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)
8.351 (scored by 40,717 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
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, there is still a little more daylight between Kaiji and that show… Put simply, Kaiji is the type of anime that the gods sitting atop Mt. Olympus watch when they take a break from throwing down lightning bolts, swinging tridents, ruling the underworld or doing whatever gods sitting atop Mt. Olympus do. My reasons are explained below…
Firstly, a bit of background. Kaiji is based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's award winning manga of the same name. More specifically, the anime is based on the first series of the manga containing the first 13 volumes of the story called ‘Kaiji – Tobaku Mokushikuroku', or, ‘Kaiji – The Gambling Apocalypse'. As no real English translations of the manga exist, the story is relatively unknown in the West. On the other hand, the manga, which first started being serialized back in 1996, went on to become extremely popular in Japan and Korea, producing two sequel series of manga which are also a superb read and are highly recommended. At the time of writing 38 volumes of the manga have been produced, featuring Kaiji putting it all on the line time and time again. The anime has followed this trend of popularity in the East, Kaiji the anime regular doubles the ratings for shows apparently popular according to this site, such as Minami-ke.
I am going to be blunt, the character design, like Akagi before it, is ‘bad’ in the traditional sense – but in all seriousness this is a very, very good thing. Let me explain by posing a rhetorical question: “Have you ever seen a good ‘bad’ film?” For example the film Evil Dead looks as though it has been produced on a 15 dollar budget but god damn it’s an awesome film! Titanic on the other hand was made on a bajillion dollar budget, won a whole heap of awards and raked in millions of dollars in profit but let’s face it – IT SUCKED.
Kaiji works in a similar way – the artwork is ‘bad’ in the same way Evil Dead is, and that’s what makes it awesome. Kaiji is not exactly a mainstream anime so it is never going to suit everyone’s tastes, but, as with Akagi, Fukumoto’s art style really does suit this kind of story – In pure Rocky fashion, here we see a gritty battler, the underdog in a fight, grappling with underground mobsters to get out of debt, to reach out and grasp the future within his hands – It’s never going to be a pretty picture…
Adding to the character designs are a variety of original touches, most notably Fukumoto’s trademark, ‘Zawa Zawa’ sound effect, which is derived from the Japanese word Zawameku, ‘ざわめく’ – signifying a tense state of agitation. To put it in layman's terms, it is kind of like the feeling you get when you take a dump only to realize that you are out of toilet paper – ZAWAAA!!! (Apologies for crudeness). In general the voice acting is superb, in particular the standouts being Kaiji’s V.O. Masato Hagiwara and the narrator himself, voiced by none other than Fumihiko Tachiki, the dude who is the narrator in PRIDE! Hideki Taneuchi picks up where he left off in Akagi providing an amazing score for Kaiji. Music is used in Kaiji to a perfect degree, and really helps build the ever-present underlying tension as Kaiji gambles with his life.
Let’s face it, an anime with an art style as flipped out as it is, Kaiji (the anime) is never really going to get anywhere without a decent story. Well, it is in this area that the anime really shines. Thoroughly engrossing, this is one of the few animes around that makes it seem like a painfully long wait for the next episode to come out.
While the basic plot shows Kaiji’s struggle to get out of debt, to survive, the thematically driven story is as deep as an abyss – Fukumoto’s world view portrayed throughout Kaiji is at times deeply profound, at other times it simply rocks the core of your soul. Yes, the plot simply revolves around a series of gambles, but the world of gambling that Kaiji (the character) is drawn into is merely used as an analogy about the struggle to survive in the real world, offering existential notions on the human race itself, where we as individuals stand in the ‘rat race’.
Some of the statements that this anime makes are despairingly stark; sombre realities that really hit home. You will want to disagree with the scornful remarks made by mobsters like Tonegawa and Co. about how the debtors have lived their lives up to this point, but you can’t. You can’t because they simply state the harsh realities of life; realities that we choose to turn our heads away from in everyday life. While mobsters like Tonegawa appearing in this anime may be considered ‘bad guys’ in the traditional sense because they are wrong morally, they have a far greater perception about the realities of life and, dare I say it, simply act as they do to survive themselves in a dog eat dog world…?
The story of Kaiji on the surface, features and draws out just about every possible emotion on the spectrum – the thrill of victory, the despair of defeat, the grief of seeing comrades fall, the anger of betrayal, the fear of looking death in the eye… While this makes for a gut-wrenchingly intense enough experience as it is, the thematic psychological commentary into the human condition that makes up the core that is Kaiji the anime is even more provocative and carries a lot more weight than the gambling action itself. Simply put, this really pulls ‘Kaiji’ above the realm of a simple anime and onto a higher plane. If you watch this show and find that it doesn’t really have an effect on you, try watching the show again once you’ve entered the work force – that is when things will really hit home...
Fukumoto’s world is world filled with men – the sole female survivor of the Gambling Apocalypse appears for about a minute at most. Hey, it’s one whole female character more than Akagi, a 100% increase!! Ahem.. Sorry guys – put away those tissues you had readied, if you look at anime for the fan-service, then you’re going to be one sorry fan. Look on the bright side though; brain-dead harem comedies are in plentiful supply…
Yes it truly is a man’s world in Kaiji, men gambling on the edge of despair. I won’t bother laying out each and every character for you, mainly because finding out about the personalities, traits and motivations of the characters that inhibit Kaiji’s world for yourself is a large part of the experience. I will give brief mention however to the lead, Kaiji himself because Kaiji’s character development is another one of this anime’s great points. As the plot summary suggests, Kaiji starts out the show a loser on his way out. A character simply floating through life, someone who chooses to not chase down ‘opportunity’, living in the medical sense that he has a beating heart and working lungs, but really ‘living’ to the fullest sense of the word. Not a real inspiring guy right? No, he isn’t, not to begin with. But as his dawdling way of life, where he cannot really see things as they ‘really’ are, places him into his predicament (i.e. a mountain of unpaid debts), his predicament is also what saves him, for it is only when Kaiji confronts the fear of death does he realize the value of his very existence, in a sense he ‘awakens’ from a deep sleep. With his back against the wall, he grows to become an absolute god of gambling in one sense, but in another way his development as a strong human being (both mentally and emotionally) is really what makes him an engaging character, one of the best leads I have ever seen in an anime. Personally I love the character of Kaiji and feel a lot more in touch with his struggle than I ever did with Akagi…
God this is a long review… And I still feel as though I have only just scraped the surface of what makes Kaiji so great… Ah well, you can figure the rest out if you watch the show. I’m not going to guarantee that everyone is going to like it – hey, everyone has different opinions, tastes, personalities… But if I can convince someone who had no interest in Kaiji to at least try it, then I feel my job here is done. Excellent anime. Top marks.
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 horrible "other room". Also, one must not only break even in the actual matches, but also earn enough through the buying and selling of "stars" (3 of which equate a trip off the ship) to pay off their debts. A simple premise which gets expounded on to a cleverly intense degree. That, mind you, is the first arc. The later arcs follow up with themes on society, and it gets philosophical in a gritty sort of way. But, unfortunately, the"ending" is not anything of the sort, devoid of climax. The last 4 episode arc feels a bit tacked on, and leaves season 2 wide open.
Art: I looked at the promo picture, and I thought one thing: Elves. These noses are big, and the faces look pretty weird at first. However, once one gets past the first five minutes, it really becomes apparent just how expressive these faces can be, as the characters go through one emotional crisis after another.
Sound: Nice intro, nice ending. Where the sound really shines, though, is the intense scenes. It's well integrated into the rest of the show's experience - so much so that I didn't notice it except after watching a second or third time. However, once I did look into the more dramatic half of the soundtrack, I found it a fairly nice score.
However, soundtrack isn't the best part of this show's auditory arsenal either. That honor goes to the best voice acting I've ever heard. It may sound silly, but I have never heard anyone cry as effectively as Yanaka Hiroshi's character. Ever. The voice acting really captures the gritty, dreamless atmosphere which the show exhudes. Also, an extremely dramatic narration often helps the story along, and helps the viewer make sense of sometimes subtle mindgames.
Character: Sheeit- there's just too much to say. Men (absolutely no women in this show) betting their lives can make for pretty deep plots, and this is perhaps one of the very best. Kaiji himself is a normally hopeless person whose survival instincts lead him to fight off the system intended to break him down, and he takes himself down a number of pegs to help people who have nothing to give him (and occasionally stab him in the back). The rest of the cast of characters is a bit less scrupulous, and Kaiji suffers three major betrayals by con men and friends alike in the first nine episodes. In the antecedent arcs 2-4, shit hits the fan for our hero, though he is never betrayed after arc 1. Plenty of manly tears make the whole process very entertaining.
A major part of Kaiji that I feel I shoud mention is it's haves vs. have-nots dynamic. Rich "haves" are constantly responsible for the suffering of impoverished "have-nots", and situation which naturally causes tearful frustration for the have-nots. At times the narrator's observations of both sides sound like Hobbesian logic.
Enjoyment: A couple of major highlights: fistfights, naked wrestling behind a one-way mirror, and a fat guy being kicked in the corpulence. The presentation is terrific, dramatic, and bold. Just be aware that, when the chips are down and everything is at stake, there's a very real possibility that Kaiji will lose...
Overall: Kaiji=Pwn+Max Drama-A Decent Ending. If you don't want to be dissappointed, stop watching at episode 22 and wait for season 2 before watching episodes 23-26. There's no reason to skip the first 22, though. If you have any free time, what are you doing still reading this review? Watch it now! read more
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 a man named Kaiji who is a thief but then his life changed when he is being visited by a debt collector. The debt collector said Kaiji has an unpaid loan which Kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate. But his work-mate had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji. Hopelessly to find a money to pay the loan. Then he find there is one way to solve his loan and that was playing a gamble.
There is so many things that makes Kaiji is so attractive, one of them is the gamble or we can said a “game” that Kaiji must play for paying his loan. What they’re playing is just a simple game like Jankenpon but simply its not just a simple Jankenpon, Fukumoto (Kaiji’s creator) makes it into a serious and psychological game that you’ve ever seen. The game is clever and usually depends on psychological to win the game. And if you’re thinking the game is hard to understand then dont worry, since they’re really explained it well and moreover, its just a simple game (like Jankenpon or anything like that) that been modified a bit by Nobuyuki to make the game more interesting.
Another fun part about Kaiji is guessing. This series is really know how to keep you on your toes and as you keep guessing as the stakes get higher and the games become more absurd,Like any mystery and detective show, we’re usually trying to guess on whats gonna happen next or probably trying to solve whats the trick between it. Well, Kaiji is not mystery or detective show but at least thats what i felt when i watch this show. The way how Kaiji solving each game is really remarkable and unexpected. And another great things about it was how logical Kaiji solution was. Well, sometimes another series use some illogical and unrealistic tricks but not in Kaiji, They’re all making sense and that part what makes Kaiji is so amazing.
Another aspects that really prominent is the art. Kaiji’s art is superbly good, not in the term of realistic nor catchy color but its in term of the compatibility within the story. Sometimes some anime missing the point on what art should be, like an example the themes of an anime is thriller but the art looks so colorful makes the thriller atmosphere being wasted. And Good things Kaiji isnt like that. Their art is probably the most unique one, they using thick lines for the characters to make it like a comical style and the character design is unique, probably you cant find it in anywhere. The originality style that Fukumoto (Creator of Kaij) bring probably hard to watch for someone who’re not used watching something extraordinary like this but the comical style that Kaiji use is bring out the advantage for themselves. Like it can increasing the expressive of each characters so we can feel the emotion within them. Its truly beautiful.
There is no other way to make Kaiji more epic than the sound. The background song or the soundtrack within every scenes is really remarkable, they’re fitting well for every scenes that occurs. Like when Kaiji is being despair, there is a sound that you would notice along the series, “ZAWAAA” or it can be translated as agitation. The sound like the one i notice before increasing the despair atmosphere and thrilling the audience. Its like the song forced us to feel the same way as the kaiji does. Well, its not astonishing since the music composer is Hideki Tanuichi, the one who responsible for Aoi Bungaku and Death note music. He did briliantly again in this anime. The opening song in this anime is also amazing, “Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka” that being played by Hakuryu is really fits with the anime. This 45 seconds opening song is quite wacky and random but somehow this is quite addicting. After talking about the song, lets talking about the seiyuu voice. There is two name that i should mention for this. Hagiwara Masato and Fumihiko Tachiki, They are the one who responsible for making Kaiji become so epic. Masato voice is really fits with Kaiji, his voice that heavy is really suitable with kaiji that a middle aged man. He succesfully makes Kaiji like himself but in anime version. In other words, Masato is bring the life for Kaiji. For Fumihiko, his roles in this anime is narrator. But dont take this lightly, because his energetic and passionate voice in every narrating the story would stun you up.
If there was something that makes me so addicting with this series,it was Kaiji and the other characters. Kaiji is one of the best main characters out there, but he can also the most lamest main characters. There is too many way to describe kaiji, he can be a hero but also a loser. Loser in this term is how Kaiji sometimes following his desires for gambling and ended up to have much of debt but in the other way, when he was in pinch, he could turned into a heroic character. Last, his personality that clever and tricky make this story become more interesting to follow. Not just kaiji, The other characters also one of the aspects what makes Kaiji is so amazing. Every characters that appears in this anime isnt just for a side show,they playing some important roles too andThe other characters acts like what in real life do, like when you are in the pinch with your friends and you have a chance for escape for yourselves, what would you do? I believe if we are in that positions, we are choosing for escape by ourselves and abandon our friends. That question is for describing what the characters in kaiji is. They would do anything for saving themselves, betraying is one of the way that they would do. The realistic things that every characters do make this anime become more interesting to see.
Lastly, after all mumbling that i said before i can safely said Kaiji is one the anime that you should watch. Despite its lackness in moe and cute girls on it, Kaiji would bring you an amazing thriller story with just some simple game. From that simple game, prepare for feeling some intense scenes that would make you hold the breath from beginning to the end.
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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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.
Both shows have a similar vibe to them, as they both are about gambling. They follow a main character that often finds himself in difficult situations, which he must solve using his own ingenuity. They have similar battles of wits and create an overall similar mood. They also have the same director.
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.
High risk gambling by an intelligent MC. Stakes increase as the show progresses. Thriller with mind games.
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 are wilfully ridiculous and over-the-top macho silliness revolving around seemingly idiotic protagonists who both have an excellent knack for gambits.
Both got unique art-style and mind-blowing tricks, extremely manly shows.
The narration (and his explanations). The over the top animation. The calculated battles of the struggling, but determined protagonist(s) against opponents that completely overpower them.
While JoJo is more of a straight up physical fighting anime, there is an undiluted focus on strategy and mind games, much like Kaiji.
Both are manly and over the top shows, featuring protagonists who come up with complicated and mind-blowing tricks and strategies to defeat their opponents. While their overall plots are different, both anime have a similar atmosphere and manly tears.
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