Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler

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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
ImprintGC Joker
MagazineGangan Joker
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 22, 2014 – present
Volumes13 (List of volumes)
Manga
Kakegurui Twins
Written byHomura Kawamoto
Illustrated byKei Saiki
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
Yen Press
MagazineGangan Joker
DemographicShōnen
Original runSeptember 21, 2015 – present
Volumes10
Manga
Kakegurui (Kakkokari)
Written byHomura Kawamoto (original story)
Illustrated byTaku Kawamura
Published bySquare Enix
MagazineGangan Joker
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 22, 2016 – present
Volumes6
Manga
Kakegurui Midari
Written byHomura Kawamoto (original story)
Illustrated byYūichi Hiiragi
Published bySquare Enix
MagazineManga UP!
DemographicShōnen
Original runFebruary 21, 2017May 19, 2020
Volumes4
Adaptations
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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. It began serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Joker in March 2014. A prequel spin-off manga, Kakegurui Twin, began serialization in Gangan Joker in September 2015.

An anime television adaptation by MAPPA aired in Japan from July to September 2017, and a live-action drama adaptation aired in Japan in 2018. A second season, titled Kakegurui ××, aired from January to March 2019.

In North America, the manga has been licensed for an English language release by Yen Press. The anime series has been licensed and streamed by Netflix outside of Japan.

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 a beautiful, cheerful and intelligent high school girl 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.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Kawamoto and Naomura launched the manga in Square Enix's Gangan Joker anthology magazine on March 22, 2014.[2] Square Enix has compiled its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published on October 22, 2014.[3] As of June 22, 2020, thirteen volumes have been published.[4]

At Anime Expo 2015, Yen Press announced that they had licensed the manga for an English language release in North America.[5]

Spin-offs[edit]

A spin-off, titled Kakegurui -Twins- (賭ケグルイ 双-ツイン-, Kakegurui Tsuin), focused on Mary Saotome prior to the main story, is illustrated by Kei Saiki and serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Joker since September 21, 2015.[6] The manga has been licensed by Yen Press.[7]

A 4-panel comedy spino-ff illustrated by Taku Kawamura, titled Kakegurui (Kakkokari) (賭ケグルイ(仮)), was launched in Gangan Joker on December 22, 2016.[8][9]

Another spin-off, titled Kakegurui Midari (賭ケグルイ 妄), which focuses on the history of Midari Ikishima, is illustrated by Yūichi Hiiragi and was serialized on Square Enix app Manga UP! from February 21, 2017 to May 19, 2020.[10] Square Enix compiled its chapters into four tankōbon volumes.[11]

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.[12] 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".[13] The series ran for 12 episodes.[14][15] The series is licensed and streamed outside of Japan by Netflix,[16] while Anime Limited acquired the series for release on home video in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[17]

A second season[18] titled Kakegurui ×× aired from January 8 to March 26, 2019 on MBS, TV Aichi, and other channels.[19] The cast reprised their roles, and the staff returned for the second season. Kiyoshi Matsuda joined Yuichiro Hayashi as director for the second season.[20] The second season's opening theme song "Kono Yubi Tomare" (コノユビトマレ) is performed by JUNNA,[21] and the ending theme song "AlegriA" is performed by D-selections.[19] The second season ran for 12 episodes.[22] Netflix released season 2 outside of Japan on June 13, 2019.[23]

Drama [edit]

The live-action drama adaptation was first announced on November 21, 2017.[24] The drama was first broadcast on MBS on January 14, 2018, and TBS' slot Dramaism on January 16, 2018.[25] 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.[26][27] Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the drama.[28] The drama was streamed on Netflix in Japanese with subtitles including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Thai in May 2018.[29] A sequel of the drama is set to be released in 2021.[30]

Reception[edit]

As of February 2019, the manga had over 5 million copies in print.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 22, 2017). "Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime's Video Confirms Summer Debut, TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND Music". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 25, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  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.
  3. ^ 賭ケグルイ 1 (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  4. ^ 賭ケグルイ 13 (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ 「賭ケグルイ双」芽亜里&つづらの付録がJOKERに、人喰い金魚のホラー新連載も. Natalie (in Japanese). September 21, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 8, 2018). "Yen Press Licenses Happy Sugar Life, Kakegurui Twins Manga, Penguin Highway, Walk on Girl, Mirai Novels (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ 「アカメが斬る!」最終回、イェーガーズのブックカバーもJOKERに. Natalie (in Japanese). December 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  10. ^ 学園ギャンブル「賭ケグルイ」TVアニメ化!制作はMAPPA. Natalie (in Japanese). February 17, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  11. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 4, 2020). "Kakegurui Midari Spinoff Manga's 4th Volume Listed as Last". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
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  13. ^ "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.
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  16. ^ Ressler, Karen (August 2, 2017). "Netflix to Premiere Kakegurui Anime Outside of Japan in 2018". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  17. ^ "Anime Limited Acquires Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler Season 1 for UK Home Video!". Anime UK News. February 6, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  18. ^ "Kakegurui Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. January 7, 2018. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ "Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season to Debut in January With Returning Staff, Cast". Anime News Network. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  21. ^ "JUNNA Performs Opening Theme for Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season". Anime News Network. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "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.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ "Live-Action Kakegurui Show's 1st Video Previews Cast". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "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.
  28. ^ ""Kakegurui" Takes A Gamble On a Live-Action TV Drama in January". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  29. ^ "Live-Action Kakegurui Series Streams on Netflix". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  30. ^ "Kakegurui Live-Action Film Gets Sequel in 2021". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  31. ^ "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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