Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen – First Impressions

Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen is the long awaited sequel to Kaiji that I have been hoping for.

It picks up right where the first season left off with Kaiji being a “loser” once again. I was hoping he would have learned his lesson after all he went through, but I guess he has to relearn the hard way. Once you get past the unique art style, you get to witness all the innovative gambling games he participates in. Even remembering some of the gambles he previously took (such as walking across a metal beam set between two skyscrapers) makes me excited for what new challenges this season will hold.

A completely opposite series in one regard would be Akagi, where the main character always wins. They only play mahjong though, which is not as entertaining to watch as some of the games in Kaiji, but it is still an excellent series nonetheless that also utilizes the same art style.

I can’t wait to see the later gambling games since Kaiji needs the stakes to be higher in order to get excited about it. When he does get into the flow though, he becomes a completely different person.

Rating: Good

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