Hopeless gambling addict plays pachinko for 10 episodes.
The first season of Kaiji is one of my all-time favorite series, but by the time the second season aired I’d already read the manga and knew this arc kind of dragged. So I never got around to watching it until now.
And well, it’s about what I expected. It’s all right, but defintely a big step down from season one. You still have all the crazy mindgames and hilarious facial expressions, but it doesn’t reach the same heights as before. It’s probably because the games are kind of passive. The big showdown is against a pachinko machine. It’s actually remarkable that it’s entertaining at all because Kaiji essentially doesn’t do anything but hold a button for 10 episodes. Everything else is preparation and luck. And just about when you think it’s gone on long enough, there’s still about four more episodes of it left.
Overally it was still fun to watch, and it starts off good, but by the end I was really just waiting for it to be over with.