English: Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji
Synonyms: Tobaku Mokujiroku Kaiji
Published: Feb 10, 1996 to Jul 26, 1999
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SynopsisItou 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...
BackgroundTobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji was digitally published in English as Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji by Fukumoto Production/Highstone, Inc. on May 29, 2015.
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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.
because of debts, both mains get sucked into a game held by a mysterious company. in both games, they can win a lot of money at the expense of others by gambling and lying, but most of all by ingenious strategy and tactics.
in kaiji, the main is a male bum. in liar game, the main is a girl honest to the bone. both seem sure to fail, but of course it takes many chapters to find out if they do =)
Both have essentially the same premise, involving a shady corporation setting up crazy gambles that can be won through psychological manipulation. Kaiji has far higher stakes however, with lives and body parts often on the line, and features more one-on-one games while Liar Game is more about group games.
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.
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.
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.
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