Sanshirou's chances of having an adventure are slim to none in his tiny island hometown, until the day a mysterious stranger invites him to play a game... Without warning, Sanshirou is taken to a backwards universe to play BakéGyamon—a game pitting monsters against monsters. Along the way he meets other players who have a particular reason for being there—to obtain the wish that is granted to the winner. But how far can Sanshirou get when the monsters he's been paired with are a bunch of little mud balls?!
Gekifu Bakegyamon, one of anime that I watched when I was 13. It made me nostalgia so I planned to rewatch again. I simply watch only to remember some awesome moments in it, however, after understanding the anime a little deeper, it made me somehow impressed..
The story wasn't that promising at the first, people may accuse it like a generic game match, which the MC goes along and eventually win the tournament and his wishes will be granted. It involves the existence of Ayakashi, one of Japanese's mythical creatures being sealed as Gekifu in order to be used in a game called "Bakegyamon". Maybe
we will think: "What's the reason of Bakegyamon? Why they seal Ayakashi in order to make children happy playing game?"
After some explanation, I found that it's not just a generic game tournament using Ayakashi as tool in order to win and get your wish granted. It's more than it, and the backstory was quite sad and touching. Also the last episode, was also sad because they have to say farewell so they can't play together again..
I really love the opening song, Mobius, sang by Janne da Arc.. the opening video also match with the song.. EPIC!! however, I don't really like the second opening.. even though, I love its 3rd and 4th ending song. Some of the sound effect seem similar to Digimon X Evolution's.
The characters are interesting just they way they are. Maybe the Main Character here is just a typical shounen who always do before think, being hotheaded, and silly. However, he got a lot of character development, and he's the one who's sympathetic not only to his friends but also to the Ayakashi, and also his Koma, Fue. Other characters are also interesting, almost none of them are being dumped. Everyone has their touching backstory, even though some of them are quite silly (I'm looking at you, Mick). They all have their own understandable motives of joining the game, not just joining without any reasons. They all got developed and finally grown up, Bakegyamon had changed their way of life becoming better, and understand that human and ayakashi can play together and become friend..
Quite decent, it's reasonable for its year production's quality. They did well 3D CG, though..
This kind of niche shounen anime needs more and more love, I was sad that this kind of wonderful anime only got score 6.7. Maybe the watchers didn't like long episodes also they got bored by the first quarter episodes. Don't just judge something by its cover and its earlier episodes..