Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji, The Suffering Pariah Kaiji
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ Ultimate Survivor
English: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Spanish: Kaiji
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
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: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.281 (scored by 149041149,041 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2642
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #625
Members: 326,029
Favorites: 9,408

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After one of his coworkers fails to repay a debt, apathetic bum Kaiji Itou is pressured by loan sharks to settle the large sum of cash. Since Kaiji has little money and no future prospects of his own, he is unable to return what his colleague borrowed. Faced with massive financial burdens, Kaiji is given an offer to board the illustrious Espoir—it is said that "one night aboard the ship, and all of your debts will be paid."

What seems like a simple night of gambling quickly turns into a game of strategy and betrayal. With the losers of the tournament being subjected to a backbreaking life of indebted servitude, Kaiji must choose his actions—and allies—carefully. However, this is only the beginning of a series of gambles that will wager Kaiji's life, testing the full extent of his wits and will to survive.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


In a February 2015 poll conducted by Japanese website Goo Ranking, Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor placed second for "Best Cerebral Anime." The series was released on Blu-ray by Sentai Filmworks on April 20, 2021.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Sakurai, Toshiharu

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Yao, Kazuki


Nakamura, Ryousuke
Episode Director, Storyboard
Suzuki, Norimitsu
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation


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"Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka" by Kaiji with Redbourn Cherries

Dec 9, 2007
This review was originally written after the first arc, and has since been revised to cover my opinions of the entire show, with minimal spoilers.

Story: Itoh Kaiji, a bum with 3 million yen worth of debt gets into a gambling cruise to pay off his debts. The game played on the cruise is Gentei Janken (Restricted Rock-Paper-Scissors), where the players get four cards of each type and battle it out. What's the catch? Several things; each card can only be used once, cards can be bought off of other players, con men abound, and losing forces one into the vaguely established but ...
Feb 16, 2017
---The review contains spoilers---

3/10. Explanation:

Starts off strange to say the least. A young man is deep in debt and is being given a chance to repay it by boarding a cruise ship to do the 'gambling' (?). At this point I was already a bit wary, because why would a loan company give an opportunity to repay the debt and get rich on top of that to somebody who owns them money? Surely that's not a profitable thing to do. Why not collect the money from them or make them repay somehow, idk. On the ship though, this series becomes amazing, and I mean ...
Jan 20, 2014
Kaiji, maybe is one of the genius anime that would be rarely be consumed these days. Many reasons for it, like people these days are just loooking for anime which have cute girls (or we can said seeking for MOE). Cant blame on it since anime industry now are using cute girls for their sales and of course for seeking profit. Anyway, there is no cute girls in Kaiji so please step out if you’re looking for it. But honestly you would miss a show that would make hold your breath from the beginning to the end.

Kaiji itself have a simple story, Its about ...

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