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Kaiba


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kaiba
Japanese: カイバ

Information

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
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.231 (scored by 24,014 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2872
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1067
Members: 80,268
Favorites: 2,263
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Synopsis

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]

Background

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Kaiba
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Neiro
Main
Noto, Mamiko
Japanese
Popo
Main
Park, Romi
Japanese
Chroniko
Supporting
Saito, Chiwa
Japanese
Vanilla
Supporting
Egawa, Hisao
Japanese
Hyo-hyo
Supporting
Mizuta, Wasabi
Japanese
Quilt
Supporting
Patch
Supporting
Cho
Japanese
Cheki
Supporting
Fujimura, Ayumi
Japanese
Kichi
Supporting
Iwanaga, Tetsuya
Japanese

Staff

Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Original Creator
Choi, Eunyoung
Episode Director, Key Animation, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation
Mihara, Michio
Episode Director, Storyboard, In-Between Animation, Key Animation, Animation Director
Yokoyama, Akitoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay


Edit Opening Theme

"Never" by Seira

Edit Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira




More reviewsReviews

Aug 17, 2010
Merridian (All reviews)
Kaiba is a story that begins with a young boy who possesses no memories, a locket with a blurry picture of a girl, and a hole in his chest. From there on, it dives into a complex look at what it means to live, speaking to its audience in eclectic ambient music, flat hues, simplified textures, and caricatured expressions.

It is a story of heartache, rejection, and despair. It is a story of loss and of pain, and one that explores a world in which there is incalculable capacity for wrongdoing, cruelty, and evil. It is a story that hits its read more
Sep 9, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)
::QUICK REVIEW::
Story: 9 (Great amnesia story, love the sci-fi elements)
Art: 10 ("I DO" yelled Sam, "I do like green eggs and ham!")
Sound: 7 (overly silent at times, but dialog helps lot)
Character: 9 (So simple yet very complex, a must see)
Enjoyment: 10 (Felt like a 3-hour summer blockbuster movie)
Overall: 45/50 = 9 (Everyone must experience this)


::FULL REVIEW::
People always try to be above others. It's because they can't be happy unless they have people below them. This show creates a whole universe around this concept and other unconventional ideals. From the anime description and genre choices for this show, and even the database picture the normal read more
Feb 11, 2015
Rqt (All reviews)
Kaiba is a dystopian/cyberpunk anime. The atypical story telling and mesmerizing dystopias which are always complemented with vivid and unique artwork of the highest degree make for a highly enjoyable experience for myself. By no means do I consider these to be flawless genres but the amalgamation of the many tropes from these genres creates a captivating experience I personally can’t really find in other genre(s), so on that fact this review may be a little bias. One could argue that Kaiba itself is not a cyberpunk series but a dystopian fantasy and I could agree with that, and maybe that is why I read more
Mar 16, 2014
Gonzo-lewd (All reviews)
Where there is a body, there is a mind. A mind that is unquestionably a part of us and remains to be this way until our eventual passing. Throughout the centuries of philosophy and science, it is one of the most utterly fascinating aspects of human existence that has yet to be explored fully. There have been many stories that have delved into the realm of consciousness as a main plot device from the mid-20th century science fiction authors, and anime has had its fair share of shows that are akin to this. One of which is Kaiba, a fascinating trip that shows no boundaries read more

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