Ranked #195


Alternative Titles

Japanese: カイバ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2008 to Jul 25, 2008
Producers: Madhouse
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.321 (scored by 10952 users)
Ranked: #1952
Popularity: #949
Members: 30,245
Favorites: 887
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It is now possible to store memory data, so that the death of your body is not actually "death". As memories are stored in databanks, they can be "transferred" to new bodies. Because so-called "memory trading" now occurs, it is now possible to steal memories and illegally alter them.

Society has fallen apart as authority has become lost and stagnant.

One day, a man awakens in a ruined room. His name is Kaiba. He has no memories, but he does have a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman inside.

In the skies are roiling clouds and electrical storms, impossible to pass without losing one's memories; above them lies the elusive realm of the rich and powerful, who barter others' bodies and memories for their own enjoyment and longevity. Below lies a troubled and dangerous world where good bodies are hard to come by and real money is scarce.

After suddenly being attacked, Kaiba escapes into space, and during his travels meets all sorts of people and regains his memories. Throughout it, he continues to be troubled by the world's problems, as well as his own existence. And what of the woman in the pendant, Neiro?

Characters & Voice Actors

Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Noto, Mamiko
Noto, Mamiko
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa


Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator, Series Composition
Choi, EunYoung
Episode Director, Key Animation, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation
Yokoyama, Akitoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay
Mihara, Michio
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, In-Between Animation, Key Animation

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Jan 6, 2014
Perpetual love, an undying attachment. Thrusted into a desolate world, an existence stripped of its humanity. Will our hero find true love? Will he possibly find his true self in the process? Created from the longing embrace of a loved one, an unknown foe; found in a dismal world filled with fear, yet in the darkest depths, hope.

Perhaps what Kaiba does best is world building. In Kaiba, we are introduced to a futuristic world where memories are reduced to tiny transportable chips, where people change bodies as they would a pair of clothes. What becomes of one’s value? How significant can feelings and experiences be read more
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Aug 17, 2010
Kaiba is a story that begins with a young boy who possesses no memories, a locket with a blurry picture of a girl, and a hole in his chest. From there on, it dives into a complex look at what it means to live, speaking to its audience in eclectic ambient music, flat hues, simplified textures, and caricatured expressions.

It is a story of heartache, rejection, and despair. It is a story of loss and of pain, and one that explores a world in which there is incalculable capacity for wrongdoing, cruelty, and evil. It is a story that hits its read more
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A protagonist and a comrade, traveling through planets/countries. On their journey, they meet people who live in these places, and learn the different customs, cultures or tragedies they experience, trivializing the world we live in.
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Kemonozume and Kaiba do not look the same, however they both fully use interesting visual approaches to aptly suit the tone of each show. Kemonozume is a bit more rough around the edges and Kaiba is more bubbly. Both of these shows are science fiction on the surface; love stories at heart. I'd recomend watching both of these anime series, especially if you liked one. Same producers too.

Opening Theme

"Never" by Seira

Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira

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