Ranked #208


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 14,331 users)
Ranked: #2082
Popularity: #995
Members: 42,437
Favorites: 1,241
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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?


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

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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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Nov 8, 2015
I am not an elitist, but I think this series is not for everyone. It has to be your taste and you must give all of your attention to the plot in order to understand what is happening, otherwise you will get confused no doubt about it.
The art and atmosphere is surely not something you see in anime often - they are unique and some might think childish. The story and the plot though, bring up really mature topics.

Story : 9
What if after you die, your memories can be transferred to a young and lively body and you can live on? Can you imagine what read more
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Nov 7, 2015
Story: 9
Kaiba is definitely a roller coaster that will throw you around. I definitely liked the more episodic stories at the beginning of the series. Those are the ones that we can somewhat relate to, each with their own problems. I found the ending of the series somewhat confusing; it felt pretty rushed, and I just couldn't make any sense of it. However, that doesn't make the series any less enjoyable.

Art: 8
I really didn't know how to rate the art - because it's so unconventional, I don't really have anything to compare it to. On one hand, it's simple, and at first seems greatly contrasted read more
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Aug 25, 2015
Short version:

Story (9/10) - Wonderful setting and good world building, intricate plot and strong mystery factor. First few episodes can be off-putting.

Characters (7/10) - Bland main character, very strong supporting cast.

Animation and Art (7/10) - Good use of a unique bubbly artstyle, inconsistent backgrounds.

Soundtracks (9/10) - Beautiful BGM that amplifies every scene's emotions, good vocals.

Enjoyment (8/10) - First 2 episodes were full of confusion, but everything starts to clear up and the story becomes engaging.

Overall (8/10) - A story with a strong message that uses a unique style of presentation in a good way.

Long version:

Memories are one of the few things in our world read more
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