Here we are, at last... the last chapter of Death Pie, and boy, is it a doozy. Explosions, Fist fighting, Sacrifice, and of course a little bit of Mahjong. This chapter is why this manga is the most action-packed, hardcore mahjong manga; what other series could blend Mahjong and Action Sequences together so seamlessly. It's been fantastic working on this, and I'm glad to have helped another mahjong manga see the light of day.
Oh, and we're not done, yet! There's still the bonus one-shot chapter (Nana-Chan the Scramble Girl) that was shoehorned into the volume, and we intend to re-release the entire volume with it, enhancing Death Pie with better translations! Thanks to our friends at HappyScans! for a great addition to the Mahjong and Shimamoto libraries!
Well, this chapter certainly did its job. Most of the plot threads got wrapped up, Tobioka accomplished his mission, and it even managed to pack a punch to the entire procedure. God Facer was in charge of the Dog Facer Foundation, which sought to sell illegal, harmful drugs to all corners of the world for massive profit. That's what Tobioka was doing with Heroin in the first chapter; it was his reward for winning the life-or-death Mahjong game, and he could have probably sold it for massive profit, as well. But Tobioka is a good guy; even though he's just a former cop, he put his life on the line to stop the Dog Facer Foundation. It was also explained that Takikawa died trying to do exactly what Tobioka succeeded in doing, but not before leaving bomb after bomb after bomb on the premises to aid the next attempt. Finally, it was explained that the mahjong tournament on the island was in fact for ownership of those acres and acres of poppy flowers, which is why so many people fought and died to get a chance at becoming as wealthy as God Facer. But the big man knew that no one could ever defeat him as long as he had them hypnotized... except Tobioka, who would have won on the very next discard if not for Matsudai and Kathy blowing the island to kingdom come. Matsudai assumes Tobioka died in the avalanche of debris, but the bloody riichi stick on Takikawa's grave might suggest otherwise...!
So while this chapter did explain a ton, there's still a lot of plot threads left hanging. How do Matsudai and Kathy know each other? Why was Kathy on the island to begin with? Who were those people in chapter 6 that explained what was going on on the island, and who was the guy who shot them up? I'm sure if this manga was a volume, or maybe even a chapter longer, we'd get all of these plot points explained. But alas, my one qualm with the series is that it simply isn't long enough. Oh well.