He’s comin’ back… He ain’t. He’s comin’ back… He… Ain’t!! Just give up on that insensitive dude ever coming back! He probably found a woman off somewhere and- “WOMAN”?!
He probably found a woman off somewhere and- “WOMAN”?! My darlin’d never tie himself down like that! That just changed it to “he’s comin’ back”, didn’t it! HUH?! TETSU!! I knew you’d come back! Yeah! Me too, me too! What’re you sayin’… Didn’t you just say he wouldn’t, a bit ago? Ah, yeah, well… Before today, I really did think he was going to- COME-!! Kggghhh, that really huuuurt, maaaaannn… But still… Somehow… I’m really glad! Welcome back. Good to be back. Danchi. Yessir! It’s been a while since I’ve been in Shinjuku… let’s go hit up the parlors. Even if you say that, I’m really hungry! Why don’t we just go eat some fried beef over at Ikebukuro, instead? No, I’m not hungry. Then why don’tcha come drink with me at the bar! Okay? No thanks. Guess I’ll go by myself, then. T-t-t-tetsu!! Wait up! You cain’t go, Darlin’! What’re you talking about? You’ll see me right after. Of all the times… for him to return now… Wonder how everyone’s doing… If I want to go somewhere I’m sure to run into people I know… okay, guess I’ll go play at “Matoya”. Hm? Don’t go wandering into my parlor with those filthy rags! Get lost, you old bum!! Aren’t you… Zukumura?! Is… Is that you, Tetsu… You look terrible! You didn’t stop gambling or anything, did you? …Tetsu… Our time… The time for us gamblers is over, now… Huh? Now… is the age of “Proper Mahjong Players”… “Proper Mahjong Players”…? There’s only young people of respectable jobs, here… Not a single gambler to be found… The #1 Gambler in Shinjuku, Kid Tetsu, has once again returned to the town of Shinjuku. However, Tetsuya, who recalls Shinjuku as a hotspot for Mahjong gambling, is shocked to find that all the gamblers have disappeared from the streets. All the gambling dens have been cleaned up, and turned into no-betting houses that are advertised in plain sight. Faced with this situation, Tetsuya, whose memories of this place have been dashed, senses the existence of a certain group of men within this changed landscape! Declaration of War! The Four Guardians of Nogami! This… This is… Is this supposed to be a gambling strip…? This parlor has a Chip-based system, where each player may turn their chips into money at an exchange counter. Naturally, there is nothing illegal about it. And since the stakes are so low at this parlor… Yo, Master. It’s been a while. Things sure have changed… Even this parlor has. Kid… I’m sorry, but… this parlor doesn’t allow the likes of you. And why’s that? Because you’re a gambler. Master… What are you saying… This place is no longer the gambling den you once knew. Nowadays, mahjong isn’t gambling at all. It’s turned into a legitimate business. We teach mahjong to amateur businessmen and take a tuition fee from them. Once they develop an interest in Mahjong, they come back to play, and we take a part of that, as well, as our rake. How about it? A fine, capitalistic system, right? Japan lost to America, and has become a tidy little country, as a result. Mahjong is the same. It’s become a pastime for proper, working individuals. It had to, to continue in any capacity. So that’s why… You should just go back home. Okay, Tetsu? H-Hey! Tetsu!! You’ll bother the guests! Just go away! Hey, Master. Shall I toss this guy out? N-No… He was just leaving, so… Out of the way, Master… If you keep giving him that nice, polite treatment, he’ll never learn his lesson! Hey, Tetsu! Where ya been? You should come tell us if you’ve come back! Guys… Hey, you!! Didn’t I tell you all you were banned from coming in here?! Shaddup! Tetsu’s come back, all right?! We don’t gotta listen to what you say, no more! As long as we pay the entrance fee, we’re all customers too, aren’t we? Wha… What’d you say?! You bastards…!! Hey. What’s all this ruckus about? Money-Lending Shin… Tetsu… So you’re back. EMPLOYEE: Sh-Shin…! SHIN: So, Master… You were entrusted with this parlor, right? How are you planning to take responsibility for this? And as for the rest of you… you don’t want to be scolded for letting this happen, do you? So isn’t it all right to just toss them out? TETSUYA: I see… So that’s how it is. You say it’s to become more Americanized and allow for the enjoyment of proper, hard-working citizens, but that’s just what you tell the public. In reality, you’re the ones who are profiting from leading gambling down this path. DANCHI: What do you mean? TETSUYA: They do teach mahjong to honest people with respectable occupations through classes and lectures, but… The point of that is to teach them how to be suckers. With this newly-bred swarm of suckers, they start off by letting them win at lower stakes. After that, these amateurs will naturally start playing at higher and higher stakes. And then, when the time is ripe, they take them for all they’ve got, and force a massive debt on them. And those who have debts are forced to borrow money. So in the end, the only ones who profit are people like you, who lend the money, and those who modified the parlors to allow for it. SHIN: Shishishi… If you’ve figured out the system that much, there’s all the more reason for you to leave. Nowadays, there’s no place for petty gamblers like yourselves who live by sucking gambling dens dry. You’re outdated. DANCHI: “Outdated”…?! Bastard, if you’re gonna say that-! TETSUYA: I wonder about that. With this system, in order to saddle those suckers with debt, you need to have an upper hand at the high-stakes tables. You need a Gambler, paid off by the parlor itself. To have someone already seated at the high-stakes table to extract the money from their targets… Someone like you! Ahh! Tetsu, that’s him! The gambler who started this whole change in Shinjuku, to begin with! This man is completely different from the “Gamblers” of your time. He’s a Proper Mahjong Player… Kizagami! This battle will truly be a showdown between Gamblers and Proper Mahjong Players, with the fate of Shinjuku at stake!! Now, then. Shall we have a contest? …Tetsu… Watch out for this guy! He never calls, but he always hits Tenpai real quick, and more than that, after he Riichi’s… Th-There it is!! I will Riichi. Whenever this guy Riichis, he always wins with Ippatsu!! “Always”…? It’s the 4th Turn… There’s not much to go off to guess what he needs, but at the worst, can’t you just match his discards? Well, see, no matter how many times we all do that, he’ll just go and, by himself… H-h-he’ll draw the winning tile, himself!! Riichi, Ippatsu, Tsumo, Tanyao, Pinfu, with 1 Dora. That is Haneman. I didn’t see him make any suspicious movements at all, but… I will Riichi. Even so, if he were just playing normally, it’s hard to imagine he could beat all the gamblers that Shinjuku has to offer. Shit… I can’t match any of his discards… Dammit! Well, if you can win off this, go right ahead and do it!! He must be doing something… Some underhanded tactic that nobody’s realized, and nobody can see him doing! Ron. It’s Baiman. HYEEEEGH!! Hey. Mind changing seats? Shishishi… Sounds like he’s set up a trap. If the waiter to Kizagami’s left is passing tiles to him, He won’t want to change the seating order, and will outright refuse this offer to change seats. In other words, if he refuses, his Ippatsu technique will have to be tied to that waiter. But unfortunately, this guy… Very well. Let us change seats. It does not matter where the waiter is seated in relation to me; I can still win with Ippatsu every time. Doing this petty activity changes nothing. I will win just as easily as before! Kizagami and the Waiter are across from each other now, but he doesn’t seem worried at all. This guy… Just what the hell is he doing, here?!