Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler
Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler is an action, adventure, drama, comedy, dark comedy, psychological, gambling,
Japanese anime series. It was based on a manga series which was written by Homura Kawamoto, illustrated by Tōru Naomura, and published by Square Enix for the Shonen magazine Gangan Joker. It originally ran from 2014 to present and it has 9 volumes in total so far. After that came another manga series titled Kakegurui Twin which was written by Homura Kawamoto, illustrated by Kei Saiki, and published by Square Enix for the Shonen magazine Gangan Joker. It originally ran from 2015 to present and it has 6 volumes in total so far. After that came the anime series which was directed by Yuichiro Hayashi, written by Yasuko Kobayashi, musically composed by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT and GREEN-FUND, and produced by Studio MAPPA. It originally aired from July 1, 2017 to September 23, 2017, and it lasted for 12 episodes in total. After that came a television drama which was directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa. It originally aired from January 15, 2018 to March 19, 2018, and it lasted for 10 episodes in total.
Hyakkaou Private Academy houses the children of wealthy and influential businessmen and politicians in Japan, with many future leaders and professionals among the student body. In the school, the student hierarchy is determined by contributions to the student council that are fueled by an intricate gambling system in which students bet their fortunes against one another. Those who are unable to contribute because of their debts become "house pets":[a] slaves to the whims of those who hold their debts. Those who do not clear their debts at the end of their time at the school receive Life Schedules[b] which dictate their career and with whom they have to marry and have children. Transfer student Yumeko Jabami is excited to start participating, but it is soon revealed she is one who gambles for the thrill of it rather than the financial or social gain. With an exceptional ability to see through gambling scams, she quickly disrupts the hierarchy of the school, and the student council frantically tries to find ways to shut her down.
Why It Rocks
- Amazing animation.
- Incredibly intense gambling battles. The animation, art, and music all work together to make the matches themselves extremely fun, and whenever someone looses it's incredibly dire, which keeps the viewer engaged from start to finish.
- Very appealing art style and character designs.
- Phenomenal dark comedy. This series does a great job of exploiting the suffering of the characters for laughs, and becuase of that there's laughs in almost every episode.
- Excellent soundtrack.
- Great voice acting in both sub and dub.
- Good pacing.
- Very likable characters that are gambling crazy yet have very well thought out personalities.
- Very great concept of having an elite gambling school where most of the students are gambling frenzy and enjoy it for their pleasure.
- While entertaining, this series is infamous for not being the most intense and dangrous gambling anime out there like it tries to be, that title belonging to Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor.
As of February 2018, the manga had over 4 million copies in print.