Kaiji Gambling Manga to Resume After 14-Month Break
posted on by Egan Loo
This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine announced on Monday that Nobuyuki Fukumoto will resume his gambling manga Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji Kazuya-Hen in the next issue on Saturday. The manga has been on hiatus since February of last year. Young Magazine's preview advertises the start of the much anticipated matchup between Kaiji and Kazuya.
In the Kodansha Manga Award-winning story of the original 1996-1999 Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji series, a consummate gambler named Kaiji bets on games ranging from janken (rock-paper-scissors) and human racing to falling pachinko balls and two-player mahjong. There were two Kaiji sequels before Fukumoto launched Kazuya-Hen in 2009.
The story inspired two television 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). The website Joost streamed the first anime series in 2009.