Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It's reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she's gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!
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"Kakegurui" easily won my heart from episode 1. Although I've only seen four episodes so far, I was more than excited to write a review about this, and can't wait to see more. Its premise is straightforward, but the execution is stunning. Its strengths lie in its dynamic facial expressions, fair storytelling, and high-quality artistry. The aesthetic expression, in all aspects, always manage to complement the mood and tone of the story. Small details, such as lighting, eyes, mouth, wrinkles, all contribute to the viewer's experience.
The main protagonists Jabami and Suzui both act as archetypal foils to another. This juxtaposition allows
the viewer to further appreciate the mood, complexity, and humor of the show. The gambling matches reflect those of a videogame 'boss' battle, each having its own unique characteristics, patterns, and spins. This keeps the show exciting and leaves the viewer wanting more.
The result of the matches are hard to predict, and steps away from stereotypical 'cheap' wins that similar anime fall into. The insanity and savvy of the Compulsive Gambler is highlighted by their philosophy, which isn't introduced through cheap narration, rather through gameplay and thoughtful dialogue.
I highly recommend "Kakegurui" for those who enjoy psychological thrillers, nuanced expression, and those who appreciate visually pleasing shows. I really enjoyed this anime, and I'm glad that I picked this up.
Kakegurui has been very impressive in giving the viewer a sense of anticipation by diving into the narrative as to what the stakes are by looking and observing the matches being played. Some of the matches were quite obvious where you can assume what's going to happen next (but I’ve only seen a few, it is still delightful to know what’s about to be decided) but the feeling of being invested into the narrative gives you so much drive to keep wanting to find out what's going to happen. This is truly an entertaining anime that I recommend for anyone that would love feeling the
euphoric nerve-gutting sensation it gives you once invested into the matches. It may have some stereotypical elements inside it but everything is effectuated very well. With its unique approach, I do think a lot of people might find this enjoyable.
The art style expressions from their faces are quite endearing to see. The details in their faces are exceptional. The matches would be intensely boring without these expressions as it adds a lot of value to each of the contestants in the match to further understand what they're feeling. Personally, you get so invested in what's happening due to all the aspects and execution that they do so well. It's as if you were in the same room as them there, you feel as if their decisions may affect you; due to this I can say that it is indeed very well executed. It's interesting how the eyes portrayed here as well. Satisfying to look at and well-designed on certain clips depending on who the character is- it gives the characters more value in terms of skill and power. As for the voice actors, they all do a great job, very talented.
At first I expected it to be weak and rushed due to how it was introduced but it paced slowly later on and I started to enjoy it bit by bit. Themes like hopelessness, dominance, distress, torment, lunacy, and madness are greatly inspected and shown. Not to mention how she (Yumeko Jabami) uses insanity and word play to instigate her motives. The fact that the characters in the animation brings life to the viewer due to how everything is executed is an astonishing achievement overall; behold, a handful of very interesting opponents to later be shoved into complications and predicaments from unforeseen plot-twists. (Although it may get repetitive or figured out by assumption, I can't really say much with 4 episodes)
but holy **** it's been so long since I've seen something this entertaining. Dark, gloomy, insane, serious, entertaining. The more you watch, the more you want to know more about it. I don't want to over-hype this or act like I joined a bandwagon. I just really like how this is turning out and I wanted to share my thoughts on it; everything I shared here is genuine and I hope you all enjoy it too. (but we all have our own tastes) So far it's just something fun to watch so I'm looking forward for all the upcoming episodes. I've also heard a lot about the fan service where I didn't really notice as much (there are some angles especially at the ending song) but nothing really bothered me or turned me off from the overall 'plot' of the animation.
As of the moment, I just can't get enough of it. Everything is just very well done for me to keep wanting more. The feeling of excitement, fear and longing all comes together when I watch this anime. Quite an intriguing feeling that not every anime can do.
Kakegurui is a show that I personally enjoyed and I will be writing this review without having touched the manga.
Kakegurui gets you interested in the world by throwing you into a game which shows you how this school works and how insane this show really is. The story has kept me entertained so far and as you predict something is gonna happen the game flips itself on its head slaps you and says no.
Amazing would not describe this animation. It shifts from the norm quite regularly by just going insane. When Yumeko figures something out about her opponent the animation gets energetic. With her poses
red becomes dominant showing just how insane she really is. Also the op in my opinion was amazing.
The soundtrack is nice and can get you extremely excited and shows the main protagonist's true madness but can also be quite stagnant. Even the op's song "Deal with the devil" perfectly fits the show.
Yumeko is quite the interesting character with her normally being sweet then becoming more cruel then beating a puppy with a bat and this change is really something to be praised but then there is Suzui the former dog. Suzui breaks expectations by being the girls' b*#@! and continues to be nothing more than an object to figure out what is going on.
Kakegurui is by far one of the best animes this season with its superb... well everything. It gets my blood pumping and makes me feel like I'm an idiot compared to the protagonist and that's ok because it's so damn fun to watch.