Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

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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: 8.271 (scored by 157127157,127 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2812
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #655
Members: 344,471
Favorites: 9,872

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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.

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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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Yao, Kazuki

Funai, Jouji

Ishikawa, Hideo


Kobayashi, Mikiko
Assistant Producer
Satou, Yuuzou


Opening Theme

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


Sep 24, 2023
(Spoiler Free review!)

That's my first review so please be respectful. But hear me out, Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is one of the greatest anime I have ever seen, and yet it seems that no one outside Japan really saw it!

This anime tells the story of Kaiji, an apparently useless and financially broken man who gets tangled in some shady business and now has to recover his debt by betting on things that cost more than any money could afford. That's the only summary you will get from me and please don't research about the anime. Just dive deep into it, trust me!

Good things: ...
Mar 23, 2022
Mixed Feelings
It's a seinen but the morality of the main character is more like a shounen protagonist. He's way too naive and goes out of his way for strangers he has no reason to help, which is frustrating to see and seems like writing to create conflict for the sake of it. But maybe the writing's not so bad since the whole premise of the show is from Kaiji co-signing on a debt to help out a friend he had no reason to trust like that. That's just the way Kaiji has always been, even aside from the games.

I got the urge to watch it now ...
Feb 12, 2022
Kaiji is an insanely popular seinen, and it's one that might be a little hard to get into for those who are used to a more typical anime art style. Fukumoto, the author of the source material, has a fairly ugly, though quite geometrical--blocky and sharp--character design. It takes some getting used to, but it's manageable after a few episodes. It even has some degree of charm to the look, and the roughness of it MIGHT be perfect for a story about gamblers, shady characters, and swindlers. It's not a sakuga fest or anything even close, but all of the technical specs are fine and ...

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