Ranked #219


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: 8.311 (scored by 12614 users)
Ranked: #2192
Popularity: #959
Members: 36,470
Favorites: 1,024
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romance sci-fi surreal


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?


Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Apr 11, 2008 to Jul 25, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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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, Series Composition, Original Creator
Yokoyama, Akitoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay
Mihara, Michio
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, In-Between Animation, Key Animation
Choi, EunYoung
Episode Director, Key Animation, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation

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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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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
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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
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May 20, 2010
ART SECTION: 9/10 [Osamu Tezuka, eat my dust!]

Any ignorant-about-art viewer will easily drop the series because of the animation alone. It will feel way too poor and simple at first glance. In our time and age anime try to look more and more realistic, with as much details and colors as possible, cool visual effects, huge explosions, eye candy mecha / pantsu / big guns or whatever shallow viewers generally look for when judging a series by its animation alone.

Let me tell you this. It doesn’t matter how cool or realistic characters and objects in series like Karas or Gundam 00 or Macross Frontier look. 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.
Art style, the general mood, feeling the cover drama.
Both explore very surreal, highly creative and imaginative worlds.
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.
Animation that would be appealing to children, but the content of the anime is for adults. Both are science-fiction and surreal.

Opening Theme

"Never" by Seira

Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira

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