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Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler
Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume featuring Yumeko.
賭ケグルイ
(Kakegurui)
GenreGambling[1]
Manga
Written byHomura Kawamoto
Illustrated byTōru Naomura
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineGangan Joker
Original runMarch 22, 2014 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Manga
Kakegurui Twin
Written byHomura Kawamoto
Illustrated byKei Saiki
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineGangan Joker
Original run2015 – present
Volumes8
Manga
Kakegurui Midari
Written byHomura Kawamoto
Illustrated byYuuichi Hiiragi
Published bySquare Enix
DemographicShōnen
MagazineManga UP!
Original run2017 – present
Volumes3
Manga
Kakegurui(Kari)/Kakegurui (Kakkokari)/Bet Kakegurui
Written byHomura Kawamoto
Illustrated byYuuichi Hiiragi
Published bySquare Enix
DemographicShōnen
MagazineManga UP!
Original run2017 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byYuichiro Hayashi
Written byYasuko Kobayashi
Music byTECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND
StudioMAPPA
Licensed byNetflix (streaming rights)
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, BS11, RKB, TVA
Original run July 1, 2017 September 23, 2017
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Television drama
Directed byTsutomu Hanabusa
Music byMichiru
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
Original run January 15, 2018 March 19, 2018
Episodes10
Anime television series
Kakegurui ××
Directed byYuichiro Hayashi
Kiyoshi Matsuda
Written byYasuko Kobayashi
Music byTECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND
StudioMAPPA
Licensed byNetflix (streaming rights)
Original networkMBS, TVA, Tokyo MX, RKB, BS NTV
Original run January 8, 2019 March 26, 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Television drama
Kakegurui: season 2
Directed byTsutomu Hanabusa
Music byMichiru
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
Original run April 1, 2019 April 29, 2019
Episodes5
Live-action film
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Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler (Japanese: 賭ケグルイ, Hepburn: Kakegurui) is a Japanese manga series written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Tōru Naomura, which began serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Joker from March 2014 and is licensed in English by Yen Press. A prequel spin-off manga, Kakegurui Twin, began serialization in Gangan Joker from 2015. An anime television adaptation by MAPPA aired in Japan from July 1 to September 23, 2017, and a live-action drama adaptation aired in Japan in 2018. A second season titled Kakegurui ×× aired from January 8 to March 26, 2019.

Synopsis[edit]

Setting[edit]

The story is set in Hyakkaou Private Academy, a high-class elite school housing the children of Japan's most wealthy and influential people and with many future leaders and professionals among the student body. However, the student hierarchy in this school is not determined by academic performance or athletic ability, but rather by gambling. Students are ranked by their monetary contributions to the student council, which fuels an intricate gambling system where students freely bet their fortunes against one another after class. Those who win earn popularity, prestige and connections, while those who lose and fall into debt become "house pets" slaves to the whims of the remainder of the student body, nicknamed "Doggy" or "Kitty" (“Fido” or “Mittens” in the dub) depending on gender and identified with a collar-like tag around their necks. Pets who are unable to clear their debts by the graduation receive "Life Schedules" which dictate their futures as they pay their debts with their lives.

Plot[edit]

Second-year transfer student Yumeko Jabami is beautiful, cheerful and intelligent at first glance, but deep inside she is a compulsive gambler who gambles for the thrill of it, unlike students that do so for financial or social gain. Unrestrained by rules or logic, and with an exceptional observation ability to see through gambling scams, she quickly disrupts the hierarchy of the school, drawing the attention of the student council who frantically tries to shut her down.

Games[edit]

Details and rules of games played in the Hyakkaou Private Academy.

Ballot Rock-Paper-Scissors

In the modified Rock-Paper-Scissors game, classmates draw one of the three symbols on a card and place it in a box. The players draw three cards each from the box, and then play one of the cards at a time until there's a win (Episode 1).

Double Concentration

This card game is similar to Concentration in which all of the cards are laid face down on a surface and two cards are flipped face up over each turn. The object of the game is to turn over pairs of matching cards. In Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler, the game is played with two decks (Episode 2).

Life or Death

In this game, ten small sword-shaped pieces are placed into a cup and shaken. There are 30 numbered holes in concentric circles on a board. The aim is to bet on the which of the numbered slots any the swords will fall into, in a way similar to roulette. If a sword blade in a slot faces up, the player wins 30 times the amount they bet, however if the sword faces down, the player loses 30 times the amount they bet. Players agree on the amount to bet before the game starts (Episode 3).

Debt Exchange Game

In the Debt Exchange Game, students participate in groups of four to play a game of two-card Indian poker trying to reduce their debts, with the eventual winner losing their debt completely. The winner in each group can exchange their debt with anyone in the group who has a lower debt. The game is played with numbered cards only (Episode 4).

Choice Poker

The game is played with 1 joker and the rest of the deck. Like normal poker, each player receives 5 cards and can swap cards once per round. In the game, you can't call or fold but, you can bet or raise. Depending on how much you bet, you get to choose if you have the "stronger" or "weaker" hand. If you say you have the stronger hand, the player with the strongest hand wins;however, if you say that you have the weaker hand, the player with the weakest hand wins. As it is said in the show, you can turn a junk hand into the strongest hand.

Tarot Cards of Fate

The game is played in 3 rounds using a deck of 22 cards Tarot cards with a value of 1–21 placed face down in a circle. In each round a card is flipped by a player. If a card faces the player they gain those points, but if it faces away they lose the points. If they pick the Fool card which is valued at Zero the game is instantly won or lost based on the facing direction (Episode 12).

Finger Cutting Guillotine

This is essentially a game of Chicken. The Players each place a finger into a hole in the bottom of the device which has a guillotine blade suspended above. There are a number of strings visible, but only one supports the blade. The players take turns in cutting a string, and the loser is the one who withdraws their finger first, leaving the other/s as the winner. If there is only 1 string left and the blade has not fallen, then cutting it will result in any finger remaining in a hole being severed (Episode 13).

Nym Type Zero

This game is played with a deck of only 4 four different kind of cards numbered from 0 to 3, with 10 of each card in the Deck. There are 3 rounds and a different deck is used every round. In each round players show 1 of their 4 dealt cards, and if the last card shown brings the sum of all cards over 9, that person is out. Betting rules are the same as for Poker. The game is used during the Student Council elections where each player must start with 30 chips, each equal to 1 vote. Players with insufficient vote chips are advanced "Serve" chips which each guarantee 24 hours service to the student council. The loser's votes are distributed equally among the remaining players (Episode 15).

Grin and Bear It: Death Macaron

Each team receives three macarons which must be eaten in order, however one of each three is filled with habanero sauce, the Death Macaron. The winning team must determine which of the opposing team's pastry was the Death Macaron while displaying their own acting ability by not reacting to the spicy macaron (Episode 18).

Soixante-Trois

Soixante-Trois is like a game of Chicken using a standard pack of 52 cards. Each of the players selects a card and declares its suit and value, which may be true or false. When a player thinks their card makes the total add up to 63, they can "pass" which excludes them from the game, and the last player then wins. However, if the final total is over 63 the last player is the loser and those who passed earlier become the winners (Episode 18).

Greater Good Game

Each of five players is given five coins (a total of 25 coins) and then taken separately into another room with two boxes; a Personal Bank Box and a Tax Deposit Box. They can deposit their coins in either box, and after each round the coins are redistributed; the coins in the Personal Bank Box will be counted towards each player's overall total, and the coins in the Tax Deposit Box will be doubled and distributed to all players. At the end of each round, the players can discuss their strategy, and if three agree, they can eliminate one player from the game and their coins will be confiscated. The aim is to acquire 40 or more coins to be eligible for prizes, which mean that a number of coins must be deposited in the Tax Deposit Box to increase the overall number of available coins for anyone to win. Those with less than 40 coins will forfeit their votes to Terano Totobami (Episode 18).

Tower of Doors

Tower of Doors is played in a 5-story building which represents the beginnings and endings of life. The challenge is for each contestant to start from the 5th floor, move down to the 1st floor and retrieve a white lily, then climb back to the 5th floor. Each level has doors to the central stairwell, doors in the outside walls and trapdoors leading to ladders between the levels, each with a digital panel which can display hexadecimal letters and digits. Every 5 minutes the display changes, and the next contestant has a chance to open a passage after solving a problem on its digital panel. However, the correct answer may not always be the best solution (Episode 21).

Hundred Votes Auction

The auction is run by an auctioneer and monitored by a member of the Election Committee. The sponsor who provides the 100 votes for each round remains anonymous. The players use their own votes, and the highest bidder in each round wins 100 votes. However, all the votes placed as bids will be paid to the auctioneer, which means that the bidder loses them. All bidders need not be visible, and the bids are made anonymously. A player can withdraw from the auction at any time. It is revealed later that the auctioneer can also bid anonymously.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Kawamoto and Naomura launched the manga on March 22, 2014 in Square Enix's Gangan Joker anthology magazine.[2][3] At Anime Expo 2015, Yen Press announced that they had licensed the manga.[4]

In addition, there have been multiple spin-off manga that take place within the same franchise: Kakegurui -Twin- (賭ケグルイ 双-ツイン-), a manga that focuses on Mary Saotome prior to the main story, is illustrated by Kei Saiki and serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Joker since 2015. A 4-panel comedy spinoff manga written by Taku Kawamura titled Kakegurui (Kakkokari) launched in 2016 and also runs in Gangan Joker.[5] Kakegurui Midari (賭ケグルイ 妄), which focuses on the history of Midari Ikishima, is illustrated by Yuuichi Hiiragi and serialized in another Square Enix-owned magazine, Manga UP!, since 2017.

Anime[edit]

An anime television series animated by MAPPA aired from July 1 to September 23, 2017, on Tokyo MX, MBS and other channels. Yuichiro Hayashi directed the series, Yasuko Kobayashi handled the scripts, and Manabu Akita handled the character designs.[6] TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND composed the music for the series.[1] The opening theme, "Deal with the Devil", is performed by Tia. D-Selections performed the ending theme "LAYon-theLINE".[7] The series ran for 12 episodes, it is licensed and streamed by Netflix.[8][9] Anime Limited acquired the series for release on home video in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[10]

A second season[11] titled Kakegurui ×× aired from January 8 to March 26, 2019 on MBS, TV Aichi, and other channels.[12] The cast reprised their roles, and the staff returned for the second season. Kiyoshi Matsuda joined Yuichiro Hayashi as director for the second season.[13] The second season's opening theme song "Kono Yubi Tomare" (コノユビトマレ) is performed by JUNNA,[14] and the ending theme song "AlegriA" is performed by D-selections.[12] The second season ran for 12 episodes.[15] Netflix released season 2 outside of Japan on June 13, 2019.[16]

Live-action[edit]

The live-action drama adaptation was first announced on November 21, 2017.[17] The drama was first broadcast on MBS on January 14, 2018, and TBS' slot Dramaism on January 16, 2018.[18] The opening theme is sung by Re:versed titled "Ichi ka Bachi ka" (一か八か) while the theme song titled "Strawberry Feels" is sung by BIGMAMA.[19][20] Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the drama.[21] The drama was streamed on Netflix in Japanese with subtitles including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Thai in May 2018.[22]

Reception[edit]

As of February 2019, the manga had over 5 million copies in print.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime's Video Confirms Summer Debut, TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND Music". Anime News Network. March 22, 2017. Archived from the original on March 25, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "「賭ケグルイ」ガンガンJOKERにて連載開始!" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on April 25, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
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  4. ^ "Yen Press Licenses My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected, How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Baccano!, More". Anime News Network. July 5, 2015. Archived from the original on June 24, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Kakegurui Manga Gets 4-Panel Comedy Spinoff Series". Anime News Network. January 15, 2017. Archived from the original on May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Manga Gets Anime by Garo Team". Anime News Network. February 17, 2017. Archived from the original on May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. June 9, 2017. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Kakegurui Compulsive Gambler Series Premieres in July, Has 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. March 28, 2017. Archived from the original on May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. June 9, 2017. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Anime Limited Acquires Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler Season 1 for UK Home Video!". Anime UK News. February 6, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kakegurui Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. January 7, 2018. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ a b "Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season Video Reveals More Cast, Ending Song Info, January 8 Debut". Anime News Network. December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season to Debut in January With Returning Staff, Cast". Anime News Network. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "JUNNA Performs Opening Theme for Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season". Anime News Network. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Netflix Reveals a New Saiki K. Series, Release Dates for Kakegurui XX and Revisions, Plus More". Anime UK News. March 24, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "今度は実写で賭け狂いましょう? 漫画『賭ケグルイ』が2018年1月に実写ドラマとして放送決定!". animate Times (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 21, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "Live-Action Kakegurui Show's 1st Video Previews Cast". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "ドラマ「賭ケグルイ」浜辺美波、高杉真宙、森川葵が"一か八か"のエピソード披露". Natalie.mu (in Japanese). Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "メジャー 1st Single「Strawberry Feels」発売! 初のドラマ主題歌決定!&新ビジュアル公開". BIGMAMA (in Japanese). Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  21. ^ ""Kakegurui" Takes A Gamble On a Live-Action TV Drama in January". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "Live-Action Kakegurui Series Streams on Netflix". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  23. ^ "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series - February 2019 (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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