Kaiji Spinoff Manga Tonegawa Gets TV Anime This Year by Madhouse
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Amazon Japan's listed cover image for the third volume of Motomu Uehara, Kazuya Arai, Tensei Hagiwara, and Nobuyuki Fukumoto's 1-nichi Gaishutsu-roku Hanchō manga (pictured below center) reveals that the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) is getting a television anime adaptation. Madhouse (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Overlord) will produce the anime, which is slated to premiere on NTV's "AnichU" programming block this year. The third volume of 1-nichi Gaishutsu-roku Hanchō will formally ship on March 6.
Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (pictured at right) focuses on the "agonizing daily life of Teiai Group executive Yukio Tonegawa, who gets into conflicts with Hyōdō and the black suits."
The manga launched in Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine in 2015 with collaboration from Kaiji creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto. Tensei Hagiwara is writing the series, and Tomohiro Hashimoto and Tomoki Miyoshi are providing the art. Kodansha published the sixth compiled book volume on November 6. The series ranked at #1 on the top 20 list of manga for male readers in the 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook.
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 ended in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine in September, and Kodansha shipped the 16th compiled volume on January 5. The original series has also inspired three spinoff manga.
In addition, Kaiji has inspired two television anime series, 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), and a reality game show. Crunchyroll is streaming both anime seasons.
The Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~) PlayStation VR game launched in Japan on August 28.