Itou Kaiji, now free of debt but without a penny is leeching himself in Mr.Sakazaki's new house, despite all the flirtings (extreme torment for Kaiji) from Sakazaki's daughter, Mikoko. Sakazaki attempts to kick Kaiji out, even by offering a farewell 'we never knew each other' money of 3000000 yen. While Kaiji ponders himself on the decision, he is visited by Miyoshi and Maeda, two of his 'allies' he had saved from the last part of the series.
When you step into minefield and start playing game that involves huge pain and efforts can you push through?
This will be my first manga review.
Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji, or commonly known as Kaiji Part 3, which gives basic setting for Kaiji series and goes many uncertain roads, which in the end don't save it from falling to be one hell of a gambling arc. It's not certainly bad but it's don't give that Kaiji feel we can sense when reading through series.
Story - 7
Story is OK, I would say not the best ones out there. It's really slow paced one. They dragged so
many things when they just could had ended things with one time. However, in the end it's basic Kaiji story you can enjoy it some but less than other series.
One point it felt like I was sitting in a empty room with mahjong tiles going all around my head and spinning endlessly. That's great way to describe it's story.
Art - 10
I really like overall art in Kaiji series and people who say it's just bad looking and don't feel like same when you read those other manga series. I can understand not many people will desire this kind of art style but it's something so unique from many different manga's and author has found his own way to make art look his own and putting own elements in.
Art gives really meaning for that Kaiji is definitely dark and psychological series. You will notice this when you start seeing that art. It's so flashy and all those effects with bold underlines will just make it so dark and evil it's just incredible how author managed something like that. This kind of art style combined with story is like putting 2 pieces together.
Characters - 8
I think some of characters were a bit too dramatic in some scenes and President was just horrible with his whining and playing bad guy. Still his atmosphere were freaking scary, almost like those clowns in some horror movies. I still think his character development was bad, it's miss but can't help it.
Kaiji overall amazed with his reasoning, but his character development stayed in same level like in other series. He wasn't too brave or too coward but something more interesting, he was gambler without understanding golden rules of gambling until the end.
All other characters, expect one were almost same kind of greed mindset overall whole manga. It would been better if they have could shown some new sides of them.
Enjoyment - 7
I enjoyed this manga some of but not so much that I could give it higher scores. It's really decent, but nothing so awesome. Still, kaiji fans either like it or hate it, most of fans have hate it. I think it's decent, because it changes storytelling and whole setting upside down overall.
Overall - 7
Overall Part 3 manages to lose something dear to other series and falls to bottomless end. It's balance is very low and you can not think enough why they made this manga while there is only 1 same arc.
Despite this Kaiji is still number 1 leading gambling manga and this gives also some hope for series to be remain in that position, but this was like hit and miss situation kind of like in gamble. You get something and you lose something it's a DRAW!
Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji is Part 3 of the Kaiji series, and is the first part not yet adapted into anime as of writing this review. If you've watched the anime, this is where to start reading.
I've not read the previous instalments myself, I've only watched Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji, and from there, began reading the manga.
With that in mind, let's begin the review.
Story : 9
Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji begins after the Pachinko Arc. Kaiji, having finally come out of debt, lives a quiet life. But he's not particularly happy with it, as it lacks the thrills that he's had over the course of the previous instalments. he
lacks a goal in life, and as such, simply loafs around, penniless, crashing at old man Sakazaki's place for the time being.
At this point in time, Kaiji is approached by two of his friends from underground, Maeda and Miyoshi, who explain to him that they've gone back into debt thanks to the wiles of their boss, a shady casino owner. Together with Kaiji, they resolve to get back at him and win their lost money back using a daring plan.
From here on out, the gamble unfolds, and as one might expect of a series like Kaiji, it's filled with to the brim with advanced strategy and twists. It is certainly up to par with the previous instalments.
One of the prerequisites for reading this part of Kaiji is a basic understanding of the game that is Riichi Mahjong. However, there are many sources that can adequately explain the game, and the translation I read has an explanation of the rules as well, so this shouldn't be a difficult requirement to meet. From there on out, you'll be able to understand the nuances that go into Part 3's gamble.
After reading it, I can say that it was quite a ride, and I really enjoy this part of the Kaiji series. I didn't notice any weird ass-pulls or plot holes, and one of the slightly off things I did notice can easily be explained away by the foresight of Kaiji's opponents.
Overall, this part is stellar. Fukumoto is on his game, and it shows. Kaiji part 3 is worth the read as far as story goes.
Art : 8
Fukumoto's art style has never been particularly flattering, but it has certainly grown on me. In part 3, it seems like it's lost none of its detail, and it will look very familiar to anyone reading this after the end of the anime.
The art style is as always very expressive, and lends itself well to showing the emotions of the various characters as the story progresses. It's far from typical, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. It simply takes a bit of getting used to, and it's honestly one of the appeals of the series as a whole, since it's simply so different from the usual; a fresh breath of air.
Characters : 8
The character of the previously introduced characters feels on-par, so no complaints there. The new characters Kazuya and Muraoka also fit in, although Kazuya feels somewhat underdeveloped during this arc. This is understandable given his minor role, but I feel like the focus could have been on him a little bit more often.
Muraoka is the president of the casino that Maeda and Miyoshi work at. He's sleazy, annoying, and tenacious, and it fits his role as well as the story. He's not the kind of antagonist we've really seen before in Kaiji, which is also good, as it means we've not really got the understanding of his character type that we would have if he were more like some of the previously established characters. It's not until far into this part that we begin to grasp the nuances of his character and modus operandi.
Overall, the major new characters that have been introduced feel like they truly belong in the series. I definitely have no complains regarding this aspect of the manga.
Enjoyment : 9
Part 3 is just what you might expect from a Kaiji sequel. It's thrilling, the strategy runs deep, and the outcome feels like it'll swing either way until far into the story.
This means that I enjoy this manga for the same reason that I enjoyed the anime. In my view, it's almost as good. There are a handful of things that could be improved when compared to the previous instalments, but overall, I have very little to complain about.
If you enjoyed the anime, I have very few doubts that you'll enjoy this part of the manga as well.
I am really confused as to why this part has not had an anime adaption yet. Even as someone who went into this part had ZERO IDEA about how mahjong is played (especially Japanese mahjong at that) I was absolutely engulfed by the story very quickly. What was supposed to be an easy win for Kaiji and the former, "45ers", turns out to be a lot more of a bargain than Kaiji fought for. The casino boss ended up being such a scumbag character it is great and as always in a Kaiji part, betrayal thy name is well every character. Plus, a certain monsters
son makes an appearance in this part as well. If I had to criticize something it is that getting to the climax is a little bit lengthy in terms of the individual game lengths in the second half of the story but overall, out of the arcs I have seen thus far in Kaiji this was definitely my second favorite arc after the dice arc in the underground hell.
= Alright so i am a huge Kaiji fan having read all the Manga to date that i can. I truly love the character and the well developed scenarios,the settings and the general atmosphere of the series. I am gonna go over the good and bad points of this particular serialization of Kaiji.
The story is pretty much the same as past Kaiji arcs except this is not started by force because of a debt he must pay. This time Kaiji makes the decision to try and gamble for a sure win and help his friends in the process. A fairly noble yet self serving plot
for Kaiji but still noble enough for a character like him. The problem with the plot of this particular serialization is its about Mah jong, for anyone who has no idea about Mah Jong they may be completely lost in this arc. Every panel gives specific information about different Mah Jong hands and plays that generally no average Joe would know. Though if you pay close attention you can get a general idea of what he needs to do and what he is doing. I had to have someone fully explain what was happening at the start of this because i have never played any form of Mah Jong before. I can tell you this Mah Jong without your life on the line is one thing if only one thing, extremely boring. The best part of the story is actually just Kaiji lamenting and making realizations the actual game is kinda long and drawn out with some very obscure knowledge needed to fully understand.
The characters the main characters for this series are very bizarre ones at that. The best part of them is that from the way there faces are and the sounds they make and even the trembling you can get a really good grasp of what they feel and just what kind of person they are. A new set of gambling opponents for this series being the manager and a mysterious loan shark. Miyoshi,Maeda and Kaiji are back in the game trying to win there freedom and a little spending cash to get back on there feet. Kaiji seems to be himself for the most part but in this story hes more relaxed and rusty and he lacks the desperation that makes him complete at the start. Half way threw the Manga he starts to show his true character more and more sweating and panicking as he laments at his poor judgement and trust.
The art of Kaiji is not exactly a master piece. It is a very unique art style with some pretty specific quality's to it. It has some very pronounced features like for the face like the nose,eyes and chin. Kaiji only shares this art style with Manga produced by the same creator and it can be delightful if you pick up on what its trying to convey. It is not exactly pretty but its expressive and that’s whats needed for this Manga.
I touched on this in the story portion of the review but the Mah Jong element really brings down the excitement when reading for this. I maybe might not be a big Mah Jong fan but its a pretty simple table game and it's just not as over the top as some of the past games. Kaiji has not cut off his ear or watched anyone die over it so its watching a board game essentially. Though i do enjoy the drama and atmosphere of Kaiji so much that i do keep reading and i can get past this one game just like Kaiji.
I think true fans of Kaiji's saga will like this even if its not as exciting as the past books but Kaiji is still Kaiji, the most miserable and unlucky person ever. I consider this a good Manga but not great compared to the books before.