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|The following is a listing of AWESOME fukumoto anime series out there. Very unknown but very epic. This is the underground of anime in the states. Be hip and cool. Also, there's an epic description/explanation post a post or two below.
AHK - Manga Translations of Akagi
Zawa Zawa Project - Manga Translations of Buraiden Gai
Zaotaku.info - Gin to Kin Translations
Tobaku Haouden ZERO - There's a fan translation out there somewhere, I swear. I have to hunt my favorite places.
The Triad - Fansubs of both Akagi and Kaiji
Anime Blitzkrieg: Kaiji - Episode 1 Overview
But Link, why should I care?Kaiji and Akagi and every other one of Fukumoto's works are VERY hard to actually describe and make them sound enticing.
Akagi is about a Mahjong prodigy and plays Mahjong against all these super experienced players and he kicks ass and takes names.
Kaiji is about a down and out crybaby who is up to his neck in a debt that doesn't even belong to him in the first place. He gets roped up into the dirty underworld of Yakuza and gambling and is life is on the line throughout all 26 episodes. It's real do or die shit.
Overall, just by reading that, you're sorta like "Meh." For the most part I'd assume. They sound sorta average and/or not interesting/special. Next comes the art style. You've got these moon faced giant nosed ugly people with bad hair as most of the main characters. Additionally, everything takes place in REALITY, no magical girls, no giant mechas, no magical girls IN giant mechas, final destination.
BUT, what makes Kaiji AMAZING is the subperb story telling and edge of your seat shit that goes on. You really grow to love the characters and everything about them. You feel Kaiji's pain when he loses, and cheer for him when he is victorious. That sort of shit. You're always just waiting to see what happens next, and what sort of brilliant plan and counter-plan might occur, it's sort of like a chess match and the same sort of drama that people seem to enjoy with Death Note, but on a more realistic level.
Kaiji has to draw the correct card from his opponent's hand, he has a 1/4 chance of doing it, yet it's not all based on luck. There's patterns and strategy and psychology that all come into play. If Kaiji draws the wrong card, then a drill device attached to his ear will move drill 5 milimeters closer to piercing his ear drum. If he's victorious he makes a LOT of money, and keeps his ear drum intact for another round.
Besides the actual drama itself, the wording and metaphors used. AMAZING metaphors and visuals for the most mundane things. All the while that above example is going on, the narrator is telling you these amazing things about what's occuring with Kaiji, about how the beasts of gambling are breaking loose from their chains and will soon take hold of his heart and causing him to go into a panicked state. Kaiji can only supress these feelings for so long, and fights his damndest to remain calm but it is all in vain!!!!!!
Just, shit like that. Kaiji is an anime that takes the seemingly mundane and makes it an extraordinary rollercoaster ride of orgasmic proportions. It's a VERY fresh change of pace from all the Evangelion, Dragonball Z, Lucky Star, Harem Anime, Mecha Anime, etc. crap that everyone is so damn used to. Not to mention a lot of his works have won several manga awards and the such for being so damn awesome.
So, you might be asking yourself the following "Why haven't I heard of this yet?" and "Why isn't it licensed?".
Honestly, it's not licensed for much the same reason we don't have Mother 3 in America. They're not sure if they'll have the market for it. The Mangas are worded in such a Kanji shit-storm that they're very difficult to translate and localize without some serious effort. Even fan translations have only made it a few chapters into each series. The reason nobody has heard of these series, is because they came out during the 'Death Note, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Higurashi' shit storm. At least Kaiji did. Additionally, only ONE group was fansubbing it. Like, it's DEFINITELY the underdog of last year & first quarter '08 anime seasons.
That, in not so much of a nutshell, is WHY people need to watch Kaiji, and then if they enjoy Kaiji, DEFINITELY check out Akagi, as well as the rest of Fukumoto's works.
PS. This is such a fucking epic post I just made, don't be surprised if it's copy/pasted into HealingTouch with pictures and video and such.
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