big false alarm. The latter season of Kaiji isn't merely watchable or passable, it's fucking great.
I loved it, and I see no reason why you wouldn't as well (to be fair there are a couple, but we'll get to that in a bit).
The main complaint I've seen regarding S2 (season two) has to do with its episode distribution, more precisely the fact that the second arc is the longest in the show; furthermore, a lot of people disliked the subject material, but it's by no means objectively bad or a bad fit for Kaiji himself.
I don't want to give much away regarding the first arc, but I'll say this much - it's extraordinarily satisfying, if not the most motherfucking badass arc finale. I'm serious, the way it builds up and how it comes together is very impressive, and the game it's based around is extremely interesting.
Now let's go back to the main offender for most people, the dreaded final arc.
A lot of people complain about how overly-long it is, but they make it sound as if it's a meaningless void that's better avoided, which couldn't be more untrue. Kaiji isn't going around sleeping on benches and fingering cats, he's the same old Kaiji, doing the same old tricks.
Yes, it's long, but almost every episode is action packed, and they flow towards the finale cohesively. And let me tell you, there's some great shifts in this arc, a back and forth between Kaiji and the villain more intense than ever before.
One of the many reasons people may have been annoyed/bored in S2 was the narrative style, which affects the latter arc a lot more than the first.
Allow to explain: in S1 you're generally following Kaiji around and worrying for his well-being, and most of the amazing plans he comes up with are formulated on the spot with you being present, whereas in S2 everything is premeditated and you're only made aware of what the hell is occurring one step at a time.
In essence, you're more of an on-looker this time around than a participant. I am not a fan of the change either, but it would be an exaggeration to say that it took away my enjoyment of the show. It wasn't precisely what I expected, but the author did it well enough to keep me engaged and watching with a passion.
One particular note I want to make on the second arc really has to do with the villain. I mentioned before that there's a big back and forth between him and Kaiji, but it's more than just that. Unlike previous arcs where you might've gotten a glimpse into the villain's mind as a pivotal plot-point was taking place, in this arc you experience the thoughts, fears and hopes of the villain in the exact same way you do Kaiji's, from start to finish. It's a fun experience, even if you're not a big fan of him - though you should give him a shot, he's a pretty cool guy and you might even find yourself rooting for him at times.
Another thing I should probably mention is the ending itself, which I thought was as charming and sweet as it was poignantly fitting. I can't spoil it for you of course, but it's a perfect match for the show, and I felt extremely satisfied once it was all wrapped up.
It's true however, that a few things are left in the open, and that has a lot to do with the fact that the manga was on-going at that point. There's one character in particular that you'd expect Kaiji to face off against directly, and that never happens.
Still, I think MadHouse's decision to end it where they did was a good one, especially if you take a look at where the manga goes afterwards; there's only so many times Kaiji can get in trouble and be in desperate need of money before it gets ridiculous, and there's not a soul who could say that the finale is anything short of amazing, even with that one thing that might irk a few of us.
My only complaint, my only real complaint about S2 has to do with these long gaps of time that we don't experience, since Kaiji is supposed to develop close relationships to particular characters which lead to later motivations, and you just don't get a feel for it.
You're watching him, and you know how he feels about these people, but you feel nothing - you don't know them in the slightest beyond the few scenes they were in.
I wouldn't say they feel forced, because they play quite a crucial part, but I just think the execution could've been better, or alternatively their number could've been dwindled in favor of a single side-character that we care for a lot.
It's weird, particularly given how much time they spent fleshing out the villain, but that's really my only problem with it, if you can even call it that. Could've been better, but it certainly didn't hinder my enjoyment.
As far as the art goes, well, it's the same good stuff from S1. I saw no significant difference between the two that bears reporting.
The music is odd, though. They didn't bring back the iconic tracks from S1, and there wasn't a single track in S2 that captivated me. The music was certainly there, and it must've been good, but not noticeably so.
Granted, my musical abilities are probably the worst in the world, but I truly feel like the sound was the worst? - nah, the least good thing about S2, let's put it that way.
Holy shit I sound biased, letting it slide on something I would've ripped another show a new asshole for. But that's Kaiji for you, it's just so well-written and so entertaining that it makes you love the shit out of it and the character himself, despite their minor flaws here and there.
Overall, I wouldn't say S2 is as perfect as S1, but it sure as fuck is awesome, and you're missing out by listening to a loser bigger than Kaiji telling you how good it is, rather than watching it RIGHT NOW.
Ok this is my first time to write a review so please go easy.
Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of psychological thriller series and I must say Kaiji is one of the best there is in that aspect. Season 1 was just amazing, keeps you thinking and surprises you with the twisted outcomes. In Season 2 Kaiji has done it again, each episode keeps getting better and better makes you at the edge of your seat hunger to know whats will happen next.
If your a fan of Psychological thrillers such as Death note or Liar game, Kaiji is a must watch for you.
Story: The story continues after the incidents from season 1, Kaiji has been taken to work in an underground facility to work in hard labor so he can pay off his debt, however he then finds out that there is a dark side inside the underground which is ofcourse "GAMBLE!!" he now will risk it all again so he can leave the underground and pay off his giant debt.
Art: I can tell the art is better than Season 1, the characters are now more detailed and shows how they changed since the previous season.
Sound: The soundtracks in Kaiji season 2 are amazing, it keeps you hyper in every moment, as for the opening and ending I personally loved them as I am a fan of Techno metal and pop rock. And yes we get more ZAWA ZAWA !!
Character: As I said the characters have changed since the last season, there are new rivals and new friends. Men risking their lives to get out of this miserable life and there are men who plan to ruin their dreams of escaping.
Enjoyment: I assure you this the enjoyment of this show is VERY ADDICTING
it will keep you thinking what will happen next and keep searching for clues in the site/forums. As I said before if you enjoyed Death note or Liar game or any Psychological thriller show. Kaiji will MAGNET your emotions!!
I really hope I did great as a first time doing a review, Please enjoy the show!
Thank you for reading and enjoy the show ^.^ read more
Both animes are very similar to each other, both heroes plot an ingenius plan to survive, both keeps you guessing until the end and hunger for the next one, both has amazing storyline.
Kaiji is a genius anime without the supernatural stuff from Death note.
The similarity between these two anime can be explained in an extremely simple manner. They give the same feeling when you watch them. They give the same rush the same thrill. The need to watch the next episode. The need to watch more. The same level of enjoyment. They are both series based on intelligence, risk and reward.
As Kaiji, One Outs is all about gambling but here tokuchi gambles only in baseball with his skills of throwing ball and by making strategies how to win the game. First I has no hope for this anime as I don't like sports genes but after watching it I loved it. The strategies are just too good, just go for it if you loved kaiji. you won't regret it. m/
Both have a psychological aproach to characters.
Both have a smart main character, but maybe Tokuchi is more godly like smart.
Both are seinen.
Opening Theme"Chase the Light!" by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
Ending Theme#1: "C Kara Hajimaru ABC" by Wasureranneeyo (eps 1-25)
#2: "Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka" by Kaiji with Redbourn Cherries (ep 26)
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