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Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Alternative Titles

English: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Synonyms: Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji, The Suffering Pariah Kaiji
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ Ultimate Survivor


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.311 (scored by 81,080 users)
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Ranked: #2352
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #557
Members: 171,341
Favorites: 5,588


Both animes are very similar to each other, both heroes plot an ingenius plan to survive, both keeps you guessing until the end and hunger for the next one, both has amazing storyline. Kaiji is a genius anime without the supernatural stuff from Death note. 
report Recommended by CEMPUNK
Pretty much the same aura around both of these animes. OneOuts is about baseball gambling with alot of money on the line. Both of them use there wits to outsmart the opponent but there is always someone with money they can try to scam... 
report Recommended by y0l3itches
Both are gambling animes done by the same director and mangaka, both main character's are also voiced by the same seiyū, Hagiwara Masato. 
report Recommended by nn0r
Similarly crazy gambling, but the mc is more competent. The first episode feels like it could be a tribute to Kaiji, definitely some similarities. 
report Recommended by ddrcrono
Both are wilfully ridiculous and over-the-top macho silliness revolving around seemingly idiotic protagonists who both have an excellent knack for gambits. 
report Recommended by Lindle
Those two animes have very few in common. Art is totally different, Kaiji has a mature feeling without any anime cliché, one is fantastic and the other not. However, just because they're not similar doesn't mean you won't like one another. If you enjoyed Sora's point of view, how tricky he acts, how gambles work, and how easy is to mindf*ck someone while playing, you'll love Kaiji. That part is similar. They both will make you think "Oh God, That trick is totally legit! It makes sense!"  
report Recommended by SanzuNoKawa
Both shows have the same kinda calm animation. Also the fact that a lot of the characters go through tough, sometimes life or death situations that show the true colors of who they are, whether they be good or bad. Also... MANLY TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!  
report Recommended by ZeroRAPESKoG
These thriller series have twisted games. In Kaiji, most of them are based on intelligence and strategy, made to reduce Kaiji's debts or just to survive, but in Death Parade they are made to choose if a person goes to heaven or hell, depending on his or her behaviour during the game (and during his or her whole life). All of this implies a great psychological background. Also, that suspense atmosphere made in Madhouse. 
report Recommended by ryuukabe
Tense as hell, adrenaline-pumping, and manly tears-inducing. People pitted against each other. Same studio. Everything else is pretty much different - Kaiji is psychological and Ippo is raw power - but you should give the other a try if you're looking for something addicting. 
report Recommended by drf
They're both about money, but more importantly, they both have amazing narrator/announcers. 
report Recommended by NavyCherub
Both series put their main characters in psychologically distressing situations, and both of them are about their characters rising above the challenges and owning their fates. Plus, lots of man tears... 
report Recommended by pastafiend
Both are very negative and depressing animes. The main protagonist in both animes are normal ordinary individuals who become leaders and always find a way to survive.  
report Recommended by bonkler
In DMW, prisoners of a particular prison take part in dangerous events meant to entertain spectators. In Kaiji, debtors are scammed into high stakes gambling in order to get a shot at having their debts erased. Some of the high stakes gambles are extremely dangerous or otherwise risky, and sometimes there are upper class spectators watching the poor gamblers fight for their lives. 
report Recommended by Numi
It's hard to compare Giant Killing with any other football related anime because they almost play real football. There is no jumping 20 feet in the air or the ball is not on fire when the player makes a free kick etc... So i think Kaiji is similar in more way's that one. Both anime's are about a game, and while Giant Killing is a team play Kaiji from Kaiji makes sure that he has teammates when he plays the games he is forced. So Kaiji is more darker anime but the two main protagonist from these anime's are very similar, they smart and analyzing all little  read more 
report Recommended by ElemenT
Both series involve high stakes gambling and unorthodox game playing, with the use of psychological strategy. Both series also contain the use of a similar psychological battle game: E-Card from Kaiji is extremely similar to Raijinhai in Yu-Gi-Oh!  
report Recommended by Denji
Both series have intelligent characters and in many scenes, require them to think to survive. Also, they are both made by Madhouse. 
report Recommended by SilverChariotx
The mindf*ck while playing a 'game' with lives on the line + same producing studios. 
report Recommended by schwiieee
You're in it to win it, both anime revolve around such a theme as the characters are taken to a luxury facility and put in a situation of competition as they compete to better their own lives. Kaiji differs being a more brutal as a seinen anime, revolving around gambling. While Souma is much more light-hearted with its input of comedy and shounen demographic whilst revolving around cooking. So, if your a fan of competition anime, that involves strategy and wit you'll probably like both series. 
report Recommended by Akoram
Both series challenge moral ethics found in society often claiming that money is worth everything. Kaiji is strictly about psychological gambling found in human greed while Speed Grapher dives into super powers revolving around human lusts. These shows dig into ambiguous concepts of good & evil where it is explored through Kaiji's struggle for freedom. The villain of Speed Grapher, Chouji Suitengu, holds a tragic secret that may result in justifying his crimes upon human beings. 
report Recommended by THEAnimeHERO
This may be a bit of a stretch, but both Kaiji and Initial D share a distinct passion for their subject matters, both on different sides of the spectrum. On the one hand, Kaiji very much romanticizes its subject matter (gambling) building it up as an much larger than life thing. On the other hand, Initial D plays it straight with its subject matter (street racing) giving you an incredibly earnest look at it. Both series do not come off contrived at all, and have this real purity to them; a true interest in the subjects that they are dealing with, subjects that most people  read more 
report Recommended by m00tzman
Tatsumi lives in a dark fantasy world. Kaiji lives in modern day Japan. Tatsumi joins a band of rebels and fights alongside them. Kaiji gambles by playing mind games. Their lives couldn't be more different. However, their goals are the same: challenge and defeat the corrupt elite. Both Tatsumi and Kaiji will have to experience betrayal, death and setbacks before they achieve their goals. Both anime are dark where people actually die; there is no plot armor and no one is safe. The main difference is that Akame ga Kill is a fast paced action anime; while Kaiji is a snail paced psychological anime where battles  read more 
report Recommended by Khalan
Both of them start with a lame protagonist who finds himself in a tough and "unfair" world. Kaiji also has a prison arc which makes them even more similar. If you liked this show, you will definitely love Kaiji!  
report Recommended by matiasmab21
They are both about gambling. Kaiji is a guy with a lot of debts. To pay them back he tries to get money by gambling. In Kakegurui your victorys at gambling decide about your reputation from other people. 
report Recommended by VLONO
Both series are animated by Madhouse and have an OP by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. However, I feel like both anime conveyed strong emotions and philosophical themes in a very well done way. 
report Recommended by hayatojin
-Similar harsh art style and character design -Both main characters fall in some dangerous situation that seems inescapable but they always manage a way out due to their wits -Side characters that do nothing but take the role of a commentator and explain what's going on -both use similar effects or different situations -The 2nd season of stardust crusaders also has gambling at some arcs 
report Recommended by Kaziki
Both works are coincidentally made/adapted by Anime’s greatest studio (Madhouse). Both show real spookiness of themes that may seem generally casual (Gambling in Kaiji and Trains in X Train). Both star very human, awesome, and manly MCs who have to fight and survive against their own respective cruel fates and realities (these stuff can really bring you the damn feels goddamn it). Both MCs take extreme risks (for themselves or for others), facing genuine psychological challenges, and they never resorts to free baby blue colored contrivance/convenience. Goes to show how truly badass these guys are. Both posses a high probability of letting one view another unique side of  read more 
report Recommended by NebulaMatter98
Both deal with psychological games and strategies, besides having characteristic drawing styles.  
report Recommended by DanielMega10
Both Attack on Titan and Kaiji have a similar style of suspense. That each time a character takes one step forward, something happens and then they took 2 step backs, adding the suspense even more. Both the stories have a narrator as well, who recaps what happens in the previous episode, or just describe events and stuff. Also, manly tears. Freakin' manly tears...*sniff 
report Recommended by nighttimewatch
While Golgo 13 is episodic and Kaiji is not: Both are manly af. Both have badass protagonist. Both deal with dark stuff, assassination in Golgo 13 and gambling in Kaiji. Both are Seinen and are aimed at adults. Both have similar atmosphere and vibe. Both have similar art style (bold art lines, shadows). Both are kind of dramatic. 
report Recommended by Kazami
Top-tier psychological fights. A unique GAR art-style with: - angular character designs, - manly tears - and a glorious campy narrator making lengthy explanations with exaggerated metaphors and emphasis on the situation. A very good balance of smart/stupid. For example, at the beginning of some arcs, you will feel like the drama is overdone, the characters state obvious things with emphasis, which is made worse by the narrator, with a situation going nowhere, but actually, it is a very good setup for the following events to unfold in the witty cerebral fights, down to the sillier moments, who also set the mood for the bizarre situations occurring. I still get had very  read more 
report Recommended by Roruman
While the demographic is certainly different, both shows have similar themes. In both anime, the main protagonist finds himself playing high stakes card games against powerful enemies, which he has to win using his ingenuity. Overall, the both have a similar atmosphere, despite Kaiji being more mature. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both Protagonists are very intelligent and quick witted , they both work at their best under pressure and in dangerous situations. Both lead characters are trying to work towards a goal and will do anything to see it through. Both series tackle real life struggles and dark times, however there are some great comedic scenes throughout the story. Both Narrative's have Psychological, Thriller, and adventure genre components. 
report Recommended by Obeythealfa
Almost the same feeling, great psychological atmosphere. The two main characters made a mistake that changed their life. While Kaiji risks his life in games and gambles that lead to stressful situations, Kasuga risks his place in the japanese society. Since Aku no Hana is quite hated, I'll add : don't judge a book by its cover, make your own opinion, the situation of Kasuga is a big deal, and the tension is real. Everyone has made a mistake in his life, and everyone tried to hide it by fear of the consequences : that's the situation in which Aku no hana's main character is, and  read more 
report Recommended by lighthalzen-kun
High-stakes gambling, on a boat! Both take somewhat simple things like rock-paper-scissors and tennis and make them RIDICULOUSLY DRAMATIC, with Kaiji making such things as flipping over a card or emptying a tissue box INCREDIBLY INTENSE, and Tenipuri cranking its characteristic improbable physics up to eleven. Tezuka kills the dinosaurs. With tennis. I'm completely serious. 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
I know these seem totally different, and the art styles are polar opposites, but they actually feel the same at times. They are both based around high stakes games with a focus on psychological aspects and mind games. Kaiji is far grittier, and WIXOSS has some high-school slice-of-life elements, but both are dark and a bit twisted in a similar way. I'd recommend both to any fans of psychological type anime. 
report Recommended by Rade66
Both shows feature the underworld of gambling and overall give off the same kind of feel. While Tetsuya focuses entirely on mahjong and Kaiji has a variety of games, if you enjoy one you'll likely enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Rahkshilord
The art style in both has a certain stylistic "bad and unattractive, yet awesome" quality to it. This is more apparent in the manga versions of both series, but the animation manages to capture that. In addition, both series have a lot of battles of wits, Kaiji with its gambling and Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro with solving detective cases. Add a little extremism - for example Neuro's physical and mental abuse of Yako and the ridiculous stakes Kaiji wagers in some of his gambles - and it's easy to see at a glance why a fan of one would enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Numi
Both are anime shows with a high level intensity that involve strategy games, although Hikaru no Go is specifically about the game of Go whereas Kaiji is deeper and the gambles more varied. 
report Recommended by Dorothea
Kaiji is constantly in situations of despair, but when it comes down to it he can create ridiculously amazing and effective strategies to break out from the seemingly impossible sitautions, similar to the latter parts of spiral where narumi is faced with problems with his life on the line. 
report Recommended by agent01
Both have that awesome narrator, you know the one. Love that guy.  
report Recommended by TheGodOnlyKnows
Similar feeling to it (high stakes games), though, for the main character - my vote goes to Bak.  
report Recommended by naerayan
Believe me, the massive differences between the two series subject matter (Ookiku: Baseball, Kaiji: Extreme gambling) and characters (Ookiku: High-school boys, Kaiji: Mature gamblers and typical seedy fair) are not lost upon me. That being said, I couldn't help but think of Kaiji while watching the way Ookiku's games unfold. Both series do a fantastic job of making their subject matter become interesting and dramatic without feeling forced or unbelievable. Both cause you to watch each and every second while feeling totally engrossed, nearly forcing one to cheer when the protagonist(s) succeed(s), and despair when they falter. This recommendation isn't for everyone, but if you  read more 
report Recommended by Precipitation
both are survival anime. both are strategic anime. both are do or die .  
report Recommended by TrOjAnHoRsE
Mysterious circumstanced high -stakes gambling with human lives in the balance amongst complete strangers. That describes both of these anime's. Kaiji happens to be through rock-paper-scissors, Bus Gamer through actual physical human survival of the fittest! 
report Recommended by lifeordeath2
Both involve a battle of minds, as well as themes of psychology and violence. 
report Recommended by RS_Guardian
Both these series tell a story of an honest man, trying to make his way in this rotten, wicked world. Kaiji and Simon are real man's men, they have principals and won't forfeit them no matter what. You can see them doubt, you can see them tumbling down and degrading, but they soon realize their mistakes to remain steadfast and strong. However, Simon is surrounded by a number of trustworthy friends, he can rely onto, whereas Kaiji is a lone wolf among heavily armed hunters. Kaiji is more about betraying while TTGL is focused on friendship and loyalty. Thus the ideas of them are also different.  read more 
report Recommended by lotrus28
Both animes have a great amount of psychological thriller, both keep you guessing, both have intellectual methods to counter problems. If you enjoyed Steins Gate intense twists and suspense, then I assure you Kaiji delievers a lot better. However if you would like to add some comedy + romance in, Steins Gate is the one. 
report Recommended by CEMPUNK
both have do or die or kill before you get killed situations. both the main characters share same thoughts while they are scared or frighting . both have many people betraying the main character. both have somebody conducting the survival games. both have Game, Thriller genre. both the main character blame themself for being a loser. both get same feeling while watching them and get exited to watch next episode. both the main character have lost interest in life . 
report Recommended by TrOjAnHoRsE