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Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji  
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Japan, 1995. After graduating from high school, Ito Kaiji moves to Tokyo to get a job, but he fails to find steady employment because the country is mired in its first recession since World War II. Depressed, he festers in his apartment, biding the time with cheap pranks, gambles, liquor and cigarettes. Kaiji is always thinking about money and his perpetual poverty frequently brings him to tears.

Kaiji's unrelenting misery continues for two years until he is paid an unexpected visit from a man named Endo, who wants to collect an outstanding debt owed to him in Kaiji's name. Endo gives Kaiji two options - either spend ten years to repay this outstanding debt, or board the gambling ship Espoir ("hope" in French) for one night to clear the debt. Using a con, Endo pressures Kaiji into accepting the deal, believing he will never come back from the voyage.

The Kaiji series is divided into five parts:

1. Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji

2. Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji

3. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji

4. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji - Kazuya Hen

5. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji - One Poker Hen

Note: This manga officially ends at 13 volumes. Scanlated volumes 14-26 begins as volumes 1-13 in part 2 of the Kaiji series, Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji.

Chapter 0 is a non-canon one-shot called "Kaiji Gaiden".


Related Series

Associated Names
Book of Revelation of Gambling: Kaiji
Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji
Gambling Apocalypse Record Kaiji
Kaiji Gaiden
Kaiji Part 1
Kaiji: Record of Gambling Apocalypse

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Latest Release(s)
c.0 by FKMTkrazy (23d ago)
v.2 c.23 by FKMTkrazy (1283d ago)
v.2 c.22 by FKMTkrazy (1286d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol 13

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (109 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.3 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 3rd 2015, 8:25pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Magazine (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
highstone, Inc. [Add] (13 Volumes Digital - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #881 increased(+113)
Monthly Pos #1360 decreased(-314)
3 Month Pos #1301 increased(+321)
6 Month Pos #1907 increased(+545)

List Stats
On 292 reading lists
On 376 wish lists
On 141 completed lists
On 22 unfinished lists
On 140 custom lists

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can i read part 2-3 befor part 1 1064 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes ago
Official KAIJI Mangs Discussion Thread..(Zawanons) 1696 days, 13 hours, 14 minutes ago

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"I've gotta face the truth, for garbage like us, to have a chance at the top..."   
Rating: N/A
by maquisard
October 21st, 2015, 7:16am
Who cares about the horrendous art ?
I certainly don't.
Nor do I care about the story, the narration, the characters' development, the athmosphere, or lack thereof.
In these respects it's on a par with Liar Game : it could have been serialized as a series of power point pages with bullet points and diagrams, as far as I'm concerned it would have reached the same enjoyment level, which is... pretty good.

I read it mostly for the puzzles, for the sake of using my brain before it's taken over by Alzheimer.
They were well thought out, didn't require too much suspension of disbelief.

I also need to mention (some of) the dialogs : I couldn't help but piss myself when interchangeable cardboard figurines (aka the characters) referred so roughly and yet almost casually to another or themselves as "trash", "garbage", and so on (hence the title of my review) ; or when the teammates took their goldfish stance while their leader was explaining the logic behind his moves ; or when, at every game twist, they envisioned their sinister fate. (EDIT: i might deserve to be called a cynical nihilist soab)

That being said if you're not fond of mangas with walls upon walls of text, you might go crazy at the length of this series, and the time it takes to move the plot forward, as Shintoshi said.

... Last updated on October 21st, 2015, 7:24am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cielnoir
May 19th, 2010, 5:36am
Finally there is somebody scanlating it. This is actually one of the awesomest mangas, the plot, depth, characters are just perfect. The art may seem kinda weird at first, but once you get used to it you will find it ingenious, original and overall awesome. All in all a must-read for anyone who's into gambling or psychological mindgames
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Deep, but slow   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Shintoshi
February 22nd, 2009, 2:45pm
As an anime, I found it to be wonderfully deep and introspective, though quite slow. I can only hope this project gets picked up by a group or liscenced so that I can enjoy the full story.
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