What is his greatest work?
I really love Gin to Kin, and I think it's more fun and better paced than Kaiji, but for me it really isn't above Ten and later Akagi. Mahjong is fkmt's strong suit, and it is the means he feels most comfortable with to deliver an incredible story. Of course though, the highlight of Ten definitely wasn't mahjong, but still.
Fkmt is a very talented mangaka, and I'm glad so many people have such different favourites when it comes to his works.
If you like mahjong, start with Ten, follow with Akagi if you liked it.
If you don't, watch Kaiji or read Zero, then try Ten anyways.
If you strongly detest games, try Kurosawa or Gai.
Most people got hooked by starting with Kaiji, so that's a place to start as good as any.
A friend of mine made pic related, if it's of any help.
it's a crying shame none of fkmt's manga ever got releases outside of japan (other than seizon life). none that i know of, at least.
what do you think?
Absolutely 0 mainstream or even profitable niche appeal. It falls into the obscure kind of niche that simply wouldn't sell. Just look at the fucking Kaiji game on Steam that absolutely fucking bombed for example.
I'm aware that whoever made that game obviously has no Kaiji rights but how are they a hack for adapting Restricted Janken into vidya format? Unless there's some drama I'm not aware of in which case do tell.
Watch season 1 of Kaiji, read after that (Part 1 is not translated by FKMT crazy, but has an official online translation for like $3 a volume).
Zero is just Kaiji but with a smart protagonist and more focus on solving the games than the psychological aspect of the games.
If you're going to read Ten and Akagi, read Ten up until the Clear Mahjong arc, then read all of Akagi (current translations are up to date I think, and the series only has 9 chapters to go), then finish Ten.
The game didn't generate a lot of fellowship going into it's beta time (pre-greenlight), then it went greenlight and people calling it illegal to rip-off kaiji turned SOME people away, then on release the only servers were player hosted ones.
Apparently recently they went free to play, so maybe that might boost interest. The game itself is alright, but it's a multiplayer only game. If it had some kind of singleplayer, like maybe even half of what the Kaiji ps1 game was then it might do even better but I'm not holding my breath.
I had fun with it when I played it at release with people from the FKMTKrazy community.
Another thing was that he didn't market the game well like at all. He tried posting on /v/ of all places, but his posts were taken down due to advertising.
Yet despite all of his hardships, I was thinking about making One Poker into a game like how he did Restircted RPS. Seems simple enough and since it's a 1v1 kind of game, implementing single-player wouldn't be hard. Seems like a fun summer project and if it kicks off I could probably go all out on it.
>Zero is just Kaiji but with a smart protagonist and more focus on solving the games than the psychological aspect of the games.
I just wanted to add on that I think Morita from GtK is much more like 'if Kaiji were a competent protagonist' while also keeping a psychological aspect more than Zero does.
You got a lot of good advice, hope you enjoy descending into nosey madness.
I was actually kind of hoping for Kaiji and Kazuya to somehow team up against Hyodo. Considering Kazuya isn't exactly his dad's biggest fan.
Some people think that what's done is done, regarding Hyodo, but I can't help but feel everything is leading up to the confrontation where Kaiji leaves him and Teiai in ruin. Or at least try to.
That's what I feel as well. I really doubt Fukumoto just decided to introduce the guys son as an antagonist for fun. I really think that Kazuya might end up dead. The setup for it is perfect. The machine controls everything, so if Kazuya bet his life and lost, Kaiji couldn't stop it, and Kazuya's henchmen couldn't either, considering they're all outside.
>hope you enjoy descending into nosey madness.
I will. All the people on this thread have given me amazing recommendations.
But I don't want him to die. He's too cute to die.
i really hope the epilogue has some good stuff in store, and not just like reminiscence on all that's happened during washizu mahjong.
glad that washizu is still kickin' apparently. cant wait to see what happens
>but this time have Kaiji being prepared.
Exactly. Hyodo proved that even he can make prideful mistakes, given that he arrogantly gave Kaiji a chance to win the Lottery game. If Kaiji enters into a gamble with him with experience, strategy, and luck on his side, he could win. The enormous Mahjong win convinced me of that. He's an idiot, but he has incredible instinct and otherwordly luck.
Kaiji's luck could be from Hyodo giving Kaiji part of his own luck at the end of first part. Remember that line where he gives Kaiji the winning scrap of paper back and says it's infused with King's Luck.
And then you realize that Kaiji wins three times in a row right after that (Chinchirorin, Pachinko, Mahjong).
It has to count for something despite being symbolic.
Also the way Hyodo acted towards Kaiji made me feel as if, in a way, he saw a younger version of himself in Kaiji for the lack of better words.
Actually, Hyodo just used that as an excuse to have Kaiji keep the paper and later realize that Hyodo could pick out the paper because it was folded, and that there's no such thing as "King's luck", that Hyodo made sure he would win.
Yeah, there was also something about mother Sophie based on? Kazuya's own mother I assume? Or some "inheriting her spirit" kinda deal.
Hopefully it turns out OK, but I don't trust fkmt a bit...
Chinchirorin. When Kaiji goes, what are you doing, you have to go twice with my cheat dice.
He had just raped him the previous turn, and then hit again.
Is the game against Kazuya about to end? Did Kaiji ever use the 2 he had while he was about to drop down?
Take everything one step at a time.
He used the 2 in the next hand and bluffed to get Kazuya to fold with a 6. As for the game ending, this past week's chapter was the card being flipped over and a flashback to the entire arc, dragging out the reveal for another week.
interesting how even though its dragging on forever, fkmt manages to keep it so intense
There's a very small button on both sides that reveals a tray of 3 Aces. Kaiji discovers it and swaps out his 8 for an Ace. Kazuya has been using this throughout the match (at least one of the 5 Aces he plays through the match is definitely from this table, I cant remember the exact number)
He notices there are also 3 buttons in a triangle but he can't push them at once.
Kazuya realizes Kaiji uses the Ace button, so he uses the other buttons. We don't know what is in that drawer, nor do we know what either player played, but it's likely that button is for an arsenal of 2s to counter the Aces.
So either: Both played an Ace, Kazuya played a 2 into Kaiji's Ace, or Kaiji played his down card into Kazuya's 2. The reveal is going to be in the next issue.
I like Shin Kurosawa as well because I love hobo shenanigans (Tokyo Godfathers is my favorite Satoshi Kon movie), but it pales in comparison to the singular brilliance that is the original Kurosawa.
I like feeling rage.
Reading amazon reviews they're upset it's dragged on so long. I think poker isn't a good game for FKMT's -like pacing, Kaiji never had such a long arc for a single game
Like theres 100 chapters between raws and scanlations but I feel like not that much happens based on spoilers
At least it seems like its finally coming to a close going by 154 unless it gets dragged out by having him win and going back to playing without lives on the line. He really should wrap things up though.
>in the end the moral Kaiji learns is that it's better to live humbly as a poor man
Yeah, that's the thing - if Kaiji wins some massive amount against Hyodo, then the lesson is...what exactly? That Kaiji was right to be a fucking bum all his life and risk everything in insane gambles? I'm not sure I can see FKMT going for that.
He doesn't want to win money from him, though. He wants to stop him from taking advantage of others. That's why at the start of Kazuya-hen it was made clear its more about a battle of ideals rather than cash. One Poker is Kaiji going against what you could consider his first real equal.
He gives the billions to his loser sidekicks and their families, is left with almost nothing again. The manga ends with Kaiji being invited to another gyamburu. We never know if he accepted or not.
I don't think it would stop Hyodou even if he would lose all his money. He needs a real lesson, I think something that needs you to cooperate with someone to show him trust and friendship is a real deal.
>to the guy who destroyed his life and sent his bishie ass to the dirt mines for over a thousand years by throwing his balls around
I'd like to see it happen too but I doubt it.
The setting for Part 2 was good but the scavenger hunt just wasn't very interesting.
It's not anymore of an epilogue than everything before Washizu mahjong was a prologue. FKMTKrazy called 296 the end because that's when Washizu Mahjong ended, but nothing has changed in series.
>throwing his balls around
Is it time for the ball jokes?
there's at least two characters who are big spenders (Akagi, Ten), those also have their respective antagonists who have their own problems because of their success. But then, there's also this guy.