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


Score: 8.141 (scored by 4283342,833 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4222
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1455
Members: 145,432
Favorites: 3,532

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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


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
Yokoyama, Akitoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Never" by Seira

Ending Theme

"Carry Me Away" by Seira

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 ...
Feb 11, 2015
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 ...
Mar 16, 2014
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. Many stories have delved into the realm of consciousness as the primary plot device from the mid-20th-century science fiction authors, and anime has had its fair share of shows akin to this. One of which is Kaiba, a fascinating trip that shows no boundaries of animation and how it can use ...

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