Kaiji season 2 episode 23 ~ but! but!!
September 9, 2011
The incredible part of these closing episodes of the Bog arc of Kaiji is that it is up one minute, and down the next. Episode 23 of Kaiji season 2 continues in this fashion: now the machine is unbeatable, then Kaiji has a surefire plan, then that plan falls apart … and so on. In a sense, the whole purpose of watching Kaiji is not the plot, as much as it is the adrenalin rush. Which, I guess is a perfect representation of the gambling experience.
The flip side of Kaiji’s emotions, of course, are those of Ichijou, the manager of the casino. Watching him wipe away his tears, and sob that he survived, is the equivalent of dropping from the top of a rise on a roller coaster; suddenly one’s stomach floats up into the throat. How can this be? Then, with a whoosh! the car reverses direction at the bottom of a new rise, and everybody is screaming, as Kaiji comes up with a new path to victory.
I do love watching the crazy, adrenaline-provoking antics of Kaiji and friends. I have a hard time believing the live-action movie can be as intense and OTT as the anime, but with the anime wrapping up soon, I will probably jonesing for an adrenaline fix real bad.