Darwin's Game

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Japanese: ダーウィンズゲーム
English: Darwin's Game
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Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2020 to Mar 21, 2020
Premiered: Winter 2020
Broadcast: Saturdays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Nexus
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: High Stakes GameHigh Stakes Game, Super PowerSuper Power, SurvivalSurvival
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.221 (scored by 308024308,024 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #31192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #392
Members: 566,321
Favorites: 2,604

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Alive" by Mashiro Ayano

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Feb 20, 2024
I really recommend this anime.

I have been watching boring anime for a long time, this anime grabbed my attention and I finished it very quickly.
The story is very unique.
The cool idea is a cell phone game that forces you to fight people.
I like that each character gets a special ability.
The pace of the series is excellent, the characters are interesting but i think they had to give them some more background story.
I really liked the art.

Mar 1, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Darwin's Game,
is a high-stakes game in which players kill other players for points (rewards). In other words, it's a survival-killing fest or battle royale. I can also say it's a cheap Fate/Stay Night or Fate/Zero... Instead of using magic, they use just martial arts, swords, handguns, grenades, etc. So it's more raw and gore here... Instead of summoning servants, players are granted a unique skill that is largely unbalanced, some are too OP, and some are way useless...

The story is nothing special.
They kill players in an open city, kill police officers, people are missing every day, and nobody thinks it's weird? The game is ...
Oct 29, 2023
Darwin's Game, an anime adaptation of a high-stakes survival game, initially draws viewers in with its captivating premise. In a virtual reality world where players wield unique abilities to fight for their lives, the potential for excitement is evident. However, the series falters in its execution, earning a 4/10 rating.

One of its major shortcomings is character development, especially with the protagonist, Kaname Sudo, who lacks depth and clear motivations. The narrative's pacing is inconsistent, vacillating between moments of thrilling action and sluggish storytelling, often leaving viewers frustrated. The animation quality varies, with some well-executed action sequences but also generic character designs and backgrounds.

Furthermore, the world-building ...

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