Kaiji Season 2 episode 17 ~ pointless gesture
July 31, 2011
In episode 17, time and money is running out for Kaiji, and the impenetrable block is still refusing every one of his pachinko balls. Meanwhile the game gains an unexpected audience. This is one of those episodes that almost has me wishing Kaiji never gets out of debt — unfortunately this show won’t go on forever, so tune in now before it’s too late!
Kaiji doesn’t make much progress, instead he loses another 15 million yen, but the stakes get larger and larger as Chairman Hyoudou finally shows his ugly face. The Chairman throws a “watch Kaiji throw his money away” party. After he gets down on all fours and sticks his disgusting face in the silver bowl filled with
blood red wine, he exhorts his minions to do the same. When the first minion to accept the invitation, doesn’t sound excited enough Houdou has him killed.
Hyoudou is the ultimate expression of evil. He is disgusting and petty, but everything is going to go his way. In an ideal world Hyoudou wouldn’t exist, but Kaiji isn’t a story about an ideal world, it is about the disgusting reality of human beings. A world in which rising to the top requires stomping on other people’s faces creates depraved monsters who are addicted to power. Hyoudou is one such monster. He already has everything, but he wants to take away even more from the others.
Hyoudou doesn’t just want to watch Kaiji lose, he wants to watch Kaiji’s friends watch Kaiji lose. He takes people who have less than nothing, and gives them something (hope) only so he can take it away. This isn’t about getting more money. The Teiai has so much money that he could let them all go and be unaffected. Even if Kaiji wins, it won’t have a serious effect on Hyoudou. He has too much money to care. He also has so much power that his will is nearly absolute. Objectively he gains NOTHING by crushing those remaining in the pit. They are already dispirited. They already have to suffer every day. Yet Hyoudou wants to crush the already crushed. He wants their broken spirits to break again. Hyoudou’s megalomania knows no limits.