Akagi is shit.
I think the faggots who praise this show are easily deceived. Akagi is not tough at all. There is nothing tough about staring death in the eye, when Akagi's already suicidal and has nothing to lose. In fact, all his opponents are cowards who break like nothing, while a lot of Akagi's supposed skill comes from luck, such as when drawing the right tile at the right time.
The show is just not very good, as it uses typical shounen clichès, such as overblown reaction, stereotypical characters and very obvious storytelling techniques that can only impress people who enjoy mindless Hollywood movies. The bad guy laughs manically, think he has the upper hand, then Akagi smirks, explains how he's played his game and shows a winning hand. Rinse and repeat.