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Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji  
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Japan, 1995. After graduating from high school, Itou Kaiji moves to Tokyo to get a job, but fails to find steady employment because the country is mired in its first recession since World War II. Depressed, he festers in his apartment, wasting the day away with cheap pranks, gambles, liquor and cigarettes.

This goes on for two years until he's paid an unexpected visit by a man named Endou, who wants to collect an outstanding debt owed to him in Kaiji's name. Endou gives Kaiji two options: either spend ten years repaying the money, or board the gambling ship Espoir (French for "hope") and stand a chance to clear the debt in one night. Using a con, Endou pressures Kaiji into accepting the latter option, believing he will never return alive.

The Kaiji series currently consists of 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

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

Note: Won the 22nd Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1998 (tied with Souten Kouro).


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Associated Names
도박묵시록 카이지
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 over 2 years ago
v.2 c.23 by FKMTkrazy over 5 years ago
v.2 c.22 by FKMTkrazy over 5 years 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: 8.7 / 10.0 (124 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 6th 2018, 2:57am 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 #549 increased(+106)
Monthly Pos #1041 increased(+146)
3 Month Pos #1756 increased(+159)
6 Month Pos #1875 increased(+32)
Year Pos #1870 increased(+112)

List Stats
On 309 reading lists
On 431 wish lists
On 191 completed lists
On 20 unfinished lists
On 169 custom lists

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Forum Posts
can i read part 2-3 befor part 1 over 5 years ago
Official KAIJI Mangs Discussion Thread..(Zawanons) over 6 years ago

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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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"I've gotta face the truth, for garbage like us, to have a chance at the top..."   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
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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