Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen

Kaiji: Against All Rules

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Synonyms: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji S2, The Suffering Pariah Kaiji: Backslide Arc
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ 破戒録篇
English: Kaiji: Against All Rules
German: Kaiji: Against All Rules
Spanish: Kaiji: Against All Rules
French: Kaiji: Against All Rules
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 28, 2011
Premiered: Spring 2011
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:59 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, High Stakes GameHigh Stakes Game, PsychologicalPsychological, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.251 (scored by 9860698,606 users)
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Ranked: #2932
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Popularity: #1151
Members: 179,372
Favorites: 2,543

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Preliminary Spoiler
May 14, 2011
Ok this is my first time to write a review so please go easy.

Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of psychological thriller series and I must say Kaiji is one of the best there is in that aspect. Season 1 was just amazing, keeps you thinking and surprises you with the twisted outcomes. In Season 2 Kaiji has done it again, each episode keeps getting better and better makes you at the edge of your seat hunger to know whats will happen next.

If your a fan of Psychological thrillers such as Death note or Liar game, Kaiji is a must watch ...
Dec 30, 2014
Are you suffering from an absence of GAR and strategy in your life? Already burn through your reserve JoJo's and No Game No Life strategic asspulls for a rainy day? Well, I got just the fix!


Story: 9/10

You'd think the novelty of high gambling will be dull after 26 episodes right? But Kaiji's sequel not only delivers yet again but surpasses expectations! But it's not all a win. The story pits Kaiji into an underground camp as a slave laborer in order to pay off his debts. As in typical Kaiji fashion, it's not all as it seems. As Kaiji butts heads ...
May 28, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Kaiji season 2 offers a solid conclusion to the anime series however the series itself is a decrease in quality from season 1 Kaiji Ultimate Survivor.

Taking place a few months after the first arc, Kaiji is taken underground to pay his debt by manual labor which will take him around 15 years to complete his sentence. After a few months later, Kaiji is then allowed to be outside for a few days in which he hears about a casino with the infamous pachinko game "The Bog" which if Kaiji wins can pay off his entire debt.

The differences in this season being the 3rd series of ...
Jun 6, 2011
Preliminary (9/26 eps)
I was a great fan of the first season so it's probably going to be a bit biased.

But let me tell you how much I love these series. I usually like psychological thriller, "Main character being super smart pwning everybody" kind of anime but this is my favorite one out there.

One out was mediocre, liar game got boring midway through, death note was really good but... There's just something about this series that tops all those anime and manga.

I saw the first season like 4 years ago and it's still on my mind.

Anyway WATCH THE FIRST ONE if you haven't GO NOW!

It might get you ...
Sep 22, 2019
Kaiji’s second season is not as good as Kaiji’s first season. While it has a stronger start than the former, and while it is littered with better animation and more charismatic characters, there is something about it that just doesn’t hold up to the first.

The concept of the arcade machine is intriguing and the tactics used in that arc are nothing short of brilliant, but it is the fact that the arc dragged on for so long and the episodic structure became about finding a way to beat the machine and the old man, that it became redundant to sit through. The first season ...
Nov 6, 2014
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen is the second season of kaiji ultimate survivor which continues from where the first season left of.

Story 8/10 The second season starts of with Kaiji wondering around japan looking for ways to earn money.
Wile he sees an familiar face Endoh from the first season which somewhat helped him with his debt problems in season 1 eg The gambling ship this time though Kaiji is kidnapped by Endoh and forced into slave labor to pay off his debt with very harsh living conditions. Now what l like to say about the first ...
Sep 28, 2011
This series is pretty suspenseful and will give you a similar type of enjoyment to the first series, but I gotta say it's not as good.

First off, Kaiji 2 is not a psychological battle. It also doesn't have much philosophy in it. It vaguely contains that sorta stuff, but it's really faint. I loved the first series of Kaiji so much for the constant risks, trust, betrayal, scams, elaborate schemes, exposure of human emotions, putting human character into question, and Tonegawa's philosophical speeches. Kaiji 2 doesn't really have such concepts in it. Both of his gambles are pretty much won simply with logic and ...
Sep 21, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (21/26 eps)
This will not be much of a review. I'm going to go against the previous two reviews, and I'll make this very quick.

This season of Kaiji is actually quite terrible. It's basically just an advert for pachinko and the upcoming Kaiji live-action movie.
Now the first season of Kaiji (aside from being very good) was dragged out a little, as are most other anime, but this season is really taking the mickey.

Any tension i intially felt while watching this has completely vanished. Kaiji's chances of wininng are like watching someone with bipolar, up, down, up, down... every single episode, just so they can stretch the series ...
Jan 20, 2021
*sniff* this is pure ideology, but you know *sniff* the good kind of ideology.

If you want an anime that's not always going the path, you expect it to do i think Kaiji is something that you could like.

Kaiji is every single one of us. He is a loser... Of course he had his potentials when he was younger, but capitalist world brought him into his misery. He for sure is an intelligent guy, but his kind-hearted personality denied him access into a wealthy life and the story is going to show you exactly this. Multiple times. You're the loser, if you're altruistic, if you're ...
Nov 3, 2012
I take it that the people who are going to watch this have already watched the first season. I am going to try to base my review on that. So basically we once again meet with Kaiji. As always he is broke. He once again is put to a test. The first part of the series concentrates in a another place (that I won't mention so there aren't any spoilers), but basically he has to gamble once more. To be honest the reason I think this season is better is since Kaiji has become more and more of a hero. Even though the ...
Jun 7, 2020
Studio Madhouse has done it again in the 2nd season of Kaiji! This is a 10/10 gambling anime. Kick Kakegurui to the curb, cuz there are no moe character designs or forced romantic relationships to be found in THIS gambling anime!

Story: 10/10. The stakes have never been higher in season 2 as Kaiji finds himself basically a slave working in a labor camp to pay off his massive debts. If he raises enough money he can buy his freedom and rejoin society above ground! How's that for motivation? There's a small moment I need to mention where Kaiji can finally afford a decent meal for ...
Mar 3, 2020
(Since it would be useless to write a different review for the second season, I just copied the review for the first season here. I only have to say that I find the first season a little better, despite the fact that the art of the second is superior).

Kaiji is the perfect anime if you are looking for something about gambling and that it feels realistic and crude.
Because Kaiji is not simply an anime about someone who gambles - but about how bad it can be, to be a gambler in a world full of sharks ready to bite and drown you when you're weak.

Kaiji ...
Dec 15, 2011
Mixed Feelings

The story that surrounds this anime is awesome. Truth and the meaning of life is in continues battle with those things that most people believe that make us different from animals.
If u don't want or tired just to watch anime for fun , you must surely watch this.
Just try to keep up with the script meanings and try to search inside your heart/brain and think what will u do in the same place of Kaijis. ( main hero)

U will definitely win some things after watching this.
Nov 16, 2017
I think everyone's been in a position similar to Kaiji. Dirt poor and full of envy, and so desperate to succeed that you're willing to give everything. I saw both seasons in two sittings, and the second one finished at 4am leaving me with my eyes almost burnt out and my head throbbing in pain from watching so much all at the same time. It's a captivating tragedy, I literally couldn't bring myself to stop because I got so sucked in. Most great shows have lots of small lessons in them with many things happening at once. Kaiji is focused entirely on Kaiji himself and ...
Nov 22, 2020
If i can just win big once i can be reborn and make my life how i want it to be

This anime was a wild ride. But it is not the kind of show that can be enjoyed watching it 1 episode a day. It's really made to be watched in 6-9 episode blocks. The creators of this show timed each episode intelligently so the viewer must watch the next episode immediately. This is a strength of this show but also a downside for certain viewers who are looking for a casual experience.

This show is true to the harsh reality of gambling and life for ...
Jan 7, 2021
I'm in the minority here, but I think Kaiji 2: Ultimate Survivor is BETTER than the first season, Against All Rules. Although I enjoy each for different reasons.

In the second season, we see our titular protag start off in an even worse state than the first season: working in a slave labor camp underground, where his wages are less than a convenience store job above ground, yet the work is must more grueling and deadly.


Kaiji can barely keep himself out of debt from the allure of a cold beer on payday, much less from actually gambling. So when he does ...
May 12, 2018
(Spoilers incoming) If you like engaging, binge-worthy, edge-of-your-seat shows, you'll love Kaiji.

Story: 8/10. I found the motivations for Kaiji in this season to be stronger than those in Season 1, and it really helped establish Kaiji's character a bit more in this season while making all the risks he took seem organic and believable. There was an unbelievable sense of catharsis watching the show, perhaps one of the strongest I've felt in watching any sports anime (I consider Kaiji comparable to other anime of the sports genre despite gambling not being a sport persay). The story's nothing deep (win money and escape forced labor), but ...
Apr 4, 2021
In some ways Kaiji's 2nd season could be seen as a bit of a disappointment, with far less focus on the crazy gambling games that push each side's strategic and psychological limits to the max, and more of a character driven story with the focus being on pushing the luck in your favour. Even so however, the stakes prove to be just as high this time around, making a lot of the tension remain despite the much less intense moment to moment interactions between opponents due to the games being around finding the cheats and rigs of the game and exploiting them, rather than necessarily ...
Feb 7, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Tension and Tedious are 2 completely different things!
and it's clear Kaiji season 2 feels there is no distinction between the two.
Unlike season 1 this addition just drags...and drags...and drags! on and on and on.

Everything Else in the show is perfectly fine. the score is intense, the animation is crips clean, the voice acting is solid. but the single deathblow season 2 has is it's TERRIBLE dragged out pacing. it's not that noticeable in the first half of the season but it really begins to show during the second half.

And this is where the Tension vs Tedious bit comes into play. The big final gamble of ...
Sep 20, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Quick Thoughts:
Promising start marred by pachinko.

Season 2 picks up some time after the end of the 1st season, with more debt accumulated. A familiar face picks him up and drops him off at an underground camp to work off his debts. This arc lasts about nine episodes and the second, and final, arc takes up the remaining 17 episodes. I think the first arc was solid; we get all Kaiji's mindgames, scheming, trickery and charisma displayed in full effect. The second arc was the worst in the entire series in my opinion, mainly due to its pacing issues. The first few episodes provided good setup/backstory, ...