Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler
|Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler|
Cover of the first volume featuring Yumeko.
|Written by||Homura Kawamoto|
|Illustrated by||Tōru Naomura|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||2014 – present|
|Written by||Homura Kawamoto|
|Illustrated by||Kei Saiki|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||2015 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yuichiro Hayashi|
|Written by||Yasuko Kobayashi|
|Music by||TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND|
|Licensed by||Netflix (streaming rights)|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, RKB, TVA|
|Original run||July 1, 2017 – September 23, 2017|
|Directed by||Tsutomu Hanabusa|
|Original network||JNN (MBS, TBS)|
|Original run||January 15, 2018 – March 19, 2018|
|Anime television series|
Yuichiro Hayashi |
|Written by||Yasuko Kobayashi|
|Original run||January 2019 – scheduled|
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 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 called Kakegurui XX will premiere in January 2019.
Hyakkaou Private Academy houses the children of wealthy and influential businessmen and politicians in Japan, with many future leaders and professionals among the student body. In the school, the student hierarchy is determined by contributions to the student council that are fueled by an intricate gambling system in which students bet their fortunes against one another. Those who are unable to contribute because of their debts become "house pets":[a] slaves to the whims of those who hold their debts. Those who do not clear their debts at the end of their time at the school receive Life Schedules[b] which dictate their career and with whom they have to marry and have children.
Transfer student Yumeko Jabami is excited to start participating, but it is soon revealed she is one who gambles for the thrill of it rather than the financial or social gain. With an exceptional ability to see through gambling scams, she quickly disrupts the hierarchy of the school, and the student council frantically tries to find ways to shut her down.
- Yumeko Jabami (蛇喰 夢子 Jabami Yumeko)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Minami Hamabe
- Yumeko is a beautiful and mysterious transfer student to Hyakkaou Private Academy who initially appears modest, but shows a maniacal passion for high stakes gambling, as shown when her eyes glow red. She has long, straight dark hair. Although she dislikes games where the outcome is predetermined, she can quickly deduce how such games are being manipulated in her opponents' favor and, by doing so, she devises strategies that more often than not turn the tables on her foes.Ch. 1 Her increasing wagers and activities soon draws the attention of the student council. She lives alone as her sole relative, her older sister, has been hospitalized long-term.Ch. 10 When she is reduced to pet status, although she could easily pay her debts due to her family wealth or from her winnings, she chooses not to, so as to be involved in more games and so she can also freely challenge the student council president.Vol. 2, 3
- Ryōta Suzui (鈴井 涼太 Suzui Ryōta)
- Voiced by: Tatsuya Tokutake (Japanese); Griffin Burns (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Mahiro Takasugi
- A student with good grades but very poor at gambling. At the beginning of the series, although he is the class president, he has a massive debt to Mary and serves as her pet. He is forced to help Mary manipulate a game against Yumeko,Ch. 1 but when Yumeko catches the scam and thanks him by paying off his debt and wanting to be friends,Ch. 1 Ryōta becomes fiercely loyal and supporting to Yumeko, possibly even liking her. He tries to talk her out of engaging in high stakes gambling, but Yumeko hardly ever listens.
- Mary Saotome (早乙女 芽亜里 Saotome Meari)
- Voiced by: Minami Tanaka (Japanese); Kira Buckland (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Aoi Morikawa
- A student in Yumeko and Ryota's class who begins the series as one of the school's top gamblers and Ryota's master. However, she is quickly humbled in a jankenpon (rock-paper-scissors)-styled game, losing to Yumeko and having to become a pet herself.Ch. 1 Despite their initial antagonism, she later becomes Yumeko's ally.Vol. 2 Unlike Yumeko, Mary aims for victory in every gamble and cares more for her social and monetary standing within the school. After learning how the student council president perceives the pets, Mary forms a grudge against her and aims to become the next Student Council president.Vol. 3 In the prequel story Kakegurui Twin, it is revealed that Mary's family is not as well off as her peers, but she transfers to the school and learns how to survive and thrive in the school's gambling system. She manages to win a school space from the former student council vice president in which she then sets up a gambling den. In the manga and anime she has blonde hair styled in twin tails, whereas in the drama she has light brown hair and the tails.
- Itsuki Sumeragi (皇 伊月 Sumeragi Itsuki)
- Voiced by: Yūki Wakai (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Ruka Matsuda
- Itsuki is an expert at card games. As the daughter of a toy company CEO, she became a student council member in her first year after having donated a large amount of money. After she financially drains her opponents, she influences them to wager and lose their fingernails and toenails, and as a result, has amassed quite a collection of nail art. After Yumeko figures out how Itsuki is able to cheat in a game of Double Concentration, Itsuki suffers a humiliating loss, and her seat on the council is revoked.Ch. 2
- Kirari Momobami (桃喰 綺羅莉 Momobami Kirari)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese); Michelle Ruff (English)Ep. 1 credits
- The Student Council President, Kirari had defeated the former president in a high-stakes game two years prior to the story. She has light blonde hair styled as two pigtails shaped in rings, and wears blue lipstick. Upon taking office, she created the hierarchy that turns the students with the largest debts into house pets.Ch. 2 In the drama, her face is not revealed; she appears with light behind her as a silhouette.Ep. D2, D10
- Sayaka Igarashi (五十嵐 清華 Igarashi Sayaka)
- Voiced by: Ayaka Fukuhara (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Yurika Nakamura
- Secretary of the Student Council and a close ally of the President.Ch. 2
- Runa Yomozuki (黄泉月 るな Yomozuki Runa)
- Voiced by: Mayu Udono (Japanese); Kayli Mills (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Natsume Mito
- A student council member who likes video games and is always seen wearing a hoodie with rabbit ears and sucking on a lollipop. She spends her time taunting various students. Her skills and preferences as a gambler have yet to be revealed. She showed herself to be an impartial mediator during the manga's 'Re-Election' arc.
- Midari Ikishima (生志摩 妄 Ikishima Midari)
- Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Miki Yanagi
- Third-year student and head of the Beautification Committee.Ch. 5 Midari wears an eyepatch after stabbing her own eye out to pay her gambling debt to Kirari, but remains loyal to the Student Council when Kirari promised to kill her in the future. She is aroused by violence, and often challenges opponents to increasingly violent gambles where the participants can either be maimed or killed, favoring modified versions of Russian roulette. After Yumeko forces their seemingly deadly game into a bloodless draw, she becomes infatuated with her.Ch. 5, Vol. 3 In the drama, she is typically chained up in a jail cell.
- Yuriko Nishinotōin (西洞院 百合子 Nishinotōin Yuriko)
- Voiced by: Karin Nanami (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Natsumi Okamoto
- Head of the Traditional Culture Research Society and a member of the student council, who quietly uses her position to shield her club's girls from being enslaved by others. She runs a rigged roulette-style game called "Life or Death." She is known for her narrowed eyes, never widening them until Yumeko reveals her cheating methods.Ch. 3-4
- Yumemi Yumemite (夢見弖 ユメミ Yumemite Yumemi)
- Voiced by: Yū Serizawa (Japanese); Faye Mata (English)Ep. 1 credits
- Played by: Sayuri Matsumura
- In public, a part-time idol hoping to make it big and the Student Council's head of public relations. Secretly hopes to be an Academy Award-winning actress in Hollywood in the future and hates having to deal with her Japanese fans, viewing them as disgusting and perverted. She challenges Yumeko to a game of tic-tac-toe with a variety show challenge. After losing to Yumeko and having her secrets revealed to her fans, it is turns out that her fans are fine with the way she is and she decides to continue her career as an idol.
- Kaede Manyūda (豆生田 楓 Manyūda Kaede)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Chris Niosi (English)Ep. 1 credits
- The ambitious Student Council Treasurer who seeks to become the President at the earliest opportunity. He has short hair and wears glasses that he is always pushing up with his middle finger when speaking to someone. After losing a game to Yumeko, he is hospitalized and his hair turns white due to his great shock. He makes a come back in 'Re-Election Arc' of the manga and becomes Yumeko's ally. In the drama, he attempts to recruit Mary to join the student council in order to go after the president,Ch. D10 rather than the president recruiting Mary.Vol. 3
- Ririka Momobami (桃喰 リリカ Momobami Ririka)
- The nondescript masked Student Council Vice-President, who is frequently seen with Kirari. She is later revealed to be Kirari's identical twin sister.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||October 22, 2014||ISBN 978-4757544499||July 18, 2017||ISBN 9780316562898|
|New transfer student Yumeko Jabami is guided about the school by house pet classmate Ryōta Suzui. She is challenged by Mary Saotome to a jankenpon (rock-paper-scissors)-styled gambling game. At first, Yumeko wins and loses a few rounds, and ends up out of chips, but she figures out how Mary has fixed the game in her favor, and when the stakes are raised, soundly beats her. She frees Suzui of his debt and becomes friends with him, revealing she has a maniacal passion for gambling. Yumeko is then challenged by card expert Itsuki Sumeragi to a game of two-deck Concentration. Although Yumeko loses the first game, when Itsuki mentions she can wager her own fingernails, Yumeko accepts the challenge and then defeats her after seeing through her card marking. Yumeko is challenged by Traditional Culture Research Club president Yuriko Nishinotōin to a roulette-like game called "Life or Death". Although she determines how Nishinotōin was able to scam so many people in the game, her final big wager does not go the way she expected, and she becomes a pet, after which she suspects the student council has taken extra measures to fix the game.|
|2||December 22, 2014||ISBN 978-4757545106||September 19, 2017||ISBN 9780316562980|
|With 310 million yen in debt, Yumeko is now a pet. Yumeko and Mary receive Life Schedules in which all their future career and family choices will be pre-determined if they are unable to clear their debts. Yumeko meets bullying student Jun Kiwatari who tries to use his position as master to make her undress, but a crazed schoolmate named Midari Ikishima who carries a pistol for Russian roulette intervenes. Yumeko and Mary join a debt reassignment contest in which they can assume the lesser debts of one of the other players depending on how they finish, and of which the winner would be cleared of their debt. They are grouped with a quiet girl named Tsubomi Nanami, and Kiwatari who borrowed money to join in to humiliate the girls and is also Tsubomi's master. During the game of Indian poker, Yumeko reveals how Kiwatari has been getting signs from Tsubomi on her cards, but that she and Mary have also been giving signs to each other, and it now comes down to who can bluff the best. They convince Tsubomi to not listen to Kiwatari's advice and to free herself from thinking she is just to be a pet. Although Kiwatari thinks he has won the game, he learns that he placed last overall, as Yumeko and Mary had switched the values of their chips.|
|3||June 22, 2015||ISBN 978-4757546721||November 14, 2017||ISBN 9780316412803|
|Although Mary has paid off her debt and is no longer a pet, she gives the rest of their winnings to Yumeko, who does not plan to pay off her debt yet so that she could challenge the student council president Kirari. Student council member Midari abducts Yumeko and Ryota, and challenges Yumeko to an ESP Russian roulette game: Each player must guess a sequence of five Zener cards; the one who gets the most correct gets to choose one of two revolvers in a box which were preloaded by the players with 0-6 bullets in its chambers, and shoot the other player a number of times based on the difference in their scores. Yumeko agrees to play with the conditions that they play only three rounds, that Ryota be the dealer, and that the loser must pay 1 billion yen, while Midari adds the condition that if the shooter intentionally misses, the other player can then shoot back. In the first round, Midari wins by 1 guess but picks and shoots Yumeko's unloaded revolver. In the second round, Yumeko wins by guessing correctly that Ryota would choose her previous guess as the sequence, but she again picks her unloaded revolver because she can determine its difference in weight. Midari reveals how she lost her eye when she challenged and lost to Kirari. In the third round, Midari and Yumeko each load two chambers, but Yumeko realizes the camera at Ryota's room is reversed, based on which hand he uses on the cards. But instead of going for a win over Midari, which would have guaranteed that Midari would be shot, she intentionally guesses all wrong, leading to a draw. Meanwhile, Mary is recruited by Kirari to join the student council, but upon leading how Kirari has viewed the house pets, she declines.|
|4||December 22, 2015||ISBN 978-4757548374||January 23, 2018||ISBN 9780316480031|
|5||May 21, 2016||ISBN 978-4757549838||April 17, 2018||ISBN 9780316447560|
|6||February 22, 2017||ISBN 978-4757552517||July 17, 2018||ISBN 9780316447591|
|7||June 22, 2017||ISBN 978-4757553828||October 30, 2018||ISBN 9781975302597|
|8||August 22, 2017||ISBN 978-4757554481||January 22, 2019||—|
|9||January 27, 2018||ISBN 978-4757555945|
|10||August 22, 2018||ISBN 978-4757558168|
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. 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.
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. TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND composed the music for the series. The opening theme, "Deal with the Devil", is performed by Tia. D-Selections performed the ending theme "LAYon-theLINE". The series ran for 12 episodes, it is licensed and streamed by Netflix. A second season has been announced. The second season, titled Kakegurui XX, will air in January 2019. The cast will reprise their roles, and the staff will return for the next season. Kiyoshi Matsuda will join Yuichiro Hayashi as director for the next season.
The live-action drama adaptation was first announced on November 21, 2017. The drama first broadcast on MBS on January 14, 2018 and TBS' slot Dramaism on January 16, 2018. 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. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the drama. The drama was streamed on Netflix in Japanese with subtitles including English, Spanish, and Chinese in May 2018.
- ^ "Ch." is shortened form for chapter and refers to a chapter number of the Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler manga
- ^ "Ep." is shortened form for episode and refers to an episode number of the Kakegurui anime with "Ep. D" referring to an episode in the drama
As of February 2018, the manga had over 4 million copies in print.
- The boys who are pets are given a dog nickname: Pochi (Japanese), Fido (manga/anime), or Doggy (drama). The girls who are pets are given a cat nickname: Mike (Japanese), Mittens (manga/anime), or Kitty (drama).
- Life Schedules also translated as Life Plans
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