Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji Manga Volume 1

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About Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji Manga Volume 1

Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji Manga Volume 1 features story and art by Nobuyuki Fukumoto.

One day, ne'er-do-well Kaiji Itou's shiftless existence is suddenly rattled by a visit from the yakuza. Burdened by debt and resentment, Kaiji is coerced into gambling for his worthless life. As the stakes grow higher and the rules become increasingly more bizarre, Kaiji must finally take the future into his own hands!

Legendary mangaka Nobuyuki Fukumoto finally makes his English-language debut. The inspiration for the infamous anime by the same name and the Netflix live-action film Animal World takes readers into the dark side of Japan's post-bubble economic society by thrusting them into a world of debt, debauchery, and delusion.


  • Publisher: DENPA
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Drama
  • Themes: Battles, Historical
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Release Date: 12/10/2019
  • Page Count: 520
  • Dimensional Weight: 1.35
  • Written Language: English

Ratings & Reviews

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A tense gambling thriller!

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Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji is a title I never thought I would see published in the good old U.S.A. and I am psyched that I get to have an official release in my hands. I would describe it as Yu-Gi-Oh! for Adults, Kaiji is the story of a burn out at the end of his rope, who is roped into a life or death gambling cruise. The art in the manga might be off putting for some, but the high stakes consequences and strategy make this a real cliff hanger and page turner that I couldn't put down. Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Death Note would enjoy this series.

Its finally here


This is my second all time favorite series right behind Samurai Champloo.
The art is unique for sure, the story telling is good, the plot is good as well.
Now that the manga is doing well in the states lets get that blu ray!

Everything I hoped for

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I'm a big fan of Kaiji, so I was excited to finally have the manga released in English. If you haven't experienced Kaiji, I'd recommend watching the anime, but this manga is also a good choice. Almost everything about this release is perfect. I have only a minor complaint about the translation, which is overall excellent, but there is a handful of slang/memes that appears occasionally that disrupts the tone/feeling. Other than that, though, fantastic release, can't wait for the other volumes

My Man Kaiji

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I see a lot of potential here. I didn't watch the anime, so coming in blind gave this series an extra boost of enjoyment. It's not often that you feel like there's real stakes in when it comes to a main character's outcome, but Kaiji seems to nail that.

The quailty of the book is really nice. It's a good blend of feeling sturdy but flexible and the translation notes are a nice touch. I bought this as the second volume has been delayed for the n-teenth time, which makes me nervous, but I'm hopeful that DENPA can start cranking these out at a decent pace.