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I just read an interview of a manga author called "Yasuaki Kita."

He used to be serialized in Shonen Jump drawing the comic called "Makuhari." Him and the guy who drew Yugioh had the same editor and he particularly hated how people won stupidass victories from "Friendship Power" and other bullshit. So he talked to his editor and tried to get the Yugioh guy to read some "Kaiji."

A few weeks later, Yugioh gets a story about betting on stars on top of a ship.

Yasuaki Kita got pretty pissed and supposedly screamed out, "That's not what I wanted him to get out of Kaiji!"