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.
The best of the best in terms of psychological mind-game series. They don't come any better than these two; Kaiji's initially alarming yet charming big-nosed art style aside. When you include One Outs, it's fair to say that Madhouse are THE studio to go to for detailed schemes and counter-scheming internal monologues. The tense intensity, which is amplified by the amazing soundtracks (same composer) and Kaiji's 'zawazawa' / narration, is truly something.
Two aspects of Death Note and Kaiji differ from each other. The first is that DN has a supernatural edge while Kaiji does not. The second is Light (DN's lead) and Kaiji's (titular lead) personalities. Where as Light is so brilliant only his arrogance and an autistic rival genius can bring him down as he kills everyone in his path, Kaiji is a gullible loser. They couldn't be more different as people. To give an example, the very first game scenario occurs in Kaiji because Kaiji is in debt after co-signing a loan and is then tricked into entering a 'money or slavery', do-or-die gamble. The simplest way of explaining the series' differences is that Kaiji is always an underdog (hence the 'Ultimate Survivor'). Light, on the other hand, always holds all the cards.
Of course, the above doesn't mean anything negative about Kaiji as a series. If anything, finding yourself willing on a loser and always being surprised over how he snatches victory from the jaws of defeat is more involving than watching a character such as Light win almost on auto-pilot as he attempts to become a God. We all love an underdog. What does matter is the mind-games themselves, and mind-games are where Kaiji excels. Where as Death Note didn't have any outright games to be dueled over with rules and winners, Kaiji does. There are three separate games in the first season and the stakes increase with each new challenge, to the point where they become life or death and every choice becomes agony, despite them being seemingly straightforward... but there's always a catch. It becomes so gripping you have to marathon the series.  read more
Although the plot is completely different, the similarities lie in brilliantly intelligent and original storylines. Death Note has you on the edge of your seat with the tension and Kaiji will get you doing exactly the same. You never know what will come next and it's strategical plot is immensely engrossing. Don't be put off by the art style of Kaiji, you won't regret watching this hidden gem.
The series use the same exact fuel to power the plot, and that fuel is mind games. If you love super smart characters battling each other out in a game of life and death only using their brains, both series are for you. I have not yet seen anything that would stand to Death Note's level of depth and complexity in thinking over the next step of your opponent, but Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji comes VERY close. I have been looking for a series like this ever since I watched Death Note, and finally when I got to it I had no regrets.
Obviously both series are a little different. Death Note has a very distinct thriller vibe to it with almost no place for humor in it. Kaiji brings a bit of that black humor, contrasting it with some very serious and dark episodes that I would say are way beyond Death Note's level of DARK.
All in all, Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji is the first anime that comes to mind when someone asks if I know anything similar to Death Note. The drawing style may be completely different, but the plot and shenanigans between the main character and the antagonists (and the world as well) is what makes the experience akin.  read more
Both series have like a protagonist a super-genius guy, who have to use his inventive to resolve different kinds of problems, it feels the same atmosphere in both series, a normal guy who's life suddenly change in a short period of time, while in death note it's because of a supernatural thing, in kaiji it´s a most normal problem, money. I highly recomend both series.
The similarity between these two anime can be explained in an extremely simple manner. They give the same feeling when you watch them. They give the same rush the same thrill. The need to watch the next episode. The need to watch more. The same level of enjoyment. They are both series based on intelligence, risk and reward.
Both geniuses ..
Kaiji is to much dramatic and in one episode they barely advanced,
and Kaiji its "zawa zawa" -and poor animation.
no action at all, but when its geniuses- its geniuses.
(oh.. and its more likely for kids, but if you want geniuses give its a chance -10 eps)
Assuming you're not completely new to the industry or that you are not turned off by different art styles than these can very well feed your hunger for intense suspense anime which, for me, are hard to come by.
They are both examples of mind games done right (for the most part at least...) with thought provoking and addicting narrative.
Death note has its mystery and suspense coming from planned out strategies from both our protagonist and its rival with results taking some time to show which makes you want to see how the conflict will progress and who will outsmart the other. A game of morals, intelligence and political and moral ideals between 2 characters.
Kaiji focuses almost exclusively on, well, Kaiji and how he manages to elaborate a way out of the most hopeless situations. Instead of one rival the obstacles come from games he is thrown into, The pressure and danger is more evident in this series with its numerous psychological setups usually forcing Kaiji to think outside the box and fight his own fear, lack of luck and despair. It feels more human, lacks the supernatural aspect Death Note has and goes further in terms of visual metaphors.
Death note makes use of Light's thoughts to help both the suspense and the understanding of certain scenes while Kaiji relies on a narrator for pretty much the same purpose. Being death note more about Light's strategies against its rival and because with Kaiji it feels like you're watching (or participating on) a collection of deathly games I found both to be very fitting for the role they played.
Death note has very little fan service and Kaiji has absolutely zero. read more
These shows remind me of each other because they both contain a lot of mind games and suspense. A lot of high risk situations that can get your blood pumping, because one wrong move can ultimately destroy the MC. If you liked one of these shows for the psychological mind battles that happen between characters, then you'll definitely like the other
Both of these animes are purely psychological. They revolve around the main character coming into contact with someone who opposes him, and the two having a seriously intense battles that consist of one person thinking "I'm thinking this and there's no way my enemy will know" and then the other person thinking "Ah, I know he's thinking this, but there's no way he'll know I'm thinking this so I'll ruin his plans and do this" AND THEN THE OTHER PERSON THINKING "HA! Of course I knew you knew what I was thinking! Which is why I purposely did this in order to make you do this so I can win!!" and it just goes on for a very long time, to be honest. But both are great!! read more
Both anime are very heavy on the thrills and the dark, psychological atmosphere, Kaiji even more so than Death Note, and both anime have an emphasis on the strategy involved in the scenarios they present, with the main character having to devise creative plans to survive, and both anime allow the viewer to think about the scenarios along with the main character.
Both anime are extremely fast-paced and addicting, and both feature peripheral, but still decently well-done thematic explorations, with Death Note delving into things like overly simplistic morality, and Kaiji emphasizing on themes relating to status and wealth, and demonstrating what people will do survive. read more
If you love anime with so much smartness and Characters pulls your attention to the max, Story hold much Not like any kind that highlight on the society we live in and talk about the inside of everyone our dreams fears and our frustration and the pursuit of happiness, Message to everyone and a reminder.
Both are Madhouse shows with a similar dark artstyle, which are about a highly intelligent protagonist and his plans to survive, using his intellect. The pacing is similar and makes both anime highly addicting.
In terms of mind games, this one takes the cake. Just as the main protagonist in Death Note is trying to outsmart other characters with various orthodox or unorthodox strategies, Kaiji tries to think outside the box to survive and beat the gambling system and the heartless people in it.
Kaiji has brilliant mind games as good as death note not to mention both death note and kaiji are made by same studio . Kaiji is about gambling and have amazing tension and soundtrack ZAWA ZAWA ZAWA ZAWA ZA-WA.
In both series the main protagonist are confronted with antagonists that try to outwit them through a series of psychological battles. As there are two parties trying to outwit each other it makes both series unpredictable as the audience is constantly questioning who will be outfoxed. If you believe that Kaiji will not interest you as it lacks the supernatural elements that made Death Note intrinsically interesting you may be surprised. Even if you are not interested in gambling Kaiji's struggle to overcome more experienced gamblers through interpreting the situation and forming a simple but unique plan is reminiscent of the plans that Light Yagami formed in his attempt to learn L's identity. read more
Both have a genius character (that isn't overpowered at all) playing mind games with people on their's intelligent level. The MC needs to stay ahead by a several steps in order to survive. Both have brilliant and tension story that will have you on the edge of your chair.
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...
Same director, Same kind of psychological Seinen. Both anime are similar in a lot of way. While One outs is about baseball, what really stand out is the way he outsmart his oppenents. If you liked Kaiji, then you will most likely like One Outs.
Both anime series involves the same director: Yuzo Sato. In fact, the main protagonist from both series has the same voice actor. Both series' main male protagonist has an intellectual mind and is not afraid of taking risks.
Both series has a theme of gambling (with game elements) involving psychological factors with suspense and intensity.
Both series also has similar artwork as well as the way they are presented involving money.
Kaiji and One-Outs are both similar in animation, due to both being done by Madhouse, as well as their basic concepts. Kaiji uses normal gambling and uses that as a base for psychological games, while on the other hand One Outs uses Baseball as a base for gambling which leads to psychological games.
Both shows have a similar vibe to them, as they both are about gambling. They follow a main character that often finds himself in difficult situations, which he must solve using his own ingenuity. They have similar battles of wits and create an overall similar mood. They also have the same director.
Although One Outs is less intense and thrilling and significantly less brutal, both animes are quite similar in the sense that they feature protagonists that use gambles and play with the minds of others to accomplish their goals. Both feature a rich, evil and unlikable antagonist who tries to mess with the protagonist.
A difference though is that Kaiji is a lot less levelheaded and "overpowered" than Tokuchi but both are geniuses in their own respective way and come up with incredible solutions to the problems they face. If you're trying to find an anime as thrilling as GB Kaiji, One Outs may not be your best bet as has a much calmer atmosphere but if you liked Kaiji for the mindgames and outwits, you should definetly give One Outs a try!
Also, both have the same voice actor which has a fitting voice for those roles. read more
-Both are focalised in games
-Both are using the psycological aspect of their games
-Both have incredibly good and intelligents Main Characters
-Both are going to show you how much No Game No Life is shitty
both One Outs and Kaiji have to do with gambling were everything is on the line, more than that both are physiological main blowing animes.The main characters are freaking smart, they always brought an ultimate plan to survive in the most situations (further more both are hansom and greedy). both animes have a heavy and dark atmosphere, though Kaiji is more darker.
Clearly the sports genre is merely of minor importance in One Outs. Primarily, the show's focus lies on mindgames that go on during a game. Both series feature gambling protagonists who aren't afraid to take risks when it comes to achieving their goals. While Kaiji puts the stakes higher with the MC regularly putting his life on the line, One Outs offers the same tension on the baseball ground.
There's also the fact that both shows share a lot of the staff working on them.
The central theme of both involves gambling high stakes where the protagonist makes use of psychology to outwit and overpower their opponents. One Outs differs being centered around baseball with a genius protagonist, while Kaiji is more brutal with its average protagonist and multiple different gambles. So, if your a fan of psychological anime that make use of strategy and showcase the risk revolved around gambling, then you will love both series.
Easily the second best gambling anime, Kanji: Ultimate Survivor being the first, One Outs functions as a great alternate approach to the subgenre using a sport as a backdrop for truly intense gambling and action that just keep you on the edge. While not quite as excellent as Kaiji, it is still really truly great.
Both writers are marvelous in term of psychology and thriller..
Both have a great story
Both have little/no fan services
Both have marvelous quotes
Both have extra manga content which wasn't adapted into anime
Both are worthy watching
Both anime are about high stakes gambling and mind games, one is centred around sport, the other is about regular gambling (ie games like Rock Paper Scissors)
Another thing they have in common is that they are incomplete :(((((
Both are made after the manga of the same author, both deal with gambling and exceptional, life-and-death situations when the main characters have to use all their intellect and presence of mind to survive. Similar design, too, ugly at the first sight but it grows on you.
Both anime comes from MADHOUSE, also done by the same director and mangaka.
The main characters are very similar.
Both are gambling animes, the little difference that in Akagi they focus on Mahjong (a chinese board game), but in Kaiji they play various games that can get them killed or they can win a lot of money, this part is correct for Akagi also
Both are gambling anime directed by the same director. The style of animation is completely the same. Both of them have amazing cliffhangers and both main characters analyze their opponents psychologically and play mind games in order to get the results they want.
same atmosphere that makes you uneasy, same author with an very unique art style (Nobuyuki Fukumoto). Akagi and Kaiji are two characters that are very similar when it comes to gambling. They go all out!
Akagi may seem darker than Kaiji, but the deep psychological analysis of characters remains the same.
Both anime are about gambling,where the protagonists risk their lives.They have the same art style because both anime are manga adaptations made by the same mangaka.Both anime are psychologically intense,with breathtaking mindgames, amazing plot twists and shocking moments.
Firstly both anime share the same studio, director and mangaka, so you can expect some very similar vibes. Both anime revolve around gambling and mind games, in a life-and-death scenario. Kaiji differs being a much more humane and brutal story, showing the internal struggles of its protagonist as he is put in multiple gambles. While Akagi showcases more of an overpowering force of wit with its genius unbeatable protagonist who fears absolutely nothing whilst its gambles all revolving around the game of Mahjong. So, if your a fan of Nobuyuki Fukumoto or stories of wit and gambles in life-and-death scenarios, then it's likely you'll love both series. read more
This is a no-brainer.
Written by the same author, these shows share similarities in the art department, but also themes of taking risks and knowing your opponents in gambling. The intensity and overall enjoyment of the shows are comparable, although Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor may appeal to newer audiences with cleaner artwork, a more "relatable" protagonist, and no mahjong (although viewers need not understand the rules or workings of mahjong to enjoy Akagi).
I would highly recommend both of these shows for people interested in some crazy mind games and psychological warfare.
If you ever imagined how Kaiji would look like if the main character was big tiddy girl who gambles not to save herself from life-endangering situations, but rather to put herself into them because it's fun, then look no further.
Both animes are based on high stakes gambling with strategy and cheats. Kaiji has a slower pacing, more complex games and settings and nearly all characters on it are males. On the other hand in Kakegurui most characters are females.
Both stories revolve around gambling and have psychological focus. So far Kakegurui is looking like a more mainstream version of Kaiji with a faster pace (probably), less depth on individual games (probably), a more mainstream artstyle, a high school setting, and wayyyyyyy more females.
Both anime revolve around the theme of gambling - and the gambles come at very high and risky stakes. Furthermore, the gambles are placed over several different types of gambling games in both series. Kakegurui tends to be more fast paced which makes it enjoyable and entertaining, yet Kaiji still manages to keep the thrilling feeling throughout the episodes - making it no less enjoyable.
In terms of mc, the series do differ. In Kakegurui, the mc (Jabami) is a genius and pretty girl, whereas Kaiji (from Kaiji (duh)) is a junkie loser. However, both characters are gambling addicts, and get fired up in the game.
These two anime have a lot in common in of itself that is based on psychology and mind games. Plus the fact both revolve around high stakes gambling with a lot of back and fourth. In fact the only two differences is i can see is. Kaiji comes from debt while Jabami comes from Riches and one is female the other is male. I also felt like the first episode of Kakegurui was a bit of a tribute to Kaiji as well with the card game on the first episode.
Only two episodes of Kakegurui have been released but there are some obvious similarities between the two shows. And I am actually stoked about the fact there there is another anime about gambling!
In both anime's it seems like outsmarting people in the games they play and how they do it is really important. It seems Kakegurui's pace is a lot faster, since its one game per episode atleaased for now. If I had to explain Kakegurui it would probably be the story of GBK merged with the style and pase of death parada.
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji is basically a hardcore version of Kakegurui, just without pretty anime girls and way more intense focus on the gambling itself. Both have a similar style interms of expressing the emotions from the characters. If you were already intrigued from the gambling matches in Kakegurui, you will definitely be fascinated from Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji (Don't let it turn you off from the character art style).
Extremely high stakes gambling, but the main character is more serious, and competent. The first episode feels like it could be a tribute to Kaiji, very similar, but Kaiji is for a more mature audience.
The narration (and his explanations). The over the top animation. The calculated battles of the struggling, but determined protagonist(s) against opponents that completely overpower them.
While JoJo is more of a straight up physical fighting anime, there is an undiluted focus on strategy and mind games, much like Kaiji.
Incredibly bombastic, witty, depressing, violent, and absolutely testosterone fueled anime.
Very loyal adaptations of older manga, as such they use similar use of manga sfx and reactions. Both have an art style that differs greatly from the traditional norm of anime, JoJo's with muscly action heroes and Kaiji with grotesque exaggerated facial features, may take time to get used to, but is absolutely worth it.
The second part of JoJo's (eps 10-26), has the most similarities with Kaiji, as the main characters devise genius plans on the fly, although often appearing unintelligent. It is almost impossible to find a good stopping point in these, as episodes always leave you on the edge of your seat.  read more
Both are manly and over the top shows, featuring protagonists who come up with complicated and mind-blowing tricks and strategies to defeat their opponents. While their overall plots are different, both anime have a similar atmosphere and manly tears.
They're a different genre yet they're pretty similar, and all jojo fans i know like kaiji.
Bizarre, exaggerated expresions from the characters, MANLY, mind games about outsmarting your enemy like in jojo, etc etc, you get the point.
If you searched for an anime that shares many characteristics with JoJos Bizarre Adventure, you should definitely check this one out. Both anime have a very similar way to show off the exaggerated expressions and emotions from the characters. They also explain very well in detail what exactly is going on right now, so the viewer gets a good impression of the situation.
Mind games, it's all about mind games and outsmarting your opponent (well, when JoJo gets into part2 that is). Altough Kaiji is lot more serious and "real", both series are strangely in tone with each other. Both are probably my favorite anime of all time.
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!"
It may not seem so at first glance but these Anime are extremely similar.
Both are Animes about gambling where gambling is the only means to survive and thrive.
Sora and Shirou gamble against the other species to free imanity which had been driven to a corner by the other species.
While Kaiji gambles to save himself from debts.
Characters frequently use cunning ploys and deceit to best each other in both Animes.
No game no life is based on a fantasy world and is more comedic whilst this is based on the real world.
But both have loads of mind games that keep the anime really interesting.
If someone liked one of them theirs a high chance that he would like the other as well. read more
High stakes, gambling, strategy and competition, If your looking for an anime where the protagonists compete to better their lives than look no further. No Game No Life differs with a fantasy setting with genius unbeatable protagonists. While Kaiji has a much more humane story centred around its protagonist and his personal struggles, whilst also containing much higher stakes and risks. If you like one for its concepts of strategic competition than you'll be sure to like the other.
* MC's play games with their lifes on the stakes.
* MC's are extremely clever and great strategists.
* Kaiji is darker is a depressing way (He's considered a loser and treated like crap). On the other hand, NGNL is a fantasy anime setted in a colorful world.
* There's no comedy in Kaiji.
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!!!!!!!!!!!
Both anime have the "scum of society" as their protagonists. Both deal with the cruelty of those in higher position. Both anime contain a high amount of tears. Both anime feature the value of trust in your comrades, although Rainbow is much more idealistic about it.
Their premise is different, but the two shows are thematically very similar.
Do you like anime with very realistic design / story and character? Do you want to watch a true seinen with true social issues ? Do you want a story so sad and tearing that you will weep like a baby ? So watch both, there are amazing shows for these, even if they sensibly not develop same universe type (Kaiji evolved in a gambling / money world while guys of Rainbow are in jail) but are related with thematics.
Both series share a similar art style in the sense that everything looks sturdy and heavily outlined, and both are sausage fests with casts mostly made up of male characters. Both series make you root for the protagonists as they are thrown into despair and struggle through impossible situations, with the high points of each show feeling exhilarating, and the lows feeling like bottomless pits. I think both Kaiji and Rainbow share the same feeling of tension and high stakes which is why I recommend them.
Both stories follow a group of characters trying to get out of miserable/desperate situations. The primary antagonists of the series are very similar in terms of their sadistic nature. Throughout the series, the protagonists are seemingly offered ways out of their dire circumstances by the antagonists, but those chances are often intended to merely provide false hope to the protagonists. Both series have a very "hard-boiled"/"bad-ass" vibe to them. Both were produced by Madhouse in the late 2000s and have fairly similar animation styles.
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.
Both are thrillers that show a dark side of people through rare games by trying to win despite that means crushing the adversary, also both are about bad relation between people (betrayal and cheating) . Good animation and soundtrack
Both have a game aspect.
As in Death Parade the person hosting the game stays the same in "Gaykkyou Burai Kaiji" the player stays the same.
Both are about losing and winning, and about life and death
If you liked one I highly recomend the other!
While both shows may seem to have nothing in common on the first sight, their themes may be similar at times.
I am mainly associating with the first and a part of the second arc in the first season of Kaiji. Both shows deal with people in different situations, push them over the limit, and see how they react to it.
They are both animated by Madhouse, so the animation perfectly matches the moments.
So if you enjoyed Death Parade, there is a big chance you will enjoy Kaiji, especially the first season, while the second is also very good.
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.
Both of these shows are over the top, intense shows about overcoming odds and facing adversity. While Kaiji does take a more calculated route than Ippo who often just gets into his zone, they both are giving it their all in high-stakes situations that last a long span of episodes.
Both also make me want to scream a whole bunch because of how insanely tense everything is.
Both are extremely exciting shows with expressive artstyles and many emotional "working through pain" moments. They also feature strong psychological elements and very over the top visual metaphors for their otherwise mundane "battles".
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...
In essence, both series features psychological themes involving the main protagonist in a world of twisted aberrations. It is a cruel world in both series and the main protagonist must play his cards right to make the most out of his life.
Both has thriller like endings in many episodes.
Madhouse is also involved with both series.
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.
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 details to makes sure they win! Giant Killing has it's funny side and it's more relaxed from Kaiji. But the art is also quite similar and the music in both anime's are WIN! read more
It's hard to compare Giant Killing with any other football related anime because they almost play real football and depends more on tactics. So i think Kaiji is similar in more way's that one. But Kaiji is more darker anime but the two main protagonist from these anime's remind of each other maybe because they both have the same character design anyways in my opinion they are alike in a way
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!
Ridiculous high stakes gambling with new and original games, psychological battles, a lot of second thoughts - and quite some people cheating or working around the rules. Mostly one dimensionally evil opponents who you'll want to see loose.
Kaiji is, essentially, HxH set in a world without fantasy. Both are apparently childish at first sight (Kaiji because of its art style and HxH because of its shonen initial premise) but as you advance episodes you realize they are anything but childish. Epic Madhouse animation style, psychological battles, epic narrations, harsh moments, charismatic main characters, visual metaphors (kind of Yuasa style), "I know that you know that I know your plan" moments... You can find all of this in both, and also both are very enjoyable and thrilling series.
The most similar aspect of both anime is how they put a spin on classical games and warps them into a psychological thriller. What is perhaps more important is that these main players learned more about themselves and comments on social themes such as inequality, injustice, and consequences of interactions. However, Kaiji goes a little overboard in terms of gambling and risk-taking while Death Billiards seem to have a supernatural element to it. Regardless, highly recommended if you liked the other.
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.
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.
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 would not find to be a fascinating premise for anime, but sure enough, provide enthralling experiences. read more
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 are decided by games. read more
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!
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.
-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
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 humanity. read more
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
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.
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 often about this. "Geez, this episode is a bit cringey, did it get worse or was I a fool?". but then it picks up, and I feel all the greatness once again...
Kaiji in particular will spend chapters/episodes setting out a situation, where it's often obvious Kaiji will lose, and you wonder what they will be able to do with such games whose outcomes seem random, especially with all the time they used up already, but it's handled very well. Just go along with it at first, you'll be rewarded and you'll end up trusting the series.
These anime adaptations are very good (MadHouse, David Pro!), but they are a bit dragged out at times (the first cour for JoJo and the second for Kaiji). On one hand, they're faithful adaptations, and you can actually enjoy the sometime lengthy arcs if you consider it as suspense (since they've finished airing, you won't feel the frustration of waiting for the conclusion of an arc, and it'll always be less dragged out than most perpetually on-going fighting shounen).
Thanks to experience, this got fixed in the latest season of JoJo, and MadHouse would probably do so if they animated the following arcs of Kaiji!
Kaiji is a bit more serious and much more realistic. but both are well written, dead characters stay dead, there is very little plot convenience, the arcs are not repetitive and dragged out, ...
JoJo was the most influential. It probably influenced Kaiji too. read more
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.
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.
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 it's very well done and very stressful. read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 preferred the way either series approached their subject matter, than the other will be unlikely to disappoint.  read more
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!
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. Kaiji's author wants to show, how important the ability to remain human in any circumstances is, whereas TTGL shows what role determination plays in our lives. Frim this point of view Kaiji is more "capacious", because the latter problem is payed attention to, but not that emphasized as the first one.
So, if you want to watch an anime about people, who choose a thorny path of resistance to the common sense not to lose self-respect, these animes are what you need. read more
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.
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 .