Holy fucking shit! Greatest back-stab ever. I can't imagine how that must feel; to willingly place your bets on such a shaky hope, not wanting to believe it could possibly go wry because you want to have trust in humanity, and with so much riding on it (fucking slavery!), then to inevitably have your hopes crushed by something that should have been so obvious. One of the most powerful episodes I've ever seen.
Great fucking episode...up until this I wasn't all that crazy about this series but this episode sold me completely. I think the vast majority of the people on this thread would probably do the same as Andou, unfortunately. Felt terrible for Kaiji, his naivety and innocence got the best of him here. It's interesting how honest to god morals can hurt a person...
And, lol, I bet most of the people complaining about the nudity here probably would have no problem what so ever if it was females naked.
Andoooooouuuuuu!!!!! Kisamaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! Arrrrrgggggghhhhhh!! I want to kill this bastard. >:O
Not going to lie tho. I'd probably do the same thing in his situation. They've only known each other for 4 hours. Although only if is it was $5 million US or Euros. 5 million yen is like only $50000. $50000 a piece isnt worth ruining someones life.
On the upside, the wonderful exaggerated expression of dismay near the end was priceless and made me laugh, but on the downside, I could not fathom why on earth Kaiji would sacrifice himself.
Keeping the three stars and having the other two "burn off" the excess cards in draws was perfectly possible. After that, yes, the odd card would remain, but there should be a by-law which allows it to not count since it was someone destroying three cards that made them uneven.
In any case, even if he did HAVE to sacrifice himself, perhaps because of the one odd card and not thinking of getting the others to draw down the other thirty two pairs of cards before the time ran out, he could have kept his three stars and asked for special dispensation when the time ran out, as there was no way he could end up with an even, and thus zero, cards.
Anyhow, now that I write it out, I understand why he did what he did, but, it was still not clear that he had no choice... loopholes were being found all of the time and this whole revival loophole was the hardest one to exploit. The odd-card one would have been the easiest and more reasonable, but then I guess there was no excuse for full male nudity.
Which also, was a downside for me... but, you know, to each their own.
So overall I rated it 4/5 but I didn't enjoy it at all until the end made it totally hilarious. Andou, you bastard. From the time they were rushed by the crowd buying stars, the exaggerated drama of the last few minutes made up for all the shortcomings of before.
«Time is passing so quickly. Right now, I feel like complaining to Einstein. Whether time is slow or fast depends on perception. Relativity theory is so romantic. And so sad.» - Kurisu Makise a.k.a. The Zombie