|Your fate is in the cards|
|A buttload of depressed people trying to look tough before the mighty hallmaster|
|Black suits are some of this show's staples|
But now that Kaiji is in the heat of it, what gamble will pay his debt?
Attached to a stick-in velcro strip, star pendants will be used to keep track of the player's progress on a round of Restricted Rock-paper-scissors. Victory means an obtained star pendant, while defeat equates loss of one. A tie means that nothing happens, apart from the discarding of the used cards. Ah, players are supposed to use up all of their gesture cards (there are 12 of them) in order to finish the game. At the end of the game if a player still has some cards left, regardless of how many star pendants he has, he will be sent to the "dreaded other room". Apparently, the other room is a place where no-one wants to go. It's never made clear up to this point what the losers' den looks like, but Kaiji is so terrified at the thought of being sent there that his thought doesn't linger long on this prospect. All that matters for him is to get over this gamble as quickly as possible, and do the best thing that he can do- survive.
|How low this whole gamble bullshit makes me!|
|Repent while you can! I may not be here long.|
But who is the mysterious with the gall to strut with all that confidence at a time like this? What impact will he have for the remainder of Kaiji's stay? WHat did he mean when he stated that taking the upper limit was the only logical choice to make? It might not mean much by now, but this man will later turn out to be a very likeable and at the same time revoltingly swindling conman.For now he has a decent proposal to Kaiji and totes it accordingly:
|Some of Kaiji's worst opponents come out as seemingly harmless creatures.|
Turns out that Kaiji can wear out his fateful supply of cards by getting 12 draws in a row! How come isn't everyone thinking about the same?
Here's why people on this ship aren't cooperating to break it even without causing harm to others. It's all fine and dandy to trust your partner in order to escape danger, but once the prospect of earning easy resources dawn on one of the participants' minds, things take a turn for the worse. If you happen to be called Funai, this means to tune in to your more inner cravings for material advantage, which is about the most ambitious goal a man can have in his darkest hours. If you're the same Funai who borrowed the upper limit of 10 million yen and you've approached a desperate young man with a sweet offer for freedom, this means you're bound to resort to something that most ethically minded entities would frown upon, but nevertheless seems convenient to fulfill personal desires.
|You'd also be issuing zawa zawa sounds if you were just backstabbed .|
That's right. Funai backstabs Kaiji without the slightest tingle of regret and leaves him with only one star pendant, one gesture card and a hopeless situation. Will now Kaiji at last show his true colours and make a dignified escapade or will he have to squirm out of this plight by employing the most unimaginable tactics yet?
|Tonegawa drives home some painful truths to his target audience.More on him will be evident later as the series progresses.|