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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, Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, MysteryMystery, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.141 (scored by 4521945,219 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4442
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1520
Members: 153,191
Favorites: 3,734

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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.

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, Original Creator, Series Composition
Choi, Eun-Young
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, 2nd Key Animation, Animation Director
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

Episode Videos


Sep 9, 2008
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)

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 ...
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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