Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Kaiji: (Ended) Gamble = Lose

If Kaiji tought us anything, it is that you never win at gamble, unless you're running the gamble. The author of this manga, is very famous for the use of deep psychological analysis. You can definitely see that from this anime. However, I'm not sure exactly what message is the author trying to pass to us: to gamble or not to gamble. On one hand, it seems that it's trying to tell us that we only live once, if you don't gamble, you never win; on the other hand, it's trying to tell us that unless you are the one running the gamble, the odds are always against you. I'm a bit confused about what it's trying to say...

Final Scoreboard (of 5):

Drama: 5 (Filled with it)
Comedy: N/A
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 3 (I hated this art style, but it does grow on you after a while)
Sound/Music: 4 (Theme songs are quite good)
Character: 5 (Deep, deep, deep...)
Plot: 4.2 (The drama is great, but there are some part of the plot just make you say "WTF?")
Ending: 4.8 (This is one of the few animes that didn't chicken out on ending it in a non-ideal way)
Re-watch value: 3 (There are certain part you may want to re-watch to see the psychological analyisis)

Overall (not average): 4.5 ~ I'm surprised how good an anime that I was ready to through away before I watched the first episode could be become

Recommendataion: If you're into deep psychological analysis, you might find this one amusing (or retarded, depending on how good you're at it, I guess). Otherwise, if you like its art style (I really couldn't image anybody actually does...) watch it. Otherwise, there'll be no reason for you to watch it.

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