Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It's reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she's gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!
Kakegurui has placed third in the 2nd Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards ranking for the comics category.
The series has been published in English as Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler by Yen Press; digitally since August 25, 2015, and physically since July 18, 2017. It has been licensed in Spanish by ECC Cómics.
A short review for the people that are too lazy to read:
The story starts with a mysterious girl aka MC, enrolling a private school for rich kids (no I mean really, really rich kids,seriously). What's so special about the school is that gambling is everything in this school. Your social rank, status, and everything will be lost if you are bad at gambling or if you run out of money, and vice versa, if you have loads of money on your hands and you're good at gambling, you can have it all.
OP MC enrolls into the school and basically
kicks ass at the people who underestimate her, which gains a lot of attention, making her a target on the student council black list. Thus begins the story of MC vs. the mighty student council.
Brilliant. Just brilliant. The art style captures the character's nature perfectly.
All of the characters are pretty unique and different, so I think it's quite fresh. It's definitely interesting watching the characters as their layers of personality crumble.
Proud to say I stayed up all night reading it. Made me cling to the manga like a sloth to a tree.
10/10 would recommend/brainwash/hypnotize someone into reading it. Please do so for your inner otaku.
Wow, again, we seem to have people who love a manga about crazy people in a school with a dumb premise. This must be one of the worst trends ever, the trend of having a special school which makes people insane and exploring their psychology. Oh, and by Psychology, I mean seeing them be crazy. So why is this Bad?
THE PREMISE IS THE WORST- A school built on ILLEGAL acts, aka gambling, which has people who are rich betting MILLIONS of yen to build a social class that only lasts for about, like 3 years? Except the money and SLAVERY which continues outside of school.
Sure, the world wont go insane and shut down the school, and the politicians and media (SOME OF THEIR KIDS GO THEIR!!) wont jump and say anything on the school which the MC says has been rumored, aka people know it exists. this premise is broken just because no one with 3 brain cells will ever let this school exists, let alone lend millions of yen, or even entire companies to their high school kids. I thought Caste Heaven had a dumb school, but at least it makes some sense why the school is built in its way or HAS TEACHERS.
TWO DIMENSIONAL CHARACTERS FTW!!!- Good god are the characters bland. They have two modes (some at least, others only get the first one): 'Insert a type of personality here' and crazy. Our MC also gets a third one-sadism. The manga cant be taken seriously because it doesn't show how the school effects the people there, because they are always in cray cray mode. Except blonde pigtails who, even with her minimal development (that is just a privilege here) she still has these two modes. At times characters may have panic attacks but that's not development, that's just nothing.
ITS ABOUT...?- There is no theme to this story. Well, it may be a "commentary" of the human condition and the sin of pride and greed, but with such deep, complex and grounded characters, this message makes as much sense as chocolate in clam chowder. Caste heaven had a theme. This has nothing
EDGY- good lord is this edgy. If they didn't have pools of blood I would have thought this was by the guy who wrote Mirai Nikki or any other over the top horror. Sure the art is detailed, but it only makes the characters look more crazy, instead of giving nuance to their body language, everyone is just CRAZY FACE MODE ALL THE TIME.
In conclusion, it didn't offend me like Caste Heaven, but its way dumber and worse then that manga. Everything here has been done better elsewhere. After all, why read a complex story instead of pretending to read a story that is complex. Lets say its deep and imaginative compared to other manga and lets make it so good manga and anime with a complex story, characters and ideas, with real heart and passion be thrown away so we can see crazy girls gamble. Because that's the state of this art form.
This manga doesn’t have a review and I consider it deserve at least a short one, even though it has just 6 chapter for the moment. That why I will not give too much information, otherwise I will spoil you. Kagerui is manga about rich peoples. The action happens in a private school where are enrolled the progenitors of the elites (politicians, rich bastards, etc.). But this school is pretty unique; not only is full of rich punks, but it has a special system, that revolves around... gamble. Yes, the whole school is a damn casino, in which those kids bet money... and their life’s...
The system is a little similar with Liar Game. At the beginning, the students make a donation to the school, which will represent the amount they will use in gamble. The amount of money they have and their skills play an important role in their social status... Those who are good at gambling (and cheating) live enjoy their student life and privileges, those who lose all their money and have debts they can’t pay, fall at the bottom and become pets/slaves that have to obey the other students and take their abuse. The school is really fuked up. The students are real jerks in an overwhelming proportion. The main antagonist are the students council, who are the elites when it comes to gambles, crazy like shit, and rule over the school and its finances.
The main character is Jamabi Yumeko, who is just... awesome. Imagine a Tokisaki Kurumi addicted to gamble... that would be Jamabi, she loves so much gambles that she has orgasms. She doesn’t care of the danger or the bets, she enjoy taking dangerous gambles. You will love her. It goes the same for antagonists too... especially the Student Council President who is kind of hot and badass... Is not too much to tell about other characters from just 6 chapter’s trough...
The art is great. The character design is awesome and sexy when it comes to girls, without being moe or having oppai. I love how the artist is able to portrait expressions that show despair, fear, pleasure, excitement, or just the ugly souls of the students.
I highly recommend this to everyone, especially to those who enjoy psychological genre. You will definitely love this from the first chapter.
In this age of anime and manga infested with average goody two shoes main characters, wouldn't watching the assholes, sadists and psychos take the spotlight be quite fun and refreshing? If your answer is yes then Kakegurui is for you.
"Gambling is the reason to exist." Apply this quote to every student in this school.. Why? Well, that's the damn reason why the institution where our characters enroll is even standing erect for. Hyakkaou Private Academy, where the wealthiest of the wealthy come and enroll to show their prowess in gambling and deceit... or in other words, where the spoiled brats who think highly of themselves
come to gather and fuck each other up. Everything here can and will be treated as a gamble. Looking to play Rock, Paper, Scissors? Why not toss in a bet of 100 million yen for each player while you're at it? Want to play a game of dice? Well, why don't we double up the stakes at 200 Million Yen?
Huge amounts of money here is treated as cheap change, yes, but once you do run out of it, please prepare for the worst. Not even your human rights are safe once you do fall in a debt, is all I can say.
Abuse of power, trickery, sadism, as expected of a system that is driven by money, it's all in here. It really is screwed up but that's what makes it fun, does it not?
The characters are what makes this story what it is. From bastards and bitches to evils geniuses or just plainly insane, that's what makes most of our cast. Just seeing them interact with each other is a lovely sight and the development they get from doing said interactions is what drives me to read further and further into the story.
The art is fantastic. It just perfectly captures the characters' various emotions and moments. Ecstasy when they're winning, despair when they know they're good as fucked, shock when shown deceit, desperation when they're way behind the game, hell even orgasms.. you name it and it's done beautifully.
Enjoyment is a 10/10. Watching jerks getting owned by our main characters' (who are by far no pure-hearted people themselves) intricate trickery and plain ingenuity is just too much of a pleasure for me.