kakegurui Anime review

Kakegurui (Compulsive gambler) Anime review and ratings

    If you like gambling games and other gambling stuff Kakegurui(Compulsive Gambler) is the best anime you will ever see. The characters not only have to gamble money but their whole life on the line.

Kakegurui is an anime based on Gambling. The series is quite interesting as the games used in the Anime are quite unique and have given really thought on the strategies. The excitement is maintained from start to the end. Great anime to go for, if you like suspense and thrills.


This is a gambling based anime. In this anime, the story revolves around a girl named Yumeko who is a diehard gambler because she and the other main character get the kick from gambling. They are the students in the special school.

       There school has a special rule of gambling during the breaks and after the school sessions.

The person who loses in gambling is no longer treated as human and is given a locket turning him into livestock. The term livestock is generally slave of the other students who are not in the debt due to gambling. They have to pay all their debts as soon as possible to at least live like a human being in the school premises. If they fail to pay their debts in the schooling years then they have to pay the debt their whole life.

The school contains a student council that comprises of the top 10 gamblers of the school (A classic storyline). Everything in the school seems normal till the main character Yumeko steps in.

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Why should you watch Kakegurui (Compulsive Gambler)?

Gambling excitement-

If you have already seen enough gambling themed anime and like the rush inside your head and your brain shouting every single time “Oh my god what will she/he do now? Then my friend this is the perfect anime for you to watch. As it has a small no of anime episodes the thrill starts right at the first episodes. It is enough to hook you up with the story and keep going.

New games and strategy-

  Think about gambling for a second what comes to your mind. I bet that you are thinking about the big Casino with big disk spinning and have a ball rolling in them. But in this anime, the gambling games have been really given a thought. The protagonist really has to go through a severe brainstorming to crack the game and find a loophole in each and every of the game that she plays.

Female Protagonist-

Yumeko is really a great fit for this anime. You can tell this right in the first episode of Kakegurui. The obsession she has for gambling is pretty frightening. Well everybody has some things that they get the kick of life from. Other than this you will the fan service that every anime has to offer with the female characters. The characters are pretty unique and have quite distinct personality but there isn’t quite the character development one might be expecting from this type of anime.

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No of episodes and Seasons in Kakegurui-

Episodes- 12

There are total two seasons in Kakegurui.

Pros and Cons-


The Anime is engaging and has a new type of thrill and suspense as compared to most of the other anime. The stress level and the intense thinking that the students go through every time when the gamble is well illustrated.

As for the animation Mappa has done a pretty good job. The animation throughout the anime is awesome. The anime consists of 12 episodes and doesn’t contain any fillers. You don’t need a strong commitment before starting this anime.

 If you are into watching anime for a long time you might complete the first season in one go. This anime is also a good change of pace when all you do is consistently watch the action and shonen anime series.

  Every episode is interesting, introducing a new game for gambling with new and high stakes.


 This anime might seem pretty good at the start and the storyline looks promising but it gets really messy afterward. The excitement will reach a point when it will feel like usual throughout the anime. As the anime is short there is not enough time to build the plot and excitement.

The explanation of the games and there loopholes and tricks really take a long time to explain which should be the best part of this type of anime but it sometimes feels very boring.

The last Con that Kakegurui has is that it is a really fast-paced Anime. Things happen very fast and very often and it was very hard for us to really complete watching this anime for a time being. The episodes felt very long and boring even though it only has 12 episodes it was really hard to complete. The ending was not that good. I think they could have made the ending of the 1st season better. The ending might get your hopes down.

Similar Anime to Kakegurui –

  1. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate survivor
  2. No Game No Life
  3. Danganronpa
  4. One Outs
  5. Death Note
  6. Prison School
  7. Death Parade
  8. Kill La Kill

About Writer/Author/Artist of Kakegurui-

This is a Japanese manga series written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by TōruNaomura. The drawing or the artwork is quite impressive and the storyline is good. The characters are unique and are having a different interest in gambling. The fan following is not that huge but it is a quite famous anime. The manga was a big hit than the anime (I guess that’s why it was serialized into anime).

Ratings for Kakegurui –

Action- 2 out of 10

Drama/Romance- 8 out of 10

Gag- 2 out of 10

Suspense- 8 out of 10

Plot- 8 out of 10

Thrill- 8 out of 10

Characters- 7 out of 10

Anime Ost- 3 out of 10

Anime opening and ending songs- 4 out of 10

Animations- 9 out of 10

(These ratings are according to my own knowledge and experience these ratings may differ according to other people’s perspective)

Final Thoughts-

This anime is really not for everyone. I would recommend this anime if really you are into this type of genre. The storyline and the animation is pretty good but the overall story and the ending is not satisfactory. This type of anime really has to stand out to make it out in this type of Genre. If you have already watched most of the top anime, you can definitely give it a try.

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