Ranked #180

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Alternative Titles

English: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Synonyms: Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ Ultimate Survivor


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.351 (scored by 38,517 users)
Ranked: #1802
Popularity: #570
Members: 72,657
Favorites: 2,548
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Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps—that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Unable to suddenly repay his friend's huge debt all by himself, Kaiji is offered a shady deal to participate in an illegal underground gamble on a cruise ship. This turns out to be nothing more than the beginning of his new life of hell—thrown headlong into a life-threatening roller coaster of mind games, cheating, and deceit.

Based on the first entry of the famous gambling manga series by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor follows our unlucky protagonist as he is forced to fight not only other people, but also the mysteries of their psyches. Kaiji finds out the hard way that the worst sides of human nature surface when people's backs are against the wall, and that the most fearsome dangers of all are greed, paranoia, and the human survival instinct itself.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Itou, Kaiji
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Hagiwara, Masato
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Hyoudou, Kazutaka
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Tsukayama, Masane
Tsukayama, Masane
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Tonegawa, Yukio
Tonegawa, Yukio


Sato, Yuzo
Sato, Yuzo
Nakamura, Ryousuke
Nakamura, Ryousuke
Episode Director, Storyboard
Tanaka, Hiroyuki
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Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawamura, Kenichi
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Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(1/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Departure
Shukkou (出航)
Oct 3, 2007

Opening Theme

"Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka" by Kaiji with Redbourn Cherries

Ending Theme

"Makeinu-tachi no Requiem (負け犬達のレクイエム)" by Hakuryuu

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Nov 19, 2015
(THIS REVIEW CONTAIN SPOILERS) - No spoiler until the Story Section

This gambling anime is one of the most beloved anime for many critics on this site, because of its unique concept and engaging story. The focus of the anime was the Psychological part of the game and provide a Thrilling experience for the viewers. The Games on the other hand engages a wider audience with its simple rules, but the simplicity is also exactly why it turned out to be the most disappointing anime I have watched. But before I talk about the games in this anime, I will talk about...

Characters: Itou Kaiji, the MC. read more
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Jul 30, 2015
Disclaimer. As with all my reviews I start by saying that this is my own opinion. If you don't like it then deal with it as I am entitled to it just as you are. I also did not finish this anime but having gone through about one third of the first season with no change of opinion my outlook is bleak at best, but I will still do my best to keep this spoiler free so I don't wreck anything for you. On the subject of spoiling though this is going to be a negative one so if this anime interests you you might read more
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Sep 14, 2015
With the various 10’s all dominating the top reviews for Kaiji on MAL, I found it even more necessary to get a review written of my own for this series. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is an anime focusing on suspense and intense twists and turns along the way of its storytelling. This series had me on the edge of my seat at times, but I became bored with it at others due to certain segments being drawn out longer than necessary. Let’s break down each section individually.
NOTE- This review contains spoilers.


The unique style of storytelling in Kaiji is what really read more
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Nov 6, 2015
I'm bored so I'm going to review this.

Story -

Itou Kaiji, a depressed NEET loser who spends his time with petty crime and generally being miserable gets to go on a cruise.

Not just any cruise though, a cruise ship paid for and owned by the Teiai Corporation, which is pretty much the Yakuza. They make money from gambling, slavery, loan sharks and most likely legitimate stuff too, there isn't a large span of episodes detailing the intricate details of the organisation because it's not called "Teiai Group the animation". It's Kaiji.

Owing 3 million yen (£16k) debt traced back to him due to co-signing a read more
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That part is similar.
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