Kaiji Manga Gets New Spinoff About Ōtsuki

posted on by Karen Ressler
Tonegawa spinoff's Hagiwara writes story, original creator Fukumoto collaborates

This year's combined 4th and 5th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine launched a second spinoff manga series for Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji manga last week. Fukumoto is collaborating on the manga, Tensei Hagiwara is writing the story, and Motomu Uehara and Kazuya Arai are drawing the art. The series will run every other week.

The spinoff is titled 1-nichi Gaishutsuroku Hanchō (One-Day Outing Chronicle Leader) and it focuses on the character Ōtsuki. It is set in Tokyo, where Ōtsuki uses a "One-Day Outing Ticket" to leave the forced labor camp for people who have gambling debts.

The first Kaiji spinoff manga, Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa), focusing on the character Tonegawa, launched in June 2015 in Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine, where it is ongoing. Hagiwara also writes the series with Fukumoto's collaboration and art by Tomoki Miyoshi and Tomohiro Hashimoto. Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook ranked the spinoff as the #1 manga for male readers in its 2017 edition.

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 three Kaiji sequels before Fukumoto launched Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji One Poker-Hen in 2013. One Poker-Hen is still running in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine, and Kodansha shipped the 12th compiled volume on October 6.

Kaiji has 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). Crunchyroll is streaming both anime seasons.

Source: Mantan Web

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