Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa is a spin-off of the Kaiji series, which follows Tonegawa, the right hand man of Kazutaka Hyoudou, the president of the Teiai Corporation and owner of numerous gambling tournaments. After Hyoudou is getting bored with his life, he orders Tonegawa to organize a so called "game of death" as it is his and his subordinate's job to keep the president in a good mood. Tonegawa must cooperate with his subordinates in order to make the president happy and what follows is a humorous story of his interactions with his subordinates and other characters of the Kaiji series.
It seems that a lot of poor people dislike this anime. That makes sense since a lot of these jokes are for rich people only. But I'm a nice guy, so I'll personally try to explain the humor of this show to you losers; hopefully this insight penetrates through your loser brains. Why listen to me? A few years ago I made a startup with my bros and now I'm a rich as fuck CEO watching anime all day meanwhile you losers are still plugging away in your 9-5s. Why I love this show? It's funny as fuck - if you're rich.
example the scene in the first episode in which Tonegawa has trouble remembering his employees' names. I saw a lot of losers on Reddit complaining that the scene wasn't funny. To you loser Redditors: Did you actually think Tonegawa would bother to learn all their names? Did you subconsciously identify yourselves as one of the nameless employees? Did it hurt your little feefees when Tonegawa treated them like the losers they are? Well, if you were able to understand Tonegawa's point of view (i.e. if you were like me) you'd realize just how funny that scene is. See, it's not just that Tonegawa has trouble remembering names, though that was pretty fucking funny. It's because those loser employees actually thought their names and hobbies were worth remembering. Really: "Bowling, bowling, bowling." Unrealistic? Your hobbies are more diverse than that? Sure, but even if your hobbies technically have different names, to someone like me you might as well be listing "bowling." See, no one gives a fuck. You ever wonder why no one ever has actual cool shit like yachting or crashing 3-star restaurants as their hobby? Truthbomb: it's because they're poor.
Or how about the scene in episode 2 where Tonegawa gets his employees together to form a brainstorm sesh. You ever wonder why boardroom execs get paid big money to play golf half the time they're at work? Here's a hint: it's because their ideas don't fucking suck. The Tonegawa Office nobodies' ideas "rock paper scissors" and "human body puzzle" had more merit than anything you'll come up with in your entire lives.
Still think the show's not funny? Still think it's fucked how workers are treated? You might be under a little delusion called "slave morality." It's by Nietzsche; look it up. Or don't, because I'll boil it down for you: it means you're a little bitch who exists to serve people like me. Stay salty.
So, a lot of people here seem to dislike Middle Manager Tonegawa.
I didn't like it either, based on the first episode of course. I did enjoy the 3 chapters of the manga that got scanlated, but half an episode of summaries about Kaiji isn't a good way to start your anime, in fact, they should've used the 20 second summary from the second episode, rather than going over the plot.
The actual meat and potatoes of the first episode, wasn't too good. It was the name bit from the first chapter, just extended a bit. Fun, but rather dull.
But then, that second episode dropped. Then the
third. Then the one from last night. And this show is bloody amazing is what I can tell you. No, you don't have to be a businessman or Yakuza to get the humour, it's just fun to watch. Watching Tonegawa struggle with Hyodo, losing the trust of his subordinates, regaining it with a BBQ and POWA POINTU in the fourth episode was great.
If you're a fan of Kaiji, you'll love this. The references and callbacks are classy, yet fun, and Tonegawa isn't a completely different character, he's still the same guy. And if you keep track of your blacksuits, you'll recognize some.
And I'm gonna say this quickly. MADHOUSE DOESN'T MAKE KAIJI, FUKUMOTO NOBOYUKI DOES AND FUKUMOTO APPROVED THIS SPINOFF. Bloody animeonlys
Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa is a non-canon spin-off series to Kaiji. Written not by the master himself, but by two of his die hard fans. The series focuses around a man named Tonegawa, who was introduced in the first anime season.
From its settings, CKT is the polar opposite of Fukumoto Nobuyuki's (the author of Kaiji) gambling series for the reason that the main lead is not a person taking part in the gambling games, but instead working for the man who is behind these events. For that matter, recognizing this series to be even part of the same universe with Kaiji would be impossible if
it wasn't for Madhouse giving it an anime adaptation with identical production values and characters as in Kaiji. Similar ideas have been executed with great success in the past, such as Full Metal Panic Fumoffu which was also the 3rd season to FMP franchise, and the polar opposite of its first 2 seasons.
Despite the vastly different setup, the biggest difference between CKT and Kaiji lies within the series' approach. There where Kaiji was a game - thriller from its genres, CKT is a slice of life comedy series. Those who expected this to be anything like Kaiji are now disappointed, which somewhat can explain the low mean score the series currently has. Personally, I have the ability to appreciate series for more than one reason, and have been laughing my butt sore with CKT.
The comedy is badass and manly beyond belief, and focuses around the challenges Tonegawa meets in his daily job. This one time, bunch of people loaned money from the wrong folks, more specifically, from Tonegawa's boss. This is okay, of course, but now it's time to pay back, bitches! Tonegawa and his lackeys want to get their money and there is no escaping the manliness. They are literally everywhere and own everything in Japan, apparently. They go to your work, random car backseats, any alley in Chinatown. Just name it and they are there, and oh, you will pay no matter how small the sum you owe, is.
This other time, Tonekawa got mad at another dude for having too complicated of a last name (which he later forgot). How anyone can even write comedy like this is beyond me. "Apologize to me for having such a complex name." Arrogance like this tends to create good comedy moments, and here they truly shine. Most of our scenes are similarly amazing, and will appeal to manly men, such as myself, unconditionally. It's no secret that people with less money have no value in the eyes of society and CKT promotes this shamelessly with scenes such as these.
The characters are one of our selling points, and the main reason why the comedy works so well. The president dude (Tonegawa's boss), is a real philosopher. Lays on bed made of his employees (yes, you read correctly), telling how humans are being fed with money like animals with food. Apparently, the biggest mistake citizens make is think of society as their mother. Our manly men are here to show what real men are about.. by taking everything these pathetic people in debt own and making their life miserable while making sure that they understand how this is, indeed, their own fault for not understanding how money works. I must admit I love it when dudes who never understood what dollar is worth, get what is coming. The comedy is beyond great. It always treats trash people like the trash they are. I appreciate dudes like these when it comes to comedic content.
This series will most likely not appeal all that well to extremely sympathetic people, or those who forget that this is all just comedy centering around very brutal and illegal gambling business... or are also very poor and in debt themselves.. or further have yet to acknowledge that this is how the world works, like it or not.
The narrator is also a highly visible character, and an epic one for that matter. Whenever he says anything, it's like UFC fighter introductions in Japanese, except he does it with every word no matter the subject and how anti-climatic the event he describes, is. I also die of laughter when ever he introduces Tonekawa Yukio and pronounces his name "yu-gi-oh".
The production is practically identical to the Kaiji anime series from 10 years ago. Same, cute, moe art style and character design. Manly, badass voices for dudeouses, and awe-inspiring sound effects when anything dramatic happens. Madhouse has done great many questionable choices in the recent years, but this is not one of them.
As a person who enjoys manly and bro stuff, and liked both Kaiji seasons, as well as most of the manga series by the original creator, there is no reason for me to not love this show. The comedy is superb and all the dudes are awesome. Don't be fooled by the mean score that is a complete mystery to everyone as this is, indeed, the best show airing this season.. or at least in top 5.
"Bu...b... bu--but does it have zawa?" Well of fucking course it has zawa.
"This is a story of a lone man who struggles between his employer, the president, and his own employees, the men in black".
Let me start by saying that this show is NOTHING like Kaiji. But is it a bad thing? It was stated till the very first day - they wanted to tone it down. It came out to be a great parody of the original series therefore I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who didn't see at least the first season as most of the jokes are just exaggerated situations, hype for something stupid etc.
I was quite disappointed at first - they got rid
of the old narrator but the new one fits more into the comedy tone (I still wouldn't complain if they brought back the old one - I freaking loved him). Also the guy who was capable of OST of the first 2 seasons isn't there but I can live with it, the sound is pretty good anyways
So, overall, it's a great show when you don't try to take it seriously. Just sit there and enjoy the bizarre management life and take everything with a grain of salt.