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Kaiba


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kaiba
Japanese: カイバ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2008 to Jul 25, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: VAP, WOWOW
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.301 (scored by 16,329 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2142
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1015
Members: 49,765
Favorites: 1,520
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Episodes: /12

Synopsis

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?

Background

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Kaiba
Kaiba
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Neiro
Neiro
Main
Noto, Mamiko
Japanese
Noto, Mamiko
Popo
Popo
Main
Park, Romi
Japanese
Park, Romi
Chroniko
Chroniko
Supporting
Saito, Chiwa
Japanese
Saito, Chiwa

Staff

Yuasa, Masaaki
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Original Creator
Choi, EunYoung
Choi, EunYoung
Episode Director, 2nd Key Animation, Animation Director, 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


Edit Opening Theme

"Never" by Seira

Edit Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira



More reviewsReviews

Rqt
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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Merridian
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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Ranivus
Sep 9, 2008
::QUICK REVIEW::
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)


::FULL REVIEW::
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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Gonzo-lewd
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
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