Ranked #209


Alternative Titles

Japanese: カイバ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2008 to Jul 25, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Madhouse, VAP, WOWOW
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.311 (scored by 14,327 users)
Ranked: #2092
Popularity: #995
Members: 42,425
Favorites: 1,240
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.


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?


The series received an Excellence Prize for animation at the 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Name Is Warp
Na wa Warp (名はワープ)
Apr 11, 2008
2 Stowaways
Mikkou (密航)
Apr 18, 2008
3 Chroniko's Boots
Chroniko no Nagagutsu (クロニコのながぐつ)
Apr 25, 2008
4 Grandma's Room of Memories
Baa-san no Kioku no Heya (ばあさんの記憶の部屋)
May 2, 2008
5 Abipa, The Utopian Planet
Akogare no Hoshi Abipa (憧れの星アビパ)
May 9, 2008

Opening Theme

"Never" by Seira

Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

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
I found this review Helpful
Sep 9, 2008
Story: 9 (Great amnesia story, love the sci-fi elements)
Art: 10 ("I DO" yelled Sam, "I do like green eggs and ham!")
Sound: 7 (overly silent at times, but dialog helps lot)
Character: 9 (So simple yet very complex, a must see)
Enjoyment: 10 (Felt like a 3-hour summer blockbuster movie)
Overall: 45/50 = 9 (Everyone must experience this)

People always try to be above others. It's because they can't be happy unless they have people below them. This show creates a whole universe around this concept and other unconventional ideals. From the anime description and genre choices for this show, and even the database picture the normal read more
I found this review Helpful
Feb 11, 2015
Kaiba is a dystopian/cyberpunk anime. The atypical story telling and mesmerizing dystopias which are always complemented with vivid and unique artwork of the highest degree make for a highly enjoyable experience for myself. By no means do I consider these to be flawless genres but the amalgamation of the many tropes from these genres creates a captivating experience I personally can’t really find in other genre(s), so on that fact this review may be a little bias. One could argue that Kaiba itself is not a cyberpunk series but a dystopian fantasy and I could agree with that, and maybe that is why I read more
I found this review Helpful
Mar 16, 2014
Where there is a body, there is a mind. A mind that is unquestionably a part of us and remains to be this way until our eventual passing. Throughout the centuries of philosophy and science, it is one of the most utterly fascinating aspects of human existence that has yet to be explored fully. There have been many stories that have delved into the realm of consciousness as a main plot device from the mid-20th century science fiction authors, and anime has had its fair share of shows that are akin to this. One of which is Kaiba, a fascinating trip that shows no boundaries read more
I found this review Helpful


Anime: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
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.  
reportRecommended by Siing
Anime: Kemonozume
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.  
reportRecommended by selective_yellow
Anime: Nekojiru-sou
Both explore very surreal, highly creative and imaginative worlds.  
reportRecommended by Pandadice
Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Although in story, style, and presentation these series have nothing similar, the psychological approach to both is quite similar: the depth of humanity, understanding of the self and questioning the existence of humanity itself. Both series travel completely different ways to express their ideas, but that doesn't mean that one of them is wrong, at the contrary, show how the same idea can be expressed beautifully in completely different manners . If you liked one due to the ideas it expressed, you, unavoidably, will like the other.
reportRecommended by shadowspiral
Anime: Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
Animation that would be appealing to children, but the content of the anime is for adults. Both are science-fiction and surreal.  
reportRecommended by KawaiiObsessive
Anime: Gankutsuou
While the plotlines of these two series are quite different, each has a similar atmosphere. They both use unusual art styles to interpret the out-of-the-ordinary worlds they happen in: in Gankutsuou, colorful animation paired with a futuristic past; in Kaiba, old-style character designs to express a different sort of sci-fi. Each is also set in space, but very unscientifically, using it as a springboard for unconventional ideas, not realism. 
reportRecommended by Anomalous

Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Kaiba Episode 8 Discussion
cyruz - Jun 22, 2008
39 replies by PolarKoala »»
Nov 20, 10:03 PM
Poll: Kaiba Episode 7 Discussion ( 1 2 )
cyruz - Jun 2, 2008
62 replies by PolarKoala »»
Nov 20, 9:09 PM