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Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji (Manga)

Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji

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Synonyms: Tobaku Mokujiroku Kaiji, Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji, Kaiji
Japanese: 賭博黙示録カイジ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 158
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 1996 to Oct 1999
Genres: Drama, Game
Authors: Fukumoto, Nobuyuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.441 (scored by 816 users)
Ranked: #2022
Popularity: #2028
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Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji.

Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at 3,850,000 yen), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay of their debts. After some coercing kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear himself and make a bit of money as well...

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Related Manga

Sequel: Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji
Adaptation: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor


Itou, Kaiji
Endou, Yuuji
Furuhata, Takeshi
Hyoudou, Kazutaka
Ishida, Mitsuzi
Sahara, Makoto
Tonegawa, Yukio

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Dec 11, 2011
(just for the record, this is a toned down version of my anime review)

I am a fan of macho protagonists (you don’t say!), as well as unorthodox presentations, unique sensations, uncommon tropes, and so on. I got all that in this manga.

The series has a very simple to understand concept, yet very thrilling to follow through. The world moves with money, and some are willing to gamble a lot in order to get rich, or in case they are in dept just to get rid of it. Thus every player in this series is there for a good reason; he is highly motivated read more
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User Recommendations

Both of these mangas have a considerable amount of gambling involves and putting your life on the line to either go deeply in debt or walk out a millionaire... They also contain alot of physiological warfare which will doubts all of your senses.  
reportRecommended by y0l3itches
both have gambling.
both the main character know the fact that there is no easy money but still the are tempted to gamble.
both the main character needs huge sum of money. 
reportRecommended by TrOjAnHoRsE
Both series deal with the underworld of Japan. Although the series have different settings, they still resemble others very much. Both series also have lots of philosophical thoughts about the human life. 
reportRecommended by Bkkjunk
Both are wilfully ridiculous and over-the-top macho silliness revolving around seemingly idiotic protagonists who both have an excellent knack for gambits. 
reportRecommended by Lindle
Kaiji and Metro Survive both put normally stifled and weak everymen into do-or-die situations which allow their character to shine. Also, there is a lot of "heartlessness for the sake of survival" in both. 
reportRecommended by Torisunanohokori

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Did anyone ever translate Vol. 3?
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02-09-13, 7:56 AM
is there any groub translating the first part of the manga ??
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