Holy heck it’s been a while since I did an anime review! This tells you that this show must be really amazing for me to want to rant about it.
Kakegurui! Whenever people say, “There aren’t any good new anime out there, nothing original,” I recommend Kakegurui.
This show. Is. Wack.
So basically, we got your average guy Ryota Suzui, he goes to a high school filled with pretty girls – typical anime, right? But here’s the catch: everyone in this school is filthy rich and obsessed with gambling. The social hierarchy is determined by who wins big and gives contributions to the powerful, all-seeing student council who basically run the shool. Those who are in debt are called “house pets” and are slaves to whoever they owe and are treated like garbage by their peers.
Things get wild when Yumeko Jabami, the beautiful new girl, transfers to Suzui’s class. Seemingly innocent and sweet, she befriends Suzui and he warns her about the school’s gambling.
Well, lo and behold, turns out this girl’s a freak for gambling. Placing insane bets and winning with extreme luck, she plays not for the money or status, but for the thrill of gambling itself. Like she’s quite literally horny for gambling. Her crazy wins attract the attention of the eccentric student council members, all who are ridiculously good at their games – and ridiculously wacky as well. From a girl who collects human nails to another girl who’s hot for guns, Yumeko and Suzui face the craziest of crazies to reach the ultimate goal of gambling against the mysterious student council president.
I never expected to be so interested in a show about gambling. The over-the-top psycho characters and the tension of their games is the main draw to the show. I’ve never stepped foot into a casino. The only card game I know is Pokemon. I couldn’t care less for gambling and card games. But this show managed to hook me for every one of its 24 minutes. Every challenger has a new game, some sort of crazy twist on an already existing game like poker. The rules are explained in the beginning and it’s pretty easy for noobs like me to follow. It’s almost like watching an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh in am alternate universe, with all these people on the sidelines overreacting to crazy plays.
There’s something really refreshing to see a high school anime with a regular guy and pretty girls that is NOT a harem. While Suzui probably likes Yumeko, his feelings are not a major plot point in the story. While the show is overtly sexual, the fanservice actually adds to the plot and character development, rather than acting as eye candy to keep viewers’ attention to an otherwise bland story. Many of the characters get some kind of sexual thrill from gambling – from the risks involved, the power, whatever it is they hope to gain. Seeing the characters get hot and crazy for something like risking their lives for a gamble is not only entertaining, but adds a unique element to their personaities, making them enjoyable people with intriguing interactions to watch.
A live action series has recently been released on Netflix (where you can also watch the anime). Since I’m only 3 episodes in, I can’t give it a complete review, but I so far like it even more than the anime. It works well as a live action since it’s a fairly realistic setting, and it seems even more over the top crazy, especially with Ryota’s hysterical reactions and episode recaps. You also see more of the abuse the students cause upon the house pets, giving it an even darker edge. The actors and actresses do an amazing job recreating the tension in the gambles and the psychotic breaks each character has when overwhelmed by the gambling thrill.
Have you watched Kakegurui? What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave a comment!
Thanks for reading! Stay spooky~~