Monday, October 3, 2011

[Ended] Kaiji 2: Luck vs. Skill

Some say that luck favors the skilled. That in my opinion is largely reflected upon in this exciting second season of Kaiji.

While the main theme of this season is cheating, there is no lack of excitement watching people out cheat each other. Waiting to see the next episode of Kaiji is about one of the most agonizing thing in last six months, especially for the very last month of the pachinko showdown. It was filled with what  would call "expected surprises"--you know something going to happen, just not sure exactly how it's going to happen. This waiting and guessing game is the primary fuel of the excitements. Better yet, it even manages to throw one last curve ball when everything seems to be over.

Even though I was never fond of gambling, watching this reaffirms my position on never gamble, especially gamble games that is purely based on luck. It's something you'll never win. 

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 94 (Extremely dramatic)
Comedy: N/A
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 81 (Still takes a bit to get used to)
Sound/Music: 90 (Just as exciting)
Character: 88 (Overdramatic)
Plot: 96 (Twists and Turns)
Ending: 90 (Comradery and backstabbing)

Re-watch value: 40 (Won't be nearly as exciting)

Overall: 91 -  Intriguing

Recommendation: While it's not nearly as deep into logical analysis as season one, this psychological thriller is still just as exciting. If you could overlook the strange art style, this is one of the most exciting show of this season.

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