Creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto Tries Out Kaiji VR's Perilous Balancing Act

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Manga creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto has continually put his characters in high-stakes situations, but the tables turned on September 14 when he was put in Kaiji's footsteps in the Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~) PlayStation VR game.

Game developer Solid Sphere launched the title in Japan on August 28 for 1,800 yen (about US$16).. The scenario is based on part of the manga's "Despair Castle" arc where contestants attempt to cross four steel beams across skyscrapers, with the beams getting narrower the farther contestants go along. Fukumoto got a first-hand look at how terrifying his own creation actually is, given that contestants are encouraged to push each other in an effort to be first.

The VR game also features famous scenes from the manga.

The story inspired two television anime series and two live-action films with director Tōya Satō (live-action Gokusen, Gatchaman) and main star Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light, Battle Royale's Shuya).

Source: Comic Natalie

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