The mahjong game between Iwao Washizu and Akagi is about to commence and with the dangerous house rules put in place, this could easily go south at any moment. However Akagi is not satisfied with the 20 million wager and requests that Iwao increases it, tenfold. But it will take a lot to convince Iwao.
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Kaiji Ito is as pathetic a person as they come; a man who gambles his days away, only winning enough to lose significantly more. He hates himself, is riddled with envy for others, but is ultimately too weak to think of a way out of his massive debts. Then one day he is approached by a strange man who offers him what seems the solution of a lifetime – to...
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You immediately think of Akagi when you watch Kaiji, and vice versa. The similarity is in the character design, colour/tones, and especially the drama! The intense, competitive feel you experienced in Akagi is also expressed in Kaiji. You'll definitely like one if you like the other.
Being similar in everything except for the character line-up and background story, you'll definitely enjoy Akagi and Kaiji. It is safe to assume that both series take place in the same 'world'. Both feature extreme forms of gambling in combination with yakuza practices.
Both Akagi and Kaiji deal with the characters being put into high stake gambles. By using their wit and talent they might just get out of it alive.
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Both Hikaru no Go and Akagi are based on the games of Go and Mahjong. Even though Akagi has a much darker side then Hikaru no Go, both of the lead characters are extremely talented boys that are dragged into playing a game (Akagi=Mahjong, Hikaru=Go) in which they have to face the best to meet their goals.
Both Hikaru no Go and Akagi deal with games that are not too well-known how to play outside of Asia. While watching, you can learn about the games while enjoying stories that revolve around them. Hikaru no Go deals with Go and is more of an upbeat anime for all ages to enjoy. Akagi deals with Mahjong and is a darker anime that deals with the underground (Yakuza & games where the loser dies, etc.) and is more of a PG-13 type anime.
Both HnG and Akagi rely heavily on tension which is developed through board game playing. They're both excellent series that involve the same basic principle of an unknown rookie player furthering himself through competitions, in order to compete with better players. Often times the mahjong pieces in Akagi are even thrown down in the same manner as the marble pieces in Hikaru no Go.
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Even though Akagi is about Mahjong, what drives it are the battles of wit and intellect, not to mention risk-taking, that its protagonist endures for money, reputation, and life. It's riveting, filled with suspense, and is light on action and heavy on brains. In other words, very similar in dynamics to what makes Death Note great.
Therefore, if you enjoyed Akagi, you'll be sure to enjoy Death Note. Throw in supernatural powers, replace Mahjong with Death itself, and add engaging character development, and you've got Death Note. Have an apple and be overwhelmed.
Both Akagi and Death Note follow the life of a boy genius, tracing his devious antics as he strives to become God (Death Note in a more literal sense, Akagi less so). Both plot lines are progressive, manga-lead stories, which genuinely keep you in a state of suspense.
Both Akagi and Death Note run on the basic principle of manipulation, trickery, and mind battles. While in one this is done on an actual game board, in the other it is performed through a man's pursuit to create his ideal world. While everything else is different, the core that the shows are built upon is the same. If you liked Akagi, you will adore Death Note. If you liked Death Note, you will probably like Akagi.