Ranked #174
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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.361 (scored by 36419 users)
Ranked: #1742
Popularity: #567
Members: 68,394
Favorites: 2,256
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Synopsis

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
Itou, Kaiji
Main
Hagiwara, Masato
Japanese
Hagiwara, Masato
Narrator
Supporting
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Japanese
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Hyoudou, Kazutaka
Hyoudou, Kazutaka
Supporting
Tsukayama, Masane
Japanese
Tsukayama, Masane
Tonegawa, Yukio
Tonegawa, Yukio
Supporting
Hakuryuu
Japanese
Hakuryuu

Staff

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

More episodes Episodes(0/26)

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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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bigjig
Jan 18, 2008 8:53 AM
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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Torisunanohokori
Dec 9, 2007 8:45 PM
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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Kynov
Jan 20, 2014 10:21 PM
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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eternalmetal
Feb 5, 2008 3:55 PM
I can see everyone staring at the straight 10s on the board and either think im being biased, or that I grade too easy. According to the ratings here, I grade more than a point lower on average than everyone else. Well, in any case, I will explain why every category deserved a 10.

Story: While not being too complex, it exists. The main character has worked himself down to having a massive debt that would take him countless years to pay back honestly. Everybody Kaiji gambles with are people who once were hopeless gamblers that are given a chance to win read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai
Both are gambling animes done by the same director and mangaka, both main character's are also voiced by the same seiyū, Hagiwara Masato. 
reportRecommended by nn0r
Anime: Death Note
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. 
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Anime: One Outs
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... 
reportRecommended by y0l3itches
Anime: No Game No Life
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!"  
reportRecommended by SanzuNoKawa
Anime: Gantz
Both pretty sick and twisted as the shows progress creating a really strange feel to them that makes you keep watching. 
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Anime: Monster
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... 
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