English: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Synonyms: Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ Ultimate Survivor
Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
23 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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8.351 (scored by 38,517 users)
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SynopsisKaiji 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
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
(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. A typical loser. He does nothing productive as he drinks all day, and he hates his own life. Until one day he has to pay a huge debt. But instead he chose to join an underground gambling tournament for a chance to win big and bring life into his emptiness. Unlike other GAME anime MCs who are overpowered, Itou Kaiji is rather balanced. He at times cracks under pressure and at time embrace it. So watching him play is very entertaining because it is hard to know what will happen next.
The other "gamers" showcases how their motives change depending on the situation, and they contributes well to the psychological parts of the game. They were keys at changing Kaiji as a person, as he learns more from them throughout the series.
The villain Hyoudou, is a sadist who spouts nonsensical philosophy. When talking about philosophy, in my opinion it should be somewhat realistic, which is not the case here. Also he was supposed to be portrayed as a mastermind, but instead he is portrayed as a one trick pony. So he is a miss.
Police? They never showed up in this anime... But I guess an anime shouldn't be taken too seriously.
As I said before, all the games had very simple rules. But arc 1 was well done because there were still strategies in the game itself. In the 2nd half it went downhill, and it is hard to talk about why I was not impressed without dissecting one of the games played.
So here comes the spoiler: One of the games played in the anime was Slave vs. King. It is a two player game where there are 10 cards in total. Player A and B take turns to change their role of Slave and King. If the player is a Slave, the player gets four citizen cards and a Slave. If the player is a King, the player gets four citizen cards and a King.
King > Citizen > Slave > King. Both players place one card face down until they agree to reveal it. If Citizen and Citizen, it is a draw and the game continues. If King and Citizen, the King wins and game ends. If Slave and King, the Slave wins and game ends.
It makes no differences between a blind man and a normal person playing this game. Either way 80% win for King and 20% win for Slave. So if anyone ever analyzes how they were able to beat someone in this game, it is crap. There is no strategy in this game, and any explanation for how they won this game could work.
The plot twists were well placed, and it was a breath taking experience for me, except the last four episodes. The game played in the last four episodes was too simple and everything Kaiji said were obvious and unimpressive.
Art & Sound:
The art style fit well with the theme because the overall tone is dark and depressing. I am not an expert on art style but hey, it is produced by Madhouse. The voice acting was well done, especially the narrator, he hypes up every moment in the anime! The tone for OP was upbeat and the ED was depressing, I did not like it but that is just my music taste.
Itou Kaiji was entertaining and the most frustrating character to watch, everyone is flawed but his mistakes were too silly, and I dislike people who make dumb decisions (Myself included). First half still had a lot of surprising and memorable moments and then second half happened. Much of the disappointment were my own fault, because I had way too high of expectations. But as much as I disliked the show, it is still about gambling and I was a Facebook poker addict so I enjoyed most of it.
Story 5/10, Art 8/10, Sound 7/10, Character 7/10, Enjoyment 6/10, Overall 6/10
I disliked it but I recommend this anime to anyone who has not seen it yet. read more
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 want to skip over this little wright up of mine. Let us get into it.
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji or Kaiji as it will be refereed to from now on is one of the worst things I have watched in a long time. Not to say that its bad, it's just a long way from what I would call enjoyable. There is no flash, no outrageous action and no element I found thrilling visually or mentally. It was just dull.
The long and short of it is that a bunch off people stuck with near insurmountable levels of debt are roped into a card game by the collection agencies and are forced to play it for there lives.
The main character is one of these people and as it tunes out, he has a knack for it. Now don't go off on a thought tangent of a more mature or perhaps hard core version of Yu Gi Oh or something of the sort, it is far from it. I am not going to tell you what it is but it was defiantly a major tuning point in the show for me. The moment it was revealed (around the second or maybe third episode), I was disheartened. The fact that they don't even make an effort in making it "seem" entertaining is a real kick as well. I know it is to keep the tension of the show and to put up a serous face but come on people, it's a card game, have a little showmanship. If Konami can make a Kuriboh fight seem intense you could at leas give it a go.
The next point I want to make is how painfully slow I found this anime to be. I binged watched the first five eps of Kaiji before I realized that almost nothing had happened and the main character had achieved sweet jack all. There are a lot of moments of internal dialog showing stress and deep thought that rarely amount to anything. At eight episodes in I doped it and the first... tournament? I guess you would call it, was not even over. This show is just dialog on dialog, supposed epiphany's that have game changing effects that are delivered with lengthy explanations and no BOOM. Again it lends to the seriousness of the show and helps point out the hopelessness of the players situation but it is still a pore delivery.
The last thing I will poke at is the art style. I cant say that it was bad or that it was good (thus I gave it 5), I have honestly not seen anything like it before. Lots of sharp corners and long lines. It left a lot of things out of proportion and made many of the, I guess camera angles would be the generic term, seem odd or just plain wrong. The colours and shading was all fine, nothing overly vivid or to dull. From that perspective it looked normal. But some of the faces were border line abstract. If I had to give it a name I would say hipster... but that is not quite right, close though.
To sum it up I found this anime draining. I doubt any amount of "it gets better" is going to convince me to pick it back up. Its not one for the kids, the family and I don't think I would give it to a new comer ether so that really just leaves it for the experienced. If you like something slow paced or what I assume is very deep on the mental scale by all means give it a go but if you are a main streamer stay the hell away.
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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 makes it suspenseful and gripping. Kaiji is a malingerer in his twenties who finds himself behind in massive debt due to some poor choices made during gambling and co-signing a loan for a less-than-reliable friend. He is therefore approached by some sort of loan shark with an opportunity to erase his large debt and start fresh. Of course, there is a catch. What unfolds is a series of intense life-or-death gambles that will put you on the edge of your seat. One important thing to note in Kaiji is that this is not an uplifting story of redemption… not at all. Expect few victories when you watch this anime, as it constantly seems that Kaiji ends up on the foul end of things. This helped make Kaiji even more unique with the community becoming saturated with overpowered harem animes.
I was impressed with the sheer intensity of the “games” that Kaiji and the others play in attempt to wash away their debts. The initial “rock, paper scissors” gamble seems purely luck based on the surface, but it becomes much more intricate as Kaiji starts to become betrayed and formulates his own internal strategies. It also showcases the true nature of the human persona with the deceit unfolding at the end when he needed his friends to save him the most. I can agree with the multiple comparisons Kaiji has to Deathnote in the complex mapping out of plans and ideas… even though the route they end up taking may be completely different. I wanted to cheer for Kaiji when he thought of a genius strategy, and cry with him when his morale was at its lowest. It’s hard for me to become that emotionally attached to a character I don’t particularly like, but the storytelling was just that good. The ledge crossing game quickly became my favorite due to the common fear I have of heights. I could imagine myself in Kaiji and the other’s shoes and actually ended up feeling somewhat nauseous due to the intensity of the situation.
On the other hand, this score was prevented from being a 10 due to the annoyance I had with the narrator and some of the drug out sequences. I felt the need for a narrator in this series was entirely pointless, and only detracted from the anime. Whenever he talked, I was like “Okay, yeah I got that part thanks.” With the narrator to confirm our estimations of what would happen next at every turn, the hypothesizing from the viewer was ultimately ruined. Also, some of the scenes near the end of the series (particularly with E Card) were paced too slow and felt extremely drawn out. Sometimes this added to the empathy you would feel for Kaiji in his losses, but other times I found myself wanted to yell, “Let’s get on with it already!” The series concluded on a melancholy note, but left room for interpreting an eventual sequel. Kaiji was a cut above the rest when it came to unique storytelling elements, and it became a breath of fresh air with an anticipation factor resonating within me throughout the entire series.
I feel like Kaiji really only has three characters that really receive any sort of development. Our main protagonist is one you can really feel for. He’s young, behind the eight ball but has a thirst for success and vengeance which assured me that he’d never back down to a challenge issued to him. Having this personality also allowed the series to progress in the manner that it did, and Kaiji’s patience and mental fortitude was constantly tested by the gambles he encountered. That being said, there wasn’t much character development to be had other than what was incorporated in Kaiji’s scheming and plots during gambles. You wanted to root for him regardless, but I found myself wondering how he got into the life of gambling in the first place, and some of the decisions he made near the end of the series (i.e. the choice to challenge the director) felt a tad uncharacteristic of someone in his shoes. The director of the irregular gambling organization, Kazutaka Hyoudou was a straight devil. He was creepily aroused by the sight of individuals suffering, even when it came down to his own right hand man. I enjoyed the interactions and mind games he and Kaiji shared in the final moments of the lottery game where he chalked his countless victories up to predetermined luck, based on his own social standing. I also liked Tonegawa’s character and how Kaiji grew to feel a sense of respect for him as the series went on. The scene with him bowing before Kazutaka on the hot plate was one of the most uncomfortable scenes I can recall from an anime. The rest of the characters felt more like filler and neither added or detracted from the overall series.
ART: 6/SOUND: 8
Let’s be honest, Kaiji can turn a lot of people off to it purely based on its atypical style of art. I personally didn’t like it, but I was given a disclaimer prior to even starting the series that I have to learn to get past the art style if I want to truly enjoy the show. After all, Kaiji is not about flashy artwork or cutesy character models. Hell, I’m quite certain there’s only one female in the entire anime to look at. The environments and backgrounds are drawn nicely, and I never felt as if the artists were being lazy during dialogue scenes... which there are a LOT of. The sound is actually very refreshing and impressive in Kaiji. The OP is a punk rock anthem focused on nonconformity and punches you right in the face with sheer intensity. It’s short, which I loved as well. Too many a time, animes suffer from having intros extending too long and detract from the viewer’s anticipation level. The ED reminds me of something out of a Tarrantino movie, I loved it. The rest of the soundtrack is decent, but I couldn’t help but become confused by the “Zawa zawa, ZAWA” sound effects randomly snuck in. After further investigation, I now know that this is a staple in the creator Fukumoto’s animes and is the Japanese word for an intense or agitating moment. I understand it now, but it still feels unnecessary. Voice acting was also pretty good, I loved Hagiwara Masato’s role as Kaiji and thought he did a fantastic job.
ENJOYMENT: 9/OVERALL: 7.8
Despite some minor flaws it had, I really enjoyed Kaiji overall. It was definitely a breath of fresh air in the anime community and one that many people might overlook based on its unusual artwork. I urge you to give it a chance, and you’ll quickly see how this series is praised highly on MAL. Though I can’t give it a ten based on the issues I had with the show, a solid 8 is in order for this anime. Thank you all for reading this review and have a great day!
I'm bored so I'm going to review this.
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 loan for a friend, a loan shark visits his apartment and offers him to board a cruiseship with the possibility of making his money back and more! Without any choice other than slavery, and nothing else going on in his life Kaiji accepts this offer.
When Kaiji arrives on the ship for an overnight cruise, the way to make money is revealed: Restricted Rock, Paper, Scissors. Which is just Rock Paper Scissors but you use cards instead of your hand, participants only get a select number of cards and an even number of each type. I'm going to stop there because if you should just watch the show if you want to know more about that, but as with most psychological game genres you can't trust anyone. It's relatively unpredictable and at times Kaiji feels like a gambling addict, rather than a genius hero compared to L or the guy from Liar Game, also unlike Liar Game friendship doesn't match wits. A positive for me, but I still thought Liar Game was good, check that out too if you are into the genre, it's more genius vs genius like Death Note than desperate gamblers vs desperate gamblers like Kaiji is most of the time.
Art: Really nice and unique style. It is a bit more dull than other anime, but the fact that 90% of anime are colourful, joyful styles that make me wonder where's my joy? it works fantastically. If more anime had a similar style it wouldn't be as impressive.
Sound: Great voice acting, great op/ed, really nice background music. So basically I enjoyed it, adds to the dramatic scenes.
Character: I love Itou Kaiji as a man, he is what I wish I was like. He fights through fear, is brave ect. but he also acts like a gambling addict at the first few signs of possible success. He is relatively naive and trusting. He isn't a selfish person, unlike most of the other characters and genuinely wants everyone to be happy rather than focusing on his own greed. He is a fool at times, but if he was perfect I wouldn't like him nearly as much.
This is an odd one for me, as I don't get immersed like I did up to around 16. Life and my mental health melted is thanks to that, but seeing someone so low is kind of relateable, which is nice. I would say it's (actually season 2 is) my favourite anime I've watched this year (2015) over Fate/Zero and many others. A couple of years ago I'd have probably been totally immersed in the fate series, but sadly that time is gone. Kaiji is a nice distraction from life, so it's something.
Both are gambling animes done by the same director and mangaka, both main character's are also voiced by the same seiyū, Hagiwara Masato.
Same exact art style, produced by the same people - Kaiji is sure to reward the viewer with as much intensity as Akagi, if not more. I highly recommend watching Akagi if you plan on watching Kaiji.
Same director and creator, similar character design, and both have gambling themes.
Both are made after the manga of the same author, both deal with gambling and exceptional, life-and-death situations when the main characters have to use all their intellect and presence of mind to survive. Similar design, too, ugly at the first sight but it grows on you.
Both Psychological animes with battles of wits and finding out what ur opponent has. Both about gambling.
Both anime comes from MADHOUSE, also done by the same director and mangaka.
The main characters are very similar.
Both are gambling animes, the little difference that in Akagi they focus on Mahjong (a chinese board game), but in Kaiji they play various games that can get them killed or they can win a lot of money, this part is correct for Akagi also
Exactly the same art style and use of tension, suspense and thrills. Both are great series but I like Kaiji a little better.
Same story, same feel, cept Akagi's a badass mudabitch, but Kaiji sheds manly tears
Both are gambling anime directed by the same director. The style of animation is completely the same. Both of them have amazing cliffhangers and both main characters analyze their opponents psychologically and play mind games in order to get the results they want.
The whole idea that they dont become scared of death and such
Same Author, Same Seiyuu for the main character, same graphic style.
Most important, both animes are about gambling, but the theme is made more psychological than what it could look like.
Same author, same style, same themes (gambling, underworld), same atmosphere... different point of view.
Same art style
Both gambling animes
There's a lot of pressure to win in both
The main difference would be that Kaiji is more of a good guy and doesn't have such a dominating presence
same atmosphere that makes you uneasy, same author with an very unique art style (Nobuyuki Fukumoto). Akagi and Kaiji are two characters that are very similar when it comes to gambling. They go all out!
Akagi may seem darker than Kaiji, but the deep psychological analysis of characters remains the same.
Both created by the same author with suspense, strategy, and gambling. Similar art styles. Though I don't recommend you watch it if you don't like/understand mahjong.
Gamble and life on the edge. All or nothing. A will to survive. Despair, faith, courage, sharp mind.
Both anime are about gambling,where the protagonists risk their lives.They have the same art style because both anime are manga adaptations made by the same mangaka.Both anime are psychologically intense,with breathtaking mindgames, amazing plot twists and shocking moments.
both anime are very similar its kinda like Akagi is from Kaiji or the opposite
they have the same concept, character design is the same, same studio
same same same in everything!
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.
The best of the best in terms of psychological mind-game series. They don't come any better than these two; Kaiji's initially alarming yet charming big-nosed art style aside. When you include One Outs, it's fair to say that Madhouse are THE studio to go to for detailed schemes and counter-scheming internal monologues. The tense intensity, which is amplified by the amazing soundtracks (same composer) and Kaiji's 'zawazawa' / narration, is truly something.
Two aspects of Death Note and Kaiji differ from each other. The first is that DN has a supernatural edge while Kaiji does not. The second is Light (DN's lead) and Kaiji's (titular lead) personalities. Where as Light is so brilliant only his arrogance and an autistic rival genius can bring him down as he kills everyone in his path, Kaiji is a gullible loser. They couldn't be more different as people. To give an example, the very first game scenario occurs in Kaiji because Kaiji is in debt after co-signing a loan and is then tricked into entering a 'money or slavery', do-or-die gamble. The simplest way of explaining the series' differences is that Kaiji is always an underdog (hence the 'Ultimate Survivor'). Light, on the other hand, always holds all the cards.
Of course, the above doesn't mean anything negative about Kaiji as a series. If anything, finding yourself willing on a loser and always being surprised over how he snatches victory from the jaws of defeat is more involving than watching a character such as Light win almost on auto-pilot as he attempts to become a God. We all love an underdog. What does matter is the mind-games themselves, and mind-games are where Kaiji excels. Where as Death Note didn't have any outright games to be dueled over with rules and winners, Kaiji does. There are three separate games in the first season and the stakes increase with each new challenge, to the point where they become life or death and every choice becomes agony, despite them being seemingly straightforward... but there's always a catch. It becomes so gripping you have to marathon the series.
Same style of psychologically outwitting your enemies. Kaiji needs to be seen by more people, it is truly great.
Death note is a complicated strategy/mystery show in which people must constantly think ahead of one another to survive.
Although the plot is completely different, the similarities lie in brilliantly intelligent and original storylines. Death Note has you on the edge of your seat with the tension and Kaiji will get you doing exactly the same. You never know what will come next and it's strategical plot is immensely engrossing. Don't be put off by the art style of Kaiji, you won't regret watching this hidden gem.
Both animes are very intellectually based, also the main character in both have to think several steps ahead to stay alive.
In both anime moves of heroes are based on logic, and an insignificant mistake can cost the their lives.
Both series have like a protagonist a super-genius guy, who have to use his inventive to resolve different kinds of problems, it feels the same atmosphere in both series, a normal guy who's life suddenly change in a short period of time, while in death note it's because of a supernatural thing, in kaiji it´s a most normal problem, money. I highly recomend both series.
brain twisting and complex strategic plot
The similarity between these two anime can be explained in an extremely simple manner. They give the same feeling when you watch them. They give the same rush the same thrill. The need to watch the next episode. The need to watch more. The same level of enjoyment. They are both series based on intelligence, risk and reward.
Both geniuses ..
Kaiji is to much dramatic and in one episode they barely advanced,
and Kaiji its "zawa zawa" -and poor animation.
no action at all, but when its geniuses- its geniuses.
(oh.. and its more likely for kids, but if you want geniuses give its a chance -10 eps)
Assuming you're not completely new to the industry or that you are not turned off by different art styles than these can very well feed your hunger for intense suspense anime which, for me, are hard to come by.
They are both examples of mind games done right (for the most part at least...) with thought provoking and addicting narrative.
Death note has its mystery and suspense coming from planned out strategies from both our protagonist and its rival with results taking some time to show which makes you want to see how the conflict will progress and who will outsmart the other. A game of morals, intelligence and political and moral ideals between 2 characters.
Kaiji focuses almost exclusively on, well, Kaiji and how he manages to elaborate a way out of the most hopeless situations. Instead of one rival the obstacles come from games he is thrown into, The pressure and danger is more evident in this series with its numerous psychological setups usually forcing Kaiji to think outside the box and fight his own fear, lack of luck and despair. It feels more human, lacks the supernatural aspect Death Note has and goes further in terms of visual metaphors.
Death note makes use of Light's thoughts to help both the suspense and the understanding of certain scenes while Kaiji relies on a narrator for pretty much the same purpose. Being death note more about Light's strategies against its rival and because with Kaiji it feels like you're watching (or participating on) a collection of deathly games I found both to be very fitting for the role they played.
Death note has very little fan service and Kaiji has absolutely zero.
These shows remind me of each other because they both contain a lot of mind games and suspense. A lot of high risk situations that can get your blood pumping, because one wrong move can ultimately destroy the MC. If you liked one of these shows for the psychological mind battles that happen between characters, then you'll definitely like the other
Both of these animes are purely psychological. They revolve around the main character coming into contact with someone who opposes him, and the two having a seriously intense battles that consist of one person thinking "I'm thinking this and there's no way my enemy will know" and then the other person thinking "Ah, I know he's thinking this, but there's no way he'll know I'm thinking this so I'll ruin his plans and do this" AND THEN THE OTHER PERSON THINKING "HA! Of course I knew you knew what I was thinking! Which is why I purposely did this in order to make you do this so I can win!!" and it just goes on for a very long time, to be honest. But both are great!!
Both anime are very heavy on the thrills and the dark, psychological atmosphere, Kaiji even more so than Death Note, and both anime have an emphasis on the strategy involved in the scenarios they present, with the main character having to devise creative plans to survive, and both anime allow the viewer to think about the scenarios along with the main character.
Both anime are extremely fast-paced and addicting, and both feature peripheral, but still decently well-done thematic explorations, with Death Note delving into things like overly simplistic morality, and Kaiji emphasizing on themes relating to status and wealth, and demonstrating what people will do survive.
Both contain geniuses that use intellect and mind to beat their opponents. Both want to keep you guessing.
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...
Same director, Same kind of psychological Seinen. Both anime are similar in a lot of way. While One outs is about baseball, what really stand out is the way he outsmart his oppenents. If you liked Kaiji, then you will most likely like One Outs.
Both anime revolve around gambling and psychology. Both of these anime have amazing cliffhangers.
Kaiji and One Outs focus around gambling, with a very similar presentation style and analysis. Overall, very interesting psychoanalytically and just in terms of suspense.
Two stories where the logic is applied in different situations.
Very good, either. It's worth watching.
*Both are seinen and about games.
*There's money in it.
*Both psychology, strategy.
One Outs about baseball and Kaiji a thriller about survive but they have much in common.
Both anime series involves the same director: Yuzo Sato. In fact, the main protagonist from both series has the same voice actor. Both series' main male protagonist has an intellectual mind and is not afraid of taking risks.
Both series has a theme of gambling (with game elements) involving psychological factors with suspense and intensity.
Both series also has similar artwork as well as the way they are presented involving money.
Kaiji and One-Outs are both similar in animation, due to both being done by Madhouse, as well as their basic concepts. Kaiji uses normal gambling and uses that as a base for psychological games, while on the other hand One Outs uses Baseball as a base for gambling which leads to psychological games.
Although One Outs is less intense and thrilling and significantly less brutal, both animes are quite similar in the sense that they feature protagonists that use gambles and play with the minds of others to accomplish their goals. Both feature a rich, evil and unlikable antagonist who tries to mess with the protagonist.
A difference though is that Kaiji is a lot less levelheaded and "overpowered" than Tokuchi but both are geniuses in their own respective way and come up with incredible solutions to the problems they face. If you're trying to find an anime as thrilling as GB Kaiji, One Outs may not be your best bet as has a much calmer atmosphere but if you liked Kaiji for the mindgames and outwits, you should definetly give One Outs a try!
Also, both have the same voice actor which has a fitting voice for those roles.
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 make somewhat simple games appear to be extremely complex and strategic on an extreme level.
It may not seem so at first glance but these Anime are extremely similar.
Both are Animes about gambling where gambling is the only means to survive and thrive.
Sora and Shirou gamble against the other species to free imanity which had been driven to a corner by the other species.
While Kaiji gambles to save himself from debts.
Characters frequently use cunning ploys and deceit to best each other in both Animes.
No game no life is based on a fantasy world and is more comedic whilst this is based on the real world.
But both have loads of mind games that keep the anime really interesting.
If someone liked one of them theirs a high chance that he would like the other as well.
In both series the characters are stuck, they can't escape without winning.
In both series they need to play a game to win, they need to use their brain and outsmart their opponent.
Both shows are about games and gambling
the mcs are both losers who are only good and games
kaiji is alot more sinister and humorless though
Games, Psychology, but most crude in comparation.
Both pretty sick and twisted as the shows progress creating a really strange feel to them that makes you keep watching.
Both are very negative and depressing animes. The main protagonist in both animes are normal ordinary individuals who become leaders and always find a way to survive.
Both anime are a psychology of despair. Both are full of violence and hidden meanings. Both are a must see for those who like dark atmosphere.
Main characters were pulled out from their everyday lives to learn and value the price of life through incredibly tough physical and psychological challenges.
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...
Both are psychological thrillers animated by Madhouse about a man fighting for his values in an evil, corrupt world.
In essence, both series features psychological themes involving the main protagonist in a world of twisted aberrations. It is a cruel world in both series and the main protagonist must play his cards right to make the most out of his life.
Both has thriller like endings in many episodes.
Madhouse is also involved with both series.
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