Darwin's Game
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English: Darwin's Game
Japanese: ダーウィンズゲーム


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2020 to Mar 21, 2020
Premiered: Winter 2020
Broadcast: Saturdays at 00:00 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Nexus
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, ShounenShounen
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.411 (scored by 9234092,340 users)
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Ranked: #18432
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Popularity: #590
Members: 215,642
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High school student Kaname Sudou receives an invitation from a classmate to play Darwin's Game, a mobile game he has never heard of. However, as soon as he opens the application, a green snake suddenly pops out from his phone screen and bites his neck, leaving him unconscious. Waking up in the infirmary without any signs of a snake bite, he is told by the school to take the rest of the day off. Although he is puzzled by what has happened, he dismisses the surreal experience as a hallucination and boards the train home.

Unfortunately, his curiosity gets the better of him and he uses the application once again. As the application appears to be just like any other battle game, Kaname breathes out a sigh of relief and decides to start his first match. However, the pleasant surprise is short-lived, as his in-game opponent unexpectedly appears right in front of him and attempts to hunt him down with a knife.

As he desperately runs for his life, Kaname puts two and two together and realizes that Darwin's Game is not an ordinary game, but rather, it's a brutal fight for survival.

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Tokumoto, Yoshinobu
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Ayano, Mashiro
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Suehiro, Kenichiro

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"Alive" by Mashiro Ayano

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Mar 20, 2020
RebelPanda (All reviews)
Logic, reason, reality… these are things I simply do not care about. But because of an anime called Darwin’s Game, we need to talk about them. And by we, I do mean me, so take a seat and let me tell you why this anime is crap.

Darwin’s Game tries to pass itself off as a battle royale, one of my favorite sub-genres, but it really isn’t. I expected it to be dumb, shlocky, and nonsensical, which has never stopped me from enjoying an anime before. So I prepared to suspend my disbelief, but nothing could prepare me for what I have witnessed.

The titular death read more
Mar 20, 2020
HellLyter (All reviews)
Darwin’s game is the most recent addition to the survival game genre, and it follows the standard death game blueprint to a tee. The majority of this anime can basically be summed up as generic strong valued anime dude is given Emiya Shirou’s “TRACE ON!” ability from Fate Stay Night and is thrown into a Fortnite styled battle royale that basically uses Future Diary’s phone mechanic. Oh, and he gets all the hot anime waifus who immediately want to bear his children roughly 5 minutes after meeting him.

Yeah, it sounds a little ridiculous (and borderline plagiarized in some aspects), but you know what? I read more
Mar 20, 2020
shiranaitori (All reviews)
Welcome to another episode of: "OMG THIS SHOW IS VERY STUPID AND EDGY!"

Darwin's Game has a basic start for a "death game" themed anime. A normal school student suddenly finds himself in the midst of deadly events and starts to beat everyone with his somehow strategic intelligence. However, pacing of subsequent events is very slow. We have a scavenger hunt event in the midst of the show and that event lasts for six episodes. Scavenger hunt event could easily be handled in just three or four episodes but Darwin's Game has so many unnecessary dialogues and because of that half of the season wasted on read more
Mar 20, 2020
Stark700 (All reviews)
We’re only 3 months into the new decade and already, there’s an anime about survival games. For context, Darwin’s Game is a shounen manga adaptation directed by Yoshinobu Tokumoto. I remember reading about this manga some years ago and tried to be less critical about it. But years later, I find myself looking back at the series and knowing that it has no redeemable traits. Of course, that’s the manga I’m talking about. The anime isn’t any miles better either.

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Looking at the episode count, you’re probably asking yourself how on Earth this show could cover the read more

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