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Gamble Fish


Alt Names: alt ギャンブルフィッシュalt 鬥魚alt 斗鱼
Author: AOYAMA Hiromi
Artist: YAMANE Kazutoshi
Genres: Action ActionAdventure AdventureComedy ComedyDrama DramaEcchi EcchiHarem HaremMystery MysteryPsychological PsychologicalSchool Life School LifeShounen Shounen
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: The story is set at Shishidou, a school attended by rich and elite people. Tomu Shirasagi, a gambler, is a mysterious new transfer student who has come from a public school (instead of a prestigious private one) and faces the elitist environment. There, he declares a challenge toward any student and claims he will bring to the ruin the whole school through a series of gambling matches. Nobody knows why he has come to that school or what the real motivations behind his actions are.

During any match, Tomu shows off all of his unique coolness and ability.

He employs a wide range of tricks, both psychological and physical, to ensure his victory. In any game, you will constantly ask how he's planning to win, why he's really doing certain things, and what's really going on. At the end of the matches, the tricks are revealed, and they all work in real life, even if they do require one to be highly skilled or lucky in order to perform them.

The story centers around the various matches he undertakes and the interactions between the various characters, like Mika Shishidou, the beautiful granddaughter of the school headmaster, who is highly intelligent but contemptuous and superb, or Abidani, the vampiric looking dorm superintendent and main villain (for now) in the series, who has a sadistic personality and whose goal is to make Tomu leave his school (or to get him killed).

As the story unfolds, more about Tomu's past is revealed, leading to unpredictable turns of events.
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Vol.17 Ch.149: [Change]
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Vol.17 Ch.148: God of Stripping
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY A week ago
Vol.17 Ch.147: Open Riichi
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 2 weeks ago
Vol.17 Ch.146: Delusions
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 3 weeks ago
Vol.17 Ch.145: Theory
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 4 weeks ago
Vol.17 Ch.144: Change Mahjong
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 25 July 2015 - 06:23 AM
Vol.17 Ch.143: Guillotine Necklace
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 15 July 2015 - 06:35 AM
Vol.17 Ch.142: Guardian Angel
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 08 July 2015 - 02:58 AM
Vol.16 Ch.141: Squeeze
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 30 June 2015 - 06:20 AM
Vol.16 Ch.140: Reserver
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 24 June 2015 - 07:39 AM
Vol.16 Ch.139: Determination
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 15 June 2015 - 12:08 PM
Vol.16 Ch.138: Yes, We Can!
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 05:53 AM
Vol.16 Ch.137: Card of Death
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 06:42 AM [A]
Vol.16 Ch.136: B.T.S
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 06:44 AM [A]
Vol.16 Ch.135: Full Charge
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 06:45 AM [A]
Vol.16 Ch.134: Window
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 06:46 AM [A]
Vol.16 Ch.133: King
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 06:48 AM [A]
Vol.15 Ch.132: Change
Uncharted Scanlations HusseinR 09 June 2015 - 06:50 AM [A]
Vol.15 Ch.131: Mission
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 09 June 2015 - 06:50 AM [A]
Vol.15 Ch.130: E.F.F.B.
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 09 June 2015 - 06:49 AM [A]
Vol.15 Ch.129: Kaiser Again
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 09 June 2015 - 06:48 AM [A]
Vol.15 Ch.128: Nyotai Table
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 09 June 2015 - 06:45 AM [A]
Vol.15 Ch.127: Gokijima's Close Call
Uncharted Scanlations GundamY 09 June 2015 - 06:30 AM [A]
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Vol.13 Ch.112: Sacrifices
htrajan aVylaar Xmas :) ★ 19 June 2014 - 03:21 PM
Vol.13 Ch.111: Block
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Vol.13 Ch.110: Face Man
htrajan aVylaar Xmas :) ★ 25 February 2014 - 08:02 PM
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Ch.10: The Gambler's Law
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:38 PM [A]
Ch.9: The Devil of Gambling
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:38 PM [A]
Ch.8: The Bond Known as Magic
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:37 PM [A]
Ch.7: The Magic Known as Gambling
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:37 PM [A]
Ch.6: Light and Darkness
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:37 PM [A]
Ch.5: Magician
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:37 PM [A]
Ch.4: Decoy
OMFGG-Scans Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:36 PM [A]
Ch.3: The Three Truths
Stand Alone Scanlation Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:36 PM [A]
Ch.2: Two-Up
Stand Alone Scanlation Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:36 PM [A]
Ch.1: Truth and Lies
Stand Alone Scanlation Sality 04 October 2011 - 03:35 PM [A]


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Sorry for the delay, you guys. School is starting soon, but that doesn't mean this scanlation series will be on hiatus again

 

Edgestrider and I discussed about scanlation duties, and I know how hardworking he is with his job in real life. So for the rest of the volumes, don't worry, as I'm going to make sure every last chapter available will be translated by yours truly. 

m'sorry, but i completely missed your reference nja.

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...wat 0_______0

is it really yishanten?

More like how Hitler did it...

m'sorry, but i completely missed your reference nja.

"God of Stripping"

 

And with that chapter title, the view count for this series suddenly shot up to OVER 9000!!!

Gotta power pull that mahjong piece like a Yugioh card

More like how Hitler did it...

Considering the manga, the solution to save everyone probably somehow involves the guardian angels getting naked.

 

So what, do I try predicting the winning lottery numbers next?

I don't know man, the guy plays very good considering that he has a hole in his head, kidding aside, the man is awful but in this fictional world the more ridiculous the character the better gambler he ends being; like I said in other manga we should disregard logic while reading this manga and embrace how funny this farcical world is.  

I myself said a few pages back, after Omaha revived the BRs with his 'murican powers of change and democracy, that I am only reading this for the insanity too XD.
Where else can I see an author bring into the picture a SHAPESHIFTER and having everyone's reaction in-universe be: "OH MY GOD... HE WAS  NOT TOMU'S FATHER?!?!?!". I even ignored the fact that the shapeshifter was completely wasted on a story-telling perspective, who the hell writes in a shapeshifter as an opponent into his gambling-themed story and has the guy play roullete?!?!?!

Gotta power pull that mahjong piece like a Yugioh card

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Well, I am done harping excessively on Gamble Fish from now on, me spamming "These guys are really bad at this" must be pretty annoying, even more so considering I am pretty sure from reading the comments that no one comes here looking for a serious gambling manga. I will return to mocking it lightheartedly like everyone else and I apologize for my long-ass comments taking up so much space on the page.
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I don't know man, the guy plays very good considering that he has a hole in his head, kidding aside, the man is awful but in this fictional world the more ridiculous the character the better gambler he ends being; like I said in other manga we should disregard logic while reading this manga and embrace how funny this farcical world is.  

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Well, I am done harping excessively on Gamble Fish from now on, me spamming "These guys are really bad at this" must be pretty annoying, even more so considering I am pretty sure from reading the comments that no one comes here looking for a serious gambling manga. I will return to mocking it lightheartedly like everyone else and I apologize for my long-ass comments taking up so much space on the page.
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The force is strong with this one...
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Also Serph, it is not like Abidani was any better in his game agaisnt Omaha(you are right, this is pretty cringe-worthy), Abidani went from shit-eating grin while he was winning(he even went as far as to give Omaha his prize early) to grumpy stuttering goblin upon things not going his way ONCE(Omaha didn't turn the tables or anything, Abidanis gun was empty, they were back at an even playing field, an actually competent Gambler would revise his strategy but would remain confident, considering their difference in skill was enough for him to go 9-0 initially). That makes me believe if Abidani ever played something as mundane as checkers agaisnt Hyodo, he would leave without an arm, with a 100 million yen debt.

I suppose Abidani is going for a ippatsu tsumo after open riichi next chapter.

Yes they all would be terrible gamblers in real life but at least with Omaha (god, even feels idiotic to type that name) his reactions are adequate, the guy was not a career gambler if anything he played too well for being an amateur that just believes in himself (to a delusional level).

 

What bothers me more is the idiotic need to place the main character in one of those Yu-gi-oh kind of situations all the fucking time (I guess that that is pretty common in most gambling stories) situations where just by pure luck the guy makes a miracle comeback after being just a move, a point, a lifepoint or whatever to lose and all that while the opponents are in a position of overwhelming advantage. If they were as skilled as advertised they would not find themselves in that kind of situations all the time, that scenario is interesting if used scarcely; if not, it becomes as interesting as seeing all those Fairy Tail kind of stories when the protagonists win all the time in the same way.

 

Back to your comment, those exaggerated reactions,sadly, are a necessity, even those other mangas that others have already mentioned, which are probably way better than this one, they have to use over the top reactions and situations that would pretty idiotic in real life, to add entertainment because a realistic gambling manga would probably be boring to most but the hardcore fans of those games or sports.

One of the reasons why I like Kaiji best out of all of Fukumoto's gambling manga is because since Kaiji is a loser down on is luck, his reactions and his continued sinking in worse situations mid game are justified by the fact that he is no pro gambler, if he was good enough to read people and think clearly outside of a pinch, he wouldnt even be in the terrible situations he always finds himself in. But differently from Gamble fish, in Kaiji's case, making him despair mid game isn't a dramatic crutch, because he still analyses his games and solves his problems with wit and intelligence.
I would argue about the exagerated reactions. Sure it is important to show emotion, it adds weight to the plays and all, but the timing they do so in Gamble Fish is just baffling. Look at Shu Mei's temper tantrum in the most recent chapter, it was REALLY early game and extremely amateurish. Good going Shu Mei, I wonder what was the point of even pretending you were siding with Tomu if you were just going throw any remains of your facade away at the first failed attempt. Had you feigned neutrality, saying you were only doing what it took to take down Abidani instead of making it personal like you did might have made it possible to trick him later on, now you just made him overly suspicious of you and severely limited the potency of your bluffs agaisnt him. The villains in Kaiji and Akagi do overreact, but only when stuff really starts to get out of hand and the protagonists are starting to turn the game.
In short: you are right in both accounts, both the ridiculous situations and the overreacting bad guys are common fare in gambling manga, but my problem with the use of those tropes in Gamble Fish is that they are not justified well enough here.

Anyone else noticed how the characters in this manga are actually pretty bad at gambling? They overreact to every single play that doesn't immediately go their way(see the Omaha v Abidani duel) making their plans and emotions obvious to pretty much anyone, enter games with no insurance of even the possibility of victory(like, risk is always going to be a factor, but we rarely see anyone even attempting damage control or planning), they barely even bluff when bluffing is essential(they start their duels by bluffing to raise the stakes and all, but the only bad guy I remember bluffing at the end of a game was the numberphile chick) and most of their "gambling feats" involve ridiculous stunts that most likely would have never been necessary if they were actually good players(cutting his fingers to mark the cards, surviving an electrical chair penalty for losing, surviving a bullet in the head penalty, etc.)

Yes they all would be terrible gamblers in real life but at least with Omaha (god, even feels idiotic to type that name) his reactions are adequate, the guy was not a career gambler if anything he played too well for being an amateur that just believes in himself (to a delusional level).

 

What bothers me more is the idiotic need to place the main character in one of those Yu-gi-oh kind of situations all the fucking time (I guess that that is pretty common in most gambling stories) situations where just by pure luck the guy makes a miracle comeback after being just a move, a point, a lifepoint or whatever to lose and all that while the opponents are in a position of overwhelming advantage. If they were as skilled as advertised they would not find themselves in that kind of situations all the time, that scenario is interesting if used scarcely; if not, it becomes as interesting as seeing all those Fairy Tail kind of stories when the protagonists win all the time in the same way.

 

Back to your comment, those exaggerated reactions,sadly, are a necessity, even those other mangas that others have already mentioned, which are probably way better than this one, they have to use over the top reactions and situations that would pretty idiotic in real life, to add entertainment because a realistic gambling manga would probably be boring to most but the hardcore fans of those games or sports.

 

That's a large part of why I greatly prefer Akagi (and Fukumoto's works in general) over stuff like Gamble Fish: While luck is always a factor to some extent in Fukumoto's works as it is in anything gambling related, the protagonists don't rely upon it and if ever they do something that looks strange to the viewer initially, they pretty much always explain in detail afterwards the logic and thought process behind it. There's no bullshit, just well thought out and tense gambling.

 

Try something like Gambling Emperor Zero if you want a taste of his stuff without heavy Mahjong involvement like there is in Akagi.

I actually prefer the Kaiji sagas to the Akagi sagas or to Zero in the intensity department, but I also really like both. When I first started reading Fukumoto, I began with Kaiji because back then, I did not know how to play Mahjong and I was blown away by how involving and well thought out it all was. After that, I got hooked and did my best to learn the rules of Mahjong as fast as possible. Kaiji is not even my favorite Fukumoto series(although it is my favorite gambling manga), that title goes to Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa, I think I just find Fukumoto's way of writing losers compelling.

From early on I actually realized that I would enjoy Gamble Fish more as a joke than for it's gambling, and it never disappointed me there: the clean cut with a chainsaw, the snake game, the tengu and the shapeshifter are all examples of the raw insanity that I find to be the real draw of Gamble Fish. My original comment was more of a riff on the manga itself, just acknowledging the ridiculousness of it all.



Anyone else noticed how the characters in this manga are actually pretty bad at gambling? They overreact to every single play that doesn't immediately go their way(see the Omaha v Abidani duel) making their plans and emotions obvious to pretty much anyone, enter games with no insurance of even the possibility of victory(like, risk is always going to be a factor, but we rarely see anyone even attempting damage control or planning), they barely even bluff when bluffing is essential(they start their duels by bluffing to raise the stakes and all, but the only bad guy I remember bluffing at the end of a game was the numberphile chick) and most of their "gambling feats" involve ridiculous stunts that most likely would have never been necessary if they were actually good players(cutting his fingers to mark the cards, surviving an electrical chair penalty for losing, surviving a bullet in the head penalty, etc.)

 

That's a large part of why I greatly prefer Akagi (and Fukumoto's works in general) over stuff like Gamble Fish: While luck is always a factor to some extent in Fukumoto's works as it is in anything gambling related, the protagonists don't rely upon it and if ever they do something that looks strange to the viewer initially, they pretty much always explain in detail afterwards the logic and thought process behind it. There's no bullshit, just well thought out and tense gambling.

 

Try something like Gambling Emperor Zero if you want a taste of his stuff without heavy Mahjong involvement like there is in Akagi.

Anyone else noticed how the characters in this manga are actually pretty bad at gambling? They overreact to every single play that doesn't immediately go their way(see the Omaha v Abidani duel) making their plans and emotions obvious to pretty much anyone, enter games with no insurance of even the possibility of victory(like, risk is always going to be a factor, but we rarely see anyone even attempting damage control or planning), they barely even bluff when bluffing is essential(they start their duels by bluffing to raise the stakes and all, but the only bad guy I remember bluffing at the end of a game was the numberphile chick) and most of their "gambling feats" involve ridiculous stunts that most likely would have never been necessary if they were actually good players(cutting his fingers to mark the cards, surviving an electrical chair penalty for losing, surviving a bullet in the head penalty, etc.)

Thanks for providing the explanations of Mahjong! Much appreciated. And thanks for the hard work on scanlating this series!

I apologize to anyone that plays mahjong, but damn this is boring the hell out of me.

 

I want to apologize for Gamble Fish on behalf of Mahjong, because this current arc is doing a really crappy job of representing the game.

I apologize to anyone that plays mahjong, but damn this is boring the hell out of me.

Thanx Dude for the Info iam definitely going to check this out, and will add the explanatory notes into the GF

 

A couple more things I just thought to include:

 

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That's all of the 'Man Zi' tiles lined up in numerical order, consider it a cheat sheet since people who are not familiar with the characters tend to mix up the middle / later ones.

 

http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/mahjong/mahjong_e.html

There's a webpage where you can play Mahjong against three computer players, also if you scroll down it gives a very basic tl;dr of how to play Mahjong along with all the scoring hands, what they're worth and picture examples of most of them. Quick note: The CPU is actually pretty strong so don't be too surprised if you lose at it.

 

http://tenhou.net/0/?L7777

You can play Mahjong with friends there online without needing to create an account, just drop in and play. For 4 players, you all want to hit the first or second button in the second row in the lobby and for a special 3 player variant with most of the Man Zi tiles removed (for people with few friends) just hit the first or second button in the 5th row. The buttons for declaring tsumo, pon, chi, kan, ron etc during the game are in Japanese but you can easily tell them apart after seeing them once or twice. If you want a populated lobby instead of just friends, change the number at the end of the url to a lower one.

 

 

If there's anything else I can help with Mahjong for anybody, just ask away.

For anybody here who wants an idea of what the hell is going on, try this:

 

 

That's the first three episodes of the anime "Akagi" and it explains various basics and intricacies of Mahjong in a simple and easy to understand way as part of the show itself while being entertaining rather than trying to be educational. If anybody decides they like where that's going and want to see more of it, you can find a playlist of all the episodes here. The Akagi anime is what got me in to mahjong in the first place, if even one of you come to like mahjong or the Akagi anime thanks to this comment then my work here is done :)

 

Thanx Dude for the Info iam definitely going to check this out, and will add the explanatory notes into the GF


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