Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji (lit. Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji) is a Japanese manga series about the art of gambling, written by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. It is published by Kodansha in Young Magazine. The first part of the manga (13 volumes), was adapted as a 26-episode anime television series called Kaiji, which began airing October 2007. Madhouse has revealed that a second season of the anime is planned. A live-action 'Kaiji' movie was released October 10, 2009 in Japan with Tatsuya Fujiwara, most noted for playing Yagami Light in the Death Note live-action, playing the role of Kaiji. Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji is considered Fukumoto's most famous work, and is well known in both Japan and Korea. In 1998, it was the winner of the Kodansha Manga Award in the General category.
After graduating from high school in 1996 in Japan, Ito Kaiji moves to Tokyo to get a job, but he fails to find steady employment because of his eccentric disposition and because the country is mired in its first recession since World War II. Depressed, he festers in his apartment, biding the time with cheap pranks, gambles, liquor and cigarettes. Kaiji is always thinking about money and his perpetual poverty frequently brings him to tears.
Kaiji's unrelenting misery continues for two years until he is paid an unexpected visit from a man named Endo, who wants to collect an outstanding debt owed to him in Kaiji's name. Endo gives Kaiji two options - either spend ten years to repay this outstanding debt, or board the gambling ship Espoir ("hope" in French) for one night to clear the debt. Using a con, Endo pressures Kaiji into accepting the deal, believing he will never come back from the voyage.
Tobaku Mokushiroki Kaiji is an adventure gambling game in which the player have to defeat different characters that are in the gambling ship to win the price.
Nobuyuki Fukumoto popular cartoon [Apocalypse Kaiji gambling-themed adventure game systems. Also appear to play an original 12 cards with the first book of scissors "scissors" exclusive to repay a huge debt in the victory over rivals. System equipped with multi-scenario game-changing moment to moment depending on, enjoy the thrilling victory.
- First & Third person perspectives.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Gambling & Anime themes.