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Japanese: カイバ
English: Kaiba
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2008 to Jul 25, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: VAP, WOWOW
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, MysteryMystery, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.141 (scored by 4388343,883 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4312
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1487
Members: 149,363
Favorites: 3,629

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In a world where memories exist in memory chips separate from the body, death of the body no longer means death of the soul. It is possible for memories to be viewed, altered, and transferred between bodies. These memory chips are used by the rich to obtain eternal lives in carefully selected bodies, while for the poor, selling their own bodies and conserving their souls in the chips often become the only way to earn a living. An electrolytic cloud in the sky serves as a barrier between the heavens of the fortunate and the underworld of the destitute, making this social division impregnable.

One day, a man named Kaiba wakes up in an empty room with no memories, a mysterious hole in his chest, and a locket holding the picture of an unknown woman. After escaping an attack and stumbling upon a decrepit village of underworld residents, he begins his adventure across the different planets of this strange universe to find out more about his own identity and the woman he once knew.

Through a journey of self-discovery and acceptance, Kaiba weaves together tales of souls and spirits and explores the importance of memories.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The series received an Excellence Prize for animation at the 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kuwashima, Houko


Noto, Mamiko


Park, Romi


Saitou, Chiwa


Egawa, Hisao


Mizuta, Wasabi






Iwanaga, Tetsuya


Fujimura, Ayumi


Tamura, Manabu
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Original Creator
Choi, Eun-Young
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation
Mihara, Michio
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, In-Between Animation, Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Never" by Seira

Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira


Jun 17, 2023

Kaiba is a unique and thought-provoking anime that delves into the depths of identity, memories, and the essence of what makes us human. With its distinct art style and philosophical narrative, Kaiba offers a mesmerizing and emotionally impactful viewing experience.

The anime is set in a futuristic world where memories can be digitized and transferred between bodies. The story follows the enigmatic protagonist, Kaiba, who wakes up with no recollection of his past. As he embarks on a journey to uncover the truth, he encounters a diverse cast of characters and becomes entangled in a web of mysteries and conflicts.

One of the standout aspects of Kaiba ...
Sep 27, 2019
Mixed Feelings

Hot take! Kaiba is overrated as fuck! In all seriousness, Kaiba is actually a pretty good anime. The animation is stunning and the character designs are wonderfully unique. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the series from a writing standpoint and I don't believe it's one Yuasa's best works. Honestly, I liked Lu Over the Wall more than I liked Kaiba. I liked Kick-Heart more than I liked Kaiba. Cat Soup? Yep, it's still better than Kaiba.

The story of Kaiba is told in an almost maddeningly confusing manner, but it's actually pretty simple. People are now able to store their memories in little ...
Jun 17, 2021

I’m going to discuss Kaiba in terms of the three modes of persuasion: ethos (persuasion through presentation), logos (logical persuasion), and pathos (emotional persuasion). I do this, because the fact that Kaiba is very uninteresting to me is ironically very interesting to me.

Regarding ethos:
I felt secondhand embarrassment watching Kaiba, because I’ve made art like Kaiba before: Art that is so serious and earnest yet so unimportant. Kaiba is an entirely serious show, but I could not take it seriously. The biggest problem, in my opinion, drives the anime so much further down than any of its “minor” shortcomings and cliches (information being withheld, inexhaustible flashbacks, ...

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