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Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.361 (scored by 33444 users)
Ranked: #1852
Popularity: #559
Members: 61,888
Favorites: 2,114
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

drama gambling psychological


Kaiji Itou is a drifting deadbeat who releases his frustration with life through vandalism. One day he learns that by unthinkingly co-signing on a former workmate's shady loan he has made himself liable for a crippling amount of compound interest.

The debt collectors offer Kaiji a deal: rather than slaving to pay off the loan for decades, he can take part in a special competition and clear it all in one night. This is his entry into a series of fiendish underground gambles.

Kaiji soon develops an unexpected knack for high-pressure strategy and mindgames. But he's trapped in a world where each seemingly simple game has hidden depths, where the rich pit the poor against each other for their own amusement, and where a single misstep can mean disfigurement or death. As the stakes rise higher and his fellow debtors are eliminated one by one, will Kaiji be cunning enough to escape, or even take some measure of revenge on the criminals exploiting him?


Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji
Sequel: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen

Characters & Voice Actors

Itou, Kaiji
Itou, Kaiji
Hagiwara, Masato
Hagiwara, Masato
Yao, Kazuki
Yao, Kazuki
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Tachiki, Fumihiko


Sato, Yuzo
Tanaka, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawamura, Kenichi
Episode Director
Hirota, Mitsutaka

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Jan 18, 2008
Kaiji is the devil child [insert Slayer- Hell Awaits soundtrack] among the 2007 Autumn season lineup, an outcast, the underdog just like the character himself – people take one look at those long noses and run for the hills – A TENGU IS COMING!! AAARGHH!!

It also just happens to not only be the best anime of the season; it ranks up among some of the best anime of all time. If there were to be a list of the current best five anime for the 2007 season it would be: 1. Kaiji, 2. Daylight, 3. Daylight, 4. Daylight, 5. Maybe Ghost Hound – nah, read more
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Dec 9, 2007
This review was originally written after the first arc, and has since been revised to cover my opinions of the entire show, with minimal spoilers.

Story: Itoh Kaiji, a bum with 3 million yen worth of debt gets into a gambling cruise to pay off his debts. The game played on the cruise is Gentei Janken (Restricted Rock-Paper-Scissors), where the players get four cards of each type and battle it out. What's the catch? Several things; each card can only be used once, cards can be bought off of other players, con men abound, and losing forces one into the vaguely established but read more
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Feb 2, 2014
I chose to write a review about this anime because people have to know how good it is.
It's actually one of the very few that i'd give a 10/10 without hesitation, it's my personal opinion, but i really can't see someone who like psychological thrillers not liking this show so much, so i think you should give it a try at least.

If i had to describe Ultimate Survivor Kaiji, i'd say that this anime is a pure psychological thriller, it's actually the only anime i've seen so far that was totally realistic and showed how scary the world is, how weak humans are, and how read more
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Jan 20, 2014
Kaiji, maybe is one of the genius anime that would be rarely be consumed these days. Many reasons for it, like people these days are just loooking for anime which have cute girls (or we can said seeking for MOE). Cant blame on it since anime industry now are using cute girls for their sales and of course for seeking profit. Anyway, there is no cute girls in Kaiji so please step out if you’re looking for it. But honestly you would miss a show that would make hold your breath from the beginning to the end.

Kaiji itself have a simple story, Its about read more
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Both are gambling animes done by the same director and mangaka, both main character's are also voiced by the same seiyū, Hagiwara Masato. 
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Both animes are very similar to each other, both heroes plot an ingenius plan to survive, both keeps you guessing until the end and hunger for the next one, both has amazing storyline.

Kaiji is a genius anime without the supernatural stuff from Death note. 
Pretty much the same aura around both of these animes. OneOuts is about baseball gambling with alot of money on the line. Both of them use there wits to outsmart the opponent but there is always someone with money they can try to scam... 
Those two animes have very few in common.
Art is totally different, Kaiji has a mature feeling without any anime cliché, one is fantastic and the other not.
However, just because they're not similar doesn't mean you won't like one another.
If you enjoyed Sora's point of view, how tricky he acts, how gambles work, and how easy is to mindf*ck someone while playing, you'll love Kaiji.
That part is similar.
They both will make you think "Oh God, That trick is totally legit! It makes sense!"  
Both pretty sick and twisted as the shows progress creating a really strange feel to them that makes you keep watching. 
Both series put their main characters in psychologically distressing situations, and both of them are about their characters rising above the challenges and owning their fates. Plus, lots of man tears... 

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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