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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: 8.371 (scored by 29740 users)
Ranked: #1702
Popularity: #555
Members: 53,838
Favorites: 1,891
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drama gambling psychological


Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji. Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at 3,850,000 yen), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay of their debts. After some coercing kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear himself and make a bit of money as well...

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Itou, Kaiji
Itou, Kaiji
Hagiwara, Masato
Hagiwara, Masato
Hyeon, Gyeng Su
Hyeon, Gyeng Su
Yao, Kazuki
Yao, Kazuki
Lee, Ju Chang
Lee, Ju Chang
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Kim, Gi hyeon
Kim, Gi hyeon


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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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.

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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