Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji 1- A Fist Full of Dollars.

Imagine being at the end of your rope financially and being given one opportunity to pay nearly a lifetime of debt in a fight to the “debt” on the open seas. Yeah, I said “debt” not death. Unlike, the kids from Battle Royale, Kaiji and the other down-and-out passengers of the Espoir are not give knives, guns, explosive etc. Instead they are given a stacks of high interest Yakuza cash and a mysterious envelope that will set the stage of exactly what type of war of wager they will fight.

From the beginning of the series it’s easy to relate with the main character Kaiji, that is, if you are a complete loser! You see Kaiji has made some seriously bad choices in his life and he is struggling beneath the weight of them all. Unfortunately his would be savior is a yakuza recruiter for what he himself calls the “floating slaughterhouse”. I found the show thus far to have an interesting enough plot to watch for now. I’ll give it at least one more episode to see what happens. I don’t particularly care for the art style, although it does remind me slightly of character designs from The Venture Brothers (only much more angular). The music is not to shabby and appropriately moody for this show. If you do watch this show, however, be prepared to be intrigued by and/or amused by the real name of the game on the Espoir (aka the floating slaughterhouse) after Kaiji opens the mysterious envelope.

Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji 1- A Fist Full of Dollars

Author: Jeremy

Jeremy was first introduced to anime with heavily edited versions of Mazinger Z (aka Tranzor Z in the US), GoLion (aka Voltron) and Macross (aka Robotech) while growing up in the 1980's. Since then his tastes have evolved into a fairly eclectic mix of anime with a soft-spot for underdog shonen stories, psychological/cyber-punk stories and select love comedies. Jeremy was also the head organizer of Anime Souffle anime club in Los Angeles. It was at an Anime Souffle meeting where he met Michael Huang and eventually was invited to join as a guest co-host for Scattered Cells Podcast episode #6 in February of 2007. Afterwards he became an official part of the Anime Diet crew.

2 thoughts on “Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji 1- A Fist Full of Dollars.

  1. Akagi, a mahjong anime, was also done by the same mangaka who did this series

    if you like this you may want to check that out as its his most famous work, however, prior knowledge of mahjong really helps in enjoying it : d

    Anyway, I’m surprised that madhouse picked this up…

    they already did Akagi, which is rare given that they seem to usually never pick up another title from the same author…

  2. What’s more surprising is that the same seiyuu who voiced Akagi in Akagi voices Kaiji (and sings the OP, lol), I would never have guessed till I looked up ANN (Akagi has an awesome voice unlike Kaiji, lol)

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